Event HD61

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Matt Brown, Max Low and Eloise Williams

The Mab

Venue: Summerhouse
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Join authors of The Mab Matt Brown and Eloise Williams for an event full of thrilling Welsh tales, alongside an enchanting illustration workshop from Max Low. Use your imagination to bring the mystery, magic and myth of the Mabinogion to life and to celebrate this new dual-language book.

8+ years
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Matt Brown, Max Low and Eloise Williams

Event MT15

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Make & Take Crafting

Morning Session

Venue: Make & Take Tent
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An opportunity to get crafting! Activities differ every day, including everything from print-making to junk modelling with recycled materials. Get messy and creative: your imagination is the limit.

Book for the session and you can drop in at any point during the 2.5 hour duration. An accompanying adult must attend at all times but does not require a ticket.

3–11 years
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Make & Take Crafting

Event 312

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Elif Shafak and Kirsty Lang

The Island of Missing Trees

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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The Turkish-British novelist’s latest work is a rich and magical tale of belonging and identity, love and trauma, memory and amnesia, human-induced destruction of nature and, ultimately, renewal. She explains the main themes of the novel and her creative process in conversation with writer, broadcaster and contributor to BBC, Channel 4 and The Sunday Times Kirsty Lang.

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Elif Shafak and Kirsty Lang

Event 313

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

George Monbiot and Feargal Sharkey talk to Nicola Cutcher

Rivers as Sewers: Time to Turn the Tide

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Our most precious rivers are facing ecological collapse for two main reasons: sewage and farming. Water companies routinely pump raw excrement and other pollutants straight into them. As livestock are concentrated into industrial units, such as chicken farms in the Wye Valley, they produce too much dung for the land to absorb. How do we fight the tide of filth and bring our lovely rivers back to life? George Monbiot is a journalist and environmental activist. Feargal Sharkey, former frontman of The Undertones is a vocal campaigner for clean rivers. Chaired by Nicola Cutcher, freelance journalist, writer and documentary filmmaker.

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George Monbiot and Feargal Sharkey talk to Nicola Cutcher

Event 314

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Michael Wooldridge

Life Lessons from Game Theory

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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When are you in a strong position to negotiate a pay rise? Why is President Putin so hard to read? Game theory is relevant every time people or organisations interact – from parlour games to global conflicts. Michael Wooldridge explores game theoretic thinking, and what game theory can tell us about why our social, political and economic world is organised the way it is. He is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Oxford, and a fellow of Hertford College, Oxford, one of the world’s leading researchers in Artificial Intelligence (AI), and has published two popular science introductions to AI: The Ladybird Guide to Artificial Intelligence (2018) and The Road to Conscious Machines (2020).

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Michael Wooldridge

Event HD62

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

David Olusoga talks to Janina Ramirez

Black and British

Venue: Starlight Stage
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David Olusoga takes readers on a journey through Black British history, exploring the forgotten histories of Black people in Britain from Roman times right through to the present day. His children’s book Black and British: An Illustrated History is the essential introduction to understanding this issue. He talks to art historian and presenter Dr Janina Ramirez.

7+ years
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David Olusoga talks to Janina Ramirez

Event HD63

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Tom de Freston

Julia and the Shark

Venue: Cube
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The author and artist collaborate to take you on a journey deep into the sea and beyond. Set in Shetland, Julia and the Shark tells the story of a girl who accompanies her parents to the island where her mother is attempting to track down the Greenland Shark. She finds herself on an adventure with dark depths and a lighthouse full of hope. The novel is a celebration of our natural world and an exploration of family relationships and mental health.

9+ years
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Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Tom de Freston

Event W18

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Making Infographics Workshop with Rob Orchard

Venue: Summerhouse
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The author of An Answer for Everything teaches you how to research varied topics from sightings of the Loch Ness Monster through to how many humans have ever lived on Earth. Rob will then show you how to turn this data into glorious data visualisations.

12+ years
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Making Infographics Workshop with Rob Orchard

Event 400

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Hay Climate Choir

Venue: Marquee
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Hay Climate Choir is a non-political, local community choir (separate to the Hay Community Choir), which was born out of local people’s deep concern about the Climate Emergency. Come along and hear them sing on the Festival site.

The Choir sings songs for people and planet, which reflect members’ concern about the climate crisis, sadness for loss of habitat, love for the beautiful River Wye which has become so polluted, joy in nature and the wish to encourage everyone to do what they can to mitigate climate change. NOW!

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Hay Climate Choir

Event 315

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Tina Brown talks to Simon Schama

Women & Power: Queen Elizabeth II – 70 Years on the Throne

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Marking the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, Tina Brown takes us behind the Palace walls. The former editor of Vanity Fair and author of The Diana Chronicles tells in The Palace Papers the real story of the Royal Family, exploring Prince Charles’ determination to make Camilla his wife, the ascendance of the resolute Kate Middleton, the disturbing allegations surrounding Prince Andrew and Harry and Meghan’s decision to step back as senior Royals. With nuanced details and searing insight, Brown changes how we perceive and understand the Royal Family, in conversation with historian, writer and documentarian Simon Schama.

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Tina Brown talks to Simon Schama

Event 316

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Deborah Levy talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Women & Power: Living Autobiography Series

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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This trilogy of genre-bending living autobiographies considers the matter of finding a voice and the courage to use it. In Real Estate, Levy asks an existential question: If patriarchy owns the deeds to the land, are women its sitting tenants? If so, how might she find a house of her own? In The Cost of Living, Levy considers what it takes to become a mother, to lose a mother, to dismantle her own life and remake it anew. And in Things I Don’t Want To Know, Levy’s portrait of a young woman in the storm of life, she wonders what it takes for a writer to claim her feelings might be valuable. Deborah Levy talks to the journalist and Director of the European Literature Network.

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Deborah Levy talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Event 317

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Atina Krajewska

Lunchtime Lecture: Reproductive Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Is abortion law a litmus test for democracy and the rule of law? Adequate protection of reproductive rights should be viewed as an essential element of the legal fabric of democratic society, argues the academic. She examines the relationship between reproductive rights, democracy, and the rule of law, taking as a case study, Poland, which, like Hungary, Brazil, USA, has experienced two processes: anti-constitutional backsliding and restrictive abortion reforms. Long before these processes became apparent the implementation of reproductive rights, especially by doctors and law enforcement agencies, indicated that the rule of law was weakly institutionalised.

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Atina Krajewska

Event 318

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Hay Festival Chorus

Lunchtime Concert: Vivaldi's Gloria

Venue: St Mary’s Church
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Hay Community Choir will be joined by members of the Hay Festival Chorus to perform Vivaldi’s Gloria in celebration of being able to sing together again. During the pandemic Hay Community Choir continued on zoom, working on songs appropriate to this time and suitable to sing together in person. These include pieces by Dominic Stitchbury and Anna Tabbush as well as African songs. This joyful selection of music is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and remind us all of the importance of singing as a community experience.

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Hay Festival Chorus

Event HD64

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve

Kevin Vs The Unicorns

Venue: Cube
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Join this dynamic duo for an event full of fun, frolics and flying ponies as they celebrate the fourth and final Roly Poly Flying Pony adventure. Expect live drawing, interactive story building, songs and surprises.

7+ years
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Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve

Event HD65

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Janina Ramirez

Goddess

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Join author and historian Dr Janina Ramirez to discover the incredible goddesses, witches, saints, spirits and guides that have shaped our belief systems. There are fearsome warriors, mystical protectors and wise leaders – and each one can inspire you. From Medusa to Mami Wata, Brigid to Lakshmi, tales of powerful female figures have been told since the beginning of time – and it’s time to celebrate them.

9+ years
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Janina Ramirez

Event W19

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Workshop with Dorothy Koomson

Finding your voice in fiction

Venue: Summerhouse
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A creative writing workshop with bestselling novelist Dorothy Koomson and the Women’s Prize Trust. If you continually find yourself wowed by the talent that is nominated for literary prizes, you may have wondered how those writers craft memorable characters that spark readers’ imaginations. In this practical and unique workshop with internationally bestselling author and 2022 Women’s Prize for Fiction Judge Dorothy Koomson, you’ll discover how to use writing techniques to create fully-rounded, believable characters.

This masterclass, run in partnership with the Women’s Prize Trust (the charity behind the Women’s Prize for Fiction which champions women’s voices on a global stage) will feature a blend of discussion, practical exercises and a Q&A. By gaining insights into the creative process of novel-writing, as well as skills that you can embed into your own work, this unique masterclass will give you confidence to write fiction.

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Workshop with Dorothy Koomson

Event MT16

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Make & Take Crafting

Afternoon Session

Venue: Make & Take Tent
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An opportunity to get crafting! Activities differ every day, including everything from print-making to junk modelling with recycled materials. Get messy and creative: your imagination is the limit.

Book for the session and you can drop in at any point during the 2.5 hour duration. An accompanying adult must attend at all times but does not require a ticket.

3–11 years
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Make & Take Crafting

Event 319

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Cantorion Y Gelli

Venue: Marquee
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A newly formed mixed Hay choir celebrating Welsh music.

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Event 320

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Rose Tremain talks to Kirsty Lang

Lily

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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The new novel from the author of The Road Home and Trespass opens with a confession of murder… Abandoned at the gates of a London park one winter’s night in 1850, baby Lily Mortimer is saved by a young police constable and taken to the London Foundling Hospital. She is fostered by a farming family in Suffolk, enjoying a brief childhood idyll before she is returned to the Hospital and punished for her rebellious spirit. Released into the harsh world of Victorian London, Lily becomes a favoured employee at Belle Prettywood’s Wig Emporium, but all the while she is hiding a dreadful secret. The police constable keeps watch over the young woman he once saved and when he meets Lily again there is mutual attraction: but might he uncover her crime and condemn her to death?

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Rose Tremain talks to Kirsty Lang

Event 321

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Brigitte Baptiste, Partha Dasgupta and Rosie Boycott

How to Keep the Biodiversity

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Partha Dasgupta’s landmark report last year on the economics of biodiversity was commissioned by HM Treasury, and was the first such report in the world to put economic value on the services that nature provides us – from clear air, healthy soil and drinking water. He is Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus at University of Cambridge and focuses his research on welfare and development economics, and environmental and resource economics. Ecologist Brigitte Baptiste is an authority on the management and care of Colombia’s biodiversity and Rector of Ean University in Bogotá, Colombia. They discuss biodiversity, climate change, sustainability, economics, and farming with the author, journalist and publisher Rosie Boycott, a member of the Climate and Environment Committee in the House of Lords.

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Brigitte Baptiste, Partha Dasgupta and Rosie Boycott