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The full programme is available for this year’s festival, 25 May to 4 June - you can download a PDF of the programme here. We very much look forward to seeing you in May.

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Michelle Robinson

Goodnight Spaceman

Event HD56 Venue: Cube

Bedtime goodnights to their toy rockets and the planet turn into a magical adventure for two Space-mad boys once they’re asleep. Join the author/illustrator as she takes them on their journey, and make your own planets to take home. 

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The Bookseller YA Prize

Event HD57 Venue: Starlight Stage

Join a stellar line-up of some of this year’s shortlisted authors for The Bookseller YA Prize as they are put under the spotlight by the judges before the winner is finally revealed.  And celebrate with them afterwards! This year’s frontrunners are Holly Bourne, Sarah Crossan, Jenny Downham, Frances Hardinge, Catherine Johnson, Patrick Ness, Louise O’Neill, Mel Salisbury, William Sutcliffe and Lisa Williamson.

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Charlotte Scott

Subject Areas – Drama and Social History

Event 566 Venue: Compass

Please drop in to our new Compass venue, quiz leading academics about their subject and engage in some critical thinking. As part of Hay Festival 2016 and with help from the Welsh Government we have invited a range of university lecturers and speakers to drop in, talk about their subject areas and about university life.

Charlotte Scott is senior lecturer in English at Goldsmiths, University of London.

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Hay Castle Tour 12

Richard Suggett

Event 526 Venue: Meet inside Hay Castle

Discover a world of stories in Hay Castle’s thousand years of tempestuous history with a series of guided tours of the Medieval keep, Jacobean mansion and Victorian service buildings, led by a range of experts from Royal Commission of Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, Cadw, National Trust Wales, Hay History Group and Hay Castle Trust.

Richard Suggett is Senior Investigator, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales.

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Ticket to Dine

Thursday Late Lunch

Event DT8 Venue: Relish Festival Restaurant

Book a seat in the Relish Festival Restaurant and receive a free drink on us.

 

Enjoy a delicious meal from our Festival Restaurant buffet. Choose from a wide selection of hot and cold dishes created fresh on site by our team of chefs using the best local seasonal produce. You can view the menu online here.

 

Come up to the buffet and choose as much as you like from all the dishes on offer for just £20. 

 

By booking online or by phone you will receive a complimentary glass of wine, bottle of beer or soft drink, and guarantee your seat in the restaurant where our team will be waiting to give you a warm welcome.

 

Alex Gooch breads and water are free for every customer, with a selection of desserts to choose from as well as a full bar and barista coffees.

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Jonathan Bate

The British Academy Lecture: William Shakespeare 1616-2116

Event 320 Venue: Tata Tent

Jonathan Bate

Why are we celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death? Who and what are we celebrating? How did Shakespeare get from there (the Elizabethan and Jacobean stage) to here (the global icon) and where will he go in the next hundred years? The eminent Shakespeare scholar is the author of The Genius of Shakespeare and Soul of the Age: The Life, Mind and World of William Shakespeare. He is Professor of English at the University of Oxford. Chaired by Jerry Brotton.

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Paul G Bahn

Images of the Ice Age

Event 321 Venue: Telegraph Stage

An illustrated lecture explores the earliest human art and what it tells us about our ancestors. Bahn looks at the famous cave paintings of Lascaux, Altamira, and Chauvet and the thousands of exquisite pieces of portable art in bone, antler, ivory, and stone produced in the same period. In 2003, Bahn led the team that discovered the first Ice Age cave art in England, at Creswell Crags in Nottinghamshire. Chaired by Daisy Leitch.

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Tiffany Jenkins

Keeping Their Marbles

Event 322 Venue: Oxfam Moot

Tiffany Jenkins

The fabulous collections housed in the world’s most famous museums are trophies from an imperial age. Now the countries from which these treasures came would like them back. The Greek demand for the return of the Elgin Marbles is the tip of an iceberg that includes claims for the Benin Bronzes from Nigeria, sculpture from Turkey, scrolls and porcelain taken from the Chinese Summer Palace, textiles from Peru, the bust of Nefertiti, Native American sacred objects and Aboriginal human remains. Jenkins investigates why repatriation claims have soared in recent decades and shows that sending artefacts back will not achieve the desired social change nor repair the wounds of history. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

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Cathy Rentzenbrink talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

The Last Act of Love: The Story of My Brother and His Sister

Event 323 Venue: Good Energy Stage

In the summer of 1990, Cathy’s brother Matty was knocked down by a car on the way home from a night out. It was two weeks before his GCSE results, which turned out to be the best in his school. Sitting by his unconscious body in hospital, holding his hand and watching his heartbeat on the monitors, Cathy and her parents willed him to survive. They did not know then that there are many and various fates worse than death. The Last Act of Love is shortlisted for The Wellcome Book Prize.

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Kathelijne Koops

Cambridge Series 15: Chimps, Bonobos, Humans

Event 324 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage

Kathelijne Koops

What can chimpanzees and bonobos tell us about the extraordinarily complex human cultures? Koops, an Affiliated Lecturer in the Division of Biological Anthropology at Cambridge, investigates this question by studying our closest living relatives, the great apes.

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Ross Welford and Christopher Edge

Science and Wonder

Event HD58 Venue: Cube

The brilliant Ross and Christopher explore the wonder of science as a way to explain some of the mysteries of the world in their books, Time Travelling with a Hamster and The Many Worlds of Albie Bright.

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Jason RC Nurse

Subject Areas - Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Maths

Event 567 Venue: Compass

Please drop in to our new Compass venue, quiz leading academics about their subject and engage in some critical thinking. As part of Hay Festival 2016 and with help from the Welsh Government we have invited a range of university lecturers and speakers to drop in, talk about their subject areas and about university life.

Dr Jason RC Nurse is an academic in the Department of Computer Science at Oxford University and a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford.

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Richard Shirreff talks to Nik Gowing

The President’s War

Event 325 Venue: Tata Tent

Richard Shirreff talks to Nik Gowing

General Sir Richard Shirreff, one of Britain’s highest-ranking soldiers and until recently Deputy Head of NATO, was threatened with court martial when he dared to criticise David Cameron’s defence policy. What he says here goes much further. He brings an urgent warning: We are sleepwalking our way into war with Russia and we need to act now, with resolution, to avoid it.

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Barry Cunliffe

By Steppe, Desert and Ocean: The Birth of Eurasia

Event 326 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage

Barry Cunliffe

The story of how humans first started building the globalised world we know today. Set on a huge continental stage, from Europe to China, it is a tale covering more than ten thousand years from the origins of farming around 9,000 BC to the expansion of the Mongols in the C13th AD. Cunliffe brings into clearer focus those basic underlying factors that have driven change throughout the ages: the acquisitive nature of humanity, the differing environments in which people live and the dislocating effect of even slight climatic variation. The Emeritus Professor of Archaeology is the author of The Ancient Celts, Facing the Ocean, and Britain Begins.

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Denis Burdakov, Anne O’Garra, Barry Thompson

Collaborating to Beat Cancer: Cancer Research UK Series

Event 327 Venue: Starlight Stage

Denis Burdakov, Anne O’Garra, Barry Thompson

What do neuroscience, tuberculosis and the humble fruit fly have to do with cancer? At the Francis Crick Institute, London’s new biomedical discovery centre, scientists from across the biomedical spectrum are being brought together under one roof. They are revolutionising research into cancer by speaking across specialisms and towards scientific innovation in the C21st. Chaired by Francine Stock.

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John Lewis-Stempel

The Running Hare: The Secret Life of Farmland

Event 328 Venue: Good Energy Stage

Traditional ploughland is disappearing. Seven cornfield flowers have become extinct in the past 20 years. Once abundant, the corn bunting and the lapwing are on the Red List. The corncrake is all but extinct in England. And the hare is running for its life. The author of The Wild Life and Meadowland tells the story of the wild animals and plants that live in and under our ploughland: from the labouring microbes to the patrolling kestrel above the corn, from the linnet pecking at seeds to the seven-spot ladybird that eats the aphids that eat the crop. He talks to Kitty Corrigan.

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Carrie Smith

Subject Areas – English Literature, English Language

Event 568 Venue: Compass

Please drop in to our new Compass venue, quiz leading academics about their subject and engage in some critical thinking. As part of Hay Festival 2016 and with help from the Welsh Government we have invited a range of university lecturers and speakers to drop in, talk about their subject areas and about university life.

Carrie Smith is a Lecturer in English Literature at Cardiff University.

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Malorie Blackman

Chasing the Stars

Event HD59 Venue: Telegraph Stage

The author pays tribute to Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary in this brilliant new novel inspired by Othello. Her heartrending tale blends a love story with a sci-fi twist in an original Space-age adventure. Hear her discuss the story and her own love of Shakespeare with Claire Armitstead of the Guardian.

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Frances Hardinge, Katherine Woodfine and Lyn Gardner

Mystery Moments

Event HD60 Venue: Oxfam Moot

Unexplained death! Who knows what will happen next? Come and meet the authors of The Lie Tree, The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth and Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret – three hugely entertaining and gripping stories. In conversation with Emma Carroll.

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Liz Fost

Thunderbirds Are Go

Event HD61 Venue: Cube

For fans of the new TV series, an action-packed session where you can learn what it takes to become a legendary member of International Rescue. Play games, take part in secret missions and hear tales of the illustrious Tracy brothers in their courageous battles.

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