WELCOME TO HAY

box office 01497 822 629

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.

Join our mailing list for regular email updates and follow us on twitter @hayfestival

The Keep

The Genius of the Marches

Event 37 Venue: Good Energy Stage

The Keep

An entertainment: a constellation of writers, artists and photographers of the Welsh Marches celebrate the first issue of The Keep, Hay’s new literary and arts magazine, with an evening of readings, stories and pictures, under the editorial baton of Iain Finlayson.

With Owen Sheers, Ben Rawlence, Nina Lyon, Jasper Fforde, Soma Ghosh, Oliver Balch, Tom Bullough, Dix and Marsha Arnold.

This event has taken place

Iain Bell, Emma Jenkins, David Antrobus

In Parenthesis - WNO

Event 38 Venue: Cube

Iain Bell, Emma Jenkins, David Antrobus

The composer and librettists of the WNO’s groundbreaking new opera introduce their adaptation of David Jones’ classic First World War poem and screen film clips of the production. Bell’s beautiful score combines traditional Welsh song with moments of other-worldliness, terror, humour and transcendence. David Pountney’s period production is both an evocation and a commemoration of the events of the Somme.

This event has taken place

Hywel Francis, John Gaventa, Helen Lewis, Richard Greatrex, Mair Francis

After Coal: Debate - Swansea University Series

Event 39 Venue: Starlight Stage

Hywel Francis, John Gaventa, Helen Lewis, Richard Greatrex, Mair Francis

How can cultural exchange inform community regeneration?  In 1974 John Gaventa met Hywel Francis and initiated an exchange between Welsh and Appalachian coalfield communities. This work was expanded by researcher Helen Lewis, cinematographer Richard Greatrex, and community organiser Mair Francis. Tonight they discuss the benefits, pitfalls and insights gained from a long-term cultural exchange over four decades. They are in conversation with Dai Smith.


You can book this event together with events [33] and [40] at a discounted price of £12. Please call the Box Office on 01497 822629 to proceed with this offer, and we will remove the £3 booking fee.

This event has taken place

Frank Hennessy and Iolo Jones / Rebecca Branson Jones and Trevor McKenzie

Music from the Coalfields – Double Bill:  Swansea University Series

Event 40 Venue: Oxfam Moot

An evening of beautiful music from two sides of the Atlantic coal seam. Appalachian folk superstars Jones and McKenzie bring you sounds from their native mountains while Hennessy and Jones give us true Welsh folk. Wait to see what they produce when they bring the two styles together.


You can book this event together with events [33] and [39] at a discounted price of £12. Please call the Box Office on 01497 822629 to proceed with this offer, and we will remove the £3 booking fee.

This event has taken place

Willow Robinson

In Concert

Event 41 Venue: Telegraph Stage

Willow Robinson

The singer-songwriter from the Golden Valley is one of the most hotly fancied emerging artists of 2016. His blues-infused voice and guitar evoke the spirit of his inspirations Jeff Buckley and Robert Plant, and his songs have a raw emotional power that make his live performances absolutely enthralling.

This event has taken place

Richard Parry and Penelope Corfield

Wordsworth, Coleridge and Thelwall at Llyswen

Event 504 Venue: Relish Restaurant

Join ‘Coleridge in Wales’ founder Richard Parry and scholar of the C18th Penelope Corfield in their discussion before they set off to walk to Llyswen (seven miles from Hay), where Coleridge and Wordsworth came to visit the notorious radical John Thelwall in 1798. You are invited to join them on the walk. Breakfast will be available.

Variant option: There will be a shorter conducted walk from Glasbury to Llyswen along Wye Valley Walk (3.5 miles; or 5.6 km), off main roads, after taking 10.08 bus from Hay to Glasbury.
This event has taken place

Steve Silberman

The Baillie Gifford Lecture: NeuroTribes

Event 42 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage

Steve Silberman

What is autism? A lifelong disability, or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? In truth, it is both of these things and more,; and the future of our society depends on our understanding it. The winner of the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize talks about his research and investigations. Chaired by Stuart Proffitt.

This event has taken place

Roberto Saviano talks to Ed Vulliamy

My Italians: True Stories of Crime and Courage

Event 43 Venue: Good Energy Stage

Roberto Saviano talks to Ed Vulliamy

The investigative journalist and author lives under police protection from the crime syndicates he exposed and denounced in Gomorrah and ZeroZeroZero. He offers a personal and candid portrait of Italy today: a place of trafficking and toxic waste, where democracy is bought and sold, and organised crime rules both north and south.  



This event has taken place

Angela Duckworth

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Event 44 Venue: Telegraph Stage

Angela Duckworth

Why do naturally talented people frequently fail to reach their potential while other far less gifted individuals go on to achieve amazing things? The secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a passionate persistence. In other words, grit. The MacArthur Genius Award-winning psychologist shares fascinating new revelations about who succeeds in life and why. Chaired by Corisande Albert.

This event has taken place

Ashley Moffett

Cambridge Series 3: A Journey into No Man’s Land

Event 45 Venue: Oxfam Moot

Ashley Moffett
Professor Moffett, a leading authority on immunity in pregnancy, explores the fascinating way the boundaries between mother and baby are regulated during this time. And she examines the risks involved when things go wrong.
This event has taken place

Click

Click: BBC News

Event 46 Venue: BBC Tent

Click

Join Spencer Kelly on an adventure into the future with Click, the BBC’s flagship science and technology TV show. From drones to self-driving cars, Spencer brings cutting-edge science to Hay with the help of virtual reality headsets and 360-degree video.

A Click Hay Festival special will be broadcast on the BBC News Channel and on BBC World News.

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years

Click
 
 
 

Free but ticketed
This event has taken place
Please log in to add this event to your wish list so we can notify you in case of further availability

Alex Lifschutz, Siôn Hamilton and Philip Jones

The Bookshop is Back: Foyles and the Resurgence of British Bookselling

Event 47 Venue: Starlight Stage

Alex Lifschutz, Siôn Hamilton and Philip Jones

The designer Alex Lifschutz and Foyles Trading Director Siôn Hamilton will tell the inside story of a plan hatched in the book trade’s darkest hour to reimagine the iconic London bookshop on Charing Cross Road. Siôn and Alex opened their doors to the publishing industry, holding a series of workshops that provided the insight to inspire an innovative shop design that has caught the imagination of book lovers across the world. Chaired by the editor of The Bookseller.

This event has taken place

Ben Rowson

The Ghost Slug and Other Molluscs, Ancient and Modern

Event 532 Venue: Hay Castle

The molluscs of Wales and the world matter to humanity in surprising ways. Expect slugs, snails, love-darts and lungworms, and evolution in landscapes from Newport to the Nile. Rowson is Senior Curator Mollusca, National Museum Cardiff.

This event has taken place

Julia Donaldson

The Detective Dog

Event HD1 Venue: Tata Tent

Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson gives a first peek at Detective Dog Nell, her latest character, in a sensational all-singing, all-dancing performance. Join Julia and her friends as they introduce a dog who not only has super powers of smell but can also help children learn to read.

3+
This event has taken place

Gareth P Jones

Adventures of the Steampunk Pirates

Event HD2 Venue: Cube

Gareth P Jones

All aboard The Leaky Battery! In Rise of the Slippery Sea Monster the ever-popular Steampunk Pirates are attacked by a sea monster hungry for gold. Will the pirates by able to defend themselves? The author reveals the amazing powers of these remarkable seafaring heroes with the help of his ukulele and accordion and the singing of some rousing sea shanties. Pirate dress optional.

6+
This event has taken place

Susan Gathercole

Subject Areas – Psychology, English Language, Biology, Maths

Event 553 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.

Professor Gathercole is Unit Director at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge.

15+
This event has taken place

Neil MacGregor and Richard J Evans

Germany and Memory

Event 48 Venue: Tata Tent

Neil MacGregor and Richard J Evans
A conversation with two of the world’s greatest historians. MacGregor is the former Director of the British Museum, author of the BBC Radio 4 series and books A History of the World in 100 Objects and Germany: Memories of a Nation. Evans, Regius Professor Emeritus of History at Cambridge University, is the leading authority on C20th Germany. His most recent book is The Third Reich in History and Memory.
This event has taken place

Laura Cumming

The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velázquez

Event 49 Venue: Oxfam Moot

Laura Cumming
Described as “a riveting detective story and a brilliant reconstruction of an art controversy, it is also a homage to the art of Velázquez, written by a critic who remains spellbound by his genius.” Cumming’s previous Hay session discussed her brilliant study of self-portraiture, A Face to the World. Illustrated lecture.
This event has taken place

Steve Hilton talks to John Kampfner

More Human: The Revolution Starts Here

Event 50 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage

Steve Hilton talks to John Kampfner
The Stanford academic and former political advisor revisits his 2015 ideas about a more local, accountable and human society, and examines how this might drive political change. His commitment is given piquancy by the way the government he once advised is addressing public services and the state.
This event has taken place

Noel Fitzpatrick talks to Francine Stock

One Planet, One Medicine, One Love

Event 51 Venue: Telegraph Stage

Noel Fitzpatrick talks to Francine Stock
Pioneering surgeon Professor Fitzpatrick, Channel 4’s The Supervet, founder of Fitzpatrick Referrals and founding partner of Surrey University’s new school of veterinary medicine, has a radical vision: Humans and animals share genetic, physiological, environmental and even emotional bonds. For a sustainable future should they not share medicine, too? What are the practical and moral implications of being a ‘Humanimal’?


See also event 6
This event has taken place