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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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Where My Wellies Take Me
Event HD75 • • Venue: Tata Tent
A concert performance following nine-year-old Pippa on a ramble through woods, farms and fields. Her lively commentary is interwoven with seasonal songs of midwinter, springtime and harvest and verses by Sean Rafferty, Seamus Heaney, D.H Lawrence, Robert Browning and Shakespeare. A celebration of nature and the countryside, this is narrated by Clare and Michael Morpurgo with Natalie Walter, the songs are performed by award-winning a cappella group Voices at the Door.
Tomb Raiders: Make Your Own Treasure Hoard
Event HD76 • • Venue: Cube
Discover fascinating facts about the ancient Egyptians. Join sisters Isabel and Imogen to find out about the fabulous treasures Pharaoh Tutankhamun took to his tomb. Then create your own treasure hoard to take away and enjoy later.
Britain in Europe
Event 408 • • Venue: Tata Tent
In a Town Hall-style Q&A, the former Prime Minister who intervened powerfully in the Scottish Referendum sets out his case for Britain not only ‘in’ Europe, but actively leading it: as a trade bloc, as a bastion of human rights and freedoms, as a new form of power shaping a new kind of international community for the C21st. Chaired by Anita Anand.
Cambridge Series 18: Sex by Numbers
Event 409 • • Venue: Oxfam Moot
How often, with whom, and doing what? The statistics of sexual behaviour are riveting, but can we believe them? A Cambridge professor of statistics investigates. Spiegelhalter is Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk.
Risk and Resilience
Event 410 • • Venue: Good Energy Stage
A conversation about risk and resurgence. Barrett is the co-author of Extreme: Why Some People Thrive at the Limits, which examines what we can learn from people who embrace high-risk work and life and are attuned to survival. Sian Williams, one the nation’s most trusted broadcasters, is also a trauma assessor. She is the author of Rise: Surviving and Thriving After Trauma (embargoed until 30 May).
The Pier Falls
Event 411 • • Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
An expedition to Mars goes terribly wrong. A seaside pier collapses. A 30-stone man is confined to his living room. One woman is abandoned on a tiny island in the middle of the ocean. Another woman is saved from drowning. Two boys discover a gun in a shoebox. A group of explorers find a cave of unimaginable size deep in the Amazon jungle. A man shoots a stranger in the chest on Christmas Eve. The author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and The Red House plays out his dark and wild imagination in his first collection of short stories.
The Bolds to the Rescue
Event HD77 • • Venue: Telegraph Stage
The comedian/entertainer/writer and award-winning illustrator introduce you to their latest book, a brand new adventure about a family of hyenas living in an ordinary suburban street. An unmissable event packed with wildly hilarious readings in Julian’s unique style, together with live drawing from David.
I am Bear
Event HD78 • • Venue: Cube
“I am Bear. And I am bare. The suit I wear has purple hair.” See this brand new hilarious picture-book brought to life by the creators, as they keep young mischief-makers entertained with cheeky trickster Bear.
Hold the Front Page!
Event HD79 • • Venue: Starlight Stage
Join First News to celebrate 10 years of first-class news especially for children. Find out what goes on behind the scenes in creating a newspaper and have a go at being a journalist yourself.
Dr Peter Ford, Hay History Group
Event 530 • • Venue: Meet inside Hay Castle
The 2016 Raymond Williams Lecture – Shakespeare 400
Event 412 • • Venue: Tata Tent
The novelist and essayist celebrates the work and gift of the playwright. Her latest novel The Gap of Time is a retelling of The Winter’s Tale. “A book of considerable beauty…a fine invitation into this deeply Shakespearean vision of imagination as the best kind of truth-telling” – Rowan Williams, New Statesman.
Intercept: The Secret History of Computers and Spies
Event 413 • • Venue: Telegraph Stage
The computer was born to spy. Under the intense pressure of the Second World War and in the confines of Britain’s code-breaking establishment at Bletchley Park, the work of Alan Turing and others led to the birth of electronic espionage. It was a breakthrough that helped to win the war. In the following decades, computers transformed espionage, from the spy hunting of the Cold War years to the data-driven pursuit of terrorists and the industrial-scale cyber-espionage against corporations in the C21st. Together, computers and spies are shaping the future, and from the rise of China to the phones in our pockets, what was once the preserve of a few intelligence agencies now matters for us all. Corera is Security Correspondent for BBC News.
Winners of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize
Event 414 • • Venue: Starlight Stage
PAUL MURRAY and HANNAH ROTHSCHILD are joint winners of this year's prize for comic fiction.
Paul Murray's The Mark and The Void tells the story of two Dubliners: Claude, a banker who decides to rob his own bank and struggling novelist and crook, Paul, who helps him do it. The judges said: “Murray’s setup is funny, the elegant zip of his sentences make you smile, his novel is an achingly topical, clever, delightful tale of folly and delusion. We loved it.”
Rothschild’s debut novel has been described as “A meditation on great art and human passion which reads like a confection concocted by Anita Brookner and Judith Krantz” (The Independent). The heroine finds herself plunged into the London art world where skulduggery and big characters abound. The book has also been shortlisted for 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. The judges said: “The Improbability of Love is a wonderful satire on the art trade, preposterous billionaires, Russian oligarchs and much else, a brilliant conceit faultlessly carried off. We were very sad to finish this gloriously funny novel.”
Murray, who shortlisted in 2010 for Skippy Dies, said: “I’m delighted and honoured. I first read PG Wodehouse as a boy and have kept returning to him ever since, longer than any other writer – which makes this award very special.”
Rothschild said: “To use a word that my hero PG Wodehouse invented, I am terribly ‘gruntled’ by winning this prize; sharing it with the great Paul Murray; and by the prospect of drinking Bollinger while reading an Everyman Classic.”
The judges were Everyman Publisher David Campbell, BBC Books man Jim Naughtie, comedian Sara Pascoe and Hay Festival Director, Peter Florence. Announcing the joint award, Florence said: "The novels have utterly different tones and style, but they are both wonderful and you just know that anyone you give them to will be delighted by them. We couldn't bear for either of them not to win."
The winners will each receive a jeroboam of Bollinger Special Cuvée, a case of Bollinger La Grande Année and the complete set of the Everyman Wodehouse collection. The winners will also be presented with a locally bred Gloucestershire Old Spot pig, which will be named after the winning novels in a special celebration.
Event 415 • • Venue: Good Energy Stage
The Minister of State for Trade and Investment discusses Britain’s economic and business relationship with the European Union. He looks west at TTIP and east to China and India to see what the future might hold for Britain inside or outside the Union. Price was formerly MD of Waitrose, Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, and Deputy Chairman of Channel 4. Ahmed is the BBC’s Economics Editor.
Event 416 • • Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
Llanelli is one of the world’s greatest rugby towns, and home to one of the most loved and followed teams, The Scarlets. The broadcaster and journalist, whose other books include Who Beat the All Blacks?, yarns the best tales and traditions of the club with one of its most favoured sons, the legendary fly-half Phil Bennett. They talk to Dai Smith. A safe bet that stories will be told of 31 October 1972, when the final scoreboard famously read: Llanelli 9 Seland Newydd 3. There may be singing. #sosbanfach
BBC Radio 4
Event 417 • • Venue: BBC Tent
Four Thought is a series of exciting and often provocative personal talks in which speakers explain new thinking about the big trends and questions in culture and society.
Broadcast on Wednesdays at 8.45pm on BBC Radio 4. Four Thought will record four speakers at Hay Festival.
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Event HD80 • • Venue: Cube
The actress and winner of Celebrity MasterChef in 2014 discusses her first book for children. A wonderfully inventive story of a boy who finds he can talk to animals, Zoo Boy takes a fresh and funny look at animals and how we treat them.
Mr William Shakespeare’s Plays
Event HD81 • • Venue: Oxfam Moot
Marking 400 years since the death of Shakespeare, the cartoonist and children’s author will bring the Bard’s work vividly to life. Come up on stage and help Marcia re-enact The Tempest, using masks, props and plenty of drama.
Subject Areas – Greek Literature and Culture
Event 577 • • 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.
Tim Whitmarsh is the A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at the University of Cambridge.
Kissinger: The Idealist, 1923-1968
Event 418 • • Venue: Tata Tent
No American statesman has been as revered and as reviled as Henry Kissinger. Hailed by some as the ‘indispensable man’, whose advice has been sought by every president from John F Kennedy to George W Bush, he has also attracted immense hostility from critics who have cast him as an amoral Machiavellian – the ultimate, cold-blooded ‘realist’. In his first volume of biography, the historian examines Kissinger’s early life (as a Jew in Hitler’s Germany, a poor immigrant in New York, a GI at the Battle of the Bulge, an interrogator of Nazis, and a student of history at Harvard) to understand his debt to the philosophy of idealism. By tracing his rise, fall and revival as an adviser to Kennedy, Nelson Rockefeller and Richard Nixon, Ferguson assesses Kissinger’s contribution to the theory of diplomacy, grand strategy and nuclear deterrence.