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Welcome to our 17th Winter Weekend Festival programme

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Nick Yarris talks to Andy Fryers

The Fear of 13

Event 21Saturday 26 November 2016, 5.30pm Venue: THE SWAN BALLROOM

Nick Yarris talks to Andy Fryers

The memoir of Nick Yarris, who was wrongly convicted of rape and murder and spent 23 years on Death Row. While he was in prison, to keep himself sane, Nick educated himself (including learning about triskaidekaphobia, the fear of 13 which gives the book its name). Later, as the technology developed, Nick pressed for post-conviction DNA testing, which eventually led to him being acquitted of all charges.

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Tim Moore interviewed by Rob Penn

The Cyclist who Went out in the Cold

Event 22Saturday 26 November 2016, 5.30pm Venue: HAY CASTLE

Tim Moore interviewed by Rob Penn

Scaling a new peak of rash over-ambition, Tim Moore tackles the 9,000km route of the old Iron Curtain on a tiny-wheeled, two-geared, East German shopping bike. After three months, 20 countries and a 58-degree jaunt up the centigrade scale, man and bike finally wobble up to a Black Sea beach in Bulgaria, older and wiser, but mainly older. Moore is a British travel writer and humorist whose previous book was also cycling-themed: Gironimo! Riding the Very Terrible 1914 Tour of Italy. Interviewed by Robert Penn, author of It’s All About the Bike.

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Chris Hodges

Derelict Stone Buildings of the Black Mountains Massif - The annual Smith-Soldat Memorial Lecture

Event 23Saturday 26 November 2016, 5.30pm Venue: ST MARY’S CHURCH

Chris Hodges

A fascinating study of the evidence unearthed about a widespread settlement pattern, dating from the late medieval period, that existed in an upland area of the Eastern Massif of the Black Mountains in south-east Wales. The archeologist knows the area personally from when he worked as a drystone waller and details both the research and the results including finding evidence of 499 separate structures on the ground.

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Judith Dudley, John-James Savage and Charles Martell

The Spirits of Christmas

Event 24Saturday 26 November 2016, 7pm Venue: THE SWAN BALLROOM

Judith Dudley, John-James Savage and Charles Martell

Stock your drinks cabinet and give yourself a warm glow by supporting local producers. For your delectation – and sampling – we have three family firms that have succeeded in the face of corporate competition: John-James Savage of Dà Mhìle in Ceredigion makes botanical gin and whisky, Judith Dudley from Parva Farm, Tintern introduces you to Welsh wine, and Charles Martell from Gloucestershire distills brandy and vintage fruit spirits made from plums, apples and pears.
Chaired by Kitty Corrigan.

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Good Cheer Singalong

Event 25Saturday 26 November 2016, 7pm Venue: HAY CASTLE

Good Cheer Singalong

Warm up the vocal cords and join in this Christmas singalong with the Friends of Hay Castle. Music, good company and Christmas cheer – what more could you ask for?

There will be a charity collection after the event.
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Mark Watson

I’m Not Here

Event 26Saturday 26 November 2016, 8.30pm Venue: THE SWAN BALLROOM

Mark Watson

The multi-award-winning star of numerous TV shows – Dave’s Road to Rio, We Need Answers, Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You, and his own cult Radio 4 series Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better and Mark Watson Talks a bit About Life, performs the follow-up show to his highly celebrated and successful Flaws. A seemingly minor problem at an airport is the starting-point for a spiralling examination of identity in the digital age and the search for meaning in our lives. Luckily the show includes an enormous number of jokes, as well as Watson’s customary flailing about and chaotic audience interactions. In short, if you like comedy, but don’t come and see this, you’re acting very oddly.

14+ years
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Hay Castle Tour

Event 27Sunday 27 November 2016, 10am Venue: HAY CASTLE – MEET ON HAY CASTLE SOUTH LAWNS

Once a great medieval stronghold, and for centuries a private house, our castle is alive with possibilities again. Find out more on a guided tour of the 12th-century keep, Jacobean mansion and Victorian service buildings.

Children under 16 free, no ticket required, but must be accompanied by an adult
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Hay Castle Tour

Event 45Sunday 27 November 2016, 10.20am Venue: HAY CASTLE – MEET ON HAY CASTLE SOUTH LAWNS

Once a great medieval stronghold, and for centuries a private house, our castle is alive with possibilities again. Find out more on a guided tour of the 12th-century keep, Jacobean mansion and Victorian service buildings.

Children under 16 free, no ticket required, but must be accompanied by an adult
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Tashi Mannox

Calligraphy Workshop

Event 28Sunday 27 November 2016, 10.30am - 12.30pm Venue: THE TABLE GALLERY

Tashi Mannox

An interactive workshop exploring the historical and contemporary sacred integrity of Tibetan calligraphy and mark-making. Participants will create an ensō, the disciplined, creative practice of traditional Japanese Zen ink painting, where a circle is hand-drawn in one uninhibited brushstroke to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create. Paper, ink and brushes provided; no artistic experience required.

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Sarah Cruddas

DKfindout! The Solar System

Event 29Sunday 27 November 2016, 11am Venue: THE SWAN BALLROOM

Sarah Cruddas

Discover what the weather is like on Jupiter, or take a trip across Mars with the Rover mission. Take in spectacular photography, lively illustrations, and key curriculum information that will satisfy budding astronomers. From the planets to meteorites, DKfindout! Sarah Cruddas will spark the imagination of any child interested in space and teach them everything they want to know about the awe-inspiring solar system.

8+ years
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Theatrix Puppet Theatre – Show 1

Sindbad the Sailor

Event 30Sunday 27 November 2016, 11am Venue: HAY PARISH HALL

The Magic Librarian is just about to shut up the Magical Library at the end of a long day when he discovers an ancient book that contains amazing adventures. As he reads the stories, they come to life in the library. Follow Sindbad the Sailor as he embarks on his travels and encounters a whale, a giant bird and an ogre.

Families and children aged 4+ years
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Puppet Workshop 1

Event 31Sunday 27 November 2016, 12pm - 12.45pm Venue: HAY PARISH HALL

Meet the puppets from the Theatrix Puppet Show and design, create and try out your very own puppet to take away.

Families and children aged 4+ years
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Janina Ramirez in conversation with Peter Florence

Julian of Norwich: A very brief history

Event 32Sunday 27 November 2016, 12.30pm Venue: THE SWAN BALLROOM

Janina Ramirez in conversation with Peter Florence

Julian of Norwich was the subject of medievalist and TV historian Janina Ramirez’s latest BBC 4 documentary (July 2016): In Search of the Lost Manuscript: Julian of Norwich. Now the focus of her latest book, Janina takes us further into the history of the Mother of English literature, discussing what we know about Julian and why she deserves to be seen as the female Chaucer or Thomas More.  

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Vybarr Cregan-Reid talks to Oliver Balch

Footnotes – How Running Makes Us Human

Event 33Sunday 27 November 2016, 12.30pm Venue: ST MARY’S CHURCH

Vybarr Cregan-Reid talks to Oliver Balch

Running is more than a sport; it’s more than just exercise, and it can tell us more about the way we live now than you could possibly imagine. Running is the poetry of motion. It can make us more intelligent, more empathetic, and is more effective at dealing with symptoms of anxiety and depression than any drug available in the world. Cregan-Reid is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Kent. Balch is author of Under the Tump and a keen runner.

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Kate Henderson and Hugh Ellis talk to Andy Fryers

Planning and Utopia

Event 34Sunday 27 November 2016, 12.30pm Venue: HAY CASTLE

Kate Henderson and Hugh Ellis talk to Andy Fryers

Celebrating the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s visionary book, Utopia, the joint CEOs of the Town and Country Planning Association (created in 1899 with the Utopian ideals of social justice, beauty in design, health and wellbeing and economic efficiency) discuss how far the English planning system has drifted from this and importantly, how it could be rescued.

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John Lewis-Stempel talks to Guto Harri

Where Poppies Blow

Event 35Sunday 27 November 2016, 2pm Venue: THE SWAN BALLROOM

John Lewis-Stempel talks to Guto Harri

The unique story of the British soldiers of the Great War and their relationship with the animals and plants around them. This connection was of profound importance, because it goes a long way to explaining why they fought, and how they found the will to go on. The author of Meadowland (winner of the 2015 Wainwright Prize) and The Running Hare discusses the ability of nature to endure, despite the bullets and blood, and give the men a psychological, spiritual, even religious uplift.

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Daisy Goodwin talks to Francine Stock

Victoria – A Novel of a Young Queen

Event 36Sunday 27 November 2016, 2pm Venue: ST MARY’S CHURCH

Daisy Goodwin talks to Francine Stock

In June 1837, the 18-year-old Victoria wakes up to find that she is queen of the most powerful nation in the world. But will she be queen in her own right, or a puppet controlled by her mother and the sinister Sir John Conroy? Can this tiny girl prevail against the men who believe that women are too hysterical to rule? This is the latest novel from the creator of the ITV Sunday night drama Victoria and author of the bestselling My Last Duchess and The Fortune Hunter. Actress Anna Wilson Jones, who plays Lady Portman in Victoria, will join them on stage to read extracts from the book.

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Mark Forsyth talks to Jasper Fforde

A Christmas Cornucopia

Event 37Sunday 27 November 2016, 2pm Venue: HAY CASTLE

Mark Forsyth talks to Jasper Fforde

Discover the unpredictable origins and etymologies of our cracking Christmas customs. Did you know that the date we celebrate was chosen by a madman, or that Christmas means ‘Go away, Christ’? And were you oblivious to the fact that the Advent calendar was actually invented by a Munich housewife to stop her children pestering her for a Christmas countdown? Luckily, like a gift from Santa himself, the author specialising in the meaning and etymology of English words is here to unwrap all these traditions and oddities.

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Theatrix Puppet Theatre – Show 2

Sindbad the Sailor

Event 38Sunday 27 November 2016, 2pm - 2.45pm Venue: HAY PARISH HALL

The Magic Librarian is just about to shut up the Magical Library at the end of a long day when he discovers an ancient book that contains amazing adventures. As he reads the stories, they come to life in the library. Follow Sindbad the Sailor as he embarks on his travels and encounters a whale, a giant bird and an ogre.

Families and children aged 4+ years
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Puppet Workshop 2

Event 39Sunday 27 November 2016, 3pm - 3.45pm Venue: HAY PARISH HALL

Meet the puppets from the Theatrix Puppet Show and design, create and try out your very own puppet to take away.

Families and children aged 4+ years
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