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Welcome to our 17th Winter Weekend Festival programme
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Browse the World in Bookshops
Event 40 • Sunday 27 November 2016, 3.30pm • Venue: THE SWAN BALLROOM
A celebration of bookshops around the world by an awardwinning cast of writers including Ali Smith, Pankaj Mishra, Elif Shafak and Daniel Kehlmann. Hitchings has asked these and 11 others to consider the bookshops that have shaped them; each conjures a specific time and place. These enchanting pieces are a collective celebration of bookshops, for anyone who has ever fallen under their spell. Hitchings will read some short extracts by the contributors during his talk. He is the London Evening Standard’s theatre critic and author of several acclaimed books on language, literature and culture.
The Welsh Warrior Through The Ages
Event 41 • Sunday 27 November 2016, 3.30pm • Venue: HAY CASTLE
Celebrating the great Welsh warriors including King Arthur, the 500 Welsh archers at Agincourt and Henry Tudor, through to the modern Royal Welch Fusiliers, the former Captain in the Royal Regiment of Wales has written a series of essays praising their valour and chivalry.
All of a Winter’s Night and Fireside Gothic
Event 42 • Sunday 27 November 2016, 5pm • Venue: ST MARY’S CHURCH
When Aidan Lloyd’s bleak funeral is followed by a nocturnal ritual in the fog, it becomes all too clear that the son of a wealthy farmer will not be resting in peace. The author of the 15th in the Merrily Watkins series is joined by Andrew Taylor, the award-winning crime and historical novelist, with his new collection of three gothic novellas.
The Star Witness
Event 43 • Sunday 27 November 2016, 5pm • Venue: THE SWAN BALLROOM
The co-creator of classic comedy series Outnumbered, Drop the Dead Donkey, and Have I Got News for You, Andy Hamilton, talks to his publisher and QI writer about The Star Witness, a satirical novel that charts a TV star’s tabloid disgrace and his attempt to rejoin the human race.
Wake and Howl
Event 44 • Sunday 27 November 2016, 8pm • Venue: HAY CASTLE
Nuala is a guitarist singer-songwriter with a knack for writing compelling and relevant songs. She calls her style country, but if we were in America, she’d probably call it folk. Originally from rural Australia she was awarded the South Australian Music Industry Award for Most Outstanding Female Vocalist. Known for her charming stage presence, she has consistently claimed due attention from audiences in Australia, Ireland, China, Croatia, and UK and has performed on major stages at several festivals including Glastonbury, Bestival and Womad.