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The full programme is available for this year’s festival, 26 May to 4 June. We very much look forward to seeing you in May.

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Event 192

Kati Marton talks to Corisande Albert

True Believer: Stalin’s Last American Spy

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The harrowing story of an American traitor who sold out his country to the Russian president. Noel Field, once a well-meaning and privileged American working in the State Department, spied for the Soviets during the 1930s and -40s. Later, a pawn in Stalin’s sinister master strategy, Field was kidnapped and tortured by the KGB, and forced to testify against his own Communist comrades. Marton is an award-winning journalist, a human rights campaigner, and the author of Enemies of the People and The Great Escape.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 193

Roman Krznaric

Carpe Diem Regained: The Vanishing Art of Seizing the Day

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The philosopher and founder of The Empathy Museum unpacks the history, philosophy and modern-day applications of Carpe Diem while delivering a rousing call to action for anyone up for the daunting challenge of leading a meaningful life. He explores insights from the lives of seize-the-day pioneers including nightclub dancers, war photographers and committed revolutionaries, while drawing on everything from the neuropsychology of regret to medieval carnival rites.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 194

Jessica Seaton

Gather Cook Feast: Recipes from Land and Water

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Seaton, the founder of TOAST, is inspired by the food from our seas, our rivers, our farmland, our gardens and our wild places. Her new cookbook is full of simple, seasonal and nourishing recipes such as braised short ribs with horseradish, courgette fritters with minted yoghurt, mackerel escabeche with wild fennel and kale, and roast vegetable and barley salad with crisped artichokes. She shares her love of food and landscape with Kitty Corrigan.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Jessica Seaton

Event 195

Siobhan Campbell, Emily Blewitt, Rhiannon Hooson and Polly Atkin

The Seren 2017 Poetry Gala

Venue: Cube

Four poets read from new collections in this poetry platform. Campbell reads from her new collection Heat Signature. Blewitt reads from her Forward-commended This is Not a Rescue. Hooson reads from her collection The Other City. Atkin reads from Basic Nest Architecture.

Price: £6.30
 
 

Event HD42

Perdita and Honor Cargill and Katy Birchall

Waiting for Callback: Take Two and The It Girl: Superstar Geek

Venue: Starlight Stage

Fame, that’s all Elektra, star of Waiting for Callback: Take Two, has ever wanted, and now she has a part in a film, but things don’t go quite to plan. Anna Huntly, star of The It Girl: Superstar Geek, has a different ambition. Join the creators of these girls as they discuss their witty and wise stories of teenage dreams and anxieties with Emily Drabble, Head of Booktrust’s children’s book promotion.

11+
Price: £5.30
 
 
Perdita and Honor Cargill and Katy Birchall

Event 197

Tristram Hunt

The World, by Design: The Victoria & Albert Museum in an age of Brexit, BRICS and Netflix

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The new Director of the V&A explores the role of culture and curation in a world turning on a new axis, where intelligence is artificial and some pots are still priceless; where a common wealth of resources and makers can fashion global treasures.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Tristram Hunt

Event 198

Marcus Brigstocke, Saci Lloyd, Ed Gillespie and Juliet Davenport

I’m An Expert, Get Me Out of Here

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Join enthusiastic host Ed Gillespie and two teams of the great and the good for this riotous and irreverent game show. Expect a heady mix of topicality, tomfoolery and randomness. No (live) insects will be hurt during the proceedings. We can’t guarantee the same for our heroic participants’ feelings, pride or reputation.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 199

Joe Lycett talks to Stephanie Merritt

Parsnips, Buttered: bamboozle and boycott modern life, one email at a time

Venue: Good Energy Stage

This is the comedian’s first book. His first book that he’s written. He’s read loads of books. “Using letters, emails, tweets and telegrams I will show you how the things in your life that make you sad, low or anxious can soon appear trivial, insignificant and like a fish. In short, I will butter your parsnips.” So..

Price: £8.30
 
 
Joe Lycett talks to Stephanie Merritt

Event 200

Claire Garabedian and Laurence Gardiner

Using the Creative Arts to Help People With Dementia to Live Well - University of Worcester Series 1

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

There are estimated to be 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia. Garabedian is a musician and a researcher within the Association of Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester. She is joined by Laurence Gardiner, an expert living with early-onset dementia. They discuss ways in which the creative arts can help unlock memories and encourage communication.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 201

Ann Goldstein talks to Daniel Hahn

Translating Ferrante

Venue: Starlight Stage

The translator discusses her English-language versions of the Neapolitan novels of Italian author Elena Ferrante that have taken the literary world by storm. 

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 202

Ifor ap Glyn

The Empty Chair: The National Poet of Wales on Hedd Wyn

Venue: Cube

2017 marks 100 years since the Third Battle of Ypres, also known as Passchendaele. One of those who fell in battle was Ellis Humphrey Evans, the poet from Meirionnydd whose Bardic name was Hedd Wyn. He died before being announced winner of the Chair at the National Eisteddfod in Birkenhead. The empty chair was draped in black, and Hedd Wyn is still remembered throughout Wales, as he is in Flanders, as a potent symbol of bloodshed and loss. Ifor ap Glyn will talk about the life, work and remarkable legacy of Hedd Wyn.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Ifor ap Glyn

Event DT16

Ticket to Dine

Dinner

Venue: Relish Festival Restaurant

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

Enjoy a delicious meal from our Festival Restaurant buffet. Choose from a wide selection of hot and cold dishes created fresh onsite by our team of chefs using the best local seasonal produce.

Come up to the buffet and choose as much as like from all the dishes on offer for just £20, by booking online you will received a complimentary glass of wine, bottle of beer or soft drink. By booking online you will 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.

A selection of desserts and local cheeses from Neil's Yard Creamery are also available to buy, as well as a full bar and baristas coffees.

See a Sample Menu Here

If you have any dietary requirements please state these in the notes at the Checkout stage.
Price: £20.00
 
 

Event 203

Amanda Palmer and Edward Ka-Spel

I Can Spin A Rainbow

Venue: Oxfam Moot

An intimate concert-performance unveils the first full-length collaboration between Palmer and Ka-Spel, founding member of visionary Anglo-Dutch psychedelicists The Legendary Pink Dots. Both artists’ stories, song fragments, poems, and lyrics became wholly meshed with loops, melancholy piano playing, melodic beds, and strange rhythms. The results range from the enchantingly minimal The Clock at the Back of the Cage to the luxurious theatricality of the album-opening Pulp Fiction.

Price: £9.30
 
 
Amanda Palmer and Edward Ka-Spel

Event 204

Bronwen Maddox, Terry Burns, David Allen Green and Vicky Pryce

Brexit Britain 2: How To Do It

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

If the political decision is difficult, what will the practical delivery be like? How can it be done? By whom? And when? Maddox is the Director of the Institute for Government; Lord Burns was Permanent Secretary to the Treasury in the 1990s; Pryce was joint head of the Government’s Economic Service until 2010, and is the author of Greekonomics; Allen Green writes the Jack of Kent blog and is the author of Brexit: What Everyone Needs to Know.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 205

Joe Lycett, Nish Kumar, Eleanor Tiernan and Kiri Pritchard-McLean

Machynlleth Comedy Festival @ Hay

Venue: Good Energy Stage

A gala night with some of the best-loved performers from the annual comedy festival. Lycett was the Best Show winner at the 2016 Chortle Awards; Kumar is “utterly brilliant” – Time Out; Tiernan has “an inspired comic mind” – The Scotsman; and MC Kiri Pritchard-McLean is one of the most quick-witted and engaging hosts in the business.

Price: £10.30
 
 
Joe Lycett, Nish Kumar, Eleanor Tiernan and Kiri Pritchard-McLean

Event 206

Mario Hamuy

A Journey Through An Expanding Universe

Venue: Starlight Stage

A spectacular tour, from the solar system to the most distant objects that have been observed reveals the vastness of the Universe, which began with an explosion 13.7 billion years ago. Hamuy shows that the Universe is tremendously dynamic and in permanent evolution. The astronomer is from Chile, a country that has become the Earth’s window into space. He was part of the team that detected the acceleration of the universe and the existence of a new dark energy component in the 1990s. Chaired by Martin Rees.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 207

Kate Fox

Quarrybank Women’s Work

Venue: Cube

The comedian and poet performs work produced during her residency at Quarry Bank, one of the Industrial Revolution’s best-preserved textile mills.  Fox has had unique access to journals of women who worked in the mill, which has informed her lifelong commitment to the issues of gender history and ‘Northern-ness’.

Price: £6.30
 
 
Kate Fox

Event 208

Fat Freddy's Drop

In concert

Venue: Tata Tent

The booty shaking soul monster Fat Freddy’s Drop is heading to Wales on Bank Holiday Monday. Internationally regarded as one of the world’s finest live draws, seven-piece band Fat Freddy’s Drop is on fire with fourth studio album BAYS. Over the past three albums the New Zealanders have navigated their way from the incubator of sunshine reggae through a colour-saturated field of soul psychedelia before swerving onto a desolate Detroit superhighway at night. It’s a sound that demands to be heard live, a potent mixture of jazz virtuosity and diaphragm-wrecking digital sonics.

Price: £33.30
 
 

Event 209

The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club

The Sound of the Baskervilles

Venue: Baskerville Hall, Clyro
Craig Charles needs very little introduction – BBC6 Music's Funk and Soul Show presenter is one of the most spectacular and joyful live DJs, his high energy club sets are packed full of classic soul and disco bangers, and his tune selection and seamless mixing leave dance floors across the country begging for more. DJs Ben & Max from Hay's very own SuperSonicDisco will get the dance floor bubbling away nicely, ready for the big man!
Strictly 18+, ID may be required on the door
Price: £15.30
 
 
The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club

Event W31

Morning Iyengar yoga session with Wye Valley Yoga

Venue: Cube

Wake up and re-energise with our morning yoga class. Iyengar yoga is characterized by precision, alignment and attention to detail and is an inclusive and accessible yoga practice. Mats are provided; wear comfortable clothing.

16+
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Event 211

Owen Sheers

Reformations 11: Men

Venue: Tata Tent

Questions of masculinity have been at the heart of Sheers’ writing for 20 years, in his plays Mametz and The Two Worlds of Charlie F, in his fiction Resistance and  I Saw A Man, and in his poetry – most clearly in Pink Mist. In 2012 he was also artist in residence with the Welsh Rugby Union. Here he interrogates ideas of masculinity in essay form, and reimagines a man’s world. 

Price: £7.30
 
 
Owen Sheers

Event 212

Laurence Rees

The Holocaust: A New History

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Mixing extensive research and testimony from survivors with a searing analysis of the decision-making of the Nazi state, the distinguished film-maker and historian’s landmark work answers two of the most fundamental questions in history – how, and why, did the holocaust happen?

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 213

Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

The Early Edition: The News Review Revue

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

What’s hot? What’s not? How do you decode the qualities’ agendas and how far can you trust the red tops? Why did this make the news and that make chip-wrapping? The comedians spend an hour in the human zoo, tearing up stories, making mad the guilty and appalling the free…

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 214

Paul Olver

Mapping Herefordshire’s Landscape

Venue: Compass

In the 1830s, a number of geologists, who were essentially border squires and clergymen, shared their knowledge of fossils with Roderick Murchison, which led to the eventual designation of the ‘Silurian System’. This appreciation of the landscape and being able to ‘read the land’ was also the inspiration in the county for the Picturesque Movement’. Olver explains the origins of the rock types and the local landscape and discusses the importance of Herefordshire in the formative years of geological science.

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Event 215

Rhyd Lewis

The Mathematics of Networks and Maps - Cardiff University Series 2

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

How do satnavs find the quickest route from one town to another? What’s the most efficient way to visit the best pubs in the UK? Is it true that all living things in the world are six or fewer degrees of separation away from each other? The Cardiff mathematician shows, pictorially, how the many problems in everyday life can be modelled as networks: from the colouring of maps to the way Facebook makes friend recommendations.

Price: £7.30