WELCOME TO HAY

The full programme is available for this year’s festival, 25 May to 4 June. We very much look forward to seeing you in Hay.

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Event HD55

Rob Biddulph

Sunk!

Venue: Starlight Stage

Penguin and his friends from Blown Away are back in a new adventure, and this time they’re pirates. While sailing the seven seas in search of treasure, Captain Blue and his friends are unexpectedly sunk. But with a shipwreck to explore and a mysterious stranger on a desert island to meet, they might still find some treasure after all. Join Rob Biddulph for story-telling and drawing.

3+
Price: £5.30
 
 
Rob Biddulph

Event HD56

3000 Chairs

Venue: Cube

Come and experience this uplifting and immersive show about a refugee child and the extraordinary power of kindness. The show is produced especially for Hay Festival by Hereford College of Arts and Open Sky Theatre Company, working with writer Nicola Davies to adapt for stage her poem, The Day War Came.

9+
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3000 Chairs

Event W43

HAYDAYS World of Food

Venue: Mess Tent

Are you a budding chef or curious in the kitchen? Learn how to cook interesting food from all over the world with the Kitchen Academy using recipes from a different culture every day. You don’t need to bring anything other than your tastebuds and your appetite...you are cooking lunch!

Age 4–7
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Event W42

Jemma Westing: Out of the Box

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Jemma Westing is an award-winning book designer and paper engineer. Her new book, Out of the Box, is packed full of amazing things to make from recycled cardboard. Join her to make and decorate your own cardboard-tube owl.

Age 7-12
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Event 264

John Guy

Would the Real Thomas More Please Stand Up?!

Venue: Tata Tent

Who was Thomas More, the author of Utopia? The distinguished historian of Tudor England parses the propaganda and More’s writings to read behind the myth. He examines the ways in which More’s legacy has been contested or resisted. And he suggests which aspects of his thought are likely to continue to influence the world in the future.

Price: £7.30
 
 
John Guy

Event 265

Artemis Cooper

Elizabeth Jane Howard: A Dangerous Innocence

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Elizabeth Jane Howard (1923-2014) wrote brilliant novels about what love can do to people, but in her own life the lasting relationship she sought so ardently always eluded her. The biographer examines the life of the author of The Cazalet Chronicle, her marriages to the naturalist Peter Scott and the novelist Kingsley Amis, as well as her turbulent relationships with Cecil Day-Lewis, Arthur Koestler and Laurie Lee. Cooper’s biography depicts a woman trying to make sense of her life through her writing, as well as illuminating the literary world in which she lived.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Artemis Cooper

Event 266

Kourosh Saeb Parsy

Cambridge Series: The Future of Organ Transplantation

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The consultant transplant surgeon reviews how organ transplantation is being transformed by innovations in organ donation, stem cell technology, bio-engineered tissues and machine perfusion of organs. He explores what is now possible and  discusses the ensuing ethical and legal dilemmas.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Kourosh Saeb Parsy

Event 267

Pete Brown talks to Andy Fryers

The Apple Orchard: The Story of Our Most English Fruit

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Taking us through the seasons in England’s apple-growing heartlands, Brown uncovers the stories and folklore of our most familiar fruit. An orchard is not a field. It’s not a forest or a copse. It couldn’t occur naturally but it demonstrates that man and nature together can create something beautiful.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 268

Pilita Clark, Sean Dagan Wood, Martin Wright and Mark Stevenson

Good News is No News

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Environmentalists are good at scare stories; but is a diet of doom and gloom turning people off? Would it be better to inspire people with positive news? Or would that fail to win headlines in a media that still follows the old adage, ‘If it bleeds, it leads’? Pilita Clark, Financial Times Environment Correspondent, Sean Dagan Wood, Editor of Positive News and Futurologist Mark Stevenson talk to Forum for the Future's Martin Wright.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event HD57

M.G. Leonard, Sarah Beynon and Andy Holcroft

Beetle Queen

Venue: Starlight Stage

Would you eat an insect? Try it out for yourself at an amazing event with M.G. Leonard, author of Beetle Boy, discussing the inspiration for the book including entomophagy – the practice of eating insects – which features in it. Entomologist Dr Sarah Beynon of The Bug Farm will explain why eating and farming insects could be the future of food, whilst Andy Holcroft of Grub Kitchen cooks up yummy insect bites live on stage for Leonard to eat.

9+
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Event HD58

Leigh Hobbs

Creating Characters: a Drawing Workshop

Venue: Cube

Join the Australian Children’s Laureate to learn how to draw three of his crazy but lovable characters: Mr Chicken, Old Tom and Horrible Harriet. He will also teach budding young artists how to create their very own characters.

6+
Price: £5.30
 
 

Event W46

HAYDAYS World of Food

Venue: Mess Tent

Are you a budding chef or curious in the kitchen? Learn how to cook interesting food from all over the world with the Kitchen Academy using recipes from a different culture every day. You don’t need to bring anything other than your tastebuds and your appetite...you are cooking lunch!

Age 8–11
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Event W44

Jemma Westing: Out of the Box

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Westing is an award-winning book designer and paper engineer. Her new book, Out of the Box, is packed full of amazing things to make from recycled cardboard. Join Jemma to make and decorate your own cardboard-tube owl.

Age 7-12
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Event W45

Science of Solar Workshop

Venue: The Storytelling Nook

So many things we take for granted, such as having access to basic services like electricity, remain a significant challenge for millions of people in today’s developing world. Come and find out how solar power works and can provide clean, reliable energy around the world with Chris Jardine, a leading mind in off-grid solar energy, conducting research with the Oxford Environmental Institute’s Lower Carbon Futures team.

Family event
Drop in

Event DT21

Ticket to Dine

Early Lunch

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 you like from all the dishes on offer for just £20 per person. By booking online you will receive a complimentary glass of wine, bottle of beer or soft drink. You will also be able to reserve a seat in the restaurant where our team will be waiting to give you a warm welcome.

Award-winning Alex Gooch breads and water are free for every customer.

A selection of desserts and local cheeses from Neal's Yard Creamery is also available, plus a full bar and barista 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 269

Richard Harries talks to Mary Loudon

The Beauty and the Horror: Searching for God in a Suffering World

Venue: Tata Tent

Life is at once wonderful and appalling, beautiful and horrific. How can we live with this contradiction? And how can we believe in a just and loving God in the face of all the evils of the world?  Lord Harries was Bishop of Oxford for 19 years.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Richard Harries talks to Mary Loudon

Event 270

Helen Rappaport

Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd, 1917

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Between the first revolution in February 1917 and Lenin’s Bolshevik coup in October, Petrograd was in turmoil – felt nowhere more keenly than on the fashionable Nevsky Prospekt, where the foreign visitors and diplomats who filled hotels, clubs, bars and embassies were acutely aware of the chaos beneath their windows. Rappaport draws upon the diaries and letters of these international witnesses, to carry us right into the action: to see, feel and hear the Revolution as it happened.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Helen Rappaport

Event 271

Alastair Sawday talks to Kitty Corrigan

Travelling Light: Journeys Among Special People and Places

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The campaigner, publisher and wanderer has spent his life travelling: “The richer our imaginations, the richer our travel experience. We British do things one way and the Spaniards another; there are unlimited ways of doing everything. Kindness is found in unexpected places, as is eccentricity. Eccentrics are an endangered species and need as much protection as does the house sparrow.”

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 272

Louise Gray, Steve Ormerod and Tony Davies talk with Katie-Jo Luxton

The Nature of Brexit: challenges and opportunities for wildlife and farming

Venue: Good Energy Stage

In 2016 over 50 organisations came together across the UK to produce and publish the second State of Nature report. It shows that the UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world. The long-term future of farming is at stake if the natural systems on which it is based are depleted. Our panel looks at what the next 30 years could look like if the natural environment was placed at the centre of farming policies post-Brexit. Poet Martin Daws will open and close this event.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Louise Gray, Steve Ormerod and Tony Davies talk with Katie-Jo Luxton

Event 273

Laia Jufresa and Cynan Jones talk to Daniel Hahn

Fictions: Survivors

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

With its taut narrative and its wincingly visceral portrait of a man locked in an uneven struggle with the forces of nature, Jones’s Cove is a powerful new work from one of the most distinctive voices in British fiction. Jufresa’s Umami is a quietly devastating novel of missed encounters, missed opportunities, missed people, and those who are left behind. Compassionate, surprising, funny and inventive, it deftly unpicks their stories to offer a darkly comic portrait of contemporary Mexico, as whimsical as it is heart-wrenching.

The Mexican writer Laia Jufresa is selected for Hay 30 – celebrating a new generation of thinkers, supported by the CASE Foundation
Price: £6.30
 
 
Laia Jufresa and Cynan Jones talk to Daniel Hahn

Event 274

Richard Clay: Utopias

BBC Four

Venue: BBC Tent

Ever since Thomas More coined the term, ‘Utopia’, it has been constantly re-imagined and re-invented by new generations of writers and dreamers. Now a major new arts series for BBC Four examines the enduring appeal of utopias and asks what it is in the human condition that yearns for it. Richard Clay, professor of Digital Humanities at Newcastle University, talks about his experience of making the series, from being shouted at by guards at a Soviet nostalgia theme park in Lithuania to exploring the acid house scene of Chicago’s south side and experiencing a marathon Steve Reich minimalist music concert. The session will also feature exclusive preview clips and a Q&A.

Utopias is made by ClearStory for BBC Four and will broadcast this summer

FREE BUT TICKETED
Price: £0.00
 
 
Richard Clay: Utopias

Event 275

The Amatis Trio

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 3

Venue: St Mary’s Church

The third of four recitals broadcast from Hay this week. Mozart’s Piano Trio in B flat major, K502; Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No.2 in C minor, Op.66. Concert introduced by Clemency Burton-Hill.

Recorded for Broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Please arrive in good time.

Price: £8.30
 
 

Event 624

Jeanette Littlemore

Subject Areas – English Language, Learning Second Languages

Venue: Compass

Please drop in to our 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.

Jeanette Littlemore is Professor of English Language and Applied Linguistics at the University of Birmingham.

15+
30 mins
Drop in (no ticket required)

Event HD59

Mike Langman

Bird Spotter’s Guide

Venue: Starlight Stage

Do you know your buzzard from your bullfinch? Come on a virtual bird-watch with illustrator Mike Langman and get tips on how to sharpen your observational skills so that you can recognise more species of bird by sight and sound. There’ll be drawing, quizzes and lots of audience participation.

9+
Price: £5.30
 
 

Event HD60

Britta Teckentrup

Bee

Venue: Cube

Listen to this story about bees, the miraculous insects that travel from flower to flower and spread life on the planet. After explaining the importance of bees, this workshop will also encourage young readers to get involved in saving bees, while creating a garden using Britta Teckentrup’s collage technique.

6+
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Britta Teckentrup

Event W47

Emma Lewis: The Museum of Me

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Work with this award-winning illustrator to make your own ‘Museums of Me’ to show what’s important to you or what you’re interested in, using collage, cut paper and other materials. The Museum of Me is the winner of the 2017 Bolognaragazzi Opera Prima Award.

Age 4-7
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Event W48

Science of Solar Workshop

Venue: The Storytelling Nook

So many things we take for granted, such as having access to basic services like electricity, remain a significant challenge for millions of people in today’s developing world. Come and find out how solar power works and can provide clean, reliable energy around the world with Chris Jardine, a leading mind in off-grid solar energy, conducting research with the Oxford Environmental Institute’s Lower Carbon Futures team.

Family event
Drop in

Event W49

HAYDAYS World of Food

Venue: Mess Tent

Are you a budding chef or curious in the kitchen? Learn how to cook interesting food from all over the world with the Kitchen Academy using recipes from a different culture every day. You don’t need to bring anything other than your tastebuds and your appetite...you are cooking lunch!

Age 12+
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Event DT22

Ticket to Dine

Late Lunch

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 you like from all the dishes on offer for just £20 per person. By booking online you will receive a complimentary glass of wine, bottle of beer or soft drink. You will also be able to reserve a seat in the restaurant where our team will be waiting to give you a warm welcome.

Award-winning Alex Gooch breads and water are free for every customer.

A selection of desserts and local cheeses from Neal's Yard Creamery is also available, plus a full bar and barista 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 276

Christopher de Hamel

Meetings With Remarkable Manuscripts

Venue: Tata Tent

Intimate conversations with 12 of the most famous medieval manuscripts in existence. De Hamel traces the elaborate journeys these exceptionally precious artifacts have made through time and space. He shows us how they have been copied, who has owned them or lusted after them (and how we can tell); how they have been embroiled in politics and scholarly disputes; and how they have been regarded as objects of supreme luxury and as symbols of national identity. De Hamel was Head of Medieval Manuscripts at Sotheby’s and is now Librarian at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Christopher de Hamel

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