WELCOME TO HAY

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 280

Finbarr Livesey talks to Andy Fryers

From Global to Local

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

For the past 30 years or more, the global economy has been run on three big assumptions: globalisation will continue to increase, trade is the route to growth and development, and economic power is moving from West to East. But what if all these are wrong? Livesey is an engineer and a lecturer in public policy at the University of Cambridge.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event HD61

Rob Biddulph, Leigh Hobbs, Emma Lewis and Britta Teckentrup

Kate Greenaway Medal Winners: The Illustrators Who Made Us

Venue: Starlight Stage

The children’s radio show, Down the Rabbit Hole comes to Hay live. Four top illustrators will be talking about their favourite books from the prize’s history, the illustrators who have inspired them, and the power of pictures in children’s books. The event will include live-drawing and the chance to share your own favourite illustrated books.

Price: £5.30
 
 
Rob Biddulph, Leigh Hobbs, Emma Lewis and Britta Teckentrup

Event HD62

Sibéal Pounder and Stephanie Burgis

Bad Mermaids and The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart

Venue: Cube

Mermaids and dragons, popular creatures from mythology, have been given new adventures by these two authors. Join them as they discuss the fun they have had creating their characters and giving a fresh spin to traditional stories.

6+
Price: £5.30
 
 
Sibéal Pounder and Stephanie Burgis

Event W51

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.

Family event
Drop in

Event W52

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 14+
Price: £15.30
 
 

Event 281

Roy Hattersley

The Catholics: The Church and its People in Britain and Ireland, from the Reformation to the Present Day

Venue: Tata Tent

The survival of Catholicism in Britain, in the face of persecution and institutionalised discrimination (‘the enemy within’ again…) is the triumph of more than simple faith. Hattersley argues that it is the victory of moral and spiritual unbending certainty. Catholicism survives because it does not compromise. It is a characteristic that excites admiration in even a hardened atheist.

Price: £8.30
 
 

Event 282

Tahmima Anam

Reformations 12: Borders

Venue: Oxfam Moot

In a time of international turbulence and insecurity; a time when the world is seeing migrations of people escaping from the immediate terrors of war and the disruptions of climate change; at a time of multiple and fluid identities, the novelist from Bangladesh interrogates the notion of national borders. Where do you draw the line? She re-imagines the walls and checkpoints as places of welcome and refuge. Anam is the author of A Golden Age, The Good Muslim and The Bones of Grace. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Tahmima Anam

Event 283

Richard Holmes

This Long Pursuit

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

“If our world is to be saved, we must understand it both scientifically and imaginatively,” writes the great biographer Richard Holmes in his new book – a kaleidoscope of stories and meditations in which he revisits 200 working notebooks and celebrates his beloved art of biography, calling it the vital “handshake across time, cultures, beliefs, disciplines and genders”. Holmes is the biographer of Coleridge and Shelley, and the author of Sidetracks, Footsteps and The Age of Wonder. He talks to Claire Armitstead.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Richard Holmes

Event 284

Jeannette Littlemore

The Way You Tell It: the benefits and drawbacks of non-literal expression in everyday life

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Metaphors, metonymy, irony, hyperbole – non-literal expression is one of the primary tools for achieving economy of expression, clarity, persuasiveness, politeness and the communication of emotions. However, the potential for misunderstanding increases dramatically in situations where participants lack shared background knowledge or have significantly different views of the world. Littlemore is Professor of English Language and Applied Linguistics at University of Birmingham.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 286

Angelina Sanderson-Bellamy

Food Certifications – Are They Worth the Paper They are Written on? - Cardiff University Series 4

Venue: Starlight Stage

We are all familiar with an array of certificates found on our food: Rainforest Alliance, Marine Stewardship Council, Fairtrade, Organic etc.  This certification is meant to reassure us that food is produced in a more ecologically friendly way or improves animal welfare. But does it? Come and join an interactive session that will help formulate better understanding and communication. Sanderson-Bellamy is a Research Associate at the Sustainable Places Research Institute.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event HD63

Lawrence Bee

Britain’s Spiders: A Field Guide

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Did you know that Britain has approximately 660 species of spider? Join one of the authors of this new family guide to look at where, when, and how to find the spiders that live around us, and how to identify them. Zebra, Buzzing, Wolf or False Widow spider: which one lives in your house or garden?  Live spiders will be part of this talk.

9+
Price: £5.30
 
 

Event HD64

Francesca Simon, Laure Eve and Peadar O’Guilin

Monstrous Child, The Graces and The Call

Venue: Cube

Join three authors in contention for The Bookseller Young Adult Prize as they discuss the different ways in which their strong-minded and independent characters survive and thrive in their sometimes dark, always complex stories about adolescence.

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12+
Price: £5.30
 
 
Francesca Simon, Laure Eve and Peadar O’Guilin

Event HD65

Build your own Quantum Computer

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Join the Qubit Ninja team for a 90-minute workshop where you will learn about the incredible world of quantum computers. The University of Oxford team will introduce you to mysterious quantum phenomena – including qubits, superposition and entanglement – and then let you loose with your own quantum circuitry to try it out for yourself.

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Family and 14+
1.5 hours
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Event S6

Lighting Up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Come along to our immersive lantern-lit tented Storytelling Nook to listen to tales from around the world with Veronica Lamond and Auntie Kiko, and experience how solar light is making a difference to millions of families in Africa.

Family event
Drop in

Event W53

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!

Young Adult
Price: £15.30
 
 

Event DT23

Ticket to Dine

Dinner - Early Sitting

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 287

Michael Parkinson

Muhammad Ali: A Memoir

Venue: Tata Tent

In conversation with his son Mike, his producer, the peerless interviewer recounts his meetings with some of the world’s most extraordinary cultural figures on his television show Parkinson; in particular, he recalls the notable Muhammad Ali interviews, which form the basis of his latest book.

Price: £15.30
 
 
Michael Parkinson

Event 288

Taylor Cornes, David Green and Jonathan Godfrey in Conversation

Is Teaching Still a Valued Profession? - University of Worcester Series 3

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Heavy workloads, constantly changing government policies, and ‘media bashing’ are just some of the reasons cited in a 2015 survey of new teachers which showed that 73 per cent have considered leaving the profession. How do we make our teachers feel valued and better supported to enable them to educate our children for the future? Godfrey is Principal of Hereford Sixth Form College; Professor Green is Vice Chancellor of University of Worcester, from where Cornes recently graduated as a teacher.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 289

Rose Tremain talks to Peter Florence

The Road Home

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The novelist revisits her 2008 masterpiece, winner of the Orange Prize and selected as one of the Festival’s 30 Essential Reads of the past 30 years. ‘Lev is on his way from Eastern Europe to Britain, seeking work. Behind him loom the figures of his dead wife, his beloved young daughter and his outrageous friend Rudi. Ahead of Lev lies the deep strangeness of the British: their hostile streets, their clannish pubs, their obsession with celebrity. London holds out the alluring possibility of friendship, sex, money and a new career and, if Lev is lucky, a new sense of belonging....

Price: £9.30
 
 
Rose Tremain talks to Peter Florence

Event 290

Germaine Greer, Rob Penn and Beccy Speight

Tree Charter Series 3: Towards a new Charter for Trees, Woods and People

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The Tree Charter launches this year, built from more than 50,000 public stories about the value of trees and woods. How have the issues of rights and responsibilities shaped the relationship between people and trees over the 800 years since the 1217 Charter of the Forest? Germaine Greer, author of White Beech: The Rainforest Years and community woods enthusiast Rob Penn talk with Woodland Trust CEO Beccy Speight about the role of trees in our lives; and about the role of a Tree Charter in protecting this for the future.

Price: £8.30
 
 

Event 291

Svend Brinkman

Stand Firm

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The pace of modern life is accelerating. To keep up, we must keep on moving and adapting, constantly striving for greater happiness and success. Or so we are told. The Danish philosopher and psychologist argues that we must not be afraid to reject the self-help mantra and ‘stand firm’. The secret to a happier life lies not in finding your inner self but in coming to terms with yourself in order to co-exist peacefully with others.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Svend Brinkman

Event 292

Srijato Bandopadhyay, Natalie Holborow, Arunhava Sinha, Sophie McKeand, Aniesha Brahma and Sion Tomos Owen

Hay Mela 1: And Suddenly You Find Yourself in India

Venue: Starlight Stage

The first of four events this afternoon and evening that celebrate the vibrant cultural exchange between Wales and India. The poets relate and perform their experience of the India Wales project 2017, Valley City Village: with words and pictures introduced by Gary Raymond.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event HD66

Alex Wheatle

Straight Outta Crongton

Venue: Cube

The winner of The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize speaks about his journey from an abusive children’s home to his time in Brixton in the late 1970s and early ’80s, when he penned poems and lyrics under the name ‘The Brixton Bard’. Learn about the personal experiences that inform his work now, and hear him read from his new novel for young adults.

 #HAYYA

12+ (explicit content)
Price: £5.30
 
 

Event 294

Dave Goulson

Bee Quest

Venue: Oxfam Moot

A hunt for the world’s most elusive bees leads Goulson from Salisbury plain to Sussex hedgerows, from Poland to Patagonia. Whether he is tracking great yellow bumblebees in the Hebrides or chasing orchid bees through the Ecuadorian jungle, the biologist’s wit, humour and deep love of nature make him the ideal travelling companion.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Dave Goulson

Event 295

J. C. H. King talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Blood and Land: The Story of Native North America

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The distinguished anthropologist presents a dazzling, panoramic account of the history and achievements of Native North Americans and why they matter today. He suggests that no understanding of the wider world is possible without comprehending the original inhabitants of the United States and Canada: Native Americans, First Nations and Arctic peoples.

Price: £7.30