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 296

Beau Lotto

Deviate: The Science of Seeing Differently

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Perception is the foundation of human experience but few of us understand how our own perception works. By revealing the startling truths about the brain and perception, the world-renowned neuroscientist shows that the next big innovation is not a new technology: it is a new way of seeing.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 297

Tim Parks talks to Rosie Goldsmith

A Conversation

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Parks is a profoundly European writer, steeped in Italian culture as a travel writer and a translator. He is publishing an introduction to a selection of Montaigne’s essays: Drawn From Life, and his new novel In Extremis is one of the most implacable, but also one of the funniest novels about death and family you will ever read.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 298

Mamta Sagar, Sian Melangell Dafydd, Anitha Thampi and Nia Davies

Hay Mela 2: Literature Across Frontiers

Venue: Starlight Stage

Sagar is a performance poet in the Kannada language, the Keralan poet Thampi writes in Malayalam. They’ve created a multi-lingual performance translating and writing together with the Cymraeg (Dafydd) and English-language (Davies) poets from Wales.

Price: £6.30
 
 

Event 299

Bill Sewell talks to Jake Kemp

Food, Pleasure and Community

Venue: Cube

On the final day of his crowd-funding campaign for his new book Bill’s Kitchen, food writer and restaurateur Bill Sewell discusses his journey from concerned London vegetarian to enthusiastic rural omnivore. His trademarks are strong flavours, simple techniques and a passion for the pleasure of cooking as well as eating. They talk about eating well but not cleanly; and the ways in which social media can either kill or build a sense of community around food, cooking and eating.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Bill Sewell talks to Jake Kemp

Event DT24

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 300

Hay Mela 3: Curry Night

Venue: Relish Festival Restaurant

Please join us for a supper designed by Anand George of Purple Poppadom Restaurant in Cardiff, one of Wales’s most gifted Indian chefs.

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Event 301

Reginald D. Hunter

Comedy: Some People vs Reginald D Hunter

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The American comic’s searingly honest material has garnered him a popular fan base that spans the generations. ‘Hunter joins the top rank of stand-up comedians working today. A comedian going for broke, flying in the face of received opinion in a way that is simply exhilarating… this is comedy of a rare scope’ – The Times. He is very, very funny.

Price: £15.30
 
 
Reginald D. Hunter

Event 303

Chris Menges talks to Peter Florence

Retrospect

Venue: Good Energy Stage

An evening celebrating the outstanding work of the cinematographer whose films include The Reader, Dirty Pretty Things, Notes on a Scandal, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.  He has won two Oscars: for The Killing Fields and The Mission.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Chris Menges talks to Peter Florence

Event 304

Omar Saif Ghobash talks to Rosie Boycott

Letters to a Young Muslim

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

In a series of letters addressed to his sons, Ghobash encourages them to face issues others insist are not relevant, not applicable and even Islamophobic. These letters serve as a clear-eyed inspiration for the next generation of Muslims to understand how to be faithful to their religion and still navigate through the complexities of today’s world. Omar Saif Ghobash is the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Russia.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Omar Saif Ghobash talks to Rosie Boycott

Event 305

Will Young and the Jazz Quintet

Venue: Tata Tent

Following on from the release of Summer Covers, an eclectic mix of fan-favorite jazz covers, Will Young returns to the stage with his incredibly talented band for a rare performance. Alongside some classic jazz standards, he will also perform new adaptations. Also, expect an abundance of funny stories and charming commentary throughout!

Will Young is one of the most well-known and recognizable figures in British contemporary music. Since 2002, his career has encompassed multi-platinum albums and sell-out live tours.

Beyond popular music, Will has always had a strong passion for jazz. Off the back of his recent fourth UK No.1 album ’85 Proof’, and its accompanying Love Revolution tour, Will released his most recent EP entitled ‘Summer Covers’ - a euphoric, eclectic mix of fan-favourite covers recorded live in Dean Street Studios with the same band line-up from his jazz residency at the legendary British jazz venue the 606 Club, in 2010.

Price: £25.30
 
 
Will Young and the Jazz Quintet

Event 306

Khamira

Hay Mela 4: The Music

Venue: Starlight Stage

Khamira is an Indo-Welsh collaboration that fuses Welsh folk, Indian classical, rock and jazz. Four members of the celebrated Welsh jazz/folk band Burum come together with three of India’s young new wave of adventurous genre-breaking musicians to create Khamira (meaning ‘yeast’ in Hindi). Suhail Yusuf Khan’s virtuosic Serengi and vocals dovetails with Tomos Williams’ trumpet; Vishal Nagar’s tabla joins in a feast of rhythms and syncopations with Mark O’Connor’s drum kit; while Aditya Balani’s soaring guitar solos are supported by Dave Jones on keyboard and Aidan Thorne on bass. 

Price: £6.30
 
 

Event W54

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 308

Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

The Early Edition: The News Review Revue 2

Venue: Tata Tent

The comedians read the papers for laughs. A little breakfast-time mockery may be in order as they hunt for the news that makes the biggest splash and the least sense. Not for the easily offended or the politically confident. #factcheck #funcheck

Price: £7.30
 
 
Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

Event 309

Matthew Stevens, Louise Miskell and Sam Blaxland talk with Martin Johnes

Welsh Legends…Or Are They Myths?

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The panel questions three of the big legends in Wales. They start with the image of medieval Wales as a nation conquered by England and then briefly set free by Owain Glyndwr. Stevens argues that the Welsh were a people rather than a single nation and that Glyndwr was no national redeemer. The second legend is modern Wales as a land made by coal. Miskell looks at how Welsh industry was far more diverse than this in the late 19th century. The third legend is the idea of Wales as a victim of Conservative oppression. Blaxland shows how the Tories have always enjoyed a strong base of Welsh support and argues that they were key architects of the devolved Welsh state.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 310

Catherine Barnard

Cambridge Series: Me, You and the EU

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The EU legal expert, Professor Catherine Barnard, explains the complexity of the Brexit negotiations and how they might work.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Catherine Barnard

Event 311

Brian Muelaner and Alan Power

The Ankerwyke Tree and the Ancient Trees that Shaped our History

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The tree experts introduce the ancient yew at Runnymede, which may have been 1,700 years old when King John signed the Magna Carta under its branches in 1215; the existing Isaac Newton apple tree and other wonderful ancient trees from around England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Power is head gardener at Stourhead. Muelaner is co-author of Ancient Trees of the National Trust.

Do you have a tree you need identifying?  Bring us a leaf or a photo and we’ll ask our experts Brian and Alan and The Woodland Trust’s tree guru Jill Butler. They’ll be at the Woodland Trust stall onsite during the day.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Brian Muelaner and Alan Power

Event 313

Tim Hayward and Joel Black talk to Dan Saladino

Knife: The Cult, Craft and Culture of the Cook’s Knife

Venue: Starlight Stage

Through interviews with knife-makers, chefs and collectors, acclaimed food writer Tim Hayward explores how the relationship between cook and blade has shaped both the knife itself and the ways we prepare and eat food all over the world. From Damascus blades to Chinese cleavers and sushi knives, at the heart of this book is a fascinating guide to 40 different types of knife, each with its own story, detailed description and stunning photographs. He talks to the presenter/producer of BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme and is joined by former chef Joel Black who, after being a chef for 16 years, retrained as a blacksmith to follow his dream of hand making kitchen knives.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Tim Hayward and Joel Black talk to Dan Saladino

Event HD67

Andy Stanton

Mr Gum

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and twice winner of the Blue Peter Book Award, Andy Stanton’s Mr Gum is a complete horror. He hates children, animals and fun, not to mention corn on the cob. This book is about him, an angry fairy who lives in his bathtub, Jake the dog and a little girl called Polly. Plus, there are heroes and sweets and adventures. Join to celebrate the 10th anniversary of You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum!

6+
Price: £7.30
 
 
Andy Stanton

Event HD68

Catherine Barr and Steve Williams

The Story of Space: a first book about our universe

Venue: Cube

From the birth of the first stars to life on Earth, listeners will discover the story of our universe. Pulling on planet T-shirts and helping to create a timeline on stage, listeners will join the author and the science teacher in a fascinating journey from the beginning of time.

6+
Price: £5.30
 
 
Catherine Barr and Steve Williams

Event S7

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
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Event W56

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 W55

Jim Eliot and Mima Stilwell: All day YA Songwriting Workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Jim Eliot and Mima Stilwell have written and produced records with some of today’s biggest pop stars, including Ellie Goulding , Kylie Minogue and Will Young. They started out by writing music in a band and touring festivals and venues in the UK then a lucky break took them into the pop writing world. Since then they have honed  their pop-writing craft to produce No 1 chart singles, hits and soundtracks. Come and work with them to combine classic songwriting with cutting-edge production skills giving you insight into the art of writing commercial hits. Bring a packed lunch.

Age16+
5 hours
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Event 314

James Holland

Ladybird Experts: The Battle of Britain

Venue: Tata Tent

The war historian explains the different challenges faced by the RAF and the Luftwaffe in 1940, the technologies of the planes and, above all, the skill, bravery and endurance of the airmen engaged in a contest that was of critical importance to the outcome of the Second World War.

Suitable for young readers 8+ and historians
Price: £7.30
 
 
James Holland

Event 315

Julian Glover

Man of Iron: Thomas Telford and the Building of Britain

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Thomas Telford invented the modern road. A stonemason turned architect turned engineer, he built churches, harbours, canals, docks, the famously vertiginous Pontcysyllte aqueduct and the exquisite Menai Bridge in Wales. He created the backbone of our national road network. His constructions were the most stupendous in Europe for a thousand years, and astonishingly, almost everything he ever built remains in use today.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Julian Glover

Event 316

Athene Donald

Cambridge Series: How Gender Stereotypes Damage Innovation

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Children as young as six have already developed ideas about what boys and girls can ‘do’. As they progress through school further, cultural messages fix attitudes and are one part of why we have so few women engineers or male vets. Innovation, which thrives on diverse perspectives, is handicapped by the effects of such stereotyping. Our society needs to do better. Athene Donald is Professor of Experimental Physics and Master of Churchill College.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Athene Donald