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 317

Lynne Jones

Outside the Asylum: A Memoir of War, Disaster and Humanitarian Psychiatry

Venue: Good Energy Stage

An astonishing insight into the life of a humanitarian psychiatrist working in war and disaster zones around the world from Bosnia and ‘mission-accomplished’ Iraq, to tsunami-affected Aceh, post-earthquake Haiti and ‘the Jungle’ in Calais. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

Price: £8.30
 
 

Event 318

Richard Hayman

The River Wye as a psychological and physical barrier

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The Wye’s natural beauty has long been part of the river’s heritage, but many aspects of its history have been forgotten. Having both a Welsh and an English heritage, the Wye has a special unifying role in British culture, as well as exhibiting some of the classic features of a border. The river has been a psychological barrier separating cultures by language, religion and politics, and a physical barrier separating hostile rivals. By tradition the Wye was the last refuge of Vortigern and of Owain Glyndwr. In the 18th century, timber that was floated down the river from the Golden Valley built the British fleet that took on the French at Trafalgar. 

Price: £8.30
 
 
Richard Hayman

Event 319

James Cary, Hilary Bevan Jones, Rebecca Welsh and Catherine Davies

Greening the Box

Venue: Cube

An all-star group of entertainment and sustainability industry pioneers come together to debate the role content plays in focusing world attention on global warming. Writer James Cary’s comedy hits include Bluestone 42 and Miranda; Hilary Bevan Jones’ credits include Cracker, State of Play and Esio Trot; Rebecca Welsh is a producer of Strictly Come Dancing and Come Dine With Me.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event HD69

Dan Green

Rebel Science

Venue: Starlight Stage

Do you think scientists are boring boffins who don’t leave the lab? Think again! The brainiacs of history spent hundreds of years breaking the rules, blowing things up and performing dangerous experiments. Come and celebrate 400 years of rebel antics. Expect plenty of silly wigs and terrible jokes. Dress up as a scientist and be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of Dan Green’s Rebel Science, shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2016, which celebrates the best books that communicate science to young people.

9+
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Dan Green

Event S8

Ghastly Gorgons and Gorgeous Goddesses with Wilf Merttens, Readathon storyteller

Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Have you ever wanted to control the weather like the Greek god Zeus or turn someone to stone like the snake-headed monster Medusa? Take part in your own Greek Myth with Readathon storyteller Wilf Merttens and make your own mask to become a powerful god, goddess, or a fantastical monster, in one of the earliest and most enduring tales ever told. Dressing-up optional. Merttens has won many awards including Young Storyteller of the Year. As well as entertaining children in hospital with Readathon, he tells tall tales at folk clubs and festivals across the UK.

Age 4+
Free but ticketed
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Event W57

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 DT25

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 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 320

Jeremy Bowen

Our Man in the Middle East

Venue: Tata Tent

The BBC’s Middle East Editor returns home to bring the news from Mosul, Gaza and Jerusalem. His 25-part series for Radio 4 about the region’s history starts on 15 May. He combines first-hand accounts from the front line with analysis of the politics, economics and societies he’s reported on since he first arrived in the Gulf in 1990. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Price: £10.30
 
 
Jeremy Bowen

Event 321

Jonathan Porritt, Claire Fox, Ed Gillespie and Martin Wright

Sustainability in an Age of Brexit and Trump

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

How does the green movement best respond to the collapse of the liberal consensus and the defunding of the American EPA? Is it a useful slap in the face to a movement that may have become a little too comfortably ensconced in the mainstream? Veteran environmentalist Jonathan Porritt joins Claire Fox from the Institute of Ideas and sustainability expert Ed Gillespie to talk with Forum for the Future’s Martin Wright.

Price: £8.30
 
 

Event 322

Alison Weir

Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obssession

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The second novel in the popular historian’s Six Tudor Queens series mines the story of Anne Boleyn, the young woman who changed the course of history. Fresh from the palaces of Burgundy and France, Anne draws attention at the English court, embracing the play of courtly love. But when the King commands, nothing is ever a game.

Chaired by Phil Rickman.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Alison Weir

Event 324

Edward Docx and Kate Hamer

Fictions: Families

Venue: Cube

Docx’s new novel, Let go my Hand, is a darkly comic and deeply moving 21st century love story between a son, his brothers and their father. Hamer’s follow-up to The Girl in the Red Coat is The Doll Funeral. Her central character is Ruby: “I’m a hunter for lost souls and I’m going to be with my real family”. They talk to Georgina Godwin.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 325

Quator Voce

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 4

Venue: St Mary’s Church

The last of our four recitals broadcast from Hay this week. Mozart’s String Quartet in D minor, K421; Beethoven’s String Quartet in C, Op59 No.3. Concert introduced by Clemency Burton-Hill.

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

Price: £8.30
 
 

Event HD70

20 Years of Harry Potter Magic

Venue: Oxfam Moot

In this interactive and family-friendly event, you will travel through a year at Hogwarts with Fleurble Laffalot. Discover fun facts about the first Harry Potter books as well taking part in some of the key elements of life at Hogwarts – the sorting ceremony, Quidditch, potions and transfiguration classes.

9+
Price: £5.30
 
 

Event HD71

The Famous Five at 75

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Go on an adventure with Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five as they celebrate their 75th Anniversary. From going on a picnic to cracking clues and solving a mystery, Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog present an immersive theatre show for all the family.

6+
Price: £5.30
 
 

Event HD72

The Bookseller YA Book Prize

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join Alex Wheatle, Clare Furniss, Patrice Lawrence and Sara Barnard, all of whom have been shortlisted for the Bookseller YA Book Prize 2017, as they discuss writing about big themes for YA readers. Chaired by Jenny Valentine.

 #HAYYA

12+
Price: £5.30
 
 

Event S9

Tell A Hay Tale with Jen Lunn, Readathon storyteller

Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Are you a wicked witch or wizard in a magic castle, or a superhero with a secret plan to save the Universe? Let your imagination run wild to conjure up your own characters and help to create a unique Hay Tale. Led by Readathon storyteller Jen Lunn, this session will tell you about the ancient art of this oral tradition, and you can unleash your own storytelling powers. Lunn works with Readathon storytelling in hospitals and schools and has collected more than 100 stories told by children to create professional performances, podcasts and digital books.

Age 4+
Free but ticketed
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Event W58

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 DT26

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 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 326

Rosie Boycott

Reformations 13: Food

Venue: Tata Tent

Our food system is in crisis: soaring rates of obesity and diet related ill-health, environmental degradation and escalating greenhouse gas emissions as well as record levels of waste which deny food to the hungry. How do we create a system that enables all citizens to eat affordable, healthy food regardless of where they live and what they earn?  Could Brexit create a solution? Is a Food Act an answer?  Boycott proposes a complete reimagining of how we farm, how we shop and how we eat. Rosie Boycott chairs the Mayor of London’s food policy unit. Chaired by Dan Saladino, presenter/producer of BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Rosie Boycott

Event 327

Mark Maslin

The Cradle of Humanity: How the changing landscape of Africa made us so smart

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Humans are rather weak when compared to many other animals. We are not particularly fast and have no natural weapons. Yet we have influenced almost every part of the ecosystem and as a consequence we are changing the global environmental and evolutionary trajectory of the Earth. So how did we become the world’s apex predator and take over the planet? Maslin is Professor of Geography at UCL. He talks to Sarfraz Manzoor.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 328

Ian Mortimer talks to Phil Rickman

Time Traveller

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The writer discusses his two new publications: a history book that chronicles the time of Christopher Wren, Samuel Pepys and Charles II – The Time Traveller’s Guide to Restoration Britain; and a dazzling time-travelling fiction, The Outcasts of Time.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 329

George Butler

Reportage Illustrator

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Butler has worked in trouble spots all over the world in places including Syria, Afghanistan, Turkey, Myanmar and India. He captures human drama and architectural distress with pen, ink and watercolour. He has won an International Media Award and the V&A Illustration Award for his work.  He shows his work and talks to Oliver Bullough.

Price: £7.30
 
 
George Butler

Event 330

Bella Bathurst

Sound

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

In 1997, Bella Bathurst began to go deaf. Within a few months, she had lost half her hearing, and the rest was slipping away. For the next 12 years deafness shaped her life, until, in 2009, everything changed again. Sound draws on this extraordinary experience, exploring what it is like to lose your hearing and – as Bella eventually did – to get it back. What does that teach you about listening and silence, music and noise? She investigates the science behind deafness, hearing loss among musicians, soldiers and factory workers; sign language, and what the deaf know about these subjects that the hearing don’t. Chaired by Kamal Ahmed.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Bella Bathurst

Event HD73

The Bookseller YA Book Prize

Venue: Starlight Stage

Who has won the 2017 Bookseller YA Prize? Join the distinguished line-up of some of the authors shortlisted for the 2017 The Bookseller YA Book Prize as they discuss their books before the moment that the winner is announced and celebrated. The shortlisted authors are: Sara Bernard, Malorie Blackman, Laure Eve, Clare Furniss, Lisa Heathfield, Patrice Lawrence, Peadar O’ Guilin, Francesca Simon, Martin Stewart and Alex Wheatle. Chaired by Gemma Cairney.

 #HAYYA

12+
Price: £7.30
 
 

Event HD74

David Almond

The Tale of Angelino Brown

Venue: Cube

The Carnegie Medal-winning author of Skellig discusses his new novel for younger readers. Illustrated by Claude creator Alex T Smith, Angelino Brown is the warm and witty tale of a little angel who appears in bus driver Bert’s top pocket and brings joy to everyone’s lives. But some people aren’t so sure, including big bully Basher Malone, who’s out to get him. Delightful storytelling, perfect for fans of the author’s international bestseller, The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas.

6+
Price: £5.30
 
 
David Almond