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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 24

Ellie Sømme

Another Man’s Shoes

Venue: Starlight Stage

Ellie’s father Sven and uncle Jacob, both leading scientists, led the XU Norwegian Resistance movement against the Nazi occupation in WW2. She tells a mesmerising story of espionage and heroism illustrated with artefacts and documents as she traces the survival of the XU all the way through the Cold War until 1988.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 25

Dan Haworth-Salter, Sue Bell and Conrad Feather talk to Diana Toynbee

The Size of Herefordshire

Venue: Cube

Among the bravest fighters for the Amazon rainforest are the Wampis people from Peru.  They’re supported by the Size of Herefordshire, a local group, who are just back from visiting them and join us with photographs, films and stories.

Price: £6.30
 
 
Dan Haworth-Salter, Sue Bell and Conrad Feather talk to Diana Toynbee

Event 26

Andy Middleton, Anne Miekle and Alan Netherwood

Workshop – Best for Wales

Venue: Compass

What are the actions required that can improve the integration of the third sector, business and public sector together to be best for Wales? Meikle from WWF Cymru and sustainability consultant Netherwood will report back on the first year of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act 2015. Businesses that demonstrate their alignment with the WFG Act goals build resilience and engagement as well as delivering the outcomes that support any tendering or public sector work they’re engaged in.

FREE BUT TICKETED
Price: £0.00
 
 

Event DT3

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 27

Helen Fielding talks to Viv Groskop

Bridget Jones’s Baby

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The world’s favourite singleton is back with a bump. Fielding discusses the (gloriously different) book and film versions of her comic masterpiece.

Price: £9.30
 
 
Helen Fielding talks to Viv Groskop

Event 28

Chris Boardman talks to William Fotheringham

Triumph and Turbulence

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

A conversation with the legendary British cyclist, gold medallist in the Barcelona Olympics, Tour de France hero, and latterly the backroom ‘marginal gains’  genius of British cycling in his role as head of the R&D team, The Secret Squirrels.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Chris Boardman talks to William Fotheringham

Event 29

Bonnie Greer, Leanne Wood, Merryn Williams, Daniel Williams and Stefan Collini

The May Day Manifesto

Venue: Good Energy Stage

It is 50 years since the publication of the May Day Manifesto, edited by Raymond Williams. The manifesto reflected the growing disillusionment on the Left with what the authors argued to be the surrendering of socialist principles by the Labour Party. The panel explores the making of the manifesto and examines its relevance today.

Stefan Collini is Professor of Intellectual History and English Literature at the University of Cambridge, Bonnie Greer is a playwright, author and judge for this year’s Orwell Prize, Leanne Wood AM is the Leader of Plaid Cymru, Merryn Williams is a critic, poet, and daughter of Raymond Williams and Daniel G. Williams is Professor of English Literature at Swansea University.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 30

Eat. Sleep. STEM. Repeat

The Future is Girl-Led

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Anne-Marie Imafidon is Head Stemette and co-founder of Stemettes – an award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics careers. Come and meet one of the world’s most inspiring and brilliant mathematicians, co-founder of Outbox Incubator: the world’s first tech incubator for teenage girls.

A Hay 30 event – celebrating a new generation of thinkers, supported by The CASE Foundation
Price: £8.30
 
 
Eat. Sleep. STEM. Repeat

Event 40

Katya Rogatchevskaia

Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy and Myths

Venue: Starlight Stage

100 years on, as Russia again fills the headlines, an intriguing insight into a world shocked and changed forever. The British Library curator introduces the most resonant exhibits from their Russian collection -- from a first edition of the Communist Manifesto to anti-Bolshevik propaganda and Lenin’s handwritten application for a Reader Pass. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Katya Rogatchevskaia

Event 41

Simon Murray and Friends

The National Trust Manual of Housekeeping – Show and Tell

Venue: Cube

What is this for? And how do I clean it? The National Trust’s Director of Curatorship and his team of expert conservator colleagues display and demonstrate some of the most wonderful and eccentric household items from their collections. They’ll offer advice on anything you’d like to bring along.

Price: £6.30
 
 
Simon Murray and Friends

Event 42

Kate Evans

Harmony for Elephants

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Elephants are ecosystem shapers. By knocking down trees and opening up bushy areas, they can increase the amount of grass available to other herbivores in the system. They move across vast distances, using distinct pathways that also offer easy travel routes to other species. Elephants can  act as seed dispersers, facilitating the growth of many woody species by depositing seeds in their faeces. In this illustrated introduction, the zoologist and founder of the Botswana conservation project Elephants for Africa explores the conservation and study of elephants in their natural eco-systems.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Kate Evans

Event 43

Miriam González Durántez

Reformations 1: The EU

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

In this first of the Festival's flagship 30th anniversary project sessions, the Spanish international trade lawyer re-imagines the European Union. González Durántez was previously the Middle East Adviser to the External Relations Commissioner in the European Union, having started her career as a trade negotiator at the World Trade Organisation. Chaired by Matthew d’Ancona.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Miriam González Durántez

Event 44

Ben Russell

The Rise of the Robots

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The lead curator of the Science Museum’s blockbuster show explores this very human obsession to recreate ourselves, revealing the remarkable 500-year story of humanoid robots.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Ben Russell

Event 45

Rosie Harding

Why We All Have a Duty of Care About Dementia

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

We need a fundamental re-appraisal of how we resource and regulate care for people with dementia. Harding, Professor of Law and Society, exposes the everyday problems generated by the uneven implementation of the legal frameworks and the chronic underfunding of social care. She examines the everyday relationships between family, carers and those for whom they care.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 47

James Rothwell and Patricia Ferguson

The Art of Dining

Venue: Starlight Stage

A celebration of the exquisite craftsmanship and elegance of silverware and porcelain in a tour of social history with National Trust experts James Rothwell, author of Silver for Entertaining and Patricia Ferguson, author of Garnitures, Ceramics and Cobalt Treasures. Chaired by Simon Murray.

Price: £7.30
 
 
James Rothwell and Patricia Ferguson

Event 48

Filip Springer

History of a Disappearance: The Story of a Forgotten Polish Town

Venue: Cube

Lying at the crucible of Central Europe, the Silesian village of Kupferberg suffered the violence of the Thirty Years War, the Napoleonic Wars, and World War I. After Stalin’s post-World War II redrawing of Poland’s borders, Kupferberg became Miedzianka, a town settled by displaced persons from all over Poland and a new centre of the Eastern Bloc’s uranium-mining industry. Decades of neglect and environmental degradation led to the town being declared uninhabitable, and the population was evacuated. Today, it exists only in ruins, with barely a hundred people living on the unstable ground above its collapsing mines. The journalist and photographer tells its story.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Filip Springer

Event DT4

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 49

Delia Ephron talks to Francine Stock

In Conversation

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The film-maker, producer of Sleepless in Seattle, co-screenwriter of You’ve Got Mail and author discusses her career and her new novel Siracusa. It’s a Rashomon-style telling of infidelity and catastrophe set on the Ionian coast of Italy.

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Delia Ephron talks to Francine Stock

Event 50

Stephen D King

Grave New World

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The economist offers a controversial look at the end of globalisation and what it means for prosperity, peace, and the global economic order. King is HSBC’s Chief Economic Adviser and a Special Adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Committee. He talks to the BBC’s Rajan Datar.

Price: £8.30
 
 

Event 51

Sarah Woods, Bill McGuire and Andrew Simms

There was a Knock at the Door – can modern folk tales help to understand these troubling times?

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

‘Strange’ is the new ‘normal’ for global events. Throughout history, folk tales emerged to help us come to terms with extreme events. With the world as it is today, might stories make better sense of things than news reports? Artist and playwright Sarah Woods is joined by Andrew Simms, editor of a new collection of tales There was a Knock at the Door, and Bill McGuire, Professor of Geophysical and Climate Hazards at UCL and author of Waking the Giant.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 52

Antony Feltham-White and Claire Worden, chaired by Bella Bathurst

Talking About It

Venue: Cube

What do we do when the going gets roughest, and what on earth can we say? Rev LT Col Feltham-White is an army chaplain who has dealt with the full psychological cost of war both on the frontline and behind it. Worden is a farmer and campaigner whose father made an attempt on his life after the family farm had to be sold. With wisdom, humour and insight, they talk about when and how to listen.

Price: £5.30
 
 

Event 53

Andy Parsons

Peak Bullsh*t

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Worried about your job? Worried about your family? Worried about yourself? Worried about the NHS? Education? Climate change? World War III? Worried about worrying? Sod it! Come and have a laugh about it. It’s one of the things we do best. As seen on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, Q.I. etc – and repeated on Dave.

Price: £14.30
 
 
Andy Parsons

Event 54

Amy Macdonald

In Concert

Venue: Tata Tent

A Hay debut for the Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist with the achingly beautiful voice, and the lyric gift and rapturous beats that move hearts and dancing shoes. Macdonald released her debut album This Is the Life in 2007. The singles Mr Rock & Roll and This Is the Life were chart hits. Earlier in 2017 she released her album Under Stars.

Price: £26.30
 
 
Amy Macdonald

Event 55

Norman Jay MBE

The Sound of the Baskervilles

Venue: Baskerville Hall, Clyro
DJ Norman Jay MBE headlines our opening night party, and we are super excited! A pioneer in the international dance music scene, his upfront disco-fuelled funky house sets with his Good Times sound system have seen him rock the biggest clubs, festivals and parties around the world. He is one of the Godfathers of dance music and an absolute legend. DJ Max Walker from local party kings SuperSonicDisco will be on warm up duties, so get there early and get your groove on.
Strictly 18+. ID may be required at the door.
Price: £15.30
 
 

Event 56

Victoria Hislop talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Cartes Postales from Greece

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The beloved, bestselling author’s new novel is illustrated with photographs that make this journey around Greece, already alive in the imagination, linger forever in the mind. Hislop’s other Greek novels include The Island and The Thread.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Victoria Hislop talks to Rosie Goldsmith