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 May.

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Event 382

Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones talks to Nik Gowing

We Know All About You: The Story of Surveillance in Britain and America

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The deep story of wire-tapping and interception by the NSA and GCHQ. Who ordered it? How it was done? How it’s done now. Jeffreys-Jones is one of the world’s most distinguished espionage and security experts.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones talks to Nik Gowing

Event 383

Raymond Tallis

Of Time and Lamentation

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The culmination of some 20 years of thinking, writing and wondering about time, the doctor and philosopher offers a bold, original and thought-provoking meditation on the nature and meaning of life – and time.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Raymond Tallis

Event 384

Xan Brooks talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: Debuts

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Brooks is a journalist and film critic whose first novel The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times is a dark social-realist fairytale, spotlighting the shadowy underside of 1920s England. 

Price: £7.30
 
 
Xan Brooks talks to Georgina Godwin

Event 511

Isobel Charman

The Zoo: The Wild and Wonderful Tale of the Founding of London Zoo, 1826-1851

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

This is the story of the first zoo in history, a weird and wonderful oasis in the heart of the filthy, swirling city of Dickensian London, and of the incredible characters, both human and animal, that populated it - from Charles Darwin and Queen Victoria to Obaysch the celebrity hippo, the first that anyone in Britain had ever seen. This is a story of Victorian grandeur, of science and empire, and of adventurers and charlatans And it is the story of a dizzying age of Empire and industrialization, a time of change unmatched before or since This is the extraordinary story of London Zoo. Chaired by Isaac Florence.

 
Price: £8.30
 
 
Isobel Charman

Event HD86

Gillian Cross, Gill Lewis and Francesca Sanna

After Tomorrow, A Story Like the Wind, The Journey

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join three authors as they introduce their books, take children’s questions, and discuss with their young audience ways to make the world a better place. All create vivid, unforgettable stories that concern major issues and current events, in particular what it might mean to be a refugee. The event will be chaired by Nicky Parker of Amnesty International UK and the audience will be invited to draw or write a message of welcome on postcards that will be distributed to refugees or asylum seekers in the UK.

9+
Price: £7.30
 
 
Gillian Cross, Gill Lewis and Francesca Sanna

Event HD87

Matt Sewell’s Spotting & Jotting Club

Venue: Cube

Discover new bird species, names and stories, and learn how to draw their markings at Matt Sewell’s Spotting & Jotting Club. Explore birdwatching guides, including Our Garden Birds and Owls, as he launches his first book specifically for children, The Big Bird Spot. Sewell, the author of the bestselling Our Garden Birds, has illustrated for The Guardian, Big Issue, and the V&A among many others.

7-11
Price: £5.30
 
 

Event W69

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 taste buds and your appetite...you are cooking lunch!

Young Adult
Price: £15.30
 
 

Event DT30

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 386

Will Self talks to Peter Florence

Fictions: Phone

Venue: Tata Tent

We are delighted to be launching the new novel by one of the most daring and incisive prose writers. Uniting our most urgent contemporary concerns: from the ubiquitous mobile phone to a family in chaos; from the horror of modern war, to the end of privacy, Phone is a stunning novel that combines the high-concept bravura of Self’s Great Apes and The Butt with the deep literary scope and scale of Umbrella and Shark.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Will Self talks to Peter Florence

Event 387

Lemn Sissay

Reformations 17: Care

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The passionate and powerful poet re-imagines the way in which the State might raise children placed in its care. Sissay is Chancellor of the University of Manchester. His foster parents placed him into care at the age of 12. He lived in care homes until he was 18. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Lemn Sissay

Event 388

Rosalind Rickaby, Nicole Grobert and Alicia El Haj

The Royal Society Platform: The Next Big Things 2017

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

From nanomaterials and ancient oceans to tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, three Royal Society Research Fellows introduce and discuss their work at the forefront of science with climatologist and broadcaster Gabrielle Walker.

Price: £8.30
 
 

Event 389

Leif Wenar talks to Rosie Boycott

Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence and the Rules That Run the World

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Natural resources like oil and minerals are the largest source of unaccountable power in the world. Petrocrats like Putin and the Saudis spend resource money on weapons and oppression; militants in Iraq and in the Congo spend resource money on radicalisation and ammunition. Resource-fuelled authoritarians and extremists present endless crises to the West and at home. And the source of their resource power is ultimately ordinary consumers, doing their everyday shopping at the filling station and the mall. Wenar holds the Chair of Phliosophy and Law at King’s College, London.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Leif Wenar talks to Rosie Boycott

Event 390

Alexis Jenni talks to Francine Stock

The French Art of War

Venue: Cube

The French novelist introduces his masterpiece The French Art of War, which won the Goncourt Prize in 2011 and is published now in English. It’s a journey through France’s military history in Indochina, Algeria and at home. The novel is told through the eyes of a war veteran who becomes a painter, Victorien Salagnon, and the young man he teaches to paint in exchange for writing his story.

This event is part of a European Writers’ Tour, an initiative proudly delivered by EUNIC London in partnership with the Royal Society of Literature and the British Library. The programme is supported by the European Commission Representation in the UK and EUNIC Global.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Alexis Jenni talks to Francine Stock

Event 392

Anabel Inge talks to Sameer Rahim

The Making of a Salafi Muslim Woman: Paths to Conversion

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Many young British women are actively choosing to embrace Salafism’s (or Wahhabism’s) literalist beliefs and strict regulations, including heavy veiling, wifely obedience and seclusion from non-related men. How do these young women reconcile such demands with their desire for university education, fulfilling careers and loving relationships? Drawing on more than two years of ethnographic fieldwork in London, Inge examines the attractions of Salafism.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Anabel Inge talks to Sameer Rahim

Event HD88

The Bookseller YA Book Prize and the Costa Book Award

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join Brian ConaghanLisa Heathfield and Martin Stewart, all of whom have been shortlisted for the third Bookseller YA Book Prize as they discuss writing about big themes for YA readers. Chaired by Jenny Valentine.

 #HAYYA  

12+
Price: £5.30
 
 

Event 393

Suzanne O’Sullivan

Reformations 18: The NHS

Venue: Tata Tent

Our healthcare system has been one of the bedrocks of British identity since its introduction by Aneurin Bevan in 1948. It employs 1.2 million people and treats one million people every 36 hours in England alone. It is free at the point of delivery to all UK residents. The Consultant Neurologist proposes reforms for a sustainable future. O’Sullivan’s book Is It All in Your Head? True Stories of Imaginary Illness won the 2016 Wellcome Book Prize.  Chaired by Julian Huppert

Price: £10.30
 
 
Suzanne O’Sullivan

Event 394

Shashi Tharoor talks to Oliver Balch

Inglorious Empire: What the British did to India

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

In the 18th century India’s share of the world economy was as large as Europe’s. By 1947, after two centuries of British rule, it had decreased six-fold. British imperialism justified itself as enlightened despotism for the benefit of the governed. Tharoor, an historian, novelist and politician, takes on and demolishes this position, demonstrating how every supposed imperial ‘gift’ - from the railways to the rule of law, was designed in Britain’s interests alone and funded Britain’s Industrial Revolution.

Price: £8.30
 
 

Event 395

John Crace, John Sutherland, Clemency Burton-Hill and Marcus Brigstocke

The Two Johnnies do Hamlet!

Venue: Oxfam Moot

An irreverent, delightful and wickedly clever insight into Shakespeare’s greatest play, with a spectacular performance of their abridged version. Sutherland is Emeritus Professor of English at UCL; Crace is the Digested Read satirist and writes the parliamentary sketch for The Guardian.

Price: £8.30
 
 

Event 396

Dean Buonomano

The Neuroscience and Physics of Time

Venue: Good Energy Stage

What is time? Is our sense of time’s passage an illusion? The human brain is a complex system that not only tells time but creates it; it constructs our sense of chronological flow and enables ‘mental time travel’ - simulations of future and past events. Chaired by Raymond Tallis.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 397

Matthew Engel

That’s The Way It Crumbles: The American Conquest of English

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Americanisms have been slyly colouring the English language for centuries and this practice must stop. Period. What d’y’all think?

Price: £7.30
 
 
Matthew Engel

Event 399

Lavinia Greenlaw

Questions of Travel: William Morris in Iceland

Venue: Starlight Stage

Morris’ intimate journals unconsciously explore questions of travel, noting his reaction to the idea of leaving or arriving, to hurry and delay, what it means to dread a place you’ve never been to or to encounter the actuality of a long-held vision. Poet Lavinia Greenlaw draws out these questions as she follows in the footprints of Morris’ prose, responding to its surfaces and undercurrents, extending its horizons. The result is a new and composite work, which brilliantly explores our conflicted reasons for not staying at home. Chaired by William Sieghart.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Lavinia Greenlaw

Event 400

Andres Neuman, Clare E. Potter and Richard Gwyn

The Other Tiger

Venue: Cube

Gwyn has edited a magnificent anthology of Contemporary Latin American Poetry, fabulously translated into English. The poems are at once exotic and other, yet recognisably drawing on a poetic tradition that includes Nobel prize-winners Octavio Paz and Pablo Neruda. They conjure big landscapes and moments of tenderness, celebrate the individual but also engage with the politics of many repressive regimes in Latin and South America. He is joined for a reading by the Argentinian writer Andres Neuman and the Welsh poet Clare Potter.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event DT31

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 401

Monty Don and Nigel

My Family and Other Dogs

Venue: Tata Tent

The Gardeners’ World star and social media sensation will bring his human best friend onstage to talk about dogs and love and family. #woof

Price: £9.30
 
 
Monty Don and Nigel

Event 402

Jess Phillips, Hannah Rothschild, Kira Cochrane and Bryony Gordon

Question Time

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

An all-star cast will take questions from anyone on any topic in or out of the news. Phillips is MP for Birmingham Yardley, Rothschild is chair of the National Gallery, Cochrane is Opinion Editor at the Guardian and Gordon writes for the Telegraph and is a mental health campaigner.

Price: £7.30