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 Hay.

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Event 410

Richard Williams

The Phantom of the Opera

Venue: St Mary’s Church
Over the past two years the extraordinarily gifted organist and composer Father Richard Williams stunned audiences with his live accompaniment of the screenings of the classic movies The Hunchback of Notre DameNosferatu and A Cottage on Dartmoor. This year he plays Rupert Julian and Lon Chaney’s 1925 classic The Phantom of the Opera.
In aid of St. Mary's Church
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Richard Williams

Event 407

Ava Vidal

Stand-up

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Ava’s always felt out of place: at public school, as a prison officer and a struggling teenage single mum. Luckily, the rising star of C4’s Kings Of Comedy and BBC2’s The Sack Race can laugh at her misfortunes.  She’s consistently, delightfully, funny. ‘Vidal juggles the profound and the irreverent, rapidly alternating between the two.’

Price: £8.30
 
 
Ava Vidal

Event 409

John Grant and DJ Chris Munton

The Sound of the Baskervilles

Venue: Baskerville Hall, Clyro

Hot foot it over to our brand new, late night party den for an exceptional night of electronica, synthpop, house and disco, hosted by superstar special guest John Grant (DJ set). Grant's Pale Green Ghosts album is already an absolute classic, and his collaborations with Tracey Thorn (Everything but the Girl) and Hercules & Love Affair have made him one of Europe's most sought-after musicians. Rising star, and local hero DJ Chris Munton will be on warm up duties, his infectious brand of upbeat party classics and dance floor bombs are guaranteed to have the place rocking!

Price: £10.30
 
 

Event W70

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+
Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 411

Bryony Gordon and Friends

Mental Health Mates’ Breakfast

Venue: Relish Festival Restaurant

Come and join the journalist and author of Mad Girl for a conversation about the friendship and solidarity group she’s set up. Hear how people concerned with mental health issues can support each other.

Bryony Gordon is selected for Hay 30 – celebrating a new generation of thinkers, supported by The CASE Foundation

FREE BUT TICKETED
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Bryony Gordon and Friends

Event 507

Horatio Clare

National Trust Nature Writing Day

Venue: Meet at Box Office
Come and join us for a day’s inspiration walking in the National Park with the award-winning author of Running for the Hills, A Single Swallow and Orison for a Curlew. Horatio will discuss response to nature and the landscape and develop ideas formed on his epic Slow Radio walk in the Black Mountains, which will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Bank Holiday Monday, 2-6pm.
Price: £25.30
 
 

Event 513

Hay Writers Circle

Venue: Scribblers Hut
A reading of new writing by the local writing group
Price: £5.30
 
 

Event HD89

Rambert Dance Workshop

Venue: Cube

Rambert is Britain’s national dance company. It presents new and historic dance works to audiences in all parts of the country, performed by world-class dancers and accompanied by live music, alongside extensive outreach, education, participation and professional development work. Work with one of Rambert’s animateurs in an exhilarating dance workshop. All abilities welcome. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a bottle of water.

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Age 12+
2 hours
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Event 412

Nick Crane

The Making of the British Landscape

Venue: Tata Tent

The history of 12,000 years of the British landscape, from the Ice Age to the 21st century. A tour de force from the prize-winning author Nicholas Crane, co-presenter of Coast and President of the Royal Geographical Society.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Nick Crane

Event 413

Barbara Sahakian and Julia Gottwald

Sex, Lies and Brain Scans

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has proved to be game-changing for understanding the brain. Through fMRI, patients in a persistent vegetative states have been able to communicate, and unconscious biases have been uncovered. Join Barbara Sahakian and Julia Gottwald as they explore how this technique could be used, and abused, in the future. Sahakian is Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Cambridge; Gottwald is a PhD student.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Barbara Sahakian and Julia Gottwald

Event 414

Andres Neuman, Juan Villoro and Carolina Sanin talk to Richard Gwyn

Gabo & Bolaño

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

A conversation about Gabriel García Márquez and Roberto Bolaño, two great, dead Latin American writers whose work has been read around the world, with three great contemporary writers: the Argentinian novelist Andres Neuman (pictured) is joined by his Colombian colleague Carolina Sanin and the Mexican writer Juan Villoro.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Andres Neuman, Juan Villoro and Carolina Sanin talk to Richard Gwyn

Event 415

Sabrina Mahfouz, Aliyah Hasinah Holder and Samira Shackle

The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Mahfouz introduces her vibrant anthology with two of her star contributors. Hear from users of Islamic Tinder, a disenchanted Maulana working as a TV chat show host and a plastic surgeon blackmailed by MI6. Follow the career of an actress with Middle Eastern heritage whose dreams of playing a ghostbuster spiral into repeat castings as a jihadi bride. Among stories of honour killings and ill-fated love in besieged locations, we also find heart-warming connections and powerful challenges to the status quo.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Sabrina Mahfouz, Aliyah Hasinah Holder and Samira Shackle

Event 416

Adapting Emile Zola

BBC Radio Drama

Venue: BBC Tent

Blood, Sex and Money was an ambitious, innovative adaptation on Radio 4 of Emile Zola’s epic saga about the Rougon-Macquart family.  The drama set in 19th-century France mashed up 20 novels into 27 episodes, featured more than a hundred cast members and saw the return to acting after 20 years of Glenda Jackson. Illustrated with clips from the series, adaptor Dan Rebellato and executive producer Sue Roberts reveal the highs and lows of bringing this award-winning epic to our airwaves.

FREE BUT TICKETED
Price: £0.00
 
 
Adapting Emile Zola

Event HD90

Elmer

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Travel with Elmer the patchwork elephant on a vibrant, musical safari through the jungle to celebrate everything that makes us unique. Adapted from David McKee’s Elmer tale, in this stage show Elmer tries to hide his true colours and blend in. With the help of his friends, he soon discovers that he’s happiest just being himself.

3+
Price: £5.30
 
 
Elmer

Event HD91

Gill Lewis

A Story Like The Wind

Venue: Starlight Stage

The author talks about the power of music and stories and how they weave together to connect us all. Her book was inspired by the image of a Syrian refugee playing his violin at a border control.

9+
Price: £5.30
 
 

Event S16

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 Veronica Lamond’s illustrated stories of Landy and Fender the lovable Land Rovers, and Kenyan author Aunty Kiko’s tale “Baby Elephant’s Safari, and experience how solar light is making a difference to millions of families in Africa.

Family event
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Lighting Up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

Event W71

Book Arts with Marion Elliot

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Explore the wonderful world of book arts with the marvellous Marion Elliot – art director, book arts specialist and Hereford College of Arts lecturer. Prepare to be taken on an adventurous journey to the centre of book arts creativity….no page unturned.

Age 8+
2 hours
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Event W72

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!

Age 4 - 7
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Event 417

Noel Fitzpatrick

Reformations 19: Global Health in Man and Animals

Venue: Tata Tent

Groundbreaking research is driving new technology, drugs, procedures and strategies to fight once-intractable global ailments. Few know that cancer still kills more people in low- and middle-income countries than HIV, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Fourteen million people are diagnosed with cancer every year with a much greater number going undiagnosed.  The cancer in a dog is almost identical to the cancer in a human. Professor Fitzpatrick, 'The Supervet', renowned for his life-saving bionic surgeries and his work investigating disease, passionately believes that a single shared medicine linking human and animal health, a ‘One Health’ approach, is the best model for solving today’s greatest global health problems.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Noel Fitzpatrick

Event 418

Jess Phillips

Everywoman: One Woman's Truth About Speaking the Truth

Venue: Oxfam Moot

“You might already know me as that gobby MP who has a tendency to shout about the stuff I care about. Because I’m a woman with a cause, I have been called a feminazi witch, a murderer and threatened with rape. The internet attracts a classy crowd. So, speaking the truth isn’t always easy but I believe it’s worth it. And I want you to believe it too.” #absolutehero

Price: £8.30
 
 
Jess Phillips

Event 419

Elif Shafak talks to William Sieghart

Fictions: Three Daughters of Eve

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Shafak’s new book confirms her status as one of the world’s greatest novelists. Set in Istanbul and Oxford, from the 1980s to the present day, Three Daughters of Eve is a sweeping tale of faith and friendship, tradition and modernity, love and an unexpected betrayal.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Elif Shafak talks to William Sieghart

Event 420

Hugh Hunt

Cambridge Series: Refreezing the Arctic

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

We may want to cool the planet if (when) we fail to meet our CO2 emissions targets.  There are technologies out there almost ready to go and some sound quite scary.  Is it safe to meddle with the climate when we only have one Earth? Hunt is a Reader in the Department of Engineering. Chaired by Gabrielle Walker.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Hugh Hunt

Event HD92

Liz Pichon

Tom Gates: Family, Friends and Furry Creatures

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Join the author/illustrator for a fantastic show filled with stories, games, music and live doodling inspired by suggestions from the audience. Pichon will introduce the new Tom Gates adventure: Tom’s teacher Mr Fullerman has set a class assignment: a family tree! Tom's ready to learn all about the Gates family, his friends and a furry creature (or two!). Bring a pencil and paper.

9+
Price: £7.30
 
 
Liz Pichon

Event HD97

Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

We Come Apart

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join the winners of the 2016 CILIP Carnegie Medal and the 2016 Costa Children’s Book Award respectively to discuss their original way of writing their most recent book. These two authors collaborated on writing a novel in verse, sending chapters back and forth on WhatsApp, and created an extraordinary tale. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

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Young Adult
Price: £5.30
 
 
Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

Event W73

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 W83

RSPB CYMRU WORKSHOPS

Minibeast Safari and Treasure Hunt

Venue: RSPB Stand

Ready for an adventure? Grab your nets and pots and come on a safari into the wild garden to find what creatures are hiding under the leaves, logs and in the long grass. Along the way you’ll discover the many shades of colours that nature takes, as you collect natural treasures and create a colour collage.

Family event
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Event 633

Preti Taneja

Subject Areas – English, Comparative Literary Studies, Human Rights

Venue: Compass

Please drop in to our new Compass venue, quiz leading academics about their subject and engage in some critical thinking. As part of Hay Festival 2016 and with help from the Welsh Government we have invited a range of university lecturers and speakers to drop in, talk about their subject areas and about university life.

Preti Taneja is a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at Warwick University

15+
30 mins
Drop in (no ticket required)

Event HD93

Rambert Dance Workshop

Venue: Cube

Rambert is Britain’s national dance company. It presents new and historic dance works to audiences in all parts of the country, performed by world-class dancers and accompanied by live music, alongside extensive outreach, education, participation and professional development work. Work with one of Rambert’s animateurs in an exhilarating dance workshop. All abilities welcome. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a bottle of water.

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16 - Adult
2 hours
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Event DT32

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 you like from all the dishes on offer for just £20 per person. By booking online you will receive a complimentary glass of wine, bottle of beer or soft drink. You will also be able to reserve a seat in the restaurant where our team will be waiting to give you a warm welcome.

Award-winning Alex Gooch breads and water are free for every customer.

A selection of desserts and local cheeses from Neal's Yard Creamery is also available, plus a full bar and barista 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 421

A. C. Grayling

War: An Enquiry

Venue: Tata Tent

The philosopher challenges long-held views on just wars, ethical conduct during war, why wars occur, how they alter people and societies; and how we might reduce their frequency, mitigate their horrors and lessen the burden of their consequences.

Price: £9.30
 
 
A. C. Grayling

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