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.
The outrageously funny comedians cover a wide range of parenting topics, from pelvic floors and play dates to farting and fish fingers. Expect songs, sketches, stand-up and very scummy stories! Parental guidance: GO!
The German journalist and writer offers an engaging and moving discussion of what horses once meant to us. Cities, farmland, entire industries were once shaped as much by the needs of horses as humans. They were sculpted, painted, cherished, admired; they were thrashed, abused and exposed to terrible danger. Tolstoy once reckoned that he had cumulatively spent some nine years of his life on horseback. And then came the 20th century, and there were just racetracks and pony clubs… Chaired by Corisande Albert.
The avant-garde musician, conceptual artist and pornographic model discusses her candid, taboo-breaking and fascinating autobiography with the musician John Grant.
The trio of poets bill themselves as ‘conversations between a recovering love addict, a born again nihilist and an emotionally naked feminist’.They’re clever and inventive and they give good show.
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.’
Cara Elise (Guitar/Vocals), Estelle Ios (Guitar), Monique Bux (Vocals), Ruth Vibes (Vocals/Guitar) and Vanity (Vocals)
Kizzy Crawford’s prodigious songwriting ability naturally fuses folk, soul and jazz bringing something genuine, fresh and exciting to the musical landscape.
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. 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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 is joined by his Colombian colleague Carolina Sanin and the Mexican writer Juan Villoro.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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, Channel 4’s 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.
“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
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.