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 403

Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson

The Scummy Mummies Live Show

Venue: Good Energy Stage

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!

Price: £10.30
 
 
Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson

Event 404

Ulrich Raulff

A Farewell to the Horse: the Final Century of our Relationship

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

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.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Ulrich Raulff

Event 405

Cosey Fanni Tutti and John Grant

Art Sex Music

Venue: Starlight Stage

The avant-garde musician, conceptual artist and pornographic model discusses her candid, taboo-breaking and fascinating autobiography with the musician John Grant.

Price: £5.30
 
 
Cosey Fanni Tutti and John Grant

Event 406

Lily Ashley, Grace Pilkington, James Massiah

Little Grape Jelly–in Performance

Venue: Cube

The trio of poets bill themselves asconversations between a recovering love addict, a born again nihilist and an emotionally naked feminist’.They’re clever and inventive and they give good show.

Price: £7.30
 
 

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
Price: £10.30
 
 
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 408

Baby Queens with support from Kizzy Crawford

Live at Hay

Venue: Oxfam Moot

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.

Price: £10.30
 
 

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. 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+
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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.
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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.

 #HAYYA

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 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 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 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.

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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
Price: £15.30
 
 

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, 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.

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