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 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
 
 

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 also introduce the twelfth Tom Gates book. Bring a pencil and paper.

9+
Price: £7.30
 
 

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.

 #HAYYA

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 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.

  #HAYYA

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 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 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

Event 422

Gabrielle Walker

Reformations 20: Climate Change

Venue: Oxfam Moot

If we’re going to win the climate war, the battle cry has to be positive. “Pain now or apocalypse later” just doesn’t cut it, and nor does “save the planet”. The climate scientist and strategist argues that it’s time to stop focusing on disaster and start pouring our energy into imagining – and creating – the promised land. Because fundamentally the planet doesn’t care what we do. This is about saving ourselves. Chaired by Jim Al-Khalili.

Price: £8.30
 
 

Event 423

Chris Tarrant

Extreme Railway Journeys

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

In the last two years Chris’ travels have taken him from Azerbaijan to Bolivia and Zimbabwe. He brings to life the romance of travelling by train, and the sights, sounds and smells of the countries and places visited. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Chris Tarrant

Event 424

Dexter Dias talks to Tom Clark

The Ten Types of Human

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

We want to believe that there are some things we would never do. We want to believe that there are other things we always would. But how can we be sure? What are our limits? Do we have limits? The human rights lawyer examines the best and worst of our capabilities.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 426

Elif Batuman and Carolina Sanin talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions: Identities

Venue: Starlight Stage

Selin, a tall, highly strung Turkish-American from New Jersey gets involved with a cosmopolitan Serb and a Hungarian mathematician. At once clever and clueless, Batuman’s novel The Idiot shows us with perfect hilarity and soulful inquisitiveness just how messy it can be to forge a self. From imagined worlds to lost loves, Sanin’s The Children explores the limits of isolation and intimacy, motherhood, neglect and compassion.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event HD94

Patrick Ness

Release

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Join the author as he talks to Daniel Hahn about his latest title. When Adam Thorn woke up one morning, he didn’t know his world was about to fall apart. Neither did he know that that was exactly what needed to happen. An honest, raw and compelling tale taking place over a single life-altering day, Release is a book that celebrates surviving the battlefield of teenage years.

 #HAYYA

12+
Price: £7.30
 
 
Patrick Ness

Event W74

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.

16+ and Adults
2 hours
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Event W75

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 12+
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Event DT33

Ticket to Dine

Late 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 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 427

Steve Jones, Jim Al-Khalili, Emily Shuckburgh and Tony Juniper

The Ladybird Experts: The Knowledge

Venue: Tata Tent

The authors of the first three books in the rebooted Ladybird series join forces for an all-star feast of ideas and stories.  Hay favourites Steve Jones and Jim-Alkhalili introduce Evolution and Quantum Mechanics; Emily Shuckburgh and Tony Juniper introduce the book about Climate Change they’ve co-authored with the Prince of Wales. Perfect for anyone aged 7 or older. #weloveexperts

Price: £8.30
 
 
Steve Jones, Jim Al-Khalili, Emily Shuckburgh and Tony Juniper

Event 428

Howard Jacobson talks to Amol Rajan

Fictions: Pussy

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Pussy is the story of Prince Fracassus, heir presumptive to the Duchy of Origen, famed for its golden-gated skyscrapers and casinos, who passes his boyhood watching reality shows on TV, imagining himself to be the Roman Emperor Nero, and fantasising about hookers. He is idle, boastful, thin-skinned and egotistic; has no manners, no curiosity, no knowledge, no idea and no words in which to express them. Could he, in that case, be the very leader to make the country great again? Jacobson has won the Wodehouse Prize twice and the Man Booker once.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Howard Jacobson talks to Amol Rajan

Event 429

Jenny Valentine

Reformations 21: Adolescence

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Valentine is the 2017 Hay Festival International Fellow, and a multi award-winning writer of YA fiction. She explores ways in which teenagers might be better understood and empowered. Her novels include Finding Violet Park and Fire Colour One. She is joined onstage by young readers to discuss her reformation of adolescence.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Jenny Valentine

Event 430

Mark Price talks to Nik Gowing

Fairness for All

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Drawing heavily on the much vaunted John Lewis Partnership of which he was Managing Director, Price champions ‘inclusive capitalism’, by which he means getting people in and on in work. Acting responsibly to all stakeholders is central to his theme; with employees, the most important stakeholder - drivers of it all. He became Minister of State for International Trade in February 2016.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Mark Price talks to Nik Gowing

Event 431

Reni Eddo-Lodge

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

A powerful and provocative argument on the role that race and racism play in modern Britain. Exploring issues from eradicated black history to the political purpose of white dominance, whitewashed feminism and the inextricable link between class and race, the journalist offers a timely and essential new framework for how to see, acknowledge and counter racism. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

Reni Eddo-Lodge is selected for Hay 30 – celebrating a new generation of thinkers, supported by The CASE Foundation
Price: £7.30
 
 
Reni Eddo-Lodge

Event HD95

Floella Benjamin

Coming to England

Venue: Starlight Stage

An actress, author, producer and working peer, Benjamin is best known for her work presenting children’s TV programmes such as Play School. Join her for a truly inspiring event as she talks about her childhood memoir and the journey she made as a youngster from Trinidad to embark on a very different life with her family in England in 1960. She shows how having the courage to believe in yourself can help you tackle new challenges and overcome adversity.

9+
Price: £7.30
 
 
Floella Benjamin

Event HD96

Laura James

Cowboy Pug

Venue: Cube

Pug and his faithful companion, Lady Miranda, are back for another adventure. They’ve saddled up and are going to be cowboys for the day. But Pug’s not so sure…there might be bandits. Then again, there could be candyfloss. Can Pug take the reins when Lady Miranda lands on the wrong side of the law?

6+
Price: £5.30
 
 

Event S17

The Battle of the Birds, with Tom Hirons

Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Don’t strike bargains with giants and expect them to forget. Don’t trust your life to murderers. Listen to wise, magical daughters and always show kindness to strangers. Follow the King’s son’s son in this outrageous telling from Hedgespoken Travelling Storytelling Theatre. Not for the fragile-nerved, but suitable for sturdy-hearted children and adults.

Age 8+
Free but ticketed
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Event W76

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!

Teens
Price: £15.30
 
 

Event 432

Ian Rankin talks to SJ Parris

30 Years of Rebus

Venue: Tata Tent

The big tent morphs into the Oxford Bar for the afternoon, as we pull up a stool and celebrate the enduring brilliance of Rankin’s great Edinburgh detective creation.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Ian Rankin talks to SJ Parris