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 489

Michelle Oyen

Cambridge Series: Re-thinking Engineering with Inspiration from Nature

Venue: Starlight Stage

The bio-engineer assesses the carbon footprint of popular building materials like steel and concrete and discusses approaches for substituting new bio-inspired materials instead.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Michelle Oyen

Event 490

Natalie Haynes talks to Daniel Hahn

Fictions: The Children of Jocasta

Venue: Cube

The classicist and novelist reimagines the Oedipus and Antigone stories from the perspectives of two of the women who have often been overlooked, Jocasta and Ismene; re-telling the myth to reveal a new side of an ancient story.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Natalie Haynes talks to Daniel Hahn

Event 637

Jane Perry

Subject Areas – Nursing, Healthcare, Mental Illness

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.

Jane Perry is Associate Head of Institute for Business & Workforce Development and Institute Lead for International at University of Worcester.

15+
30 mins
Drop in (no ticket required)

Event HD103

Cressida Cowell

Dragon Training and The Wizards of Once

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The Festival favourite author/illustrator returns to talk about How to Train Your Dragon, and give the Hay audience a sneak peek of her first new project in 18 years. Fantasy, magical adventure The Wizards of Once will be published in September. Cressida will read an exclusive extract and show illustrations. The ‘world-conquering’ How to Train Your Dragon (also a film and TV series) has sold eight million copies worldwide and is on Hay’s list of 30 books for 30 years. Unmissable!

9+
Price: £7.30
 
 
Cressida Cowell

Event 638

Lucie Ryzova

Subject Areas – History, Middle East Politics

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.

Lucie Ryzova is Lecturer in Middle East History at University of Birmingham.

15+
30 mins
Drop in (no ticket required)

Event 491

John Simpson

We Chose to Speak of War and Strife: The World of the Foreign Correspondent

Venue: Tata Tent

The BBC World Affairs Editor tells the stories of journalists reporting from the frontlines – from Crimea and Vietnam to Mosul.  Chaired by Matt Frei.

Price: £9.30
 
 
John Simpson

Event 492

Paula Byrne

The Genius of Jane Austen: Her Love of Theatre and Why She Is a Hit in Hollywood

Venue: Oxfam Moot

A radical look at Jane Austen as you’ve never seen her – as a lover of farce, comic theatre and juvenilia. Byrne celebrates Britain’s favourite novelist 200 years after her death and explores why her books make such awesome movies, time after time.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Paula Byrne

Event 493

Richard J. Evans

The British Academy Lecture 2 - The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Drawing on a lifetime of thinking about 19th-century Europe, the pre-eminent historian re-evaluates this remarkable era bounded by the Battle of Waterloo and the outbreak of World War I. Charting overwhelming cultural, political and technological change, he highlights how Europe dominated the rest of the world as never before or since.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Richard J. Evans

Event 494

Tom Dyckhoff

The Age of Spectacle: Adventures in Architecture and the 21st-Century City

Venue: Good Energy Stage

In Dubai, a luxury apartment block is built in the shape of a giant iPod. In China, President Xi Jinping denounces the trend of constructing ‘bizarre’ new buildings in wacky shapes and colours. In Cincinnati, celebrity architect Zaha Hadid is paid millions to design a single ‘iconic’ structure – with the hope of single-handedly transforming the region’s ailing fortunes. These incidents are all part of the same story: the rise of the age of spectacle. Chaired by Simon Jenkins.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Tom Dyckhoff

Event 495

Laline Paull talks to Oliver Balch

Fictions: Ice

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Am ambitious and compelling new novel from the author of The Bees. It’s the day after tomorrow and the Arctic sea ice has melted. While global business carves up the new frontier, cruise ships race each other to ever rarer wildlife sightings. The passengers of the Vanir have come seeking a polar bear. What they find is a dead body…

Price: £7.30
 
 
Laline Paull talks to Oliver Balch

Event 496

Charles Martell, Hilary Engel and Julia Blackshaw

Apple Blossom Time

Venue: Starlight Stage

Celebrating our native apples and the variety of products derived from them, by growers who care about nature and the environment. Charles Martell is known for Stinking Bishop cheese and now distils vintage spirits on his Gloucestershire farm; Hilary Engel makes cider from apples pressed by a Gypsy cob in a 17th-century mill; and Julia Blackshaw makes mellifluous juices from her organic orchard. They talk to Kitty Corrigan.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 497

Richard Russo talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions: Everybody’s Fool

Venue: Cube

A conversation with the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer about his comedic masterpiece, a great American novel for our times. Russo returns to North Bath, the Rust Belt town first brought to unforgettable life in Nobody’s Fool.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Richard Russo talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Event DT37

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 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 498

Ken Loach talks to Francine Stock

The 2017 Raymond Williams Lecture

Venue: Tata Tent

The film director talks about culture and society and his style of socialist realism from his earliest 1960s television plays like Cathy Come Home to the masterpiece I Daniel Blake.

Price: £10.30
 
 
Ken Loach talks to Francine Stock

Event 499

Kent Nerburn and Robert Plant talk to Andrew O’Hagan

Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder

Venue: Oxfam Moot

This special event marks the UK launch of Kent Nerburn’s award-winning work of creative non-fiction depicting the epic and intensely moving journey he made over 20 years ago with a Native American elder named Dan.  Musician Robert Plant picked up a copy of Neither Wolf Nor Dog whilst touring the States in 2014 and his passion for this masterpiece has led to its publication here in Britain.  

Price: £8.30
 
 

Event 500

Ilan Pappe talks to Peter Florence

The Biggest Prison on Earth

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The Israeli historian presents his powerful and groundbreaking history of the Occupied Territories. He analyses legal and security structures, political positions and abortive peace attempts, and discusses the possibilities for reconciliation. His other books include The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine and Ten Myths About Israel.

Price: £6.30
 
 

Event 501

Janusz Kozinski

The Humanist Engineer

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Britain needs over one million more engineers. Only 11 per cent of Britain’s engineers are women. Engineering degrees have become a maths-science death march where students are submerged in a theoretical deluge. Many of our most creative and talented minds, particularly women, are choosing fields where imaginative and human-centric thinking is cherished not chided. The Engineering Renaissance emerging across the world is re-imagining what it means to be an engineer and what it means to educate engineers in a world that’s more complex, more challenging yet more captivating than ever before. Kozinski is senior adviser to the university project in Hereford.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Janusz Kozinski

Event 502

Sheila Hollins, Jane Perry, Steven Thrush, Charlotte Scott-Wilson and Veronica Wilkie

A New Vision for Our Healthcare System - University of Worcester Series 4

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

In a time of extreme stress for the NHS, is there another way to deliver healthcare in the UK? Should we go back to traditional roles, like matrons? Or should we innovate with new professions like Physician Associates? Which new systems can we find for dealing with an ageing population? Baroness Hollins is Emeritus Professor in Psychiatry of Disability at St George’s, University of London; Perry is Associate Head of the Institute of Health & Society at the University of Worcester; Thrush is a Consultant at Worcestershire Royal Hospital and Wilkie, is a GP and Professor of Primary Care; Charlotte Scott-Wilson is a Physician Associate Graduate.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 503

Jules Evans

The Art of Losing Control

Venue: Starlight Stage

Humans have always sought ecstatic experiences - moments where they go beyond their ordinary self and feel connected to something greater than them. Such moments are fundamental to human flourishing. The philosopher sets out to discover how people find ecstasy in a post-religious culture and maps how it can be good for us but also harmful.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 504

Adam Hart-Davis

Very Heath Robinson: Stories of His Absurdly Ingenious Inventions

Venue: Oxfam Moot

A nostalgic look back to the imaginative and often frivolous world of William Heath Robinson, one of the few artists to have given his name to the English language. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the expression ‘Heath Robinson’ is used to describe ‘any absurdly ingenious and impracticable device of the kind illustrated by this artist’. Writer and broadcaster Adam Hart-Davis explores the ingenious contraptions.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Adam Hart-Davis

Event DT38

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 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 506

Bill Bailey

Larks in Transit

Venue: Tata Tent

A compendium of travellers’ tales and the general shenanigans of 20 years as a travelling comedian. With musical virtuosity, surreal tangents and trademark intelligence, he tackles politics, philosophy, the pursuit of happiness, death metal, ringtones… and an excruciating encounter with Paul McCartney. Two decades of life as a comic filtered through what the Telegraph calls ‘the brainiest comic of his generation’.

Price: £30.30
 
 
Bill Bailey

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