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 457

David Cole talks to Philippe Sands

Defending Liberty in the Age of Trump

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Executive Orders and wiretapping, and let’s face it – lying - have called the separation of powers and basic constitutional principles into question in the United States as never before. Trump threatens rights of speech, privacy, religious freedom, voting and equality -- and we’re just getting started.  Cole is the National Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, which has emerged as a leader in the fight to preserve civil liberties. He explains what’s going on to Philippe Sands.

Price: £8.30
 
 

Event 458

Lemn Sissay

Gold From the Stone

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

A spellbinding hour with one of the all-time great live readers of poetry: ‘Lemn Sissay is a passionate and powerful voice whose performances are humbling and exhilarating’ – Kate Tempest.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Lemn Sissay

Event 459

Sylvia V. Linsteadt and Rima Staines

Tatterdemalion

Venue: Cube

Unbound presents a brilliant collaboration between the visual artist Rima Staines and the author Sylvia Linsteadt. It is rooted in fantasy and folklore and set in a post-apocalyptic California.

Price: £6.30
 
 

Event 460

Nina Conti

Live at Hay

Venue: Tata Tent

The fiercely demanded encore from the outrageously brilliant comedian. Strap into the mask as the British Comedy award-winner improvises her way through an hour of side-splitting witchery with the help of Monkey and a bag of tricks. No two shows are ever the same.

Price: £15.30
 
 
Nina Conti

Event 461

Inna Modja

The Motel Bamako Tour: Live at Hay

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The Malian/French singer-songwriter superstar touches down in Hay for her only UK gig this Spring. She plays a thrilling blend of hip-hop, disco and soul, flipping around her West African traditions with joyful, irresistible beats. She is one of the most dazzling live performers on the circuit. Come!

Price: £9.30
 
 

Event 462

Rowan Pelling, Sally Gardner, Allegra Huston and Howard Jacobson

The Amorist

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The editor of The Amorist magazine chairs a conversation about love and sex in fiction and asks: is erotic passion the hardest form of literary endeavour? Get one line wrong and there’s laughter, or disgust. Gardner writes erotic fiction under the pen name Wray Delaney. Delaney’s first erotic novel, An Almond for a Parrot, is set amidst the brothels of 18thcentury London. Huston is the author of Say My Name, an account of a love affair between a married woman and a much younger man, while Jacobson’s most controversial novel was The Act of Love.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 464

Swing Patrol

Sound of the Baskervilles

Venue: Baskerville Hall, Clyro

Swing Patrol are a vibrant, energetic bunch who love everything vintage and are passionate about their swing dancing. You may have recently seen them on Dragons’ Den, Call the Midwife or BBC’s Peoples’ Strictly. From high-flying aerials to the basic dance steps and everything in between, Swing Patrol know how to put on a show, raise the energy levels and create a whole lot of fun.

Strictly 18+, ID may be required on the door
Price: £10.30
 
 

Event 463

Natalie Clein and Louisa Clein

By Candlelight

Venue: St Mary’s Church

An evening of solo cello and words including the epic sonata by Zoltan Kodaly, written in 1915 as a homage to the virtuosic possibilities of the instrument and to the Hungarian folk music and culture that he so loved. Words, including poetry by Ted Hughes, who also felt deeply connected to the earth in all its rawness.

Price: £10.30
 
 
Natalie Clein and Louisa Clein

Event W78

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 467

Simon Jenkins

England’s Cathedrals

Venue: Tata Tent

Cathedrals are custodians of culture and of the rituals of civic life. They offer welfare and relieve suffering. They uplift spirits with their beauty. In a real sense they are still what they were when first built a millennium ago, a glimpse of the sublime. Illustrated lecture.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Simon Jenkins

Event 469

Peter Hennessy talks to Alun Evans

The British Academy Platform at Hay: The UK’s Place in the World

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Responding to today’s international challenges in a rapidly evolving geopolitical environment is placing new strain on the UK’s place in the world. The historian and constitutional expert assesses the challenges the UK faces in the coming years, discussing the impact of withdrawal from the EU and turning into a ‘Global Britain’ may have on the our foreign policy, security and territorial integrity.

Price: £8.30
 
 

Event 470

Julia Samuel and Cathy Rentzenbrink

Talking About Death, a Dialogue

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Death affects us all. Yet it is still the last taboo in our society and grief is still profoundly misunderstood. Two writers, whose outstanding books offer compassion and solace, discuss ways to live on. Samuel is a grief psychotherapist and author of Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death and Surviving. Rentzenbrink is the author of The Last Act of Love and now A Manual for Heartache.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Julia Samuel and Cathy Rentzenbrink

Event 471

Ros Ridley

Cambridge Series: Peter Pan and the Mind of JM Barrie

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Ridley views the Peter Pan stories through the eyes of a neuroscientist and explores J M Barrie's interest in cognition, theory of mind and the nature of consciousness. Barrie's stories are rich in post-Darwinian questions about the origins of human nature and the mental abilities of animals, children and adults. Ridley was Head of the Medical Research Council Comparative Cognition Research Team in the Department of Psychology at Cambridge University.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Ros Ridley

Event 472

Nik Gowing

Thinking The Unthinkable

Venue: Compass

Brexit, then Trump, exposed how out of touch political and corporate leaders are with the deep concerns of voters and consumers. The gap is widening. The challenges for leaders in governments and boardrooms are deepening, fuelled by AI, the threat to jobs and algorithms. Can leaders handle pressures they never expected? A participatory symposium led by Gowing, co-author of the ongoing Thinking the Unthinkable study. Numbers limited.

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Nik Gowing

Event HD99

Jonathan Meres

The World of Norm

Venue: Starlight Stage

Writer and comedian Jonathan Meres provides a laugh-out-loud treat as he talks about the twelfth and final instalment in his multi-award-winning series. Although life is undoubtedly still unfair for Norm, Jonathan guarantees that he will cheer up the audience and get everyone singing along to his World of Norm song.

6+
Price: £5.30
 
 

Event HD100

Lucy Cousins and Liz Fost

A Busy Day for Birds

Venue: Cube

Join the Maisy Mouse creator Lucy Cousins and storyteller Liz Fost for an event of feathered fun as they bring A Busy Day for Birds to life in a storytelling and live illustration event.

3+
Price: £5.30
 
 

Event S19

Storytelling with Skye Meredith

Venue: The Storytelling Nook
Come and listen to local storyteller Skye Meredith weave an enchanting tale for all the family
FREE BUT TICKETED
Price: £0.00
 
 

Event W79

Petr Horacek

Venue: Scribblers Hut
Come to see Petr Horacek author and illustrator of many picture books, such as Silly Suzy GooseA New House for MousePuffin PeterThe Greedy Goat and Blue Penguin. You can listen to some of his stories and make a little picture book to take home.
3+
Price: £8.30
 
 

Event 473

Carlo Rovelli

The 2017 John Maddox Lecture - Reality is Not What it Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity

Venue: Tata Tent

Do space and time truly exist? What is reality made of? Can we understand its deep texture? Taking us on a wondrous journey, Rovelli invites us to imagine a whole new world where black holes are waiting to explode, space time is made up of grains and infinity does not exist: a vast universe still largely undiscovered.

‘The man who makes physics sexy. The new Hawking. His writing is luminous.’ – The Times.  Chaired by Marcus du Sautoy.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Carlo Rovelli

Event 474

Julia Leigh talks to Bryony Gordon

Avalanche: A Love Story

Venue: Compass

Writing in the immediate aftermath of her decision to stop IVF treatment, Leigh lays bare the truths of her experience: the highs of hope and the depths of disappointment, the grip of yearning and desire, the toll on her relationships and the unexpected graces and moments of black humour. She navigates the science of IVF, copes with the impact of treatment and reconciles the seductive promises of the worldwide multi-billion dollar IVF industry with the reality.

Price: £8.30
 
 

Event 475

Catherine Merridale

The British Academy Lecture 1: Lenin on the Train

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

In April 1917, the exiled leader of the Bolsheviks, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, travelled back to Russia by train.  His country was at war and his route would take him through enemy territory; the plan was controversial from the start.  The destination was the Finland Station and the first steps on the road to Soviet power.  Merridale, the great Russia scholar, follows in the leader's tracks, creating a gripping account of events in Russia and Europe at one of the tensest moments of the First World War. Chaired by Peter Hennessy.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Catherine Merridale

Event 476

Hanif Kureishi talks to Rosie Boycott

Fictions: The Nothing

Venue: Good Energy Stage

A new tale of ageing, lust, helplessness and deception told with the trademark black humour of one of the great British novelists whose films and books include The Buddha of Suburbia, Venus, The Mother and My Beautiful Launderette. Kureishi is one of the wisest and most humane writers with an acute eye for vulnerabilities and quiet desperation.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Hanif Kureishi talks to Rosie Boycott

Event 477

Raoul Martinez talks to William Sieghart

Creating Freedom: Power, Control and the Fight for Our Future

Venue: Starlight Stage

Martinez brings together a torrent of mind-expanding ideas, facts and arguments to dismantle sacred myths central to our society - myths about free will, free markets, free media and free elections. From the lottery of our birth to the consent-manufacturing influence of concentrated wealth and power, this far-reaching manifesto lifts the veil on the mechanisms of control that pervade our lives.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 516

Steven Moffat

The Showrunner

Venue: Oxfam Moot
We celebrate the screenwriter’s groundbreaking tenure as the creative force behind Dr Who. Moffat also discusses his collaboration with Mark Gatiss on Sherlock.
Price: £7.30
 
 

Event HD101

Julian Clary and David Roberts

The Bolds on Holiday

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The hairiest family in Teddington are back for a further adventure and this time they decide to take a well-earned holiday by the seaside with all their relatives in tow. But can they stay hidden on a camping holiday? Join the authors as they introduce their exceptional family’s latest escapade in storytelling and live drawing.

9+
Price: £7.30
 
 
Julian Clary and David Roberts