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 HD102

Tracey Corderoy and Steve Lenton

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam – Up, Up and Away!

Venue: Cube

Ex-robbers now bakers, Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam star in a new collection of stories about their comical adventures. The two dogs are best friends but they look like being in danger of falling out when a tempting looking package arrives at the café. Corderoy and Lenton entertain with comic rhymes and illustrations about their well-loved characters.

6+
Price: £5.30
 
 
Tracey Corderoy and Steve Lenton

Event S20

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 W80

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 DT35

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 478

William Dalrymple and Anita Anand

Koh-I-Noor: The History of the World's Most Infamous Diamond

Venue: Tata Tent

The first comprehensive and authoritative history of the Koh-i Noor, arguably the most celebrated and mythologised jewel in the world, from the internationally acclaimed and bestselling historians.

Price: £9.30
 
 
William Dalrymple and Anita Anand

Event 479

Tony Adams talks to Philippe Sands

Sober: Football. My Story. My Life

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The great Arsenal and England defender explains the struggles he’s faced to stay sober for 20 years and why he set up Sporting Chance, the charity which provides treatment and support for sports stars suffering from addictions. He gives his incisive thoughts on England’s continued failings in major tournaments and assesses why Arsenal has struggled to repeat the title-winning formula of his own time there.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Tony Adams talks to Philippe Sands

Event 480

John Boyne

Fictions: The Heart’s Invisible Furies

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Boyne’s new novel spans 80 years of Irish history. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, Cyril Avery will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from – and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home and a country. Boyne is the author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Absolutist. He talks to Peter Florence.

Price: £8.30
 
 
John Boyne

Event 481

Julia Hobsbawm

Fully Connected

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The networking expert and entrepreneur takes us on a journey ‘from Telex to Twitter’ to illustrate how the answer to the Age of Overload can come from devising management-based systems which are both highly practical and intuitive; and which draw inspiration from the huge advances the world has made in tackling other kinds of health and mental wellbeing. She talks to Amol Rajan, the BBC’s media editor.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Julia Hobsbawm

Event 482

Andrew O’Hagan talks to Rosie Boycott

The Dunce’s Grammar: Truth and Fiction in the Age of Trump

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The multi award-winning journalist and novelist conducts an exacting examination of identity, secrecy and the relationship between the individual, the state and technology in his new book The Secret Life: Three True Stories.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Andrew O’Hagan talks to Rosie Boycott

Event 483

Jeff Brazier

The Grief Survival Guide: How to navigate loss and all that comes with it

Venue: Starlight Stage

Jeff Brazier has experienced bereavement in many forms: in his childhood, helping his two boys through the devastating death of their mother, Jade Goody, witnessing the anguish of his own mum when she lost both of her parents and hearing the stories of his life coaching clients who are coming to terms with loss. Chaired by Carolyn Hitt.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 484

Lucie Ryzova

What I Found In a Flea Market in Cairo

Venue: Cube

This story spins from a chance find of an anonymous ‘love diary’ written by a young man in the 1940s. It recounts the everyday life of a generation of young men growing up in mid-20th century Cairo. Ryzova uses Hosni’s story as a point of entry to a particular historical experience: that of middle class modernity located outside the metropolitan centre in this historical ethnography. Ryzova is Lecturer in Middle East History.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Lucie Ryzova

Event S21

Hairy Fairy Tails

Venue: The Storytelling Nook
Open Sky proudly present Hairy Fairy Tails. Classic stories retold through rhyme, song, music, puppetry, mime and magical transformations.

Rapunzel’s sick of people going on about her hair so takes matters into her own hands. Janet rescues Tomlin from the wild woodland fairies. Goldilocks befriends the three scared bears. The Nanny Goats Tuff take no nonsense from the Rock n' Roll Troll.

Hairy Fairy Tails offers simple life lessons for girls and boys; be yourself, be kind, be open minded and be brave.  Fabulous furry fun for all!
Age 3+
Price: £10.30
 
 
Hairy Fairy Tails

Event DT36

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 485

Evan Davis

Post-Truth: Why We Have Reached Peak Bullshit and What We Can Do About It

Venue: Tata Tent

Low-level dishonesty is rife everywhere, in the form of exaggeration, selective use of facts, economy with the truth, careful drafting - from Trump and the Brexit debate to companies that tell us, ‘your call is important to us’. How did we get to a place where bullshit is not just rife but apparently so effective that it's become the communications strategy of our times?

Price: £8.30
 
 
Evan Davis

Event 486

Bill Bailey talks to Jon Gower

Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to British Birds

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The comedian introduces his humorous and very personal guide to his favourite British birds, complete with drawings, notes and cartoons and some spectacular impressions. ‘When herons are spooked they have a habit of vomiting as a defence. Half-digested pieces of eel and water vole skull on your head is not a good look. Just so you know.’ Daniel Butler is a keen birdwatcher and is rarely parted from his hawk.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Bill Bailey talks to Jon Gower

Event 487

Francesca Rhydderch, Courttia Newland and Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Protest!

Venue: Good Energy Stage

When does a riot become a revolution? When does a demonstration of dissent tip over into a moment of unstoppable political change? Ra Page’s inspiring new collection of stories matches fiction writers with great moments of history: Rhydderch writes of the Welsh Language protests of 1979; Cottrell-Boyce reimagines Venner’s Rising of 1661; Newland writes up The Poll Tax Riots of 1990.

Price: £8.30
 
 

Event 488

Steve Westaby

Fragile Lives

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Examining specific cases, one of the world’s foremost surgeons offers an exceptional insight, drawn from 35 years of pioneering work, into the exhilarating and sometimes tragic world of heart surgery.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Steve Westaby

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

Nathalie 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
 
 
Nathalie Haynes talks to Daniel Hahn

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 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
 
 

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