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 57

Ahdaf Soueif talks to George Alagiah

BBC Talking Books 1: This is Not a Border

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The Egyptian novelist discusses her writing and her heroic Palfest festival, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year with an anthology This Is Not a Border: Reportage and Reflection from the Palestine Festival of Literature. Soueif’s fiction includes In The Eye of the Sun and The Map of Love. Her non-fiction work includes Cairo: Memoir of a City Transformed.

This event will be recorded for broadcast on the BBC World News programme Talking Books

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 58

Amanda Owen

A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The best-selling author describes the age-old cycle of a farming year and the constant challenges of life at Ravenseat, the remote Yorkshire hill farm she shares with husband Clive, nine children and 1,000 sheep. Chaired by Oliver Balch, author of Under the Tump.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Amanda Owen

Event HD5

Julia Donaldson

The Everywhere Bear

Venue: Tata Tent

Join Julia Donaldson and friends in this unique show jam-packed with songs and readings from seven of her fabulous stories including The Everywhere Bear and The Gruffalo.

3+
Price: £8.30
 
 

Event HD6

Science Museum

Super High-tech Robot Show

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Ever wondered how robots work, what they do and why we even have them? Join the Science Museum as they take you on an amazing interactive journey into the world of robots. Discover how we program them, how they’re engineered and which is better – robot technology or human biology. This exciting and engaging science show features incredible live robot demonstrations and experiments that will blow your circuits.

9+
Price: £7.30
 
 

Event HD7

Pamela Butchart

There’s a Werewolf in my Tent!

Venue: Starlight Stage

Pamela Butchart will delight her listeners as she also scares the living daylights out of them in this hilarious story of a school camping trip with a difference. Watch out for a special surprise appearance.

6+
Price: £5.30
 
 
Pamela Butchart

Event HD8

Alwyn Hamilton and Maria Turtschaninoff

Traitor to the Throne and Nanodel

Venue: Cube

Alwyn Hamilton and Maria Turtschaninoff have both recently completed their second titles in powerful trilogies set in richly imagined worlds. Join the authors as they discuss the challenges and opportunities of creating whole new worlds and the people who live in them. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

11+
Price: £5.30
 
 

Event S1

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.

Family event
Drop in

Event W1

Animation Time Machine!

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Leave your mark and help re-animate a classic short film. Join Dan Brown and Nick Brown from MASH Cinema and Hereford College of Arts to create and collage your own frames, and see the new film take shape over the weekend. Completed animation will be available on the Hay Festival website.

Age 3–7
2 hours
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Event W2

The Flying Potter: Pottery Workshop

Venue: Mess Tent

Get seriously messy with Jon Williams from Herefordshire’s Eastnor Pottery. You will see pottery demonstrations and  create your own sculptural masterpieces to add to our forest critters’ colony or to take home...or both. One thing’s for sure...mud will fly!

Age 3–7
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Event 60

Horatio Clare

Myths & Legends of the Brecon Beacons

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Discover the magic and myths hidden in the rolling hills of the Brecon Beacons. Find Arthur and his knights sleeping away the decades in a cave, and go on the search for the White Lady of Tretower Court with the award-winning author of Down To The Sea In Ships, The Prince’s Pen and Orison for a Curlew. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Horatio Clare

Event 61

Theresa Marteau

Cambridge Series: The Force is Not With You

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Many of us would like to lead healthier lives, so what stops us? The Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit explains why risk information doesn’t change our unhealthy behaviour.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Theresa Marteau

Event 62

Cory Doctorow and Adam Rutherford

Life: A Dialogue

Venue: Good Energy Stage

How and why do we survive, and what makes us unique? A conversation between a novelist and a scientist exploring the worlds they inhabit in Doctorow’s superb new speculative fiction Walkaway and Rutherford’s A Brief History of Everyone who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 63

The Prize Winner talks to Dai Smith

The 2017 International Dylan Thomas Prize

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Join us to celebrate this prestigious literary prize for writers aged 39 and under, as the 2017 winner (announced on 10 May) talks to Dai Smith, Chair of the judges. The shortlist for this year’s prize is: Anuk Arudpragasm The Story of a Brief Marriage; Alys Conran Pigeon; Luke Kennard Cain; Fiona McFarlane The High Places; Sarah Perry The Essex Serpent; Callan Wink Dog Run Moon: Stories.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event HD9

Dick Vs Dom

Venue: Tata Tent

The boys are back. CBBC’s Dick and Dom are back at Hay for another fantastic, high octane show. Dick Vs Dom is a new games show that will delight all ages and all fans – old and new.

6+
Price: £9.30
 
 
Dick Vs Dom

Event HD10

William Grill and Katherine Rundell

The Wolves of Currumpaw and The Wolf Wilder

Venue: Starlight Stage

Wolves are the stuff of children’s fiction. Join award-winning illustrator William Grill and author Katherine Rundell as they discuss their respective books and the enduring fictional appeal of wolves. The Wolves of Currumpaw is the winner of the 2017 Bolognaragazzi Non-Fiction Award.

9+
Katherine Rundell is selected for Hay 30 – celebrating a new generation of thinkers, supported by The CASE Foundation
Price: £5.30
 
 

Event HD11

Andrea Beaty

Rosie Revere Big Project Book for Bold Engineers

Venue: Cube

Invention is at the heart of the adventures of Rosie Revere, Ada Twist and Iggy Peck. Andrea

Beaty’s stories of engineer Rosie, scientist Ada and architect Iggy show that anyone can be whatever they want to be if they are curious and apply themselves.

6+
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Andrea Beaty

Event W3

Seed your ideas with Emma Beynon

Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Creative writing sessions with activities to help your stories grow. Come and explore your creativity with Emma, she has a wealth of experience running creative writing workshops and an infectious approach to building a story. Emma is currently writing a novel based on her sailing adventures in Svalbard and her educational writing includes Making Poetry Happen (Bloomsbury, 2015).

Age 6-8
2 hours
Free but ticketed
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Event W4

The Flying Potter: Pottery Workshop

Venue: Mess Tent

Get seriously messy with Jon Williams from Herefordshire’s Eastnor Pottery. You will see pottery demonstrations and  create your own sculptural masterpieces to add to our forest critters’ colony or to take home...or both. One thing’s for sure...mud will fly!

Age 8–11
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Event DT5

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 W5

Animation Time Machine!

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Leave your mark and help re-animate a classic short film. Join Dan Brown and Nick Brown from MASH Cinema and Hereford College of Arts to create and collage your own frames, and see the new film take shape over the weekend. Completed animation will be available on the Hay Festival website.

Age 8–11
2 hours
Sold Out
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Event 65

Jeremy Paxman interrogated by Marcus Brigstocke

A Life in Questions

Venue: Tata Tent

Why is this lying bastard lying to me?” was at the front of his mind as the grand inquisitor conducted every interview on Newsnight. He has been known to be less hard on the students of University Challenge. He is lightly grilled with a touch of spice by the satirist and Now Show star.

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Jeremy Paxman interrogated by Marcus Brigstocke

Event 66

Tim Wu talks to Rajan Datar

The Attention Merchants: How Our Time and Attention are Gathered and Sold

Venue: Good Energy Stage

In nearly every moment of our waking lives, we face a barrage of advertising enticements, branding efforts, sponsored social media, commercials and other efforts to harvest our attention. The lawyer and Columbia professor analyses who’s monetising us in the digital realm, and how to resist.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Tim Wu talks to Rajan Datar

Event 67

Elizabeth Strout talks to George Alagiah

BBC Talking Books 2: Anything is Possible

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The new novel from the author of Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys tells the story of the inhabitants of rural, dusty Amgash, Illinois, the hometown of Lucy Barton, a successful New York writer who finally returns, after 17 years of absence, to visit the siblings she left behind.

This event will be recorded for broadcast on the BBC World News programme Talking Books

Price: £7.30
 
 
Elizabeth Strout talks to George Alagiah

Event 68

Nicholas Hytner talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Balancing Acts

Venue: Oxfam Moot

You start with a vision, and you deliver a compromise. You want a play to be challenging, ambitious, nuanced and complicated. You also want it to sell tickets. You want to make art, and you know you’re in show-business. The inside story of 12 years at the helm of The National Theatre is a story of lunatic failures and spectacular successes. Its cast includes the likes of Alan Bennett, Maggie Smith, Mike Leigh, Daniel Day-Lewis, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren and, of course, William Shakespeare.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Nicholas Hytner talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Event 69

Olivia Sudjic and Peter Ho Davies talk to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: Only Connect

Venue: Cube

Sudjic’s debut Sympathy tells the story of a young Englishwoman’s fixation with a Japanese writer living in New York. Inspired by three figures who lived at pivotal moments in Chinese-American history, Ho Davies’ The Fortunes explores what it is like to feel, and be treated, like a foreigner in the country you call home.

Price: £6.30