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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In this session, translator Daniel Hahn explains how to write a book that’s already been written, academic Sarah Harper ponders how to write a scholarly book that non-scholars want to read and international lawyer Philippe Sands explores how to write a book that involves the secrets of others.
The Essay is broadcast from Monday 29 May to Friday 2 June at 10.45pm on BBC Radio 3
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.
Pip and Posy are the best of friends – most of the time. And they are always having adventures. Axel Scheffler, illustrator of Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo, introduces his delightful new series about the dramas of toddler life. Join him for stories, drawing and the opportunity to meet two very special surprise guests.
Drop in writing sessions to create a collaborative poem, with different themes every day. Come and explore your creativity with Emma Beynon, who has a wealth of experience running creative writing workshops and has 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).
Please drop in to our Compass venue, quiz leading academics about their subject and engage in some critical thinking. As part of Hay Festival 2017 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.
Theresa Marteau is Director of Studies for Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at Christ’s College, Cambridge University.
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.
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!
The highs and lows of life in and out of politics – from the despatch box to Strictly stage with one of Britain’s most influential and charming political figures. He’s funny, and acute about the madhouse of Parliament. Ed Balls is not currently an MP.
Kizilhan is a psychologist who persuaded the state of Baden-Württemberg to spend €95m to rescue back to Germany 1,100 Yazidi women between the ages of 55 and eight, who had been enslaved, repeatedly raped, and tortured by IS in Iraq. He tells the stories of his patients and their desire for truth and justice in the face of genocide.
We recommend reading this article about Jan Kizilhan by Philippe Sands - https://www.ft.com/content/2ce55dee-01c7-11e6-ac98-3c15a1aa2e62
According to our best theories of physics, the fundamental building blocks of matter are not particles, but continuous, fluid-like substances known as ‘quantum fields’. The professor of theoretical physics explains what we know about these fields, and how they fit into our understanding of the universe.
The actor reminisces in an intimate self-portrait, with stories and photographs from her long career – from classic movies Georgy Girl and The Night Porter to Broadchurch and The Sense of an Ending.
New novels by two of the world’s most gifted and exacting prose writers bring the past terrifyingly into the present. In Kunzru’s White Tears, two ambitious musicians are drawn into a dark underworld in contemporary New York. Schweblin’s Fever Dream explores the history of a young woman and the boy who sits at her death-bed. Fever Dream has been long-listed for the 2017 International Man Booker Prize.
More adventures for Aubrey, a small boy who can talk to animals, in this author’s new title. Now shrunk to the size of an earwig, Aubrey is helping the insects to save the world from starvation and supporting a newly arrived Ladybird family to overcome hostility from the local inhabitants. Join Horatio Clare as he discusses his fantastic new story about the world of Aubrey and his epic adventure of love, travel and insects with Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust.
Michael Rosen discusses different journeys through life with writers whose stories have been selected for the Hay Aarhus 39 anthologies QUEST and ODYSSEY: stories of journeys from around Europe. Selected by three of Europe’s top authors – Matt Haig (UK), Kim Fupz Aakeson (Denmark) and Ana Cristina Herreros (Spain) – some of the best emerging writers for young people from across wider Europe have contributed to the collections. Rosen will talk to Dy Plambeck and Sanne Munk Jensen from Denmark, Sandrine Kao from France and Maria Turtschaninoff from Finland. The event will explore how stories can bring people together through shared experiences.
The celebrated British Polar explorer, Land Rover ambassasor and Ladybird author talks about the importance of solar in his 2013-14 expedition – a 1,800-mile return journey to the South Pole on foot that broke the record for the longest ever polar journey on foot - retracing the steps of Captain Scott's 1911-12 Terra Nova expedition, and shares a reading of his upcoming Ladybird book, Shackleton, in which he brings to life the history, dangers and challenges of Shackleton's Endurance expedition.
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
Letters Live has rapidly established itself as a wonderfully dynamic and exciting new format for presenting memorable letters to a live audience, and each event celebrates in an unforgettable way the joy, pain, wisdom and humour that so often hallmarks this most intimate of literary forms. Letters Live is inspired by Shaun Usher’s Letters of Note anthologies and Simon Garfield’s To the Letter.
18 July 1898 and the world-renowned novelist Emile Zola is on the run. His crime? Intervening in the Dreyfus case and taking on the highest powers in France with his open letter J’accuse. Forced to leave Paris with nothing but the clothes he is standing in and a nightshirt wrapped in newspaper, Zola flees to England with no idea when he will return. This is the little-known story of his time in exile. Rosen offers an intriguing insight into the mind, the loves, the politics and the work of the great writer.
The Olympian diving star shares what he’s learned about how to stay fit, healthy and positive. His secrets include delicious food, workouts anyone can do (he promises!) and invaluable motivational and lifestyle tips. He talks to the award-winning sports writer Carolyn Hitt.
The Director of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton replays and updates his predecessor, Abraham Flexner’s classic 1939 treatise, which describes a great paradox of scientific research: the search for answers to deep questions, motivated solely by curiosity and without concern for applications, often leads not only to the greatest scientific discoveries but also to the most revolutionary technological breakthroughs.
Min Jin Lee’s novel Pachinko is an epic tale of identity and survival and love, set across four generations of a Korean family in Japan. Julianne Pachico’s stories collected as The Lucky Ones explore the riveting lives and stories of a huge range of people caught up in the violence of Colombia’s guerrilla insurgencies. They talk to Lena de Casparis of Elle magazine.
Poet Ian McMillan presents Radio 3’s ‘cabaret of the word’ with award-winning writers, including the novelist Hari Kunzru, alongside up-and-coming performers. “If there’s a more entertaining show than The Verb then I don’t know it.” – Stuart Maconie.
The Verb is broadcast on Friday 2 June at 10PM on BBC Radio 3
Join top YA authors as they discuss their recent books, and the ways in which they capture the complex emotions of adolescence and the secrets that need to be kept hidden. Chaired by Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust.
Join award-winning children’s illustrators Piet Grobler and Tobias Hickey and have a go at creating your own character. Get inside information about how illustrators bring life to children’s picture books by taking part in a choice of activities.
The actor and comedian introduces his debut novel Holding in which the loves and secrets and losses of an Irish community are exposed when human remains are found on a farm. Norton’s best-selling memoirs include The Life and Loves of a He-Devil and So Me.
Drawing on his work over the past 40 years, the historian considers the context of contemporary Europe’s political upheavals, its challenges and its opportunities. Schama’s books include Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution, A History of Britain, The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age, Landscape and Memory and The Story of the Jews.
Brave, intelligent and deeply controversial, the award-winning author of A Rift in Time, Occupation Diaries, Language of War ~ Language of Peace and Palestinian Walks: Notes on a Vanishing Landscape explores the devastating effect of Occupation on even the most intimate aspects of life. Looking back over decades of political turmoil, Shehadeh traces the impact on the fragile bonds of friendship across the Israel-Palestine border, and asks whether those considered bitter enemies can come together to forge a common future.
The addictive new psychological thriller from the author of The Girl on the Train, the runaway No. 1 bestseller and global phenomenon.
Honouring the bicentenary of the novelist’s death, Worsley tells the story of Austen’s life and shows us how and why she lived as she did, examining the places and spaces that mattered to her. It wasn’t all country houses and ballrooms, but a life that was often a painful struggle.