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 92

Lucy Worsley

Jane Austen at Home

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

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.

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Event 93

Owen Sheers: The Green Hollow

BBC Wales

Venue: BBC Tent

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, the BBC commissioned Owen Sheers to write a film-poem. It is performed by a stellar cast of Wales’s best known acting talent, including Michael Sheen, Jonathan Pryce, Sian Phillips, Eve Myles and Iwan Rheon, with contributions from the local community. The production draws on interviews with survivors, parents and people involved in the rescue operation, many of whom have never before spoken about their experiences. The film went out to critical acclaim on BBC One Wales and BBC Four last year.  This special screening of the BAFTA-nominated film will be introduced by Owen Sheers and followed by a Q&A with him, the Executive Producer Bethan Jones and Director Pip Broughton.

Please note this sessions lasts 90 minutes.

1.5 hours
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Event 94

Mariana Enriquez and Lisa McInerney talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions: Tales of the City

Venue: Cube

Thrilling and terrifying, The Things We Lost in the Fire takes the reader into Enriquez’s world of Argentine Gothic: of sharp-toothed children, of women racked by desire, of demons who lurk beneath the river, of stolen skulls and secrets half-buried under Argentina’s terrible dictatorship. McInerney follows her Baileys Prize-winning debut The Glorious Heresies with The Blood Miracles. The novel is set again in Cork with her vital, brilliant language and storytelling playing out the life and misdemeanours of Ryan Cusack.

The Irish writer Lisa McInerney is selected for Hay 30 – celebrating a new generation of thinkers, supported by the CASE Foundation
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Mariana Enriquez and Lisa McInerney talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Event 95

Rahaf Harfoush

The Hidden Forces Behind our Technologies

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Digital disruption and innovation are like any tools: capable of being used and abused. How are these technologies already influencing our attitudes, beliefs and behaviours and how do we ensure that these tools bring real and lasting benefits to society? Rahaf Harfoush is a digital anthropologist and best-selling author of The Decoded Company, and Yes We Did: An Insider’s Look at How Social Media Built the Obama Brand. Rahaf is the founder of Red Thread, a think-tank specialising in digital culture. She is currently working on her third book called Hustle and Float about  the intersections of technology, contemporary work culture and a post-work society. Formerly, Rahaf was the Associate Director of the Technology Pioneer Programme at the World Economic Forum, and the Research Coordinator on Don Tapscott’s Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything. She was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Shaper, and by the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society as a Rising Talent for her thought-leadership in the fields of digital culture and technology.

Rahaf Harfoush is selected for Hay 30 – celebrating a new generation of thinkers, supported by The CASE Foundation
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Rahaf Harfoush

Event DT8

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.
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Event 96

Stephen Fry

Reformations 2: The Internet

Venue: Tata Tent

The writer and tech-geek reimagines Tim Berners-Lee’s invention and asks how the mantra 'This is for Everyone' can play now in a digital sphere of social media, hacking and global connectivity. With BBC Click's Spencer Kelly.

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Stephen Fry

Event 97

Christina Lamb, Helena Kennedy, Rachael Jolley and Joan Bakewell

The War on Women

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

In a tribute to the late frontline journalist Sue Lloyd-Roberts and her posthumously-published book, a panel of three exceptional and indefatigable heroes talk to Joan Bakewell about The War on Women. Lamb is the Foreign Correspondent of The Sunday Times and the author of Farewell Kabul and The Girl from Aleppo. Kennedy is a world-renowned Human Rights lawyer. Jolley is editor of Index on Censorship.

With thanks to Nick Guthrie

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Christina Lamb, Helena Kennedy, Rachael Jolley and Joan Bakewell

Event 98

Matthew d’Ancona and Edward Luce

On the Brink: A Dialogue

Venue: Good Energy Stage

In d’Ancona’s book Post-Truth: The New War on Truth and How to Fight Back he examines how the art of the lie is shaking the very foundations of democracy and the world as we know it. Brexit, Trump, the rejection of climate change science, and the vilification of immigrants have all have been based on the power to evoke feelings and not facts. In The Retreat of Western Liberalism Luce argues that we are on a menacing trajectory brought about by ignorance of what it took to build the West, arrogance towards society’s economic losers, and complacency about our system’s durability. Our faith in history teaches us to take democracy for granted. Reality tells us something troublingly different.

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Event 99

Simon Garfield

Timekeepers: How the World Became Obsessed With Time

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

An Englishman arrives back from Calcutta but refuses to adjust his watch. Beethoven has his symphonic wishes ignored. The timetable arrives by steam train. A woman designs a 10-hour clock and reinvents the calendar. Roger Bannister becomes stuck in the same four minutes for ever. Garfield offers a vivid and compelling exploration of the ways we have perceived, contained and saved time over the past 250 years. Chaired by Olivia Cole.

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Simon Garfield

Event 100

Fiammetta Rocco, Boyd Tonkin, Daniel Hahn and Gaby Wood

The Man Booker International Prize for 1988

Venue: Cube

A jury of Man Booker alumni judge who might have won a version of their new prize in the first year of the Hay Festival. It was really an exceptionally good year for translated fiction that could have shortlisted Haruki Murakami: Hear the Wind Sing; Isabel Allende: Eva Luna; Gabriel García Márquez: Love in the Time of Cholera; Primo Levi: The Wrench; Ismail Kadare: Chronicle in Stone; José Saramago: Baltasar and Blimunda. #nopressurethen2017

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Event 101

Richard Parks

Extreme Adventuring

Venue: Starlight Stage

Parks describes his inspiring recovery from the shattering injury that ended his international rugby career. He tells of his commitment to his pioneering and world-first expeditions in the most extreme environments on earth.

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Event 102

Tom Daley

Tom Daley’s Supper

Venue: Relish Festival Restaurant

Come and join the Olympic diver for a super-tasty supper prepared around recipes from his book Tom’s Daily Plan. Tom will talk about an athlete’s diet and nutrition and share the secret of Tom’s Ultimate Bacon Butty.

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Event 103

Andy Hamilton

Change Management

Venue: Tata Tent

The brand new stand-up show from the comedian and co-writer of Power Monkeys, Outnumbered, What We Did On Our Holiday and Old Harry’s Game. If you’re feeling flustered because of flux, Andy will teach you how to cope with the changes we have seen and the changes yet to come.

In his 60 years on this planet, comedy writer and performer Andy Hamilton has experienced many changes. For instance, he was once a 6ft 4in professional basketball player, until a tree fell on him. But, of course, change is an inescapable part of the human condition. Why? Is that fair? Some changes are good, some bad. Why can’t they be more clearly labelled? How did we end up working longer hours? Where did all the sparrows go? Contains mild peril.

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Event 104

Joanna MacGregor and Chris Riddell

The Illustrated Goldberg Variations: A 30th Anniversary Commission

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Renowned pianist Joanna MacGregor is one of the greatest contemporary interpreters of JS Bach’s iconic set of 30 variations on a sarabande aria. She plays the piece accompanied by the Bach-lover, cartoonist and Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, who will draw 30 pictures inspired by the music, live on stage. The drawings will be shown on-screen.

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Joanna MacGregor and Chris Riddell

Event 105

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova talks to Philippe Sands

The Index Platform – Pussy Riot

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

An interview with the musician and activist, who was arrested after her punk band’s 2012 performance in a Moscow cathedral. She was convicted of 'hooliganism motivated by religious hatred' and sentenced to two years penal servitude. Nadya Tolokno now has permanent residency in Canada, from where she continues to protest human rights abuses. Introduced by Rachael Jolley.

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Nadezhda Tolokonnikova talks to Philippe Sands

Event 106

Super Sonic Disco

The Sound of the Baskervilles

Venue: Baskerville Hall, Clyro

Get your groove on with DJs Ben and Max (fresh from the hugely popular 'Clubbing for Grown-Ups') and kick off your night with a jumpin' dance party. Come to a Clyro Court transformed into a super-sonic, hands-in-the-air, late-night pleasure dome. An irresistible smorgasbord of soul, disco and funk, brought bang up to date with party classics. #donotfailtoattend

Strictly 18+, ID may be required on the door
The Park & Ride Shuttle Bus runs to Clyro Court from the Festival Site until 11.30pm. From 11.30pm the Shuttle Bus will run from the Clock Tower in Hay until the night finishes at 2am.
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Super Sonic Disco

Event 108

Tabitha Goldstaub and Philip Howard

The TCS Spark Salon: Algorithms, fake news and the filter bubble

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
The past year has been dominated by stories of how fake news has influenced major political decisions on both sides of the Atlantic and how technology has enabled a filter bubble through hidden algorithms and our own biases. There is an inherent tension between whether technology is helping to liberalise or distort and restrict how and what we read. Can artificial intelligence (AI) help us identify the truth or will it divide us? What role should we play as active digital citizens and what responsibility do technology and news organisations have? And what impact will all this have on our society, our institutions and our future? Join us at The Spark Salon, an initiative by Tata Consultancy Services, to explore these questions and more.
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Event 109

Broadcasting House

BBC Radio 4 LIVE

Venue: BBC Tent

Broadcasting House comes live from Hay Festival with presenter Paddy OConnell, for an hour of interviews and entertainment.

Broadcasting House can be heard every Sunday at 9AM on BBC Radio 4

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Broadcasting House

Event 110

Ben MacIntyre

SAS: Rogue Heroes –The Authorised Wartime History

Venue: Oxfam Moot

In the summer of 1941, at the height of the war in the Western Desert, a bored and eccentric young officer, David Stirling, has a vision for a new kind of war: attacking the enemy where they least expect it – from behind their own lines. Despite the intense opposition of many in British High Command, Winston Churchill personally gives Stirling permission to recruit the toughest, brightest and most ruthless soldiers he can find. With unprecedented access to the SAS secret files, unseen footage and exclusive interviews with its founder members, the author of Operation Mincemeat, A Spy Amongst Friends and Agent Zigzag tells the remarkable early story of the Herefordshire Regiment.

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Ben MacIntyre

Event 111

Bettany Hughes

Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities

Venue: Tata Tent

The historian tells the story of the three-in-one great cities of Byzantium, Constantinople and Istanbul, which has long been the gateway between East and West. Archaeologists have measured 42 layers of human inhabitation here on the Bosphorus over the past 6,000 years. It has been the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman empires and, for many years, was known simply as The City.

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Bettany Hughes

Event 112

Tim Winton talks to Rebecca Jones

BBC Talking Books 3: The Boy Behind the Curtain

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The great novelist, author of Dirt Music and Cloudstreet, is publishing two non-fiction books. Charged with love for the huge, besieging force of Australia’s wild spaces, Island Home: A Landscape Memoir is a passionate call for their conservation. His deeply personal The Boy Behind the Curtain: Notes from an Australian Life shows how moments from his childhood and life growing up have shaped his views on class, faith, fundamentalism, the environment, and literature.

This event will be recorded for broadcast on the BBC World News programme Talking Books
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Tim Winton talks to Rebecca Jones

Event 113

Devi Sridhar

Governing Global Health

Venue: Starlight Stage

Governments, NGOs and corporations collaborate across the world on campaigns to respond to global health issues such as AIDS, Ebola, SARS and malaria. But how do you regulate these PPPs (private-public partnerships)? The Edinburgh academic and her co-author, Chelsea Clinton, analyse the accountability, effectiveness and sustainability of the biggest campaigns. Chaired by Oscar Guardiola-Rivera.

Devi Sridhar is selected for Hay 30 – celebrating a new generation of thinkers, supported by The CASE Foundation
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Devi Sridhar

Event 114

Andy Hamilton talks to Stephanie Merritt

The Star Witness

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The comedy-writer’s first novel is the hilarious story of one self-regarding man’s descent into disgrace and his journey back to join the human race. It’s a pin-sharp satire on the shallows of modern media culture and the dysfunctional relationship we all have with the idea of ‘celebrity’.

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Event HD19

Ben Cort

Aliens Love Underpants

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Aliens, dinosaurs, monsters, pirates – everyone loves underpants. Join the illustrator who helped to create Aliens Love Underpants and celebrate its tenth anniversary. Watch as Ben brings the aliens to life in this interactive event suitable for all the family. And catch a special guest appearance from somewhere far away. Alien fans can come dressed in their favourite alien outfit or in funny pants.

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Event HD20

3000 Chairs

Venue: Cube

Come and experience this uplifting and immersive show about a refugee child and the extraordinary power of kindness. The performance is produced especially for Hay Festival by Hereford College of Arts and Open Sky Theatre Company, working with writer Nicola Davies to adapt for the stage her poem, The Day War Came.

9+
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3000 Chairs

Event S3

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 Veronica Lamond’s illustrated stories of Landy and Fender the lovable Land Rovers, and Kenyan author Aunty Kiko’s tale “Baby Elephant’s Safari, and experience how solar light is making a difference to millions of families in Africa.

Family event
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Lighting Up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

Event W11

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 HCA to colour 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 W12

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 critter’s colony or take home...or both. One thing’s for sure...mud will fly!

Age 3-7
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Event 115

Jamie Owen

BBC Radio Wales LIVE

Venue: BBC Tent

Join Jamie for late Sunday morning conversation, laughter and music.

Jamie Owen broadcasts every Sunday at 11AM on BBC Radio Wales

1.5 hours
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Event 116

Philippe Sands talks to Stephen Fry

The Baillie Gifford Prize Lecture: East West Street

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Sands’s inquiry into the origins of 'genocide' and 'crimes against humanity' is also a personal quest for his family in the Ukrainian city of Lviv. It won this year’s Baillie Gifford Prize. Hay Festival-goers will have heard Sands explore many of the themes of the story here over the past decade. We revisit East West Street this year to honour one of the greatest works of literature of the festival’s lifetime; a book that might be read around Europe and around the world to inform the way contemporary history is developing.

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