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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 139

Sebastian Barry talks to Rebecca Jones

BBC Talking Books 4: Days Without End

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

After signing up for the US army in the 1850s, barely 17, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, fight in the Indian Wars and the Civil War. Having both fled terrible hardships, their days are now vivid and filled with wonder, despite the horrors they both see and in which they are complicit. But when a young Indian girl crosses their path, Thomas and John must decide on the best way of life for them all in the face of dangerous odds. Barry’s novel won the 2016 Costa Book of the Year award. His previous fiction includes The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty, A Long Long Way and The Secret Scripture.

This event will be recorded for broadcast on the BBC World News programme Talking Books
Price: £8.30
 
 
Sebastian Barry talks to Rebecca Jones

Event 140

Robert Winston

Help Your Kids With Growing Up

Venue: Good Energy Stage

A crucial guide for parents and teens to the big issues of adolescence: from physical development, sexuality and sociability to cyberbullying and sexting. Professor Winston is the author of The Human Body, Superhuman, Walking with Cavemen and The Human Mind.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Robert Winston

Event 141

Danny Dorling

The Human Atlas of Europe

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The geographer explores Europe’s society, culture, economy, politics and environment using state-of-the-art mapping techniques. With maps ranging from life expectancy, greenhouse gas emissions, GDP to Eurovision voting, Dorling addresses fundamental questions around social cohesion and sustainable growth as Europe negotiates the UK’s exit while continuing through the economic crisis. His other books that have been featured at Hay include Inequality and the 1%, Population 10 Billion, All That Is Solid and Injustice.

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Event 143

Lydia Cacho and Anabel Hernández talk to Gaby Wood

The Sorrows of Mexico

Venue: Starlight Stage

Veering between carnival and apocalypse, Mexico has in the past ten years become the epicentre of the international drug trade. The so-called war on drugs has been a brutal and chaotic failure: more than 160,000 lives have been lost. The drug cartels and the forces of law and order are often in collusion; corruption is everywhere. Life is cheap, and inconvenient people – the poor, the unlucky, the honest or the inquisitive – become the ‘disappeared’, leaving not a trace behind. In September 2015, more than 26,798 were officially registered as ‘not located’. Yet people in all walks of life have refused to give up. Hernandez gives a chilling account of the ‘disappearance'” of 43 students. Cacho describes what it’s like to live every day as a journalist under threat of death.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Lydia Cacho and Anabel Hernández talk to Gaby Wood

Event 144

Inua Ellams, Coco Khan and Chimene Suleyman talk to Rachael Kerr

The Good Immigrant

Venue: Cube

We are delighted to launch the paperback of Nikesh Shukla’s award-winning collection of essays and stories with three of the contributing writers. Inspired by discussion around why society appears to deem people of colour as bad immigrants – job stealers, benefit scroungers, undeserving refugees – until, by winning Olympic races or baking good cakes, or being conscientious doctors, they cross over and become good immigrants, Shukla has compiled a collection of essays that are poignant, challenging, angry, humorous, heartbreaking, polemic, weary and – most importantly – real.

Inua Ellams is selected for Hay 30 -– celebrating a new generation of thinkers, supported by the CASE Foundation
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Inua Ellams, Coco Khan and Chimene Suleyman talk to Rachael Kerr

Event 145

Tony Robinson

No Cunning Plan

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The actor and hugely successful children’s writer yarns his working life from child stardom in the first production of Oliver! and the joy of Baldrick, to the documenting of Time Team archaeology and The Worst Jobs in History. Robinson was knighted in 2013 for public and political service. Chaired by Lucy Cotter.

Price: £9.30
 
 
Tony Robinson

Event 146

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

Reformations 6: War and Peace

Venue: Good Energy Stage

In the wake of Colombia’s 2016 Peace Agreement, which put an end to more than 60 years of civil war, the philosopher and law professor reimagines our understanding of conflict, of truth, reconciliation and justice. Guardiola-Rivera is the author of What if Latin America Ruled the World?, Story of a Death Foretold and the forthcoming A New Art of War. Chaired by Helena Kennedy.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

Event 147

Sheila Hancock, Philip Gross and Tracy Chevalier

A Quaker Life

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

A conversation about how their Quaker faith has informed the life and work of three writers: the actor Sheila Hancock’s books include the memoir Just Me and the novel Miss Carter’s War; award-winning poet Philip Gross’s collections include The Water Table, Deep Field and the forthcoming A Bright Acoustic; Tracy Chevalier’s novels include Girl With a Pearl Earring, At the Edge of the Orchard and now New Boy.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Sheila Hancock, Philip Gross and Tracy Chevalier

Event 148

Martin Rees

Pale Blue Dot: Our Setting on a Stage of Stars

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

A little bit of perspective now, as we catch up with what’s been happening in the universe over the past 12 months – including the discovery of a new system in February ringed with seven Earth-like planets that suggest, more hopefully than ever before, the possibility of the prospect of life. Lord Rees is the Astronomer Royal and Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Martin Rees

Event 149

Thomasina Miers talks to Rosie Boycott

Home Cook

Venue: Starlight Stage

The founder of the Mexican street food cantina Wahaca introduces her most-loved recipes; recipes that she has fed her friends and family at her always busy kitchen table, recipes made up of family classics or food inspired by her travels and her favourite food-writers and chefs.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Thomasina Miers talks to Rosie Boycott

Event 150

Oliver Jeffers

Illustration Masterclass

Venue: Scribblers Hut

The illustrator discusses and demonstrates his working practice.  This event is aimed at students and young artists.

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Event DT12

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 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 151

James Rhodes

In Concert

Venue: Tata Tent

The charismatic pianist plays Chopin’s Ballade no.4 in F minor, Op52, Bach’s Partita No.1 in B flat, BWV 825, and the Bach-Busoni Chaconne in D Minor. He is one of the most engaging and entertaining performers, whose concert style makes you think he’s playing just for you. Rhodes is the author of Instrumental and How To Play The Piano.

Price: £13.30
 
 

Event 152

Stephen Fry, Blanche McIntyre, Tom Hodgson, Roger Allam, Fiona Shaw and John Jencks

The Hippopotamus

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

A wonderful opportunity for a first look at John Jencks’ new film of Stephen Fry’s novel, starring Matthew Modine, Tim McInnerny, Fiona Shaw and Roger Allam. Join the film-makers and the author for a unique insight into the movie.

Price: £8.30
 
 

Event 153

Gina Miller and Henry Porter talk to Helena Kennedy

Brexit Britain 1 – Sovereignty

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Who actually holds power in Britain? As the Prime Minister invokes Article 50 with parliamentary approval, what are we giving up and taking back? A free-ranging conversation with Gina Miller, who successfully led the legal challenge to the government over parliamentary prerogative and Henry Porter, host of the Convention on Brexit and the Political Crash. 

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Gina Miller and Henry Porter talk to Helena Kennedy

Event 154

Tariq Ramadan

Islam: The Essentials

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Whether the issue is violence, terrorism, women’s rights or slavery, Muslims are today expected to provide answers and to justify what Islam is – or is not. Here’s an introduction to the basics from the Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at St Antony’s College, Oxford. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Tariq Ramadan

Event 155

Sian Berry, Zoe Williams, David Boyle, Andrew Simms

The Alternative – Is it Time for a new Progressive Politics to Arise in Britain?

Venue: Cube

With old British political alignments shifting, sharp divisions within government and at least as much in the official opposition, is a very different, new, progressive alliance the way ahead?

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 156

Kobo Town

In concert

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The Canadian kings of the dance floor play Hay with their infectious rhythms and spectacular energy. Founded and fronted by émigré Trinidadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town’s music has been variously described as “an intoxicating blend of lilting calypsonian wit, dancehall reggae and trombone-heavy brass” - Guardian.  After the global success of their 2013 album Jumbie in the Jukebox they are now releasing Where The Galleon Sank.

Price: £8.30
 
 

Event 157

Shappi Khorsandi

Oh My Country!

Venue: Tata Tent

The new show from the star of Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Have I Got News for You and Q.I. From Morris Dancing to Morrissey, Shappi is celebrating the fortieth anniversary of her arrival in Britain. She’s reclaiming patriotism and sending a love letter to her adopted land. The daughter of an exiled writer and comic from Iran, Shappi’s upbringing has been in no way conventional. From mental illness to opium dens, it’s all gone on in the Khorsandi household and now she recounts it all the only way she knows how, with wit, warmth and hilarity.

Price: £10.30
 
 
Shappi Khorsandi

Event 158

Cat Weatherill

Bluebeard

Venue: Starlight Stage

The charismatic storyteller takes us on a journey into obsession. Inspired by Perrault’s classic Gothic horror story, it’s magnificently dark, erotic and disturbing. But it’s also fiercely life affirming – a celebration of the love of sisters and the resilience of women. This is a defiantly female version of the tale, in which the sister and mother of the bride, Eva, are given far greater prominence. Eva is awarded infinitely more emotional complexity than usual, as she explosively transforms from a victim into a survivor who will not “rake through the ashes for half burned hopes”.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Cat Weatherill

Event 159

DJ Yoda

The Sound of the Baskervilles

Venue: Baskerville Hall, Clyro
Voted one of the 'Ten DJs to see before you die' by Q magazine, Yoda is a multi-award-winning hip-hop DJ and producer. Headlining festivals and clubs around the world with his distinctive style, mashing together film soundtracks, club anthems and clips from every aspect of modern culture he creates an electrifying and pulsating dance floor experience. DJ Ben from SuperSonicDisco will be on hand to warm things and get the dance floor bouncing…
Strictly 18+, ID may be required on the door
Price: £15.30
 
 

Event 508

Farm Walk: Trevithel Court Farm

Venue: Meet at Box Office
David and Catherine James’ cider orchards are carefully managed to produce a range of cider apples for Bulmers and Gaymers for their premium brands, some of which will be available for tasting. In a happily synergistic relationship with a local beekeeper, the trees are pollinated by bees, the nectar making delicious honey. Look inside the beehives and learn how bees make honey and store it for the winter.
Price: £13.30
 
 

Event 162

Harriet Harman talks to Laura Bates

A Woman’s Work

Venue: Tata Tent

A fascinating account of an exemplary Parliamentary and political career from an insider committed to progressing gender equality. There’s a great quote about her in The Times: “Countless blows have tempered Harman into something fearless and indestructible”. She talks to the founder of the Everyday Sexism project.

Price: £9.30
 
 
Harriet Harman talks to Laura Bates

Event 163

Danny Dorling

Reformations 7: Examinations

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

We have the most relentlessly tested school students in Europe. We have constantly revised SATs and GCSE structures. Is any of this encouraging or cultivating learning? How could we develop better ways of valuing both students and teachers? Dorling is the Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Danny Dorling

Event 164

Kathleen Taylor

The Fragile Brain: The Strange, Hopeful Science of Dementia

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Taylor presents the newest research into the cause and cure of the life-changing neurodegenerative diseases, Alzheimer’s and dementia. She focuses on insights arising from the relatively new field of neuro-immunology: the increasing recognition of the important role of the immune system in the brain. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

Price: £7.30