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Event 18

The Art of the Box Set

BBC Radio Drama

Venue: BBC Tent

How do you create unmissable cliffhangers and characters that listeners both love and love to hate? Alison Hindell, Head of Audio Drama for the BBC, will discuss the art and technique of writing serials and long-running series with two leading writers of radio drama.

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Event 46

Front Row

BBC Radio 4 LIVE

Venue: BBC Tent

John Wilson presents a live edition of Radio 4’s daily arts programme, Front Row. His guests include Pulitzer prize-winning author, Elizabeth Strout, who will be discussing her new novel, Anything Is Possible.

Front Row is broadcast weekdays at 7.15PM on BBC Radio 4 

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Event 59

BBC Click’s Visions of the Future

BBC World News

Venue: BBC Tent

Experience the BBC’s flagship science and technology TV show live on stage. Host Spencer Kelly has spent 15 years exploring the world of technology and returns to Hay for a second year with tales of robot waiters, drones that fly underwater and cars that drive themselves.

A Click Hay Festival special will be broadcast on the BBC News Channel and on BBC World News

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Event 64

Inside Broadcasting House

Venue: BBC Tent

Presenter Paddy OConnell talks about life behind the scenes at the BBC and programme-making. Plus, he’ll give the audience a chance to influence the running order of the next edition of Broadcasting House.

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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

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Elizabeth Strout talks to George Alagiah

Event 70

Mike Bartlett talks to Francine Stock

BBC Two: King Charles III

Venue: BBC Tent

BBC Two’s ground breaking, one-off drama King Charles III has been adapted by playwright and television screenwriter Mike Bartlett (Doctor Foster, Press) from his Olivier Award-winning play. Daringly written in blank verse, King Charles III is an imagining of Prince Charles’s accession to the throne following the Queen’s death. As Charles wrestles with his own identity, this playful and poignant drama explores the implications for him, his family and his subjects. The TV adaptation reunites many of the original creative team, including director Rupert Goold, and Tim Pigott-Smith in the title role of Charles. Join Mike Bartlett as he discusses the process of turning his critically acclaimed stage play into a compelling TV drama.

A Drama Republic production for BBC

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Event 76

The Essay

BBC Radio 3

Venue: BBC Tent

For BBC Radio 3’s The Essay leading writers put together their guide to ‘How to write a book’
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

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Event 87

The Verb

BBC Radio 3

Venue: BBC Tent

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

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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 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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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 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 123

Inside Science

BBC Radio 4

Venue: BBC Tent

Adam Rutherford and guests discuss some of the big ideas in science today. 

Broadcast on Thursday 1 June at 4.30PM and 9.30PM on BBC Radio 4 

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Event 129

Bookclub: Hari Kunzru talks to James Naughtie

BBC Radio 4

Venue: BBC Tent

Presented by James Naughtie, Bookclub invites the world’s great authors to discuss their best known novel with readers. Jim is joined at Hay by Hari Kunzru to discuss Gods Without Men. One of Granta’s 2003 selection of young British novelists, Hari Kunzru is one of our most socially observant and skilful novelists. Gods Without Men is set in a remote town in the Californian desert and tells the story of an autistic child who vanishes. It was widely regarded as one of the best novels of 2011.

To read the novel and participate in the discussion, apply through the Bookclub website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006s5sf, otherwise book through the Hay Box Office as normal.

This will be broadcast on Sunday 4 June at 5PM and Thursday 8 June at 3.30PM on BBC Radio 4

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Event 135

Free Thinking: Writing and Rewriting the Past

BBC Radio 3

Venue: BBC Tent

BBC Radio 3’s Arts and Ideas programme brings together the authors of three historical novels to discuss the way research and family history have informed their fiction in a discussion chaired by New Generation Thinker Sarah Dillon from the University of Cambridge. Jake Arnott has set novels in the 1960s, the 1940s and the 1900s and in his latest novel The Fatal Tree, he depicts the criminal world in 18th-century London.  Madeleine Thien’s novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing explores the impact of the Cultural Revolution on two generations of musicians. It has won prizes in her native Canada and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Sebastian Barry won the Costa Book of the Year for his novel Days Without End, which imagines the gay relationship between soldiers caught up in the American Civil War.

This will be be broadcast on Thursday 1 June at 10PM on BBC Radio 3 and available as an Arts and Ideas download

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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.

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Sebastian Barry talks to Rebecca Jones

Event 142

Jimmy McGovern talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

BBC One: Broken

Venue: BBC Tent
 
Jimmy McGovern has written some of the most powerful television dramas of the past 25 years. From Cracker to Common and from Accused to The Street, he has never shied away from tackling difficult subjects.  His new series Broken (BBC One) stars Sean Bean as a Catholic priest presiding over a northern urban parish, playing confidante, counsellor and confessor to a congregation struggling to reconcile its beliefs with the challenges of daily life. McGovern will talk about the new series, what attracts him to particular stories and scenarios, and the craft of writing. The session will be followed by Q&A.
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Event 161

Start the Week

BBC Radio 4 LIVE

Venue: BBC Tent

Tom Sutcliffe presents Radio 4’s flagship programme of ideas live from Hay, and will be joined on stage by award-winning authors Colm Tóibín, Sebastian Barry and Meg Rosoff to discuss how they breathe new life into stories from the past, from Greek tragedy to civil war while psychologist Jan Kizilhan explains how a history of trauma and genocide has been woven into the story of he Yazidi community.

Start the Week is broadcast every Monday at 9AM on BBC Radio 4

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Event 166

The Listening Service

BBC Radio 3

Venue: BBC Tent

BBC Radio 3’s weekly journey of imagination and insight poses the question: “How do you set words to music”? The composer and pianist Richard Sisson, who wrote the score for Alan Bennett’s The History Boys at The National Theatre, and who is one half of the cabaret double-act Kit and The Widow, joins presenter Tom Service at the piano to work out how composers from Schubert to Sondheim, Beethoven to Bacharach, have fused poetry and music to create some of our best loved songs. As an added challenge Richard will set some poetry to music live before the eyes – and ears – of the audience.

To be broadcast on Sunday 4 June at 5PM on BBC Radio 3

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Event 177

Free Thinking: Women’s Voices in the Classical World

BBC Radio 3

Venue: BBC Tent

Writers and historians join New Generation Thinker Catherine Fletcher for a discussion recorded for Radio 3’s Arts and Ideas programme. Colm Tóibín’s new novel House of Names explores the story of Clytemnestra and the murder of her husband Agamemnon.  Paul Cartledge is A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture Emeritus at the University of Cambridge and the author of many books that look at the classical world including Ancient Greece: A Very Short Introduction; Ancient Greece: A History in Eleven Cities and Democracy: A Life. Bettany Hughes has presented many TV and Radio programmes exploring the classical world. Her books include Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore; The Hemlock Cup and Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities.

To be broadcast on Tuesday 30 May at 10PM on BBC Radio 3 and available as an Arts and Ideas download

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Event 183

David Nott

The BBC Radio Wales Patrick Hannan Lecture

Venue: BBC Tent

The renowned surgeon will talk about his most recent experiences on the frontline in Aleppo and how his roots in west Wales shaped his life. Born in Carmarthen, Nott is famous for his work in disaster and war zones the world over, including Syria, Afghanistan, Gaza and Iraq. Hedelivers the sixth annual Welsh affairs lecture dedicated to the late BBC Wales broadcaster.

Broadcast on Monday 29 May at 6.30PM on BBC Radio Wales

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Event 196

In Tune

BBC Radio 3 LIVE

Venue: BBC Tent

In Tune is BBC Radio 3’s award-winning, daily drive-time show. Presented by Sean Rafferty, this live broadcast show will feature an eclectic mix of music performance and interviews. 

Sean is joined by Tracy Chevalier, the author of Girl with a Pearl Earring whose new book ‘New Boy’ is a retelling of Othello in 1970s America, the illustrator and Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, and Welsh storyteller Daniel Morden. Live music comes from the baroque violinist Rachel Podger, members of the Tredegar Band and the folk group Faustus.

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Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3

1.5 hours
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Event 216

Katie Derham

Sound of Dance

Venue: BBC Tent

Katie Derham talks about her twin passions: dance and music, and how she’s combining these in a new six-part series for BBC Radio 3 called Sound of Dance.  Balanchine said, “Dancing is music made visible” and Katie will be exploring the mysteries and joy of dance itself, through the music of different genres – classical ballet, Latin dance, modern dance and more. There will be a sneak preview of highlights from the series.

Sound of Dance will broadcast on Saturday 3 June at 3PM on BBC Radio 3

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Event 222

The Essay

BBC Radio 3

Venue: BBC Tent

For BBC Radio 3’s The Essay leading writers put together their guide to ‘How to write a book’.
In this session, novelist and creative writing teacher Scarlett Thomas on how to write a book of fiction and Professor Martin Johnes explains how to write a history book using more than just written documents.

Broadcast from Monday 29 May to Friday 2 June at 10.45pm on BBC Radio 3

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Event 228

Eleri Sion

BBC Radio Wales LIVE

Venue: BBC Tent

Eleri will be joined by allotment guru and national treasure Terry Walton, who will be offering members of the audience advice on getting the best crops from their vegetable patches.

Eleri Sion broadcasts every weekday at 1.15PM on BBC Radio Wales

3 hours
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Event 229

Federico Colli (piano)

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 2

Venue: St Mary’s Church

The second of four recitals broadcast from Hay this week. Mozart’s Les Hommes Pieusement, from Glucks La Rencontre Imprévue, K455; Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.2; Mozart’s Piano Sonata No.5 in G major, K283. Concert introduced by Clemency Burton-Hill.

Recorded for Broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Please arrive in good time.

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Event 244

BBC Introducing: Live Sessions 1

BBC Hereford & Worcester

Venue: BBC Tent

At BBC Introducing in Hereford & Worcester, we support the very best new music from across our region. Since 2005, we’ve broadcast nearly a thousand sessions, helping to showcase some of our area’s most talented musicians to a massive audience. We’ve handpicked some of our favourite acts to join us on stage at Hay Festival. These artists didn’t even know they were being considered – and we hope this inspires people to keep sending in their music, because we really do listen to everything! We’d love to see you at either our 5.30PM or 7PM session. bbc.co.uk/introhw

These sessions will be broadcast each Saturday throughout June from 8PM on BBC Hereford & Worcester

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Event 250

BBC Introducing: Live Sessions 2

BBC Hereford & Worcester

Venue: BBC Tent

At BBC Introducing in Hereford & Worcester, we support the very best new music from across our region. Since 2005, we’ve broadcast nearly a thousand sessions, helping to showcase some of our area’s most talented musicians to a massive audience. We’ve handpicked some of our favourite acts to join us on stage at Hay Festival. These artists didn’t even know they were being considered – and we hope this inspires people to keep sending in their music, because we really do listen to everything! We’d love to see you at either our 5.30PM or 7PM session. bbc.co.uk/introhw

These sessions will be broadcast each Saturday throughout June from 8PM on BBC Hereford & Worcester

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BBC Introducing: Live Sessions 2

Event 274

Richard Clay: Utopias

BBC Four

Venue: BBC Tent

Ever since Thomas More coined the term, ‘Utopia’, it has been constantly re-imagined and re-invented by new generations of writers and dreamers. Now a major new arts series for BBC Four examines the enduring appeal of utopias and asks what it is in the human condition that yearns for it. Richard Clay, professor of Digital Humanities at Newcastle University, talks about his experience of making the series, from being shouted at by guards at a Soviet nostalgia theme park in Lithuania to exploring the acid house scene of Chicago’s south side and experiencing a marathon Steve Reich minimalist music concert. The session will also feature exclusive preview clips and a Q&A.

Utopias is made by ClearStory for BBC Four and will broadcast this summer

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Event 275

The Amatis Trio

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 3

Venue: St Mary’s Church

The third of four recitals broadcast from Hay this week. Mozart’s Piano Trio in B flat major, K502; Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No.2 in C minor, Op.66. Concert introduced by Clemency Burton-Hill.

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