HAY FESTIVAL 2018 PROGRAMME

We are pleased to announce the full programme for Hay Festival 2018.

Event 168

William Sieghart and Friends

The Poetry Pharmacy – The Hay Readings

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Tried and True Prescriptions for the Heart, Mind and Soul

Sometimes only a poem will do. The founder of National Poetry Day and The Forward Prize offers poetic prescriptions and wise words of advice to give comfort, delight and inspiration for all; a space for reflection, and that precious realisation – I'm not the only one who feels like this. Whether you are suffering from loneliness, lack of courage, heartbreak, hopelessness, or even from an excess of ego, there is something here to ease your pain. With readings of the poems by actors and commentary by Sieghart. Full cast to be announced on 20 May.

Price: £7.00
 
 
William Sieghart and Friends

Event HD32

Jon Dovey, Tom Abba, Dan Franklin, Joanna Walsh

Ambient Literature and the Future of Storytelling

Venue: Compass

Join the Ambient Literature team and their guests for a discussion exploring the role that digital technologies can play in creating literary experiences that go beyond the page. The ubiquitous smartphone and new digital platforms offer writers and designers the opportunity to explore how we might incorporate new technologies and new stories.

14-Adult
Price: £6.00
 
 
Jon Dovey, Tom Abba, Dan Franklin, Joanna Walsh

Event 169

Les Amazones d’Afrique

Venue: Tata Tent

The supergroup of great West African women musicians raise the Bank Holiday Monday roof with a spectacular and glorious concert.  Their exuberant harmonies and sublime rhythms make for a perfect celebration.

Mamani Keita (vocal), Rokia Kone (vocal), Awa Sangho (vocal), Joseph Palmer (drums), Mariam Kone (backing vocal), Mamadou Diakite (guitar) and Llorens Barcelo (Keys).

Their first album Republique Amazone is out now on the Real World label.


Hosted by Georgia Ruth for BBC Radio 3’s Music Planet and recorded as live for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Friday 15th June at 11pm
Price: £15.00
 
 
Les Amazones d’Afrique

Event 170

Rachel Parris

It’s Fun to Pretend

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Viral sensation Rachel Parris, star of BBC’s The Mash Report, presents a comedy show packed with stand-up, song, sketch and, inevitably, a sideways swipe at society. “Tears of laughter... endearingly frank and funny.” – The Guardian.

Price: £12.00
 
 
Rachel Parris

Event 171

Martin Griffiths

Dark Land, Dark Skies

Venue: Starlight Stage

The astronomer subverts conventional astronomical thought by eschewing the classical naming of constellations and investigating Welsh and Celtic naming. Ancient peoples around the world placed their own myths and legends in the heavens, though these have tended to become lost behind the dominant use of classical cultural stories to name stars. In many cases it is a result of a literary culture displacing an oral culture. Griffiths has researched past use of Welsh heroes from the Mabinogion in the naming of constellations and his new book is both an interesting, provocative combination of a new perspective on Welsh mythology and an astronomy guidebook.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 172

Barney Norris and David Owen Norris

The Wellspring

Venue: St Mary’s Church

How does the culture of our past shape and speak to the present? And how might a richer understanding of where we have come from help us discover where we're heading now? The novelist and playwright Barney Norris and the pianist, composer and broadcaster David Owen Norris explore these questions in The Wellspring, a new book of interviews on music and cultural inheritance. Uniquely placed, as father and son artists, to engage with the question of how things are passed on, they meet at Hay to explore the way a life is formed by what has come before, and the way we form that past as we go through our lives.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event W48

Morning Iyengar yoga session with Wye Valley Yoga

Venue: Cube

Wake up and re-energise with our morning yoga class. Iyengar yoga is characterised by precision, alignment and attention to detail and is an inclusive and accessible yoga practice. Mats are provided; wear comfortable clothing; all abilities welcome.  Wye Valley Yoga

16+
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Morning Iyengar yoga session with Wye Valley Yoga

Event 450

Maesllwch Farm Walk

Venue: Meet at Hay Festival main entrance for bus
Dairy farming has been much in the news recently: come to Andrew and Rachel Giles’ farm with local vet Barney Sampson to see how their herd of dairy cows produce most of their milk from grass.  Visitors can enter the milking parlour and help to milk some of the cows, as well as see the young calves. Learn how the cows are fed and find out how their four stomachs enable them to digest grass. Samples of dairy products will be provided for tasting and a cheese maker will demonstrate their craft.

A minimum age of 8 is required to take part in this expedition. On the day please wear walking boots or wellingtons and waterproof clothing in case of inclement weather.

These are visits to real working farms and are suitable for anyone interested in learning more about food and farming. Families are welcome but children must be supervised at all times.
4 hours
Price: £13.50
 
 

Event W138

Charles MacCarthy

Drawing Meditation

Venue: The Table

This workshop aims to help you through the repeated drawing of a still life, to let go of the usual concerns about skill, accuracy, style, and finished result and instead to experience lightness and freedom and a deepening of perception.

Adult
2 hours
No experience necessary, All materials provided
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Event 173

Philippe Sands

The PEN Hay Lecture: Words, Memory and Imagination - 1945, and Today

Venue: Tata Tent

The human rights lawyer, author of East West Street and President of English PEN examines the state of the contemporary world in the context of the convulsive traumas of the 20th Century that resonate today across Europe, Asia, America and the Middle East. How do we find the language to tell these truths? What do we say? And how might we listen?

Price: £8.00
 
 
Philippe Sands

Event 174

Alice Rawsthorn

Design as an Attitude

Venue: Good Energy Stage

At a time when so many aspects of our lives are changing at a relentless speed and on an unprecedented scale, design is increasingly seen as a way to help us benefit from the opportunities created by those changes (and to avoid their dangers). One of the world's leading design and culture commentators maps with resourcefulness and creativity how design is responding to an age of intense economic, political and ecological instability. Public interest is soaring as a new generation of designers is using advanced technologies to pursue their political and environmental objectives in increasingly ambitious projects, as well as to reinvent the objects and spaces we use every day.

Price: £7.00
 
 
Alice Rawsthorn

Event 175

Oliver Bullough with Chibundu Onuzo and Matthew T. Page

Kleptoscope: Nigeria

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Journalist and author Oliver Bullough brings his popular Kleptoscope series to Hay to discuss why and how so much money is stolen from the world’s poorest countries, and what we can do about it. Nigerian novelist Onuzu talks about how she put corruption at the heart of her brilliant second novel Welcome to Lagos; former US intelligence agent and foreign affairs expert Matthew T. Page is the author of Nigeria: What Everyone Needs to Know – a guide to the oil-rich African state, plagued by corruption and Boko Haram, home to many of the world’s greatest writers.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 176

Diane Reay, Alex Beard, Margaret White

Every Child: Access, Miseducation

Venue: Oxfam Moot

What constitutes a good education? Why are less advantaged children still faring so much worse than more affluent pupils? And what we can do to achieve a fairer system? Diane Reay, author of Miseducation, grew up in a working class, coal mining community before becoming an inner city, primary school teacher for 20 years. She is now emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge and visiting Professor of Sociology at the LSE. In his Natural Born Learners the Teach for All pioneer Alex Beard leads us from the crowded corridors of a London comprehensive to the high-tech halls of Silicon Valley, through the exam factories of South Korea and the inclusive classrooms of Finland to reveal that today we stand on the cusp of a learning revolution. Margaret White has distilled a lifetime of teaching experience into A Good Education – a study that keeps the individual child at the heart of the discussion, focusing on every pupil’s worth, identity, interactions and development. Chaired by Dylan Moore, Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow / Cymrawd Rhyngwladol Cymru Greadigol – Gwyl y Gelli for 2018.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 177

Asian Network’s Big Debate

BBC Asian Network LIVE

Venue: BBC Tent

Discussion and debate on the big issues affecting British Asians, broadcast live from Hay.

3 hours
FREE BUT TICKETED
Price: £0.00
 
 

Event 178

Kathryn Hurlock

Wayfaring: Craswall

Venue: Meet at Hay Festival main entrance for bus

Following the publication of The Welsh and the Medieval World: Travel, Migration and Exile, Dr Kathryn Hurlock talks about medieval movement and travel through Wales and the Welsh Marches. Having published widely on crusading and pilgrimage, she looks at Welsh and Marcher engagement in religious travel in the area, their responses to it in literature and oral culture, and the ways in which they engaged with, and understood, the world (both the natural and the man-made) through which they passed. After the talk, Ron Shoesmith, archaeologist, will lead a guided walk around Craswall Priory, founded by Walter de Lacy in c1225, and belonging to the French Order of Grandmont.

Bus will take you to Craswell Church and returns to Hay Festival by 1pm
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Kathryn Hurlock

Event HD33

Adam Frost

Animal Quiz

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The author of The Awesome Book of Animals wants to know if you share his passion for the animal kingdom. Join him to discover some of the wildest facts about the creatures that share our planet and test your knowledge in a fun quiz.

6+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event HD34

Zeb Soanes and James Mayhew

Gaspard the Fox

Venue: Starlight Stage

This is a charming and humorous picture-book celebrating urban foxes and their relationship with the humans and animals with whom they share the city. Hear about them from the BBC broadcaster and author, and learn how to draw one with the illustrator. Book signing includes a paw-print from Gaspard.

3+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event W142

Rufus Mufasa

Hip hop/rap workshops

Venue: Cube

Keep it real with literary activist, pioneering participatory artist, rapper and hip hop educator Rufus Mufasa in this writing and spoken word workshop. Rufus has an infectious enthusiasm that inspires everyone she works with, whether it's prisoners and young offenders in Parc prison or young adults at Hay. Her new album Fur Coats From the Lion's Den was chosen as Wales Arts Review's album of the year.

11-15
Price: £15.00
 
 

Event W49

Craft Demonstrations from Ruskin Mill

Creativity, Engagement and Celebrating Neurodiversity

Venue: Mess Tent

Meet and engage with the students from Ruskin Mill Trust, a unique educational charity that takes its inspiration from Rudolf Steiner, working with students with special needs, predominantly autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. The Trust delivers a powerful educational package in the form of Practical Skill Therapeutic Education.

Family
Free, drop in
Craft Demonstrations from Ruskin Mill

Event 179

Emma Gannon talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

The Multi-Hyphen Method: Work Less, Create More, and Design a Career That Works For You

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The award-winning blogger/social media editor/podcast creator teaches that it doesn’t matter if you're a part-time PA with a blog, or a nurse who runs an online store in the evenings – whatever your ratio, whatever your mixture, we can all channel our own entrepreneurial spirit to live more fulfilled and financially healthy lives. The internet and our phones mean we can work wherever, whenever, and allows us to design our own working lives. Forget the outdated stigma of being a jack of all trades, because having many strings to your bow is essential to get ahead in the modern working world. We all have the skills necessary to work less and create more, and here’s the source of inspiration you need to help you navigate your way towards your own definition of success.

Price: £7.00
 
 
Emma Gannon talks to Clemency Burton-Hill