HAY FESTIVAL 2018 PROGRAMME

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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.

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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.

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Event HD96

Authors4Oceans

Venue: Compass

Join legendary illustrator Jackie Morris (The Lost Words and The Seal Children), authors Nicola Davies (A First Book of the Sea and LOTS: The Diversity of Life on Earth), M.G. Leonard (Beetle Queen and Battle of the Beetles) and Lauren St John (Dolphin Song and Kat Wolfe Investigates) for a special event.  All four are part of Authors4Oceans, founded by Lauren St John to inspire the book industry, and young and old readers, to tackle plastic pollution and other marine conservation issues. There will be live drawing and tales about dolphin rescues, humpback whales, coral reef diving and the power of storytelling and illustration to spark action to save our seas.

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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
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Event W49

Craft Workshops with Ruskin Mill

Autism, Creativity and Engagement: Celebrating Neurodiversity

Venue: Mess Tent

Have a go at Green Woodwork, Pottery and Weaving and find out what our craft-based Practical Skills Therapeutic Education brings to autistic young people. Talk with students, craft tutors and staff. Ruskin Mill Trust is a unique educational charity inspired by the insights of Rudolf Steiner and the Arts and Crafts Movement.

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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.

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Emma Gannon talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Event 180

Helen Jukes, Alys Fowler and Steve Benbow talk to John Mitchinson

Buzz Buzz

Venue: Oxfam Moot

A conversation about bees. Jukes is the author of A Honeybee Heart has Five Openings, an insightful and inspiring account of a novice beekeeper’s year of keeping honeybees in Oxford. Fowler and Benbow’s Letters to a Beekeeper is the story of how, over the course of a year. Alys, the Guardian gardening writer, learns how to keep bees; and Steve, the urban beekeeper, learns how to plant a pollinator-friendly garden.

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Event 181

Maggie O’Farrell talks to Cathy Rentzenbrink

I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death

Venue: Tata Tent

A childhood illness she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. A terrifying encounter on a remote path. A mismanaged labour in an understaffed hospital. Shocking, electric, unforgettable, this is the extraordinary memoir from Costa novel award-winner Maggie O’Farrell. It is a book to make you question yourself. What would you do if your life was in danger, and what would you stand to lose? She talks to the author of A Manual for Heartache and The Last Act of Love.

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Maggie O’Farrell talks to Cathy Rentzenbrink

Event 182

Don Paterson

The Poem: Lyric, Sign, Metre

Venue: Good Energy Stage

What is a poem? In what way is its use of language distinct? What conditions allow it to arise, and what is its cultural purpose? And how, exactly, do poems work? Part polemic, part technical treatise and part meditation, The Poem is an ambitious contemporary ars poetica. Paterson looks at the writing, transmission and reading of poetry with wit and scholarly flair in a thorough exploration of how and why poems are composed. Paterson was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, and is garlanded with awards for his many collections, which include Nil Nil, God’s Gift to Women, Rain and 40 Sonnets.

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Don Paterson

Event HD35

Steven Butler and Steven Lenton

The Nothing To See Here Hotel

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The author and the illustrator welcome you to check in to The Nothing To See Here Hotel – occupied by magical creatures, where weird is normal for Frankie Banister and his parents who run the hotel. This series features energetic storytelling from Butler while Lenton will draw you into the adventure as he sketches the characters live on stage and gives you tips on how to create your own magical establishment.

6+
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Event HD36

Andy Mulligan talks to Claire Armitstead

Dog

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join the winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and author of Trash as he discusses his most recent book, the story of the changing relationship that develops between a boy and his new dog, Spider. Spider helps Tom manage things when his life at home and at school is spinning out of control and in return Tom gives Spider all the love and attention he needs. Both grow stronger as a result. Dog is a book about trust, standing up for yourself, and learning to love.

9+
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Event W51

Travel in Space and Time

Illustration workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Work with Hereford College of Arts Illustration degree students to create exciting and inventive images based on space and time travel. Be prepared to explore ideas from another orbit and beyond this time frame.

(parents must attend but do not require a ticket)

6-8
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Event W52

Wildlife Safari and Treasure Hunt

RSPB Cymru Workshops

Venue: Wild Garden

Come on a safari into the wild garden to find what creatures are hiding in and among the leaves, logs and long grass. Along the way you’ll discover the many shades of colours that nature takes, as you collect natural treasures and create a unique colour collage. Materials provided. Meet at the RSPB Cymru stand.

(parents must attend but do not require a ticket)

Family
Free but ticketed
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Wildlife Safari and Treasure Hunt

Event 184

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain

Venue: Oxfam Moot

We often joke that teenagers don’t have brains. For some reason, it’s socially acceptable to mock people in this stage of their lives. The need for intense friendships, the excessive risk taking and the development of many mental illnesses – depression, addiction, schizophrenia – begin during these formative years. Drawing upon cutting-edge research in her London laboratory, the neuroscientist explains what happens inside the adolescent brain, what her team’s experiments have revealed about our behaviour, and how we relate to each other and our environment as we go through this period of our lives. She shows that while adolescence is a period of vulnerability, it is also a time of enormous creativity – one that should be acknowledged, nurtured and celebrated. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

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Event 185

Thomas Harding talks to Philippe Sands

Blood on the Page

Venue: Good Energy Stage

A ground-breaking examination of a terrifying murder and its aftermath by the bestselling author of Hanns and Rudolf and The House by the Lake. The trial of the Chinese dissident accused of murdering Allan Chappelow was the first in modern British history to be held ‘in camera’ – closed, carefully controlled, secret. Wang Yam was found guilty but has always protested his innocence. “Meticulous and gripping – a thriller that disturbs for revelations about a singular act of murder, and the national security state which we call home” –Philippe Sands.

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Thomas Harding talks to Philippe Sands

Event 186

Heather Widdows

A Duty To Be Beautiful?

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

It’s not surprising that how we look matters in an increasingly visual and virtual world. Whether you get 'likes' or make a good first impression matters and the pressure to be perfect is something which young men and women increasingly feel. Indeed body dissatisfaction and anxiety are so prevalent that we regard them as normal. The extent of such anxiety is in part explained by recognising the ethical nature of the beauty ideal. Individuals increasingly judge themselves and others according to whether they measure up in the beauty stakes, and feel like failures if they do not. The University of Birmingham’s John Ferguson Professor of Global Ethics explores the ethical nature of the beauty ideal to make sense of why such feelings run so deep.

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Event 187

Rosie Goldsmith with Burhan Sönmez, Ümit Hussein and Elizabeth Briggs

Crossing Cultures with Translation and the EBRD Prize

Venue: Compass

This year a major new international Literature Prize was launched in the UK celebrating author and translator equally and with the goal of reaching parts of the world other prizes may not reach. The Turkish author Burhan Sönmez and translator Ümit Hussein – joint winners of the inaugural EBRD Literature Prize for the novel ISTANBUL ISTANBUL - join chair of judges Rosie Goldsmith and publisher Elizabeth Briggs to discuss the importance of literature in translation – and literary prizes - to the countries and cultures concerned. A rare opportunity to see two major players on the international literary scene.

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Event 188

Tom Poster (piano)

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 2

Venue: St Mary’s Church

The second of four recitals broadcast from Hay this week. Felix Mendelssohn’s Lieder Ohne Worte; Maria Szymanowska’s Nocturne in B flat major; Fanny Hensel Nocturne in G major; Clara Schumann Nocturne in F major, Op.6 No.2; Robert Schumann Waldszenen, Op.82.

Recorded for Broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Please arrive in good time
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Event HD37

Kevin Crossley Holland and Francesca Simon

Norse Myths: Tales of Thor, Loki and Odin

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Join these master storytellers in their modern interpretations of the Norse myths. Kevin draws on his study of the mythology to bring together these great stories in a stunningly illustrated anthology. While equally well versed in the myths but taking greater liberties with them, Francesca's vibrant re-workings, including The Lost Gods and The Monstrous Child, and her picture-book Hack and Wack, show how resonant the old stories are today. Chaired by Sian Cain.

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Event HD38

Jim Smith

Barry Loser is the best at football NOT

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and Lollies winner, for a session of stories, laughs and draw-alongs. Jim will teach you how to draw Barry Loser and his mates as well as drawing live portraits of the audience.

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