HAY FESTIVAL 2018 PROGRAMME

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

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.

Price: £7.00
 
 

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.

Price: £7.00
 
 
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.

Price: £7.00
 
 

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+
Price: £6.00
 
 

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+
Price: £6.00
 
 

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.

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Family
Free but ticketed
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Event 183

John Julius Norwich

FRANCE

Venue: Tata Tent

From frowning Roman generals and belligerent Gallic chieftains to Charlemagne (hated by generations of French children taught that he invented schools) through Marie Antoinette and the storming of the Bastille to Vichy, the Resistance and beyond, the historian’s celebration of the country he loves best is packed with heroes and villains, adventures and battles, romance and revolution. The perfect introduction to the country that has inspired the rest of the world to live, dress, eat and love better.

Price: £8.00
 
 

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.

Price: £8.00
 
 

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.

Price: £8.00
 
 
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.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 187

Rosie Goldsmith and the Winner of the EBRD Literature Prize

In Conversation

Venue: Compass

The chair of judges introduces the winner of the new international literature prize, EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development). The shortlist of novels is All The World’s A Stage by Boris Akunin (Russia), Belladonna by Daša Drndic (Croatia) and Istanbul Istanbul by Burhan Sönmez (Turkey). The winner will be announced on 10 April.

Price: £7.00
 
 

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 Mendelssohn Nocturne in G major; Clara Schumann Nocturne in F major, Op.6 No.3; 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.

9+
Price: £6.00
 
 

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.

7+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event HD39

Jen Lunn

Read for Good: Secrets of the Storytelling Universe

Venue: Cube

Unleash your inner Shakespeare by joining the professional storyteller to discover the secrets of telling a good tale. In this interactive creative session you'll put into practice techniques used by the greatest storytellers of all time, and develop the skills you need to keep your friends entertained. Plus, who knows? You might even find a bestseller up your sleeve. Jen Lunn works with Read for Good to bring the magic of storytelling to children in hospital and to develop bespoke story workshops for schools. She has collected more than 100 stories told by children to create performances, podcasts and digital books.

4+
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Event W53

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 may attend but do not require a ticket)

9-10
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Event 189

Margaret Atwood, Tishani Doshi, Mererid Hopwood, Ulrike Almut Sandig, Evelyn Schlag and friends

The Armistice Gala

Venue: Tata Tent

To celebrate the centenary of the Armistice of 1918, we have commissioned poets from the main protagonist nations to respond to a Great War poem from their own culture. We have poems in French, Russian, German, Welsh and several forms of English. The new poems will be read today for the first time, in the original language and in English translation alongside the works that inspired them, and other poems of the time. The full cast list will be announced on 20 May.

Price: £10.00
 
 

Event 190

Helen Castor

Cambridge Series 11: Elizabeth I

Venue: Oxfam Moot

In the popular imagination, as in her portraits, Elizabeth is the image of monarchical power. The Virgin Queen ruled over a Golden Age: the Spanish Armada was defeated and England's enemies scattered; English explorers reached almost to the ends of the earth; a new Church of England rose from the ashes of past conflict, and the English Renaissance bloomed in the genius of Shakespeare, Spenser and Sidney. But the image is also armour. In her illuminating new account of Elizabeth’s reign, Castor shows how England’s iconic queen was shaped by profound and enduring insecurity – an insecurity which was both a matter of practical political reality and personal psychology. But, facing down her enemies with a compellingly inscrutable public persona, the last and greatest of the Tudor monarchs would become a timeless, fearless queen.

Price: £7.00
 
 
Helen Castor

Event 191

Rose Tremain talks to Peter Florence

Rosie: Scenes from a Vanished Life

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The novelist introduces her exquisitely written childhood memoir. Tremain grew up in post-war London, a city of grey austerity, still partly in ruins, where both food and affection were fiercely rationed. The girl known then as Rosie and her sister Jo spent their days longing for their grandparents’ farm, buried deep in the Hampshire countryside, a green paradise of feasts and freedom, where they could at last roam and dream. But when Rosie is ten years old, everything changes. She and Jo lose their father, their London house, their school, their friends and – most agonisingly of all – their beloved Nanny, Vera, the only adult to have shown them real love and affection. But slowly the teenage Rosie escapes from the cold world of the 1950s into a place of inspiration and mischief, of loving friendships and dedicated teachers, where a young writer is suddenly ready to be born.

Price: £8.00
 
 
Rose Tremain talks to Peter Florence