HAY FESTIVAL 2018 PROGRAMME

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

Event 192

Philip Lymbery

Dead Zone: Where the Wild Things Were

Venue: Starlight Stage

Climate change and poaching are not the only culprits behind so many animals facing extinction. The campaigning CEO of Compassion in World Farming argues that the impact of consumer demand for cheap meat is equally devastating and it is vital that we confront this problem if we are to stand a chance of reducing its effect on the world around us. He talks to Matt Stadlen.

Price: £7.00
 
 
Philip Lymbery

Event 193

The Essay

BBC Radio 3

Venue: BBC Tent

 

In this series, five leading writers choose their favourite fictional female characters and extract the lessons we could all learn from their lives on the page.

Broadcast from Monday 28 May to Friday 1 June at 10.45pm on BBC Radio 3.

FREE BUT TICKETED
Price: £0.00
 
 

Event HD40

Chris Bradford

Bodyguard: Fugitive

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The author launches his new book, Fugitive, with a high-energy, immersive experience and live performance. Teen bodyguards Charley and Connor protect the world’s high-profile figures in the most testing of situations. But when the bodyguard is the target, who protects him or her? Learn bodyguard skills from the author (trained in karate, kickboxing and samurai swordsmanship) before putting these skills to the test. Will you spot the killer in the crowd?

9+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event HD41

Katherine Rundell and Lauren St John

Storytelling and the Influences of Childhood

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Join these two brilliant writers as they discuss their titles The Girl Savage and The Explorer, and Kat Wolfe Investigates and The Snow Angel and the influence that their childhoods growing up in Zimbabwe had on their writing. Chaired by Georgina Godwin.

9+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event HD42

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+
Price: £7.00
 
 

Event W54

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.

11-14
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Event 194

Salman Rushdie and Tishani Doshi

In Conversation

Venue: Tata Tent

The novelist discusses contemporary American culture, so presciently imagined in his latest novel The Golden House, freedom of speech, language, literature, love and death. Few writers have such a keen sense of human absurdity, and such a spectacular gift for telling its stories.

Price: £9.00
 
 

Event 195

Rob Penhallurick

Why Dialect Fascinates Us: a Guide to What we Know About Varieties of English

Venue: Oxfam Moot

What is an ennog? A jitty? A twitten? In fact, they are all the same thing. These are all regional names for ‘a narrow walkway running between or alongside buildings’. The English language has scores of different regional names for such an alleyway including drangway, ginnel, snicket and vennel. The English language throughout its history has been full of regional diversity – it is a language made up of dialects. The author of Studying Dialect will take us on an absorbing journey down the everyday drangways of the English language.

Price: £7.00
 
 
Rob Penhallurick

Event 196

Cecilia Brassett, Emily Evans, Isla Fay

Cambridge Series 12: The Secret Language of Anatomy

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Where is the seahorse in our brain? What is a sesame seed doing in our knee? Come and find out through this illustrated talk on the mysteries of anatomical terminology. Cecilia Brassett is a University Clinical Anatomist; Emily Evans is a medical illustrator who is also a senior demonstrator of anatomy; Isla Fay is Human Anatomy Technical Coordinator in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 197

Tyler Keevil and Eluned Gramich talk to Dylan Moore

Fictions: Wales

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

A conversation about place and story, language and resilience. Keevil has two new books out. The first is a novel called No Good Brother – a high stakes Canadian adventure of love and morality, introducing two unlikely outlaws. Hometown Tales: Wales pairs two stories: Last Seen Leaving, a gripping account of the days following the disappearance of a local man by Keevil and The Lion and the Star by Eluned Gramich, a vivid retelling of the Welsh language protests that electrified Cardiganshire in the 1970s.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 198

The Life After: UK Premiere Screening

BBC Two

Venue: BBC Tent

The Life After is a filmed poetic response to The Troubles in Northern Ireland. Five people who lost loved ones in violent acts tell us their stories, parts of which have been turned into verse by poet Nick Laird. Directors Brian Hill and Niamh Kennedy combine testimony with archive and specially filmed poetic sequences to create a striking picture of life in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. Although dealing in tragedy, the film offers hope through the resilience of the characters. The screening is followed by a Q&A with Brian Hill and Niamh Kennedy.

An exclusive opportunity to view this film before cinema release and broadcast on the BBC

2 hours
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Event 199

David Green, Jade Haley

What Price a Higher Education?

Venue: Compass

Universities have long been hailed as one of the UK’s most successful attributes. But in a time of mounting negativity from politicians and the media, fuelled by rising anger over tuition fees and perceived value for money, as well as recent attacks on free speech, what is the future for our higher education system and that of our young people? Green is Vice Chancellor and CEO of the University, Haley is President of the Students' Union.

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Event HD43

Francesca Simon, Steven Butler, Gwen Lowe

Big, bad Characters for Big Adventures

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Horrid Henry and Dennis the Menace already have a great reputation for badness. Alice Dent is busy making one. Join broadcaster and author Zeb Soanes for a discussion with their creators about why these larger-than-life characters are so popular.

9+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event HD44

Kevin Crossley Holland, Beverley Naidoo, Will Hill, A. F. Harrold

Missing out on medals

Venue: Starlight Stage

Previous CILIP Carnegie medal winners Kevin Crossley Holland and Beverley Naidoo join two authors who have been longlisted and shortlisted for the 2018 for a look at some of the classic titles which missed out on the coveted medal. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

12 +
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event W55

Kiri Bloom Walden

Dissecting Vertigo

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Using a single scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo you can explore how a film-maker brings together camera technique, sound, mise en scene and script to tell a story. Dissecting a scene enables us to see how the director controls the flow of information and manipulates the cinema audience. Learning to ‘read’ a film in this way is the first step to a wider understanding of narrative film. Kiri Bloom Walden is a published film author and teaches film and cultural studies at the University of Oxford’s Department of Continuing Education.

16-18
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Kiri Bloom Walden

Event W143

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.

Price: £15.00
 
 

Event 200

Ruby Wax, Gelong Thubten, Ash Ranpura

How To Be Human

Venue: Tata Tent

Comedian, writer and performer Ruby Wax, with some help from monk Gelong Thubten and neuroscientist Ash Ranpura, has delved deeply into what it means to be human in an age obsessed with the latest technology. She now provides a manual to upgrade our minds so that they don’t get left behind. In this event Ruby, Ash and Thubten talk about brains, bodies and mindfulness.

Price: £12.00
 
 

Event 201

Jonathan Miles

St Petersburg: Three Centuries of Murderous Desire

Venue: Oxfam Moot

In this lavishly illustrated talk, Miles presents his latest book, St Petersburg –Three Centuries of Murderous Desire, an epic tale of massacre, madness and murder played out against the splendour of a city risen from the frozen marshlands on the western edge of Russia – a city created to be a daring new capital of an old country.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 202

Shazia Awan, Laura McAllister, Auriol Miller, Leanne Wood, Clare Critchley

Wales Women and Public Life

Venue: Good Energy Stage

IWA Director Auriol Miller, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, equality activist Shazia Awan and politics professor Laura McAllister discuss with Clare Critchley the challenges, frustrations and joys of being a woman in Welsh public life. This event launches issue 60 of the welsh agenda, magazine of the Institute of Welsh Affairs.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 203

Joe Studholme

Joseph Banks’ Florilegium: Botanical Treasures from Cook’s First Voyage

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Joseph Banks accompanied Captain Cook on his first voyage round the world from 1768-1771. A gifted and wealthy young naturalist, Banks collected exotic flora from Madeira, Brazil, Tierra del Fuego, the Society Islands, New Zealand, Australia and Java, bringing back over 1,300 species that had never been seen or studied by Europeans. On his return, Banks commissioned more than 700 superlative engravings between 1772-1784. Known collectively as Banks’ Florilegium, they are some of the most precise and exquisite examples of botanical illustration ever created. Studholme introduces a selection of the images and explains the process of producing them.

Price: £7.00