HAY FESTIVAL 2018 PROGRAMME

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

Event 230

Ursula Martin

Ada Lovelace: The Making of a Computer Scientist

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Ada, Countess of Lovelace, daughter of romantic poet Lord Byron and his highly educated wife, Anne Isabella, is sometimes called the world’s first computer programmer and has become an icon for women in technology. But how did a young woman in the 19th century, without access to formal school or university education, acquire the knowledge and expertise to become a pioneer of computer science? Ursula Martin is a professor at the University of Oxford whose research interests span mathematics, computer science and the humanities.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 231

Tonight at Hay

BBC Radio Wales

Venue: BBC Tent

A round-up of highlights from Hay Festival on the national radio station for Wales presented by GQ editor, Dylan Jones.

FREE BUT TICKETED
Price: £0.00
 
 

Event 232

Albion Quartet

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 3

Venue: St Mary’s Church

The third of four recitals broadcast from Hay this week. Felix Mendelssohn’s Cappriccio, Op.81; Elizabeth Maconchy’s String Quartet No.3; Antonín Dvorák’s String Quartet No.10 in E flat, Op.51 (Slavonic).  

Recorded for Broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Please arrive in good time.
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Event HD50

Ben Lyttleton

Football School Season

Venue: Good Energy Stage

This series of books is based on the simple premise that there is nothing you can’t learn through the prism of football. Whether it’s how the geography of Brazil helps its players acquire the fanciest footwork in the land, or how the biology of digestion helps players plan their meals before a game, there’s so much to discover through the power of the beautiful game. Join the author, journalist and football consultant as he teaches you a lesson or two in this interactive and fact-packed event.

9+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event HD51

Victor Dixen, Rutendo Tavengerwei, Jenny Valentine

International Writing for YA readers

Venue: Starlight Stage

Are themes of childhood and adolescence universal? How are they represented in fiction? Join a panel of YA writers from France, Zimbabwe and the UK as they discuss the opportunities and challenges of writing children’s and YA novels in their countries. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

14+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event W68

Drumming Workshops with Landing Mané

Venue: Hay Primary School Hall

Express yourself in this West African Drumming workshop with Senegalese Djembes drums, hand percussion and dance. Be prepared to get energetic.
Hay Primary School, Oxford Rd, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5BT

(parents may attend but do not require a ticket)

9-11
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Drumming Workshops with Landing Mané

Event W66

Pam Smy

Illustration Workshop: Thornhill

Venue: Cube

In this illustration workshop you will work with Pam Smy to explore the relationship between image and text using pen and ink. Thornhill is an eerie and unforgettable first novel describing parallel stories set 25 years apart, which converge as a girl unravels the mystery of the Thornhill Children’s Institute next door. Presented in both prose and exquisite illustration with pen and ink, it is a haunting exploration of human connection, filled with suspense.

12+
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Event 233

Germaine Greer

On Rape

Venue: Tata Tent

“Centuries of writing and thinking about rape – as inflicted by men on women – have got us nowhere. There are those who, like Quentin Tarantino, think it is one of the most violent crimes in the world, and others for whom it is simply what happens when a woman endures sex she doesn’t want. Bestial or banal, a proven rape may carry a prison sentence of many years, even life, but very few rapes ever find their way into a court of law. The prosecution of a selected minority of cases seldom results in a conviction. The crucial issue is that of consent, which is thought by some to be easy to establish and by others as impossible. Rape statistics remain intractable. Again and again crime surveys tell us that one woman in five will experience sexual violence. Despite all efforts to root sexual assault out of workplaces and colleges, predatory individuals still inflict lasting damage with apparent impunity. The only result of desperate attempts to apportion blame and enact chastisement has been an erosion of the civil rights of the accused. Sexual assault does not diminish; relations between the sexes do not improve; litigation balloons. There has to be a better way.” Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

Price: £9.00
 
 
Germaine Greer

Event 234

John D. Hosler

The Siege of Acre: Saladin, Richard The Lionheart, and the Battle that decided the Third Crusade

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The two-year-long siege of Acre (1189-1191) was the most significant military engagement of the Third Crusade, attracting armies from across Europe, Syria, Mesopotamia, Egypt and the Maghreb. Drawing on a balanced selection of Christian and Muslim sources, the historian introduces his account of this hard-won victory for the Crusaders, when England’s Richard the Lionheart and King Philip Augustus of France joined forces to defeat the Egyptian Sultan Saladin. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Price: £7.00
 
 
John D. Hosler

Event 235

Martin Gayford

Modernists and Mavericks: Bacon, Freud, Hockney and the London Painters

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The development of painting in London from the Second World War to the 1970s is the story of interlinking friendships, shared experiences and artistic concerns among a number of acclaimed artists, including Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Gillian Ayres, Frank Bowling and Howard Hodgkin. Drawing on extensive first-hand interviews, many previously unpublished, with important witnesses and participants, the art critic Martin Gayford teases out the thread connecting these individual lives and demonstrates how painting thrived in London against the backdrop of Soho bohemia in the 1940s and 1950s and ‘Swinging London’ in the 1960s.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 236

Martin Innes

Terrorism as a teachable moment: analysing social media to understand public reactions to the four UK attacks in 2017

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Terrorist attacks are designed to 'terrorise, polarise and mobilise' their multiple audiences. In a sense, then, they function as teachable moments, where the perpetrators try to teach 'a lesson' to their 'adversaries'. At the same time, however, governments use these events to instruct the wider public about the risks that have to be managed, and how public life and values will not be modified by them. The Director of the Crime and Security Research Institute shows how by applying cutting-edge social media analytics, we can learn from past attacks about how terrorist violence tries to work.

Price: £7.00
 
 
Martin Innes

Event 237

Alan Llwyd, Aled Eirug, Mererid Hopwood

Marwolaeth Heddwch (The Death of Peace)

Venue: Starlight Stage

As Wales marks the centenary of the end of the Great War, author of the Oscar-nominated film Hedd Wyn, and a number of volumes on the Welsh literature of the Great War, Professor Alan Llwyd of Academi Hywel Teifi and Dr Aled Eirug, Morgan Academy, author of two forthcoming publications on the opposition to the War in Wales, will discuss the Welsh response to the call to arms and the effect of the War on the calls for peace. The discussion will be chaired by one of Wales’ leading poets, broadcaster and leading member of Cymdeithas y Cymod (Welsh Fellowship of Reconciliation) Professor Mererid Hopwood, who is also a member of the campaign for the establishment of a Wales Peace Academy.

In Welsh with English simultaneous translation
Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 238

Beyond Belief. Religion and Humour: How far can you go?

BBC Radio Four

Venue: BBC Tent

When it comes to religion, what is an acceptable target? God surely must enjoy a joke. Why else would he have created mankind? But are those who worship him fair game for comedians? Undoubtedly certain religions have been the source of much humour. Jewish comics such as Joan Rivers, Woody Allen and Groucho Marx have always been willing to make fun of their culture but should comedians also poke fun at their religion, and how do you disentangle culture from religion? If you enjoy laughing at the culture and beliefs of your own community, is it acceptable to make jokes about a culture and religion to which you do not belong? Where should we draw the line between freedom of speech and the need to respect the beliefs of others? Taking a look at religion and humour is a multi-faith panel of comedians, including Muslim comedian Tez Ilyas, to discuss the question: how far can you go?

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Event HD52

Dave Shelton

The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

A great crime mystery exists at the exclusive St Rita’s girls’ boarding school – and that’s not the only odd thing about the school. New girl Daphne loves to read so she heads to the library whenever she can. Here she finds there’s no librarian but there is Emily Lime, the librarian’s assistant. The author shares the secrets of the delightful blend of schools, sleuths and books in this novel.

9+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event W71

Drumming Workshops with Landing Mané

Venue: Hay Primary School Hall

Express yourself in this West African Drumming workshop with Senegalese Djembes drums, hand percussion and dance. Be prepared to get energetic.
Hay Primary School, Oxford Rd, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5BT


12+
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Event W69

Matt Sewell

Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Creatures

Venue: Cube

Join the wildlife author and artist as he unravels the many amazing types of prehistoric creatures in his stunning new book.  Discover incredible facts about notorious dinosaurs and their lesser-known cousins and learn how to draw them in his glorious, humorous style.

 

6+
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Event 239

Edmund de Waal

The Wellcome Book Prize Lecture Memory and Memorial: Writing About the End of Life

Venue: Tata Tent

There is a burgeoning literature on end-of-life writing, on grief, bereavement and memorial. Edmund de Waal talks about mortality and how it is reflected across different genres and art-forms from the poetry of Anne Carson and Max Porter, the memoirs of Paul Kalanithi and Marion Coutts, to the writings of Atul Gawande and Julia Samuel.  He will also discuss his own porcelain installations and collaborations that explore ideas of memorial. The Wellcome Book Prize lecture aims to celebrate the place of medicine, science and the stories of illness in literature, arts and culture, and how these stories add to our understanding of what it means to be human. Edmund De Waal, chair of judges for the 2018 prize, is an artist and writer, author of The Hare with the Amber Eyes and The White Road.

Price: £8.00
 
 
Edmund de Waal

Event 240

Ottoline Leyser

Cambridge Series 13: Thinking Without A Brain – How Plants Decide What To Do

Venue: Oxfam Moot

It is easy to assume that plants don’t do much; and many expressions for inactivity involve plant metaphors – such as the ‘couch potato’. However, plants, including potatoes, are as busy as the rest of us assessing their surroundings and changing their activity accordingly. ​ Dame Ottoline Leyser is Professor of Plant Development and Director of the Sainsbury Laboratory.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 241

Andrew Robinson

Cracking the Egyptian Code: The Revolutionary Life of Jean-François Champollion

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

A thrilling biography of the impoverished, arrogant and brilliant child of the French Revolution who made the vital breakthrough in deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphs. Robinson charts Champollion’s dramatic life and achievements: by turns a teenage professor, a supporter of Napoleon, an exile, a fanatical decipherer and a curator at the Louvre, he lived life to the full but drove himself into an early grave. Chaired by Daisy Leitch.

Price: £7.00
 
 
Andrew Robinson

Event 242

Nicola Barker talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: H(A)PPY

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Barker’s astonishing post-post-apocalyptic novel has just won the Goldsmith’s Prize. “Imagine a perfect world where everything is known, where everything is open, where there can be no doubt, no hatred, no poverty, no greed. Imagine a System which both nurtures and protects. A Community which nourishes and sustains. An infinite world. A world without sickness, without death. A world without God. A world without fear. Could you...might you be happy there?”

Price: £7.00