HAY FESTIVAL 2018 PROGRAMME

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

Event 298

Jojo Moyes talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: Still Me

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Lou Clark is back in the sequel to Me Before You and After You, the latest instalment in a rollercoaster romantic life. Moyes has become a global best-seller with a magical ability to conjure life’s tragedies and triumphs.

Price: £7.00
 
 
Jojo Moyes talks to Georgina Godwin

Event 299

Roy Noble talks to Carolyn Hitt

Down the Road and Round the Bend

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Roy Noble is a Welsh legend – a consummate broadcaster, mischievous raconteur and collector of tales. His new book, launched today, is a glorious weft of fact, fiction and fancy – always moving and hilarious, elegantly told and often true. Pull up a chair…

Price: £7.00
 
 
Roy Noble talks to Carolyn Hitt

Event 300

Mark Lynas talks to Andy Fryers

Seeds of Science – Why we got it so wrong on GMOs

Venue: Starlight Stage

Mark Lynas was one of the original GM field wreckers. Back in the 1990s – working undercover with his colleagues in the environmental movement – he would descend on trial sites of genetically modified crops at night and hack them to pieces. Two decades later, most people around the world – from New York to China – still think that GMO foods are bad for their health or likely to damage the environment. But Mark has changed his mind. He lifts the lid on the anti-GMO craze and shows how science was left by the wayside as a wave of public hysteria swept the world.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 459

The Road to Palmyra: Screening

BBC Four

Venue: BBC Tent

The Road to Palmyra follows historian Dan Cruickshank and legendary photographer Don McCullin into the heart of war torn Syria, on a dangerous mission to document the cultural destruction wrought by Isis, and to understand what it means to the people of the nation. Their final destination is the ancient city of Palmyra to find out what remains of the ruins after Isis fled. These stones represent the very soul of Syria, and the debate about what to do with them is about to begin.  For both men, it is a return journey to a place with which they have long been obsessed.  But to get there, they have to travel through a country still in the grip of war.

FREE BUT TICKETED
Price: £0.00
 
 

Event 301

Imelda May

Live at Hay: Life. Love. Flesh. Blood

Venue: Tata Tent

The Irish Rockabilly superstar brings her phenomenal live show to the festival. Her new album is described as her ‘most personal and heartfelt work to date’ (Independent). With accolades from the likes of Bob Dylan, her latest release has been celebrated as a combination 'of dusky Americana and vintage British soul’ (All Music). Her previous albums include Love Tattoo, Mayhem and Tribal.

Price: £25.00
 
 
Imelda May

Event 302

James Acaster

Stands Up at Hay

Venue: Oxfam Moot

James Acaster is hilarious and brilliant. Here is his show blurb for the programme: “James Acaster reflects on the best year of his life and the worst year of his life and does stand-up comedy about them while throwing a strop. Last year he did a book tour and was reading from his book and while the blurb said very clearly that it was a book reading, absolutely zero members of the audience knew it was a book reading and turned up expecting stand up. So, having learnt that no one reads these blurbs you’ll excuse me if I don't put 100% effort into this one. I will, however, put maximum effort into the show, which is a stand-up show although I imagine the audience will be expecting a book reading. And yes, I’ve given up pretending it’s not me writing this blurb.”  Definitely expect stand-up. Great.

Price: £12.00
 
 
Last few remaining tickets
James Acaster

Event 303

Mark Cousins talks to Matt Stadlen

The Story of Looking

Venue: Starlight Stage
Looking can be an act of empathy or aggression. It can provoke desire or express it. And from the blurry, edgeless world we inhabit as infants to the landscape of screens we grow into, looking can define us. In The Story of Looking, filmmaker and writer Mark Cousins takes us on a lightning-bright tour - in words and images - through how our looking selves develop over the course of a lifetime, and the ways that looking has changed through the centuries. From great works of art to tourist photographs, from cityscapes to cinema, through science and protest, propaganda and refusals to look, the false mirrors and great visionaries of looking, this book illuminates how we construct as well as receive the things we see.
Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 304

Paul Murdin

Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The Cambridge astronomer introduces his ground-breaking survey that celebrates the popular subject of astronomy through 300 images created by those who have tried to understand – or who have been inspired by – the beauty and mystery of stars, planets, and beyond. The selection includes paintings, photographs, sculpture, animation, prints, sketches and digital renderings with iconic works by renowned photographers, artists and astronomers alongside previously unpublished finds.

Price: £7.00
 
 
Paul Murdin

Event 305

Jasper Winn

Water Ways

Venue: Good Energy Stage

For 150 years, canals were the high-tech water machines driving the industrial revolution. Amazing feats of engineering, they carried the rural into the city and the urban into the countryside, and changed the lives of everyone. Then, just when their purpose was extinguished by modern transport, they were saved from extinction and repurposed as a 'slow highways' network, a peaceful and countrywide haven from our too-busy age. Today, there are more boats on the canals than in their Victorian heyday. Writer and slow adventurer Jasper Winn spent a year exploring Britain's waterways along 1,000 miles of 'wet roads and water streets' where he discovered a world of wildlife corridors, underground adventures, the hardware of heritage and history, new boating communities, endurance kayak races and remote towpaths. Chaired by Mark Skipworth.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 306

Mike Brearley talks to Simon Hughes

Of Captaincy and Cricket

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The great England cricket captain, in later life a psychoanalyst, talks about the game, the players and the gentlemen. He is the author of The Art of Captaincy and On Form.

Price: £10.00
 
 

Event W88

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 452

Brobury Farm Walk

Venue: Meet at Hay Festival main entrance for bus
Charlie and David Blandford’s farm lies alongside the River Wye, in the heart of Kilvert country, and produces top quality lamb and arable crops. Join local farmer Penny Chantler and agronomist Jonathon Harrington on a walk of up to a mile followed by demonstrations of working sheep-dogs, sheep shearing and wool spinning. There will also be the opportunity to taste lamb that has been produced on the farm.

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 W141

Tashi Mannox

An ensō meditatio

Venue: The Table

This workshop allows you to bring together your hand and heart of awareness in creating an ensō; a disciplined, creative practice of traditional Japanese Zen ink painting, a circle that is hand-drawn in one uninhibited brushstroke to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create.

Adult
2 hours
No experience necessary, All materials provided
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Event 307

Terry Eagleton

Radical

Venue: Tata Tent

The literary critic, famed for his wit and acute interpretations, explores the themes of his two spring publications. Radical Sacrifice revaluates the idea of sacrifice as purposed in theology and philosophy, reclaiming the act as radical politics. The re-publication of Why Marx Was Right examines the philosopher’s core ideas in the context of capitalism’s crises and communism’s collapse. Chaired by Dai Smith.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 308

Roma Agrawal

Built: The Hidden Stories Behind our Structures

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Imagine you woke up one morning to find everything created by engineers had disappeared. What would you see? No cars, no houses; no phones, bridges or roads. No tunnels under tidal rivers, no soaring skyscrapers. The impact that engineering has had on the human experience is undeniable, but it is also often invisible. The structural engineer Roma Agrawal takes a unique look at how construction has evolved from the mud huts of our ancestors to skyscrapers of steel that reach hundreds of metres into the sky. She tells vivid tales of the visionaries who created the ground-breaking materials in the Pantheon's record-holding concrete dome and the frame of the record-breaking Eiffel Tower. Chaired by Stephanie Boland of Prospect magazine.

Price: £7.00
 
 
Roma Agrawal

Event 309

David Clark

Cicely Saunders: Care for the Dying

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Clark honours the life and work of the pioneer of the hospice movement. His biography shows how Cicely Saunders and the hospice she created, St Christopher’s, played a crucial role in shaping a new discourse of care at the end of life.  From the pessimism of ‘there is nothing more we can do’, medicine and healthcare gradually adopted a more purposeful approach to care at the end of life, which came to be known as ‘palliative care’.  

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 310

Katherine Brown

Muslim Women and Radicalization

Venue: Good Energy Stage

An exploration of Muslim women’s involvement in violent religious politics, specifically Islam. Brown examines the ways in which gendered jihadi narratives motivate and enfranchise, and how they combine with everyday experiences of living and politics. She also examines how counter-terrorism and counter-radicalisation programmes impact on religious women’s rights and Muslim communities in the UK. Brown is Lecturer in Islamic Studies.
See also event [371].

Price: £7.00
 
 
Katherine Brown

Event 311

Behind the Scenes at Today

BBC Radio 4

Venue: BBC Tent
Presenter Martha Kearney talks to Editor Sarah Sands about the day-to-day running of Radio 4’s flagship news programme. Followed by Q&A.
Price: £0.00
 
 
Last few remaining tickets

Event 312

Alexandra Harris

WAYFARING: Llanthony

Venue: Meet at Hay Festival main entrance for bus


The story of our culture over 1,000 years can be told as the story of changing ideas about the weather. While leading a walk from the spectacular ruins of Llantony Priory up into the hills, Alexandra Harris looks at writers and artists across the centuries who, when looking up at the same skies and walking in the same brisk air, have felt very different things. Weatherland allows us to witness cultural climates on the move. The weather is vast and yet we experience it intimately, which is why Harris builds her remarkable story from small evocative details: from the Anglo-Saxons through the Norman Conquest, the Middle Ages to the Romantics there have been times for meteoric marvels and times for gentle breeze. Weatherland is a celebration of British weather and a life-story of those who have lived in it. As we enter what may be the last decades of British weather as we know it, this is a history for our times. A member of the Brecon Beacons National Park will join the walk.

Bus will take you to Llanthony Priory and returns to Hay Festival by 12.30PM
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Alexandra Harris

Event HD70

Yaba Badoe, Steve Tasane, Ele Fountain, Mitch Johnson

Fiction and Fact – the creating of stories from world news

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Four books inspired by desperate stories from around the world: A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars is Ghanaian-British filmmaker Yaba Badoe’s story of the horrors of people-trafficking and the magic of African folklore. In Child 1 Steve Tasane captures the survival spirit of a group of undocumented children in a refugee camp. Inspired by the plight of child refugees in Ethiopia, Ele Fountain’s Boy 87 is one 14-year-old’s search for a better life. In Mitch Johnson’s Kick, a boy called Budi is working in a sweatshop in Jakarta making football boots but dreams of being a football star.

9+
Price: £6.00