HAY FESTIVAL 2018 PROGRAMME

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

Event HD71

Nadia Shireen

Billy and the Beast

Venue: Starlight Stage

When Billy and Fatcat discover a Terrible Beast making a Terrible Soup out of all of their friends, they are quick to react. Luckily Billy has a clever trick – hidden in her hair. BookTrust’s illustrator-in-residence introduces her new story as she champions the causes of more humour and inclusivity in picture-books.

3+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event HD94

Ben Garrod

So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs?

Venue: Compass

Ben Garrod’s new books are is great fun and informative. Looking at  Tyrannosaurus Rex, Diplodocus and Triceratops, Garrod uses the most modern and interesting science to reveal amazing discoveries about the best known dinosaur species. 

Dr Ben Garrod is an evolutionary biologist. He is a teaching fellow at Anglia Ruskin University and broadcasts regularly on TV and radio. He is patron of NatSCA, a trustee of the Jane Goodall Institute, ambassador for The Wildlife Trusts, the Marine Conservation Society and Bristol Museum.

6+
Price: £5.00
 
 

Event W144

Bloodhound Supersonic Car Team

Build an Air Powered Rocket Car Workshop

Venue: Mess Tent
In this workshop young people will have an opportunity to demonstrate their engineering skills by completing the challenge in teams to design, build and test their own air powered rocket cars. With limits of time and resource they will demonstrate their practical skills in a time-trial challenge.
5 - 8
1 hour 30 mins
Parents must attend but don't require a ticket
Price: £14.00
 
 

Event W89

Laura Carlin

A World of Your Own

Venue: Scribblers Hut

 If you were creating a world of your own, what would it look like? Would you build your house out of brick – or out of jelly? Would it be on the ground or in a tree? Would your shops sell envelopes and sweets – or shoes for superheroes? Would you ride a train to town, or a dinosaur? Come and work with this illustrator to create your very own extraordinary world.

(parents must attend but do not require a ticket)

4-7
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Event W90

Rooted Forest School

Craft Workshop

Venue: Wild Garden

Come to this family and children's nature adventure session run by Rooted Forest School in the Hay Festival Wild Garden. Join in a range of outdoor, Forest School-inspired activities including nature games, natural crafts and making, fire skills, foraging and cooking.

(parents must attend but do not require a ticket)

4-6
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Rooted Forest School

Event W92

Destino Dance Company

Ethio-Contemporary and African Dance Workshop

Venue: Hay Primary School Hall

The Destino Dance Company, who have performed at Sadlers Wells, aim to promote Ethiopian traditional dance and culture by merging it with contemporary and West African dance. This unique blend allows us to share the richness of African dance and culture. These sessions are recommended for anyone who loves dancing regardless of age, gender or ability.

Hay Primary School, Oxford Rd, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5BT

11-16
2 hours
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Event 313

Sarah Dunant

The Renaissance: History, Fiction and Art

Venue: Tata Tent

To recreate the past as a living, breathing place, the historical novelist has visited churches, archives, museums and art galleries all over Italy.  In this lecture, she tells the story of her discoveries; how the decoding of old paintings alongside the work of the most modern historians helped her to penetrate hidden worlds inside the Renaissance, finding wonder and drama in ordinary lives and exploring the complexities of politics and religion along with emotion, the senses and the heady appetites of body and soul. Dunant’s novels include the acclaimed trilogy The Birth of VenusIn the Company of the Courtesan and Sacred Hearts, her two novels about the Borgias, Blood and Beauty and her latest In the Name of the Family

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 314

Laura Spinney

Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and how it Changed the World

Venue: Oxfam Moot

With a death toll of 50-100 million people and a global reach, the Spanish 'flu of 1918-1920 was the greatest human disaster, not only of the 20th century, but possibly in all of recorded history. And yet, in our popular conception it exists largely as a footnote to World War One. Spinney recounts the story of an overlooked pandemic, tracing it from Alaska to Brazil, from Persia to Spain, and from South Africa to Odessa. Telling the story from the point of view of those who lived through it, she shows how the pandemic was shaped by the interaction of a virus and the humans it encountered; and how this devastating natural experiment put both the ingenuity and the vulnerability of humans to the test. Chaired by Stephanie Boland of Prospect magazine.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 315

Dai Smith, Rachel Trezise, Tomos Owen and Friends

The Library of Wales

Venue: Starlight Stage

The hugely ambitious Parthian press project to gather in one imprint the greatest Welsh writing in English of the past 100 years has now reached 50 titles – from Raymond Williams and Margiad Evans to Rachel Trezise and Leonora Brito. The series editor, Dai Smith, leads a conversation about the scope and scale, impact and treasures of Welsh literature. What do we learn from these modern classics? What might the next 50 books be? And how might they be selected? 

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 316

Shruti Kapila

Cambridge Series 15: India, Empire and the Invention of Terror in the Twentieth Century

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The lecturer in modern Indian history and global political thought explores the origins of modern anti-terror legislation in India’s struggle for independence and the reverberations today.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 317

The Archers: Life in Ambridge

BBC Radio Drama

Venue: BBC Tent

Find out what goes into the making of the world’s longest-running drama serial. Alison Hindell, currently Acting Editor, and members of the writing team, share some backstage secrets about living in the UK’s best-known fictional village.

FREE BUT TICKETED
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Event HD72

Ali Sparkes

Night Speakers

Venue: Good Energy Stage

What keeps you awake at night? It's probably not an inter-dimensional beam messing with your mind at exactly 1.34am every 24 hours. The writer investigates the night-time world of three kids who just can't sleep. Expect interactive comedy, weird sleep facts and a bit of hypnotism from the creator of the Shapeshifter series.

9+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event HD73

Nick Crumpton

The Amazing Animal Atlas

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

From the mangroves of Florida to the peaks of the Himalayas, animals are found just about everywhere, so come and join the zoologist and writer as he takes us on a voyage around Planet Earth in search of some of our world’s weirdest, and most recently discovered, animals.

6+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event W94

Laura Carlin Workshop

A World of our Own

Venue: Scribblers Hut

If you were creating a world of your own, what would it look like? Would you build your house out of brick – or out of jelly? Would it be on the ground or in a tree? Would your shops sell envelopes and sweets – or shoes for superheroes? Would you ride a train to town, or a dinosaur?

Come and work with this illustrator to create your very own extraordinary world.

(parents must attend but do not require a ticket)

4-6
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Event W93

Michael Czerwinski

House of Illustration presents Sketchmeet

Venue: Cube

Join a table and draw your way round the quick-fire themes that that artist Michael Czerwinski sets for you. Sketchmeet is House of Illustration’s fast-paced live event for all those who love to draw. See your work projected on to the big screen and try out a selection of drawing materials, including the Pro Marker and the Brush Marker, to see which suits your drawing style. Materials provided.

Adult
2 hours
Price: £13.00
 
 

Event W95

Rooted Forest School

Craft and Fire Workshop

Venue: Wild Garden

Come to this family and children's nature adventure session run by Rooted Forest School in the Hay Festival Wild Garden. Join in a range of outdoor, Forest School-inspired activities including nature games, natural crafts and making, fire skills, foraging and cooking.

(parents must attend but do not require a ticket)

6-8
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Rooted Forest School

Event W145

Bloodhound Supersonic Car Team

Build an Air Powered Rocket Car Workshop

Venue: Mess Tent
In this workshop young people will have an opportunity to demonstrate their engineering skills by completing the challenge in teams to design, build and test their own air powered rocket cars. With limits of time and resource they will demonstrate their practical skills in a time-trial challenge.
9 - 11
1 hour 30 mins
Parents must attend but don't require a ticket
Price: £14.00
 
 

Event 318

Alexander McCall Smith talks to SJ Parris

Fictions: The Trick of It

Venue: Tata Tent

The prolific Edinburgh novelist discusses the joys and travails of writing fiction – plotting, voice, tone and humour – with his fellow crime-writer. His books, in numerous series including No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, Isabel Dalhousie and 44 Scotland Street, have sold tens of millions of copies worldwide, in 46 languages.

Price: £8.00
 
 
Alexander McCall Smith talks to SJ Parris

Event 320

Scilla Elworthy

The Business Plan for Peace

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Every year, the world spends about $2 trillion on wars. The total value of the global arms trade alone was at least $94.5 billion in 2014. The veteran peace campaigner suggests that establishing world peace would cost the global economy just $2 billion. She shows how everybody, from individuals in their communities to diplomats and world leaders, can realistically work together to end interminable cycles of violence and build a better society. Elworthy’s entire working life has been dedicated to building peace. She has been three times a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, and is founder of the Oxford Research Group. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 321

Peter Atkins

Conjuring the Universe: The Origins of the Laws of Nature

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The marvellous complexity of the Universe emerges from several deep laws and a handful of fundamental constants that fix its shape, scale, and destiny. There is a deep structure to the world which at the same time is simple, elegant, and beautiful. The University of Oxford professor asks: Where did these laws and these constants come from? And why are the laws so fruitful when written in the language of mathematics? 

Price: £7.00