HAY FESTIVAL 2018 PROGRAMME

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

Event 322

The Private Life of the Royal Academy

BBC Two

Venue: BBC Tent

The Royal Academy of Arts in London is run by artists who are elected in a secret ballot and allowed to put the letters RA after their name. On the eve of its 250th anniversary, the Academy agreed for the first time to reveal its inner workings and the people at its heart. Five years in the making, the film is an intimate and engaging portrait of one of Britain’s most enduring and exclusive institutions.  Charles Saumarez Smith, Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy, producer Martin Rosenbaum and director Adam Low discuss the challenges of getting under the skin of Britain’s oldest art gallery.

Followed by a Q&A.

FREE BUT TICKETED
Price: £0.00
 
 

Event 466

Matthew Hall and Eve Myles talk to Guto Harri

Keeping Faith ~ Un Bore Mercher

Venue: Oxfam Moot
Hall’s compelling drama series, shot in both Welsh and English language versions, has been one of the greatest successes of the year with over five million viewers. The series tells the story of lawyer, wife and mother Faith (Myles) as she fights to find the truth behind the sudden disappearance of her husband. The writer and star come together to give an insight into the Pembrokeshire-set story, the twists of crime drama and the benefits of each language (the versions are subtly different!)
Series 1 is now available on BBC iplayer.
Price: £7.00
 
 
Matthew Hall and Eve Myles talk to Guto Harri

Event HD74

Patrick Ness

Release

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The author of the Chaos Walking trilogy and A Monster Calls talks about how his new novel, Release, was inspired partly by his childhood experiences. It follows a day in the life of gay teen Adam as he negotiates family, friends and relationships, in a world that might just be about to end. Join Patrick as he discusses his books and his screenplays with TBC

14+
Price: £7.00
 
 

Event HD75

Janina Ramirez

Riddle of the Runes

Venue: Starlight Stage

Be immersed in a world of riddles, runes and revenge with the Viking expert and children’s author who will introduce you to the fearless shield maiden Alva, reveal fascinating facts about the Vikings, and will need your help to solve a mysterious crime in the fjords of Kilsgard.

9+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event W97

David Reutter and Jamie Vicary

Build your own quantum computer

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Enter the Qubit Zone for a workshop where you will learn about the incredible world of quantum computers, and even build your own.  The team from the University of Birmingham and University of Oxford will give an accessible introduction to mysterious quantum phenomena, including qubits, superposition and entanglement, and then let you loose with your own quantum circuitry to try it all out for yourself.

14+
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Event W99

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 may attend but do not require a ticket)

9-11
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Event W101

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

16 - 18+
Price: £15.00
 
 

Event W100

Steven Camden Writing Workshop

Venue: Cube

Steven aka Polarbear is one of the UK’s most acclaimed spoken-word artists and has performed around the world. Join him for a messy making up session, get a glimpse into his creative process and his thirst for collaboration as you grow characters and build worlds together, using your own life and imagination.

11-14
2 hours
Price: £15.00
 
 

Event 323

Fergal Keane

Wounds: A Memoir of War and Love

Venue: Tata Tent

After nearly three decades reporting conflict from all over the world for the BBC, Fergal Keane has gone home to Ireland to tell a story that lies at the root of his fascination with war. It is about Irish people who found themselves caught up in the revolution that followed the 1916 Rising, in the pitiless violence of civil war in north Kerry after the British left in 1922, and how the ghosts of the past return to shape the present. It is the story of Keane’s grandmother Hannah Purtill, her brother Mick and his friend Con Brosnan, and how they and their neighbours took up guns to fight the British Empire and create an independent Ireland. It is the story of another Irishman, too, Tobias O’Sullivan, who fought against them as a policeman because he believed it was his duty to uphold the law of his country. He talks to Peter Florence.

Price: £9.00
 
 

Event 324

Edzard Ernst talks to Rosie Boycott

SCAM

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

So-called alternative medicine (SCAM) is popular and therefore important, whether we love or loathe it. Consequently, an impressive number of books about SCAM are already available. Most of them, however, are woefully uncritical, overtly promotional and dangerously misleading. Not so this one. Edzard’s book was written by someone who received SCAM as a patient, practised SCAM as a doctor, and researched SCAM as a scientist. It provides an insider’s perspective by covering aspects of SCAM that most books avoid, and by questioning the many tacitly accepted assumptions and wild extrapolations that underpin SCAM. The text is factual, occasionally dosed with a touch of humour or satire. The aim is not only to inform but also to entertain – as he does in his other books Trick or Treatment, More Harm Than Good and A Scientist in Wonderland.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 325

James Williams

Stand out of our Light: Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy

Venue: Good Energy Stage
The former Google advertising executive, now Oxford-trained philosopher James Williams, launches a plea to society and to the tech industry to help ensure that the technology we all carry with us every day does not distract us from pursuing our true goals in life. (At the time of going to press the Cambridge Analytica data mining scandal has been a top story for 72 hours.) As information becomes ever more plentiful, the resource that is becoming scarcer is our attention. Williams is the inaugural winner of the Nine Dots Prize, a new award for creative thinking that tackles contemporary social issues.
Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 326

Rachel Clarke, Anita Donley, Adam Kay

Your Life is in My Hands, and This is Going to Hurt

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Times of unprecedented pressure and challenge in the NHS have given rise to two heart-breaking memoirs of life in the front line of medicine today. Hear Rachel Clarke, journalist and doctor, and Adam Kay, doctor, writer and comedian in conversation with Anita Donley on healthcare, safety and medicine today.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 327

The Private Life of the Royal Academy: Screening

BBC Two

Venue: BBC Tent

The Royal Academy of Arts is run by artists who are elected in a secret ballot and allowed to put the letters RA after their name. On the eve of its 250th anniversary the RA agreed for the first time to reveal its inner workings and the people at its heart. Five years in the making, the film is an intimate portrait of one of Britain’s most enduring and exclusive institutions.

FREE BUT TICKETED
Price: £0.00
 
 

Event 460

Lauren Child

Time to Dream

Venue: Oxfam Moot
Waterstones’ Children’s Laureate Lauren Child, creator of characters including Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort, Hubert Horatio, Bartle Bobton-Trent and Charlie and Lola, discusses the poetry of illustration, creativity and making time to dream.
Price: £7.00
 
 

Event HD76

Riverside Performing Arts

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

Venue: Starlight Stage

Plop is a baby barn owl. He is the same as every baby barn owl that has ever been – except for one thing…he is afraid of the dark. Riverside Performing Arts, who brought you Elmer, presents Jill Tomlinson's classic tale, illustrated by Paul Howard. Filled with song, puppetry, dance and laughter, this touching story is beautifully adapted for the stage. The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark encourages children to be conquerors, is guaranteed to raise a smile, and will calm the biggest fears.

3+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event W146

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.
12 - 16
1 hour 30 mins
Parents must attend but don't require a ticket
Price: £14.00
 
 

Event W104

Rooted Forest School

Fire and Cooking 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 years
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Rooted Forest School

Event 328

Marcus du Sautoy

How to Count to Infinity

Venue: Tata Tent

The mathematician discovers how the ancient Babylonians used their bodies to count to 60 (which gave us 60 minutes in the hour), how the number zero was only discovered in the seventh century by Indian mathematicians contemplating the void, why in China going into the red meant your numbers had gone negative, and why numbers might be our best language for communicating with alien life. But for millennia, contemplating infinity has sent even the greatest minds into a spin. Then at the end of the 19th century mathematicians discovered a way to think about infinity that revealed it is a number that we can count. They also found that there are an infinite number of infinities, some bigger than others…

Price: £8.00
 
 
Marcus du Sautoy

Event 329

Sue Black

All that Remains: A Life in Death

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Sue Black confronts death every day. As Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology, she focuses on mortal remains in her lab, at burial sites, at scenes of violence, murder and criminal dismemberment, and when investigating mass fatalities due to war, accident or natural disaster. She reveals the many faces of death she has come to know, using key cases to explore how forensic science has developed, and what her work has taught her. There is tragedy, but there is also humour in stories as gripping as the best crime novel. Our own death will remain a great unknown. But as an expert witness from the final frontier, Sue Black is the wisest, most reassuring, most compelling of guides. Chaired by Hannah MacInnes.

Price: £7.00
 
 
Sue Black

Event 330

Mohamed Keshavjee

The Ronald Higgins Memorial Lecture: Mediation and Restorative Justice

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Keshavjee will explore the ideas of internationalism and engagement mapped in Higgins' visionary world affairs books The Seventh Enemy and Plotting Peace: The Owls Reply to the Hawks. The distinguished academic received the Gandhi-King-Ikeda Peace Award for his work in conflict resolution. Patrick Pietroni will pay tribute to Ronald Higgins who died in December. Chaired by Felicity Bryan.

Price: £7.00
 
 
Mohamed Keshavjee