HAY FESTIVAL 2018 PROGRAMME

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Event W93

Quick-fire Illustration Workshop with 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
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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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Event 478

RELEASING THE RAINBOW INSIDE: Young People, LGBT+ and Mental Health

Venue: Compass

Research shows that mental health problems such as depression and anxiety are more common in the LGBT+ community owing to a variety of factors and issues. Come and join our Strong Young Minds Champions as they discuss and debate how best to support young people struggling with their sexuality, gender and identity and those wanting to ‘come out’. How this affects their mental health and relationships with family and friends and where they can go for the best advice, support and resources. Find out what parents can do to support their young people and how professionals and teachers can provide a safe space for discussion.

90 mins
Free but ticketed
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RELEASING THE RAINBOW INSIDE: Young People, LGBT+ and Mental Health

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
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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.

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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.

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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? 

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Peter Atkins

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 chaired by the BBC’s Head of Arts Commissioning, Mark Bell.

FREE BUT TICKETED
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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.
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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 Jenny Valentine and Hay Festival Youth Council members Jamie Daly and Sam Mackley.

14+
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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+
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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+
2 hours
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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
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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.

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Fergal Keane

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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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