HAY FESTIVAL 2018 PROGRAMME

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

Event 362

Colm Tóibín and Kamila Shamsie

Fictions: Mythic Grace

Venue: Good Energy Stage

A conversation between two of the world’s great novelists about the elemental and eternal human crises they have explored in their engagement with classic Greek tragedies in their latest stories. House of Names is Tóibín’s version of the terrible fates visited upon the House of Atreus: Agamemnon, Clytemnestra and their children Iphigenia, Electra and Orestes. A contemporary reimagining of Sophocles' Antigone, Shamsie’s Home Fire is an urgent, fiercely compelling story of loyalties torn apart when love and politics collide.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 363

Marcus du Sautoy

The Great Unknown

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Every week seems to throw up a new discovery, shaking the foundations of what we know. But are there questions we will never be able to answer - mysteries that lie beyond the predictive powers of science? Marcus du Sautoy invites us to consider the problems in cosmology, quantum physics, mathematics, and neuroscience that continue to bedevil scientists and creative thinkers who are at the forefront of their fields. He challenges us to consider big questions - about the nature of consciousness, what came before the big bang, and what lies beyond our horizons - while taking us on a virtuoso tour of the great breakthroughs of the past. He celebrates the men and women who dared to tackle the seemingly impossible and had the imagination to come up with new ways of seeing the world. The mathematician holds the University of Oxford's prestigious Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science.

Price: £7.00
 
 
Marcus du Sautoy

Event 364

Wendy Ayres-Bennett

Cambridge Series 17: The Menace of Monolingualism

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Is monolingualism harming us, both as individuals and as a society? We look at the value of languages for health and well-being, social cohesion, diplomacy and conflict resolution, defence and national security. Wendy Ayres-Bennett is Professor of French Philology and Linguistics.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 365

Talking Books: Anuradha Roy and Gavin Esler

BBC World News

Venue: BBC Tent

Indian writer and publisher Anuradha Roy talks about her novel An Atlas of Impossible Longing (2008), which has been widely translated and was named one of the 60 most essential books on modern India by World Literature Today. Her third book, Sleeping on Jupiter (2015), about the constant human search for another version of existence, was nominated for the Man Booker Prize. Her new book All the Lives We Never Lived is the story of Gayatri, a rebellious artist who abandons her family to follow her primal desire for freedom.

FREE BUT TICKETED
Price: £0.00
 
 

Event HD81

Lauren Child

Charlie and Lola: A Dog with Nice Ears

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Join Waterstones' Children’s Laureate as she introduces a storytelling event and talks about the inspiration for her latest picture-book. Learn about dogs of all shapes, sizes and colours in this interactive event, full of games and storytelling, led by Devon Black. Lauren will read from the book and answer questions.

3+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event HD82

Nicola Davies

The First Book of the Sea

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join the author of The First Book of Nature and The First Book of Animals as she introduces a collection of poems about the oceans of the world and their shores. Feel what it is like to swim with dolphins and flying fish, pore over rock-pools and sail from pole to pole and back, learning about everything from phosphorescence and plankton to manta rays and puffins. With exquisite watercolour illustrations from Emily Sutton, the book captures the excitement of a child's first glimpse of the sea, the majesty of ancient trading ships and the wonder of the humpback whale.

6+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event W115

Feral Productions

Follow Me: A Wellbeing Live Literature Performance

Venue: Mess Tent

Audiences are immersed in an exquisite story while performers enhance the experience through smell, taste and touch. Feral places you at the centre of a magical soundscape, taking you on a dreamlike journey that is unforgettable. This multisensory production fuses the Danish Ole Lukkoye tale with gentler elements of Hoffman’s Sandman story.

Family (children 10+)
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Event W116

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 years
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Rooted Forest School

Event W113

Splatch

Circus Workshops

Venue: Cube

Roll up, roll up...run away with the circus at Hay Festival. Join two fantastic performers from Splatch, a community-driven company from Cardiff. They will be teaching hula hoop, juggling, tightwire and acrobatics. Get physical and have fun at this workshop.

11-14 years
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Event W114

Tobias Hickey and Stephen Fowler

University of Worcester Illustration Workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Join the illustrators in a printmaking workshop and have a go at creating characters through rubber and foam stamping techniques.

(parents may attend but do not require a ticket)

9-11 years
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Tobias Hickey and Stephen Fowler

Event 366

Philip Pullman

The Hay Library Platform

Venue: Tata Tent

The novelist discusses his essay collection Dæmon Voices and his novel La Belle Sauvage with Daniel Hahn.

Hay Festival is committed to working with the community to fund Hay Public Library’s opening hours
Price: £15.00
 
 
Philip Pullman

Event 367

Rose McGowan talks to Laurie Penny

Brave

Venue: Oxfam Moot

McGowan is a film-maker, thought leader and agent of change. Brave is her raw, honest, and poignant memoir/manifesto: a no-holds-barred, pull-no-punches account of the rise of a millennial icon, fearless activist, and unstoppable force for change who is determined to expose the truth about the entertainment industry, dismantle the concept of fame, shine a light on a multibillion-dollar business built on systemic misogyny, and empower people everywhere to wake up and be BRAVE. Laurie Penny is author of Bitch Doctrine and Everything Belongs to the Future.

Price: £8.00
 
 
Rose McGowan talks to Laurie Penny

Event 368

David Cannadine

The British Academy Lecture: Victorious Century – The United Kingdom 1800-1906

Venue: Good Energy Stage

To live in 19th century Britain was to experience an astonishing series of changes, of a kind for which there was simply no precedent in human experience. There were revolutions in transport, communication, work; cities grew vast; scientific ideas made the intellectual landscape unrecognisable. This was an exhilarating time, but also a horrifying one. In this lecture David Cannadine discusses his dazzling new book offering a bold, fascinating new interpretation of the British 19th century in all its energy and dynamism, darkness and vice. Professor Sir David Cannadine is President of the British Academy, Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University and visiting Professor at the University of Oxford. His books include Margaret Thatcher: A Life and Legacy and The Undivided Past. Chaired by Tom Clark of Prospect magazine.

Price: £7.00
 
 
David Cannadine

Event 369

Dacia Viejo Rose

Cambridge Series 17: War on Culture - the Politics of Reconstructing Cultural Heritage

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The destruction of cultural heritage has grabbed headlines worldwide. Does it matter? This talk will explore the dynamics of violence, reconstruction and repair that underlie these dramatic acts of destruction. Dr Viejo is a Lecturer in Heritage and the Politics of the Past.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event HD83

Peter Lord

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The Creative Director and co-founder of Aardman Animations takes us behind the scenes of the UK's favourite animation studio. The latest blockbuster adventure is Early Man.

Family
Price: £7.00
 
 

Event HD84

Steven Camden

Nobody Real

Venue: Starlight Stage

One of the UK’s most acclaimed spoken-word artists who has performed around the world introduces his new book about a girl called Marcie and her imaginary friend, Thor Baker. Join this discussion and creative session revolving around imaginary friends and the role they play in our lives.

12+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event W117

Rosie Wellesley

The Drawing Doctor and the Itchy-saurus

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Rosie is a doctor who also makes gorgeous picture-books. She’ll be reading from her new book and talking about why she wrote this story about a dinosaur with an itch that can’t be scratched. You’ll be joining in with the dinosaur roars and potion-making and then drawing along with Rosie as she shows you how to draw characters this and her other new book The Very Helpful Hedgehog. You’ll also make your own dinosaur roar speech bubbles to take away.

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3 - 5 years
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Event W118

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 years
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Rooted Forest School

Event 370

Sarah Churchwell

The 2018 Raymond Williams Lecture: Behold America

Venue: Tata Tent

The writer and academic offers a history of America First, one of Donald Trump’s campaign slogans. Although popular wisdom attributes the phrase to Charles Lindbergh and the isolationist America First Committee of 1940-1941, in fact the expression has a longer, and darker, history than that, a story of nativism and the Ku Klux Klan, of 100 % Americanism and isolationism, and of a homegrown fascism that America continues to pretend “can’t happen here.”

Price: £10.00
 
 

Event 371

Åsne Seierstad talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Two Sisters

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

One morning in October 2013, 19-year-old Ayan Juma and her 16-year-old sister Leila left their family home in Oslo. Later that day they sent an email to their parents. "Peace, God's mercy and blessings upon you, Mum and Dad ... Please do not be cross with us..."  Leila and Ayan had decided to travel to Syria, "and help out down there as best we can". While their father, Sadiq risks his own life to bring his daughters back, at home his wife Sara begins to question their life in Norway. How could her children have been radicalised without her knowledge? How can she protect her two younger sons from the same fate? Seierstad - with the complete support of the Juma family - followed the story from the beginning, through its many dramatic twists and turns. It's a tale that crosses from Sadiq and Sara’s original home in Somalia, to their council estate in Oslo, to Turkey and to Syria - where two teenage sisters must face the shocking consequences of their decision.
The investigative journalist’s previous books include The Bookseller of Kabul and One of Us.  See also [310].

Price: £9.00
 
 
Åsne Seierstad talks to Sarfraz Manzoor