HAY FESTIVAL 2018 PROGRAMME

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

Event 372

Ed Bullmore

Cambridge Series 19: Inflamed Mind: A Radical new Approach to Depression

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Bullmore reveals the breakthrough new science on the link between depression and inflammation of the body and brain. He explains how and why we now know that mental disorders can have their root cause in the immune system, and outlines a future revolution in which treatments could be specifically targeted to break the vicious cycle of stress, inflammation and depression. The Inflamed Mind goes far beyond the clinic and the lab, representing a whole new way of looking at how mind, brain and body all work together in a sometimes-misguided effort to help us survive in a hostile world. Bullmore is currently Co-Chair of Cambridge Neuroscience, Scientific Director of the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre, and Head of the Department of Psychiatry.

Price: £7.00
 
 
Ed Bullmore

Event 373

Helen Pilcher, Katie Steckles, Marcus du Sautoy and Friends

Spark Salon 2: The Magical World of Numbers, A new way to Understand Maths

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Mathematics underlies everything – from how our universe holds itself together to how our cities run – and it sits at the forefront of discovery across topics such as AI, genetics and quantum mechanics. How do we make mathematics fun and inspire young people to want to pursue the world of numbers as a career? Join us at a special Spark Salon at Hay Festival for a very special alternative maths lesson. Pilcher is a science writer, maths champion and author of Bring Back the King: the New Science of De-Extintinction. Steckles is a member of Matt Parkers Think Maths team and an award-winning science communicator.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 374

HARDTalk

BBC NEWS

Venue: BBC Tent

Join Stephen Sackur on the set of the BBC’s tough-talking interview programme. If you have a thirst for inquiring journalism and enjoy the cut and thrust of gladiatorial theatre, get a seat in the BBC tent and judge for yourself.

Price: £0.00
 
 
Last few remaining tickets

Event 375

Dylan Moore talks to Peter Florence

In Conversation: Driving Home Both Ways

Venue: Compass
Moore has been awarded the 2018 Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellowship/Cymrawd Rhungwladol Cymru Greadigol Hay Festival, and will be visiting all our festivals worldwide over the next 12 months. In this introductory conversation, he talks about his collection of travel writing, on the day of its launch, which takes him from bull runs in the Basque Country to the mangrove swamps of the Gulf of Guinea. Driving Home Both Ways is part essay collection, part travelogue through life. It offers fresh reflections on the changing nature of the local and the global, epiphanies of tribe and faith, and is underscored always by the enduring allure of elsewhere and the constant pull of home.
Price: £7.00
 
 
Dylan Moore talks to Peter Florence

Event HD85

Amy Lamé in conversation with Jenny Valentine

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join the author, activist, BBC Radio 6 Music presenter and the Mayor of London’s very first Night Tsar as she looks back at the rise and achievements of the LGBTQ+ movement. With the help of her new book, From Prejudice to Pride, Amy charts LGBTQ+ history from ancient civilisations to the present day, exploring the pioneers, heartbreaks and courageous communities that have helped us understand what it means to be LGBTQ+ today.

11+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event HD86

Emma Carroll, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Jacob Sager Weinstein

Imaginary worlds

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

How do you create a world where everything is different to our own? Join three authors as they discuss the imaginative journey it takes to create alternative worlds in their books including Skychasers, The Girl of Ink and Stars and The City of Secret Rivers. Chaired by Emily Drabble, BookTrust

9+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event W120

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 W119

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 in the story and then drawing along with Rosie as she shows you how to create characters using a printing technique created specifically for the book.

(parents must attend but do not require a ticket)

6 - 8 years
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Event W121

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.

15 - 18 years
Price: £9.00
 
 

Event W122

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 376

Philip Pullman, Marina Warner and Jack Zipes

Tales of Wonder, Magic, Resistance and Hope

Venue: Tata Tent

"Fairy tales since the beginning of recorded time, and perhaps earlier, have been a means to conquer the terrors of humanity through metaphor."

This is one of many challenging and thought-provoking observations made over a long career by Jack Zipes, one of the most eminent scholars of folklore, fairy tales and children’s literature, whose 80th birthday was celebrated last year. It identifies not only one of the key characteristics of ‘wonder tales’ but also proposes a much wider audience and more important function for such tales than is often recognised.

Joining Jack to discuss the past, present and future of the ‘wonder tale’ is Philip Pullman, one of the foremost writers of speculative fiction and author of Clockwork, the His Dark Materials trilogy, La Belle Sauvage and Daemon Voices; and Marina Warner, novelist, short story writer, mythographer, scholar and author of Stranger Magic, Fly Away Home, Once Upon A Time and Forms of Enchantment. Chaired by Hamish Fyfe.

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Event 377

Christine Chinkin

The LSE Lecture: The Challenge of Women, Peace and Security

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The United Nations Security Council’s agenda on Women Peace and Security seeks the inclusion of women’s experiences into decision and policy-making about conflict and its aftermath, encompassing women’s participation, preventing and protecting against sexual violence and post-conflict relief and recovery. Chinkin will consider the challenge presented in making a top down Security Council agenda meaningful to women on the ground. Professor Christine Chinkin, CMG, FBA, is the Director of the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security and a leading human rights and international law expert. Chaired by Stephanie Boland of Prospect magazine.

Price: £7.00
 
 
Christine Chinkin

Event 378

Kate Brandt talks to Andy Fryers

A Sustainable Digital World?

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The digital revolution touches all aspects of our human and physical world in constantly changing ways, and alongside this, total carbon emissions from the digital world are growing, so we need to find more advanced methods of incorporating carbon impact into digital decision-making. Kate Brandt, Obama’s Chief Sustainability Officer and now Google’s Sustainability Director, is in the hot seat.

Price: £8.00
 
 
Kate Brandt talks to Andy Fryers

Event 379

Alan Hollinghurst talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: The Sparsholt Affair

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Man Booker Prize-winning author Alan Hollinghurst’s masterly novel evokes the intimate relationships of a group of friends bound together by art, literature and love across three generations. It explores the social and sexual revolutions of the most pivotal years of the past century, whose life-changing consequences are still being played out to this day. Richly observed, disarmingly witty and emotionally charged, The Sparsholt Affair is an unmissable achievement from one of our finest writers.

Price: £7.00
 
 
Alan Hollinghurst talks to Georgina Godwin

Event 380

Talking Books: Marian Keyes and Martha Kearney

BBC World News

Venue: BBC Tent
One of Ireland’s most successful writers, Marian Keyes, best known for Watermelon (1995) and Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married (2000) and most recently, The Break (2017), talks to Martha Kearney about writing the stories of modern women in a modern world. She has written 13 best-selling novels, three non-fiction books and one autobiographical cookbook.
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Event 381

Christopher Meredith talks to Diana Wallace

Fictions: Brief Lives

Venue: Compass

In Brief Lives, six fictions by Christopher Meredith take the reader from the South China Sea in 1946 to a nameless place at the end of time, where the dead have risen. In between are stories in the new post-War South Wales, in which characters sense their aloneness while being a part of the larger world. The individual and community has been at the heart of much of Meredith’s prose and poetry, as it has been in British life over the past century, and it is his skill in creating characters whose brief lives the reader finds engaging that makes this book so relevant. He reads and discusses the book with Diana Wallace, author of Christopher Meredith in the UWP Writers of Wales series.

Price: £7.00
 
 
Christopher Meredith talks to Diana Wallace

Event HD87

Lucy Worsley

Lady Mary

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Join the historian for the dramatic and captivating story of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon’s divorce, told through the eyes of their daughter, Lady Mary. Expect costumes, trivia and tips on how to get a princess out of jail.

9+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event HD88

Miranda McKearney, Nicola Davies, Atinuke

Building Empathy Through Stories

Venue: Starlight Stage

The founder of EmpathyLab, a new organisation inspired by scientific research showing that reading builds our real-life empathy, discusses how to create stories that elicit empathy in readers with the two writers. There will be an opportunity to join in empathy-boosting activities, and look ahead to national Empathy Day on 12 June.

6+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event W125

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+)
This event is sold out, but there is still availability over the rest of the programme. Please go ahead and browse through the listings.
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Event W123

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.

Adult
Price: £9.00