HAY FESTIVAL 2018 PROGRAMME

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Event 412

Stephen Moss

Mrs Moreau’s Warbler: How Birds Got Their Names

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Swallow and starling, puffin and peregrine, blue tit and blackcap. We use these names so often that few of us ever pause to wonder about their origins. What do they mean? Where did they come from? And who created them? The words we use to name birds are some of the most lyrical and evocative in the English language. They also tell incredible stories: of epic expeditions, fierce battles between rival ornithologists, momentous historical events and touching romantic gestures. Moss is one of our most treasured naturalists and broadcasters.

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Stephen Moss

Event 413

Lidia Yuknavitch talks to Laurie Penny

Fictions: The Book of Joan

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

A group of rebels has united to save a world ravaged by war, violence and greed. Joan is their leader. The future of humanity is being rewritten. Yuknavitch's mesmerising novel sees Joan of Arc's story reborn for the near future. It is a genre-defying masterpiece that may very well rewire your brain.

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Event 414

Patrick Barkham, Isabel Hardman, Rob Pickford

Wayfaring: Talgarth

Venue: Meet at Hay Festival main entrance for bus

The writers look at how 'prescribing nature' and a daily dose of wildness can help our mental health, and explore themes of nature deprivation and social isolation. Isabel Hardman, assistant editor of The Spectator, found relief from depression in being outdoors (and is author of the forthcoming The Natural Health Service: What the Great Outdoors can do for Your Mind), talks with Patrick Barkham, author of Badgerlands, Coastlines and Islander. They are joined by Rob Pickford, Chair of Wildlife Trust Wales. After the conversation there will be a a walk around a flagship Brecknock nature reserve, Pwll-y-Wrach, led by Gwent Wildlife Trust CEO Ian Rappel, in the Black Mountains.

Bus will take you to Talgarth Tabernacle and returns to Hay Festival by 1pm
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Event HD89

Atinuke

Baby Goes to Market

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join spectacular storyteller Atinuke for a bouncy read-along with Baby and his mama. Hear all about the traditional folk tales and the stories from the bustling city in Nigeria where she grew up and which inspired her writing.

3+
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Event W130

Life drawing with Celia Johnson

Venue: Cube

Work with a Fine Artist and HCA tutor in this life drawing session. You will have a variety of short and long poses and work with a range of materials to explore and extend your creative potential. Materials and equipment provided; all abilities welcome.

18+
2 Hours
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Life drawing with Celia Johnson

Event W131

Textiles Workshop

Led by students and staff from the Textile Design Degree Course at Hereford College of Arts

Venue: Scribblers Hut

These workshops will explore textiles in fresh and unexpected ways by linking contemporary practices and technology with age-old techniques. By focusing on storytelling, heritage and a respect for craft that is also sustainable, participants will experiment with natural dyes, create three-dimensional lines and threads and practise slow stitch techniques. Materials are supplied and will be sourced from outlets promoting re-use and recycling, to reduce materials going into the waste stream.

14 - 16 years
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Event 415

AC Grayling

Democracy and its Crisis

Venue: Tata Tent

The philosopher investigates why the institutions of representative democracy seem unable to hold up against forces they were designed to manage, and why it matters. He considers those moments in history when the challenges we face today were first encountered and what solutions were found. Then he lays bare the specific threats facing democracy today.

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AC Grayling

Event 416

Anne Applebaum, Bill Browder and Helena Kennedy talk to Oliver Bullough

Kleptoscope: Moscow and London

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The journalist and writer Bullough (The Last Man in Russia, Moneyland) follows the money from Russia that flows into the UK and the darkmoney laundromat London housing market. Applebaum is a journalist and Russian expert, author of Gulag, Iron Curtain and Red Famine. Browder, founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, was the largest foreign investor in Russia until 2005. He is the author of Red Notice: How I Became Putin’s No.1 Enemy. And that’s a tough field.

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Event 417

Shashi Tharoor

Why I Am a Hindu

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The writer, diplomat and politician offers a profound examination of Hinduism, one of the world's oldest and greatest religious traditions. He lays out Hinduism’s origins and its key philosophical concepts, and its everyday beliefs and practices, from worship to pilgrimage and caste. Tharoor is unsparing in his criticism of extremism and unequivocal in his belief that what makes India a distinctive nation with a unique culture and democratic tradition will be imperilled if Hindu fundamentalists, the proponents of ‘Hindutva’, or politicised Hinduism, seize the high ground.

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Event 418

Lucy van de Wiel

Cambridge Series 20: Freezing Fertility, How Reproductive Ageing is Changing in the 21st Century

Venue: Starlight Stage

Egg freezing is an increasingly popular reproductive technology that offers the potential of staying fertile later in life. Yet while it opens up possibilities of having children at a later age, promise of ‘rewinding the biological clock’ also encourages younger, presumably fertile, women to undergo infertility treatment. Dr Lucy van de Wiel will discuss how egg freezing profoundly shifts our understanding of what it means to be fertile, and to age. Dr van de Wiel is a Research Associate at the Reproductive Sociology Research Group.

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Lucy van de Wiel

Event 420

The Hay Writers Group

The 2018 Festival Anthology

Venue: Compass

New work from the local writers group. All welcome.

FREE BUT TICKETED
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Event 482

Stephen Frears

Venue: BBC Tent
Award winning director Stephen Frears talks about his latest drama for the BBC – A Very English Scandal.  Written by Russell T Davies and based on the book by John Preston, this three part series tells the story of the former Liberal leader, Jeremy Thorpe’s trial in the 1970s for conspiracy to murder his lover, Norman Scott. In conversation with writer and broadcaster Rosie Boycott, Stephen discusses the rewards and challenges of bringing this very English story to screen and working with actors Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw.
Followed by Q&A.

The final episode of A Very English Scandal goes out at 9pm Sunday 3rd June on BBC1
Free but ticketed
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Event HD90

Chelsea Clinton talks to Alex Jones

She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Come and be inspired by some great heroes. Clinton’s new picture book, with illustrations by Alexandra Boiger, celebrates 13 women from around the world who have used their voices and determination to create change and to shape history. The women whose stories she tells include: Marie Curie, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Leymah Gbowee, Caroline Herschel, Wangari Maathai, Aisha Rateb, J.K. Rowling, Yuan Yuan Tan and Malala Yousafzai.  

4-8
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Chelsea Clinton talks to Alex Jones

Event HD91

Greg James and Chris Smith

Kid Normal

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Calling all heroes, villains and Super Zeroes. Join the radio personalities and authors for an action-packed Kid Normal event, including a reading from the new book, Kid Normal and the Rogue Heroes. Dave Cribb will provide musical accompaniment throughout. Help create a brand new superhero story and prepare for lots of games, singing and audience participation. Superpowers not required.

7+
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Event W132

Textiles Workshop

Led by students and staff from the Textile Design Degree Course at Hereford College of Arts

Venue: Scribblers Hut

These workshops will explore textiles in fresh and unexpected ways by linking contemporary practices and technology with age-old techniques. By focusing on storytelling, heritage and a respect for craft that is also sustainable, participants will experiment with natural dyes, create three-dimensional lines and threads and practise slow stitch techniques. Materials are supplied and will be sourced from outlets promoting re-use and recycling, to reduce materials going into the waste stream.

16 - 18 years
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Event 421

Michael Ignatieff

The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World

Venue: Oxfam Moot

During a three-year, eight-nation journey, Ignatieff found that while human rights is the language of states and liberal elites, the moral language that resonates with most people is one of everyday virtues: tolerance, forgiveness, trust and resilience. These ordinary virtues are the moral system of global cities and obscure shantytowns alike. A novelist and historian, Ignatieff is Rector and President of Central European University in Budapest.
Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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Event 422

Alice Roberts

Tamed: Ten Species That Changed Our World

Venue: Tata Tent

The anthropologist and broadcaster uncovers the deep history of ten familiar species with incredible wild pasts: dogs, apples and wheat; cattle, potatoes and chickens; rice, maize and horses – and, finally, humans. She reveals how becoming part of our world changed these animals and plants, and shows how they became our allies, essential to the survival and success of our own species.

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Event 423

Bryony Gordon

Eat Drink Run

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Bryony Gordon was not a runner. A loafer, a dawdler, a drinker, a smoker, yes. A runner, no. Yet somehow, as she began to recover from the emotional rollercoaster of laying her life bare in her mental health memoir Mad Girl, she started to realise that getting outside, moving her body and talking to others for whom life was also an occasional challenge, might actually help her. Going for a run might not banish her sadness but at least it might show that she was damn well trying to beat it, which is sometimes half the battle. As she began to run further she started to see the limitations she had imposed on her life more clearly. Why couldn’t she be a runner? Or a bungee jumper? Or a deep-sea diver? Maybe rather than sitting on the sofa watching the world go by, fulfilling your dreams was just about standing up and taking that first step.

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Bryony Gordon

Event 424

Jesse Norman

Adam Smith: What he Thought and why it Matters

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Adam Smith is now widely regarded as 'the father of modern economics'. But what he really thought, and what the implications of his ideas are, remain fiercely contested. Was he an eloquent advocate of capitalism and the freedom of the individual? Or a prime mover of 'market fundamentalism' and an apologist for inequality and human selfishness? Norman’s biography explores his work as a whole and traces his influence over the past two centuries. He shows how a proper understanding of Smith can help us grasp - and address - the problems of modern capitalism. His account of Smith offers not only the first thinker to place markets at the heart of economics, but also a pioneering theorist of moral philosophy, culture and society. Jesse Norman is MP for South Herefordshire, an historian and economist. Chaired by Bronwen Maddox.

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Jesse Norman

Event 425

Patrick Barkham

Islander: A Journey Around Our Archipelago

Venue: Starlight Stage

The British Isles are an archipelago made up of two large islands and 6,289 smaller ones. The nature writer meets all kinds of islanders, from nuns to puffins, from local legends to rare subspecies of vole, as he seeks to discover what it is like to live on a small island, and what it means to be an islander.

Barkham’s books include CoastlinesBadgerlands and The Butterfly Isles.

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