HAY FESTIVAL 2018 PROGRAMME

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

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.

Price: £8.00
 
 

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.

Price: £7.00
 
 

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.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 420

The Hay Writers Group

The 2018 Festival Anthology

Venue: Compass

New work from the local writers group. All welcome.

FREE BUT TICKETED
Price: £0.00
 
 

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
Price: £8.00
 
 
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+
Price: £6.00
 
 

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
Price: £8.00
 
 

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.

Price: £10.00
 
 

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.

Price: £9.00
 
 

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.

Price: £7.00
 
 
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.

Price: £7.00
 
 
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.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 426

Paradise Lost

BBC Radio 4

Venue: BBC Tent

Susan Roberts, Editor of BBC Drama North talks to Simon Russell Beale about his portrayal of Satan, the most complex emotional character, in her recent production for Radio 4 of Milton’s masterpiece, Paradise Lost. They discuss the challenges of turning Milton’s epic poem into a two-and-a-half hour dramatisation, written by poet Michael Symmons Roberts.

FREE BUT TICKETED
Price: £0.00
 
 

Event 471

Everything Starts With an Egg...

Venue: Scribblers Hut
Petra Publishing is an innovative collaborative venture developed by The Parent Network (Caerphilly), supported by Head4Arts. It has enabled groups of parents and carers from across the Eastern Valleys area to create high quality storybooks nurturing reading skills and family learning. "Supporting literacy in our earliest years builds the foundation for our children and young people to achieve throughout their lives." Join writer Mike Church and the Petra team to find out how they did it… and how a small penguin saved the world.
Adult
Price: £5.00
 
 

Event HD92

Allie Esiri

A Poem for Every Day of the Year

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The poetry curator's latest anthology is a journey through a calendar year, highlighting key moments and dates with a poem for every day, by writers including Wordsworth, Lewis Carroll, Maya Angelou and Emily Dickinson. Join Allie and a host of actors including Gina Bellman in a highly entertaining hour as they perform their favourite poems from the book, a humorous journey through history and human experience.

9 - Adult
Price: £6.00
 
 
Allie Esiri

Event W133

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. All materials and equipment provided and all abilities welcome

18+
2 Hours
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Life drawing with Celia Johnson

Event 427

Letters Live 2018, Two

Venue: Tata Tent

The all-star performance returns to Hay for the fifth year with a second performance. Letters Live has rapidly established itself as a wonderfully dynamic and exciting new format for presenting memorable letters to a live audience, and each event celebrates in an unforgettable way the joy, pain, wisdom and humour that so often hallmarks this most intimate of literary forms. Letters Live is inspired by Shaun Usher’s Letters of Note anthologies and Simon Garfield’s To the Letter.

This event will have a different selection of letters to the Saturday reading.

Price: £27.00
 
 

Event 428

Richard Holloway talks to Joan Bakewell

Waiting for the Last Bus: Reflections on Life and Death

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Now in his ninth decade, former Bishop of Edinburgh Richard Holloway has spent a lifetime at the bedsides of the dying, guiding countless men and women towards peaceful deaths. In Waiting for the Last Bus, he presents a positive, meditative and profound exploration of the many important lessons we can learn from death: facing up to the limitations of our bodies as they falter, reflecting on our failings, and forgiving ourselves and others. Holloway’s previous books include Leaving Alexandria and Looking in the Distance.

Price: £9.00
 
 
Richard Holloway talks to Joan Bakewell

Event 429

Anne Applebaum

Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

In 1932-33, nearly four million Ukrainians died of starvation, having been deliberately deprived of food. It is one of the most devastating episodes in the history of the twentieth century. With unprecedented authority and detail, Red Famine investigates how this happened, who was responsible, and what the consequences were.

The famine was rapidly followed by an attack on Ukraine's cultural and political leadership - and then by a denial that it had ever happened at all. Some western journalists shamelessly swallowed the Soviet line; others bravely rejected it, and were undermined and harassed. The Soviet authorities were determined not only that Ukraine should abandon its national aspirations, but that the country's true history should be buried along with its millions of victims. At a moment of crisis between Russia and Ukraine, it also shows how far the present is shaped by the past. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

Price: £8.00
 
 

Event 430

Simon Jenkins

Britain’s Best Railway Stations

Venue: Good Energy Stage

From Waterloo to Whitby, St Pancras to Stirling, these are the marvellous, often under-sung places that link our nation. Blending his usual insight and authority, Jenkins examines the geography, architecture and symbolism of these glories of our national heritage.

Price: £7.00
 
 
Simon Jenkins