HAY FESTIVAL 2018 PROGRAMME

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

New Events

Event 461

Nik Gowing and Chris Langdon

Thinking the Unthinkable

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
FaceBook’s data catastrophe; MeToo; Populism; Nationalism; Trump; Putin, Russia and the nerve agent attack; the impact of AI on work and skills; Brexit. The world affairs expert analyses why disruption and unthinkables are creating ever-greater uncertainty for corporate and political leaders. Why do they have trouble thinking unthinkables then leading as you expect? Gowing and Langdon reveal findings from extensive interviews with world leaders in a new book, launched today at the festival. Come and brainstorm unthinkables.
Price: £7.00
 
 

Event W147

Building with Books

Venue: Mess Tent
Create constructions using old books as your building blocks. Hay Castle Trust explores buildings, architecture, engineering and recycling using books from the Castle Honesty Bookshop. Try out different structures and designs such as a book igloo, paperback snake and a fiction den. Real work will begin on the restoration of Hay Castle this year — using stone, wood and steel.
All ages
All day, drop in
Free, drop in
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Event 469

An appreciation of Rhodri Morgan

‘Do one-legged ducks swim in a circle?’

Venue: The Summer House
The former First Minister of Wales, Rhodri Morgan, who died last year was commonly regarded as the father of Welsh devolution. In this relaxed conversation, the First Minister’s brother, the erudite historian, Prys Morgan, and his political biographer, Professor Mike Sullivan of the Morgan Academy, Swansea University will discuss the politician’s legacy.
An informal event to launch the Annual Rhodri Morgan Memorial Lecture.
FREE, Drop in - no ticket required
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Event W142

Rufus Mufasa

Hip hop/rap workshops

Venue: Cube

Keep it real with literary activist, pioneering participatory artist, rapper and hip hop educator Rufus Mufasa in this writing and spoken word workshop. Rufus has an infectious enthusiasm that inspires everyone she works with, whether it's prisoners and young offenders in Parc prison or young adults at Hay. Her new album Fur Coats From the Lion's Den was chosen as Wales Arts Review's album of the year.

11-15
Price: £15.00
 
 

Event W143

Rufus Mufasa

Hip hop/rap workshops

Venue: Cube

Keep it real with literary activist, pioneering participatory artist, rapper and hip hop educator Rufus Mufasa in this writing and spoken word workshop. Rufus has an infectious enthusiasm that inspires everyone she works with, whether it's prisoners and young offenders in Parc prison or young adults at Hay. Her new album Fur Coats From the Lion's Den was chosen as Wales Arts Review's album of the year.

Price: £15.00
 
 

Event 467

Marc Rees and Owen Sheers

Now The Hero - Preview

Venue: Compass
 
Nawr Yr Awr \ Now The Hero is an immersive theatrical experience that will take the audience on an extraordinary journey through three intertwining narratives of war; from Celtic history, the First World War, and today’s conflicts. Drawing on an epic poem, some rejected paintings, and an intimate portrait of a Swansea soldier serving today, Marc Rees’ bold production brings the stories of war to life, but counterpoints the tragic telling with hope. At its heart is a requiem scored by the late  Oscar-nominated Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhansson in collaboration with Owen Morgan Roberts with a libretto by Welsh BAFTA winning writer Owen Sheers. Rees introduces the music and art of the piece, and discusses the use of Sheers’ response to the classic poem Y Gododdin.
Now The Hero will be performed in Swansea 25-29 September 2018.
Price: £7.00
 
 
Marc Rees and Owen Sheers

Event 14

Robert Llewellyn, Mike Hawes, Tony Whitehorn and Jesse Norman

How Low Can We Go?

Venue: Oxfam Moot
With reductions in air pollution, managing climate change and improving fuel security becoming more urgent, how is government policy meeting these priorities and what are vehicle manufacturers doing to design vehicles that help to achieve the same goals? How do we plan for the future in a society which has been so reliant on the internal combustion engine car?  Mike Hawes, CEO of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO of Hyundai UK and Jesse Norman, Minister for Transport and Herefordshire MP. Chaired by TV presenter, author and electric vehicle expert Robert Llewellyn.
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event 458

Nick Harkaway

Fictions: Gnomon

Venue: Compass
Near-future Britain is not just a nation under surveillance but one built on it: a radical experiment in personal transparency and ambient direct democracy. Every action is seen, every word is recorded. Diana Hunter is a refusenik, a has-been cult novelist who lives in a house with its own Faraday cage: no electronic signals can enter or leave. She runs a lending library and conducts business by barter. She is off the grid in a society where the grid is everything. Denounced, arrested and interrogated by a machine that reads your life history from your brain, she dies in custody. Mielikki Neith is the investigator charged with discovering how this tragedy occurred. Neith is Hunter’s opposite. She is a woman in her prime, a stalwart advocate of the System. It is the most democratic of governments, and Neith will protect it with her life. When Neith opens the record of the interrogation, she finds not Hunter’s mind but four others, none of which can possibly be there...
Harkaway is one of our most inventive, visionary and fantastically entertaining novelists. And this is a masterpiece, set to become a cult classic of our time.
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event HD94

Ben Garrod

So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs?

Venue: Compass

Ben Garrod’s new books are is great fun and informative. Looking at  Tyrannosaurus Rex, Diplodocus and Triceratops, Garrod uses the most modern and interesting science to reveal amazing discoveries about the best known dinosaur species. 

Dr Ben Garrod is an evolutionary biologist. He is a teaching fellow at Anglia Ruskin University and broadcasts regularly on TV and radio. He is patron of NatSCA, a trustee of the Jane Goodall Institute, ambassador for The Wildlife Trusts, the Marine Conservation Society and Bristol Museum.

6+
Price: £5.00
 
 

Event W144

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.
5 - 8
1 hour 30 mins
Parents must attend but don't require a ticket
Price: £14.00
 
 

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
Price: £14.00
 
 

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.
Price: £7.00
 
 
Matthew Hall and Eve Myles talk to Guto Harri

Event 460

Lauren Child

Time to Dream

Venue: Oxfam Moot
Waterstones’ Children’s Laureate Lauren Child, creator of characters including Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort, Hubert Horatio, Bartle Bobton-Trent and Charlie and Lola, discusses the poetry of illustration, creativity and making time to dream.
Price: £7.00
 
 

Event W146

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.
12 - 16
1 hour 30 mins
Parents must attend but don't require a ticket
Price: £14.00
 
 

Event 470

Talking Books: Alexander McCall Smith and Gavin Esler

Venue: BBC Tent

Internationally acclaimed writer Alexander McCall Smith speaks to Gavin Esler at Hay Festival.  The author of more than 80 books, including, the 44 Scotland Street series has been described as a writer of “gentle wisdom and good cheer”. His books have been translated into more than 46 languages.  He will be discussing his huge range of works as well as his three new novels published this year, The Quiet Side of Passion, The Second Worst Restaurant in France, and The Colours of all the Cattle which is another in his hugely successful heart-warming series of books about The Number 1. Ladies’ Detective Agency, that is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this year.

Price: £0.00
 
 

Event 468

Deborah Frances-White & Friends

Global Pillage: Game Show

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
A comedy panel show podcast all about idiom, culture, customs and norms. What do the Japanese mean when they accuse someone of ‘having a cat on their head’? What do your friends make you do if you’re unmarried by 30 in Germany? What did the acronym NORWICH mean (the equivalent of sexting jargon) if sent between World War Two sweethearts? All the oddness of humanity is explored in this hilarious new show where two teams of comedians take on the hive mind of the audience. This show is about the diversity of human experience. Come with us as we pillage the globe for the strange but true ways of the human race. The show is hosted by Deborah Frances-White – host of The Guilty Feminist Podcast and from Radio 4’s Deborah Frances-White Rolls the Dice.
Price: £8.00
 
 
Deborah Frances-White & Friends

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 472

When Head4Arts community arts manager Kate Strudwick met Pierluigi Vaccaneo and Micol Doppia from Italy’s Associazione Culturale Twitteratura, a partnership was formed with the aim of re-imagining the way in which readers engage with books. Kate, Pierluigi and Micol will be joined by Louise Richards, Dan Anthony and Meirion Davies to deliver this session, which offers an opportunity to explore an exciting new method and app for promoting Social Reading – a practice combining traditional reading skills with the potential of social networking. Come and try the Betwyll experience and discover how this Italian initiative is working to support literature projects in schools and libraries across Wales.
Adult
Price: £5.00
 
 

Event 457

Lindsey Hilsum and Matthew Heineman

Telling the Story of Syria: City of Ghosts

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
 
A conversation about reporting on the realities of Syria. Heinemmann’s extraordinary documentary City of Ghosts follows the journey of “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently” – a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. With astonishing, deeply personal access, this is the story of a brave group of citizen journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today. Hilsum is International Editor for Channel 4 News and reports regularly from the frontline in Syria. Her book about Marie Colvin will be published later this year.
Price: £7.00
 
 
Lindsey Hilsum and Matthew Heineman

Event 462

Josephine Hart’s Poetry Hour: Poetry of the Great War

Cast to be Announced on 20 May

Venue: Tata Tent
Today's programme of 30 First World War poems gives voice to the humanity, loss and suffering of the poets of the Great War. The selection includes Wilfred Owen’s Dulce et Decorum Est, W. B. Yeats’ An Irish Airman Foresees His Death and Rudyard Kipling’s Epitaphs of The War. For over 25 years Josephine Hart’s hugely popular Poetry Hours, founded originally as Gallery Poets in the West End, were presented at such celebrated venues as The National Theatre, The Donmar Warehouse, The New York Public Library and Harvard University, they now continue quarterly at the British Library and, annually, here at Hay, at London University and at The Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Josephine wrote wonderfully incisive introductions to the life and work of each poet as, like Eliot, she believed that ‘we understand the work better when we understand something of the poet’s life'.
Price: £6.00