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Winter Weekend programme 2018

Event 22

Christmas Crafts

Venue: Richard Booth’s Bookshop, upstairs

Create your own colourful Christmas lantern to light up the festive season.

£2 for cost of materials

Family event
Drop in - no ticket required
Christmas Crafts

Event 23

Fiona Evans

Come and Sing Messiah – Choir Rehearsal 1

Venue: St Mary’s Church

Have you always wanted to sing Handel’s Messiah but thought it was too difficult? Then join in our scratch ‘Come and Sing Messiah’ project. A professional concert singer with over 20 years’ experience of working with community choirs, Fiona Evans has rearranged this iconic work to make it more accessible for amateur/timid voices. Following rehearsals today and tomorrow, there will be a public performance in the evening of Sunday 25 November. All welcome.

£5 for Hay Community Choir members, plus cost of score if required - contact Fiona to reserve a place.

Normal ticket price is for two rehearsals and includes a copy of the score.
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Event 24

Flying Pig Cookery School

Indian cookery classes 3

Venue: Hay Primary School Hall

This is a fun, hands-on cookery class for children who will learn to make vegetarian Indian street-style snacks from scratch. They will experiment with different spices and use a range of cooking techniques. All ingredients are included and packaging to take away the delicious creations, along with a recipe card to make again at home.

Ages 6-8 (children must be accompanied by an adult, no adult ticket is required)
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Event 25

James O’Brien

How To Be Right

Venue: Festival Tent

The LBC radio talkshow host provides a hilarious and invigorating guide to talking to people with faulty opinions. With chapters on every lightning-rod issue in current affairs, James tells the stories of the conversations he’s had, explains why people have been fooled into thinking the way they do, and in each case outlines the key questions to ask to reveal fallacies, inconsistencies and double standards. He talks to Rosie Boycott.

O’Brien’s 2018 Christopher Hitchens Lecture is now available on Hay Player.


JAMES WILL ALSO BE TAKING PART IN THE SUNDAY MORNING POLITICS SHOW - EVENT 31, FOR WHICH THERE ARE STILL A FEW TICKETS AVAILABLE.

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James O’Brien

Event 26

Flying Pig Cookery School

Indian cookery class 4

Venue: Hay Primary School Hall

This is a fun, hands-on cookery class for children who will learn to make vegetarian Indian street-style snacks from scratch. They will experiment with different spices and use a range of cooking techniques. All ingredients are included and packaging to take away the delicious creations, along with a recipe card to make again at home.

Ages 9-12 (children may be accompanied by an adult, no adult ticket is required)
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Event 27

Jeanette Winterson

Christmas Stories

Venue: Festival Tent

There is frost and icicles, mistletoe and sledges. There’s a cat and a dog and a solid silver frog. There’s a Christmas cracker with a surprising gift inside. There’s a haunted house and a SnowMama. The novelist weaves some Yuletide wonder as she reads three enchanting Christmas stories.

Suitable for families
Adult
£10.00
 
 
Under 18's
£5.00
 
 
Jeanette Winterson

Event 28

Rose Tremain

The Road Home

Venue: Festival Tent
Tremain's novel about an Eastern European migrant worker's experience of Britain won the 2008 Orange Prize and was voted the best novel of the past 30 years by the Hay Festival audience in our 30th anniversary poll. It is the Hay Festival Book of the Month for November. She discusses the story and its urgent relevance with Peter Florence.
 
Hay Festival's Book of the Month is run in partnership with Vanity Fair.
 
Price: £10.00
 
 
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Rose Tremain

Event 29

Maggie Aderin-Pocock

The Sky at Night: Book of the Moon – A Guide to Our Closest Neighbour

Venue: Festival Tent

The Moon has fascinated humankind since the beginning of history. But far from being just a big rock out in space, it has a phenomenal power over the Earth, with its ability to create great waves, dictate the length of the day and summon the seasons. In this unique celebration of the Moon, lunar expert and space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock takes readers on a journey through its past, present and future. She uncovers the way it has captured our imaginations, contemplates how it was formed, and explains why we need it to protect our fragile Earth. Drawing on the latest scientific research, she then looks forward – will we return to the Moon or will it become a launch-pad to go into the great unknown?

Price: £10.00
 
 
Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Event 30

Gwyneth Glyn

Tro – in Concert

Venue: Festival Tent

Writer, poet and musician Gwyneth Glyn presents the live experience of her new album Tro with band members Rowan Rheingans, Dylan Fowler and Gillian Stevens. Tro, Welsh for ‘turn’, is the first major solo album from one of Wales’ most intriguing and talented artists, with a passion for language, who applies her delicate craft and exquisite gift to a compelling new work. Her global influences are subtly felt throughout the layers of this bold album, which explores where Wales meets the world, and where the beautiful nuances and “molasses-sweet tones” (Buzz Magazine) of Gwyneth’s north Walian voice work seamlessly in both Welsh (Gwyneth’s first language) and in English. Gwyneth received a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 'Best Original Track' nomination earlier this year for 'Cân Y Cŵn' which features on the new album. A Theatr Mwldan Production.

Price: £10.00
 
 
Gwyneth Glyn

Event 31

Rosie Boycott, Simon Jenkins, James O'Brien and Jeanette Winterson

What do we do now?

Venue: Festival Tent

A panel of Festival guests reflect on the American Mid-Term Elections and the Deal/No Deal state of the Brexit negotiations. Strong coffee recommended.

The journalist and food commissioner, Baroness Boycott is a cross-bencher in the House of Lords. Simon Jenkins edited The Times and writes for The Guardian. James O'Brien hosts a daily phone-in show for LBC. Jeanette Winterson is a writer.

Price: £8.00
 
 

Event 32

Bollywood Dreams

Dance Workshop 1

Venue: Hay Primary School Hall

In this Bollywood Dreams Dance workshop, you will learn Indian dance hand gestures and create a short choreographed routine by the end of the session, while discovering a little about the history of Bollywood. Participants can dance barefoot or (recommended) in light trainers.

Children aged 4+ (children must be accompanied by an adult, no adult ticket required)
Price: £9.00
 
 
Last few remaining tickets
Bollywood Dreams

Event 33

Oliver Bullough

Moneyland

Venue: Festival Tent

Moneyland is the secret country of the rich and unscrupulous, where they hide their wealth and prevent the rest of us from seeing it. Over the past 50 years, it has become the third largest economy in the world, and is annexing more every day. Investigative journalist Oliver Bullough explains how the City of London created this phenomenon, what damage it's doing to the world, and what we can all do about it.

Price: £10.00
 
 
Oliver Bullough

Event 34

Bollywood Dreams

Dance Workshop 2

Venue: Hay Primary School Hall

In this Bollywood Dreams Dance workshop, you will learn Indian dance hand gestures and create a short choreographed routine by the end of the session, while discovering a little about the history of Bollywood. Participants can dance barefoot or (recommended) in light trainers.

Age 11-adult
Price: £9.00
 
 
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Bollywood Dreams

Event 35

Helena Kennedy talks to Laura Bates

Eve Was Shamed

Venue: Festival Tent

The QC forensically examines the pressing new evidence that women are still being discriminated against throughout the legal system, from the High Court (where only 21% of judges are women) to female prisons (where 84% of inmates are held for non-violent offences). In-between are the so-called ‘lifestyle’ choices of the Rotherham girls; the failings of the current rules on excluding victims’ sexual history from rape trials; battered wives being asked why they don’t ‘just leave’ their partners; the way statistics hide the double discrimination experienced by BAME and disabled women; the failure to prosecute cases of female genital mutilation… the list goes on. The law holds up a mirror to society and it is failing women.

Price: £10.00
 
 
Helena Kennedy talks to Laura Bates

Event 36

Tracy Borman

Henry VIII and the men who made him: the Secret History Behind the Tudor Throne

Venue: Festival Tent

King Henry VIII is often defined by his many marriages, but his relationships with the men who surrounded him reveal much about his beliefs, behaviour and character. They show him to be capable of fierce, but seldom abiding loyalty; of raising men only to destroy them later. Henry’s father the first Tudor king, his older brother Arthur, his handsome jousting partners, his warring advisors – both Thomas More and Thomas Cromwell ended up on the block; but the tenderness that he displayed towards those he trusted proves that he was never the one-dimensional monster often depicted. Tracy Borman is a bestselling author and historian, specialising in the Tudors. She is joint chief curator of Historic Royal Palaces and chief executive of the Heritage Education Trust.

Price: £10.00
 
 

Event 37

Fiona Evans

Come and Sing Messiah – Choir Rehearsal 2

Venue: St Mary’s Church

Please see information at event 23.

You must be able to attend both rehearsals.
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Event 38

Ziauddin Yousafzai talks to Rosie Boycott

Let Her Fly: A Father's Journey and the Fight for Equality

Venue: Festival Tent

For more than 20 years, Ziauddin Yousafzai has been fighting for equality – first for Malala, his daughter – and then for all girls throughout the world living in patriarchal societies. Taught as a young boy in Pakistan to believe that he was inherently better than his sisters, Ziauddin rebelled against inequality at a young age. And when he had a daughter himself he vowed that Malala would have an education, something usually only given to boys, and he founded a school that Malala could attend.

Then in 2012, Malala was shot for standing up to the Taliban by continuing to go to her father's school, and Ziauddin almost lost the very person for whom his fight for equality began. Let Her Fly is Ziauddin’s journey from a stammering boy growing up in a tiny village high in the mountains of Pakistan, through to being an activist for equality and the father of the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, now one of the most influential and inspiring young women on the planet. 

Price: £10.00
 
 

Event 39

Gina Miller

Rise!

Venue: Festival Tent

Miller came to prominence when she successfully took the British government to the Supreme Court, challenging its authority to trigger Article 50, the formal notification to leave the EU, without parliamentary approval. Guyana-born Miller became the target of racist and sexist abuse, and physical threats. Rise is an unflinching account of what it means to stand up for justice, and for yourself, no matter what the cost. She discusses her book and why she felt compelled to write it. Chaired by Peter Florence.

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Gina Miller

Event 40

Fiona Evans and the Festival Choir

The Hay Messiah

Venue: St Mary’s Church

Handel’s Messiah part 1 and the Hallelujah Chorus will be performed as a ‘Come and Sing’ project with rehearsals over the weekend. This performance will be accompanied by Aeron Preston on the piano and Robert Evans will be the bass soloist. The other traditionally performed solo roles will be re-imagined with a humanitarian slant that will enhance your experience of the performance. If you love Handel’s Messiah then this new version will delight and enthral you. 

Adult
£10.00
 
 
Under 18's
£5.00