We are pleased to announce the first events for Hay Festival 2018. The full programme will be released in the Spring.
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The co-founder and Executive Vice Chairman of the Eden Project is branching his vision out across the globe to China, Australia and New Zealand, then to the Middle East and US. “Eden’s mission is to explore our dependence on the natural world, to use that understanding to excite people into delivering transformation where they live and to ask really serious questions about what a great future might look like for all of us. We want the new Edens to act as a heartbeat for those who feel the same way as we do and to develop in all of them the ability to tell the stories that inspire the people who are their constituency.”
Ed Vere is an award-winning, best-selling writer and illustrator of picture books. He will be reading from Banana! , where you will discover that getting what you want can be tricky if you don’t ask in the right way, and also from Bedtime for Monsters, a very funny tale with a big twist.
Rooted Forest School is hosting a drop-in session for parents and families, based around play, exploration and engagement with nature. Join us to explore natural paint colours and build dens. (rootedforestschool.co.uk)
This workshop introduces young people to micro:bits, which are very small computers. During the workshop participants will be creating interactive programs using the micro-controllers and external sensors. No need to bring any equipment. The workshop is run by Dr Emma Posey, Associate Producer of Air Lab and Teacher of Computing at Fairfield High School, with the help of students and ex-students of the school. Artist Paul Granjon performs with his robots and will co-lead this workshop. It is run in partnership with Fairfield High School and is part of Arts Alive Wales' Digital programme.
Since 2003, Jeremy Vine calculates he has taken more than 25,000 calls from his BBC Radio 2 listeners on topical subjects – big issues and small ones: on life, love, lollipop ladies and poisonous plants; on Brexit, Trump, Blair and Cellophane. But what have the callers told him? Often hilarious, he shares anecdotes from What I Learnt and explains why we should listen to what the callers have to say.
As the 2017 Arts Council of Wales International Fellow, the award-winning YA writer has been visiting our festivals around the world talking to teenagers in different cultures about their concerns and aspirations. In the first half of this session she discusses what’s she’s heard with the former principal of Hereford Sixth Form College, and a leading child psychiatrist. She will invite feedback from the students taking part in this year’s Beacons Project, and from members of the audience.
Rooted Forest School is running outdoor sessions for children and their families on Black Lion Green. The sessions will explore our ancient relationship with fire and cooking, using traditional methods to heat food in the cold winter months. Children will be given the opportunity to bake bread over the hot coals while listening to a traditional winter story. (rootedforestschool.co.uk)
Parents go free
The Reformations project is the programming spine of the Hay Festival’s 30th anniversary year. Great writers and thinkers have been invited to reform authorities and institutions in the spirit of Martin Luther, whose 95 Theses were published 500 years ago in 1517. In this powerful polemic, the leading civil rights lawyer proposes radical progress in international Human Rights and Equality law. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
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.
Adam Frost, author of The Awesome Book of Animals, wants to know if you share his passion for the animal kingdom. Join him to discover some of the wildest facts about the creatures that share our planet and test your knowledge in a fun quiz.
Workshops for children, along with their friends and families, make festive decorations with a focus on inventiveness and creativity. Bring your imagination!
Journalist and author Oliver Bullough brings his popular kleptoscope series to Hay to discuss why so much money is stolen from the world's poorest countries, and what we can do about it. Nigerian novelist Onuzu talks about how she put corruption at the heart of her brilliant second novel Welcome to Lagos, and Transparency International's Anderson explains why so much of that stolen money ends up in the UK.
Following his landmark residency at Hay Festival in May 2015, the phenomenal Welsh pianist returns to Hay with a two-recital programme of Bach: Sonata in C major for solo violin BWV 1005 (transcription by Daniel Martyn Lewis); Toccata in E minor BWV 914; Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue BWV 903.
Please come and meet trustees of the project who’ll be sharing the architects’ vision for the castle, and the building contractor, who is due to be appointed in early November. All welcome.
The author of The Radleys, The Humans and Reasons To Stay Alive talks about his glorious, rollicking time-hopping novel. How to Stop Time is a wild and bittersweet story about losing and finding yourself, about the certainty of change and about the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live.
Stephanie Merritt is the comedy critic of The Observer and writes historical fiction as SJ Parris.
A stand-up comedy show for children, their parents and anyone who likes laughter without the rude words. Hold on to your socks, take the banana out of your ears and enjoy the best comedy for kids from the man who invented it. James’s show will find The Hilariously Funny Things about everything including pets, couscous, spaniels, making your own yoghurt, bees and why we have hair.
Drawn from more than 180 interviews with friends, rivals, lovers and collaborators, some of whom have never before spoken about their relationship with Bowie, the editor of GQ’s fabulous oral history weaves a hypnotic spell as it unfolds a remarkable rise to stardom and an unparalleled artistic path. With stories and music and film clips.