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Event 27

Natalie Haynes

Stands Up for the Classics

Venue: Swan Ballroom

The star of BBC Radio 4’s Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics brings her unique combination of stand-up and ancient history to the Winter Weekend. History has never been such fun! Haynes’ books include The Children of Jocasta and The Ancient Guide to Modern Life.

Price: £7.00
 
 
Natalie Haynes

Event 28

Daniel Martyn Lewis

The Goldberg Variations by Candlelight

Venue: St Mary’s Church

In the second of his two concerts, the pianist plays Bach’s Baroque masterpiece BWV 988 with all the repeats.

Price: £10.00
 
 
Daniel Martyn Lewis

Event 29

Shazia Mirza

With Love From St Tropez

Venue: The Auditorium

Following her critically acclaimed 2016 sell-out international tour, The Kardashians Made Me Do It, Shazia’s new show is about lies, lies and more lies; the truth is so 1980s. Lies, truth, nudity and the periodic table: these things hold the key to the future. What do you wear? Where do you go? And will they let you in? You can do what you like, just don’t wear more than dental floss on a French beach.

90 minutes, with a short interval
Price: £9.00
 
 
Shazia Mirza

Event 30

Isabel Losada talks to Rosie Boycott

Sensation

Venue: Swan Ballroom

The author brings her unique blend of humour, curiosity and honesty to the still-taboo subject of sexuality and pleasure in her runaway best-seller. This is a brave, funny and often vulnerable quest to find out how we can make our sex lives better. “I want to learn this stuff” – Russell Brand.

Price: £7.00
 
 
Isabel Losada talks to Rosie Boycott

Event 61

Laurie Penny and Rosie Boycott

#MeToo

Venue: Swan Ballroom

What does the global reaction to the revelation of Harvey Weinstein’s monstrosity mean? Is anyone surprised? Is this a tipping point for patriarchy? What do we do now?
Laurie Penny is a journalist and feminist activist, the author of Unspeakable ThingsEverything Belongs to the Future and most recently Bitch Doctrine

Price: £6.00
 
 
Laurie Penny and Rosie Boycott

Event 51

Charles MacCarthy

Drawing without Lines

Venue: The Table, 43 Lion Street
This workshop invites you to resist the instinctive desire to put a line around something in order to describe it and instead asks you to create space and light purely by means of tone. A way of drawing that is closer to painting. All materials will be provided. For all abilities.
 
Suitable for ages 15+
An Exhibition of Paintings by Charles MacCarthy will be on show in the gallery.
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Event 62

Luke Harding talks to Nik Gowing

Collusion: How Russia Helped Trump win the White House

Venue: Swan Ballroom
In December 2016 Harding meets former MI6 officer Christopher Steele to discuss the president-elect’s connections with Russia. Harding decides to follow the money and the sex. In Washington, January 2017, Steele’s explosive dossier alleges that the Kremlin has been ‘cultivating, supporting and assisting’ Trump for years and that they have compromising information about him. Trump responds on Twitter, ‘FAKE NEWS’.
 
COLLUSION is a gripping, alarming exposé about the biggest political scandal of the modern era, in which Harding reveals the true nature of Trump’s decades-long relationship with Russia and presents the gripping inside story of Steele’s dossier. Drawing on exclusive new material and key sources from the intelligence community, Harding tells an astonishing story of offshore money, sketchy real-estate deals, a Miss Universe Pageant, mobsters, money laundering, hacking and Kremlin espionage. He shines a light on powerful Russian players like Aras Agalarov, Natalia Veselnitskaya and Sergey Kislyak, whose motivations and instructions may have come from Vladimir Putin himself. COLLUSION is up-to-date to the minute, including the indictments of campaign manager, Paul Manafort and Mike Flynn, which threaten to engulf Trump’s administration.
 
Harding is an award-winning foreign correspondent with the Guardian. Between 2007 and 2011 he was the Guardian's Moscow bureau chief; the Kremlin expelled him from the country in the first case of its kind since the cold war. He is the author of A Very Expensive Poison: The Definitive Story of the Murder of Litvinenko and Russia's War with the West, The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted ManMafia State and co-author of WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy, The Liar: The Fall of Jonathan Aitken (nominated for the Orwell Prize). Two of Harding's books have been made into films; The Fifth Estate and Snowden.
Price: £7.00
 
 
Luke Harding talks to Nik Gowing

Event HD14

Tree-to-Type Printmaking Workshop

Venue: Parish Hall

Printmaking workshops for friends and families to explore the relationship between trees and letters in print, working with wooden letterpress and natural materials. These workshops have been created as part of Hay Festival’s collaboration with the Woodland Trust and National Trust Wales to plant a Hay Festival Wood on Pen-y-Fan.

Family (parents in attendance)
FREE, DROP-IN
Tree-to-Type Printmaking Workshop

Event HD15

Music Mixing Workshop

Venue: The Drill Hall

Come and work with epic music producer Jim Eliot (who has worked with Will Young and Kylie Minogue) and learn how to lay down some tracks. Prepare to make plenty of noise.

14+
2 hours
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Music Mixing Workshop

Event 52

Tree ID Walk

Venue: Meet at the Swan Hotel
 A gentle walk around Hay town, identifying the trees we have growing amongst the houses and streets with the help of a Woodland Trust expert. 
 
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Event 31

John Mullan

What Matters in Jane Austen

Venue: The Auditorium

In this last bicentenary session, the academic and author plays with the engaging and entertaining puzzles of the novels and Austen’s life.  What are the right and wrong ways to propose marriage? What do the characters call each other, and why? And which important Austen characters never speak? Join us for a delightful celebration of the genius of English literature’s greatest comedian. There will be prizes for best frock coat and bonnet.

Price: £7.00
 
 
John Mullan

Event 32

Leif Bersweden

The Orchid Hunter: A Young Botanist’s Search for Happiness

Venue: Swan Ballroom

In the summer after leaving school, a young botanist sets out to fulfil a childhood dream –to find every species of orchid native to the British Isles. He has just a few months to complete his quest and it will require ingenuity, stamina and a large dose of luck. As he battles the vagaries of the British climate in his clapped-out car, feverishly chasing each emerging bloom, Bersweden takes the reader on a remarkable botanical journey.

Price: £6.00
 
 
Leif Bersweden

Event 53

Tree ID Walk

Venue: Meet at the Swan Hotel
A gentle walk around Hay town, identifying the trees we have growing amongst the houses and streets with the help of a Woodland Trust expert. 
 
Price: £5.00
 
 

Event 33

Rob Andrew talks to Carolyn Hitt

Rugby: The Game of My Life – Battling for England in the Professional Era

Venue: Swan Ballroom

Andrew is one of the key figures in modern rugby history: an outstanding international who won three Grand Slams with England and toured twice with the Lions, he also played a central role in the game's professional revolution with his trailblazing work at Newcastle. As Director of Elite Rugby at the Rugby Football Union he did not merely have a ringside seat as one of the world’s major sports went through its greatest upheaval in a century: more often than not, he was in the ring itself. Hitt is a star columnist and rugby writer for the Western Mail.

Price: £8.00
 
 
Rob Andrew talks to Carolyn Hitt

Event 34

Horatio Clare

Icebreaker: A Voyage far North

Venue: The Auditorium

A message from the Finnish embassy launches Horatio Clare on a voyage around an extraordinary country and an unearthly place, the frozen Bay of Bothnia, just short of the Arctic Circle. Finland is an enigmatic place, famous for its educational miracle, healthcare and gender equality – as well as Nokia, Angry Birds, saunas, questionable cuisine and deep taciturnity. Aboard the icebreaker Otso Clare gets to know the crew, and explores Finland’s history and character. His most recent books include Down to the Sea in Ships and Myths and Legends of the Brecon Beacons. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Price: £7.00
 
 
Horatio Clare

Event 35

Joanna MacGregor

The Complete Chopin Mazurkas 1: Canons Buried in Flowers

Venue: St Mary’s Church

MacGregor is one of the world’s most celebrated pianists. Schumann called Chopin’s 57 mazurkas ‘canons buried in flowers’, a synthesis of Polish folk culture, nostalgia, poetry and political defiance. Performed chronologically in two concerts today, they portray a subtle and confessional diary of a transcendent, innovative composer.

The earliest mazurkas; Op.6; Op.7; KKIV no.1; Op.17; KKIVb nos.3 and 4; Op.24; Op.67 nos.1 and 3; Op.30.

Price: £13.00
 
 
Joanna MacGregor

Event HD16

Hula-Hoop Workshop

Venue: Parish Hall

Perfect your hula-hooping skills with performer and teacher Elle Kate Edwards who works with No Fit State Circus and Citrus Arts. Ticket price includes your very own hula-hoop to take away so you can continue hula-hooping into the sunset.

7-11
45 minutes
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Hula-Hoop Workshop

Event HD17

Hula-Hoop Workshop

Venue: Parish Hall

Perfect your hula-hooping skills with performer and teacher Elle Kate Edwards who works with No Fit State Circus and Citrus Arts. Ticket price includes your very own hula-hoop to take away so you can continue hula-hooping into the sunset.

11-Adult
45 minutes
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Hula-Hoop Workshop

Event 36

Clemency Burton-Hill talks to Peter Florence

Year of Wonder

Venue: Swan Ballroom

The award-winning violinist presents BBC Radio 3 Breakfast, the Proms, and Young Musician of the Year. She introduces a beautiful engagement with classical music for every day of the year, whoever you are and wherever you’re from. In this session, Burton-Hill mixes us a Hay Christmas playlist of exquisite festival music from across the centuries.

Price: £7.00
 
 
Clemency Burton-Hill talks to Peter Florence

Event 37

Patrick Barkham

Islander: A Journey Around Our Archipelago

Venue: The Auditorium

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 Coastlines, Badgerlands and The Butterfly Isles. Introduced by Kitty Corrigan.

Price: £7.00
 
 
Patrick Barkham

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