Sometimes only a poem will do. The founder of National Poetry Day and The Forward Prize offers poetic prescriptions and wise words of advice to give comfort, delight and inspiration for all; a space for reflection, and that precious realization - I'm not the only one who feels like this. Whether you are suffering from loneliness, lack of courage, heartbreak, hopelessness, or even from an excess of ego, there is something here to ease your pain.
After his talk, William will be hosting 1:1 poetry consultations from 3pm. To book a personal consultation please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
From Dean to Epping, Hatfield to Sherwood, the author covers the natural history of our forests and how they have changed the face of our landscape. Covering the different species of trees that give our woods their unique character, the plants and animals that inhabit them and the way their appearance changes throughout the seasons, Woods is a fascinating and beautifully illustrated celebration of Britain’s trees and the ancient stories that surround them.
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.
Op.33; Op.41; KKIIb nos.4 and 5; Op.50; Op.56; Op.59; Op.63; the final mazurkas.
With the help of some slippery eggs and wobbly jellyfish, author Catherine Barr will give children lots of reasons to fall in love with, and help save, these ancient mariners, in her new series of books for the Natural History Museum.
The gardening writer and Gardener’s World star follows his fabulous bestseller Nigel: My Family and Other Dogs by sharing gardening wisdom from his 50 years of experience. Tips, soil and wonderful stories.
The art historian and writer explores the culture and history of art in Wales through 13 iconic pictures linked by a story that helped create and define a nation. His new book, The Tradition: A New History of Welsh Art, has been shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year.
Image - Archie Griffiths, On the Coal Tips, c.1930
Songs to delight, join in, be amused by… Enjoy a rousing finale to the Winter Weekend in St Mary’s, Hay. We are a non-auditioned choir with fun at the top of the agenda.
The Scottish singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, is known for her heartbreaking voice and devastating lyrics. She performs tracks from her latest album There Are No Saints. Described by The Scotsman as “spellbinding”, her songs deal with heartache, art, faith and bliss. A love of Gallic culture (which involved a period living in France) is evident in the haunting melodies and dreamlike vocals.