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Where does anxiety come from? How do we overcome imposter syndrome? What is the key to creativity? How can we deal with grief? Informed by personal insights as well as interviews with some of the world’s top comedians, neuroscientists and psychologists, the comedian and Infinite Monkey Cage host offers a hilarious and often moving primer to the mind. But it is also a powerful call to embrace the full breadth of our inner experience – no matter how strange we worry it may be!
How do we guard against fake news about true science? President Trump tweeting “HIV is cured” isn’t anywhere close to the story. How do we ensure that the science that is published is robust and stands up to scrutiny as well as ensuring that this science is accurately and responsibly reported? Boycott is a cross-bench peer, who has edited both tabloid and broadsheet newspapers; Critchlow is a neuroscientist; Fox is Director of the Science Media Centre; Maddox is a journalist and Director of the Institute for Government; Skipper is Editor of the scientific journal Nature, which celebrates its 150th anniversary at Hay.
The relationship between literature and landscape has long fascinated writers, storytellers and readers. This is particularly evident in Wales, where the physical, fabled, industrial and social landscapes continue to influence the fiction that defines the country and its culture. Drawing on the Literary Atlas project, experts from Cardiff University and the University of Wales explore the relations between literature and landscape.
The historian will focus on the development of the castle, the discovery of the 15th-century houses of the lordship’s tenants and new ways of dating medieval timberwork, including the extraordinary castle gates. Suggett is Senior Investigator for the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments for Wales.
With its trademark mix of humour, current affairs and old-school pedantry, More or Less explores the numbers all around us in the news and in life. For the first time, the show will be recorded in front of a Hay audience of loyal listeners for a programme that will be broadcast later in the week. Tim Harford and team will discuss the statistics behind the news of the week and much beyond.
‘The patron saint of poetry’ is author of over a hundred books of poetry for adults and children and one of the world’s great live entertainers. His exuberant new collection joinedupwriting ranges from forgotten friendships and the idiosyncrasies of family life to the trauma of war and contemporary global politics. These poems explore the human experience in all its shades of light and dark but always with McGough’s signature wit, irreverence and vivacity.
The two friends celebrate the 20th anniversary of publication of their global bestselling novels Girl With a Pearl Earring and Tulip Fever. They discuss the resonance of the Dutch Golden Age, the gift of Amsterdam and the power of story with Georgina Godwin.
The UK’s first black Cabinet minister discusses how books have influenced him. From reading donated books in sub-Saharan Africa’s first children’s library to working for the development of Africa at government level, Lord Boateng will share his unique perspective on how books can shape people, communities and countries’ futures. Chaired by bibliophile and actor, star of Bridget Jones, Drop the Dead Donkey and Between the Lines Neil Pearson.
Book Aid International is the UK’s leading international book donation and library development charity. Our vision is a world where everyone has access to the books that will enrich, improve and change their lives.
Never before has criminal justice rested so heavily on scientific evidence. Gallop is one of the world’s most eminent forensic scientists. During a career spanning more than forty years, she has helped to drive change and transformation within the field. A specialist in cold-case investigations, Gallop has led forensic teams to find vital evidence in many of the UK’s most challenging cases, including the investigation that finally absolved the Cardiff Three and the killings of Stephen Lawrence, Damilola Taylor and Rachel Nickell.
With a rapidly ageing world population, dementia is now seen by many as the biggest health challenge facing the planet. Most families now have first-hand experience of dementia. The panel considers the current state of care and how to address some of the challenges of the future. Tracey Williamson is Dementia Carers Count Professor of Family Care. Dawn Brooker is Director of the Association for Dementia Studies. Jeremy Hughes is Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society. Keith Oliver is an Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador and Richard Cheston is Professor of Mental Health Research, University of the West of England.
Book your table for dinner in The Grove festival restaurant and receive a complimentary drink* with each ticket.
The comfortable and relaxed restaurant offers friendly and professional table service and an exciting menu of locally-sourced fresh and seasonal food, expertly crafted by our passionate kitchen team. Click here to see a sample of the menu.
We also offer delicious vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free choices, desserts and local cheeses. Complement your meal with a choice of local craft beers, artisan gins and quality wines from our fully stocked bar. A selection of Fairtrade coffees and teas is also available.
Your reservation will be held for your arrival between 7pm and 8pm and our staff will be ready to warmly welcome you.
If you have any special dietary requirements please contact us in advance on 01453 708336 or email email@example.com
*A 125ml glass of house wine, 500ml bottle of beer, lager or cider or a soft drink.
The Grove also offers delicious afternoon teas, including optional Bollinger Champagne, and a sumptuous array of delicate finger sandwiches and homemade cakes. Please call ahead to book for afternoon tea on 01453 708336. £25 per person.
Double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Nish Kumar is bringing his brand new show to Hay! The title is a quote from Terminator 2. There will be jokes about politics, mankind’s capacity for self-destruction and whether it will lead to the end of days. GOOD FUN STUFF. He’s the host of the Mash Report, which you might have seen on BBC Two, or on a Facebook video posted by someone you went to school with but haven’t spoken to in a while. “A masterclass by a no-frills comedian at the height of his powers” – Guardian.
Martin is one of the world’s most experienced security experts. His book The Rules of Security shows how the threats to our security today are complex and continually evolving. Criminals, hackers, terrorists and hostile foreign states continually find new ways of staying one step ahead of us, while we are continually creating new vulnerabilities as we adopt new technologies and new ways of working. Shortland is a Reader in Political Economy specialising in Somali piracy. Her book Kidnap: Inside The Ransom Business investigates the strange trade of hostage-taking and asks: What would be the ‘right price’ for your loved one – and can you avoid putting others at risk by paying it? What prevents criminals from maltreating hostages? And why would kidnappers release a potential future witness after receiving their money? Bullough is author of Moneyland.
In 1909 Nancy Meyer and Clementina Black wrote The Makers of our Clothes, documenting abuses in what was described as a ‘parasite industry’. Today, gross exploitation thrives in clothing manufacture. Nevertheless, workers are not hapless victims – they fight back. This talk shines a light on workers’ struggles against the odds. Jenkins is Reader in Employment Relations at Cardiff University and is currently working on a UK government-funded Global Challenges Research Fund research project investigating the availability of access to remedy for garment workers in today’s garment supply chain.
A reading and discussion for an after-dark audience. A painted medieval devil in a graveyard awakens unhallowed forces in Paver’s gothic thriller set in Edwardian Suffolk: Wakenhyrst. Walford Davies’ Docklands is a ghost story told in fifty poems, set in Victorian Cardiff as an architect pursues his commission to level three terraces to make way for a new square. Chaired by Tiffany Murray, author of Sugar Hall.
Crossing between love, gender, sexuality and religion, and singing in solidarity with the innocent, persecuted, oppressed and threatened, Ezra Furman provides a soundtrack like no other for the current fear and loathing in America. A wildly intelligent, phenomenal live performer and deft lyricist, Ezra made three albums with his band The Harpoons, then a crowd-funded solo record before he released Day of the Dog in late 2013 and followed it up with critically acclaimed record Perpetual Motion People in 2015 – both made with his band The Boyfriends. Selling out London’s Roundhouse in 2016, performing on Jools Holland and playing Coachella in 2017 has established him as a popular, exciting and energetic live act, while his audience has grown globally through exposure to his music on the Netflix series Sex Education. He plays Hay (which is just upstream from Symonds Yat, you Sex Education fans!) with his album Transangelic Exodus and a ‘new’ band, The Visions.
Wake up and re-energise with our morning yoga class. Iyengar yoga is characterised by precision, alignment and attention to detail and is an inclusive and accessible yoga practice. Mats are provided; wear comfortable clothing; all abilities welcome. More info at wyevalleyiyengaryoga.com.
Visit the pure-bred Aberdeen Angus herd and flock of Texel/Lleyn sheep at Cabalva. Learn about sustainable grassland management and the production of prime 28-day aged beef solely from grass. The farm has also diversified into agro-forestry and holiday lets. There will be the opportunity to sample some farm produce during the visit. The bus will bring you back to the festival site for 12.30pm.
With thanks to Corisande Albert and Angus Grahame. www.cabalva.co.uk
The artist and illustrator of The Lost Words, written by Robert Macfarlane, The Ice Bear, Tell Me a Dragon and Song of the Golden Hare leads an art workshop in the landscape, for adults. Please bring sketchbooks, pencils, ink and brushes. The workshop will be by the River Wye, learning to listen as well as to look, capturing movement and river wildlife.
Please wear appropriate footwear. Numbers are limited. Return to Festival site by 12pm.
A little light ridicule, mockery and fun to start the day as the satirists read the tabloids and surf the social media storms for an irreverent look at what’s tickling the nation’s fancy – and driving it to splenetic fury – today.