A two-hour practical writing workshop led by award-winning playwright Sebastian Baczkiewicz. We’ll look at what you love about radio plays and find out how to unlock that initial idea that’s been itching to break free. We’ll look at how to write scenes and to keep the all-important action of your story moving. You will also find out how to get your work read in the first place, as well as insights into how radio drama series such as Homefront came to be developed and produced. There will be plenty of time for any questions you may be burning to ask! Sebastian has written for radio, TV and theatre. Among his many radio credits are seven seasons of his acclaimed series Pilgrim as well as adaptations of Les Miserables and The Count of Monte Cristo. He was also part of the core writing team for Radio 4’s landmark WWI drama Homefront.
John Boyne, award-winning author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, discusses his new novel which explores the bravery of transgender youth through the eyes of family. John Boyne will speak to Daniel Hahn, discussing the book and celebrating LGBTQ+ representation in children’s and YA fiction.
The legendary chef, foodie superhero and Great British Bake Off judge talks about her twin passions – cooking and fiction. Her food books include the iconic Leith’s Cookery Bible and most recently Prue: My All Time Favourite Recipes and her memoir Relish: My Life on a Plate. Her new novel The Lost Son is the latest instalment in The Angelotti Chronicles series, an epic saga about an Anglo/Italian family in the restaurant business.
Art In Exile, an exhibition as part of Imperial War Museum’s Culture Under Attack season, uncovers how cultural treasures in British museums and galleries were evacuated during the Second World War. But how do we decide what to save when our culture is threatened by conflict? And what do our choices say about us as a society? How have historic attitudes to what constitutes ‘great’ art shifted over time, for better or for worse? Art in Exile curator Alex Walton and a panel of experts including Ben Okri, award-winning poet, novelist and cultural activist, and Tommy Wide, co-curator of Smithsonian London and former assistant director at the Freer Sackler Galleries (Washington), will provoke discussion and debate by paralleling cultural attitudes to art during the Second World War with contemporary cultural values to ask how might our decisions differ today and what we have learnt in the process. Chaired by Will Gompertz, BBC Arts Editor and author of What Are You Looking At? 150 Years of Modern Art, and Think Like An Artist.
What are the Brexit implications for Wales and for the coherence of the United Kingdom? Kenny is Co-director of the British Academy’s ‘Governing England’ programme, and is a member of an external experts panel convened by the Scottish Parliament to advise on the constitutional implications of Brexit. Morgan is Welsh Government Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language. Price is leader of Plaid Cymru.
The NHS long-term plan, announced in the New Year, promises increased funding and a new commitment to expanding the workforce. So how can we encourage more interdisciplinary working? And what role does education have in developing empathetic, effective and flexible health professionals to meet the challenges ahead? Join the conversation with Ian Cumming, Chief Executive of Health Education England, Sarah Greer, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Worcester, Sarah Dugan, Chief Executive, Worcestershire Health & Care NHS Trust, and Steven Thrush, Consultant Surgeon at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.
How I Got Here sessions are in-conversation events where Hay Festival Youth Council members interview Hay Festival speakers. This session is with British journalist and feminist, Rosie Boycott. These sessions are programmed and delivered by young people for young people. Free for 16–25-year-olds who register at hayfestival.org/compass.
The legendary salsa, pop and flamenco outfit hail from the south of France. They first captured the world’s imagination in 1987 with the release of their self-titled album ‘Gipsy Kings’. Though it was their third release, it was the first to reach an international audience - certified gold and platinum in countries around the world and selling millions of copies, the record sparked a fire and built a fanbase that has remained loyal for decades. Since this introduction to the world stage, the Gipsy Kings have continued their momentum, selling close to twenty million albums and touring the world. Playing at festivals, events and venues in all corners of the globe, the band have become a live phenomenon, known for their energetic sets that feature infectious Latin rhythms and virtuoso guitar playing.
Despite being born and raised in France, the group’s lineage can be traced back to gitanos, Spanish Romani people who fled the Catalonia region during the Spanish Civil War. This depth of heritage can be heard in the band’s eclectic sound, which draws from a variety of sounds and traditions and reflects their ancestry. Their music is a heady concoction of rumba, flamenco and salsa, described as “a crossroads where gypsy rhapsody and flamenco meets salsa funk”. As a result, their live shows are perfect for fans of Latin, world and contemporary pop music – and just about anybody who loves to dance.
Celebrating the tenth year of their perfectly-formed festival on the other side of the Cambrian Mountains, we welcome Machynlleth Comedy Festival back to Hay with their annual gala showcase. There will be cake, and laughter and joy.
Suicide is the biggest cause of death for men under 45. What is it that makes men vulnerable and what can we do about it? Jonny Benjamin, mental health campaigner and initiator of the #FindMike campaign which successfully located the stranger who had talked him down from a bridge, the Welsh politician and mental health campaigner Eluned Morgan and the musician Dizraeli talk to Benna Waites, Joint Head of Psychology for Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. Benjamin's book The Stranger on the Bridge was published in 2018.
Come and see how the Giles’ herd of dairy cows produce most of their milk from grass. Visitors can enter the milking parlour, help to milk some of the cows and see the young calves. Learn how the cows are fed and find out how their four stomachs enable them to digest grass. Samples of dairy products will be provided for tasting and a cheese maker will explain the art and science beneath the rind.
With thanks to Rachel and Andrew Giles
International bestseller Erling Kagge leads a walk exploring his books Silence in the Age of Noise and Walking: One Step at a Time, a life-changing celebration of the love of exploration, the delight of discovery and the equilibrium that can be found in this most simple of activities. “Everything moves more slowly when I walk, the world seems softer.”
Please wear appropriate footwear. Numbers are limited. There will be a bus journey to and from the walk location; return to Festival site by 12.30pm.
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.
One of the great, unexplained wonders of human history is that written philosophy flowered entirely separately in China, India and Ancient Greece at more or less the same time. Baggini sets out to expand our horizons, exploring the philosophies of Japan, India, China and the Muslim world, as well as the lesser-known oral traditions of Africa and Australia’s first peoples. Interviewing thinkers from around the globe, the philosopher asks: why is the West more individualistic than the East? What makes secularism a less powerful force in the Islamic world than in Europe? And how has China resisted pressures for greater political freedom?
Award-winning travel writer Nicholas Jubber journeys across Europe, exploring the great epic poems and how they have a startling resonance in contemporary times. Reaching back to the era remembered as ‘the Age of Migration’, Jubber explores how attitudes to population movement, borders, kin relations, sex, class and political structures are dramatised in the ancient and medieval epics. From Homer’s Odyssey through the devastating conflict of the French Song of Roland and the German Nibelungenlied, to the great Viking sagas such as Beowulf and the Icelandic Njal’s Saga, these are timeless tales about human nature, but also windows into other societies, with different emphases on matters of honour, kinship, fundamentalism and fate. He talks to the great storyteller Daniel Morden.
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston burst to fame when he became the first man ever to complete a single-handed, non-stop circumnavigation of the world. Now, fifty years on from that famous voyage, he reveals the true, extraordinary story of his life. Stadlen hosts his own weekend show on LBC.
A lovely walk with panoramic views, starting with a steep climb over Cusop Hill, then through woods and open moorland before descending to the ruined Craswall Priory where we will stop for lunch. Having explored the Grandmontine monastery, we return by contouring around the base of Hay Bluff, and follow the Offa’s Dyke Path back down to Hay. Strong boots and all-weather clothing recommended for this strenuous walk. Bring a packed lunch. Distance 11 miles. Ascent 450 metres.
An exploration of the concept of neurodiversity and what it means to society and the public sphere to be genuinely accepting and inclusive of all people. Rhi Lloyd-Williams is Director of the Autact Theatre Company, fresh from a successful tour of her play The Duck, which draws on her own experience as an autistic writer and director. Jon Adams is Director of the Flow Observatorium, a charity campaigning for parity within the arts and society for every neurodivergent person. Guy Shahar is CEO of the Transforming Autism Project, a charity committed to empowering the families and carers of children with autism to optimise their life prospects and unlock their true potential. Matthew Briggs helps to run training and development programmes for the Ruskin Mill Trust. The panel will be chaired by Grainne O’Reilly, Principal of Ruskin Mill College. Grainne and her team provide day and residential places for young people with complex needs, especially autism and ADHD.
"Pants for iguanas and ravenous piranhas, groovy pants for gibbons, with pictures of bananas!" Come and join Nick Sharratt as he introduces his latest hilarious picture book.
Join an action-packed kitchen adventure with catapults, explosions and edible slime. Nanotechnologist Dr Michelle Dickinson shows you how to be a top scientist in your own kitchen. Using everyday equipment such as marshmallows and nuts, string and balloons, her experiments demonstrate principles of science and chemistry the whole family will find fascinating.