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We deeply regret that Hay Festival 2020 was cancelled due to the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic. Read more here.
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ActivityMake & Take Crafting

Event MT21

Make & Take Crafting

Friday Afternoon Session

–  Make & Take Hub
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An opportunity to get crafting! Activities differ every day, including everything from print-making to junk modelling with recycled materials. Get messy and creative: your imagination is the limit.

Book for the session and you can drop in at any point during the 1.5 hour duration. Accompanying adults: please stay in attendance at all times, but you do not require a ticket.

3–11 years
Price: £5.00
WorkshopPizza-making Workshop

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Pizza-making Workshop

Kitchen Garden Pizza

–  Family Garden
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Come to the Family Garden for a pizza masterclass with Kitchen Garden Pizza. In this one-hour session your imagination and creativity will be fed along with your belly! You’ll get your hands messy with freshly grown and foraged ingredients, make and top your own dough and observe the pizzaioli at work at the wood-fired oven. And while you wait for your pizza to cook, you can decorate your own pizza box!
Dairy-free and gluten-free options available.

4+ years
Parents/carers must attend but do not need a ticket.
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ConversationCaitlin Moran in conversation with Adam Rutherford

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Caitlin Moran in conversation with Adam Rutherford

What About Men?

–  Global Stage
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We live in a world of feminist hash-tags, and Beyoncé, and the triumphant Lionesses bringing football home. But in the world of boys and men, the conversation seems darker. Boys falling behind in education; getting addicted to pornography; making up the majority of the prison population; scared of talking about their emotions. In her book What About Men?, Caitlin Moran looks at how men can find a way to talk about their problems in the way women have always talked about theirs.

Price: £15.00
PanelAditi Mittal, Joel Morris and Julian Rhind-Tutt talk to Viv Groskop

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Aditi Mittal, Joel Morris and Julian Rhind-Tutt talk to Viv Groskop

The Limits of Comedy

–  Discovery Stage
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What role can those who make us laugh play in helping us understand ourselves and the societies we live in? Our comics have always had to consider the question of ‘what can I say?’ as their professional work requires them to define the edges of comedy by what we find funny. But what can comedy teach us about pushing at the boundaries of life, navigating Cancel Culture and changing the status quo for the better? Stand-up Aditi Mittal (one of India’s top 10 comedians), comedy writer Joel Morris (author of Be Funny or Die) and actor Julian Rhind-Tutt (Green Wing, Notting Hill, The Witcher) talk to author and broadcaster Viv Groskop (host of chart-topping podcast How to Own the Room).

Price: £13.00
ConversationTayshan Hayden-Smith and Alan Heeks

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Tayshan Hayden-Smith and Alan Heeks

Happiness in Gardening

–  Meadow Stage
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Growing plants, whether inside or outside, can foster feelings of happiness and bring people together. Community gardener and designer Tayshan Hayden-Smith and writer Alan Heeks discuss the importance of greenery of all kinds. Hayden-Smith’s Small Space Revolution: Planting Seeds of Change in Your Community sets out his blueprint for why we need to green more outdoor spaces and the practical steps we can all take to do so in our home or community. Heeks’ Natural Happiness shows how gardening methods like composting, mulching, and crop rotation can be used to cultivate human nature too. In conversation with Kitty Corrigan, a free-lance journalist with a special interest in rural and environmental issues.

Price: £11.00
ConversationBBC Academy: Storytelling in the Metaverse

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BBC Academy: Storytelling in the Metaverse

–  Exchange Marquee
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Film maker Haz Dulull delivers a masterclass around making stories using gaming engines. What new opportunities exist in the next big global platform?

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ConversationOliver Jeffers

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Oliver Jeffers

Begin Again

–  Wye Stage
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How did we get here, and where are we heading? Soak up some ideas from the globally-renowned artist and bestselling author Oliver Jeffers as he discusses his new picture book, Begin Again: The Story of How We Got Here and Where We Might Go. This powerful and thought-provoking visual examination of the state of the world builds upon Jeffers’ artistic exploration of humankind’s impact on itself and on our planet.

Please bring your own notebook and pen or pencil to this event.

10+ years/adult
Price: £7.00
ConversationCasi Wyn

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Casi Wyn

Express Yourself

–  Spring Stage
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Former Bardd Plant Cymru, Casi Wyn invites you to write your own poems and lyrics - inspired by the things that are important to us.Take a deep dive into your own imagination to find treasures and passions that only poetry and song can reveal. Casi is a familiar face in Wales, having composed original musical and lyrical works for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Sinfonia Cymru. She is Creative Director of Codi Pais, a magazine and independent publisher that platforms new and diverse voices in Wales.

Please bring your own notebook and pen or pencil to this event.

12+ years
Price: £7.00
WorkshopCreative Writing Workshop

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Creative Writing Workshop

With Laura Dockrill

–  Creative Hub
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You are enough. You are interesting. Tell your story. Everybody can write. In this creative writing workshop Laura Dockrill, celebrated author of You Are a Story, shows how creativity can be your most valuable tool in living life your way. She opens the way to self-care, imagination and finding the stories that only you can tell. Whether you want to write for yourself or put your work out into the world, writing is for everyone.

Please bring your own notebook and pen or pencil to this event.

14+ years
No parent/carer attendance nor sign in/out is required.
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WorkshopPizza-making Workshop

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Pizza-making Workshop

Kitchen Garden Pizza

–  Family Garden
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Come to the Family Garden for a pizza masterclass with Kitchen Garden Pizza. In this one-hour session your imagination and creativity will be fed along with your belly! You’ll get your hands messy with freshly grown and foraged ingredients, make and top your own dough and observe the pizzaioli at work at the wood-fired oven. And while you wait for your pizza to cook, you can decorate your own pizza box!
Dairy-free and gluten-free options available.

4+ years
Parents/carers must attend but do not need a ticket.
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ConversationHind Hassan, Dalia Hatuqa and Lindsey Hilsum talk to Roula Khalaf

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Hind Hassan, Dalia Hatuqa and Lindsey Hilsum talk to Roula Khalaf

The Challenges of Covering the Israel-Palestine Conflict

–  Global Stage
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Three women journalists covering the Israel-Palestinian war speak candidly about their work in the Gaza strip and the challenges and difficulties of reporting from a conflict zone. Iraqi-born Hind Hassan began her career with Al Jazeera Media Network, worked as a reporter for Sky News and then joined VICE news (HBO). Dalia Hatuqa writes on Middle East politics for the Washington Post, Time, The Economist and the New York Times, dividing her time between the US and the West Bank. Lindsey Hilsum is Channel 4 News’ International Editor. Chaired by the British-Lebanese editor of the Financial Times.

Price: £13.00
PanelPriscilla Morris and Elif Shafak talk to Paul Boateng

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Priscilla Morris and Elif Shafak talk to Paul Boateng

Beyond Conflict: The Role of Libraries in Rebuilding Societies

–  Discovery Stage
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Libraries are a lifeline for many, but they are all too often damaged or destroyed during times of conflict, either deliberately as repositories of cultural heritage or simply as collateral damage in a war zone. The attack on the National Library in Sarajevo, the bombing of Mosul University’s library and the ongoing devastation of libraries across Ukraine and Palestine are all recent examples of this shocking destruction.

Writers Priscilla Morris and Elif Shafak talk to Lord Paul Boateng, vice patron of charity Book Aid International, about what is lost when libraries are targeted or when people are displaced and access to libraries is taken away. They look at the role that libraries can play both during conflict and as a country begins to repair and consider why, even when people are displaced, books and libraries remain important.

Price: £11.00
ConversationIsabella Hammad and Claire Kilroy talk to Laura Dockrill and Kate Mosse

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Isabella Hammad and Claire Kilroy talk to Laura Dockrill and Kate Mosse

Women's Prize for Fiction

–  Wye Stage
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Join Laura Dockrill, author, illustrator and judge of the 2024 Women's Prize for Fiction, and Kate Mosse, author and founding director of the Women's Prizes, in conversation with Isabella Hammad (Enter Ghost) and Claire Kilroy (Soldier Sailor) two of the writers shortlisted for the 2024 prize. They discuss their selected novels, their broader themes and the impact the prize has on both writers and readers.

The winner of the 2024 Women's Prize for Fiction will be announced on Thursday 13 June. Brought to you by the Women's Prize Trust, the charity which enriches society by creating equitable opportunities for women in the world of books and beyond.

Price: £11.00
ConversationChigozie Obioma talks to Toby Lichtig

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Chigozie Obioma talks to Toby Lichtig

The Road to the Country

–  Spring Stage
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Award-winning Nigerian writer Chigozie Obioma’s first novel The Fishermen was a finalist for the Booker prize, and his second, An Orchestra of Minorities, was also shortlisted. His latest book The Road to the Country intertwines myth and realism and is destined to stand alongside Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun as the defining novel of one of the most devastating civil wars of the 20th century. Set in Nigeria in the late 1960s, it’s the epic story of a shy, bookish student haunted by long-held guilt and shame who must go to war to free himself. When Kunle’s younger brother disappears as his country explodes in civil war, Kunle sets out on an impossible rescue mission and a journey of atonement. Obioma talks to the TLS Fiction and Politics Editor.

Price: £11.00
ConversationPhilip Lymbery and Ed Winters talk to Kate Humble

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Philip Lymbery and Ed Winters talk to Kate Humble

The Meat of the Matter

–  Meadow Stage
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The food production experts talk to science presenter Kate Humble. Could cultivated meat from stem-cells grown in a bioreactor beat climate change? Provide real meat but without the slaughter? Cultivated Meat to Secure Our Future: Hope for Animals, Food Security, and the Environment, co-edited by Philip Lymbery, argues that it could be a game-changer in reducing animal suffering and helping solve the growing crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss, and the rise of ill-health. Ed Winters demonstrates How to Argue With a Meat Eater (and Win Every Time), explaining the principles of veganism as a way to create a more ethical, kind and sustainable world, and breaking down every argument used against it.

Price: £11.00
WorkshopArvon Masterclass with Clover Stroud

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Arvon Masterclass with Clover Stroud

Writing Workshop: Memoir

–  Creative Hub
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Memoir is an endlessly flexible and intriguing form – but how do you get to the heart of the story you’re trying to tell? And how do you share details, some of them intimate, while navigating other considerations, both ethical and artistic? Clover Stroud, author of bestselling memoirs The Wild Other, My Wild and Sleepless Nights, The Red of My Blood and the recent The Giant on the Skylines, shares insights on structure, style and voice, with hands-on writing exercises to help you find your story and identify your unique voice.

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PerformanceBBC Introducing: Hereford and Worcester

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BBC Introducing: Hereford and Worcester

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Bringing together all of the BBC’s supporters of unsigned music. Explore sessions from new and upcoming local musicians.

Free – drop in
PanelAditi Mittal, Elif Shafak and Lola Shoneyin talk to Roula Khalaf

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Aditi Mittal, Elif Shafak and Lola Shoneyin talk to Roula Khalaf

On Democracy

–  Meadow Stage
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This year, more people around the world will have the opportunity to vote than any single year before, with major elections in a number of countries. To mark this historic milestone, our panel shares their unique perspectives on democracy and its relevance, fragility and value. Roula Khalaf, editor of the Financial Times, speaks to writers Aditi Mittal, Elif Shafak and Lola Shoneyin about the vital role of the media, of culture and of the participation of women in this critical year for the future of democracy.

Price: £13.00
ConversationNandini Das talks to David Olusoga

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Nandini Das talks to David Olusoga

Courting India

–  Wye Stage
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In Nandini Das’ fascinating history of Britain’s first ambassador to the Mughal Empire Thomas Roe, Courting India: England, Mughal India and the Origins of Empire she offers an insider’s view of a Britain in the making, a country whose imperial seeds were just being sown. In conversation with historian David Olusoga she discusses her story of palace intrigue and scandal, lotteries and wagers that unfolds as global trade begins to stretch from Russia to Virginia, from West Africa to the Spice Islands of Indonesia.

Price: £13.00
ConversationThe Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize 2024

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The Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize 2024

Caleb Azumah Nelson talks to Jon Gower

–  Spring Stage
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Awarded for the best published literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under, the Dylan Thomas Prize celebrates the international world of fiction in all its forms. This year, the prize has been awarded to Caleb Azumah Nelson for his novel, Small Worlds, which tells an intimate father-son story set between South London and Ghana over the course of three summers. Join us to celebrate the 2024 winner in conversation with novelist Jon Gower, a member of the 2024 prize jury.

The shortlist for the Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize 2024 was: Ayòbámi Adébáyò – A Spell of Good Things; Caleb Azumah Nelson – Small Worlds; AK Blakemore – The Glutton; Mary Jean Chan – Bright Fear; Eliza Clark – Penance; Camilla Grudova – The Coiled Serpent; Kevin Jared Hosein – Hungry Ghosts; Joshua Jones – Local Fires; Catherine Lacey – Biography of X; Michael Magee – Close To Home; Thomas Morris – Open Up; Kae Tempest – Divisible by Itself and One.

Price: £11.00
ConversationLeo Vardiashvili talks to Viv Groskop

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Leo Vardiashvili talks to Viv Groskop

Debut Discoveries: Hard by a Great Forest

–  Writers at Work Hub – Hwb Awduron wrth eu Gwaith
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In Leo Vardiashvili’s novel Hard by a Great Forest, Saba’s father Irakli is missing, and the trail leads back to Tbilisi, Georgia. It’s been two decades since Saba saw his mother, who stayed so that his father could escape with two young sons, now grown men. Arriving in Tbilisi as escaped zoo animals prowl the streets, Saba picks up a path of clues: strange graffiti, bewildering messages transmitted through the radio, pages from his father’s unpublished manuscript. He discovers that all roads lead back to the past, and to secrets swallowed up by the great forests of Georgia. Vardiashvili, who came to London as a refugee from Georgia 30 years ago, talks to writer, comedian and broadcaster Viv Groskop.

Price: £11.00
PerformanceJulian Clary

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Julian Clary

Stand-up: A Fistful of Clary

–  Discovery Stage
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National trinket Julian Clary is saddled up to welcome you to his new show on a Wild West theme. “It was only a matter of time before I eased myself into some chaps,” he says. He’s sure the men in the audience will be eager to join his posse – and the lucky few will play with him on stage in the Hang ’em Low saloon, where Wild Bill Hickok used to meet Raving Clarence la Fruit. But life in the Old West was tough. Not all of Julian’s wild bunch will be around to witness the final shoot-out that will result in Julian giving himself selflessly at high noon to the last man standing.

16+ years
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ConversationCraig Foster

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Craig Foster

(Un)scripted: Amphibious Soul

–  Wye Stage
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A decade ago, feeling exhausted and empty, Oscar-winning filmmaker Craig Foster decided to return to his birthplace – the Cape of Good Hope – and dive into the great African Sea forest each day. His daily oceanic adventures not only helped him ‘rewild’, but helped him come to see his own ‘amphibious soul’ as a powerful metaphor for the human condition. He discusses how he rediscovered this deep connection to his animal self, as well as sharing how we can all nurture our individual wildness, tap into our empathy and deepen our love for all living things. Foster’s Netflix documentary My Octopus Teacher is about his unlikely friendship with a Common Octopus.

Price: £13.00
ConversationSmokin Jo

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Smokin Jo

You Don’t Need a Dick to DJ

–  Meadow Stage
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Smokin Jo – Joanne Joseph – is the only woman to win the prestigious International DJ of the Year Award. Reclaimed by an absent mother after years in care, she led an unpredictable childhood and drifted towards Soho when barely a teenager, where she joined other fish out of water who lived through dance music. She became Smokin Jo (after Smokin’ Joe Frazier) and one of Britain’s top DJs. She shares stories from her life of transitions, farce and, above all, freestyled endurance, including meeting Russian oligarchs’ sons, clinically insane promoters, Naomi Campbell and Arabian princesses spending hundreds of thousands of dollars for glorified karaoke sessions. Smokin Jo will be talking to Anita Bhagwandas is a multi-award winning music and beauty journalist and author of Ugly: Why the world became beauty-obsessed and how to break free.

Following her conversation, Smokin Jo plays a DJ set at 9.45pm – with time for a drink at the Festival Bar in between.
Price: £11.00
ConversationViv Groskop talks to Toby Lichtig

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Viv Groskop talks to Toby Lichtig

One Ukrainian Summer

–  Spring Stage
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The comedian, playwright and broadcaster shares stories from her memoir, One Ukrainian Summer, about coming of age in the former USSR. It’s 1993, Viv is about to turn 21 and is on a study year abroad, supposedly immersed in the language, history and politics of a world that has just ceased to exist: the Soviet Union. Instead, she is immersed in Bogdan Bogdanovich, lead guitarist of a Ukrainian punk rock band. They meet in St Petersburg, where he promises that if she can get through a Russian winter, he will give her “one Ukrainian summer”. At parties, gigs and bars, Groskop and her new friends argue over the best places to find Levi’s jeans. No one debates the precise location of the border or the brightness of the future. Good times are here to stay, because the Soviet Union is finished. Isn’t it? She discusses her new book with the TLS Fiction and Politics Editor.

Price: £13.00
ConversationBecky Holden and Hugh Padfield talk to Ned Palmer

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Becky Holden and Hugh Padfield talk to Ned Palmer

Cheese Nation

–  Creative Hub
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Enjoy cheese tastings and a glass of wine while our panel of experts recount how a generation of cheesemakers, farmers and retailers revolutionised the UK food landscape, saved small-farmhouse cheese and championed new techniques while embracing tradition, terroir and taste.

Cheesemonger, historian and author of A Cheesemonger’s History of the British Isles Ned Palmer talks to producer and farmer Rebecca Holden of Hafod cheese (made at Bwlchwernen Fawr Farm on the Ceredigion coast, the longest standing registered organic dairy farm in Wales); cheesemaker Hugh Padfield of Bath Soft Cheese (made in the village of Kelston, near Bath, where he and his family have farmed since 1914).

Price: £25.00
PerformanceJools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

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Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

In Concert

–  Global Stage
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Jools Holland brings his renowned show to Hay Festival, with special guest star Imelda May and featuring the outstanding vocals of Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall, as well as the highly talented Sumudu Jayatilaka. Together with his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, with original Squeeze member Gilson Lavis on drums and Toby Lee on guitar, Holland performs tracks spanning his entire solo career. The celebrated bandleader, composer and pianist invites you to join him and his orchestra at the greatest boogie-woogie party in town.

There will be a support act followed by a 15 minute interval. The main act will begin at 9.30pm.
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PerformanceFather Richard: Silent Film with Live Organ Accompaniment

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Father Richard: Silent Film with Live Organ Accompaniment

A Cottage on Dartmoor

–  St Mary’s Church
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Come and join us in the late Georgian-Gothic setting of St Mary’s Church for a special screening of Anthony Asquith’s great 1929 classic silent movie A Cottage on Dartmoor, with live organ accompaniment by Richard Williams. The film is a psycho-thriller replete with obsession and jealousy, much influenced by German Expressionism, and is one of British cinema’s most highly regarded silent films, the last to be made in the silent period.

Father Richard’s film nights are renowned. Parish priest in Hay from 2001 to 2024, he trained as a professional musician at Trinity College of Music, London. Don’t miss this chance to see him perform a live accompaniment on the Bevington organ.

Duration: 77 minutes with 20-minute interval
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PerformanceGarth Marenghi

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Garth Marenghi

Incarcerat Live

–  Wye Stage
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Following the massive success of his long-lost novel TerrorTome, Sunday Times bestseller and Archduke O’Darkdom Garth Marenghi is back on the road with his latest masterpiece, Incarcerat. This highly anticipated sequel continues the adventures of horror novelist Nick Steen, who gets sucked into a cursed typewriter.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see Marenghi’s live show and hear his terrifying tale. His TerrorTome UK tour sold over 27,000 tickets in under six months, and Incarcerat is set to be another thrilling journey.

Garth Marenghi is the pseudonym of writer and director Matthew Holness, best known for his role as the fictional horror author in the cult Channel 4 comedy series Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace. Holness is author of many short stories for horror anthologies and has written and directed several films, including the horror feature Possum.

Price: £20.00
PerformanceSmokin Jo

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Smokin Jo

DJ Set

–  Meadow Stage
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Smokin Jo is one of the most talented DJs to emerge from the British dance music scene, and her undeniably cutting edge sound has carved her a niche in clubland. Join the only female DJ to have won DJ magazine’s DJ of the Year award, for an evening of dance at Hay Festival.

Price: £12.00
ActivityMorning Yoga with Hay Yoga Collective

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Morning Yoga with Hay Yoga Collective

–  Creative Hub
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Start your day with an hour of yoga blending movement, mantra, meditation and breathwork. The classes support detoxification and regeneration – physically, emotionally and spiritually. Our daily yoga classes are brought to you by a collective of ten highly skilled practitioners, all local to Hay-on-Wye. Each practitioner has their own style, but with all you can expect a mindful, student-focused practice with clear cueing and functional sequencing.

Whether you need grounding and recharging before a busy day at the Festival, an opportunity to stretch and move your body, or simply an hour to focus on your breathing, these classes are open and accessible to all. Practitioners will adapt to different levels of experience, providing options for deepening or softening within poses so that each student takes what they need from the practice. Beginners and experienced students are most welcome. Yoga mats are provided.

Please contact Clare Fry at hello@larchwoodstudio.com with any questions relating to these classes. As capacity is limited, we recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing, and alert your practitioner at the start of class if you have any injuries.
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ActivityHay Castle Entry Ticket

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Hay Castle Entry Ticket

–  Hay Castle
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A fantastic opportunity to see behind the scenes of this unique and historic building. Visit at a time of your choice during Castle opening hours.

Price: £5.00
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