Hay Festival Digital Winter Weekend 2020

We are delighted to present our 2020 Winter Weekend Digital Festival programme.

All events are free to access and it couldn't be easier to register and watch. Simply browse the programme and click "register" for any event you wish to see. You will need to log in to the website or create an account in order to do this. We'll send you a confirmation email once you've booked your first event, and all the events that you subsequently book will be added to your own Winter Weekend Schedule. All events are available with subtitles.

Once you have registered, follow the "Go to Event" link under each listing, or follow the link in your Winter Weekend Schedule to watch. To make sure you don't miss anything, we'll also send you an email reminder just before each of your booked events begins. You will be able to replay all events for free for the duration of the weekend, after this time they will be available on Hay Player.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us: boxoffice@hayfestival.org.

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Event 1

Kate Kato

Book Art Workshop

 Hay Castle Clore Learning Space

Learn how to make a work of art from the pages of recycled books, with celebrated paper artist Kate Kato, who uses discarded and recyled papers, wire and found objects to create sculptures inspired by the natural world. The theme of this event is the seasonally appropriate mushroom. All materials provided.

This event is run by Hay Castle with all proceeds going to the Hay Castle Trust

Event 2

Father Richard Williams

Nosferatu: screening with organ music

 St Mary’s Church

Father Richard Williams, the extraordinarily gifted organist, composer and parish priest of St Mary’s Church in Hay, performs his stunning live accompaniment to FW Murnau’s classic, silent 1922 Dracula film Nosferatu, using the church’s outstanding Bevington organ.

There will be an interval with refreshments
Price: £15.00
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Event 3

Hay Festival Open Forum

 Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage (Hay Castle, Great Hall)

It's been a transformative 12 months at Hay Festival HQ: we welcomed new CEO Julie Finch, transitioned into a fully fledged charity and began an ambitious expansion of our education and outreach work across Wales and the world.

As we open this new chapter, Julie opens Hay Festival Winter Weekend with a forum for imagining the Festival’s future. Please join us in this discussion to ask questions, share ideas, and look towards the positive changes we can create in our community and further afield.

You can submit your questions in advance to friends@hayfestival.org and there will be time for follow-ups in the room over tea, coffee and cake. Let's talk, let's listen.

Price: £0.00
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Event 4

Robert Hardman

Queen of our Times: The Life of Elizabeth II

 Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage (Hay Castle, Great Hall)

Like her father and grandfather before her, Queen Elizabeth II was not born to be monarch. Yet she led her people through more social change than any British sovereign during a life spanning abdication, war, romance, danger, tragedy and triumph. Robert Hardman, one of Britain's most acclaimed royal biographers, reflects on her extraordinary life and cultural impact.

With original insights from family, friends and staff, new interviews with world leaders plus unseen photographs and papers, including diaries and letters from the Royal Archives, the Royal biographer reveals hidden wartime secrets, the inside story of historic Royal reforms, the Queen’s relations with her ministers and international leaders, and her strategy when confronted with family and constitutional crises.

With the end of the second Elizabethan era, is it time to re-think the institution? After the mass outpouring of grief and 12-mile-long queues in London to pay respects, is there any life left in Republicanism?

Price: £12.00
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Event 5

Philip Lymbery talks to Nicola Cutcher

Sixty Harvests Left: How to Reach A Nature-Friendly Future

 Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage (Hay Castle, Great Hall)

The author of Farmageddon investigates the expansion of industrial farming worldwide, confronting 'Big Agriculture', where mega-farms, chemicals and animal cages are jeopardising the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat and the nature we treasure.

But he also finds hope in the pioneers who are battling to bring landscapes back to life, who are rethinking farming methods, rediscovering traditional techniques and developing technologies to feed the global population.

In conversation with Nicola Cutcher, journalist, writer and documentary maker, who recently produced Rivercide, about Britain's polluted rivers.

Price: £12.00
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Event 6

Alison Weir

Queens of the Age of Chivalry: England’s Medieval Queens

 Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage (Hay Castle, Great Hall)

Many of the Plantagenet queens dramatically broke away from the restrictions imposed on their sex. Through the Black Death, Peasants' Revolt, Hundred Years' War and savage baronial wars against the monarchy, the ruling women were passionately involved. Using personal letters and wonderfully vivid sources, the historian evokes the lives of five remarkable medieval queens and brilliantly recreates this dramatic period. Weir’s previous books include The Lost Tudor Princess, The Lady in the Tower, Mistress of the Monarchy, and Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Price: £12.00
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Event 7

Luke Harding talks to Oliver Bullough

Invasion: Russia's Bloody War and Ukraine's Fight for Survival

 Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage (Hay Castle, Great Hall)

The first book of reportage from the front line of the Ukraine war, Invasion is a powerful and moving work by the Guardian journalist and New York Times best-selling author of Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money and How Russia helped Trump Win, and Shadow State, about the Salisbury poisonings.

For months, the omens had pointed in one scarcely believable direction: Russia was about to invade Ukraine. And yet, the world was stunned by the epochal scale of the assault that began in February 2022, an attempt by one nation to devour another. The Kremlin wanted nothing less than a new world order.

Reporting on the ground during the build-up to the conflict, the initial months of shock and heartbreak and grim reality of this ongoing war, Harding shares unheard human stories behind the headlines. He analyses two very different leaders: as Ukraine’s actor-turned-president Volodymyr Zelenskiy rallied support on a global stage, Vladimir Putin appeared to dwell in a strange and unreachable realm.

Delving into the ideological, religious and personal reasons driving Putin’s strategy for war, the author confronts a crucial question: what will be the endgame of this invasion?

In conversation with investigative reporter and writer Oliver Bullough, author of Butler to the World and Moneyland.

Price: £12.00
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Event 8

The Town of Hay and Friends

The Christmas Lights

 Hay Market Square
Come and join the party as Hay welcomes everyone to the beginning of the festive season
with music and food and good cheer, and the turning on of the Christmas lights at 6.30pm
by a special guest.
Free - everyone welcome - no ticket required

Event 10

Anne-Marie Imafidon in conversation with Elena Rodriguez-Falcon

She's in CTRL: How Women can Take Back Tech

 Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage (Hay Castle, Great Hall)

Why are women under-represented in tech? Why does it matter and what can we do about it?

Our technology is built on a series of big decisions made by a small number of people, mainly men. It is derived from the gender, nationality and beliefs of a section of society whose lived experience may not chime with your own.

The tech world might feel beyond reach, particularly if you're a woman.

In She's In CTRL, the dynamic advocate for women in STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), insists that technology is not an unchangeable force. Nor is it the preserve of the élite. It is in our homes and in our hands. Rather than feeling powerless to make changes to the way tech works and fails, she argues that it's time to get into the room where the decisions are made. Or, better yet, create our own tech rooms.

The author is the creator of the social enterprise, Stemettes, which inspires the next generation of females into science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Professor Rodriguez-Falcon has been recognised with numerous awards and professional recognitions, including recently being elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and in late 2022 was appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor of The University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Price: £12.00
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Event 11

Anne Denholm

In Concert

 St Mary’s Church

An evening of diverse harp music, ranging from classical French favourites to a 20th-century jazz suite on this fantastically versatile instrument.

Repertoire to include:

Gabriel Fauré: Impromptu for Harp

Reinhold Gliere: Impromptu for Harp

Sally Beamish: Awuya

Mared Emlyn: Perlau yn y Glaw

Pearl Chertok: Around the Clock

There will be an interval and refreshments
Price: £15.00
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Event 12

Manni and Reuben Coe talk to Sally Phillips

brother. do. you. love. me.

 Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage (Hay Castle, Great Hall)

This is a memoir of two brothers and their extraordinary journey of resilience and repair. Written by Manni Coe and illustrated by Reuben Coe, it tells of how Reuben had been non-verbal, living in a home providing care for adults with learning disabilities, alone and unable to express himself. Desperate, he sent Manni a text message: brother. do. you. love. me.

Manni immediately left his home in Spain, took Reuben out of care and moved them both into a cottage in the Dorset countryside. Slowly they began to rebuild their relationship.

Moving, funny and poignant, the book is a parable for our times, exploring how far we can go for those we love, individually and collectively.

In conversation with the actor and comedian Sally Phillips, known for her roles in Veep, Smack the Pony, Miranda, and the Bridget Jones’ Diary films.

Price: £12.00
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Event 13

Tom True

Breakfast Tour of Hay Castle

 Hay Castle

Battles, borders, books and breakfast. Explore Hay Castle with Executive Director, Tom True, who will give an introduction to the history and invite you to get to know some of the characters from the Castle's past as well as talking about the recent restoration project. Continental breakfast included in the ticket price.

This event is run by Hay Castle with all proceeds going to the Hay Castle Trust
Price: £20.00
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Event 14

Rob Biddulph

An Odd Dog Christmas

 Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage (Hay Castle, Great Hall)

It’s Christmas and Odd Dog is running out of time to find the perfect presents. When she meets a new friend who needs help, she realises that gifts might not be the most important thing about Christmas after all.

Join the Draw-along hero to follow this heartwarming story as well as his path to becoming an author-illustrator. Fun, festive live-drawing and entertainment guaranteed.

5+ years, Family
Please bring along your own pencils and a drawing pad.
Price: £6.00
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Event 15

Rachel Ferrington and Mari Fforde

Clay Portrait Workshop

 Hay Castle Clore Learning Space

Using the historic characters of Hay Castle as inspiration, learn how to make a figure out of clay with the Castle’s resident artist Rachel Ferrington and its historian.

This event is run by Hay Castle with all proceeds going to the Hay Castle Trust
Price: £15.00
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Event 16

Angela Clutton

Borough Market: The Knowledge – Produce, Skills, Recipes

 Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage (Hay Castle, Great Hall)

Producing a great dish, one that celebrates the vibrancy and versatility of seasonal ingredients, doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. All it needs is a knowledge of what to look for when buying ingredients, when to buy them, how to store them, how to prepare them and how best to cook them.
The food writer explains all of this, with 80 new recipes inspired by Borough Market’s traders, their passion and expertise. From Arbroath Smokie Croquetas and Parsnip Gnocchi with Smoked Garlic Butter to Broth of Winter Greens with White Beans and Damson Ripple Sourdough Ice-cream, the book’s dishes make it a Market leader.

Price: £12.00
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Event 17

Hanan Issa talks to Dylan Moore

A Child’s Christmas in Wales: Fifty Years On

 Hay Castle Clore Learning Space

A conversation with Hanan Issa, National Poet of Wales, on the transcendent power of poetry and Wales' strong lyrical heritage. Fifty years on from the first broadcast of Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Wales, Issa offers her own contemporary response, reflecting on the power of ceremony in uncertain times, the role of memory and nostalgia in writing, and the darkness in Welsh storytelling. The poet has been awarded the Cymrawd Rhyngwladol Cymru Greadigol Hay Festival 2022-23/Hay Festival Creative Wales International Fellowship 2022-23.

In conversation with Dylan Moore, a former recipient of the Fellowship, editor of The Welsh Agenda magazine and author of Many Rivers to Cross.

Price: £12.00
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Event 18

Natalie Haynes talks to Francine Stock

Stone Blind

 Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage (Hay Castle, Great Hall)

The presenter of Stand Up for the Classics brings the infamous Medusa to life as never before.

Medusa is the only mortal in a family of gods. Growing up with her sisters, she quickly realizes that she is the only one who gets older, experiences change, feels weakness. Her mortal lifespan gives her an urgency that her family will never know.

When desire pushes Poseidon to commit the unforgivable, Medusa’s mortal life is changed for ever. Her punishment is to be turned into a Gorgon: sharp teeth, snakes for hair, and a gaze that will turn any living creature to stone. Appalled by her own reflection, Medusa can no longer look upon anything she loves without destroying it. She condemns herself to a life of solitude in the shadows to limit her murderous range. That is, until Perseus embarks upon a fateful quest to fetch the head of a Gorgon.

This is the story of how a young woman became a monster. And how she was never really a monster at all. Previous books by the author include The Women’s Prize-shortlisted A Thousand Ships, The Children of Jocasta and Pandora’s Jar.

Price: £12.00
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Event 19

Andrew Simms and Anita Roy

Contagious Tales: 22 Modern Folk Tales in the Wake of the Pandemic & Climate Crisis

 Hay Castle Clore Learning Space

Our troubled times are turned into modern folk tales to shine a light on how we got here and and where we go now. Campaigner and co-author Andrew Simms joins nature writer and author of adult and children’s fiction, Anita Roy, for a lively and playful discussion of winter’s tales and the role of storytelling in getting us out of the mess we’re in. Contributors to the book range from leading Earth scientists and economists to playwrights and poets.

‘This book is like being by a campfire, surrounded by your favourite people telling stories that are funny, inventive, full of pathos and truth’– Caroline Lucas MP

Price: £12.00
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Event 20

War Horse

A Celebration of Revel Guest with Michael Morpurgo

 Richard Booth’s Bookshop Cinema

Revel was Chair of Hay Festival for over 30 years and during that time was Executive Producer of Steven Spielberg’s film War Horse based on the book by Michael Morpurgo. Revel was a pioneering filmmaker, journalist, author, horsewoman and farmer. Michael Morpurgo will introduce the film along with Revel's daughter Corisande Albert.

Please join us in the cinema bar after the screening for a reception to celebrate Revel's life where Michael will be signing copies of the 40th anniversary edition of War Horse.

Price: £12.00
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Event 21

Shaun Bythell

Remainders of the Day: More Diaries from The Bookshop, Wigtown

 Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage (Hay Castle, Great Hall)

From one booktown to another…

The Bookshop in Wigtown is the largest second-hand bookshop in Scotland, with over a mile of shelving supporting100,000 books, a real log fire, and Captain the cat. The owner continues his diary series with a new edition, filled with the pernickety warmth and humour that has touched readers around the world.

Price: £12.00
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