Hay Festival 2021

We are delighted to present our 2021 Digital Festival programme.

Find more information on how to register here. Most events will be available for free replay for up to 24 hours after the start time of the event. After this they will be available in our online archive Hay Player - please see individual listings for more details.

All events are available with subtitles – this option can be selected when you watch the event.

Event 136

Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Derek Gow talks to Kitty Corrigan

Bringing Back the Beaver

Virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage
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Farmer-turned-ecologist Derek Gow is responsible for probably the single most dramatic and subversive nature conservation act of the modern era – rewilding the British landscape with beavers. Since the early 1990s, in the face of opposition from government, landowning élites and even some conservationists, he has imported, quarantined and assisted the re-establishment of beavers in waterways across England and Scotland. He makes the case that the return of the beaver offers a natural solution to flooding and drought, and is a crucial part of the aim to enable the broadest possible spectrum of Britain’s wildlife to thrive.

Kitty Corrigan is a journalist with a special interest in rural and environmental issues.

Event 137

Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Frank Skinner

A Comedian's Prayer Book

Virtual venue: Llwyfan Cymru Digidol – Wales Digital Stage
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God is a tough audience as far as audible response is concerned, but at least you don't have to explain the references. In this collection of 'prayers', the comedian, broadcaster and radio host lays bare his convictions, questions, fears and doubts – all presented in an eavesdropper-friendly form. Hell, Judgement, atheism, money, faith and the X-Men all feature: it's a bit like reading the Bible, except you only get one side of the conversation, and all the jokes are left in. Is there a place for comedy in prayer? If there’s a place for comedy in life, there’s a place for comedy in prayer.

Event 138

Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Your Questions Answered by the QI Elves

Funny You Should Ask...

Virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage
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The QI Elves are the brains behind the hit panel show QI and the hugely popular spin-off podcast No Such Thing As A Fish. Every week the Elves appear on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show's 'Why Workshop' where they answer the ponderings and wonderings of Radio 2's most inquisitive listeners. Join Anne Miller, James Harkin and James Rawson for a live show as they prepare to answer questions such as: "If spiders can walk on the ceiling why can't they get out of the bath?", "Why is there an Essex, a Wessex, a Sussex but no Nossex?" and "How can I live for ever?"

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