Welcome to the Hay Festival Winter Weekend 2021 programme.
You will need to purchase tickets whether you attend in person or watch online.
If you wish to attend in person, please see the individual listings below for ticket prices.
If you intend to watch online, the best value option is the Online Festival Pass for £25, which will allow you to watch all streamed events either live or on replay for the duration of the festival. Individual online event tickets cost £5 each. Please note that the Online Festival Pass is for viewing events online only.
To whet your appetite, there will also be five Winter Warmer events to watch and enjoy online featuring Matt Haig, Siri Hustvedt, Bill McKibben, Steven Pinker, and the 2021 Booker Prize winner. These events will be free for everyone to watch and will be available online on our website from 15 November.
Anyone attending in-person must adhere to current Welsh Government Covid-19 guidelines and the entry requirements of the Festival, which can be found here.
Join the TV presenter on a whistlestop tour around the world and through a million years to explain how human history pieces together. He shares some of his favourite moments, from Genghis Khan's domination on Earth to Neil Armstrong's first steps on the Moon, and from the advent of the printing press to the birth of the internet. He talks to journalist Oliver Bullough, author of Moneyland: Why Thieves And Crooks Now Rule The World And How To Take It Back.
Behind everything we eat there are people, places and stories. When we lose diversity in our food we threaten, also, the culture and history of the land and people who produce it. As the world becomes increasingly homogenous, preserving these things – keeping hold of diversity – matters. The presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme explores the foods around the world that are threatened with extinction, examining what this means for humanity and the future of the planet.
Join the author and journalist (Observer, FT Weekend Magazine) as she explores family secrets, motherhood, grief and identity in her third novel. Gripping and emotionally charged, it has been praised by a host of writers, including Rachel Joyce, Marian Keyes and Ruth Jones. Her previous books are If Only I Could Tell You and The Dead Wife’s Handbook.
The comedian, writer and broadcaster quickly abandoned science at school, bored by a fog of dull lessons and intimidated by the barrage of equations. But 20 years later he presents one of the world's most popular science podcasts, The Infinite Monkey Cage. He explains why scientific wonder isn't just for the professionals and why curiosity in the field sparks humility. A positive and optimistic look at the world of science, in conversation with the classicist, writer and comedian Natalie Haynes.
Born into a working-class Glaswegian family in 1961, this memoir begins in a district soon to be evacuated in Prime Minister Edward Heath's brutal slum clearances. Leaving school at 16 and going to work as a printers' apprentice, Bobby's rock ’n’ roll epiphany arrives like a bolt of lightning during a Thin Lizzy gig at the Apollo in Glasgow. His destiny is sealed with the arrival of the Sex Pistols and punk rock, which to Gillespie represents class rebellion, and leads to him becoming an artist in Primal Scream, the most innovative British band of the 1990s.
Tenement Kid is a book filled with the joy and wonder of a rock ’n’ roll apostle who would reshape British pop. Published 30 years after the release of Screamadelica, it illuminates a decade lost to Thatcherism and saved by acid house.
To whet your appetite, there will also be 5 Winter Warmer events to watch and enjoy online featuring Matt Haig, Steven Pinker, Bill McKibben, Siri Hustvedt and the 2021 Booker Prize winner. These events will be free for everyone to watch and will be available online on our website from 15 November.