Hay Festival 2022

We are delighted to announce the full programme of events for Hay Festival 2022.

Please note: tickets on sale are for live events, to attend in person. Details of our online Festival will be released on Tuesday 17 May.

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Event 264

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

The Devil’s Violin

The Beast in Me

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Imagine a world where the lines separating humanity and animals have blurred, in which dark forests contain refuge as well as danger. The Devil’s Violin is Daniel Morden (story), Oliver Wilson-Dickson (violin) and Sarah Moody (cello). Their new show is a masterfully woven tapestry of stories about our perception of beauty and the value of kindness.

“A scintillating combination of music, sound and story” – The Times.

90 mins including a 15-minute interval
Price: £12.00
 
The Devil’s Violin

Event 265

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men

As You Like It

Venue: Hay Castle
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The Lord Chamberlain’s Men – with a history stretching back to Shakespeare himself – invite you to join them for a sparkling comedy. One of the UK’s finest touring theatre companies, they present this great play as Shakespeare first saw it performed: in the open air, by an all male cast and with Elizabethan costumes, music and dance.

Banished to the Forest of Arden, Rosalind, Celia, Orlando and the Duke are freed from the constraints of their former lives – lovers tussle, wits and fools spar, familial bonds are challenged, and everyone wrestles with what it really means to be yourself. A rustic romp packed with music, laughs, cross-dressing confusion and a dash of wrestling!

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool” – William Shakespeare.

There are five performances As You Like It, on Thursday 2, Friday 3 and Saturday 4 June. Seating at all performances is unallocated. These are outdoor performances, come rain or shine, so please dress warmly and according to the weather.

You can enjoy a tipple, soft drink or ice cream from the licensed bar and ice cream stand before the performance and during the interval.

Click here to pre-book a delicious picnic box to enjoy during the performance.

Toilet facilities are available on site.

2 hours, including a 15-minute interval
Under 16s
£12.50
 
Adult
£25.00
 
The Lord Chamberlain’s Men

Event 266

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Nick Carter and Francis Fukuyama talk to Emma Graham-Harrison

A New World Order?

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has had devastating impacts on people and property but the implications for future world politics, business and society are also massive and potentially game-changing. Is it the end of multilateralism and globalisation? Will global supply chains become regional and national by necessity, making us rethink entire value chains and systems? Is this the end of liberal globalism?

General Sir Nick Carter, who was Chief of the Defence Staff, head of the British Army, until November 2021, and political scientist and economist Francis Fukuyama, author of The End of History and Liberalism and its Discontents (who appears via video link) discuss the implications with Emma Graham-Harrison, International Affairs Correspondent for the Observer.

Price: £10.00
 
Nick Carter and Francis Fukuyama talk to Emma Graham-Harrison

Event 267

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Raven Smith talks to Nell Frizzell

Raven Smith’s Men

Venue: Cube
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Part memoir, part commentary on masculinity, this isn’t so much for men, as about them. Raven has been trying to distill what it is about men that has kept him intrigued his whole life. Firstly, he loves them. Secondly, he can see how problematic they are. Thirdly, both these things converge in his own sense of self and his own masculinity. His book is about particular dynamics, a cautious reverence of a life lived in parallel with other men, observing masculinity’s odd amorphous boundaries. He doesn’t shy away from difficult truths, but there’s plenty to laugh about. Raven Smith has been 32 for several years and lives in London with his husband and cat. He talks to journalist Nell Frizzell.

Price: £10.00
 
Raven Smith talks to Nell Frizzell

Event 268

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Welsh (Plural): Essays on the Future of Wales

Venue: Summerhouse
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Can Welshness be both distinct and inclusive? How might Wales cherish its past without being imprisoned by it? This discussion, featuring some of our foremost Welsh writers, examines the plural experience of Welshness, and offers radical perspectives on the future of Wales.

Price: £8.00
 
Welsh (Plural): Essays on the Future of Wales

Event 269

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Milton Jones

Milton: Impossible

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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One man. One mission. Is it possible? No, not really. Milton reveals the truth about being an international spy, before being given a disappointing new identity that forced him to appear on Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo. But this is also a love story with a twist, or even a really bad sprain. Just gloriously daft nonsense – or is there a deeper meaning?

“He’s fast, absurd and very funny” – Radio Times.

Price: £25.00
 
Milton Jones

Event 270

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

YolanDa Brown

In Concert

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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The musician and broadcaster is known for her fusion of reggae, jazz and soul. Her album Love Politics War in 2017 went to No.1 in the UK Jazz charts and her debut children’s album received rave reviews. She has toured with The Temptations, Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra and Billy Ocean. Her series for CBeebies, YolanDa’s Band Jam, won the Royal Television Society Awards as Best Children’s Programme. She has hosted Last Night of the Proms, Gospel Choir of the Year and BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year. On BBC Radio 4, she co-presents Loose Ends with Clive Anderson. She is chair of the music education charity Youth Music.

1 hour 15 mins
Price: £18.00
 
YolanDa Brown

Event 271

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Trevithel Court Farm Walk

Venue: Meeting Place on Site
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Trevithel Court is a traditional mixed farm and David James is the third generation of his family to work there, along with his son Will. Their orchards supply apples for Bulmers and other cider producers in Herefordshire and Wales. Walk among the apple trees, pollinated by bees, look inside a beehive, learn about cider production and sample some cider and honey. The farm also produces grass-fed beef cattle and arable crops. See the animals and machinery used for production and harvesting. Agronomist Jonathon Harrington leads the tour.

With thanks to David and Catherine James

Suitable for anyone interested in food and farming. Families welcome but children must be supervised. Wear walking boots or Wellingtons and waterproof clothing in case of inclement weather.
Price: £13.00
 
Trevithel Court Farm Walk

Event 272

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Musa Okwonga, Georgina Lawton and Adam Rutherford talk to Julia Wheeler

Imagine... Equalities: Writing About Race

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The world continues to manifest racism in many forms. To discuss the issue with journalist Julia Wheeler and give their different perspectives on writing about race are: Musa Okwonga, broadcaster, musician and author of One of Them: An Eton College Memoir; Georgina Lawton, journalist and author of Raceless: In Search of Family, Identity, and the Truth About Where I Belong; and scientist Adam Rutherford, author of How to Argue with a Racist: History, Science, Race and Reality.

Price: £10.00
 
Musa Okwonga, Georgina Lawton and Adam Rutherford talk to Julia Wheeler

Event 273

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Moses McKenzie talks to Nikesh Shukla

10@10 Debuts: An Olive Grove in Ends

Venue: Cube
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Moses McKenzie’s searing debut novel paints a portrait of harsh life on the streets and futures overturned. Sayon Hughes, a young Black man from Easton, Bristol, dreams of a world far removed from the one in which he was raised. Removed from the crooked solutions his community embraces, and from the Christianity of his uncaring parents. Growing up, he found respite from chaos in the loyalty of his brother-in-arms, Cuba; in the example of his cousin Hakim, once an infamous drug-dealer, now a proselytising Muslim; and in the tenderness of his love, Shona. Sayon wants to give the people he loves everything they could wish for, but after an altercation in which a boy is killed, his dream of a better life is in peril. McKenzie talks to writer Nikesh Shukla (The Good Immigrant).

Price: £10.00
 
Moses McKenzie talks to Nikesh Shukla

Event 274

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Oliver Milman talks to Kitty Corrigan

The Insect Crisis: The Fall of the Tiny Empires

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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When was the last time you were stung by a wasp? Or followed by a cloud of midges? Or saw a butterfly? All these normal occurrences are becoming rarer. Insect numbers are in serious decline – in some places by over 90%. Yet we rely on insect pollination for most of our agriculture, they are a prime food source for birds and fish, and they are a key support for life on Earth. Oliver Milman, environment reporter for Guardian US, investigates the reasons for their disappearance, with views from scientists and entomologists studying this catastrophe. Celebrating the incredible variety of insects, he highlights the need to wake up to this impending environmental disaster. In conversation with writer and editor Kitty Corrigan.

Price: £10.00
 
Oliver Milman talks to Kitty Corrigan

Event 275

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Alice Thorne and Cy Griffiths

Our Historic Environment Walk

Venue: Meeting Place on Site
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Guides from Brecon Beacons National Park lead a gentle walk through the beautiful and historic surrounds of Hay-on-Wye.

Please wear appropriate footwear and come prepared for the weather. The walk returns to the Festival site by midday.
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Event HD51

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

YolanDa’s Band Jam

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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YolanDa’s Band Jam is the critically acclaimed CBeebies children’s TV show presented by double MOBO award-winning musician and broadcaster YolanDa Brown. Dubbed ‘Jools Holland for kids’, YolanDa’s Band Jam encourages children to discover the joys of music through dancing, singing and playing.

4+ years
Price: £7.00
 
YolanDa’s Band Jam

Event HD52

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Jenny Eclair talks to Nell Frizzell

Writing on the Wall

Venue: Starlight Stage
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From acclaimed writer and comedian Jenny Eclair comes a hilarious and heartbreaking story about friendship against the odds. When Hermione discovers Helena’s writing under her bedroom wallpaper she is transported back to summer 1975 to discover a truth about Helena’s future that suggests she is in great danger…

YA, 14+ years
Price: £7.00
 
Jenny Eclair talks to Nell Frizzell

Event W15

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

The Library of Life Workshop with Tamar Eluned Williams and Head4Arts

Venue: Summerhouse
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What creature is causing such disruption in the great Library of Life? What is happening to our planet? Join Head4Arts with Tamar Eluned Williams in a storytelling and craft experience exploring climate change and biodiversity crisis.

Mae’r gweithdy hwn yn ddwyieithog ac yn croesawu siaradwyr Cymraeg a Saesneg.

This workshop is bilingual and welcomes both English and Welsh speakers.

6–11 years
Parents/carers must attend but do not require a ticket.
Price: £10.00
 

Event MT13

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Make & Take Crafting

Morning Session

Venue: Make & Take Tent
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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 2.5 hour duration. An accompanying adult must attend at all times but does not require a ticket.

3–11 years
Price: £3.00
 
Make & Take Crafting

Event 276

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

AC Grayling

For the Good of the World

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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AC Grayling believes three of our biggest global challenges are climate change, the rate of development in high-impact technologies and the deficit of social and economic justice. He asks if human beings can agree on a set of values that will allow us to confront the threats facing the planet, or will we continue with our disagreements as we approach possible extinction? As every day brings new stories about extreme weather, spyware, lethal autonomous weapons and international political-economic, health and human rights imbalances, he argues that we need to find an answer to the question: Is Global Agreement on Global Challenges Possible?

Price: £12.00
 
AC Grayling

Event 277

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Casey Bailey, Lerverne Barber, Alex Giles and Rebecca Foster

What Does Inclusion Look Like in the Classroom?

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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Inclusion is a term frequently used in education, but some teachers are still going into schools with little awareness or confidence when teaching children with differing needs, whether that’s a visible or invisible disability. How can we ensure that teachers have the skills they need to create an inclusive classroom benefitting all students? Our expert panel launches Physical Education for Young People with Disabilities, a new book to help teachers engage in more inclusive practices. Casey Bailey is Birmingham Poet Laureate; Alex Giles is a University of Worcester graduate; Rebecca Foster is co-author and Principal Lecturer and Lerverne Barber is co-author and Deputy Head of the School of Sport and Exercise Science, both at the University of Worcester.

Price: £8.00
 

Event 278

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Helen Rappaport talks to David Olusoga

In Search of Mary Seacole

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Join us to discuss the true story of Mary Seacole, researched over 20 years by Helen Rappaport, whose book reveals the truth about Seacole’s personal life and her ‘rivalry’ with Florence Nightingale. Often the reality proves more remarkable and dramatic than the legend. Rappaport talks to historian, broadcaster and author David Olusoga.

Price: £10.00
 
Helen Rappaport talks to David Olusoga

Event 279

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

The TLS Podcast Live

Venue: Marquee
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Join writers and editors of the Times Literary Supplement along with special guests for a live recording of their weekly podcast on books and culture.

Unreserved seating
Free – no ticket required