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 353

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Robert Crawford talks to Daniel Hahn

#HayFestival100: In Celebration of TS Eliot

Venue: Cube
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Poet, biographer and literary historian Robert Crawford explores the early Eliot – before he was known for some of the most innovative and remarkable poetry of the 20th century – in Young Eliot: From St Louis to The Waste Land, the first volume of his magisterial biography of the revolutionary modernist, visionary poet and troubled man. Through letters, articles and other publications, combined with his own studies of Eliot’s work, Crawford portrays the poet’s growth and development, flaws and failings, and the significance of how Eliot permeated London’s literary circles between 1915 and 1922.

The long-awaited second volume, his upcoming book Eliot: After The Waste Land, tells the story of the mature Eliot, his years as a world-renowned writer and intellectual, and his troubled interior life, drawing on extensive new sources. Crawford celebrates Eliot’s legacy with editor and translator Daniel Hahn.

Price: £10.00
 

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Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

David Baddiel talks to Jenny Valentine

(The Boy Who Got) Accidentally Famous

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The comedian and author introduces his book in which Billy Smith’s life is turned upside down when a TV crew arrives at Bracket Wood Primary School. He talks about the inspiration behind his many books and why he loves writing for children.

8+ years
Price: £7.00
 
David Baddiel talks to Jenny Valentine

Event 354

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Jarvis Cocker

Good Pop, Bad Pop

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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When Jarvis Cocker started clearing out his loft, he found a jumble of objects that catalogued his life. From a Gold Star polycotton shirt to a pack of Wrigley’s Extra, from his teenage attempts to write songs to the Sexy Laughs Fantastic Dirty Joke Book, this is Jarvis Cocker, Pulp, 20th-century pop culture, the good times and the mistakes he’d rather forget. And the accumulated debris of a lifetime reveals his creative process – writing and musicianship, performance and ambition, style and stagecraft. He talks to broadcaster, author and journalist Sarfraz Manzoor.

Price: £15.00
 
Jarvis Cocker

Event 355

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Christina Lamb talks to Katya Adler

Women & Power: The Prince Rupert Hotel for the Homeless

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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When the pandemic hit, the government launched its ‘Everyone In’ programme, aiming to house the homeless through lockdown. The Prince Rupert, a four-star hotel in Shrewsbury with four-poster beds, was asked to play its part and host 33 rough sleepers. The hotel owners and rough sleepers, many of whom had been out of housing for decades, spent months locked in together and ended up transforming one another’s lives. In a profound, heartwarming and heartbreaking tale, Christina Lamb, Sunday Times Chief Foreign Correspondent, gives a panoramic insight into this country, its people and how they are often failed.

Price: £10.00
 

Event 356

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Lady Hale talks to Helena Kennedy

Women & Power: Spider Woman

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Lady Hale is the first woman to have been appointed to the Supreme Court and the youngest and first Commissioner to be selected for the Law Commission. Famed for her insect brooches and dubbed the ‘Beyoncé of the legal world’ for her pioneering reputation among students and young lawyers, she presents her memoir of a bold, glass-ceiling-breaking woman. She talks to Helena Kennedy, one of Britain's most distinguished lawyers who has spent her professional life giving a voice to those with the least power within the system, defending civil liberties and promoting human rights.

Price: £12.00
 
Lady Hale talks to Helena Kennedy

Event 357

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Clare Chambers talks to Fiona Fox

Lunchtime Lecture: Intact – A Defence of the Unmodified Body

Venue: Cube
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The external pressure to modify our bodies is overwhelming. In Intact, the Cambridge philosopher analyses the social forces behind the issue. While defending the right of anyone to choose how they look, she argues that the urging to ‘improve’ ourselves sends the message: ‘you are not good enough’. She interrogates the personal harm and psychological damage being done to men, women and children, stating that such pressures are discriminatory by race, gender, disability and age. To illustrate, she gives examples from ‘nearly nude’ make-up to male circumcision, from body-building to breast implants, and parental rights to change their children’s bodies. In conversation with Fiona Fox, author and Science Media Centre Chief Executive.

Price: £8.00
 
Clare Chambers talks to Fiona Fox

Event 358

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Helena Lee and Tash Aw in conversation

East Side Voices: Celebrating East and Southeast Asian Identity

Venue: Summerhouse
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Helena Lee, features director of Harper’s Bazaar and founder/editor of East Side Voices, talks to Whitbread Prize-winning author Tash Aw about questions of identity and the experience of the East and Southeast Asian diaspora in Britain. Lee founded East Side Voices in 2020 to draw attention to the talents and skills of people with East and Southeast Asian heritage. Tash Aw has written four novels, including We, the Survivors, and a family memoir, Strangers on a Pier.

Price: £10.00
 
Helena Lee and Tash Aw in conversation

Event 359

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Amanda Owen talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Celebrating the Seasons with the Yorkshire Shepherdess

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Author of five Sunday Times bestselling books and star of Channel 5’s Our Yorkshire Farm, the shepherdess and mother of nine lives in the Yorkshire Dales, 50 miles from the nearest large town. Her farm life is dominated by the seasons – feeding, clipping, dipping, herding, rescuing and lambing her flock. With her own photographs and recipes, her memoir showcases the bleak and beautiful landscape of the Yorkshire Dales, opening a door into a life lived on one of the country’s highest, wildest moors.

Price: £12.00
 
Amanda Owen talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Event 360

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Tom Fletcher and Alice Sherwood talk to Daniel Hahn

A Survival Guide to the 21st Century

Venue: Cube
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How to deal with climate change, mass migration, new wars, big technology, the rise of the democratic mob and authoritarian capitalism? The Principal of Hertford College, Oxford University, and former diplomat Tom Fletcher offers answers in his latest book, Ten Survival Skills for a World in Flux – a practical manifesto that can help us transform the way we learn, live and work together. Alice Sherwood is the author of Authenticity: Reclaiming Reality in a Counterfeit Culture and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Policy Institute at King’s. They share ideas on how to reclaim reality, renew education, restore society and reimagine the future with writer, editor and translator Daniel Hahn.

Price: £10.00
 
Tom Fletcher and Alice Sherwood talk to Daniel Hahn

Event 361

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Jonathan Freedland talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

The Escape Artist

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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In April 1944 the teenager Rudolf Vrba planned a daring escape from Auschwitz. After hiding in a pile of wooden planks for three days while 3,000 SS men and their bloodhounds searched for him, Vrba and fellow escapee Fred Wetzler eventually crossed Nazi-occupied Poland on foot. He produced from memory a 30-page report revealing the scale of Auschwitz, which reached Roosevelt, Churchill and the Pope, and saved 200,000 Jews. This is the story of a complex man who would seek escape again and again – first from Auschwitz, then from his past, even from his own name. Journalist and broadcaster Freedland is author of the Sam Bourne novels.

Price: £10.00
 
Jonathan Freedland talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Event 362

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Marcus du Sautoy talks to Hannah Critchlow

Imagine… Science: Thinking Better – The Art of the Shortcut

Venue: Starlight Stage
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How do you remember more and forget less? How can you earn more and become more creative just by moving house? And how do you pack a car boot most efficiently? Thinking Better offers clever strategies for daily complex problems via shortcuts. Shortcuts have enabled much of human progress, whether in constructing the first cities around the Euphrates 5,000 years ago, using calculus to determine the scale of the universe or in writing today's algorithms that help us find a new life partner. The Oxford mathematician shares his shortcut to the art of the shortcut with neuroscientist Hannah Critchlow.

Price: £10.00
 
Marcus du Sautoy talks to Hannah Critchlow

Event 363

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Nick Broomfield talks to Rosie Boycott

My Father and Me

Venue: Summerhouse
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Nick Broomfield is a film documentary director known for breaking rules and for confronting difficult, even dangerous, subjects. He started with Chicken Ranch (1983), a study of a legalised brothel in Nevada, and then pioneered a form of ‘self-reflective’ documentary where the actual making of the film becomes as much its subject as the subject itself. Here, he takes a personal look at his relationship with his humanist-pacifist father, Maurice Broomfield, a factory worker turned photographer of vivid images of postwar England. He talks to journalist, editor, publisher and author Rosie Boycott.

Price: £10.00
 

Event 364

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Scoresby

Venue: Marquee
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A singing adventurer, string-picking professor and banjo-playing woodcarver perform their own lyrical, psycho-bucolic, folk-based music.

Free – drop in

Event 365

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Joe Alwyn, Emma Norton and Alison Oliver talk to Francine Stock

Conversations with Friends

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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As Sally Rooney’s extraordinary debut arrives on our television screens following the huge success of Normal People, the creators of this highly anticipated BBC Three series discuss the art of adaptation. Actors Joe Alwyn (Nick), Alison Oliver (Frances) and executive producer Emma Norton talk to writer and broadcaster Francine Stock.

Price: £10.00
 
Joe Alwyn, Emma Norton and Alison Oliver talk to Francine Stock

Event 366

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Ardal O’Hanlon talks to Georgina Godwin

Brouhaha

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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The comedian, writer and star of TV's Father Ted and Death in Paradise introduces his new mystery novel, a razor-sharp, violent and comic satire on Ireland’s tangled politics of memory. Set in a small town on the Irish Border during the uneasy transition to peace, it is full of deadpan characterisation and dark humour, illustrating the oddities, blind spots and petty hypocrisies of everyday life. But it is also about community, compassion, truth and the ideological conflicts that have shaped Irish society for more than a century.

Price: £10.00
 
Ardal O’Hanlon talks to Georgina Godwin

Event 367

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Ben Rawlence talks to Daniel Hahn

The Treeline

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The Arctic treeline, which encircles the north of the globe in an almost unbroken ring, is the frontline of climate change, where the trees – Scots pine, birch, larch, spruce, poplar and rowan – have been creeping towards the pole for 50 years already. The author has travelled through Scotland, northern Scandinavia, Siberia, Alaska, Canada and Greenland, witnessing the impact of climate change and the devastating legacies of colonialism and capitalism. But he also finds reasons for hope. Humans are creatures of the forest; we have evolved with trees. Rawlence asks where our co-evolution might take us next, underpinned by an urgent environmental message. In conversation with writer, editor and translator Daniel Hahn.

Price: £10.00
 
Ben Rawlence talks to Daniel Hahn

Event 368

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Geoff Dyer talks to John Mitchinson

The Last Days of Roger Federer: And Other Endings

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Writer Geoff Dyer sets his own encounter with middle age against the last days and achievements of writers, painters, athletes and musicians who have mattered to him throughout his life. He examines Friedrich Nietzsche’s breakdown in Turin, Bob Dylan’s reinventions of old songs, JW Turner’s paintings of abstracted light, John Coltrane’s cosmic melodies, Jean Rhys’ return from the dead (while still alive) and Beethoven’s final quartets. Considering how things intensify and modify when an ending is within sight, he winds down with the Unbound publisher. Oh, and there’s stuff about Roger Federer and tennis, too.

Price: £10.00
 
Geoff Dyer talks to John Mitchinson

Event 369

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Kate Noakes and Rosie Hayles

Real Hay-on-Wye and Finding Hay: A Journey up Broad Street

Venue: Cube
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Kate Noakes combines memoir, anecdote, social history and arcane facts with subversive wit to provide an affectionate portrait of the town famed for its secondhand shops (and Hay Festival). She describes how it faces the challenges of any small market town, with a rich rural hinterland, and a landscape vying for attention with the best that metropolitan culture has to offer. Rosie Hayles has written the story of one street in Hay seen through history, in a narrative rich in the detail of everyday life, peopled with characters from Norman times up to 1980 when Broad Street had its first two bookshops. She has spent many years collecting stories of those who have lived or worked on Broad Street.

Price: £8.00
 
Kate Noakes and Rosie Hayles

Event 370

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

After Hours: Director’s Tour

Portraits of Writers

Venue: Hay Castle
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After a major restoration project, Hay Castle’s inaugural exhibition is Portraits of Writers, when director Tom True will give a ten-minute introduction followed by a Q&A. The event displays works from the National Portrait Gallery, selected by guest curator, author and journalist Dylan Jones, bringing together a range of works of celebrated British individuals who identify as writers. It presents a range of methods used by artists to capture the complex identities of writers, including gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, national and regional identity, migration and colonisation. Those depicted include RIz Ahmed, Simon Armitage, Salman Rushdie and Bernardine Evaristo.

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After Hours: Director’s Tour

Event 371

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Ian Rankin talks to Hannah Critchlow

The Dark Remains

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Two crime-writing legends join forces for the first ever case of DI Laidlaw: the original gritty Glasgow detective who inspired an entire genre. William McIlvanney’s Laidlaw trilogy changed the face of crime fiction in the 1970s and 1980s, inspiring an entire generation of crime writers including Mark Billingham, Val McDermid, Denise Mina, Chris Brookmyre – and Ian Rankin. When McIlvanney died in 2015, he left half a handwritten manuscript of Laidlaw’s first case, his first new novel in 25 years. Now, Ian Rankin is back to finish what McIlvanney started. In The Dark Remains, the criminal world of 1970s Glasgow, and the relentless quest for truth, are brought to life by these two authors.

Price: £10.00
 
Ian Rankin talks to Hannah Critchlow