Hay Festival 2022

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

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Event 308

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Simon Schama

Foreign Bodies

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Simon Schama, University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University, presents his forthcoming book Foreign Bodies: Pandemics, Vaccines and the Health of Nations, about Waldemar Haffkine, a Russian Jew who created vaccines against cholera and the bubonic plague before becoming the subject of ‘the Little Dreyfus affair’ when accused of contaminating a vial of plague vaccine causing deaths in a Punjabi village in 1902. Simon Schama is the author of 19 books and the writer-presenter of more than 50 BBC documentaries on history and art history.

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Simon Schama

Event 309

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Rebecca Gibbs, Kate Muir and Louise Newson

The Menopause Roadshow

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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The Menopause Revolution goes on the road with the obstetrician and gynaecologist, the author of Everything You Need to Know About the Menopause (But Were too Afraid to Ask), and the menopause expert and author of Preparing for the Perimenopause and Menopause.

Dr Rebecca Gibbs is Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Royal Free Hospital. She is also a volunteer for the Daisy Network, which helps women with premature ovarian insufficiency. Kate Muir’s book is the thinking woman’s guide to the menopause, questioning misplaced shame, bad science and centuries of patriarchy. Dr Louise Newson runs the world’s largest menopause clinic and is on the government’s Menopause Taskforce.

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Rebecca Gibbs, Kate Muir and Louise Newson

Event 310

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Ayanna Lloyd Banwo talks to Monique Roffey

10@10 Debuts: When We Were Birds

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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A love story and a ghost story set in modern day Trinidad, this debut work is rich with magic and wisdom, alive with a fresh, modern sensibility. The author weaves a story of loss and renewal, darkness and light; a triumphant reckoning with a grief that runs back generations and a defiant, joyful affirmation of hope. Ayanna Lloyd Banwo talks to Trinidadian-born British writer and memoirist Monique Roffey.

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Ayanna Lloyd Banwo talks to Monique Roffey

Event 311

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Horatio Clare joins Aly Price and Jodie Bond

Myths and Legends Walk

Venue: Meeting Place on Site
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The author of Running for the Hills and Heavy Light joins guides from Brecon Beacons National Park on a gentle walk through the beautiful surrounds of Hay-on-Wye, looking at stories from his book Myths and Legends of the Brecon Beacons.

Please wear appropriate outdoor gear. The walk returns to the Festival site by midday.
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Horatio Clare joins Aly Price and Jodie Bond

Event HD59

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Francesca Simon

Two Terrible Vikings: Grunt the Berserker

Venue: Starlight Stage
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What if your parents wanted you to behave badly? In the snowy fjords of a Viking kingdom, terrible twins Hack and Whack are proud to be the best-worst Vikings. Nothing can stop the marauding pair. Join Horrid Henry author Francesca Simon as she introduces the second book in her new series. Find out lots of interesting facts about Vikings and expect plenty of anarchy and chaos in this fun-filled event.

7+ years
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Francesca Simon

Event HD60

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Catherine Barr

Protect Freshwater to save our Earth

Venue: Cube
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Dive in to discover why we must protect freshwater to save life on Earth. Catherine Barr reveals the water footprint of your jeans, why fish leap up ladders and who lives in washing-up bowl ponds, while illustrator Christiane Engel shows how to draw rare pink river dolphins.

6+ years
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Catherine Barr

Event HD61

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Matt Brown, Max Low and Eloise Williams

The Mab

Venue: Summerhouse
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Join authors of The Mab Matt Brown and Eloise Williams for an event full of thrilling Welsh tales, alongside an enchanting illustration workshop from Max Low. Use your imagination to bring the mystery, magic and myth of the Mabinogion to life and to celebrate this new dual-language book.

8+ years
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Matt Brown, Max Low and Eloise Williams

Event MT15

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
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Make & Take Crafting

Event 312

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Elif Shafak and Kirsty Lang

The Island of Missing Trees

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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The Turkish-British novelist’s latest work is a rich and magical tale of belonging and identity, love and trauma, memory and amnesia, human-induced destruction of nature and, ultimately, renewal. She explains the main themes of the novel and her creative process in conversation with writer, broadcaster and contributor to BBC, Channel 4 and The Sunday Times Kirsty Lang.

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Elif Shafak and Kirsty Lang

Event 313

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

George Monbiot and Feargal Sharkey talk to Nicola Cutcher

Rivers as Sewers: Time to Turn the Tide

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Our most precious rivers are facing ecological collapse for two main reasons: sewage and farming. Water companies routinely pump raw excrement and other pollutants straight into them. As livestock are concentrated into industrial units, such as chicken farms in the Wye Valley, they produce too much dung for the land to absorb. How do we fight the tide of filth and bring our lovely rivers back to life? George Monbiot is a journalist and environmental activist. Feargal Sharkey, former frontman of The Undertones is a vocal campaigner for clean rivers. Chaired by Nicola Cutcher, freelance journalist, writer and documentary filmmaker.

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George Monbiot and Feargal Sharkey talk to Nicola Cutcher

Event 314

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Michael Wooldridge

Life Lessons from Game Theory

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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When are you in a strong position to negotiate a pay rise? Why is President Putin so hard to read? Game theory is relevant every time people or organisations interact – from parlour games to global conflicts. Michael Wooldridge explores game theoretic thinking, and what game theory can tell us about why our social, political and economic world is organised the way it is. He is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Oxford, and a fellow of Hertford College, Oxford, one of the world’s leading researchers in Artificial Intelligence (AI), and has published two popular science introductions to AI: The Ladybird Guide to Artificial Intelligence (2018) and The Road to Conscious Machines (2020).

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Michael Wooldridge

Event HD62

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

David Olusoga talks to Janina Ramirez

Black and British

Venue: Starlight Stage
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David Olusoga takes readers on a journey through Black British history, exploring the forgotten histories of Black people in Britain from Roman times right through to the present day. His children’s book Black and British: An Illustrated History is the essential introduction to understanding this issue. He talks to art historian and presenter Dr Janina Ramirez.

7+ years
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David Olusoga talks to Janina Ramirez

Event HD63

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Tom de Freston

Julia and the Shark

Venue: Cube
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The author and artist collaborate to take you on a journey deep into the sea and beyond. Set in Shetland, Julia and the Shark tells the story of a girl who accompanies her parents to the island where her mother is attempting to track down the Greenland Shark. She finds herself on an adventure with dark depths and a lighthouse full of hope. The novel is a celebration of our natural world and an exploration of family relationships and mental health.

9+ years
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Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Tom de Freston

Event W18

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Making Infographics Workshop with Rob Orchard

Venue: Summerhouse
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The author of An Answer for Everything teaches you how to research varied topics from sightings of the Loch Ness Monster through to how many humans have ever lived on Earth. Rob will then show you how to turn this data into glorious data visualisations.

12+ years
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Making Infographics Workshop with Rob Orchard

Event 400

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Hay Climate Choir

Venue: Marquee
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Hay Climate Choir is a non-political, local community choir (separate to the Hay Community Choir), which was born out of local people’s deep concern about the Climate Emergency. Come along and hear them sing on the Festival site.

The Choir sings songs for people and planet, which reflect members’ concern about the climate crisis, sadness for loss of habitat, love for the beautiful River Wye which has become so polluted, joy in nature and the wish to encourage everyone to do what they can to mitigate climate change. NOW!

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Hay Climate Choir

Event 315

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Tina Brown talks to Simon Schama

Women & Power: Queen Elizabeth II – 70 Years on the Throne

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Marking the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, Tina Brown takes us behind the Palace walls. The former editor of Vanity Fair and author of The Diana Chronicles tells in The Palace Papers the real story of the Royal Family, exploring Prince Charles’ determination to make Camilla his wife, the ascendance of the resolute Kate Middleton, the disturbing allegations surrounding Prince Andrew and Harry and Meghan’s decision to step back as senior Royals. With nuanced details and searing insight, Brown changes how we perceive and understand the Royal Family, in conversation with historian, writer and documentarian Simon Schama.

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Tina Brown talks to Simon Schama

Event 316

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Deborah Levy talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Women & Power: Living Autobiography Series

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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This trilogy of genre-bending living autobiographies considers the matter of finding a voice and the courage to use it. In Real Estate, Levy asks an existential question: If patriarchy owns the deeds to the land, are women its sitting tenants? If so, how might she find a house of her own? In The Cost of Living, Levy considers what it takes to become a mother, to lose a mother, to dismantle her own life and remake it anew. And in Things I Don’t Want To Know, Levy’s portrait of a young woman in the storm of life, she wonders what it takes for a writer to claim her feelings might be valuable. Deborah Levy talks to the journalist and Director of the European Literature Network.

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Deborah Levy talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Event 317

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Atina Krajewska

Lunchtime Lecture: Reproductive Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Is abortion law a litmus test for democracy and the rule of law? Adequate protection of reproductive rights should be viewed as an essential element of the legal fabric of democratic society, argues the academic. She examines the relationship between reproductive rights, democracy, and the rule of law, taking as a case study, Poland, which, like Hungary, Brazil, USA, has experienced two processes: anti-constitutional backsliding and restrictive abortion reforms. Long before these processes became apparent the implementation of reproductive rights, especially by doctors and law enforcement agencies, indicated that the rule of law was weakly institutionalised.

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Atina Krajewska

Event 318

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Hay Festival Chorus

Lunchtime Concert: Vivaldi's Gloria

Venue: St Mary’s Church
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Hay Community Choir will be joined by members of the Hay Festival Chorus to perform Vivaldi’s Gloria in celebration of being able to sing together again. During the pandemic Hay Community Choir continued on zoom, working on songs appropriate to this time and suitable to sing together in person. These include pieces by Dominic Stitchbury and Anna Tabbush as well as African songs. This joyful selection of music is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and remind us all of the importance of singing as a community experience.

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Hay Festival Chorus

Event HD64

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve

Kevin Vs The Unicorns

Venue: Cube
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Join this dynamic duo for an event full of fun, frolics and flying ponies as they celebrate the fourth and final Roly Poly Flying Pony adventure. Expect live drawing, interactive story building, songs and surprises.

7+ years
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Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve