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Event 3

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Adele Nozedar and Lizzie Harper talk to Andy Fryers

Hay on Earth Forum: Reconnections – The Tree Forager

Venue: Cube
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Foraging is one of the fastest-growing nature-related pastimes in the UK and US. Profiling 40 incredible trees from apple to yew in The Tree Forager, Adele Nozedar takes us on a foraging journey through their beauty, wildlife, folklore and medicinal uses. Tracing the fascinating story of the intimate relationship between humankind and our trees, we also celebrate the 10th anniversary of Adele’s first foraging book, The Hedgerow Handbook, launched at Hay Festival in 2012. Adele is joined by botanical illustrator Lizzie Harper who has brought both books to life with vivid watercolour, pen and ink. They talk to Hay Festival’s Sustainability Director.

Price: £8.00
 
Adele Nozedar and Lizzie Harper talk to Andy Fryers

Event 10

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Peter Finch talks to Jon Gower

Collected Poems

Venue: Summerhouse
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Peter Finch is one of Britain’s leading poets. His blending of the avant-garde, concrete, visual, sound, performance and more conventional forms has placed him at the cutting edge of contemporary poetry. He probes tradition and experiment with author and presenter Jon Gower in this event celebrating his remarkable career.

Price: £8.00
 
Peter Finch talks to Jon Gower

Event 17

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

John Bulmer and Billie Charity

Capturing a Community

Venue: Cube
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Photographers John Bulmer and Billie Charity talk about their photo books, shot in the Marches. John’s A Very English Village was shot 50 years ago in Pembridge and Billie’s Lockdown Light captured lockdown in and around Hay. They discuss the changes five decades have wrought both in the subjects and the process of taking photographs and publishing them in book form.

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John Bulmer and Billie Charity

Event 20

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Elizabeth Bingham and Mary Morgan

Remarkable Churches near Hay-on-Wye

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Elizabeth and Mary take us through a new booklet on many of the smaller churches and chapels local to Hay-on-Wye. In its foreword Simon Jenkins describes them as ‘among the loveliest in Britain’. They house superb rood screens, magnificent fonts, a water-powered organ, a rare monolithic stone preaching cross and the only parish Dead House in Wales.

Price: £8.00
 
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Elizabeth Bingham and Mary Morgan

Event 43

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Adele Nozedar joins Jodie Bond and Sam Harpur

Ancient and Veteran Trees Walk

Venue: Meeting Place on Site
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The food writer and passionate forager (author of The Tree Forager) joins guides from Brecon Beacons National Park to lead a gentle walk through the beautiful surrounds of Hay-on-Wye. The Park’s lead tree warden introduces wayfarers to some of the area’s oldest and most interesting trees.

Please wear appropriate footwear and come prepared for the weather. The walk returns to the Festival site by midday.
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Adele Nozedar joins Jodie Bond and Sam Harpur

Event 66

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

After Hours: Director’s Tour

Portraits of Writers Exhibition

Venue: Hay Castle
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Visit Hay Castle’s inaugural exhibition, Portraits of Writers, where Tom True, director of Hay Castle, will give a ten-minute introduction to the exhibition followed by a question and answer session in the gallery.

Portraits of Writers is the exciting inaugural exhibition at Hay Castle, newly opened to the public after a major restoration project. The display, selected from the collection of the National Portrait Gallery by guest curator, author and journalist Dylan Jones OBE, brings together a range of portraits of celebrated British individuals who identify as writers. The golden thread is the theme of identity, both individual and collective. The exhibition presents a range of methods and approaches used by artists to capture the complex identities of writers, including gender identity, sexuality, race, ethnicity, national and regional identity, migration and colonisation. Writers depicted include RIz Ahmed, Simon Armitage, Salman Rushdie and Bernardine Evaristo.

After Hours: Director’s Tour of Portraits of Writers is available 5pm–5.45pm on Saturday 28 May, Sunday 29 May, Saturday 3 June and Sunday 4 June.
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After Hours: Director’s Tour

Event 88

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Wayne Lewis and Helen Lucocq

Exploring Hay Hinterlands Walk

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

2 hours
Please wear appropriate footwear and come prepared for the weather. The walk returns to the Festival site by midday.
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Event 108

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

After Hours: Director’s Tour

Portraits of Writers Exhibition

Venue: Hay Castle
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Visit Hay Castle’s inaugural exhibition, Portraits of Writers, where Tom True, director of Hay Castle, will give a ten-minute introduction to the exhibition followed by a question and answer session in the gallery.

Portraits of Writers is the exciting inaugural exhibition at Hay Castle, newly opened to the public after a major restoration project. The display, selected from the collection of the National Portrait Gallery by guest curator, author and journalist Dylan Jones OBE, brings together a range of portraits of celebrated British individuals who identify as writers. The golden thread is the theme of identity, both individual and collective. The exhibition presents a range of methods and approaches used by artists to capture the complex identities of writers, including gender identity, sexuality, race, ethnicity, national and regional identity, migration and colonisation. Writers depicted include RIz Ahmed, Simon Armitage, Salman Rushdie and Bernardine Evaristo.

The exhibition is the result of a partnership between the National Portrait Gallery and Hay Castle with the support and collaboration of Hay Festival.

After Hours: Director’s Tour of Portraits of Writers is available 5pm–5.45pm on Saturday 28 May, Sunday 29 May, Saturday 3 June and Sunday 4 June.

45 mins
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After Hours: Director’s Tour

Event 124

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Llwynberried Farm Walk

Venue: Meeting Place on Site
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Helen and John Price and the next generation, Rhiannon and Humphrey Wells open the gates to their farm for a visit led by agronomist Jonathon Harrington and vet Barney Sampson. This traditional family farm is adapting to meet the challenges of a new era to build a sustainable future for food production. Learn about the choices they face relating to soil and the environment, livestock and climate change, and their plans to be carbon negative within the next 3 to 5 years. See cattle and sheep and the crops that are grown to feed them. Beef from the farm will be served in bread rolls at the end of the visit.

With thanks to Helen and John Price and Rhiannon and Humphrey Wells

Please wear walking boots or Wellingtons and waterproof clothing in case of inclement weather. These are visits to real working farms and are suitable for anyone interested in learning more about food and farming. Families are welcome but children must be supervised at all times.

3 hours 30 mins
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Llwynberried Farm Walk

Event 128

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Alan Bowring and Ben Geeson-Brown

Fforest Fawr Geopark Walk

Venue: Meeting Place on Site
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Guides from Brecon Beacons National Park lead a gentle walk through the beautiful surrounds of Hay-on-Wye. The National Park is also home to a UNESCO geopark. During this walk, the Park’s Geopark Officer offers a journey through deep time, exploring the geology of the hills.

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

2 hours
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Alan Bowring and Ben Geeson-Brown

Event 159

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Will Bullough, Dermot Doyne and Nick Smith

Woodland Heritage Timber Tour

Venue: Meeting Place on Site
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From tree to timber – a chance to see for yourself how a small-scale, sustainable wood is managed. The tour visits planting, ecosystem care and tree grading, and goes into the sawmill to see the log being converted into timber. Find out what the challenges and opportunities are for the timber industry.

3 hours 30 mins
Please note that there is uneven ground and steep paths so please wear sturdy footwear.
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Will Bullough, Dermot Doyne and Nick Smith

Event 163

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Stephen Bates joins Maria Golightly and Sophie Jones

The Poisonous Solicitor Walk

Venue: Meeting Place on Site
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The true story of Major Herbert Armstrong, a Hay-on-Wye solicitor who was hanged in May 1922 for poisoning his wife with arsenic, was a celebrated murder case, which inspired works by Dorothy L Sayers and Agatha Christie in the golden age of crime writing. But was he really guilty? Or was it a terrible miscarriage of justice? Stephen Bates uncovers new evidence as he joins Brecon Beacons National Park guides on this walking tour around Hay, visiting some of the sites featured in his book.

2 hours
Please wear appropriate outdoor gear. The walk returns to the Festival site by midday.
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Event 186

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Peter Lord

Vosper’s Salem

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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In 1908, Sydney Curnow Vosper painted an elderly Welsh woman in national costume, standing inside a chapel. Purchased by Lord Leverhulme and bizarrely deployed to advertise ‘Sunlight Soap’, Salem achieved the status of a national icon in Wales. Widely distributed as a print, it came to symbolise the piety of the common people, and acquired a moralising mythic back story. However, in the last quarter of the twentieth century, against a background of bombings, the burning of holiday cottages and the language movement, it underwent a transformation, redeployed by activists as a token of political docility and colonial subservience.

Following the acquisition by the National Library of Wales of a second version of the original painting, art historian Peter Lord reviews how this simple image became the focus of complex political identities, and the wider question of iconic representations of nationhood in Wales.

The original Salem painting by Sydney Curnow Vosper will be on display during the event, offering a special opportunity to view one of Wales’ most iconic artworks.

Photo © Dylan Williams

Ym 1908, peintiodd Sydney Curnow Vosper lun o hen fenyw mewn gwisg Gymreig draddodiadol yn sefyll y tu mewn i gapel. Wedi iddo gael ei brynu gan yr Arglwydd Leverhulme a’i ddefnyddio, yn rhyfedd iawn, i hysbysebu ‘Sunlight Soap’, daeth Salem yn eicon cenedlaethol yng Nghymru. Cafodd ei rannu'n eang fel print gan ddod yn symbol o dduwioldeb y dyn cyffredin, a datblygodd stori foesegol chwedlonol amdano. Fodd bynnag, yn chwarter olaf yr ugeinfed ganrif, gyda bomio, llosgi tai haf a’r mudiad iaith yn gefnlen, fe'i trawsnewidwyd a chael ei ailgyflwyno gan actifyddion fel arwydd o waseidd-dra trefedigaethol ac o fod yn wleidyddol ddof.

Yn dilyn caffaeliad gan Lyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru o ail fersiwn o’r darlun gwreiddiol, mae hanesydd celf Peter Lord yn adolygu sut y daeth y darlun syml yma i fod yn ganolbwynt i hunaniaethau gwleidyddol cymhleth, gan edrych ar y cwestiwn ehangach ynghylch cynrychiolaeth eiconig o genedligrwydd yng Nghymru.

Yn ystod y cyflwyniad, bydd y llun gwreiddiol Salem gan Sydney Curnow Vosper yn cael ei arddangos ac yn cynnig cyfle arbennig i weld un o weithiau celf fwyaf eiconig Cymru.

Mewn partneriaeth gyda Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru a noddir gan Oriel Mimosa

Price: £10.00
 
Peter Lord

Event 196

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Maesllwch Farm Walk

Venue: Meeting Place on Site
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Come to Andrew and Rachel Giles’ farm with local vet Barney Sampson to see how their herd of dairy cows produces most of their milk from grass.  Visitors can enter the milking parlour and help to milk the cows and see the calves. Find out how their four stomachs enable them to digest grass. Samples of dairy products will be provided for tasting and a local cheese maker will explain the art and science beneath the rind.

With thanks to Andrew and Rachel Giles

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
 
Maesllwch Farm Walk

Event 200

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Andy Johnson joins Nick Jones and Heather McDowell

Walking the Old Ways

Venue: Meeting Place on Site
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Join the author of Walking the Old Ways of East Breconshire and the Black Mountains and two guides from Brecon Beacons National Park on a gentle walk through the beautiful surrounds of Hay-on-Wye.

Please wear appropriate outdoor gear. The walk returns to the Festival site by midday.
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Event 208

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Hay Shantymen

Venue: Marquee
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Hay Shantymen sing rollicking shanties here on the East Coast of Wales. Enjoyment is guaranteed or else you’ll walk the plank!

Free – drop in
Hay Shantymen

Event 212

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Hay Writers’ Circle

New Work

Venue: Summerhouse
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Hay Writers’ Circle is a dynamic group, active in Hay for more than 40 years. It offers three competitions annually for poetry, fiction and non-fiction, each of which is open to both members and non-members. There is an active work in progress group for those working on longer projects. Hay Writers’ Circle has an ongoing, productive relationship with a local primary school. The writers share some recent work.

Free but ticketed
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Hay Writers’ Circle

Event 214

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Garrick Singers

Venue: Marquee
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The Garrick Singers from Hereford Courtyard will perform a selection of songs with a smile that they hope to share.

Free – drop in

Event 225

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Catharine MacLeod talks to Tom True

Portraits of Writers

Venue: Cube
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Catharine MacLeod is Curator of Seventeenth-Century Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery. She contributed to 100 Writers, a publication that brings together portraits of writers from various periods who have made an important contribution to British society and culture. Inspired by the collaboration between Hay Castle Trust, the National Portrait Gallery and Hay Festival, Catharine explores the relationship between writing and portraiture with art historian and newly appointed Director of Hay Castle, Tom True.

Price: £8.00
 
Catharine MacLeod talks to Tom True

Event 235

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Paul Sinnadurai and Nicky Davies

Local Ecology Walk

Venue: Meeting Place on Site
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Guides from Brecon Beacons National Park lead a gentle walk through the beautiful surrounds of Hay-on-Wye. Two of the Park’s leading ecologists share their knowledge of some of the local flora and fauna.

2 hours
Please wear appropriate outdoor gear. The walk returns to the Festival site by midday.
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