Hay Festival 2022 – Readings

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Event 27

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

PJ Harvey talks to Paul Farley

Orlam

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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In this spoken-word event PJ Harvey recites poems from her new book and discusses the lyric line with renowned British poet and writer Paul Farley. Orlam reveals Harvey as a gifted poet – whose formal skill and transforming eye and ear have produced a strange and moving poem like no other. Orlam is not only a remarkable coming-of-age tale, but the first full-length book written in the Dorset dialect for many decades.

Price: £12.00
 
PJ Harvey talks to Paul Farley

Event 47

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

BBC Radio 3: The Verb

Venue: Marquee
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Ian McMillan is always at home in front of a crowd, and in this Hay Festival Verb he is joined by some of our most exciting writers, performers and poets to explore the idea of homeliness – literal or metaphorical – and to ask if writing can be a kind of home.

His guests are: the poet Lemn Sissay, whose latest book for children is a celebration of curiosity and belonging; Monica Ali, who casts her eye across family matters in her new novel Love Marriage; Daniel Morden, a consummate storyteller and performer, acquainted with all the myths of belonging; and Tishani Doshi, whose poetry and prose is alert to the possibilities of a home – in the poem or in the body.

Ian will also share a brand new poetry commission by a contemporary poet for the BBC's centenary – part of The Verb’s Something Old, Something New series.

Unreserved seating
Free – no ticket required
BBC Radio 3: The Verb

Event 92

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

BBC Radio 3: The Verb

Venue: Marquee
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Ian McMillan and guests explore language and memory and ask what we choose to write down -or forget. Joining Ian are Jennifer Egan, whose new novel The Candy House imagines wild technological possibilities for human memory; Allie Esiri brings us the words of long forgotten women poets in the anthology A Poet For Every Day of the Year, and Gurnaik Johal examines how we hand down cultural memories in his debut short story collection We Move.

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Free – no ticket required
BBC Radio 3: The Verb

Event 102

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Monica Dolan, Inua Ellams, Allie Esiri, Stephen Fry, David Harewood, Simone Kirby, Theresa Lola, Lesley Sharp and Lemn Sissay

A Poet for Every Day of the Year

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Bestselling poetry anthologist Allie Esiri returns to the Festival to celebrate her latest anthology, A Poet for Every Day of the Year. Allie commences a journey through the calendar year, highlighting key moments and dates with poetry from some of the world’s greatest verse writers, read by leading performers.

The British Council will be sharing this event as part of their international series.
Price: £20.00
 

Event 123

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Inua Ellams’ RAP Party

Venue: Starlight Stage
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What parallels are there between contemporary poetry and spoken word movements and hip hop’s past, present and future? Come chill and find out at the RAP (Rhythm And Poetry) Party, a nostalgic, no-clutter, no-fuss night of hip hop-inspired poems and favourite hip hop songs.

This special Hay Festival edition features event founder Inua Ellams and long-time friend and collaborator Theresa Lola going head-to-head, back-to-back, with DJ Sid Mercutio on the decks.

Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is a poet, playwright and performer. Theresa Lola is a British Nigerian poet, writer and editor.

Price: £15.00
 
Inua Ellams’ RAP Party

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.

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Hay Writers’ Circle

Event 336

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Letters Live 1

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Join Benedict Cumberbatch and friends as the hugely popular all-star show returns for the sixth year to Hay Festival and in aid of the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. A celebration of the enduring power of literary correspondence, Letters Live sees a diverse array of outstanding performers read remarkable letters, inspired by and often drawn from Shaun Usher’s bestselling Letters of Note anthologies. The full cast will be kept under wraps until the performance.

All ticket sales from this event go to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. If you cannot attend in person, you can register for the fundraising live stream.
Price: £35.00
 
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Letters Live 1

Event 346

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

The Waste Land

​#HAYFESTIVAL100: UNREAL CITIES – CENTENARY TOUR 2022

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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In 2015 the Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival commissioned a new setting of The Waste Land created with the permission of the T.S. Eliot Estate. The work was directed by Adrian Dunbar for four actors, with score for improvising quintet by Nick Roth.
Ted Hughes declaimed of the poem: “We are often told that coming when it did, in 1922, out of the shock and exhaustion immediately following the First World War, this poem stands between the old world and the new; that it recapitulates the decay and collapse of the inner life of the old world, and at the same time divines – and defines – the spiritual condition which became the cornerstone of the new.”
Tonight’s event marks 100 years since the poem, published in December 1922, heralded the birth of modernist English literature.

Director: Adrian Dunbar Composer: Nick Roth Voices: Anna Nygh Orla Charlton Frank McCusker Stanley Townsend
Musicians: Alex Bonney - trumpet / electronics Nick Roth - saxophones / objects Alexander Hawkins - piano Neil Charles - double bass
Simon Roth - drums
Price: £20.00
 
The Waste Land

Event 350

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Letters Live 2

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Join Benedict Cumberbatch and friends for a one-off, family-friendly edition of Letters Live, a hugely popular celebration of the enduring power of literary correspondence. The event sees a diverse array of outstanding performers read remarkable letters, inspired by and often drawn from Shaun Usher’s best-selling Letters of Note anthologies. The full cast will be kept under wraps until the performance.

U16 Ticket
£12.50
 
Adult Ticket
£25.00
 
Letters Live 2