Hay Festival 2023

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Event HD2

Events taking place live 25 May–4 June 2023

Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Am I Made of Stardust?

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The super-star space scientist is back with her second book, and is ready to answer your questions about the wonders of the universe. Reach for the stars with questions like…is it raining gemstones on Jupiter? What do astronauts have for dinner on the International Space Station?

Family, 8+ years
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Event W3

Events taking place live 25 May–4 June 2023

Theraplay Workshop

Vivien Norris & The Family Place

Venue: Hwyl Stage
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Join our family group and experience what Theraplay is like! The session will be playful, physical and fun. Everyone joins in, so come prepared for activity. Theraplay is a way of playing with your child which builds and enhances attachment, self-esteem, trust in each other and joyful engagement. It’s based on the natural patterns of healthy interaction between parent and child. You can use the ideas in everyday parenting and in any setting where relationship connection is important, for example in schools, older adult care settings, or for family reconnection following life events.

Family, 5+ years
Parents/carers must attend but do not need a ticket.
Price: £10.00

Event W4

Events taking place live 25 May–4 June 2023

Rooted Forest School

Natural Craft Workshop

Venue: Wild Garden
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Come and join Rooted Forest School for outdoor family sessions inspired by the Forest School approach. We’ll use foraged materials to craft natural items that you can take away with you, taking part in some simple tool use and finishing off with a hot apple juice around the fire. These sessions are aimed at families and will run whatever the weather, so make sure you’re wrapped up for the conditions.

9–11 years
Parents/carers may attend (no ticket required), or sign children in/out.
Price: £10.00

Event 47

Events taking place live 25 May–4 June 2023

Richard E Grant

A Pocketful of Happiness

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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When actor Richard E Grant’s wife Joan died in September 2021, after the couple had been together for almost 40 years, he was left with a challenge from her: find a pocketful of happiness each day. The result is the book A Pocketful of Happiness, set between the present day and the past, using diary entries that recall landmarks from Grant’s remarkable life and glittering career. This candid and profound event from one of Britain’s best-loved actors will make you laugh and move you.

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Event 48

Events taking place live 25 May–4 June 2023

Aleksandar Hemon and Damir Imamović

The World and All That It Holds

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Join novelist Aleksandar Hemon and musician Damir Imamović for an exciting cross-genre collaboration. Widely acclaimed as a masterpiece, Hemon’s latest novel The World and All That It Holds is an engrossing, moving epic taking readers from Sarajevo to Shanghai and across a century of tumultuous history. He is joined by fellow Sarajevan Damir Imamović, celebrated Sevdah artist (Sevdah is a form of ‘Bosnian blues’; it literally means ‘beautiful sadness’) who will perform from his new Smithsonian Folkways album, inspired by and forming a rich soundtrack to The World and All That It Holds. An unmissable hour of words and music.

Price: £12.00

Event 49

Events taking place live 25 May–4 June 2023

Laleh Khalili

Sinews of War and Trade

Venue: The Hive
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Laleh Khalili (Sinews of War and Trade) explains how maritime transportation is central to the fabric of global capitalism and how ports create racialised hierarchies of labour, engineer the lived environment, aid the accumulation of capital regionally and globally, and carry forward colonial regimes of profit, law and administration. China is the factory of the world, and a parade of ships arrive and leave in all directions to fuel its manufacturing trade. The oil needed by China primarily comes from the Arabian Peninsula, and much of the material it requires is transported through the ports of Arabian Peninsula. China's ‘maritime silk road’ flanks the Peninsula on all sides. Khalili is a professor of international politics at Queen Mary University of London.

Price: £12.00
Last few remaining tickets

Event 50

Events taking place live 25 May–4 June 2023

Hay Music presents RIOT Ensemble

Venue: St Mary’s Church
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Amy Green and Sam Wilson, virtuosic members of the award-winning musical group Riot Ensemble, perform a show that explores the possibilities of two nebulous and anarchic instruments: saxophone and percussion. Testing the full capabilities of both, this programme includes solo pieces that feature different saxophones, as well as a plethora of tuned and untuned percussion. Full details at haymusic.org.

Price: £15.00

Event HD3

Events taking place live 25 May–4 June 2023

JB Gill

Ace and the Animal Heroes

Venue: Wye Stage
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Come on down to the farm with JB Gill for an event packed full of adventure and animal antics. Dr Dolittle meets Dick King-Smith in Ace and the Animal Heroes: The Big Farm Rescue, a funny and charming tale from the pop star and presenter turned award-winning farmer and author. When Ace receives a surprise gift from a long-lost relative, he and his grandparents pack up their life in the city and move to the countryside to live on a run-down farm. Little does Ace know there’s an even bigger surprise awaiting him…

JB Gill rose to fame as a member of one of the UK’s biggest boybands – JLS. Ten years ago, he set up a farm in the Kent countryside, where he lives with his wife and children, Ace and Chiara. JB presents Channel 5’s Milkshake TV series Cooking With The Gills and CBeebies BAFTA-nominated Down on the Farm.

6+ years
Price: £7.00

Event W5

Events taking place live 25 May–4 June 2023

Theraplay Workshop

Vivien Norris & The Family Place

Venue: Hwyl Stage
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Join our family group and experience what Theraplay is like! The session will be playful, physical and fun. Everyone joins in, so come prepared for activity. Theraplay is a way of playing with your child which builds and enhances attachment, self-esteem, trust in each other and joyful engagement. It’s based on the natural patterns of healthy interaction between parent and child. You can use the ideas in everyday parenting and in any setting where relationship connection is important, for example in schools, older adult care settings, or for family reconnection following life events.

Family, 5+ years
Parents/carers must attend but do not need a ticket.
Price: £10.00

Event MT2

Events taking place live 25 May–4 June 2023

Make & Take Crafting

Saturday Afternoon 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. Accompanying adults: please stay in attendance at all times, but you do not require a ticket.

3–11 years
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Event 52

Events taking place live 25 May–4 June 2023

Anna Marrs and Jitesh Gadhia talk to Peter Lacy

Sustainability Leadership: CEOs Take Responsibility

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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A panel of world-class business leaders provide insight into how they’re putting sustainability at the core of all strategies, removing uncertainties driven by global challenges, and forming a foundation of security, growth and resilience. The experts will discuss the UK and EMEA findings from the United Nations Global Compact-Accenture CEO Study on Sustainability, led by Peter Lacy, global sustainability services lead and chief responsibility officer at Accenture. Joining him will be Anna Marrs, president of global commercial services at AMEX, and Jitesh Gadhia, chair of the British Asian Trust, a member of the House of Lords and former senior managing director at the Blackstone Group.

Price: £12.00

Event 53

Events taking place live 25 May–4 June 2023

Rukmini Iyer

India Express: Fresh and Delicious Recipes for Every Day

Venue: Wye Stage
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Rukmini Iyer’s Roasting Tin series has sold over 1.5 million copies globally in five years. She’s a recipe writer, food stylist and former lawyer who loves creating easy recipes and believes that making time to eat well – for yourself or for family dinners – is an integral part of the day. Her approach to cooking Indian food, shown in her new book India Express, is inspired by seeing the ease with which her mother switched between Indian meals to recipes from Delia, Linda McCartney, and Jamie – keeping traditional flavourings, but looking at ways to put easy week-night dinners on the table. As well as writing cookbooks, Iyer styles and writes recipes for the Guardian, BBC Good Food, Waitrose, and Fortnum & Mason.

BSL Used HereThere will be a BSL interpreter at this event

Price: £12.00

Event 54

Events taking place live 25 May–4 June 2023

Naoise Dolan and Monica Heisey

Love and Friendship

Venue: Hwyl Stage
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Dolan and Heisey delve into the complicated world of relationships – with yourself, friends and romantic partners – as they discuss their novels. Dolan’s The Happy Couple follows a cast of characters in the run-up to a wedding, as they all try and find their happily ever after. Heisey’s Really Good, Actually follows Maggie, getting divorced as she approaches her 30th birthday, and having to rediscover who she really is. Heisey, an author and TV writer, and Dolan, a novelist, discuss writing love and friendship with humour, relatability and vulnerability.

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Event HD4

Events taking place live 25 May–4 June 2023

Michael Rosen

An Afternoon of Poetry

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Have some fun with Michael Rosen, former Children’s Laureate and much loved author and poet, creator of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, A Great Big Cuddle and Michael Rosen’s Sad Book. Michael is a hugely popular performer – come along and join him for stories, poetry, humour and entertainment for all ages.

Family, 5+ years
Price: £7.00

Event HD5

Events taking place live 25 May–4 June 2023

Laura Bates talks to Jeffrey Boakye

Thinker in Residence Series: Open Talking

Venue: The Hive
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Open talking from gender equality activist and Everyday Sexism founder Laura Bates and author of I Heard What You Said Jeffrey Boakye, who has a particular interest in issues surrounding race, masculinity, education and popular culture. Together they’ll discuss important issues for young people today including consent, women online and toxic masculinity. Laura Bates is a Hay Festival 2023 Thinker in Residence, questioning norms, finding new perspectives and challenging us to action.

14+ years
Price: £7.00

Event W6

Events taking place live 25 May–4 June 2023

Rooted Forest School

Natural Craft Workshop

Venue: Wild Garden
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Come and join Rooted Forest School for outdoor family sessions inspired by the Forest School approach. We’ll use foraged materials to craft natural items that you can take away with you, taking part in some simple tool use and finishing off with a hot apple juice around the fire. These sessions are aimed at families and will run whatever the weather, so make sure you’re wrapped up for the conditions.

4–8 years
Parents/carers must attend but do not need a ticket.
Price: £10.00
Last few remaining tickets

Event 56

Events taking place live 25 May–4 June 2023

Helena Bonham Carter, Allie Esiri, Tom Goodman-Hill, Jessica Raine, Tony Robinson, Simon Schama, Jordan Stephens, Rhashan Stone, Samuel West and Olivia Williams

Gala: Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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The anthologist Allie Esiri returns to Hay to celebrate Shakespeare for Every day of the Year, marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s First Folio, with an all-star cast including Helena Bonham Carter (Harry Potter, The Crown), Tom Goodman-Hill (The Imitation Game, Rebecca), Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife, The Devil's Hour), Tony Robinson (Blackadder, Tony Robinson’s History of Britain), Simon Schama (A History of Britain, Foreign Bodies), Jordan Stephens (Rogue One, Catastrophe), Rhashan Stone (All About Eve, Keeping Faith), Samuel West (All Creatures Great and Small) and Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense, The Crown).

Please note that the final line-up may be subject to change.

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Event 57

Events taking place live 25 May–4 June 2023

Mariana Mazzucato and Rosie Collington

The Big Con

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The consultation industry, argue authors Mariana Mazzucato and Rosie Collington, has made its way to the heart of our economies and governments, resulting in everything from getting in the way of our attempts to halt climate change to muddying political accountability. In The Big Con: How the Consulting Industry Weakens our Businesses, Infantilizes our Governments and Warps our Economies, they debunk the myth that consultancies always add value to the economy with original research and recommendations for how to make sure the role of consultants works for economies and governments that are fit for purpose.

Price: £14.00

Event 58

Events taking place live 25 May–4 June 2023

International Booker Prize Winner

Venue: Wye Stage
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The International Booker Prize is awarded annually for a single book and celebrates the vital work of translators, with the £50,000 prize money divided equally between author and translator. The 2023 prize will be announced on Tuesday 23 May and we will present the winning author and translator in conversation with Gaby Wood, Director of the Booker Prize Foundation, and judge Tan Twan Eng, the Booker-shortlisted Malaysian novelist.

Price: £12.00

Event 59

Events taking place live 25 May–4 June 2023

Mikaela Loach and Mya-Rose Craig talk to Areeba Hamid

Climate Action to Transform Our World

Venue: The Hive
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Representations of climate action in the mainstream media have often been white-washed, green-washed and diluted to be made compatible with capitalism. Yet tackling the climate crisis requires us to visit the roots of poverty, capitalist exploitation, police brutality and legal injustice. In It’s Not That Radical: Climate Action to Transform Our World, Mikaela Loach offers a fresh and radical perspective for real climate action that could drastically change the world as we know it for the benefit of us all. Galvanising us to take action, she presents an accessible and transformative assessment of our circumstances to help mobilise us to save the future of our planet. Mya-Rose, otherwise known as ‘Birdgirl’, has visited every continent to pursue her passion – seeing first-hand the inequality and reckless destruction we are inflicting on our fragile planet. The simple, mindful act of looking for birds has made her increasingly determined to campaign for their – and our – survival. Mya-Rose’s memoir Birdgirl, in which she shares how she found her voice and joy through birding during a deepening family mental health crisis, has recently been nominated for the Jhalak Prizes. The influential climate activists talk to Areeba Hamid, co-executive director of Greenpeace.

Price: £10.00

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