Hay Festival 2024

Welcome to our 2024 earlybird programme. Below you will find selected highlights which are available to book now. The full programme will be released in the spring. Please ensure you are signed up to our mailing list for updates. You can also pre-order a printed copy of the programme.

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Event T7

Events taking place live 23 May–2 June 2024

Bettany Hughes

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

Venue: The Global Stage
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The historian explores the ancient world, told through its seven greatest monuments: Great Pyramid at Giza, Egypt; Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Iraq; Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Greece; Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Turkey; Mausoleum of Halikarnassos, Turkey; Colossus of Rhodes, Greece; Lighthouse of Alexandria, Egypt. All were staggeringly audacious, and demonstrated the reaches of human imagination. Now only the Pyramid remains, yet the scale and majesty of these seven wonders still enthral us today. The author and academic asks: why do we wonder, why do we create and why do we choose to remember the wonder of others? Her previous books include Venus & Aphrodite and Helen of Troy: goddess, princess, whore.

Price: £15.00

Event T8

Events taking place live 23 May–2 June 2024

Wes Streeting

One Boy, Two Bills and a Fry Up

Venue: The Global Stage
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The front-bench Labour MP grew up on a council estate in Stepney, East London, the son of teenage parents. His maternal grandfather Bill, an unsuccessful armed robber, spent time behind bars, as did his grandmother, who was also a political campaigner. This memoir brings to life the struggle and heartache of his parents’ and grandparents’ lives in poverty; the choices they had to make between feeding the meter and feeing the family. It's also about the life-changing power of education. Encouraged by a series of inspirational teachers, he won a place at Cambridge, and later became head of education at Stonewall. He was elected an MP in 2015 and is now Shadow Health Secretary.

Price: £15.00

Event T9

Events taking place live 23 May–2 June 2024

William Sieghart and guests

The Poetry Pharmacy

Venue: The Discovery Stage
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There is a prescription for whatever might be your poetic need or desire, from verses to soothe your soul and brighten your day to poems that offer comfort in times of trouble. The creator and editor of The Poetry Pharmacy is joined by special guests (to be announced) for an event of connection, imagination and inspiration.

Price: £13.00

Event T10

Events taking place live 23 May–2 June 2024

Jeanette Winterson

Ghost Stories: Night Side of the River

Venue: The Global Stage
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Gloriously Gothic and unnervingly contemporary, this is a blend of chilling short stories and the author's real-life encounters with the supernatural. Winterson explores grief, revenge, and the myriad ways in which technology can disrupt the boundary between life and death. Our lives are digital, exposed and always-on. We can find out everything about our world, but we know little about the world of ghosts. They wander the metaverse just as they haunt our homes and our memories, seeking new ways to connect, to live among us, to remind us, to tempt us, to take their revenge. These are the stories of the dead – of those we've lost, loved, forgotten...and feared.

Price: £13.00

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