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Hay Festival 2024

Escape the day-to-day at Hay Festival Hay-on-Wye 2024. Join us 23 May–2 June at our free-to-enter Festival site. Explore the full programme and book your individual events below. If you want to see the programme at a glance, please use our schedule view.

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ConversationTim Peake

Event 414

Tim Peake

The Cosmic Diary of our Incredible Universe

–  Discovery Stage
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Tim Peake was the first British astronaut to conduct a spacewalk at the International Space Station, and an inspiration for budding young scientists and astronauts everywhere. In this out-of-this-world event, Peake talks about his first non-fiction book for children, The Cosmic Diary of Our Incredible Universe, in which readers will discover everything from how stars are made, to which fruit can create antimatter. Peake is a former Apache pilot, flight instructor, test pilot and European Space Agency astronaut whose books include his memoir Limitless, and the photography collection Hello, is this Planet Earth?

8+ years
This has replaced event F27 with Robert Winston
Price: £7.00
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ConversationRobert Winston

Event F27

Robert Winston

The Story of Science

–  Discovery Stage
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Join renowned scientist Robert Winston to hear about The Story of Science – a journey through human history, looking at the stories behind humanity’s greatest inventions and findings. With fascinating facts, tales of innovative inventions and daring discoveries, the professor explains how accidents have led to some of the greatest findings we’ve ever seen, from the stone hand-axe to life-changing medicine. If you’re a young inventor or science enthusiast, or simply a curious mind, constantly asking ‘how’ and ‘why’ things happen, this event is for you.

7+ years
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ConversationShelina Janmohamed

Event F28

Shelina Janmohamed

Story of Now: Let’s Talk about the British Empire

–  Spring Stage
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What can tea and pyjamas tell us about Britain today? Carnegie-nominated author Shelina Janmohamed steers an interactive, mind-blowing journey through the centuries and lands of the British Empire, standing in the shoes of kids just like you. Hear the voices of children of the industrial revolution, enslaved children, the Home children and even the teenage match girls who went on strike and inspired a political movement. Understanding what happened during the British Empire helps all of us to make sense of the world we live in today. Not afraid to tackle big issues like racism and inequality, Shelina will ask perhaps the most important question of all: how can you be the author of your own (British Empire) story, and could your story change the course of history?

Please bring your own notebook and pen or pencil to this event.

10+ years
Price: £7.00
ActivityMake & Take Crafting

Event MT9

Make & Take Crafting

Monday Afternoon Session

–  Make & Take Hub
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An opportunity to get crafting! Activities differ every day, including everything from print-making to junk modelling with recycled materials, with today’s sessions focusing on rivers. Get messy and creative: your imagination is the limit.

Book for the session and you can drop in at any point during the 1.5 hour duration. Accompanying adults: please stay in attendance at all times, but you do not require a ticket.

3–11 years
Price: £5.00
WorkshopPizza-making Workshop

Event W26

Pizza-making Workshop

Kitchen Garden Pizza

–  Family Garden
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Come to the Family Garden for a pizza masterclass with Kitchen Garden Pizza. In this one-hour session your imagination and creativity will be fed along with your belly! You’ll get your hands messy with freshly grown and foraged ingredients, make and top your own dough and observe the pizzaioli at work at the wood-fired oven. And while you wait for your pizza to cook, you can decorate your own pizza box!
Dairy-free and gluten-free options available

4+ years
Parents/carers must attend but do not need a ticket.
Sold out
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WorkshopRotoscope Animation Workshop

Event W27

Rotoscope Animation Workshop

With MASH Cinema

–  Creative Hub
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Rotoscope and remix! Leave your mark – help reanimate, reimagine and remix short films with visual artists MASH Cinema. During the workshop you’ll experiment with techniques pioneered by animator Max Fleischer to produce new moving image artwork in this fun, hands-on collaborative creative project. Completed animations will be available to view online.

7–9 years
Parents/carers must attend but do not need a ticket.
Sold out
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ConversationSara Pascoe in conversation with Matt Everitt

Event 128

Sara Pascoe in conversation with Matt Everitt

Weirdo

–  Global Stage
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Critically acclaimed comedian Sara Pascoe introduces her engaging debut novel. Weirdo follows Sophie, an existential Essex girl battling low-level paranoia in her search for happiness and truth. All Sophie wants to do is act like a normal, well-adjusted person and not say any of her inner monologue out loud. If she can suppress her pornographic visualisations and pathological lying, who knows, maybe she can get out of debt, dump her current boyfriend and try to enjoy Christmas with her awful family? Pascoe wrote and starred in the sitcom Out of Her Mind, hosts The Great British Sewing Bee and has written two non-fiction books – Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body and Sex Power Money. Pascoe talks to writer and presenter Matt Everitt.

“Quietly profound and laughing-in-public funny” – Caitlin Moran.

BSL Used HereThere will be a BSL interpreter at this event

Price: £13.00
TalkJosephine Quinn talks to Stephanie Merritt

Event 129

Josephine Quinn talks to Stephanie Merritt

How the World Made the West

–  Discovery Stage
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The roots of Western civilisation lie in ancient Greek and Rome, and values like freedom, rationality, justice, democracy and tolerance originated in the West. But what if that’s not true? Covering 4,000 years of history, Josephine Quinn calls for a major reassessment of the West, arguing that many of the values we hold close are not only or originally western, and that the West is a product of longstanding links between a large group of cultures, from the Gobi Desert to the Atlantic Ocean, Scandinavia to the Sahara. Quinn, a professor of ancient history at the University of Oxford, puts forward a rich new narrative that has the power to change how we see the world.

Price: £13.00
ConversationHelen Czerski and Helen Scales talk to Andy Fryers

Event 130

Helen Czerski and Helen Scales talk to Andy Fryers

Hidden Depths in the Ocean

–  Wye Stage
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Dive deep with physicist Helen Czerski and marine biologist Helen Scales as they speak to the Festival’s Sustainability Director Andy Fryers about our vast oceans. Czerski’s The Blue Machine illuminates the murky depths of the ocean engine, examining the messengers, passengers and voyagers that live in it, travel over it, and survive because of it. Scales’ What the Wild Sea Can Be is an optimistic view of the future of the ocean, looking at how fish populations and giant kelp and seagrass forests are being regenerated and expanded.

Price: £11.00
ConversationBBC Radio 4: Word of Mouth

Event 437

BBC Radio 4: Word of Mouth

–  Exchange Marquee
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Michael Rosen and guests explore the world of words.

Free – drop in
ConversationJeffrey Boakye

Event F29

Jeffrey Boakye

Musical World

–  Meadow Stage
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Tune in to BBC Radio 4 broadcaster Jeffrey Boakye to discover modern world history as you’ve never heard it before! The critically acclaimed author of Musical Truth presents Musical World, a new book and soundtrack charting pivotal historical moments from across the globe. Explore the cultural, political and societal impact of various music genres and musicians, including artists Bob Marley, Aretha Franklin, Lil Nas X and many more.

Family, 11+ years
Price: £7.00
ConversationKatya Balen

Event F30

Katya Balen

Foxlight

–  Spring Stage
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Go story mudlarking with Katya Balen, the Carnegie Medal-winning author of October, October, and discover her new heart-warming tale Foxlight. Explore the wild with twin sisters Fen and Rey – different and the same, separate and connected – as they follow a fox in search of answers.

Family, 8+ years
Price: £7.00
WorkshopPizza-making Workshop

Event W28

Pizza-making Workshop

Kitchen Garden Pizza

–  Family Garden
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Come to the Family Garden for a pizza masterclass with Kitchen Garden Pizza. In this one-hour session your imagination and creativity will be fed along with your belly! You’ll get your hands messy with freshly grown and foraged ingredients, make and top your own dough and observe the pizzaioli at work at the wood-fired oven. And while you wait for your pizza to cook, you can decorate your own pizza box!
Dairy-free and gluten-free options available

4+ years
Parents/carers must attend but do not need a ticket.
Sold out
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ConversationJames Blunt talks to Matt Everitt

Event 131

James Blunt talks to Matt Everitt

Loosely Based on a Made-Up Story

–  Global Stage
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The singer-songwriter, record producer and former British Army officer regales us with tales loosely based on fact, from his questionable Norfolk roots, eccentric family, boarding school antics, misjudged military service, to his rise to music stardom and tour escapades. His 2004 debut album Back to Bedlam, featuring the single You’re Beautiful, sold over 11 million copies and was the best-selling album of the 2000s in the UK. His new album, Who We Used to Be is out in October. Blunt talks to writer and presenter Matt Everitt.

BSL Used HereThere will be a BSL interpreter at this event

Price: £15.00
ConversationDieter Helm

Event 132

Dieter Helm

Legacy: How to Build the Sustainable Economy

–  Discovery Stage
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What would a sustainable economy look like? How could we live within our environmental means? Sir Dieter Helm explains what it would take to properly maintain different types of capital, why polluters would have to pay, why the current generation would have to fund the necessary maintenance of our natural assets and why we would have to save to invest. Author of Net Zero and The Carbon Crunch, Helm is Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Oxford. From 2012 to 2020 he was Independent Chair of the UK Natural Capital Committee, providing advice to the government on the sustainable use of natural capital. His latest book is Legacy: How to Build the Sustainable Economy and he is in conversation with Mark Lloyd, CEO of The Rivers Trust.

Price: £13.00
ConversationEs Devlin talks to Kirsty Lang

Event 133

Es Devlin talks to Kirsty Lang

An Atlas of Es Devlin

–  Wye Stage
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Artist and stage designer Es Devlin’s work is rooted in a lifelong practice of reading and drawing, whether she’s making fragile miniature paintings, paper cuts and small mechanical cardboard models, public sculptures and installations at Tate Modern and the V&A, or kinetic stage designs at the Royal Opera House and the National Theatre. Devlin’s book An Atlas of Es Devlin is a sculptural volume with foldouts, cut-outs and a range of paper types, mirror and translucencies. She speaks to journalist Kirsty Lang about her 30-year career.

Price: £13.00
TalkDiarmait Mac Giolla Chríost

Event 134

Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost

Celtic Palestine: Culture and Conflict

–  Meadow Stage
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Join Professor Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost for an illustrated talk about his new book, Fieldnotes from Celtic Palestine. He shares reflections on his field visits to Palestine over several years, including encounters such as being served tea by the daughter of a Hamas suicide bomber in the family apartment in Ramallah, and being taken to Jewish settlements regarded as illegal under international law. He explores aspects of the conflict in Palestine through the medium of art, casting a critical eye upon depictions of Gaza by the Welsh artist Osi Rhys Osmond and upon portrayals of the West Bank in the creative writing of Irish novelist Colum McCann. Chríost is Director of Postgraduate Research Studies at the School of Welsh, Cardiff University.

Price: £11.00
ConversationGemma June Howell talks to Rachel Trezise

Event 135

Gemma June Howell talks to Rachel Trezise

Debut Discoveries: The Crazy Truth

–  Spring Stage
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Girlo Wolf longs for something beyond the defunct slag heaps of post-industrial Wales and nurtures dreams of becoming a poet. But, struggling with mental health challenges and the repercussions of childhood trauma, she falls into a dark underworld of sex, drugs and alcohol. Poet and activist Gemma June Howell discusses her darkly comedic novel The Crazy Truth, which sheds light on the harsh realities of economic poverty and present-day oppression, with author Rachel Trezise. Howell is director of Women Publishing Wales/Menywod Cyhoeddi Cymru.

Price: £11.00
WorkshopPlanet Assembly 3: Transport for the Future

Event 136

Planet Assembly 3: Transport for the Future

A Thought Laboratory

–  Creative Hub
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Bring your best ideas to this solutions-focused workshop session. Facilitated by sustainability entrepreneur Andy Middleton and joined by key speakers to be announced, we’ll look at the key issue of transport, discussing the scale of the issue and a range of solutions.

Speakers include remarkable individuals leading climate and biodiversity resilience projects, igniting hope and progress in their neighbourhoods and the wider community. We want you to share your ideas and to be inspired by those making a difference. Be part of the change in this two-hour thought laboratory.

Price: £11.00
ConversationBBC Radio 4: Moral Maze

Event 438

BBC Radio 4: Moral Maze

–  Exchange Marquee
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Combative, provocative and engaging debate examining a moral issue of the day, chaired by Michael Buerk.

Free – drop in
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