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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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ActivityMorning Yoga with Hay Yoga Collective

Event 341

Morning Yoga with Hay Yoga Collective

–  Creative Hub
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Start your day with an hour of yoga blending movement, mantra, meditation and breathwork. The classes support detoxification and regeneration – physically, emotionally and spiritually. Our daily yoga classes are brought to you by a collective of ten highly skilled practitioners, all local to Hay-on-Wye. Each practitioner has their own style, but with all you can expect a mindful, student-focused practice with clear cueing and functional sequencing.

Whether you need grounding and recharging before a busy day at the Festival, an opportunity to stretch and move your body, or simply an hour to focus on your breathing, these classes are open and accessible to all. Practitioners will adapt to different levels of experience, providing options for deepening or softening within poses so that each student takes what they need from the practice. Beginners and experienced students are most welcome. Yoga mats are provided.

Please contact Clare Fry at hello@larchwoodstudio.com with any questions relating to these classes. As capacity is limited, we recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing, and alert your practitioner at the start of class if you have any injuries.
Price: £12.00
ActivityHay Castle Entry Ticket

Event HC20

Hay Castle Entry Ticket

–  Hay Castle
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A fantastic opportunity to see behind the scenes of this unique and historic building. Visit at a time of your choice during Castle opening hours.

Price: £5.00
ActivityBreakfast Tour with Tom True

Event HC21

Breakfast Tour with Tom True

–  Hay Castle
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Hay Castle’s executive director Tom True introduces the key moments and characters from the castle’s past followed by a continental breakfast.

Price: £20.00
ActivityWild Swimming in the River Wye

Event 342

Wild Swimming in the River Wye

–  Meet at By the Wye
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Come for a wild swim in the Wye with adventure and wild swimming specialist Angela Jones. The author of Wild Swimming the River Wye is passionate about protecting and respecting the river, its environment and wildlife. She shows how to engage in wild swimming with love and respect, testing the water for cleanliness and observing when it’s safe, before leading a guided wild swim session. Beginners and seasoned swimmers alike will gain a wealth of knowledge, including tips on acclimation, water safety, equipment, technique, reading the river and undercurrents.

You will meet Angela on the banks of the river at By the Wye Glamping Site, HR3 5RS, located just past the main bridge into Hay on the B4351
(What3Words : lifestyle.waving.cavalier).

The session starts at 10am and ends at 12pm at the river.

There is no parking at the swim site, please park in one of the designated car parks around town.

Please bring swimming gear and towel. Water shoes and wetsuits optional. There are no changing facilities by the river, so we recommend donning swimming costumes in advance, worn under loose clothing. Please do not don wetsuits in advance. Bring a thermos or drink and warm clothes for after the swim. Wetsuits can be provided on loan for £5 with prior notice – contact angela@swimwildwye.co.uk.
Price: £30.00
PanelRichard Coles, Dharshini David, Suzannah Lipscomb and guests

Event 343

Richard Coles, Dharshini David, Suzannah Lipscomb and guests

The News Review

–  Global Stage
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Start your day at Hay Festival with our daily news review. Join leading journalists and special guests as they take us behind the headlines with insider perspectives, insights and an eye on what’s next. Strong coffee recommended!

Among today’s guests are Reverend Richard Coles, co-presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live and author of the Canon Clement Mystery series, Dharshini David, author, broadcaster and Chief Economics Correspondent for BBC News, and Professor Suzannah Lipscomb, host of Not Just the Tudors podcast from History Hit and Chair of Judges for the inaugural Women’s Prize for Non-Fiction.

Price: £13.00
ConversationHisham Matar talks to Charlotte Higgins

Event 344

Hisham Matar talks to Charlotte Higgins

My Friends

–  Discovery Stage
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American-Libyan writer Hisham Matar’s new novel is about three Libyan men in political exile in London, and the emotional homeland that deep friendships can provide. It begins in 1984, the year that officials inside the Libyan embassy in London’s St James’s Square fired a machine gun into a crowd of unarmed protesters. Matar’s earlier novel, The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between, about his father’s abduction by Gaddafi’s forces and the decades-long quest to discover his fate, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2017. He discusses his new book with Charlotte Higgins, the Guardian’s chief culture writer.

Price: £11.00
ConversationFiona Williams talks to Ingrid Persaud

Event 345

Fiona Williams talks to Ingrid Persaud

Debut Discoveries: The House of Broken Bricks

–  Meadow Stage
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Fiona Williams’ The House of Broken Bricks focuses on Tess and Richard; the former yearns for the comforting chaos of life as it once was while the latter fights to get his winter crops planted rather than deal with the discussion he cannot face. Williams discusses her story of a broken family, who might be able to heal as the seasons change, with novelist Ingrid Persaud.

Price: £11.00
ActivityWayfaring Walk with a National Park Warden

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Wayfaring Walk with a National Park Warden

–  Meeting Place on Festival Site
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A warden from the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park leads a walk through the beautiful surrounds of Hay-on-Wye. A local expert gives insights into this treasured landscape.

Hay-on-Wye is based within 520 square miles of beautiful landscape that makes up the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park. The National Park is driving change to bring about a sustainable future, meeting our needs within planetary boundaries. Their Hay Festival series of walks take you into the town’s local environment while offering the opportunity to learn more about the Park’s work and its treasured landscape.

Please wear appropriate footwear and outdoor gear. We regret we cannot accommodate dogs on this walk.
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ConversationBBC Radio 4: The Verb

Event 450

BBC Radio 4: The Verb

–  Exchange Marquee
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Join us for a recording of The Verb, BBC Radio 4’s poetry celebration and ‘language lock-in’, hosted by its kindly pub-landlord Ian McMillan. In our special festival editions Ian has invited a host of award-winning poets, writers and performers to join him on stage for a spoken word party. His guests include the novelist Kevin Barry, and the actor and writer Miriam Margolyes.

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ConversationRob Biddulph

Event F79

Rob Biddulph

Peanut Jones

–  Wye Stage
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Illustrator Rob Biddulph sketches out a fun-packed and interactive session for all the family. Rob’s brilliant #DrawWithRob videos have inspired many to take up a pencil, and now you can join in live with a draw-along fresh from his latest book. The final book in his Peanut Jones trilogy, Peanut Jones and the End of the Rainbow, dazzles with magic, danger, friendship and art. Find out all about Rob’s journey from budding artist to award-winning picture book creator and Guinness World Record holder in this event fizzing with fun and creativity.

Family, 6+ years
Please bring your own sketchbook and pencils to draw along in this event.
Price: £7.00
PerformanceSteve Antony

Event F80

Steve Antony

Cat Nap & Rainbowsaurus

–  Spring Stage
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Meet Steve Antony’s mischievous new character, Cat. In his new book Cat Nap, this little cat needs a nap, but it’s hard to find time for sleep when you’re busy playing! Will he ever close his eyes? Curl up for the bestselling author and illustrator’s high-energy story time event.

3+ years
Please bring your own sketchbook and pencils to draw along in this event.
Price: £7.00
WorkshopNathanael Lessore

Event F81

Nathanael Lessore

Steady for This

–  Creative Hub
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Join Nathanael Lessore for an interactive, laugh-out-loud workshop-style event. Nathanael’s breakout debut Steady for This introduces us to wannabe rapper MC Growls. When a livestream practice goes horribly wrong Growls has to prove his talents, not just to the school but to himself. The King of Nothing is Nathanael’s latest book, which celebrates boyhood and is inspired by his own experience of the joys and challenges of growing up as a working-class person of colour.

11+ years
Please bring your own notebook and pen or pencil to this event.
Price: £7.00
WorkshopPizza-making Workshop

Event W76

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.
Price: £16.00
ActivityMake & Take Crafting

Event MT25

Make & Take Crafting

Sunday Morning 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. 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 W77

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.
Price: £16.00
ConversationSimon Armitage

Event 347

Simon Armitage

Blossomise

–  Global Stage
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The Poet Laureate shares the new perspectives and energy he brings to a timeless subject in his newest collection of poems. Blossomise, published in collaboration with the National Trust as part of its annual Blossom campaign, celebrates the arrival of spring blossom and acknowledges its melancholy disappearance.

Price: £13.00
TalkDharshini David

Event 348

Dharshini David

Environomics: How the Green Economy is Transforming Your World

–  Discovery Stage
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Why might an orangutan care which toothpaste you choose? What does your mobile phone have to do with wind turbines? And can your morning coffee really power a bus? Economics affects every aspect of our lives and there are huge changes afoot as the global green revolution speeds up. Dharshini David, Chief Economics Correspondent for BBC News, reveals the green changes already taking place in every aspect of our world, from sustainable materials and corporate greenwashing to industrialisation and global trade wars. David explores the industries of energy, food, fashion, technology, manufacturing and finance, showing how the smallest details in our day can tell a bigger economic story.

Price: £15.00
ConversationAnna Funder and Sandra Newman

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Anna Funder and Sandra Newman

Retelling Orwell

–  Wye Stage
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Authors Anna Funder and Sandra Newman discuss George Orwell, and highlight the women forgotten in his life and his work. Funder’s Wifedom is a non-fiction book about Orwell’s first wife, Eileen O’Shaughnessy, whose literary brilliance shaped Orwell’s work. Largely forgotten now, she is brought back to life by Funder, using newly discovered letters. Newman is the author of Julia, a retelling of Orwell’s 1984. The book explores state control over women’s bodies and the terror of totalitarianism. Newman was chosen by the Orwell Estate to write the novel and has the approval of George Orwell’s son, Richard Blair.

Price: £13.00
ConversationAdania Shibli talks to Victoria Adukwei Bulley

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Adania Shibli talks to Victoria Adukwei Bulley

Minor Detail

–  Meadow Stage
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Palestinian writer Adania Shibli discusses her novel Minor Detail with poet Victoria Adukwei Bulley. A story about a young woman raped in the mist of the Palestian/Israeli conflict of 1949, the book was longlisted for the 2021 International Booker Prize and shortlisted for the 2020 National Book Award for Translated Literature.

Minor Detail begins during the summer of 1949, one year after the war that the Palestinians mourn as the Nakba – the catastrophe that led to the displacement and expulsion of more than 700,000 people – and the Israelis celebrate as the War of Independence. Israeli soldiers capture and rape a young Palestinian woman, and kill and bury her in the sand. Many years later, a woman in Ramallah becomes fascinated to the point of obsession with this ‘minor detail’ of history. A haunting meditation on war, violence and memory, Minor Detail cuts to the heart of the Palestinian experience of dispossession, life under occupation, and the persistent difficulty of piecing together a narrative in the face of ongoing erasure and disempowerment.

Price: £11.00
ConversationBBC Academy: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder:  The Making of a BBC Series

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BBC Academy: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder: The Making of a BBC Series

–  Exchange Marquee
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The screenwriter Poppy Cogan talks about the adaptation of Hilly Jackson’s hit novel into a BBC television series.

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