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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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PerformanceJulian Clary

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Julian Clary

Stand-up: A Fistful of Clary

–  Discovery Stage
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National trinket Julian Clary is saddled up to welcome you to his new show on a Wild West theme. “It was only a matter of time before I eased myself into some chaps,” he says. He’s sure the men in the audience will be eager to join his posse – and the lucky few will play with him on stage in the Hang ’em Low saloon, where Wild Bill Hickok used to meet Raving Clarence la Fruit. But life in the Old West was tough. Not all of Julian’s wild bunch will be around to witness the final shoot-out that will result in Julian giving himself selflessly at high noon to the last man standing.

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ConversationCraig Foster

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Craig Foster

(Un)scripted: Amphibious Soul

–  Wye Stage
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A decade ago, feeling exhausted and empty, Oscar-winning filmmaker Craig Foster decided to return to his birthplace – the Cape of Good Hope – and dive into the great African Sea forest each day. His daily oceanic adventures not only helped him ‘rewild’, but helped him come to see his own ‘amphibious soul’ as a powerful metaphor for the human condition. He discusses how he rediscovered this deep connection to his animal self, as well as sharing how we can all nurture our individual wildness, tap into our empathy and deepen our love for all living things. Foster’s Netflix documentary My Octopus Teacher is about his unlikely friendship with a Common Octopus.

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ConversationSmokin Jo

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Smokin Jo

You Don’t Need a Dick to DJ

–  Meadow Stage
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Smokin Jo – Joanne Joseph – is the only woman to win the prestigious International DJ of the Year Award. Reclaimed by an absent mother after years in care, she led an unpredictable childhood and drifted towards Soho when barely a teenager, where she joined other fish out of water who lived through dance music. She became Smokin Jo (after Smokin’ Joe Frazier) and one of Britain’s top DJs. She shares stories from her life of transitions, farce and, above all, freestyled endurance, including meeting Russian oligarchs’ sons, clinically insane promoters, Naomi Campbell and Arabian princesses spending hundreds of thousands of dollars for glorified karaoke sessions. Smokin Jo will be talking to Anita Bhagwandas is a multi-award winning music and beauty journalist and author of Ugly: Why the world became beauty-obsessed and how to break free.

Following her conversation, Smokin Jo plays a DJ set at 9.45pm – with time for a drink at the Festival Bar in between.
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ConversationViv Groskop talks to Toby Lichtig

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Viv Groskop talks to Toby Lichtig

One Ukrainian Summer

–  Spring Stage
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The comedian, playwright and broadcaster shares stories from her memoir, One Ukrainian Summer, about coming of age in the former USSR. It’s 1993, Viv is about to turn 21 and is on a study year abroad, supposedly immersed in the language, history and politics of a world that has just ceased to exist: the Soviet Union. Instead, she is immersed in Bogdan Bogdanovich, lead guitarist of a Ukrainian punk rock band. They meet in St Petersburg, where he promises that if she can get through a Russian winter, he will give her “one Ukrainian summer”. At parties, gigs and bars, Groskop and her new friends argue over the best places to find Levi’s jeans. No one debates the precise location of the border or the brightness of the future. Good times are here to stay, because the Soviet Union is finished. Isn’t it? She discusses her new book with the TLS Fiction and Politics Editor.

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ConversationBecky Holden and Hugh Padfield talk to Ned Palmer

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Becky Holden and Hugh Padfield talk to Ned Palmer

Cheese Nation

–  Creative Hub
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Enjoy cheese tastings and a glass of wine while our panel of experts recount how a generation of cheesemakers, farmers and retailers revolutionised the UK food landscape, saved small-farmhouse cheese and championed new techniques while embracing tradition, terroir and taste.

Cheesemonger, historian and author of A Cheesemonger’s History of the British Isles Ned Palmer talks to producer and farmer Rebecca Holden of Hafod cheese (made at Bwlchwernen Fawr Farm on the Ceredigion coast, the longest standing registered organic dairy farm in Wales); cheesemaker Hugh Padfield of Bath Soft Cheese (made in the village of Kelston, near Bath, where he and his family have farmed since 1914).

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PerformanceJools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

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Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

In Concert

–  Global Stage
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Jools Holland brings his renowned show to Hay Festival, with special guest star Imelda May and featuring the outstanding vocals of Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall, as well as the highly talented Sumudu Jayatilaka. Together with his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, with original Squeeze member Gilson Lavis on drums and Toby Lee on guitar, Holland performs tracks spanning his entire solo career. The celebrated bandleader, composer and pianist invites you to join him and his orchestra at the greatest boogie-woogie party in town.

There will be a support act followed by a 15 minute interval. The main act will begin at 9.30pm.
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PerformanceFather Richard: Silent Film with Live Organ Accompaniment

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Father Richard: Silent Film with Live Organ Accompaniment

A Cottage on Dartmoor

–  St Mary’s Church
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Come and join us in the late Georgian-Gothic setting of St Mary’s Church for a special screening of Anthony Asquith’s great 1929 classic silent movie A Cottage on Dartmoor, with live organ accompaniment by Richard Williams. The film is a psycho-thriller replete with obsession and jealousy, much influenced by German Expressionism, and is one of British cinema’s most highly regarded silent films, the last to be made in the silent period.

Father Richard’s film nights are renowned. Parish priest in Hay from 2001 to 2024, he trained as a professional musician at Trinity College of Music, London. Don’t miss this chance to see him perform a live accompaniment on the Bevington organ.

Duration: 77 minutes with 20-minute interval
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PerformanceGarth Marenghi

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Garth Marenghi

Incarcerat Live

–  Wye Stage
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Following the massive success of his long-lost novel TerrorTome, Sunday Times bestseller and Archduke O’Darkdom Garth Marenghi is back on the road with his latest masterpiece, Incarcerat. This highly anticipated sequel continues the adventures of horror novelist Nick Steen, who gets sucked into a cursed typewriter.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see Marenghi’s live show and hear his terrifying tale. His TerrorTome UK tour sold over 27,000 tickets in under six months, and Incarcerat is set to be another thrilling journey.

Garth Marenghi is the pseudonym of writer and director Matthew Holness, best known for his role as the fictional horror author in the cult Channel 4 comedy series Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace. Holness is author of many short stories for horror anthologies and has written and directed several films, including the horror feature Possum.

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PerformanceSmokin Jo

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Smokin Jo

DJ Set

–  Meadow Stage
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Smokin Jo is one of the most talented DJs to emerge from the British dance music scene, and her undeniably cutting edge sound has carved her a niche in clubland. Join the only female DJ to have won DJ magazine’s DJ of the Year award, for an evening of dance at Hay Festival.

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