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Hay Festival 2009

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ConversationAK Blakemore

Event 268

AK Blakemore

The Glutton

–  Meadow Stage
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The 18th century is drawing to a close, unrest grips France and Sister Perpetue is guarding the patient known as the Glutton of Lyon. He has supposedly eaten all manner of creatures and objects, including a child. The now-frail man, whose real name is Tarare, was cast out and left for dead, igniting his ferocious appetite. His extraordinary abilities to eat made him a marvel throughout the land. AK Blakemore discusses her new novel The Glutton, which takes us to a world of tumult and depravity, wherein the hunger of one peasant is matched only by the insatiable demands of the people of France. Blakemore is author of The Manningtree Witches. Her writing has appeared in the London Review of Books and Poetry Review. Blakemore talks to the Monocle Radio Books Editor, Georgina Godwin.

This event has been cancelled.
ActivityWayfaring Walk: The National Park and its Five Missions

Event 269

Wayfaring Walk: The National Park and its Five Missions

Helen Lucocq and Nick Jones

–  Meeting Place on Festival Site
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Guides from the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park lead a walk through the beautiful surrounds of Hay-on-Wye. Local experts give their 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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WorkshopThe Art of Decision-Making in the Face of Climate Change

Event 408

The Art of Decision-Making in the Face of Climate Change

A collaborative, real-world simulation

–  Meeting Place on Festival Site
Read more
Imagine a focus group created by escape room designers, where 12 players work
together to safeguard the future of a fictional company threatened by the impending and
uncertain impacts of climate change. That experience is called Do What You Must.

Participate in this entertaining, interactive workshop to uncover essential insights on how
groups work together and how the challenge of climate change requires us to
collaborate differently.

Participants will be guided through the 2-hour workshop by a team from the UCL Climate
Action Unit, which closes with a debrief with one of the co-creators of the experience:
Neuroscientist and Science Communicator, Dr Kris De Meyer.

Discover the art of decision-making in this beautifully created simulation from the critically
acclaimed digital storytelling studio Fast Familiar.
16+ years
This workshop is repeated on Thursday 30th, Friday 31st and Saturday 1st at 10am and 2pm
Price: £11.00
ConversationBBC Academy: The Traitors Uncloaked: Making a Hit Podcast

Event 439

BBC Academy: The Traitors Uncloaked: Making a Hit Podcast

–  Exchange Marquee
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Accompanying podcasts for big television series’ have become popular for those that want to delve deeper into their favourite shows. Here, the team behind The Traitors Uncloaked deliver a masterclass continuing the storytelling with podcasts.

Free – drop in
ConversationJoseph Coelho

Event F59

Joseph Coelho

UK Waterstones Children’s Laureate

–  Wye Stage
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Share dreams about possible impossibilities with Joseph Coelho, award-winning poet and author, in his final festival appearance as UK Waterstones Children’s Laureate. Joseph talks about how he has travelled all over the country (and beyond!) as the Children’s Laureate to inspire everyone in becoming poets and storytellers. Joseph’s poetry creates all sorts of other worlds, with wild ideas and unforgettable images. He shares tips for writing your own stories and performs some of his own humorous and inventive poems.

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

7+ years
Price: £7.00
PerformanceMama G

Event F60

Mama G

The Magic Bookmark

–  Spring Stage
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Join “everyone’s favourite pantomime dame” (Metro), Mama G, on a magical panto adventure, as she tries to discover why inclusive stories are so important. All she needs is your help, and some of the best picture books on the market. Get ready for a morning of singing, dancing and laughing that the whole family will love. Oh yes, they will!

Family, 4+ years
Price: £7.00
WorkshopReady, Steady, Music! Workshop

Event W58

Ready, Steady, Music! Workshop

–  Creative Hub
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Get your Hay day off to a brilliant start with our daily Ready, Steady, Music workshops! With different activities each day, these interactive, fun-filled sessions for mini musicians will have you tapping sticks, roaring like dinosaurs, flying with unicorns, dancing with scarves, playing with parachutes and much more. Come and meet our puppets, explore our instruments and be accompanied by the beautiful sound of the cello.

0–4 years
Parents/carers must attend but do not need a ticket.
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WorkshopPizza-making Workshop

Event W59

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 MT19

Make & Take Crafting

Friday 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 W60

Pizza-making Workshop

Kitchen Garden Pizza

–  Family Garden
Read more

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.
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WorkshopCrafting for Kids: Make a Shield

Event HC17

Crafting for Kids: Make a Shield

–  Hay Castle
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A fun drop-in session for families, inspired by the history of Hay Castle. Design and make your own shield.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Activities are aimed at children aged 4+ years, but younger siblings are very welcome.

4+ years
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ConversationJohn Bailey and Paul Whitehouse

Event 270

John Bailey and Paul Whitehouse

How We Fish

–  Global Stage
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Paul Whitehouse, comedian and co-star of the BBC’s Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, and John Bailey, fishing consultant on the show since it first aired, have been devout fishermen for longer than they care to remember. A hobby, pastime or sport (call it what you want), they have felt the pull of the water ever since they were kids and have never missed the chance to set up on the bank and try their luck. The two fishermen discuss the rich tapestry that is fishing – from mentors to memories; from philosophy to modern jargon; from watercraft to becoming self-styled ‘Fishing Detectives’. They share brilliant stories and recollections from fishing trips past, rich in the wonders of the riverbank.

Price: £13.00
ConversationCat Bohannon talks to Adam Rutherford

Event 271

Cat Bohannon talks to Adam Rutherford

Eve

–  Discovery Stage
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Cat Bohannon answers questions scientists should have been addressing for decades. With boundless curiosity, she examines the past 200 million years to explain the specific science behind the development of the female sex. Eve, her first book, is not only a sweeping revision of human history, it’s an urgent and necessary corrective for a world that has focused primarily on the male body for far too long. Bohannon’s findings will completely change what you think you know about evolution and why Homo sapiens have become such a successful and dominant species. She talks to scientist, writer and broadcaster Adam Rutherford.

Price: £13.00
ConversationGavin Bunting, Karen Morrow, Eurgain Powell, Jennifer Rudd and Stan Townsend

Event 272

Gavin Bunting, Karen Morrow, Eurgain Powell, Jennifer Rudd and Stan Townsend

Just Transition

–  Meadow Stage
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Our panel discusses Wales’ global responsibility to tackle climate change, the effects of climate change on Wales’ population and what Wales can do to reach net zero by 2035. The panellists are all drawn from a group commissioned by Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru. They share their evidence gathering processes, findings and draft pathways – probing questions will be welcome, as well as your opinions on the developed pathways.

Bunting is Professor of Civil Engineering, Morrow is Professor of Environmental Law and Rudd is Senior Lecturer in Business Innovation and Engagement, all at Swansea University. Powell is a Sustainable Development Programme Manager for Public Health Wales. Townsend is Secretary for the Wales Net Zero 2035 Challenge Group.

Price: £11.00
ConversationBBC Academy: Constructing the Tardis

Event 440

BBC Academy: Constructing the Tardis

–  Exchange Marquee
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Graham Webb helps run 4Wood TV & Film Constructions who build sets for some of the best-known TV shows. Graham shares the details of how set building, including constructing the new Tardis for Doctor Who, helps tell stories.

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ConversationKatherine Rundell

Event F61

Katherine Rundell

Impossible Creatures

–  Wye Stage
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There’s a place where all the strangest stories began… Prepare to be swept away to a land beyond your wildest imagination by master storyteller Katherine Rundell (The Explorer) as she unveils her epic new fantasy series Impossible Creatures.

Follow Christopher, Mal and a baby griffin on their urgent quest across the wild splendour of the Archipelago, a secret place in our world where all the creatures of myth still live and thrive. Discover dragons small enough to perch on your thumb, winged horses, gold-horned hares that salute the brave, and chaotic green talking squirrels. Imagine pitting your wits against sphinxes, swooping out over the sea in a flying coat – and uncover the secret at the heart of the islands that threatens the creatures’ survival, and the world itself.

9+ years
Price: £7.00
ConversationLaura Dockrill & Lauren Child

Event F62

Laura Dockrill & Lauren Child

Grey

–  Spring Stage
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In a world filled with vibrant colours, a young child feels a different shade – grey. Despite the joyous orange balloon, the huge yellow sun and the bright green trees, the child still feels grey. But when a reassuring hand reaches out and shares words of kindness, the child begins to see the warmth of colour again, and knows that they will always be loved, whether they feel grey or sunshine yellow. Delve into a heart-warming and powerful story of emotions with these two cherished creators.

Laura Dockrill’s Darcy Burdock series was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in 2014. Lauren Child is the creator of many beloved characters including Clarice Bean, Charlie and Lola and Ruby Redfort.
4+ years
Price: £7.00
WorkshopMake Art With Nature Workshop

Event W61

Make Art With Nature Workshop

With Pippa Pixley

–  Creative Hub
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Discover how to make amazing art with materials found in nature, in this inspiring session with experienced artist and educator Pippa Pixley. Pippa’s creative and exciting workshop draws on her wonderful new book Make Art With Nature. You’ll learn to sketch woodland creatures using burnt wood, twigs and coloured rocks and stones, and come away with a fresh enthusiasm for nature craft.

7+ years
Parents/carers must attend but do not need a ticket.
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ActivityMake & Take Crafting

Event MT20

Make & Take Crafting

Friday Lunchtime 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
ConversationAC Grayling

Event 273

AC Grayling

Who Owns the Moon?

–  Discovery Stage
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Humankind may be rapidly approaching the commercial exploitation and perhaps colonisation of the moon and Mars. Does history give us confidence that it will be peaceful and constructive, instead of a further reason for conflict, trouble and wars? Given the precedents – humanity’s ‘common inheritance’ of such places as the Antarctic and the world’s oceans – we must ask: how well have we succeeded in avoiding international competition and conflicts? How well do international agreements work? The philosopher and Principal of Northeastern University, London, asks what should be done to avoid competition in space becoming conflict on Earth?

Price: £15.00
ConversationKen Follett and Kate Mosse

Event 274

Ken Follett and Kate Mosse

Bringing History to Life

–  Global Stage
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Two giants of historical fiction discuss their stories, and how and why they tell them. Follett’s latest novel The Armour of Light is set in his fictional Kingsbridge in 1792, with revolution in the air. As industrial change sweeps the land and a tyrannical government is determined to make England a mighty commercial empire, a small group of spinners and weavers fight for a future free from oppression. Mosse’s The Ghost Ship is an epic story of concealed identity, piracy and revenge, ranging from Paris to Amsterdam and the Canary Islands in the early 1600s. The Ghost Ship hunts pirates to liberate those enslaved during the course of their merciless raids – but now it is under attack.

Price: £13.00
ConversationPao-Yu Liu and James Read talk to Polly Russell

Event 275

Pao-Yu Liu and James Read talk to Polly Russell

Cultures of Fermentation

–  Meadow Stage
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This fermentation-filled tasting session explores fermentation in different cultures and how to get started on your fermenting journey. Fermentation may be all the rage today, but fermented food has been an essential feature of diets around the world for millennia. Pao-Yu Liu grew up in Taipei City, Taiwan and moved to the UK at 21. A self-taught fermenter, she started practising these ancient techniques when diagnosed with diabetes at 37. She founded Pao Pop ‘N’ Pickles in 2017 to produce unpasteurised, lacto-fermented pickles and sauces in London. Author and fermentation producer James Read explains how to get started in his book Of Cabbages and Kimchi: A Practical Guide to the World of Fermented Food. Polly Russell is a food historian and curator at the British Library.

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ConversationStories For The Screen

Event 455

Stories For The Screen

Rem Conway

–  Exchange Marquee
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Television writer, producer and director, Rem Conway, has worked on Sex Education, Riches and Father Ted amongst many more. He now leads on development for Kudos Knight with celebrated writer Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, This Town). Join Rem as he shares what he looks for in writers and writing, as he seeks projects for the screen.

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ConversationAdam Henson

Event F63

Adam Henson

Curious Questions From Adam’s Farm

–  Wye Stage
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Find out everything you ever wanted to know about life on a farm with the Countryfile farmer. How do you know when your animals are happy or sad? How does milk get from a cow to my cereal bowl? Can children drive tractors too? From noisy machines to hungry cows, blooming flowers and crowing cockerels, the farm is a very busy place – and there’s so much to discover. From the fascinating to the funny, the author of A Year on Adam’s Farm has all the answers. Adam runs Cotswold Farm Park in Gloucestershire, which pioneers rare breed conservation.

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

Family, 4+ years
Price: £7.00
PerformanceHanan Issa and special guests

Event F64

Hanan Issa and special guests

And I Hear Dragons

–  Spring Stage
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This lively poetry performance introduces you to dragons, large and small, high and low, and invites you to join them as they take flight! And I Hear Dragons, edited by Wales Poet Laureate Hanan Issa, is a joyous collection of children’s poetry from across Wales, with poems from Alex Wharton, Nia Morais and Casi Wyn, among others. Come and celebrate the diversity and energy of poetry from Wales for children and young people.

Family, 8+ years
Price: £7.00
WorkshopMake Art With Nature Workshop

Event W62

Make Art With Nature Workshop

With Pippa Pixley

–  Creative Hub
Read more

Discover how to make amazing art with materials found in nature, in this inspiring session with experienced artist and educator Pippa Pixley. Pippa’s creative and exciting workshop draws on her wonderful new book Make Art With Nature. You’ll learn to sketch woodland creatures using burnt wood, twigs and coloured rocks and stones, and come away with a fresh enthusiasm for nature craft.

7+ years
Parents/carers must attend but do not need a ticket.
Sold out
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PerformanceThe Decis

Event 405

The Decis

–  Bookshop Garden
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Enjoy a half-hour open air performance by the Decis - an a cappella women’s group from Hay and surrounding villages. Singing together since 2014, the Decis perform a variety of songs including blues, folk, early music, and anything else they fancy.

Free - drop in
WorkshopThe Art of Decision-Making in the Face of Climate Change

Event 409

The Art of Decision-Making in the Face of Climate Change

A collaborative, real-world simulation

–  Meeting Place on Festival Site
Read more
Imagine a focus group created by escape room designers, where 12 players work
together to safeguard the future of a fictional company threatened by the impending and
uncertain impacts of climate change. That experience is called Do What You Must.

Participate in this entertaining, interactive workshop to uncover essential insights on how
groups work together and how the challenge of climate change requires us to
collaborate differently.

Participants will be guided through the 2-hour workshop by a team from the UCL Climate
Action Unit, which closes with a debrief with one of the co-creators of the experience:
Neuroscientist and Science Communicator, Dr Kris De Meyer.

Discover the art of decision-making in this beautifully created simulation from the critically
acclaimed digital storytelling studio Fast Familiar.
16+ years
This workshop is repeated on Thursday 30th, Friday 31st and Saturday 1st at 10am and 2pm
Sold out
Please log in to add this event to your wish list so we can notify you in case of further availability
ConversationMax Hastings

Event 276

Max Hastings

Operation Biting

–  Global Stage
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Military historian Max Hastings (Operation Pedestal, Abyss) tells an almost-forgotten story with his signature blend of top-down and bottom-up action detail. Operation Biting was a daring assault on the coast of Nazi-occupied Europe to capture key components of a newly-identified radar network. Amid heavy snow 120 men landed, some of whom were mis-dropped almost two miles from their objective. They nonetheless launched the assault, dismantled the German radar, and after three nail-biting hours in France and a fierce battle with Wehrmacht defenders, escaped in the nick of time. Meet the fascinating personalities and hear the wealth of previously unchronicled detail in this almost literally cliffhanging tale.

Price: £13.00
ConversationKatherine Rundell and guests in conversation with Miriam Robinson

Event 277

Katherine Rundell and guests in conversation with Miriam Robinson

The Nibbies Salon

–  Discovery Stage
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Ever wonder how award-winning books make their way from the author’s mind into your hands? In this new salon series, the British Book Awards (aka the Nibbies) bring you shortlisted authors from the 2024 awards in conversation with members of their publishing teams, shedding a light on all that goes into the creation of your favourite titles. Join The Bookseller’s programme director Miriam Robinson as she explores the publishing process with Katherine Rundell and her creative collaborators.

Rundell’s bestselling novels for children include Rooftoppers, The Explorer and The Good Thieves. She has won the Costa Children’s Book Award, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, among many others. Her The Golden Mole and Other Living Treasure was shortlisted for 2022 Waterstones Book of the Year.

Price: £13.00
ConversationHari Kunzru talks to Toby Lichtig

Event 278

Hari Kunzru talks to Toby Lichtig

Blue Ruin

–  Meadow Stage
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Hari Kunzru (The Impressionist, Transmission) shares his gripping and brilliantly orchestrated new novel. Blue Ruin moves back and forth through time to deliver an extraordinary portrait of an artist as he reunites with his past and confronts the world he once loved and left behind. Once, Jay was a promising artist, but now, undocumented in the US, he lives out of his car, delivering groceries at the height of the pandemic. A delivery leads him to a chance encounter with a former lover from his art school days – setting a reckoning decades in the making into motion. Kunzru talks to the TLS Fiction and Politics Editor.

Price: £11.00
TalkBBC Academy: Richard Armitage

Event 456

BBC Academy: Richard Armitage

–  Exchange Marquee
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One of Britain’s most prolific actors, Richard Armitage takes a short break from stage and screen to share his thrilling debut novel, Geneva, with booklovers at Hay Festival.
Known for his roles in The Hobbit trilogy, Spooks, Strike Back and Harlan Coben’s screen adaptations, Richard has more recently been seen on screen with Red Eye (ITVX) and Fool Me Once (Netflix). The first-time writer opens up about his obsession for storytelling.
Interview by Natalie O’Leary, BBC Radio 1.

Free – drop in
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