WELCOME TO HAY

The full programme is available for this year’s festival, 25 May to 4 June. We very much look forward to seeing you in May.

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Event HF124

Trevithel Court Farm

Farm Visit

Venue: Meet at Box Office for bus
Join local agronomist Jonathon Harrington and vet Barney Sampson as they explore farms in the local area. Expedition parties meet at 9am at the box office on the day of their excursion, to return at around 1pm. Limited numbers of self-drive tickets are available too, please contact the box office on 01497 822 629 for more information. On the day please wear suitable footwear and waterproof clothing in case of inclement weather.

Walk through David and Catherine James’s orchards, see how the trees are managed and sample the cider. Look inside the beehives, and learn how honey is made. An extensive range of farm machinery will be laid out for inspection.

With thanks to David and Catherine James of Trevithel Court Farm.
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Event 885

Jeremy Knight

CADW: The Three Castles Tour

Venue: Meet at Box Office for bus
The three castles of Grosmont, Skenfrith and White are a fascinating trio of historic sites. Join the author of CADW’s official guidebook to these border castles, for a memorable day out.

For all outdoors events and walks we recommend walking boots and warm and waterproof clothing. Please bring packed lunches.
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Event 886

Stephen Marsh Smith

River Walk 2

Venue: Meet at Box Office for bus
Join the Wye & Usk Foundation trip around the Wye and its tributaries near Hay to see the rare and unusual creatures that live in the river, and to see what progress is being made to restore the run of salmon.

For all outdoors events and walks we recommend walking boots and warm and waterproof clothing. Please bring packed lunches.
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Event 247

Daniel Swift

Bomber County

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
In early June 1943, James Eric Swift, a pilot with 83 Squadron of the Royal Air Force, boarded his Lancaster bomber for a night raid on Münster and disappeared. Searching for his grandfather, the author examines the relationship between the bombing campaigns of the Second World War and poetry.
 
Read a review of Bomber County www.guardian.co.uk/books/
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Event 248

Edward Docx and Rahul Bhattacharya talk to Anita Sethi

Fictions: Hearts of Darkness

Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre
Docx's scientist finds extremes of love and horror deep in the South American jungle in his novel The Devil's Garden. In Bhattacharya's The Sly Company of People Who Care an Indian journalist ventures into the dark rainforest interior of Guyana.
The Devil's Garden - Edward Docx
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Event 249

Andrew Simms, Caroline Lucas and Charlie McConnell

Is Small Still Beautiful?

Venue: Oxfam Stage
On the 100th anniversary of the birth of EF Schumacher, author of the landmark book Small Is Beautiful, Caroline Lucas MP, leader of the Green Party, is joined by Andrew Simms, author and Fellow of nef (the new economics foundation) and Charlie McConnell, director of Schumacher College, to ask if the message of the book is more relevant today than ever. With a personal message from Schumacher’s former colleague George McRobie. Chaired by Andy Fryers.
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Event 887

Milling Around Talgarth

Venue: Meet at Box Office
A linear 8-mile walk across the tops of the Black Mountains to visit a restored flour mill and water wheel in the heart of Talgarth.
 
Bus provided for return.

For all outdoors events and walks we recommend walking boots and warm and waterproof clothing. Please bring packed lunches.
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Event 888

The King James Bible and Other Treasures

Venue: Meet at Box Office for bus
A trip to the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth to see their first edition King James Authorised Version Bible and a wealth of other unique highlights of the collection in this exclusive guided tour hosted by senior curators.

For all outdoors events and walks we recommend walking boots and warm and waterproof clothing. Please bring packed lunches.
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Event HF68

Ali Sparkes

S.W.I.T.C.H.

Venue: Starlight Stage
Boy or insect? Josh and Danny are in big bug trouble! Come and hear how to write creep crawly adventures and why you might want to think twice before squishing ants in the future.
 
7+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer
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Event HF156

Easy Peasy Cookery School

Workshop

Venue: Mess Tent
Join us in making mouth-watering Strawberry Shortcake with Cream, delicious! 

Duration 60 mins. 

5–9 years. Children must be accompanied.
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Event HF69

Flat Stanley

Venue: The Hexagon
One day Stanley wakes up as flat as a pancake, but why worry? He can fly like a kite! Join us to hear his story and make your very own Flat Stanley to pop in the post.
 
5–7 years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer
 
See event [HF65]
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Event HF67

Peter Rabbit Puppet Show

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
Hop along to this charming storytelling show where The Tale of Peter Rabbit is brought to life. Help Peter escape from Mr McGregor’s garden and send him on his journey.
 
3–5 years
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Event 250

Dan Cruickshank

The Country House Revealed

Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion
The scholar and broadcaster examines the nation’s most spectacular piles in A Secret History of the British Ancestral Home. Chaired by Paul Blezard.
The Secret History of Georgian London - Dan Cruickshank
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Event 251

Justin Lewis

Cardiff Series 3: Climate Change and the Media

Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre
How have the media informed – or failed to inform – our understanding of climate change? Ranging from news coverage of the environment to the role of advertising in shaping a consumer culture. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
 
More about Prof. Justin Lewis' research www.cardiff.ac.uk
 
For further information and video content, visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/hayfestival
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Event 252

David Acheson

Mathematics, Magic and the Electric Guitar

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
Why are so many people scared of maths? It’s full of wonderful surprises that anyone can enjoy, from mind-reading tricks with the number 1089 to helping to play the electric guitar.
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Event 253

Simon Garfield

Just My Type: A Book About Fonts

Venue: Oxfam Stage
About how Helvetica and Comic Sans took over the world. About why Barack Obama opted for Gotham. About the great originators of type, from Baskerville to Zapf, and about Margaret Calvert, who invented the motorway signs that are used from Watford Gap to Abu Dhabi.
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Event T56

Nominet Trust

Tech Session

Venue: Scribblers Hut
How can you help and support people to get online? Let Internet Buttons show you how! An interactive workshop exploring new ways to get online, and help others discover the internet.
 
hf2 for teens
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Event HF71

Andy Briggs

Tarzan: The Greystoke Legacy

Venue: Starlight Stage
With the blessing of the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate, comes a Tarzan for the 21st century. The author of Villain.net talks warring guerrillas, poaching, illegal logging and the environment, before putting your survival knowledge to the test.
 
9+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer
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Event HF158

Easy Peasy Cookery School

Workshop

Venue: Mess Tent
Join us in making freshly baked herby flowerpot bread.

Duration 60 mins. 

5–9 years. Children must be accompanied.
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Event HF70

Korky Paul

Winnie the Witch

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
Have fun with The World’s Greatest Portrait Painter and Dinosaur Drawer! Join Korky for an energy-filled event of quick sketching and story-book adventure.
 
5–80+ Rib Ticklers
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Event HF157

Write Your Own Storybook With Graham Marks

Workshop

Venue: The Hexagon
Writing tips, techniques and methods to make every story a masterpiece; including writing from different points of view and creating characters, settings and storylines.

9+ years

Each young person attending this workshop without an accompanying adult must fill in the Permission Form available for download here. Please send the form in advance to admin@hayfestival.org and bring a copy on the day.

Graham Marks
Graham worked as a graphic designer before becoming a full‐time children’s author. As well as being the former Children’s Editor of Publishing News, Graham has written everything from comic strips and film tie‐ins to many critically‐acclaimed novels for children and young adults. Graham was also one of the five authors involved in the Usborne Young Writers’ Award 2010. His latest title is Mean Streets: The Chicago Caper.
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Event 254

Ulinka Rublack

Cambridge Series 14: Dressing Up – Cultural identity in Renaissance Europe

Venue: Oxfam Stage
The historian will show why clothes made history and history can be about clothes. Her research imagines the Renaissance afresh by considering people’s appearances: what they wore, how this made them move, what images they created, and how all this made people feel about themselves.
 
Read a review of Dressing Up www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/
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Event 255

Ted Nield

Incoming! Or, Why We Should Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Meteorite

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
470 million years ago, a stupendous collision in the Asteroid Belt bombarded the Earth with meteorites of all sizes. A revolutionary idea is emerging that the resulting ecological disturbance may have been responsible for the single greatest increase in biological diversity since the origin of complex life.
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Event 256

Anthony Kenny

A New History of Western Philosophy

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
Reflecting on the history of philosophy from Thales to Derrida, the philosopher considers the enduring influence, for good or ill, that Aristotle exercised not only on philosophy but also on science.
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Event 257

Paul Henry & Patrick Jones

The Brittle Sea, Hafan Cymru

Venue: True Taste
The poet reads and discusses his New and Selected Poems. The individual human voice, the ragged vagaries of the heart and soul, the joys and sorrows of family life feature here but this poetry is personal without being confessional, preferring tender observation to sensationalism or didacticism. Jones reads writing arising from his work with victims of domestic abuse. Chaired by Benna Waites.
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