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 383

Philip Bobbitt

Is a War on Terror Absurd?

Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre
The answer from the author of The Shield of Achilles and Terror and Consent might surprise you, and might also tell us something about the nature of war in the C21st.

Duration 45 minutes.
 
Read more about Phillip Bobbit www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us
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Event 384

Huw Bowen, Madeleine Gray, Martin Johnes

New History of Wales 5: The Welsh People

Venue: Summer House
Religion, politics, education and popular culture. What type of people are we?

Duration 45 minutes.
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Event 385

Maggie Ross talks to Rachael Kerr

Silence

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
The Anglican solitary and theologian, whose Writing the Icon of the Heart has been described by Rowan Williams as ‘a really transformative book’, explains how ‘the work of silence’ can help us toward a deeper understanding of God. Duration 45 minutes.
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Event 386

Kate Brotherton-Ratcliffe, Tim Martin, Fiona Gray and Bruce Gray

The Renaissance of Talgarth Mill

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
The restoration of Talgarth Mill, derelict for 70 years, into a functioning artisan bakery is nearly complete.

Duration 45 minutes.

Entry to this event is free but you must obtain a ticket
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Event 387

Hay and District Writers Circle

New Work

Venue: The Moot
The local writers’ club members share their work.

Entry to this event is free but you must obtain a ticket
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Event 388

Evan Davis

Made in Britain

Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion
What matters is what sells and for how much – from manufacturing to technology, design and the services industries. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.
 
Read a profile of Evan Davis www.independent.co.uk/news/people/
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Event 389

Peter Snow

To War With Wellington

Venue: Oxfam Stage
A profile of Britain’s greatest military commander From the Peninsula to Waterloo. Chaired by Michael Prodger.
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Event 390

Vanessa Redgrave

A World I Loved

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
A reading from Wadad Makdisi Cortas’ haunting and beautiful memoir of Lebanon and the Middle East.
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Event 391

Philip Ball

Unnatural – The Heretical Idea of Making People

Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre
The writer delves beneath the surface of the cultural history of ‘anthropoesis’ – the artificial creation of people – to explore what it tells us about our views on life, humanity, creativity and technology. And what it tells us about the soul.
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Event 392

Ed Vulliamy

Amexica

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
The harrowing story of the extraordinary terror unfolding along the US-Mexico border – this is the secret war of drugs, gangs and guns that is destroying thousands of lives. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.
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Event HF173

Get Writing With Jim Carrington

Workshop

Venue: The Hexagon
Join author Jim Carrington for a look at pacey narratives and sharp dialogue – two of the most challenging elements of writing.

Duration 60 mins.

10+ 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.

Jim Carrington
Jim’s debut novel Inside My Head focuses on three very different teenagers, whose lives become unavoidably interlinked. In The Bag, published this February, confirms his place alongside Kevin Brooks and Melvin Burgess. 
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Event HF109

Haiti Kids Kino Project

Venue: Starlight Stage
There’s more to film than the latest blockbuster; cinema can unite communities and inspire hope. The Haiti Kids Kino Project is one such example of this in action and we think what they do is ace, so we’ve invited them to take over our Starlight Stage for the whole day.

Across the day families will be able to view films made by Haitian children, create ‘video postcards’ to send back and watch a selection of the most successful shorts screened as part of their transformative project. 

Families Knapsacks & Ginger Beer

The plan for the day

10am–11am: Video Postcards
From snappy salutations to squished stories, postcards can turn around the rainiest of days. Make your very own film-note to share with children in Haiti when HKKP return there this October! 

11.30am–12.30pm: Zoetrope Wonders
Design your very own cartoon and see it coming to life on the big screen in this magical animation workshop.

1pm–2pm: Screenings
The Hedgehog in the Fog (Yuri Norstein / Russia / 1975 / 11 mins / Cert U)
This beautiful little film tells the story of a hedgehog who one evening goes to see his friend the bear cub to count the stars, but on his way a thick fog descends... Many people think this gem of a film is the best animated film of all time. Come and see for yourself.

The Red Balloon (Albert Lamorisse / France / 1956 / 34 mins / Cert U)
This little wonder of a film tells the story of young Pascal, a nine-year-old boy living an ordinary life in a sketchy, but gorgeous Parisian neighbourhood until the day that a large red balloon mysteriously floats into his life... and stays. Soon Pascal discovers that the little red orb seemingly has a mind of its own, but director Lamorisse has a delightful surprise in store for us.

2.30pm–3.30pm: Video Postcards
From snappy salutations to squished stories, postcards can turn around the rainiest of days. Make your very own film-note to share with children in Haiti when HKKP return there this October! 

4pm–5pm: Your Screenings
Watch all the brilliant zoetrope animations and video postcards made across the day, followed by a screening of The Red Balloon.
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Event 394

Mark Malloch Brown talks to Jim Naughtie

The Oxfam Lecture: The Unfinished Global Revolution

Venue: Oxfam Stage
National governments are no longer equipped to address complex global issues, from climate change to poverty. International organizations have not yet been empowered to step into the breach.
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Event 395

Howard Jacobson, Maggie Ross, Roy Strong

King James Authorised Version – Genesis, Psalms, Revelations

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
Three of the hugest and most contentious books are on the table for this Good Read conversation. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.
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Event 396

Simon Hoggart

Life’s Too Short to Drink Bad Wine: 100 wines for the discerning drinker

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
By popular demand, the journalist and wine writer leads another tasting.

The wines tasted were:
 
1) Bernkasteler Lay Riesling Dr Loosen 2009
 
2) Escarpment Pinot Gris NZ 2009
 
3) Tons de Dourum, Upper Douro Portugal 2008
 
4) Ch. Puygueraud, Cotes de Francs 2007
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Event 397

Philip Pullman, Dai Smith, Richard Davies and Jon Gower

Make Room for the Jester

Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre
We celebrate Stead Jones’ classic tale – a haunting journey from the edge of childhood into a threatening adult world – now published in the Library of Wales series.
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Event 627

A Poetry Reading for Josephine Hart

Venue: Summer House
We'll be holding a Poetry Reading in tribute to our friend and champion of poetry, who died yesterday.
 
Bob Geldof reads Yeats and Keats, Lisa Dwan reads Heaney, Peter Florence reads Wilfred Owen. More readers will be announced tomorrow.
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Event T72

UPS Road Code

Venue: Scribblers Hut
Take a spin on a driving simulator – dodge the hazards, pick up tips along the way and compete to be the safest driver.

hf2 for teens
 
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Event HF110

Lynne Chapman

Bears On The Stairs

Venue: The Hexagon
Join the wonderful illustrator of this hairy story and perhaps pick up some crafty tactics for delaying bedtime along the way!

3–5 years
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Event 398

Simon Sebag Montefiore

Jerusalem

Venue: Oxfam Stage
The biography of the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgment Day and the battlefield of today’s clash of civilizations. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.
 
Read a review of Jerusalem
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Event 399

John Heilbron

Galileo

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
A profile of the Renaissance genius that celebrates the 400th anniversary of the publication of Siderius Nuncius – The Starry Messenger, one of the turning points of science that changed perceptions of the perfection of the heavens and the centrality of the Earth forever.
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Event 401

Sonia Faleiro, John Julius Norwich, Peter Godwin

Ox-Travels 4

Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre
Three more Meetings With Remarkable Writers from our new Oxfam anthology.
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Event 403

John Williams

Miss Shirley Bassey

Venue: Summer House
The meteoric life – from the vibrant, multicultural oasis of Tiger Bay in the Cardiff docklands through the club-lands of Soho and Las Vegas to New York’s Carnegie Hall. Helluva soundtrack too.

Read a review of Miss Shirley Bassey www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/
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Event HF111

Viv Schwarz

There Are No Cats In This Event…No, Really!

Venue: The Hexagon
Tiny, Moonpie and André from There Are Cats In This Book are back – or are they? Join their creator for a hands-on look at how your doodles can turn into the most amazing stories.

5–7 years Rib Ticklers 
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Event 404

Simon Schama talks to Peter Florence

An Historian's Alphabet

Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion
The historian, foodie, art critic, groover and broadcaster improvises on 26 subjects A–Z in conversation with Peter Florence.
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Simon Schama talks to Peter Florence