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Event 302

Tom Holland and Paul Cartledge

The Greeks 1 - Herodotus

Venue: Big Tent
The C5th BC Father of History, who pioneered the systems of ‘inquiry’, holds a mirror up to our own concerns about East and West. Herodotus has an almost modern fascination with the variety of human culture.
 
The first of 13 sessions exploring the wonders of Ancient Greece, as part of our commitment to Britain's Olympic year.
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Event 303

National Literacy Trust

National Literacy Trust - Breakfast Seminar

Venue: Digital Stage
The National Literacy Trust, with author Frank Cottrell Boyce, will offer a unique insight into the effective teaching of writing to primary school children in Key Stages 1 and 2. The challenges of composition make writing arguably the most difficult of literacy skills to teach and learn. This fast-paced and interactive breakfast seminar will introduce the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach which has been proven to significantly accelerate pupil progress. You will learn how to cultivate a love of words and language; develop oral storytelling skills; and help pupils internalise language patterns to become more confident writers. Frank Cottrell Boyce, award-winning children’s author of Millions and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again will give a reading and take part in a Q&A session on children’s writing.
 
Duration 45 mins.
 
Donations towards the National Literacy Trust on the door.
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Event HF93

Maesllwch 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.
 
Andrew and Rachel Giles’ farm has a purely organic dairy herd of 350 cows producing milk for Yeo Valley, who make it into yoghurt and cheese. Visitors will have the opportunity to enter the milking parlour and help to milk some of the cows, as well as see the young calves. Watch how the cows are fed and learn how their four stomachs enable them to digest grass. Samples of whole milk and other dairy products will be provided for tasting.
 
With thanks to Andrew and Rachel Giles of Maesllwch Farm.
 
A minimum age of 8 years is required to take part in this expedition.
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Event 555

Adele Nozedar

Hedgerow Foraging Walks

Venue: Meet at Box Office
Join Adele Nozedar, author of The Hedgerow Handbook, for foraging walks around Hay.
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Event 304

Brian Moore and Max Davidson talk to Mark Skipworth

Man Talk

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
The England rugby hero and author of More Thoughts of Chairman Moore hunkers down with the author of We’ll get ’em in Sequins: Manliness, Yorkshire Cricket and the Century That Changed Everything. The Telegraph’s Executive Editor refs.
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Event 305

Dannie Abse talks to Dai Smith

Goodbye Twentieth Century

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
The great Welsh and Jewish poet and doctor discusses his remarkable autobiography.
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Event 306

Andrew Feinstein

The Shadow World

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
The corruption, cover-ups and deals between governments and corporations; and the revolving-door relationships that characterise the US Congressional-Military-Industrial Complex - Inside the Global Arms Trade.
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Event 307

Tobias Jones and Paul French talk to Guto Harri

True Crime

Venue: Hay on Earth Stage
Blood on the Altar from the author of The Dark Heart of Italy examines the murder of Eliza Claps in Potenza in 1993; Midnight in Peking - The Murder That Haunted the Last Days of Old China investigates the profoundly shocking murder of Pamela Werner in 1937.
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Event 308

Dragons’ Innovation Den – Sustainable Work and Travel

Venue: The Moot
Four short testimonies followed by a wide-ranging discussion about how to make the big shift in working patterns and travel - not just commuting but all forms of transport.
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Event 309

Laura Hassan, Suzanne Dean and guests talk to Gaby Wood

Judging a Book by its Cover

Venue: Digital Stage
What makes the perfect book jacket and why might a jacket not make the cut? The Editorial Director Vintage Classics joins leading designers from across the industry to discuss the publishing process and book design.
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Event 310

The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists – Screening

Venue: Bookshop Cinema
Peter Lord’s animated film based on Gideon Defoe’s book - Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant) sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the Pirate of the Year Award. The quest takes Captain and his crew from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. See also events 39 and 53
 
U – rated. 2012. 88’.
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Event 531

The Princes Drawing School

Venue: The Summer House
Come to the Pop Up Studio and learn how to look and to draw with the only art school dedicated to drawing from observation. Spend a morning drawing and change the way you see! Suitable for all ages and abilities. No equipment required.
 
FREE BUT TICKETED
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Event T21

You Can Do It with UK Youth and B&Q

Workshop

Venue: Scribblers’ Hut
Join the experts from B&Q to get hands-on and make a planter (trust us, your gran will love it!). Equip yourself with DIY skills and get stuck in.
 
Duration 90 mins. 14+ years
 
Thanks to enhanced support from B&Q each participant will now receive a complimentary ticket voucher to the value of £10.25
 
Each young person attending this workshop 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.
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Event HF96

Alison Edgson

A Little Fairy Magic Party

Venue: The Hexagon
Brush off your best wings and join us for a fabulous fairy party, to hear all about Phoebe, a little mouse with big dreams.
 
3-5 years
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Event HF94

Ben Cort

Aliens in Underpants

Venue: Big Tent
Join the star illustrator of this series, and enjoy a visit from a very special extraterrestrial guest. Sport your best pants over your clothes - there will be prizes!
 
5-7 years
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Event HF97

Easy Peasy Cookery School

Venue: The Mess Tent
The fantastic team behind Local to Ludlow return to Hay with their mobile culinary school. Using locally sourced ingredients they teach children how to cook delicious snacks from scratch.
 
Duration 60 mins.   5-9 years
 
No adult ticket required, but children must be accompanied for this cookery session.
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Event HF95

Tracey Corderoy

Monty & Milli

Venue: Starlight Stage
Monty and Milli are the best magical mice duo ever! Or they would be if their tricks ever worked. Come and see their adventure brought to life with puppet, magic tricks and games.
 
5-7 years
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Event 524

Foraging walk for families

Venue: Meet at Box Office
Foraging walk in fields near Festival site with Kate Humble to collect ingredients to accompany a Festival 25th anniversary cake and picnic.
 
Walks organised by Haywalkingfestival.co.uk
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Event 311

John Sutherland and John Crace

The Two Johnnies Do Dickens

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
The ultra-Prof and the Digested Reads satirist tell you stuff you never realised you needed to know about the bi-centenarist.
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Event 312

Patricia Hodgson

Cambridge Series 9 - Media Freedom and the Public Interest

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
Phone hacking has put media regulation centre-stage. But will regulation stifle a free press? Where does the public interest really lie? Introduced by Rosie Boycott.
 
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Event 313

Tom Holland

In The Shadow Of The Sword - The Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
In the C6th the Near East was divided between two venerable empires - the Persian and the Roman. 100 years later one had vanished for ever and the other seemed almost finished. Ruling in their place were the Arabs - an upheaval so profound that it meant, in effect, the end of the Ancient World.
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Event 314

Frances Ashcroft

The Spark of Life

Venue: Big Tent
The physiologist gives a spectacular account of the body electric, showing how, from before conception to the last breath we draw, electrical signals in our cells are essential to everything we think and do. She takes in vampire bats, Viagra, chilli peppers and Mary Shelley.
 
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Event 315

Creative Intent – Sustainable Work and Travel

Venue: Hay on Earth Stage
Do you have an idea for an innovation but don’t know where to start? Or have you already started but are bogged down? This open session on design and creativity will teach you new tools to realise your ambitious schemes.
 
Supported by the Welsh Government
 
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Event T22

You Can Do It with UK Youth and B&Q

Workshop

Venue: Scribblers’ Hut
Join the experts from B&Q to get hands-on and make a planter (trust us, your gran will love it!). Equip yourself with DIY skills and get stuck in.
 
Duration 90 mins. 14+ years
 
Thanks to enhanced support from B&Q each participant will now receive a complimentary ticket voucher to the value of £10.25
 
Each young person attending this workshop 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.
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Event HF100

Alison Edgson

Yuck!

Venue: The Hexagon
Calling all mini-monsters! Hear about three little terrors before making your own monster-hatchling.
 
5-7 years
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