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Event 506

Rang de Basanti – Screening

Venue: Bookshop Cinema
A sensational Bollywood picture directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and starring Soha Ali Khan, who’ll be speaking in the Re-Imagine India event 114 on Sunday 3 June. A young woman from England comes to India to make a documentary about her grandfather's diary. India, 2006. 157’.
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Event HF175

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.   10-14 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 and bring a copy on the day.
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Event HF173

HL Dennis

Secret Breakers

Venue: Hay on Earth Stage
Brodie, Hunter and Tusia: three kids chosen to solve the greatest unbroken code in the world. But why will some people kill to stop them? Join Team Veritas and crack the codes to help them. Bring a pad and pencil.
9+ yrs
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Event HF174

Poppy Cat comes to Hay!

Venue: The Hexagon
Come and find out all about Lara, a little girl who invents extraordinary adventures for her beloved Poppy Cat. Plus a very special visit!
Duration 40 mins.   3-5 years
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Event 507

Monty Don

Gardening at Longmeadow

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
The cycle of the seasons in the Gardeners World garden at Longmeadow, from the earliest snowdrops of January through the first splashes of colour in the Spring Garden, the electric summer displays of the Jewel Garden, the autumn harvest in the orchard, and on to a Christmas feast sourced from the vegetable gardens.
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Event 508

Simon Callow

Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
The biography explores the central importance of the theatre to the life of the greatest storyteller in the English language.
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Event 509

Charlotte Higgins, Gideon Nisbet and James Davidson

The Greeks 10 - Sex

Venue: The Moot
What were the conditions that made homosexuality an easy norm in ancient Greece? It’s given us some of the world’s greatest works of art, stories and Sappho’s poetry.
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Event 510

Ghislaine Wood

The V&A Lecture: British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age

Venue: Big Tent
To coincide with the V&A’s major exhibition, the curator will explore the shifting nature of Britain’s design culture over the last 60 years.
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Event 511

Claire Preston

A Brief History of Cider

Venue: Digital Stage
In C17th England, apples were the national fruit and Herefordshire cider was the patriotic tipple. Wholesome, nutritious, strengthening, and morally pure, cider’s virtues would nourish the nation, establish Empire, and win wars. How did cider knock French wine and the Dutch navy into a cocked hat?
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Event 512

John Harrison talks to Kathryn Gray

Antarctica - Forgotten Footprints

Venue: Starlight Stage
The award-winning author of Cloud Road presents his history of the Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands and the Weddell Sea, introducing the merchantmen, navy men, sealers, whalers and aviators who, with scientists and adventurers drew the first ghostly maps of the white continent.
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Event 513

Elmehdi Ag Wakina

The News from Timbuktu

Venue: Hay on Earth Stage
The Director of the AMSS, the local NGO that liaises with Hay as part of the town twinning, talks about the situation in Northern Mali. In April 2012 Timbuktu City was overtaken by an Islamic fundamentalist group which has imposed sharia law. There are diverse rebel groups in the region and a humanitarian crisis is unfolding. Elmehdi, a Tuareg from Timbuktu, will give an update on the situation in Northern Mali, and will discuss the relationship between Hay and Timbuktu in this context
All welcome. Donations will be made to relief work on the ground.
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Event 514

Norman Davies

The Open University Lecture: Vanished Kingdoms

Venue: Digital Stage
How many British people know that Glasgow was founded by the Welsh in a period when neither England nor Scotland existed? Europe’s history is littered with kingdoms, duchies, empires and republics which have now vanished. The historian peers through the cracks in mainstream history writing and listens to the echoes of lost realms across the centuries.
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Event 515

Andrew St George and Edward Davis

The Navy Way

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
The senior service’s contemporary history with the author of The Royal Navy Way of Leadership and the Commandant General Royal Marines and Commander Amphibious Forces, whose book Operation Herrick - Helmand details the latest Afghan tour.
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Event 516

Steve Benbow

The Urban Beekeeper

Venue: Big Tent
The visionary beekeeper started his first beehive ten years ago on the roof of his tower block in Bermondsey and today runs 30 sites across the city. His bees live atop Tate Modern and Tate Britain, Fortnum & Mason and the National Portrait Gallery, and he supplies honey to the Savoy tearooms, Harvey Nichols and Harrods. His bees forage in parks, cemeteries, along railway lines and in windowboxes, and because of the diversity of the plants and trees in the city, produce far richer honey and greater yields than they would in rural areas.
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Event 517

Marcus Berkmann

A Shed of One’s Own - Midlife Without The Crisis

Venue: Hay on Earth Stage
An hilarious book about male midlife, from the inimitable humorist - author of Rain Men and Zimmer Men.
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Event 518

Stuart Maconie talks to Paul Blezard

Hope and Glory

Venue: Starlight Stage
Starting with the death of Queen Victoria, to the Battle of the Somme and the General Strike, and on to the docking of the Empire Windrush and Bobby Moore raising the Jules Rimet trophy, the broadcaster chooses a defining moment in our nation’s story from each decade of the last century and explores its legacy today.
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Event 519

Bill Bailey


Venue: Barclays Pavilion
Bill Bailey had Doubts about the modern world, but these have now grown into Qualms. He will be channeling these feelings of Unease and Apprehension, with the help of Religious Dubstep, his folk bouzouki, Horntallica, a re-appraisal of some of the world’s greatest works of art and perhaps a dub version of Downton Abbey. He looks at the Consequences of Lies, the Unending Search for the Higgs and the Hiding Skills of Dentists. Bill tries to confront his Cluster-Qualm of living in a Time of Spectacular Ignorance, Nuclear Worry, Rare Planetary Alignment and Spice Girl reunions that may be part of the Mayan End of Days prophecy. Come savour this Broth of Anxiety with Bill Bailey – Qualmpeddler.


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