Hay Festival 2020 is cancelled

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Event 306

Alannah Weston talks to Dylan Jones

Business Breakfast: Fashion

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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The Creative Director of Selfridges discusses the state of the rag trade with the editor of GQ.

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Event 307

Alun Withey

Medicine In Medieval Wales

Venue: The Cube
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What was it like to be ill in medieval Wales? What remedies did people use and to whom did they turn for treatment? Chaired by Jasper Rees.
Jasper Rees is author of Bred Of Heaven.

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Event 462

Paul Benham

Primrose Earth Awareness Trust: Site Visit

Venue: Meet at Box Office
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The permaculture pioneer guides us around his sustainable food centre, which has won 12 True Taste of Wales awards in three years – including gold for Sustainable Development – and as the most productive acre and a half in the UK is a blueprint model for future food security. 

For all outdoors events and walks we recommend walking boots and warm and waterproof clothing.
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Event HF125

Brobury Farm

Farm Visit

Venue: Meet at Box Office
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Come and learn about a shepherd’s year at a local sheep farm and see a flock of ewes with lambs at foot. There will be demonstrations of sheep dogs at work and of sheep shearing followed by a chance to see how a fleece is spun into knitting wool. Lamb rolls made from farm produce will be served at the end of a short farm walk.


9am–1pm

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Event 308

David Crystal

Spell It Out: The Singular Story Of English Spelling

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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Why is there an ‘h’ in ghost? William Caxton, inventor of the printing press, and his Flemish employees are to blame. Without a dictionary or style guide to hand in C15th Bruges, the typesetters simply spelled it the way it sounded to their foreign ears, and it stuck. The linguistics prof unearths the stories behind the rogue words that confound us, in an epic journey taking in C6th monks, French and Latin upstarts, the Industrial Revolution and the internet.

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Event 309

Jim Swire and James Robertson talk to Philippe Sands

Perspectives On Lockerbie

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Twenty-five years after a bomb brought Pan Am Flight 103 down on the town, the novelist James Robertson, author of The Professor Of Truth, and Dr Swire, whose daughter Flora was killed in the bombing and who is a member of the Justice For Megrahi group, reflect on the tragedy.

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Event 310

Roger Hermiston and Sinclair McKay talk to Chris Morgan Jones

Secrets And Lies

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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We kick off this day devoted to espionage with two revealed stories that changed the course of the C20th – The Greatest Traitor: The Secret Lives Of Agent George Blake and The Secret Listeners: How The Y Service Intercepted The German Codes For Bletchley Park.

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Event 311

Oliver James

Love Bombing: Reset Your Child’s Emotional Thermostat

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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Love Bombing is the psychologist’s very simple technique, which helps most children from three years to early teenage. Because so many parents have periods of living very busy or miserable or complicated lives, most of us need to reconnect with our children from time to time. Love Bombing does the job. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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Event 312

Landmarc 100 Workshops

Data, Data Everywhere But Not A Byte In Sight: Workshop 1

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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How can we use omnipresent data to drive behaviour change, improve performance and make radical the new normal? This is the last in a series of open invitation workshops, conversations and presentations designed to inspire applicants, tackle the big issues of sustainability, and take the great ideas you’ve jotted on the back of beer mats or napkins and make them real.

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

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Event HF84

David Shelton’s Cartoon Workshop

Venue: The Cube
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The Carnegie Medal-shortlisted creator of Good Dog, Bad Dog, a children’s comic strip featuring film-noir-style dog detectives Kirk Bergman and Duncan McBoo, will show you how to create your own. Paper and pens provided.

Duration 60 mins. Places limited.

9+ years

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Event W26

Kitchen Academy Workshop 26

Venue: Mess Tent
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Join us in making Mini Spanish Omelettes, Welsh Sushi, Giant Chocolate Waffles, Sicilian Chicken and No Bake Cheesecakes. The menu will be rotated between sessions on a daily basis.

 

5–8 years – children must be accompanied

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Event HF83

Peter Rabbit Puppet Show

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The Tale Of Peter Rabbit is brought to life in this interactive puppet show. You can help Peter to escape from Mr McGregor’s garden.

Duration 45 mins.

4–7 years

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Event 487

Kon-Tiki

Screening

Venue: Richard Booth's Bookshop Cinema, 44 Lion Street
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The story of legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300 miles crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times. Directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, and produced by Jeremy Thomas (see event 476). 118'. Norway, 2012.

Click here to view trailer.

Please arrive in good time for the start of this event; we regret that latecomers may not be permitted entry.

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Event 457

Hay Castle Tour 8

Venue: Hay Castle Main Hall
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Hay Castle, once a great medieval stronghold, is alive with possibilities once again. Find out more with Justin Albert, Director of National Trust Wales, on a guided tour of the 12th Century keep, Jacobean mansion and Victorian service buildings. Includes tea and a bun.

Please note: There are two tours, one starting at 10am and one starting at 11am. Please book for the tour you wish to attend, using the variant boxes below. 

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Event 466

Hedgerow Foraging Walk 4

Venue: Meet at Box Office
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Join Adele Nozedar, author of The Hedgerow Handbook, for a foraging walk around Hay. Families and children welcome. 

For all outdoors events and walks we recommend walking boots and warm and waterproof clothing.

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

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Event W58

Royal Shakespeare Company Workshop 3: Romeo And Juliet

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Melanie Whitehead leads this participatory workshop exploring key scenes and characters in Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Ideal for GCSE students.

14+ years

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Event 313

Tom Holland

The London Library Lecture; Decline And Fall?

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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In AD 476, Romulus Augustulus, Emperor in line to Augustus, Trajan and Constantine, was deposed by a German chieftain. It is an event that in most history books is identified as marking the end of the Roman Empire. But did it? The historian explores whether the Romans themselves had any comprehension that their empire could possibly fall. He traces the surprisingly obdurate survival of a Roman imperial identity across the centuries, and attempts to identify a moment in history when the Roman Empire could be said definitively to have come to an end.

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Event 314

Sebastian Faulks talks to Gaby Wood

The British Council Series 3: Fictions – A Possible Life

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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Provocative and profound, Faulks’ dazzling new novel journeys across continents and time to explore the chaos created by love, separation and missed opportunities. In this open workshop he describes how he came to write it this way, building the structure of the stories and his search for the language and form of his narratives.

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Event 315

Rhianna Pratchett

BAFTA presents Writing Games

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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The representation of women both in games and the games industry has been changing over the last few years. Come and meet Pratchett, the lead writer on Tomb Raider who specialises in developing the narrative structure, humour and characterisation in games and played a key role in the reinvention of the legendary Lara Croft.

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Event 316

Lucy Delap

Cambridge University Series 11; Not Just Downton

Venue: Digital Stage
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The reality behind the myth of domestic service in C20th Britain. How changes in technologies and ideas about what makes a ‘home’ have changed the nature of domestic labour, but not our need for other people to do it for us, be they cleaners, au pairs or ‘the help’.

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Event 317

Landmarc 100 Workshops

Data, Data Everywhere But Not A Byte In Sight: Workshop 2

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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How can we use omnipresent data to drive behaviour change, improve performance and make radical the new normal? Join us to take the great ideas you’ve jotted on the back of beer mats or napkins and make them real.

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

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Event HF87

Jackie Morris

I Am Cat

Venue: The Cube
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Ten wild habitats, ten wild cats are dramatically and beautifully illustrated in this unique celebration of the cat.

Duration 60 mins.

5+ years

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Event HF85

John Boyne

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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The creator of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas talks about his whimsical, funny and uplifting The Terrible Thing That Happened To Barnaby Brocket.

Duration 45 mins.

8+ years

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Event HF86

Keeper of the Realms: The Dark Army

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The second instalment of Marcus Alexander’s action-packed contemporary fantasy adventure starring Charlie Keeper.

Duration 45 mins.

10+ years

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Event W27

Kitchen Academy Workshop 27

Venue: Mess Tent
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Join us in making Mini Spanish Omelettes, Welsh Sushi, Giant Chocolate Waffles, Sicilian Chicken and No Bake Cheesecakes. The menu will be rotated between sessions on a daily basis.

9–12 years – children must be accompanied

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