Hay Festival 2020 is cancelled

We deeply regret that Hay Festival 2020 is cancelled due to the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic. Read more here.

Event 21

Barbara Erskine

The Darkest Hour

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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The best-selling novelist launches her compelling thriller – an art historian investigates the secrets of her life that are entwined with a passionate Battle of Britain romance.

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Barbara Erskine

Event 22

Alan Watson

The Science of the Singing Voice

Venue: Starlight Stage
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How does the larynx produce sound? How does it control the pitch of the voice? And how are the throat and mouth manipulated to alter vocal register and quality? The wonders of the human voice – from the lost sound of the castrato voice and the ethereal tones of Mongolian throat singers to Bryn Terfel shaking the rafters of St David’s Hall. With sound recordings, video clips, animations and images. 

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Alan Watson

Event 23

Juan José Ibarretxe

How To Change a Country: An Exclusive Hay Masterclass by the Basque President

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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The Basque Country in the early 1980s was a nation beset by conflict, its economy in ruins. Three decades later and it’s a nation at peace and second only to Luxembourg in Europe’s prosperity stakes. And all this with an equality index on a par with Scandinavia. Come and hear how they did it from the man who led the country from the opening of the Guggenheim to the eve of ETA’s lasting ceasefire. What are the lessons for other countries? You may be surprised… Chaired by Adam Price.

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Juan José Ibarretxe

Event 24

Al Murray/The Pub Landlord Double Bill

Venue: The Tata Tent
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Listen to an evening with the phenomenal comedian.

Part 1: Watching War Films With My Dad

In the first part Al discusses his passion for history with James Holland. Growing up in the 1970s, Al, with the help of his dad, became fascinated with the history of World War Two. They didn’t go to football; they went to battlefields. Because like so many of his generation whose childhood was all about Airfix, Action Man and Where Eagles Dare, he grew up in the cultural wake of the Second World War…

Part 2: The Pub Landlord – The Only Way Is Epic

In the second part Al brings his legendary stand-up character to Hay Festival. Britain’s most irrepressible inn-keeper will be serving up his premier brew of ale-inspired acumen and bar-room buffoonery.

“An exceptional balancing act. Performing in his short-sleeved white shirt, with a working beer pump behind him, Murray’s interaction with his crowd remains one of the wonders of the comedy world…satire with scope and a real sting.” The Times

“It’s wickedly witty stuff, and the knowledge that Murray is in fact a staunch, rather high-born Europhile with an MA in modern history makes this outwardly boorish satire on British provincialism more seductive still – right down, in fact, to the occasional guilt-ridden moment of doubt as to exactly what it is you’re laughing at.” The Telegraph

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Al Murray/The Pub Landlord Double Bill

Event 25

Harry Collins and Mark Hannam

Are We All Scientific Experts Now?

Venue: Starlight Stage
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How do we identify the true scientific experts? And how do we avoid false scientific‘controversies’ like the MMR debacle and Climategate? The two Cardiff University professors draw on work from Collins’ provocative new book.

 

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Harry Collins and Mark Hannam

Event 26

Roy Bailey, Billy Bragg and friends

A Concert for Tony Benn: The Writing on the Wall

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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A tribute to the politician, diarist and orator recreates one of his great Hay evenings with a rallying anthology of great songs and speeches of dissent and protest.

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Roy Bailey, Billy Bragg and friends

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