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 485

Emma Towersey

Pilates Class

Venue: Richard Booths Bookshop Yoga Studio
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Pilates is a method of exercise designed to strengthen and balance the body and mind. It is practised through a series of controlled and precise movements linking the breath with every movement. Pilates focuses on developing muscle strength as well as mobilising our spine and joints, which in turn is highly effective in improving our posture and core muscles, as well as keeping the body flexible and agile.  This morning class is suitable for all, whether experienced practitioners or beginners.
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Emma Towersey

Event 524

Broadcasting House

BBC Radio 4

Venue: BBC Tent
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Come and watch Paddy O’Connell present Broadcasting House live on Radio 4. Debate and features on the week’s big stories, plus a lively panel review the Sunday papers.


10+ years. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18.


FREE BUT TICKETED

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Broadcasting House

Event 78

Karen Usher, Eric Thomas, David Landsman and David Willetts

The New University

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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Britain needs more scientists and engineers, but can our universities deliver? Current proposals for a new university in Hereford focus on employability and economic growth via a highly innovative ‘Liberal Sciences’ approach. If you’re a parent, a teacher, an employer or just interested in the future of education, jump start your day with this lively discussion. Usher is leading the campaign for the New University, Thomas is Vice Chancellor of Bristol University, Landsman is Executive Director of Tata and Willetts is Minister for Universities.
Chaired by Hereford MP Jesse Norman.

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Karen Usher, Eric Thomas, David Landsman and David Willetts

Event 79

Ian Goldin

The Butterfly Defect

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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The repercussions of local events now cascade over national borders, and the fall-out of financial meltdowns and environmental disasters affects everyone. Goldin analyses how globalization creates systemic risks, and suggests what to do about it.

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Ian Goldin

Event 80

ShaoLan Hsueh

Chineasy

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Come and enjoy your first lesson in Mandarin with the teacher who has developed an extraordinary accessible method of learning the Chinese language.

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ShaoLan Hsueh

Event 500

Hay Castle Tour 5

Venue: Hay Castle Main Hall
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Tour led by Justin Albert, Director of National Trust Wales.

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Hay Castle Tour 5

Event 550

Martin Rees

Gravitational Waves for Breakfast

Venue: Starlight Stage
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News that the Dark Sector Lab near the South Pole had detected indirect evidence of Gravitational Waves caused huge excitement throughout the scientific world. Gravitational Waves are ripples in space-time from the first trillionth of a second of the universe when the universe was squeezed smaller than a tennis ball, and were predicted in 1916 by Albert Einstein in his theory of general relativity.
 
The Astronomer Royal explains what's been observed, how it's interpreted, why it may be wrong, and why cosmologists are so excited.

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Martin Rees

Event 475

Telegraph Editors

What The Paper Said 100 Years Ago

Venue: The Cube
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A daily series hosted by senior Telegraph journalists discussing the day’s stories from exactly 100 years ago taken from the paper’s unique archive (republished each morning at telegraph.co.uk/ww1archive). In early summer 1914, the concerns of British readers were Home Rule for Ireland, the campaign of the Suffragettes, the exciting new worlds of motoring and aviation, the season’s new fashions and Jack Hobbs’s batting. The Great War was only weeks away – here, in fascinating detail, is the world the troops left behind. 
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Event 81

Alan Johnson talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

This Boy

Venue: The Tata Tent
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The former Home Secretary’s marvellous memoir plays out against the background of a vanishing community living in condemned housing. The story moves from post-war austerity in pre-gentrified Notting Hill, through the race riots, school on the Kings Road, Chelsea in the Swinging Sixties, and on to the rock-and-roll years, making a record in Denmark Street and becoming a husband and father while still in his teens.

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Event 82

Alexander Monro

The Paper Trail

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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This is the story of how paper, a simple Chinese invention, has wrapped itself around our world, with history’s most momentous ideas etched upon its surface. The author discusses An Unexpected History of the World’s Greatest Invention with Liz Thomson.

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Alexander Monro

Event 83

Helen Fulton

Troy in Wales: Commemorating the Past in Medieval Britain

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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In medieval Wales, the Trojan legend became a symbol of Wales’ independent past before its colonisation by the Norman and English kings. This illustrated lecture by one of Britain’s leading medievalists reveals the nationalist agenda behind the Welsh version of the Troy story.

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Event 84

Anthony King

The Blunders of Our Governments

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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There are a handful of cock-ups that we remember all too well, from the Poll Tax to the Millennium Dome. However, the list is longer than most of us realize and it is growing. King explains why the British political system is quite so prone to appalling mistakes. Chaired by Martin Chilton.

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Anthony King

Event 489

The Prince's Drawing School

Venue: The Summer House
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Spend a morning drawing and change the way you see! Come to the Pop Up Studio and learn to draw with The Prince's Drawing School, the only art school dedicated to drawing from observation (Under 12s). All equipment provided.
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The Prince's Drawing School

Event 501

Hay Castle Tour 6

Venue: Hay Castle Main Hall
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Tour led by Justin Albert, Director of National Trust Wales.

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Hay Castle Tour 6

Event HF20

It’s Walter Under The Bridge

Venue: The Cube
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Meet Walter, the friendly blue troll who lives under Whitney Bridge at Whitney-on-Wye, and find out how he came to be living there with a loveable cocker spaniel called Chester. With a special appearance by Walter himself.
5+ years

Free but ticketed

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It’s Walter Under The Bridge

Event HF18

James Holland

WWII

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Well-known historian and author of both fiction and non-fiction about war, including the Jack Tanner series of novels and the acclaimed Battle of Britain, James Holland’s books for young people include the Duty Calls novels. He uses wartime artefacts to illustrate a riveting talk about WWII that will enthral children and adults alike.
10+ years

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James Holland

Event HF19

Jonny Duddle

Gigantosaurus

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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Bonehead, the dino-kid lookout, raises so many false alarms that when the scary Gigantosaurus really appears, his friends may not believe him… High-energy fun from the exuberant Jonny Duddle.
4+ years

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Jonny Duddle

Event HF17

Liz Pichon

Tom Gates: A Tiny Bit Lucky

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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This brilliant and bestselling creation is laugh-out-loud funny, from the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Tom Gates is back in a brand new must-read adventure. Not to be missed!
9+ years

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Liz Pichon

Event W8

Traditional Stool-making Workshop

Venue: Traditional Building Skills Cruck
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An opportunity to try your hand at traditional craft skills with a three-hour workshop in which you will develop hand woodworking skills with an expert craftsperson. During the workshop you will mark out, construct and assemble a rustic oak stool to take home with you at the end of the session; all without the use of modern power tools or measuring devices. The design is marked out using the same principles of daisy wheel geometry used to build the great medieval cathedrals and the Tithe Barn at Cressing Temple.
Suitable for all abilities and ages, 12+ years
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Traditional Stool-making Workshop

Event 525

Roy Noble

BBC Radio Wales

Venue: BBC Radio Wales/Horizons Airstream
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Roy presents music, chat and special guests every Sunday morning from 10.30am to 12 midday. Broadcast live.

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Roy Noble

Event W9

Wild Garden Safari with the RSPB

Venue: The Scribblers Hut
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Come and discover the secret world that lives in your garden with the RSPB. Grab a net and see what amazing creatures are hiding in the leaves and lurking underwater. Make a Bee and Bug B&B to take home and give nature a home in your garden.

4–12 years

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Wild Garden Safari with the RSPB

Event 85

David Reynolds

Cambridge University Series 3: The Great War and the Twentieth Century

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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Re-examining the differing impacts of WWI on Britain, Ireland and the United States, The Long Shadow throws light on the whole of the last century and demonstrates that the First World War is a conflict from which Britain, more than any other nation, is still recovering.

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Event 86

Trevor Fishlock

Getting to know the Ladies: The Davies Sisters of Llandinam

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The story of C20th philanthropists Gwendoline and Margaret Davies of Llandinam, who amassed possibly the world’s greatest private collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art and then gave it to the people of Wales. Chaired by Tim Marlow.

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Trevor Fishlock

Event 87

Michael Axworthy

Revolutionary Iran: A History of the Islamic Republic

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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For over 30 years the Islamic Republic has resisted widespread condemnation, sanctions, and sustained attacks by Iraq in an eight-year war. With Iran’s continuing commitment to a nuclear programme and its reputation as a trouble-maker in Afghanistan, Lebanon and elsewhere, it’s unlikely that the ‘rogue state’ problem is going to go away anytime soon. The distinguished Persian scholar was Head of the Iran Section at the FCO.

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Event 88

Laura Bates talks to Anita Anand

Everyday Sexism: The Project That Inspired a Worldwide Movement

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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In 2012 after being sexually harassed on London public transport a young journalist started to collect stories for a piece she was writing on the issue. Astounded by the response she received and the wide range of stories that came pouring in from all over the world, she quickly realised that the situation was far worse than she’d initially thought. Sexism is endemic – socially, politically and economically. And enough is enough. Welcome to the fourth wave of feminism.

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Laura Bates talks to Anita Anand

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