WELCOME TO HAY

The full programme is available for this year’s festival, 25 May to 4 June. We very much look forward to seeing you in Hay.

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Event 533

Good Morning Wales

BBC Radio Wales

Venue: BBC Radio Wales/Horizons Airstream

The breakfast programme for Wales with news, interviews, sport, weather and travel information. Presented by Mai Davies, Felicity Evans and Oliver Hides. Broadcast live Monday to Friday, 6am–9am, and Saturdays, 7.30am–9am.

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Good Morning Wales

Event 182

Maesllwch Farm

Venue: Meet at Box Office

Agronomist Jonathon Harrington and vet Barney Sampson lead a visit to Andrew and Rachel Giles’ farm, which has a herd of 350 spring calving dairy cows. 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 and a cheese maker will demonstrate their craft. Also see events 135, 230, 276, 322

A minimum age of 8 years is required to take part in this expedition.

This is a visit to a real working farm and is suitable for anyone interested in learning more about food and farming. Families are welcome, children must be supervised at all times. Coaches will return to the festival site in time for events starting at 1pm.
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Event 505

Hay Castle Tour 9

Venue: Hay Castle Main Hall

Tour led by archaeologist Will Davies of Cadw.

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Hay Castle Tour 9

Event HF49

Sharky & George

Venue: The Cube

Sharky and George are the top party people for children. The main idea behind any Sharky and George party is to ensure that all of the children are involved in all of the active, imaginative and energetic games all of the time. Their book, Don't You Dare, is a collection of all their best games, pranks, general mayhem and mischief!

George says: 'The dull thing about Sharky is that he's really called Charlie. More interestingly, he drives a very cool old MG, loves dogs, eats a lot, broke a world record, is an amazing skier, terrible singer and dances like a hero. Sharky is Global Head of Fun at S&G and knows everything about games, sweets and toys.'

Sharky says: 'George's first car was a taxi, his first house was a boat and his first award at school was for being a 'jolly good egg'. He also knows a lot about frogs. George makes sure only the funniest games are played, the best pranks are performed and the silliest hair styles are worn at all the S&G parties.

4–7 years

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Sharky & George

Event 477

Telegraph Editors

What The Paper Said 100 Years Ago

Venue: The Scribblers Hut
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 470

River Walk 1

Venue: Meet at Box Office
Join the Wye & Usk Foundation trip around the Wye and its tributaries near Hay to see the rare and unusual creatures that live in the river, and to see what progress is being made to restore the run of salmon.

Please bring packed lunches.

9.30am - 2pm
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Event 534

The Write Stuff

BBC Radio 4

Venue: BBC Tent

The radio panel game of literary correctness in which James Walton is joined by regular captains Sebastian Faulks and John Walsh for the literary quiz with a twist.   Guests include Sue Limb and Russell Davies.Broadcast Sundays from 5 October, 11.30am–12 midday

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

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The Write Stuff

Event 183

Simon Schama, Philippe Sands, Barbara Winton

Honouring Nicholas Winton

Venue: The Tata Tent

We are proud to launch Barbara Winton’s book about her father, the 105-year-old British humanitarian who organized the rescue of 669 mostly Jewish children from German-occupied Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War, in an operation later known as the Czech Kindertransport. Chaired by Alan Yentob.

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Simon Schama, Philippe Sands, Barbara Winton

Event 184

John van Wyhe

Will the real Alfred Russel Wallace please stand up?

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage

The independent discovery of evolution by natural selection by Darwin and Wallace is one of the most famous episodes in the history of science. Wallace’s story has been told many times in recent years, but almost always by amateurs rather than historians. Alarmingly, almost everything you have heard about Wallace is wrong. The image of a cheated working-class hero whitewashed from history by the patrician Darwin and his establishment supporters may be irresistible, but it is also pure myth.

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John van Wyhe

Event 185

Matthew Rice

Rice’s Church Primer

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The illustrator and writer explains the language of architecture in churches, from the restrained Norman style of William the Conqueror to the gilded excesses of the Baroque. He introduces the basic ‘grammar’ of churches: elevation, plan, fronts, vaults and towers and the ‘vocabulary’ of styles in chronological order, from ancient Saxon churches to modern cathedrals.

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Matthew Rice

Event 186

Christian Wolmar

To the Edge of the World: The Story of the World’s Greatest Railway

Venue: The Telegraph Stage

The Trans-Siberian stretches nearly 6,000 miles between Moscow and Vladivostok on the Pacific Coast. It was the most ambitious railway project of the C19th. It is intimately involved with Russian and Soviet history. And it reminds travellers of the vastness of our world and hints at the hardships that were endured in its construction. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

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Event 187

Julie Dodsworth, Alastair Sawday, Fiona Davies and Susy Smith

Country Living Women in Business Forum

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The vintage-style homeware entrepreneur, Alastair Sawday of the eponymous 'special places to stay' enterprise, and the Women in Rural Enterprise boss give expert advice about the challenges and opportunities of setting up in business with the magazine’s editor. Chaired by Kitty Corrigan.

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Event 188

Richard Wyn Jones and James Mitchell talk to Bethan Rhys Roberts

Scottish Independence: How Might it Affect Wales?

Venue: The Oxfam Moot

In light of the First Minister for Wales’s call for UK-wide constitutional conventions, how does the Scottish independence vote, whether yes or no, affect the people of Wales?

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Event 492

The Prince's Drawing School

Venue: The Summer House
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. Suitable for all ages and abilities. All equipment provided.
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The Prince's Drawing School

Event 505

Hay Castle Tour 10

Venue: Hay Castle Main Hall

Tour led by archaeologist Will Davies of Cadw.

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Hay Castle Tour 10

Event W20

Guitar Effects

Venue: The Scribblers Hut

Find out how to get the sounds you want and learn how to create the right effects for musical styles.
12–17 years
Places Limited

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Guitar Effects

Event HF50

Mayhem with Dennis the Menace

Venue: Starlight Stage

Becoming the master of menacing is not easy. If you want to learn the rules join Steven Butler, author of brand new book series Diary of Dennis the Menace, for a sneak peek into the mischievous life of the naughtiest boy in The Beano. Expect lots of fun and games and maybe even a prank or two!
7+ years

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Mayhem with Dennis the Menace

Event HF51

Topsy and Tim

Venue: The Cube

Have fun with Topsy and Tim as they leap from book to screen! Join your favourite twins for a tip-top storytelling, games and activity session.
3–6 years

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Topsy and Tim

Event W22

Traditional Stool-making Workshop

Venue: Traditional Building Skills Cruck
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 W21

Wild Wye Web Writing Workshop

Venue: Meet at The Mess Tent
Learn to be a landscape writer with the Wild Wye Web. Join a team of young writers to produce a collection of poems about the River Wye. Observe, investigate, write and perform together. First time poets welcome!

8–12 years
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Wild Wye Web Writing Workshop

Event 189

Keith Barnham

The Burning Answer

Venue: The Telegraph Stage

In just over three generations, we have consumed approximately half the useful oil that it took photosynthesis around two million years to produce. In two generations we have used around half our useful uranium resources. We are faced with an urgent choice, the roots of which lie in 1905 with the discovery of Einstein’s ‘other’ equation, E = hf. This little-known equation, which began the quantum revolution, could hold the key to our future survival through the generation of electricity from sunlight.

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Event 190

Simon Blackburn talks to Rosie Boycott

Cambridge University Series 7

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage

Mirror, Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-Love

Everyone deplores narcissism, especially in others. The vain are by turns annoying or absurd, offending us whether they are blissfully oblivious or proudly aware of their behaviour. But are narcissism and vanity really as bad as they seem? Can we avoid them even if we try?

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Event 191

Andrew Simms and David Boyle talk to Andy Fryers

What if Money Grew on Trees…?

Venue: The Oxfam Moot

Consider a world where gold is worthless, banks do not exist and international trade is banned. Would our lives be better if all work was fun, debt was wiped out and anybody could live wherever they wanted?

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Event 193

Social Enterprise Series: Chris Peel

Unemployment To Enterprise

Venue: Landmarc Innovation Hub

Backing innovation and creating opportunity. Chris Peel is the Managing Director of ReHab Jobfit.

FREE BUT TICKETED

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Social Enterprise Series: Chris Peel

Event W23

Bass and Guitar

Venue: The Scribblers Hut

Find out how the rhythm section works together, with techniques and tips in a hands-on session.
12–17 years
Places Limited

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Bass and Guitar

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