Lively and diverse conversation, presented by Libby Purves. Guests include Roy Strong, horse trainer, Venetia Williams and Polly Bolton.
Broadcast live, 9am–9.45am, and repeated the same evening at 9.30pm–10
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18.
FREE BUT TICKETED
Agronomist Jonathon Harrington and vet Barney Sampson lead a visit to John and Helen Price’s farm, which specialises in producing top quality beef from their single suckler herd. See how a family farm copes with the real life challenges of modern agriculture. Llwynberried also produces all its own fodder and feed crops and supplies both local and national retailers. Crops include wheat, barley, oilseed rape and forage maize. A short walk to see the herd grazing will take place if the weather permits. Beef from the farm will be served in bread rolls at the end of the visit. Also see events 135, 182, 276, 322
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 accompanied at all times. Coaches will return to the festival site in time for events starting at 1pm.
In the camps the war was eternal. There was the war against the German military, fought with everything from taunting humour to outright sabotage. British POWs also fought a valiant war against the conditions in which they were mired. They battled starvation, disease, Prussian cruelties, boredom, and their own inner demons. And, of course, they escaped.
We are thrilled to launch the final DI Charlie Resnick novel, by the Cartier Diamond Dagger-winning crime novelist, which brings Harvey’s hero face to face with his past in the miners’ strike of thirty years ago.
Where do camels belong? ‘In the Arab world’ may seem the obvious answer, but they are relative newcomers there. They evolved in North America, retain their greatest diversity in South America, and the only remaining wild dromedaries are in Australia. Thompson examines The Story and Science of Invasive Species.
Seventy years ago Tom Rolt published the book Narrowboat and sparked one of Britain’s greatest conservation movements and rescued the nation’s canals from destruction. The Daily Telegraph’sMark Skipworth discusses with journalist Libby Purves, poet Jo Bell and industrial archaeologist Geraint Coles.
Discover the poetry in garden mini-beasts with the poet and performer whose acclaimed book Buzzing! was written for all young nature lovers. Buzzing! was shortlisted for the 2013 Royal Society of Young People’s book prize and endorsed by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
We all know how the Trojan War ended. But how did it begin? Award-winning storyteller and author Daniel Morden tells timeless tales from long ago, featuring such legendary characters as Helen, Paris and Achilles…
One of the UK’s most imaginative and entertaining authors creates hilarious, often absurd but always compelling adventures within bizarre and zany worlds. Find out all about The Eye of Zoltar, the third novel in his hugely popular Last Dragonslayer series, packed with Jasper’s trademark magic and invention.
Bring your wellies and join us for a Muddy Writing Trail along the River Wye. We will be learning to look carefully and notice as we enjoy nature. We will collect words and objects, learn about the River Wye and write and perform a group poem. Younger children will create a Wild Wye Web collage.
The professor unravels the mysteries of science and explains exactly what makes the world go round. From rocket launches to erupting volcanoes, with fun facts and mind-blowing information, Utterly Amazing Science will capture the imagination of children (and grown-ups) of all ages.
A practical, fun workshop for all the family. You’ll work together as actors do during RSC rehearsals but no previous experience or knowledge is required as you’ll be introduced to characters and themes from Shakespeare’s History plays on the day. This workshop is for all members of the family to join in with.
Most suitable for 7+ years
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
Young wildlife photographer in the making? Take the RSPB photography challenge, discover what lives in the Hay Festival garden and get creative! Learn new skills and discover nature with Photography Jnr and RSPB Cymru.
The novelist talks about her play written in response to Shakespeare’s Othello. Her workis an intimate dialogue of words and music between Desdemona and her African nurse Barbary. Morrison gives voice and depth to the female characters, letting them speak and sing in the fullness of their hearts.
Other events in the Shakespeare 450 series - 34, 55 and 446.
The biochemist explains how the behaviour of cells is controlled and what goes wrong when they begin to proliferate in an abnormal manner – the basic cause of cancers. He then enters an amazing new world, revealed by astonishing technical advances that are revolutionising how we think about and treat cancers. Advances and alternatives that suggest a cautious optimism for the future of mankind’s battle against these fascinating diseases. His Betrayed by Nature and The Secret of Life are published this year.
Contributors to Honno’s new anthology about women campaigners discuss how they became politicised, and how they were personally changed by the process of changing the world. Armstrong is director of the climate change blockbuster Age of Stupid, and is now working on a TV drama series based on the true story of the police spies who infiltrated British activist groups and the women who unwittingly had relationships and even children with them. Crow is a disability rights activist and performance artist. Sanghera has won many awards and accolades for her work against honour-based abuse and forced marriage.
In 1613 a beautiful Stuart princess married a handsome young German prince. This was a love match, but it was also an alliance that aimed to weld together Europe’s two great Protestant powers. Before Elizabeth and Frederick left London for the court in Heidelberg, they watched a performance of The Winter’s Tale. In 1943, a group of British POWs gave a performance of that same play to a group of enthusiastic Nazi guards in Bavaria. When the amateur actors suggested doing a version of The Merchant of Venice that showed Shylock as the hero, the guards brought in the costumes and helped create the sets. Nothing about the story of England and Germany is as simple as we might expect. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.
Art is not always just for art’s sake: it has long been used as way of exploring, communicating and engaging people as well as bringing people together. Writers Mahfouz, Sheers and Brigstocke, and Cape Farewell director Buckland, discuss vision, ethics, imagination and integrity. They are joined by Mark Shorrock from the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, who is unveiling the first of two international art commissions.