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Event HF76

Dragons, Heroes and Assassins

Venue: Starlight Stage

Charlie Fletcher, Justin Somper and Philip Womack share a love of dragons and heroes, evil assassins and high-octane escapades. What makes a great fantasy adventure? Join Julia Eccleshare in finding out as they discuss their three brand new fantasy adventure series, Dragon Shield, Allies & Assassins and The Broken King respectively.
10+ years

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Dragons, Heroes and Assassins

Event HF77

Sue Hendra

Wanda and the Alien

Venue: The Cube
Join Sue for a fun-filled event packed with storytelling and crafts. Children will have the chance to get creative and make their own alien finger puppets!
3–6 years
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Event 537

Radcliffe & Maconie

BBC Radio 6 Music

Venue: BBC Tent

It’s Hay-on-Wireless! BBC 6 Music’s Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie present a show live from the BBC Arts Tent at Hay Festival, with special guests Marcus Brigstocke, Kirsty Wark, festival founder Peter Florence and 6 Music’s very own Cerys Matthews.

Expect witty badinage and even a spot of live music on this show as Mark and Stuart hold court in front of a live festival audience! Plus chats with broadcaster, presenter and writer Kirsty Wark, comedian and Hay Festival regular Marcus Brigstocke and festival founder Peter Florence, who tells us more about the background to the festival.

There’ll be live music from singer-songwriter and 6 Music presenter Cerys Matthews who performs a brand new track, and even a dash of audience participation with a special version of the regular Radcliffe and Maconie Show feature, Teatime Themetime.

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

FREE BUT TICKETED

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Event 241

John Harvey, Louise Welsh, Peter James and Phil Rickman chaired by SJ Parris

OxCrimes 1

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage

Following the success of OxTales and OxTravels we are thrilled to launch our third collaboration with Profile Books with a reading of three stories from this collection of short crime fictions donated by some of the greatest crime-writers in the English language.

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Event 243

Philip Parker

The Northmen’s Fury: A History of the Viking World

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

One summer’s day in 793, death arrived from the sea. The raiders who sacked the island monastery of Lindisfarne were the first Vikings – sea-borne attackers, adventurers and traders who brought two centuries of terror to northern Europe and North America. Chaired by Katrin Bennhold.

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Event 244

Kirsty Wark talks to Sarah Crompton

Fictions – The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle

Venue: The Tata Tent

The broadcaster discusses her first novel. When Elizabeth Pringle, an inspirational teacher on the island of Arran dies, her will contains a surprise. She has left her home and her belongings to someone who is all but a stranger, a young mother she watched pushing a pram down the road more than thirty years ago. Now it falls to Martha, the baby in that pram, to find out how her mother inherited the house in such strange circumstances.

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Kirsty Wark talks to Sarah Crompton

Event 245

Jay Griffiths talks to Horatio Clare

A Love Letter to a Stray Moon

Venue: The Oxfam Moot

Frida Kahlo transformed the emotional and physical pain of her life into art. Her paintings make visible the invisible, interior experiences of many women. They speak of loss, loneliness, her struggle to have children, her lovers, a bus accident that shattered her body and spirit. But they are also full of passion and warmth, each canvas a defiant celebration of what it is to be human. The author of Pip Pip – A Sideways Look at Time, Wild ­– An Elemental Journey and Kith – The Riddle of the Childscape reimagines Kahlo’s life and art in a passionate prose poem.

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Jay Griffiths talks to Horatio Clare

Event 246

Steve Eales

Casting the Net: The Way Science is Really Done

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The standard description of the scientific method is that it is primarily a negative activity, with scientists setting out to disprove the latest hypothesis. But very few real scientists have ever set out with this aim in mind. The astronomer shows that real science is often a matter of casting a net.

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Event 247

The Doric String Quartet

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 2

Venue: St Mary's Church

The quartet play Haydn’s String Quartet in B flat major Op.76 No.4 and

Janácek’s String Quartet No.2 ‘Intimate Letters’.

Recorded for broadcast on Radio 3

See also events 198, 292 and 337.

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Event 248

Social Enterprise Series: Georgina Jones

Turning a Passion into a Business

Venue: Landmarc Innovation Hub

All her life Georgina Jones has been inspired to ignite a spark in people. From singing on stage, to running teams, coaching or spending five minutes brightening up the day of a stranger Georgina loves turning people’s lights on. Whether in businesses, communities or online it is Georgina’s life goal to inspire people so that they inspire others and become happier, and more successful and confident in the process. Georgina has become a successful entrepreneur from creating businesses that centre around her passion and that passion drives her to dream big and make a difference.

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Event HF78

Chris Bradford

The Bodyguard

Venue: Starlight Stage
Following his phenomenally successful Young Samurai events, Chris Bradford returns to the stage for his The Bodyguard series with an adrenaline-fuelled show. Chris brings the action in his books to life with interactive performance and explosive content linked to his own research and training. During his bodyguard training, Chris acquired skills in unarmed combat, defensive driving, tactical firearms, threat assessments, surveillance, and even anti-ambush exercises; all of which he relates in one high-energy, breath-taking event.
Duration 45 minutes
9+ years
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Chris Bradford

Event W31

Royal Shakespeare Company

Romeo and Juliet for GCSE

Venue: The Scribblers Hut

Participants will work in practical ways as actors and directors to build their confidence and enjoyment and gain a deeper understanding of the play Romeo and Juliet. Using tried and tested RSC methods this workshop will help develop knowledge and understanding of characters, plot, language and themes in some key scenes studied at Key Stage 4.

15+ years 

 

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Royal Shakespeare Company

Event HF79

Swat! A Fly’s Guide To Staying Alive

Venue: The Cube
How does a house-fly survive the dangers in life, such as being eaten by animals or killed by humans? Mike Barfield shares their insect survival secrets with us. Scientifically accurate and great fun for any child who enjoys death, destruction, peril and poo.

7+ years
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Event W63

Phoenix Comics Workshop 1

Venue: The Mess Tent

Join The Phoenix comic artist Karen Rubins for her comic-creation sessions! As the scribbler of all things creepy and spooky, Karen will guide you through a world of comic monsters. Learn some top comic-creating tips while she helps you to draw your own ghosts, mythical beasts and of course…some pie!

7+ years

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Event W32

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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Event 249

Gillian Clarke and Carol Ann Duffy

Poems

Venue: The Tata Tent

A reading by the National Poet of Wales and the Poet Laureate of Great Britain.

There are special GCSE tickets for this event. To book for anyone aged 14–16 years, please call the Box Office on 01497 822 629.
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Gillian Clarke and Carol Ann Duffy

Event 250

Jessie Childs

God’s Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England

Venue: The Telegraph Stage

The Catholics of Elizabethan England did not witness a golden age. Their Mass was banned, their priests were outlawed, their faith was criminalised. In an age of assassination and Armada, those Catholics who clung to their faith were increasingly seen as the enemy within. It is a tale of dawn raids and daring escapes, stately homes and torture chambers, ciphers, secrets and lies. Chaired by SJ Parris.

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Event 251

Diana Henry and Anna Jones talk to Rosie Boycott

Talk About Food

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The authors of A Change of Appetite – Where Delicious Meets Healthy and A Modern Way to Eat discuss how we might change our relationship with food and diet with the chair of London Food.

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Event 252

Kate Bradbury, Findlay Wilde and Jane Richmond talk to Katie-Jo Luxton

Hungry Caterpillars and Fantastic Foxes: Giving Nature a Home in Your Garden

Venue: The Cube

Discover how your family can get gardening for wildlife and discover a secret world. Ask the experts as they share their ideas and experiences. Author Kate Bradbury is joined by 12-year-old wildlife blogger Findlay Wilde and Jane Richmond from the National Botanic Gardens of Wales. The Director of RSPB Cymru, Katie-Jo Luxton, is in the chair.

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Event 253

Future Dragons’ Playground

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Five organisations shortlisted for the Future Dragons’ Den will tell their stories, practise their pitches and share ideas on how they’d use the £5,000 prize from Social Enterprise funders UnLtd, if they won the Den.

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Future Dragons’ Playground

Event HF82

Daniel Morden

Tales From Grimm

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage

Daniel is one of the UK’s most popular tellers of traditional stories. Here he tells tales from the timeless collection of magical fairytales. Expect impossible quests, mysterious strangers,sudden jumps, dramatic twists, moments of high drama and low comedy…
7+ years

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Daniel Morden

Event HF80

Lucy Hawking

Science and Imagination

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
Author of the out-of-this-world adventure series co-written with her father, the world famous Stephen Hawking, Lucy takes the audience on a cosmic adventure through the universe and beyond. George and Annie travel further into space than ever before in the latest book George and the Unbreakable Code.
8+ years
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Lucy Hawking

Event W64

Phoenix Comics Workshop 2

Venue: The Mess Tent

Join The Phoenix comic artist Karen Rubins for her comic-creation sessions! As the scribbler of all things creepy and spooky, Karen will guide you through a world of comic monsters. Learn some top comic-creating tips while she helps you to draw your own ghosts, mythical beasts and of course…some pie!

7+ years

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Event HF81

There’s a Shark in the Bath

Venue: Starlight Stage

BIG TEETH! BUBBLES! BATHROOM CHAOS! When a family of sharks pops out of the plughole, Dulcie must figure out a way to keep them from eating her up. Cue utter silliness, sea creatures and some crazy cartooning with Sarah McIntyre.

5+ years

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There’s a Shark in the Bath

Event W65

Phoenix Comics Workshop 3

Venue: The Mess Tent

Join The Phoenix comic artist Karen Rubins for her comic-creation sessions! As the scribbler of all things creepy and spooky, Karen will guide you through a world of comic monsters. Learn some top comic-creating tips while she helps you to draw your own ghosts, mythical beasts and of course…some pie!

7+ years

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