Hay Festival 2018 Early birds

We are pleased to announce the first events for Hay Festival 2018. The full programme will be released in the Spring.

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Event 486

Emma Towersey

Pilates Class

Venue: Richard Booths Bookshop Yoga Studio
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 322

The Welsh Venison Centre

Venue: Meet at Box Office

Agronomist Jonathon Harrington and vet Barney Sampson lead a visit to the Welsh Venison Centre. Andrew and Elaine Morgan welcome us to their deer farm where the does will be calving, possibly while we are there! We will travel by tractor and trailer, and there will be opportunity to visit the farm shop. Venison rolls will be provided at the end of the visit. Please bring suitable clothing in case of inclement weather. Also see events 135, 182, 230, 276

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 but 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 472

Paul Benham

Primrose Earth Awareness Trust: Site Visit

Venue: Meet at Box Office

The permaculture pioneer guides us around his sustainable food centre, which has won 12 True Taste of Wales awards in three years – including gold for Sustainable Development – and as the most productive acre and a half in the UK is a blueprint model for future food security.

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Event 510

Hay Castle Tour 15

Venue: Hay Castle Main Hall
Tour led by Mark Baker, author of Lost Houses of Wales.
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Hay Castle Tour 15

Event 480

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 323

James Evans

Merchant Adventurers

Venue: The Tata Tent

In the spring of 1553 three ships sailed north-east from London into uncharted waters. The scale of their ambition was breathtaking. Drawing on the latest navigational science and the new spirit of enterprise and discovery sweeping the Tudor capital, they sought a northern passage to Asia and its riches. When their ships became separated in a storm, each ship had to fend for itself. Their fates were sharply divided. One returned to England, to recount extraordinary tales of the imperial court of Tsar Ivan The Terrible. The tragic, mysterious story of the other two ships has to be pieced together through the surviving captain’s log book, after he and his crew became lost and trapped by the advancing Arctic winter.

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Event 324

Clive Aslet

War Memorial: The Story of One Village’s Sacrifice from 1914 to 2003

Venue: The Telegraph Stage

In an intimate portrait of a single countryside community, the historian traces in vivid detail the lives of the twenty-two men and one woman from the Dartmoor village of Lydford who made the supreme sacrifice fighting for Britain in the two World Wars, the Falklands and Iraq.

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Event 325

Andrew Hussey

The French Intifada: The Long War Between France and its Arabs

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The strange and complex story of the relationship between secular, republican France and the Muslim world of North Africa: a guerrilla war between the French state and the former subjects of its Empire, for whom the mantra of ‘liberty, equality, fraternity’ conceals a bitter history of domination, oppression and brutality.

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Event 326

Tristan Gooley

The Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs

Venue: The Oxfam Moot

As well as being the most comprehensive guide to natural navigation for walkers ever compiled, Gooley’s book also contains clues for weather forecasting, tracking, city walks, coast walks and night walks.

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Event 327

Guto Harri, Benedict Brogan, Fiona Phillips

Why Choose Journalism?

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Of the wealth of choices available to young people, one of the oldest – and often most disreputable – professions should still be in the mix. Newspaper circulations may be falling, tougher regulation has just kicked in, professional abuses have brought shame: but if seeking adventure, intellectual stimulation and the chance to write the first draft of history, this could be the life for you. The panel will talk about why young people should sign up, and give tips on how get a foot in the door. With The Telegraph’s Benedict Brogan, Guto Harri from News UK and Fiona Philips, editor of The Hereford Times. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

FREE BUT TICKETED

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Event 511

Hay Castle Tour 16

Venue: Hay Castle Main Hall
Tour led by Mark Baker, author of Lost Houses of Wales.
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Hay Castle Tour 16

Event HF112

Alison Brown

Eddie and Dog

Venue: The Cube

Eddie is looking for a friend – a friend who likes adventure. Then Eddie meets Dog. And the fun really begins… Meet the author and illustrator and get a sneak peek of her new book Mighty Mo!
4–6 years

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Alison Brown

Event W46

Barclays LifeSkills Workshop 4

Personal Impact Workshop

Venue: The Scribblers Hut

Personal Impact Workshop
Lifeskills created with Barclays are running a series of fun, developmental workshops to help you move effectively from school into the world of work.

Activity 1: Workplace behaviour
Helps students understand that the right way to behave at work may be different to what is appropriate at school or with their peers. Duration 30 minutes

Activity 2: Communications and body language
Helps students understand how to effectively communicate using their body language and tone of voice. Duration 30 minutes

11–19 years

FREE BUT TICKETED
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Event W54

Bottle Your Own Cordial

Venue: The Mess Tent

Join illustrator Alexia Tucker and Benjamin Pryor, chief of drinks at Observer Food Monthly’s Best Ethical Restaurant, Poco in Bristol, to celebrate the start of summer by making a batch of delicious seasonal elderflower cordial, designing your own label and filling your own bottle to take away.

6+ years

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Event HF110

Kristina Stephenson

Sir Charlie Stinkysocks

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
Sir Charlie is off on his most fearsome quest yet, along a treacherous track, through a spooky-wooky wood and into a deep, dark cave to…well, come along to find out. Storytelling at its best with songs, music and sound effects.
5+ years
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Kristina Stephenson

Event HF111

Miffy and Friends

Venue: Starlight Stage

Share stories, songs and games with everyone’s favourite bunny, Miffy, making a rare appearance in Hay. The Miffy books have sold over 85 million copies worldwide!
3+ years

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Miffy and Friends

Event W35

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 W47

Barclays LifeSkills Workshop 5

Networking Workshop

Venue: The Scribblers Hut

Lifeskills created with Barclays are running a series of fun, developmental workshops to help you move effectively from school into the world of work.

Activity 1: What is networking?
Helps students understand that the majority of jobs are not advertised and introduces networking as a way to find out about ‘hidden jobs’. Duration 20 minutes

Activity 2: How do I network?
Helps students practise simple face to face networking through finding out about others and ensuring they listen, speak and remember information. Duration 25 minutes

11–19 years

FREE BUT TICKETED

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Event 328

John Swenson-Wright

Cambridge University Series 11

Venue: The Telegraph Stage

North Korea: The Perennial Crisis State

What does North Korea want? The Head of the Asia Programme at Chatham House talks about the developing crisis surrounding the government rhetoric and the military activities of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

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John Swenson-Wright

Event 329

Jonathan Beckman

How To Ruin A Queen

Venue: Good Energy Stage

On 5 September 1785, a trial began in Paris that would divide the country, captivate Europe and send the French monarchy tumbling down the slope towards the Revolution. Cardinal Louis de Rohan, scion of one of the most ancient and distinguished families in France, stood accused of forging Marie Antoinette’s signature to fraudulently obtain the most expensive piece of jewellery in Europe – a 2,400-carat necklace worth 1.6 million francs…

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Event 330

Roman Krznaric

How To Start An Empathy Revolution

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The popular philosopher from The School of Life believes that empathy – the imaginative act of stepping into another person’s shoes and viewing the world from their perspective – is a radical tool for social change and should be a guiding light for the art of living.

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Roman Krznaric

Event 331

Social Enterprise Series: Karen Porter

Why Won’t They Listen?

Venue: Landmarc Innovation Hub

Lessons in communications and marketing for all businesses, from start-ups to corporates. Karen Porter is Landmarc Support Services’ Communications Manager.

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Social Enterprise Series: Karen Porter

Event HF113

Anthony Horowitz

Venue: The Tata Tent
One of our most celebrated writers for children and adults excites, engages and provokes the audience as he talks about the inspirations, passions and experiences behind his most loved books including Russian Roulette, the latest book set in the world of Alex Rider, the series credited with getting a whole generation of boys reading. Not to be missed.
9+ years
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Anthony Horowitz

Event HF114

James Campbell

Boyface

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
The children’s comedian talks about his hilarious children’s book Boyface and the Quantum Chromatic Disruption Machine. Boyface Antelope is the son of a stripemonger. What’s a stripemonger? Well, it’s someone who rearranges patterns of course! Giggles guaranteed.
Duration 45 minutes
8+ years
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James Campbell

Event HF116

Lucy Cooke

The Power of Sloth

Venue: Starlight Stage

Take a break and kick back with the author of The Power of Sloth, a celebration of the slowest, most chilled animal there is! Amazing pictures and sloth facts – you’ll be a Sloth expert in no time.

6+ years

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Lucy Cooke