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 HF117

Steve Smallman

Big, Bad Owl

Venue: The Cube

Feeling cranky? Out of sorts? In a big bad mood? Then flap off over to Scowl’s grumpy branch for a good old grouch and grumble… Steve’s new picture book Big, Bad Owl is a fabulously funny tale about learning to deal with moods and emotions.
4+ years

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Event HF115

The Science of Star Wars

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
Star Wars conjures up images of spaceships, super-weapons, and all sorts of visions of the future. Author Mark Brake and TV science presenter Jon Chase probe the fantastic frontier between movie magic and cutting-edge science in a high energy session for all the family inspired by one of the most successful epics in entertainment history.
8+ years
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Event W48

Barclays LifeSkills Workshop 6

Interview Skills 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: Get ready for an interview
Helps students understand that interviews help the employer and employee assess their match for one another. Duration 20 minutes

Activity 2: Questions and answers
Students understand and practise using the STAR (situation, task, activity, result) model for answering questions. Duration 25 minutes

11–19 years

FREE BUT TICKETED

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Event W55

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 332

David and Hilary Crystal

Wordsmiths and Warriors

Venue: The Telegraph Stage

From King Alfred and the Normans to Chaucer, Shakespeare and Wordsworth, this fabulously entertaining guide to the English language unites the warriors whose invasions transformed the language with the poets, scholars and reformers who helped create its character. 

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Event 333

Simon Wessely

Shell Shock or Cowardice? The Life and Death of Private Harry Farr

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The psychiatrist was an expert in the Judicial Review of whether to issue a blanket pardon to all those (300) executed for military offences during WWI. The review focused on Harry Farr. What happened? What was the historical context? What’s changed?Chaired by the writer and medical ethicist Raymond Tallis.

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Event 334

Simon Thurley, Simon Hodgson, Richard Parry, Simon Murray, Lisa Nandy

Who Owns Britain’s Heritage?

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage

Forests, castles and canals help to define Britain’s historic and living landscapes – but how should they be cared for? Where does the role of the state end and that of charities begin? This discussion looks at the politics and passions behind perhaps the biggest shake up of the UK’s heritage in a generation. Simon Thurley (English Heritage), Simon Hodgson (Forest Enterprise England), Richard Parry (Canal and River Trust), Simon Murray (National Trust) and Lisa Nandy MP discuss with the Festival’s Sustainability Director Andy Fryers.

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Event 335

Phil Rickman and Yrsa Sigurđardóttir

Crime Fictions – Supernature

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The Icelandic superstar of Nordic Crime brings her lawyer Thóra Gudmundsdóttir to Hay – a humanely-drawn protagonist with much in common with Merrily Watkins, the ‘detective’ in Rickman’s series of supernatural thrillers set around the Borders. His latest novel is The Magus of Hay. They talk to Paul Blezard.

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Event 336

Mark Lynas

Nuclear 2.0

Venue: The Oxfam Moot

Is nuclear power the only realistic solution to our energy crisis? Using the latest world energy statistics Lynas shows that with wind and solar still at only about 1 percent of global primary energy, asking renewables to deliver all the world’s power is ‘dangerously delusional’.

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Event 337

Richard Watkins and Julius Drake

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 4

Venue: St Mary's Church

The horn player and pianist play Beethoven – Horn Sonata in F Op17; Schumann – Adagio and Allegro in A flat major Op70; Strauss – Nocturne; Poulenc – Elégie H168; and Saint-Saëns – Morceau de Concert Op94.

Recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3


See also events 198247 and 292.

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Event 338

Social Enterprise Series: Rosie Sweetman

Beyond Buzzwords: How To Make Values Matter

Venue: Landmarc Innovation Hub

With only 38% of managers feeling that their organisations’ claimed values and actual behaviour are ‘very closely aligned’, how do we move beyond meaningless buzzwords to genuine commitments to values? Rosie Sweetman is Director of BITC Wales.

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Social Enterprise Series: Rosie Sweetman

Event 539

Wynne Evans Big Welsh Weekend

BBC Radio Wales

Venue: BBC Radio Wales/Horizons Airstream

Carmarthen-born opera star Wynne Evans with music, chat and behind-the-scenes stories from the world of showbiz. Broadcast live, Fridays 1pm–4pm.

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Wynne Evans Big Welsh Weekend

Event HF119

Katy Cannon

Love, Lies & Lemon Pies

Venue: Starlight Stage

Lottie hasn’t been the same since her dad died a year ago. But she’s got to get back on track – and all she needs is one boy, a bunch of baking classes, a sprinkling of hope and a little help from her friends… Author Katy Cannon shares her tips on characters, stories – and cakes!
11+ years

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Katy Cannon

Event HF118

Michael Morpurgo

Venue: The Tata Tent

The creator of War Horse joins Peter Florence to discuss some of the recurring themes in his fiction including war, refugees, conflicts and consequences. Michael will be joined for a Q&A session by Maurice Wren, Chief Executive of the British Refugee Council.
10+ years

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Michael Morpurgo

Event HF120

Tom Percival

Herman’s Letter

Venue: The Cube

Herman the bear embarks on an epic journey to deliver a very special letter and ensure that his friendship with Henry the raccoon really is forever. Tom talks about Herman’s adventure in a creative event: prepare to get crafty and remember to bring your imagination!
5+ years

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Event W36

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 339

Margaret Macmillan

The War That Ended Peace: How Europe Abandoned Peace for the First World War

Venue: The Tata Tent

The First World War followed a period of sustained peace in Europe during which people talked with confidence of prosperity, progress and hope. But in 1914, Europe walked into a catastrophic conflict that killed millions of its men, bled its economies dry, shook empires and societies to pieces, and fatally undermined Europe’s dominance of the world. It was a war that could have been avoided up to the last moment – so why did it happen? Macmillan is a previous winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize and won the International Affairs Book of the Year at the Political Book Awards 2014 for this book. Chaired by Nik Gowing.

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Margaret Macmillan

Event 340

Jonathon Porritt - The World We Made

THE JOSEPH ROTBLAT LECTURE

Venue: The Telegraph Stage

The environmentalist presents a credible, positive vision of our planet that is green, fair, connected and collaborative and reveals how it is possible to reach a genuinely sustainable world by 2050. He describes the key events, technological breakthroughs and lifestyle revolutions that will transform our planet. Chaired by Rosie Boycott

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Event 341

Kenan Malik

The Quest for a Moral Compass

Venue: The Oxfam Moot

Engaging and provocative, Malik confronts some of humanity’s deepest questions. Where do values come from? Is God necessary for moral guidance? Are there absolute moral truths? He also brings morality down to earth, showing how, throughout history, social needs and political desires have shaped moral thinking. He provides a history of the world told through the history of moral thought, and a history of moral thought that casts new light on global history. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

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Event 342

Henry Marsh talks to Ian McEwan

Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

One of the country’s leading neurosurgeons reveals the fierce joy of operating, the profoundly moving triumphs, the harrowing disasters, the haunting regrets and the moments of black humour that characterise a brain surgeon’s life.

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Event 343

Sarah Brown

Rediscovering a Medieval Master-Piece: John Thornton’s Stained Glass Apocalypse

Venue: Good Energy Stage

In 1405 the Dean and Chapter of York Minster commissioned the largest stained glass window ever made in medieval England. With a huge illuminated Apocalypse at its core, it was the creation of master-glazier John Thornton. The current conservation of York Minster’s Great East Window, under the supervision of Sarah Brown of the University of York and York Glaziers Trust, is providing exciting new insights into this most intriguing of illuminated narratives.

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Event HF122

David Melling

Hugless Douglas

Venue: Starlight Stage

Come along for interactive storytelling with the 2014 World Book Day author-illustrator, and learn how to draw his huggable bear, Hugless Douglas. Watch out for the bear himself…
Duration 45 minutes
4+ years

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David Melling

Event HF121

Robert Muchamore and Sophie McKenzie

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage

Two of our bestselling writers of adventure novels for young adults talk about their writing. Muchamore introduces his new novel Rock War, and looks back on ten years of his bestselling CHERUB series; and McKenzie discusses Split Second, her action-packed new thriller. Both authors create plots full of excitement, intrigue and adventure, and here is your chance to find out how it’s done.
Duration 45 minutes
11+ years

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Robert Muchamore and Sophie McKenzie

Event HF123

Tales from Schwartzgarten

Venue: The Cube

Award-winning playwright for young people Christopher William Hill chats about his gruesomely funny books, Tales from Schwartzgarten, and why he loves dark humour. Do some very silly story building, and find out why Christopher carries some extremely weird and wonderful smells with him…
Duration 45 minutes
9+ years

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Tales from Schwartzgarten

Event W56

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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