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Event 423

How to Break into the Media

A BBC Event at Hay

Venue: BBC Tent

A masterclass on how to get started in the media. Chaired by BBC Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones. Panellists include Head of Digital Development for Arts, Peter Maniura; Susie Worster, Head of Talent for Shed Media; Sally Garwood, one of the apprentices on BBC Radio’s Journalism scheme, and Creative Access Production trainee Ashley Francis-Roy.

Not for broadcast.

BBC
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 50 mins
Free but ticketed
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Event 420

River Walk 1

Venue: Meet at box office for bus

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.

For all outdoors events and walks we recommend walking boots and warm and waterproof clothing.

Please bring a packed lunch.
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Event 170

Daniel Hahn, John Boyne, Jenny Valentine

The New Golden Age

Venue: Telegraph Stage

We are revelling in an exhilarating time for young readers, fired by the richest imaginable field of novelists creating work for teenagers. The editor of the new Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature hosts this celebration of great contemporary YA writing with two superstars of the genre, who pick a library of ten essential reads for teenagers. All ticketholders will be entered into a draw to receive the ten books they choose as well as copies of Boyne’s The Boy With The Striped Pyjamas and the forthcoming Valentine novel Fire Colour One.

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Daniel Hahn, John Boyne, Jenny Valentine

Event 171

Eileen Younghusband talks to Martin Chilton

One Woman’s War

Venue: Tata Tent

Ninety-three-year-old Eileen Younghusband served as an officer in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force in WW2. She decided to volunteer at the age of 18, and her mathematical abilities led to her training as a Clerk Special Duties, a vital part of the Radar chain. She found herself working in the Filter Room, the lynchpin between the coastal Radar Chain and the successful defence of Britain. She tracked the V1s over Kent and London and gave the first ‘Big Ben’ warning of a V2, which landed on Chiswick on 8 September 1944. After losing two fiancés, she eventually married; only to be posted overseas six weeks later to Second Tactical Air Force in Belgium. There she became part of a team tracking and destroying V2 launching vehicles, responsible for the devastating raids on Antwerp – the Allies’ vital port for landing troops and supplies. She tells her story to The Telegraph’s Martin Chilton.

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Eileen Younghusband talks to Martin Chilton

Event 172

Adele Nozedar and Lizzie Harper

The Garden Forager

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Many of our own gardens contain an abundance of edible and medicinal plants, grown mainly for their ornamental appearance. Most gardeners are completely unaware that what they have actually planted is a rather exotic kitchen garden. The Garden Forager explores some of the most popular garden plants that have edible, medicinal or even cosmetic potential. Nozedar’s recipes and remedies are exquisitely illustrated in watercolours by Lizzie Harper. She talks while Harper illustrates live.

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Adele Nozedar and Lizzie Harper

Event 173

Hay Writers’ Circle

New Work 2015

Venue: The Summer House

A reading of new work by the local writers’ group.

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Event HF55

Chris Haughton

Shh! We Have a Plan

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
Chris Haughton is the creator of highly-acclaimed, award-winning picture books A Bit LostOh No, George! and most recently Shh! We Have a Plan. He is also the co-founder of NODE, a fair trade social business. In this interactive family event, Chris will read from his books, show trailers and images, use some very clever props, and play drawing games.
4+ years
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Event W17

Drawing the Figure

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio

This drawing session is designed to help students develop their own personal voice and find out what most excites them about drawing. There will be a clothed life model, adopting a variety of short and long poses.

Suitable for all ages and abilities

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Event HF52

The Etherington Brothers

The Greatest Comic-Making Show on Earth!

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
Join Robin and Lorenzo for the most amazing show you’ll ever see. You’ll laugh. You’ll laugh again. Then you’ll laugh some more! And in between the chuckles the Etherington Brothers will take you on a roller coaster journey through the mystical arts of storytelling and character creation, showing you how to explore the power of your imagination. Don’t miss this high-octane show packed full of belly laughs and surprises.
6+ years
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The Etherington Brothers

Event HF54

Thomas & Friends

Venue: Starlight Stage
All aboard! Put your party hats on as we celebrate Thomas the Tank Engine’s birthday. Join brilliant storyteller Liz Fost as she takes you on a fun adventure into the world of Thomas & Friends.
3+ years
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Thomas & Friends

Event HF53

Tom Palmer

Premier League Reading Stars

Venue: Oxfam Moot
Join bestselling author Tom Palmer for a Premier League Reading Stars session. Find out about football reading and writing with quiz questions, a penalty shoot out and a trophy for the winner!
7+ years
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Tom Palmer

Event W38

Wild Garden Safari

RSPB Workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Come and discover the secret world that lives in your garden, with RSPB Cymru. Grab a net and see what amazing creatures are hiding in the leaves and lurking underwater. Make a Bee and Bug B&B to take away, to give nature a home in your garden.

Photo: Eleanor Bentall

Families welcome
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Event W69

Wreck This Journal

Drop-in Workshop

Venue: Mess Tent

Through a series of creatively and quirkily illustrated prompts, acclaimed artist Keri Smith encourages us to engage in ‘destructive’ acts – poking holes through pages, adding photos and defacing them, painting with coffee, colouring outside the lines, and more – in order to experience the true creative process. Come join in the wrecking in the Mess Tent, and discover new and exciting ways to escape the fear of the blank page! Stick, scribble, crumple, smear: to create is to destroy!

8+ years
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Wreck This Journal

Event 174

Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster

A BBC Four Event at Hay

Venue: BBC Tent

In 2007 Sophie Lancaster was attacked in a park because of her appearance. Writer and poet Simon Armitage was so affected by her story that he and his producer Susan Roberts decided to make it into a drama documentary for Radio Four. The result was a profoundly moving piece of work combining specially written poems with an interview with Sylvia, Sophie’s mother. Black Roses was met with critical and public acclaim and subsequently turned into a play for Manchester Royal Exchange. Now in its third incarnation it has been turned into a film and will feature in the BBC’s forthcoming poetry season. Cassian Harrison, controller of BBC Four, talks to Simon and Susan about the challenges of making the film and its journey from radio to stage and now to screen.

Not for broadcast.

BBC4
12+ years. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years.
Duration: 1 hour
Free but ticketed
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Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster

Event 175

Noel Malcolm

Brunis and Brutis

Venue: Telegraph Stage

Malcolm describes the paths taken through the eastern Mediterranean and its hinterland by an eminent Venetian-Albanian family – among them an archbishop in the Balkans, the captain of the papal flagship at Lepanto, the power behind the throne in the Ottoman province of Moldavia, and a dragoman (interpreter) at the Porte – previously almost invisible to history. Through them he casts the world between Venice and Istanbul in a fresh light, illuminating subjects as diverse as espionage, slave-ransoming and the grain trade. It is a masterpiece of both scholarship and storytelling, creating a panoramic picture of interrelations between the Christian and Ottoman worlds.

Please click here to prebook lunch at Relish Restaurant on site

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Noel Malcolm

Event 176

David Lagercrantz

Fictions – Fall of Man in Wilmslow

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage

The journalist introduces his fictionalised thriller about the death of Alan Turing. He is the ghostwriter of Sweden’s fastest-ever-selling book I am Zlatan Imbrahimovic, though he’s likely to top that in August with the publication of his newest novel – the authorized sequel to Stieg Larsson’s Girl With A Dragon Tattoo / Millenium series. He talks to SJ Parris.

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David Lagercrantz

Event 177

Bharat Malkani

Capital Punishment

Venue: Good Energy Stage

On the 50th anniversary of the last execution to take place in the UK, Malkani, a lecturer at Birmingham Law School, discusses why we are better off without the death penalty and why British efforts to promote the worldwide abolition of capital punishment should be supported. UN statistics suggest the five countries with the highest number of state executions annually are, in order, China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the United States of America.

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Bharat Malkani

Event 178

Shireen Jilla and Mark Watson talk to Georgina Godwin

Fictions – Couples

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Jilla explores friendships unravelling and ravelling as old university friends set out on a Kalahari journey in The Art of Unpacking your Life. Graham, the concierge of Watson’s novel Hotel Alpha, has been behind the front desk since the day the hotel opened and has witnessed every stage of its history. Chaz, the founder’s blind adopted son, has almost never ventured outside its walls. Both of them view the Alpha as their sanctuary, the place that gives them everything they need. But both of them must now accept that the Alpha no longer offers them the life they most want…

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Shireen Jilla and Mark Watson talk to Georgina Godwin

Event HF57

Angie Sage

Araminta Spook

Venue: Starlight Stage
Araminta is a girl who lives in a haunted house, has ghosts and ghouls for friends, and gets up to all sorts of spooky adventures. In this fiendishly fun event, find out where Araminta came from, where this feisty Goth girl is going next, and how you can create your own stories. Black clothes and stripy tights optional!
7+ years
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Angie Sage

Event HF56

John Boyne talks to Peter Florence

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Venue: Tata Tent

Nine-year-old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution and the Holocaust. He is oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country. All he knows is that he has been moved from a comfortable home in Berlin to a house in a desolate area where there is nothing to do and no one to play with. Until he meets Shmuel, a boy who lives a strange parallel existence on the other side of the adjoining wire fence and who, like the other people there, wears a uniform of striped pyjamas.

Bruno’s friendship with Shmuel will take him from innocence to revelation. And in exploring what he is unwittingly a part of, he will inevitably become subsumed by the terrible process.

The author revisits his 2008 novel, which is now read around the world. His latest book Stay Where You Are and Then Leave is the moving story of a boy’s search for his missing father during the First World War.

10+ years
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John Boyne talks to Peter Florence

Event W39

Wild Garden Safari

RSPB Workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Come and discover the secret world that lives in your garden, with RSPB Cymru. Grab a net and see what amazing creatures are hiding in the leaves and lurking underwater. Make a Bee and Bug B&B to take away, to give nature a home in your garden.

Photo: Eleanor Bentall

Families welcome
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Event HF58

Yasmeen Ismail

Specs for Rex

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
Time for Bed, Fred! is Yasmeen Ismail’s award-wining debut picture book. Join her for storytelling and find out how to draw Rex, a young lion character from her newest book Specs for Rex.

Photo: Olivia Hemmingway

4+ years
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Yasmeen Ismail

Event W18

Drawing the Contemporary Portrait

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio

The portrait is a meeting point of the artist and the sitter at a particular point in time. This session will explore the way the artist’s self-expression influences the way a person is portrayed. Students will be encouraged to use a variety of approaches using different media, working in both colour and black and white.

Suitable for all ages and abilities

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Event 418

The Essay

A BBC Radio 3 Event at Hay

Venue: BBC Tent

For BBC Radio 3’s The Essay, this week three writers ask themselves ‘why I write’. In today’s session, writer Horatio Clare, screenwriter and novelist Frank Cottrell Boyce and the Welsh Poet Laureate Gillian Clarke all take up the challenge of answering this key question.

This recording will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 10.45pm on Wednesday 27, Thursday 28 and Friday 29 May.

BBC Radio 3
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour
Free but ticketed
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The Essay

Event 179

Tessa Dunlop

The Bletchley Girls: War, Secrecy, Love and Loss

Venue: Tata Tent

Dunlop weaves together the lives of fifteen women selected to work in Britain’s most secret organisation – Bletchley Park. It is their story, told in their voices; Tessa met and talked to 15 veterans, often visiting them several times. Firm friendships were made as their epic journey unfolded on paper.

The scale of female involvement in Britain during the Second World War was unmatched in any other country. From 8 million working women just over 7,000 were hand-picked to work at Bletchley Park and its outstations and soon they outnumbered the men three to one. Dunlop talks to publisher and QI elfmaster John Mitchinson.

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Tessa Dunlop

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