Hay Festival 2020 Earlybirds

We are delighted to announce our earlybird tickets for events in 2020. We are particularly excited to be hosting Shakespeare's Globe on Tour. Please be aware that tickets for these events are extremely limited, so do book early to avoid disappointment.

We will be adding many more events over the coming months, please ensure you and your friends are signed up to our newsletter so we can keep you informed every time we release tickets.

Event 373

Nell Leyshon

Fictions – Memoirs of a Dipper

Venue: The Summer House
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‘There’s different ways to do it: I can slowly move closer step by step, or I can do it in one movement and bump into them. Easiest is in a pub then I can put my drink too close to theirs. Move my stool near theirs. Anything to cross the line.’ Gary is a dipper, a burglar, a thief. He is still at junior school when his father first takes him out on the rob, and proves a fast learner: not much more than a child the first time he gets caught, he is a career criminal as soon as he is out again. But Gary is also fiercely intelligent – he often knows more about the antique furniture he is stealing than the people who own it, and is confident in his ability to trick his way out of any situation, always one step ahead. But all that changes when he falls for Mandy… Nell talks to Sarah Crown.

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Nell Leyshon

Event 374

Maggie Ross talks to Rachael Kerr

Silence: A User’s Guide

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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The Anglican solitary describes how lives steeped in silence can transfigure other lives unawares; how the work of silence was once understood to be a foundation of Western Christianity.

45 mins
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Maggie Ross talks to Rachael Kerr

Event 375

Broadcasting House – LIVE ON AIR

A BBC Radio 4 Event at Hay

Venue: BBC Tent
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On Sunday 31 May, BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House comes live from Hay Festival with presenter Paddy O’Connell, for an hour of interviews and entertainment.

Broadcast every Sunday morning on BBC Radio 4 at 9am.

BBC Radio 4
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour
Free but ticketed
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Broadcasting House – LIVE ON AIR

Event 376

Edward Wakeling

Lewis Carroll: The Man and his Circle

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Wakeling draws upon his personal database of nearly 6,000 letters, mostly never before published, to fill the gaps left by earlier biographies and resolve some of the key myths that surround Lewis Carroll, such as his friendships with children and his drug-taking.

45 mins
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Edward Wakeling

Event HF161

Rastamouse

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
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Prepare to make some noise and bust some moves as Rastamouse co-creator Michael De Souza presents a reading adventure exploring the riddims and rhymes of Mouseland. Get ready to jam along as CBeebies star Rastamouse makes a special appearance at the festival.
5+ years
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Rastamouse

Event 377

Con Coughlin

What the Paper Said: The Telegraph Archive

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Hosted by senior Telegraph journalists, stories from 31 May at key historical moments over the past 150 years are brought to life using the paper’s unique archive. From World War One and D-Day to the rise of the Suffragettes and the birth of the nuclear age; not to mention fashion through the decades and legendary stars of sport. Here is a past world documented in fascinating and revealing detail by daily reporting.

30 mins
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Con Coughlin

Event 378

Alex Salmond talks to Helena Kennedy

‘Yes’

Venue: Tata Tent
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The inside story of the campaign for Scottish independence, told in Salmond’s diary – The Dream Shall Never Die: 100 Days That Changed Scotland Forever. There may well be UK politics on the agenda too…

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Alex Salmond talks to Helena Kennedy

Event 379

Celia Imrie and Terry Waite talk to Georgina Godwin

Fictions – Not Quite Nice/Golden Handshake

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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Two fiction debuts from best-selling non-fiction writers. Not Quite Nice is a gloriously funny and charming debut novel about the joys and challenges of living abroad from one of the nation’s best-loved actresses, star of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and author of the witty memoir The Happy Hoofer. The Voyage of the Golden Handshake is a warm and charmingly funny ocean-going story, which reminds you that life is for living, and in which Terry Waite shows an unexpected talent for comic fiction.

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Celia Imrie and Terry Waite talk to Georgina Godwin

Event 380

Sara Bevan

Art From Contemporary Conflict

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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Bevan delves into the Imperial War Museum’s contemporary art collection, which reflects experiences of and responses to a wide range of recent and ongoing conflicts. She examines art created in response to fighting in Northern Ireland, the Falklands, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan, and work by contemporary artists like Steve McQueen, Roderick Buchanan, and Langlands & Bell.

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Sara Bevan

Event 381

Mark Miodownik

Stuff Matters

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Everything is made of something, and that stuff is changing all the time. Find out what is on the horizon for our material world and how it shapes everything around us, from our landscapes and cities, to our homes and hospitals, our art, our literature, and even our behaviour. 

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Mark Miodownik

Event 382

Esther-Miriam Wagner

Cambridge University Series 19: How Language Shapes Our Identity

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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The way we speak and write is a major part of our identity. Wagner explores what dialects tell us about our social networks, whether alphabets really mean anything, and why youth speak is not all that terrible. ’K?

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Esther-Miriam Wagner

Event HF148

Alice in Wonderland

Storytelling with the Mad Hatter

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is celebrating its 150th anniversary and it’s time for you to join the party! Meet the Mad Hatter, who will take you on a fun adventure through Wonderland to find the White Rabbit, with an imaginative story-trail retelling of the classic novel and creative craft activities. Why not come dressed as your favourite character and make the Cheshire Cat smile?
5+ years
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Alice in Wonderland

Event W57

Chess Workshop with Malcolm Pein and Timothy Kett

Chess in Schools and Communities

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Join The Telegraph’s Chess Correspondent and International Master Malcolm Pein and 2014–2015 Welsh Chess Champion Timothy Kett as well as trainers from Chess in Schools and Communities, for a chess extravaganza especially for families who are either new to the game or have played before. 

The session will include a brief introduction to the chess pieces, a simultaneous exhibition and players playing against the champions, Yes2Chess internet chess matches, and games on a giant outdoor chess set.

6–106 years
45 mins
free but ticketed
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Chess Workshop with Malcolm Pein and Timothy Kett

Event W33

Drawing the Body Clothed

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio
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In this drawing session participants will draw from a clothed model, exploring approaches to drawing the figure as well as clothes and costume. We will explore how dress and posture give character and help breathe life into our drawings. Students are encouraged to draw texture, pattern and weave, making inventive marks using colour. Models are actors and dancers and we refer to literature, poetry and opera.

Suitable for all ages and abilities

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Drawing the Body Clothed

Event HF149

Pip Jones

Squishy McFluff

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
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Meet Ava and her mischievous invisible cat, Squishy McFluff. During this interactive event children help create the ultimate imaginary pet and hear some of Ava and Squishy’s adventures.
4+ years
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Pip Jones

Event W77

Rocket Making with AstroCymru

Drop-in Workshop

Venue: Mess Tent
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Create, decorate and launch your own rocket, aided by the AstroCymru groundcrew and University of South Wales Astronomers. See if you can achieve a Low Earth or Geosynchronous Orbit.  The sky is your limit!

4+ years
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Rocket Making with AstroCymru

Event 383

Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan, Andre Vincent and guest

The Early Edition

Venue: Tata Tent
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The home team satirists read the Sunday papers.

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Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan, Andre Vincent and guest

Event 384

Simon Schama

The Demon That Won’t Die

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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The historian examines the persistence of Anti-Semitism in the contemporary world. Schama’s latest project is the book and documentary series The Story of the Jews. Volume 2 – When Words Fail will be published in November. 

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Simon Schama

Event 385

Robert Crawford with readings by Miranda Richardson

The London Library Lecture: TS Eliot, Poets and Libraries

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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Professor Robert Crawford’s biography Young Eliot traces the life of one of the C20th’s most important poets from his childhood in the ragtime city of St Louis up to the publication of his most famous poem The Waste Land. He discusses Eliot’s relationship with the London Library, as one of its former Presidents, and the relationship between poets and libraries in the wider context. The event opens with a reading of Eliot’s poems by actress Miranda Richardson.

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Robert Crawford with readings by Miranda Richardson

Event 386

Rick Stroud

Kidnap in Crete

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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On a moonlit night in April 1944 a small band of fearless partisans, led by the British SOE agent Patrick Leigh Fermor, kidnapped a high-ranking Nazi general on the German-occupied island of Crete. Stroud is the author of The Phantom Army of Alamein: The Men Who Hoodwinked Rommel and The Book of the Moon. Chaired by Con Coughlin.

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Rick Stroud

Event 387

Mona Eltahawy talks to Laura Bates

Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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The campaigner and commentator explains that since the Arab Spring began, women in the Arab world have had two revolutions to undertake: one fought with men against oppressive regimes, and another fought against an entire political and economic system that treats women as second-class. Her illuminating and incendiary book is a plea for outrage and action on women’s behalf, confronting the ‘toxic mix of culture and religion that few seem willing or able to disentangle lest they blaspheme or offend.’

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Mona Eltahawy talks to Laura Bates

Event HF150

Alex T Smith

Claude & Foxy

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Author of Claude and 2014 World Book Day illustrator Alex T Smith has been called the ‘boy wonder of children’s book illustration’. Join Alex as he draws his favourite characters and introduces a new picture book, Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion, a funny new spin on a well-known fairytale. Hear how Alex gets inspiration for his hilarious characters (he might even ask for your suggestions) and learn Top Secret illustrator tips, including how to draw Claude himself.
5+ years
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Alex T Smith

Event W58

Chess Workshop with Malcolm Pein and Timothy Kett

Chess in Schools and Communities

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Join The Telegraph’s Chess Correspondent and International Master Malcolm Pein and 2014–2015 Welsh Chess Champion Timothy Kett as well as trainers from Chess in Schools and Communities, for a chess extravaganza especially for families who are either new to the game or have played before. 

The session will include a brief introduction to the chess pieces, a simultaneous exhibition and players playing against the champions, Yes2Chess internet chess matches, and games on a giant outdoor chess set.

6–106 years
45 mins
free but ticketed
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Chess Workshop with Malcolm Pein and Timothy Kett

Event HF152

Nick Cope

Music for Little People

Venue: Make & Take Tent
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Monkeys, bears, socks and mud! Nick Cope sings about everything children are really interested in. The former indie-rocker frontman of The Candyskins, Nick brings his own brand of acoustic folk-rock to the world of children’s music, creating interactive concerts for families. Come and join in.
3+ years
Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
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Nick Cope

Event HF151

Pamela Butchart

Blue Peter Best Story Award Winner

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
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Pamela will share the brilliantly bonkers world of Izzy in a lively session based on her book The Spy Who Loved School Dinners, winner of the Blue Peter Best Story Award. The latest in the series is My Headteacher is a Vampire Rat.
7+ years
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Pamela Butchart

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