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 32

Front Row

BBC Radio 4 LIVE

Venue: BBC Tent

BBC Radio 4’s daily arts programme Front Row comes live from Hay. Authors Lionel Shriver, Tracy Chevalier, Juno Dawson, Holly Smale and Patrick Ness join John Wilson to discuss the burgeoning appetite for young adult fiction. Followed by Q&A with the Front Row Team.

Broadcast live on BBC Radio 4.

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

BBC Radio 4
 
Free but ticketed
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Front Row

Event 33

Tom Hansell

After Coal: Screening - Swansea University Series

Venue: Starlight Stage

What happens when fossil fuels run out? How do communities and cultures survive? After Coal profiles inspiring individuals who are building a new future in the coalfields of Eastern Kentucky and South Wales. Stories of coalfield residents who must create new careers illustrate the challenge of creating a sustainable future. Introduced by the film’s director.

You can book this event together with events [39] and [40] at a discounted price of £12. Please call the Box Office on 01497 822629 to proceed with this offer, and we will remove the £3 booking fee.

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Event 34

Christine L Corton

London Fog: The Biography

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The classic London fogs, thick yellow pea-soupers, were born in the Industrial Age and remained a feature of cold, windless winter days until clean air legislation in the 1960s. Corton tells the story of the fogs, their dangers and beauty, and the lasting effects on our culture and imagination of these urban spectacles. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

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Event 35

Dara Ó Briain

Crowd Tickler

Venue: Tata Tent

The great Irish comedian returns to Hay to start the festival with a night of mercurial, joyful humour. He’s brilliant, quicksilver-smart and absolutely hilarious.

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Dara Ó Briain

Event 36

Tracy Chevalier, Phil Grabsky and David Bickerstaff

Girl with a Pearl Earring: The Doc and Other Treasures of the Mauritshuis

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage

Chevalier’s best-selling novel inspired many readers to look at Vermeer’s famous painting more closely. Now she has participated in a documentary film directed by Phil Grabsky – part of the pioneering series Exhibition on Screen. How did the writer help the award-winning film-makers to bring the work to life? How has the film affected her own understanding of a painting she thought she knew well?  

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Tracy Chevalier, Phil Grabsky and David Bickerstaff

Event 37

The Keep

The Genius of the Marches

Venue: Good Energy Stage

An entertainment: a constellation of writers, artists and photographers of the Welsh Marches celebrate the first issue of The Keep, Hay’s new literary and arts magazine, with an evening of readings, stories and pictures, under the editorial baton of Iain Finlayson.

With Owen Sheers, Ben Rawlence, Nina Lyon, Jasper Fforde, Soma Ghosh, Oliver Balch, Tom Bullough, Dix and Marsha Arnold.

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The Keep

Event 38

Iain Bell, Emma Jenkins, David Antrobus

In Parenthesis - WNO

Venue: Cube

The composer and librettists of the WNO’s groundbreaking new opera introduce their adaptation of David Jones’ classic First World War poem and screen film clips of the production. Bell’s beautiful score combines traditional Welsh song with moments of other-worldliness, terror, humour and transcendence. David Pountney’s period production is both an evocation and a commemoration of the events of the Somme.

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Iain Bell, Emma Jenkins, David Antrobus

Event 39

Hywel Francis, John Gaventa, Helen Lewis, Richard Greatrex, Mair Francis

After Coal: Debate - Swansea University Series

Venue: Starlight Stage

How can cultural exchange inform community regeneration?  In 1974 John Gaventa met Hywel Francis and initiated an exchange between Welsh and Appalachian coalfield communities. This work was expanded by researcher Helen Lewis, cinematographer Richard Greatrex, and community organiser Mair Francis. Tonight they discuss the benefits, pitfalls and insights gained from a long-term cultural exchange over four decades. They are in conversation with Dai Smith.


You can book this event together with events [33] and [40] at a discounted price of £12. Please call the Box Office on 01497 822629 to proceed with this offer, and we will remove the £3 booking fee.

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Hywel Francis, John Gaventa, Helen Lewis, Richard Greatrex, Mair Francis

Event 40

Frank Hennessy and Iolo Jones / Rebecca Branson Jones and Trevor McKenzie

Music from the Coalfields – Double Bill:  Swansea University Series

Venue: Oxfam Moot

An evening of beautiful music from two sides of the Atlantic coal seam. Appalachian folk superstars Jones and McKenzie bring you sounds from their native mountains while Hennessy and Jones give us true Welsh folk. Wait to see what they produce when they bring the two styles together.


You can book this event together with events [33] and [39] at a discounted price of £12. Please call the Box Office on 01497 822629 to proceed with this offer, and we will remove the £3 booking fee.

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Event 41

Willow Robinson

In Concert

Venue: Telegraph Stage

The singer-songwriter from the Golden Valley is one of the most hotly fancied emerging artists of 2016. His blues-infused voice and guitar evoke the spirit of his inspirations Jeff Buckley and Robert Plant, and his songs have a raw emotional power that make his live performances absolutely enthralling.

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Willow Robinson

Event 538

Robert Protheroe-Jones

Welsh Industry and the First World War

Venue: Hay Castle

Welsh coal, copper and steel played crucial roles in equipping and supporting the armed forces. Other industries such as slate were deemed non-essential and their workforces transferred to war production. Lloyd George’s Ministry of Munitions ushered in a new era of government-directed industrial production and disposition of workforces, both male and female. Protheroe-Jones is Principal Curator Industry, National Waterfront Museum Swansea.

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