WELCOME TO HAY

The full programme is available for this year’s festival, 25 May to 4 June. We very much look forward to seeing you in Hay.

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Event 27

Hay Castle Tour

Venue: HAY CASTLE – MEET ON HAY CASTLE SOUTH LAWNS

Once a great medieval stronghold, and for centuries a private house, our castle is alive with possibilities again. Find out more on a guided tour of the 12th-century keep, Jacobean mansion and Victorian service buildings.

Children under 16 free, no ticket required, but must be accompanied by an adult
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Event 45

Hay Castle Tour

Venue: HAY CASTLE – MEET ON HAY CASTLE SOUTH LAWNS

Once a great medieval stronghold, and for centuries a private house, our castle is alive with possibilities again. Find out more on a guided tour of the 12th-century keep, Jacobean mansion and Victorian service buildings.

Children under 16 free, no ticket required, but must be accompanied by an adult
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Event 28

Tashi Mannox

Calligraphy Workshop

Venue: THE TABLE GALLERY

An interactive workshop exploring the historical and contemporary sacred integrity of Tibetan calligraphy and mark-making. Participants will create an ensō, the disciplined, creative practice of traditional Japanese Zen ink painting, where a circle is hand-drawn in one uninhibited brushstroke to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create. Paper, ink and brushes provided; no artistic experience required.

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Tashi Mannox

Event 29

Sarah Cruddas

DKfindout! The Solar System

Venue: THE SWAN BALLROOM

Discover what the weather is like on Jupiter, or take a trip across Mars with the Rover mission. Take in spectacular photography, lively illustrations, and key curriculum information that will satisfy budding astronomers. From the planets to meteorites, DKfindout! Sarah Cruddas will spark the imagination of any child interested in space and teach them everything they want to know about the awe-inspiring solar system.

8+ years
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Sarah Cruddas

Event 30

Theatrix Puppet Theatre – Show 1

Sindbad the Sailor

Venue: HAY PARISH HALL

The Magic Librarian is just about to shut up the Magical Library at the end of a long day when he discovers an ancient book that contains amazing adventures. As he reads the stories, they come to life in the library. Follow Sindbad the Sailor as he embarks on his travels and encounters a whale, a giant bird and an ogre.

Families and children aged 4+ years
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Event 31

Puppet Workshop 1

Venue: HAY PARISH HALL

Meet the puppets from the Theatrix Puppet Show and design, create and try out your very own puppet to take away.

Families and children aged 4+ years
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Event 32

Janina Ramirez in conversation with Peter Florence

Julian of Norwich: A very brief history

Venue: THE SWAN BALLROOM

Julian of Norwich was the subject of medievalist and TV historian Janina Ramirez’s latest BBC 4 documentary (July 2016): In Search of the Lost Manuscript: Julian of Norwich. Now the focus of her latest book, Janina takes us further into the history of the Mother of English literature, discussing what we know about Julian and why she deserves to be seen as the female Chaucer or Thomas More.  

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Janina Ramirez in conversation with Peter Florence

Event 33

Vybarr Cregan-Reid talks to Oliver Balch

Footnotes – How Running Makes Us Human

Venue: ST MARY’S CHURCH

Running is more than a sport; it’s more than just exercise, and it can tell us more about the way we live now than you could possibly imagine. Running is the poetry of motion. It can make us more intelligent, more empathetic, and is more effective at dealing with symptoms of anxiety and depression than any drug available in the world. Cregan-Reid is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Kent. Balch is author of Under the Tump and a keen runner.

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Vybarr Cregan-Reid talks to Oliver Balch

Event 34

Kate Henderson and Hugh Ellis talk to Andy Fryers

Planning and Utopia

Venue: HAY CASTLE

Celebrating the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s visionary book, Utopia, the joint CEOs of the Town and Country Planning Association (created in 1899 with the Utopian ideals of social justice, beauty in design, health and wellbeing and economic efficiency) discuss how far the English planning system has drifted from this and importantly, how it could be rescued.

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Kate Henderson and Hugh Ellis talk to Andy Fryers

Event 35

John Lewis-Stempel talks to Guto Harri

Where Poppies Blow

Venue: THE SWAN BALLROOM

The unique story of the British soldiers of the Great War and their relationship with the animals and plants around them. This connection was of profound importance, because it goes a long way to explaining why they fought, and how they found the will to go on. The author of Meadowland (winner of the 2015 Wainwright Prize) and The Running Hare discusses the ability of nature to endure, despite the bullets and blood, and give the men a psychological, spiritual, even religious uplift.

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John Lewis-Stempel talks to Guto Harri

Event 36

Daisy Goodwin talks to Francine Stock

Victoria – A Novel of a Young Queen

Venue: ST MARY’S CHURCH

In June 1837, the 18-year-old Victoria wakes up to find that she is queen of the most powerful nation in the world. But will she be queen in her own right, or a puppet controlled by her mother and the sinister Sir John Conroy? Can this tiny girl prevail against the men who believe that women are too hysterical to rule? This is the latest novel from the creator of the ITV Sunday night drama Victoria and author of the bestselling My Last Duchess and The Fortune Hunter. Actress Anna Wilson Jones, who plays Lady Portman in Victoria, will join them on stage to read extracts from the book.

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Daisy Goodwin talks to Francine Stock

Event 37

Mark Forsyth talks to Jasper Fforde

A Christmas Cornucopia

Venue: HAY CASTLE

Discover the unpredictable origins and etymologies of our cracking Christmas customs. Did you know that the date we celebrate was chosen by a madman, or that Christmas means ‘Go away, Christ’? And were you oblivious to the fact that the Advent calendar was actually invented by a Munich housewife to stop her children pestering her for a Christmas countdown? Luckily, like a gift from Santa himself, the author specialising in the meaning and etymology of English words is here to unwrap all these traditions and oddities.

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Mark Forsyth talks to Jasper Fforde

Event 38

Theatrix Puppet Theatre – Show 2

Sindbad the Sailor

Venue: HAY PARISH HALL

The Magic Librarian is just about to shut up the Magical Library at the end of a long day when he discovers an ancient book that contains amazing adventures. As he reads the stories, they come to life in the library. Follow Sindbad the Sailor as he embarks on his travels and encounters a whale, a giant bird and an ogre.

Families and children aged 4+ years
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Event 39

Puppet Workshop 2

Venue: HAY PARISH HALL

Meet the puppets from the Theatrix Puppet Show and design, create and try out your very own puppet to take away.

Families and children aged 4+ years
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Event 40

Henry Hitchings talks to Peter Florence

Browse the World in Bookshops

Venue: THE SWAN BALLROOM

A celebration of bookshops around the world by an awardwinning cast of writers including Ali Smith, Pankaj Mishra, Elif Shafak and Daniel Kehlmann. Hitchings has asked these and 11 others to consider the bookshops that have shaped them; each conjures a specific time and place. These enchanting pieces are a collective celebration of bookshops, for anyone who has ever fallen under their spell. Hitchings will read some short extracts by the contributors during his talk. He is the London Evening Standard’s theatre critic and author of several acclaimed books on language, literature and culture.

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Henry Hitchings talks to Peter Florence

Event 41

Jonathan Morgan talks to Chris Hunter

The Welsh Warrior Through The Ages

Venue: HAY CASTLE

Celebrating the great Welsh warriors including King Arthur, the 500 Welsh archers at Agincourt and Henry Tudor, through to the modern Royal Welch Fusiliers, the former Captain in the Royal Regiment of Wales has written a series of essays praising their valour and chivalry.

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Jonathan Morgan talks to Chris Hunter

Event 42

Phil Rickman with Andrew Taylor

All of a Winter’s Night and Fireside Gothic

Venue: ST MARY’S CHURCH

When Aidan Lloyd’s bleak funeral is followed by a nocturnal ritual in the fog, it becomes all too clear that the son of a wealthy farmer will not be resting in peace. The author of the 15th in the Merrily Watkins series is joined by Andrew Taylor, the award-winning crime and historical novelist, with his new collection of three gothic novellas.

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Phil Rickman with Andrew Taylor

Event 43

Andy Hamilton and John Mitchinson

The Star Witness

Venue: THE SWAN BALLROOM

The co-creator of classic comedy series Outnumbered, Drop the Dead Donkey, and Have I Got News for You, Andy Hamilton, talks to his publisher and QI writer about The Star Witness, a satirical novel that charts a TV star’s tabloid disgrace and his attempt to rejoin the human race.

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Andy Hamilton and John Mitchinson

Event 44

Nuala Honan

Wake and Howl

Venue: HAY CASTLE

Nuala is a guitarist singer-songwriter with a knack for writing compelling and relevant songs. She calls her style country, but if we were in America, she’d probably call it folk. Originally from rural Australia she was awarded the South Australian Music Industry Award for Most Outstanding Female Vocalist. Known for her charming stage presence, she has consistently claimed due attention from audiences in Australia, Ireland, China, Croatia, and UK and has performed on major stages at several festivals including Glastonbury, Bestival and Womad.

£7 in advance/£10 on the door
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