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Event 65

Jeremy Paxman interrogated by Marcus Brigstocke

A Life in Questions

Venue: Tata Tent

Why is this lying bastard lying to me?” was at the front of his mind as the grand inquisitor conducted every interview on Newsnight. He has been known to be less hard on the students of University Challenge. He is lightly grilled with a touch of spice by the satirist and Now Show star.

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Jeremy Paxman interrogated by Marcus Brigstocke

Event 66

Tim Wu talks to Rajan Datar

The Attention Merchants: How Our Time and Attention are Gathered and Sold

Venue: Good Energy Stage

In nearly every moment of our waking lives, we face a barrage of advertising enticements, branding efforts, sponsored social media, commercials and other efforts to harvest our attention. The lawyer and Columbia professor analyses who’s monetising us in the digital realm, and how to resist.

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Tim Wu talks to Rajan Datar

Event 67

Elizabeth Strout talks to George Alagiah

BBC Talking Books 2: Anything is Possible

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The new novel from the author of Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys tells the story of the inhabitants of rural, dusty Amgash, Illinois, the hometown of Lucy Barton, a successful New York writer who finally returns, after 17 years of absence, to visit the siblings she left behind.

This event will be recorded for broadcast on the BBC World News programme Talking Books

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Elizabeth Strout talks to George Alagiah

Event 68

Nicholas Hytner talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Balancing Acts

Venue: Oxfam Moot

You start with a vision, and you deliver a compromise. You want a play to be challenging, ambitious, nuanced and complicated. You also want it to sell tickets. You want to make art, and you know you’re in show-business. The inside story of 12 years at the helm of The National Theatre is a story of lunatic failures and spectacular successes. Its cast includes the likes of Alan Bennett, Maggie Smith, Mike Leigh, Daniel Day-Lewis, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren and, of course, William Shakespeare.

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Nicholas Hytner talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Event 69

Olivia Sudjic and Peter Ho Davies talk to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: Only Connect

Venue: Cube

Sudjic’s debut Sympathy tells the story of a young Englishwoman’s fixation with a Japanese writer living in New York. Inspired by three figures who lived at pivotal moments in Chinese-American history, Ho Davies’ The Fortunes explores what it is like to feel, and be treated, like a foreigner in the country you call home.

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Event 70

Mike Bartlett talks to Francine Stock

BBC Two: King Charles III

Venue: BBC Tent

BBC Two’s ground breaking, one-off drama King Charles III has been adapted by playwright and television screenwriter Mike Bartlett (Doctor Foster, Press) from his Olivier Award-winning play. Daringly written in blank verse, King Charles III is an imagining of Prince Charles’s accession to the throne following the Queen’s death. As Charles wrestles with his own identity, this playful and poignant drama explores the implications for him, his family and his subjects. The TV adaptation reunites many of the original creative team, including director Rupert Goold, and Tim Pigott-Smith in the title role of Charles. Join Mike Bartlett as he discusses the process of turning his critically acclaimed stage play into a compelling TV drama.

A Drama Republic production for BBC

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Mike Bartlett talks to Francine Stock

Event 71

George Peterken, Fiona Stafford and Christiana Payne

Living Landscapes – Tree Charter Series 1

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The changing ‘treescape’ of the UK holds clues to social, political and natural events throughout history. From agriculture to boat building, Dutch elm disease and the great storm of 1987, the state of trees and woods in our landscape tell a story of our past and hold lessons for our future. Author Fiona Stafford and woodland ecologist George Peterken, both featured in Arboreal, a Common Ground collection of woodland writing, talk to Christiana Payne, Professor of History of Art at Oxford Brookes University.

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Event HD12

Nick Sharratt

The Cat and the King

Venue: Starlight Stage

Nick Sharratt introduces his new illustrated story in which a cat and the King must find a new home after an unfortunate incident in which their castle is burnt down by a dragon. Nick will live-draw his new characters, talk about his picture books and discuss his life as an author and illustrator.

6+
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Event HD104

Oscar’s Book Prize presents Gemma Merino

Venue: Compass
Story time and drawing with children’s author and illustrator Gemma Merino. Includes The Cow Who Climbed a Tree, her empowering tale of a cow called Tina who dared to follow her dreams, which was named the winner of Oscar’s Book Prize 2016.
 
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Event W6

The Flying Potter: Pottery Workshop

Venue: Mess Tent

Get seriously messy with Jon Williams from Herefordshire’s Eastnor Pottery. You will see pottery demonstrations and  create your own sculptural masterpieces to add to our forest critters’ colony or to take home...or both. One thing’s for sure... mud will fly!

Age 12+
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Event DT6

Ticket to Dine

Late Lunch

Venue: Relish Festival Restaurant

Book a seat in the Relish Festival Restaurant and receive a complimentary drink on us. 

Enjoy a delicious meal from our Festival Restaurant buffet. Choose from a wide selection of hot and cold dishes created fresh onsite by our team of chefs using the best local seasonal produce.

Come up to the buffet and choose as much as you like from all the dishes on offer for just £20 per person. By booking online you will receive a complimentary glass of wine, bottle of beer or soft drink. You will also be able to reserve a seat in the restaurant where our team will be waiting to give you a warm welcome.

Award-winning Alex Gooch breads and water are free for every customer.

A selection of desserts and local cheeses from Neal's Yard Creamery is also available, plus a full bar and barista coffees.

See a Sample Menu Here

If you have any dietary requirements please state these in the notes at the Checkout stage.
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Event 72

Peter Singer talks to Stephen Fry

Things That Matter

Venue: Tata Tent

The Australian writer and thinker is often described as the world’s most influential living philosopher. He is known especially for his work on the ethics of our treatment of animals, for his controversial critique of the sanctity of life ethics in bioethics, and for his writing on the obligations of the affluent to aid those living in extreme poverty. His books include Animal Liberation, Practical Ethics, The Most Good You Can Do, The Life You Can Save, Famine, Affluence and Morality, and most recently Ethics in the Real World: 82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter. He talks to the Festival president.

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Peter Singer talks to Stephen Fry

Event 73

David Mitchell

Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight: A young man’s voice from the silence of autism

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The novelist launches his translation of the new book by Naoki Higashida. It’s part memoir, part critique of a world that sees disabilities ahead of disabled people, it opens a window into the mind and world of an autistic, non-verbal young adult, providing remarkable insights into autism in general. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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David Mitchell

Event 74

Helen Czerski

Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life

Venue: Oxfam Moot

What is it that helps both scorpions and cyclists to survive? What do raw eggs and gyroscopes have in common? And why does it matter? The physicist explores the patterns and connections that illustrate the grandest theories in the smallest everyday objects and experience, linking what makes popcorn pop to Antarctic winds, coffee stains to blood tests or ketchup bottles to aliens in space. Every thread you pull in the fabric of daily life shows you something new about the intricate patterns of our world.

Helen Czerski is selected for Hay 30 – celebrating a new generation of thinkers, supported by the CASE Foundation
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Helen Czerski

Event 75

Ahdaf Soueif and The Winner

The 2017 Rathbones Folio Prize

Venue: Starlight Stage

The prize aims to reward the best work of literature published in the UK in any given year, regardless of form. Chair of the judges, Ahdaf Soueif, will discuss the challenge of judging fiction against non-fiction and how the jury arrived at its decision. She’ll be in conversation with the newly inaugurated winner, who will have been announced just three days previously.

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Ahdaf Soueif and The Winner

Event 76

The Essay

BBC Radio 3

Venue: BBC Tent

For BBC Radio 3’s The Essay leading writers put together their guide to ‘How to write a book’
In this session, translator Daniel Hahn explains how to write a book that’s already been written, academic Sarah Harper ponders how to write a scholarly book that non-scholars want to read and international lawyer Philippe Sands explores how to write a book that involves the secrets of others.

The Essay is broadcast from Monday 29 May to Friday 2 June at 10.45pm on BBC Radio 3

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The Essay

Event 523

Simon Schama, Christina Lamb, Horatio Clare, Theresa Marteau, Michael Rosen

NEW EVENT: 5 x 12

Venue: Cube
Five of our speakers whose events today have sold out come together for an all-star variety hour.  Michael Rosen talks Zola in London, Theresa Marteau explores our attitudes to risk, Horatio Clare reads a Brecon Beacons Myth, Christina Lamb introduces her book The Girl from Aleppo, and Simon Schama writes a love letter to the city of Manchester.
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Event HD13

Science Museum

Super High-tech Robot Show

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Ever wondered how robots work, what they do and why we even have them? Join the Science Museum as they take you on an amazing interactive journey into the world of robots. Discover how we program them, how they’re engineered and which is better – robot technology or human biology. This exciting and engaging science show features incredible live robot demonstrations and experiments that will blow your circuits.

9+
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Science Museum

Event HD14

Axel Scheffler

Posy and Pip: The New Friend

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Pip and Posy are the best of friends – most of the time. And they are always having adventures. Axel Scheffler, illustrator of Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo, introduces his delightful new series about the dramas of toddler life. Join him for stories, drawing and the opportunity to meet two very special surprise guests.

3+
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Axel Scheffler

Event W7

BIG Hay Festival Creative Writing Adventure with Emma Beynon

Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Drop in writing sessions to create a collaborative poem, with different themes every day. Come and explore your creativity with Emma Beynon, who has a wealth of experience running creative writing workshops and has an infectious approach to building a story. Emma is currently writing a novel based on her sailing adventures in Svalbard and her educational writing includes Making Poetry Happen (Bloomsbury, 2015).

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Event 608

Theresa Marteau

Subject Areas – Behaviour and Health

Venue: Compass

Please drop in to our Compass venue, quiz leading academics about their subject and engage in some critical thinking. As part of Hay Festival 2017 and with help from the Welsh Government we have invited a range of university lecturers and speakers to drop in, talk about their subject areas and about university life.

Theresa Marteau is Director of Studies for Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at Christ’s College, Cambridge University.

15+
30 mins
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Event W8

Animation Time Machine!

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Leave your mark and help re-animate a classic short film. Join Dan Brown and Nick Brown from MASH Cinema and Hereford College of Arts to create and collage your own frames, and see the new film take shape over the weekend. Completed animation will be available on the Hay Festival website.

Age 12+
2 hours
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Event W9

The Flying Potter: Pottery Workshop

Venue: Mess Tent

Get seriously messy with Jon Williams from Herefordshire’s Eastnor Pottery. You will see pottery demonstrations and create your own sculptural masterpieces to add to our forest critters’ colony or to take home...or both. One thing’s for sure... mud will fly!

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Event 77

Ed Balls talks to Joan Bakewell

Speaking Out

Venue: Tata Tent

The highs and lows of life in and out of politics – from the despatch box to Strictly stage with one of Britain’s most influential and charming political figures. He’s funny, and acute about the madhouse of Parliament. Ed Balls is not currently an MP.

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Ed Balls talks to Joan Bakewell

Event 78

Jan Kizilhan talks to Philippe Sands

It’s Happened Before

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Kizilhan is a psychologist who persuaded the state of Baden-Württemberg to spend €95m to rescue back to Germany 1,100 Yazidi women between the ages of 55 and eight, who had been enslaved, repeatedly raped, and tortured by IS in Iraq. He tells the stories of his patients and their desire for truth and justice in the face of genocide.

We recommend reading this article about Jan Kizilhan by Philippe Sands - https://www.ft.com/content/2ce55dee-01c7-11e6-ac98-3c15a1aa2e62

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