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Event 152

Stephen Fry, Blanche McIntyre, Roger Allam, Fiona Shaw and John Jencks

The Hippopotamus

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

A wonderful opportunity to explore the adaptation of the book to big screen of Stephen Fry’s novel, with clips from John Jencks’ new film starring Roger Allam, Emily Berrington, Tim McInnerny, Geraldine Somerville with Fiona Shaw and Matthew Modine. Join the film-makers and the author for a unique insight into the movie. Hosted by celebrated film critic Mark Kermode.

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Event 153

Gina Miller and Henry Porter talk to Helena Kennedy

Brexit Britain 1 – Sovereignty

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Who actually holds power in Britain? As the Prime Minister invokes Article 50 with parliamentary approval, what are we giving up and taking back? A free-ranging conversation with Gina Miller, who successfully led the legal challenge to the government over parliamentary prerogative and Henry Porter, host of the Convention on Brexit and the Political Crash. 

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Gina Miller and Henry Porter talk to Helena Kennedy

Event 154

Tariq Ramadan

Islam: The Essentials

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Whether the issue is violence, terrorism, women’s rights or slavery, Muslims are today expected to provide answers and to justify what Islam is – or is not. Here’s an introduction to the basics from the Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at St Antony’s College, Oxford. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

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Tariq Ramadan

Event 155

Zoe Williams, Amelia Womack, David Boyle, Andrew Simms

The Alternative – Is it Time for a new Progressive Politics to Arise in Britain?

Venue: Starlight Stage

With old British political alignments shifting, sharp divisions within government and at least as much in the official opposition, is a very different, new, progressive alliance the way ahead? Contributors to the book ‘The Alternative,’ debate including Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of the Green Party, Zoe Williams, Guardian columnist, David Boyle, author of How to be English, and Andrew Simms of the New Weather Institute.

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Event 156

Kobo Town

In concert

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The Canadian kings of the dance floor play Hay with their infectious rhythms and spectacular energy. Founded and fronted by émigré Trinidadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town’s music has been variously described as “an intoxicating blend of lilting calypsonian wit, dancehall reggae and trombone-heavy brass” - Guardian.  After the global success of their 2013 album Jumbie in the Jukebox they are now releasing Where The Galleon Sank.

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Event 157

Shappi Khorsandi

Oh My Country!

Venue: Tata Tent

The new show from the star of Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Have I Got News for You and Q.I. From Morris Dancing to Morrissey, Shappi is celebrating the fortieth anniversary of her arrival in Britain. She’s reclaiming patriotism and sending a love letter to her adopted land. The daughter of an exiled writer and comic from Iran, Shappi’s upbringing has been in no way conventional. From mental illness to opium dens, it’s all gone on in the Khorsandi household and now she recounts it all the only way she knows how, with wit, warmth and hilarity.

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Shappi Khorsandi

Event 158

Cat Weatherill

Bluebeard

Venue: Starlight Stage

The charismatic storyteller takes us on a journey into obsession. Inspired by Perrault’s classic Gothic horror story, it’s magnificently dark, erotic and disturbing. But it’s also fiercely life affirming – a celebration of the love of sisters and the resilience of women. This is a defiantly female version of the tale, in which the sister and mother of the bride, Eva, are given far greater prominence. Eva is awarded infinitely more emotional complexity than usual, as she explosively transforms from a victim into a survivor who will not “rake through the ashes for half burned hopes”.

With simultaneous live drawing by Chris Riddell

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Cat Weatherill

Event 159

DJ Yoda

The Sound of the Baskervilles

Venue: Baskerville Hall, Clyro
Voted one of the 'Ten DJs to see before you die' by Q magazine, Yoda is a multi-award-winning hip-hop DJ and producer. Headlining festivals and clubs around the world with his distinctive style, mashing together film soundtracks, club anthems and clips from every aspect of modern culture he creates an electrifying and pulsating dance floor experience. DJ Ben from SuperSonicDisco will be on hand to warm things and get the dance floor bouncing…
Strictly 18+, ID may be required on the door
The Park & Ride Shuttle Bus runs to Clyro Court from the Festival Site until 11.30pm. From 11.30pm the Shuttle Bus will run from the Clock Tower in Hay until the night finishes at 2am.
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