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Event 285

Nick Willing

BBC Two: Paula Rego: Secrets & Stories

Venue: BBC Tent

Notoriously private and guarded, Paula Rego opens up for the first time to her son in this film about the secrets and stories in her life. Born in Portugal, trained in London, she nevertheless used her powerful pictures as a weapon against the Portuguese dictatorship – a country her father told her was no good for women – and continued to target women’s issues such as abortion. The film, graphically illustrated in pastel, charcoal and oil paint, combines a huge archive of home movies, family photographs and interviews spanning 60 years, to paint an extraordinary portrait of an artist, whose legacy will endure. Her son, filmmaker Nick Willing, talks about the challenges of confronting his mother about her past with clips from the film.  

A Lonestar film for BBC Two. Warning: film clips may contain strong language

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Nick Willing

Event 286

Angelina Sanderson-Bellamy

Food Certifications – Are They Worth the Paper They are Written on? - Cardiff University Series 4

Venue: Starlight Stage

We are all familiar with an array of certificates found on our food: Rainforest Alliance, Marine Stewardship Council, Fairtrade, Organic etc.  This certification is meant to reassure us that food is produced in a more ecologically friendly way or improves animal welfare. But does it? Come and join an interactive session that will help formulate better understanding and communication. Sanderson-Bellamy is a Research Associate at the Sustainable Places Research Institute.

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Angelina Sanderson-Bellamy

Event HD63

Lawrence Bee

Britain’s Spiders: A Field Guide

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Did you know that Britain has approximately 660 species of spider? Join one of the authors of this new family guide to look at where, when, and how to find the spiders that live around us, and how to identify them. Zebra, Buzzing, Wolf or False Widow spider: which one lives in your house or garden?  Live spiders will be part of this talk.

9+
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Event HD64

Francesca Simon, Laure Eve and Peadar O’Guilin

Monstrous Child, The Graces and The Call

Venue: Cube

Join three authors in contention for The Bookseller Young Adult Prize as they discuss the different ways in which their strong-minded and independent characters survive and thrive in their sometimes dark, always complex stories about adolescence. Chaired by Caroline Carpenter.

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12+
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Francesca Simon, Laure Eve and Peadar O’Guilin

Event HD65

Build your own Quantum Computer

Venue: Scribblers Hut

 

Join the Qubit Zone team for a 90-minute workshop where you will learn about the incredible world of quantum computers. The University of Oxford team will introduce you to mysterious quantum phenomena – including qubits, superposition and entanglement – and then let you loose with your own quantum circuitry to try it out for yourself. With David Reutter and Jamie Vicary.

Family and 14+
1.5 hours
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Event S6

Lighting Up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Come along to our immersive lantern-lit tented Storytelling Nook to listen to Veronica Lamond’s illustrated stories of Landy and Fender the lovable Land Rovers, and Kenyan author Aunty Kiko’s tale “Baby Elephant’s Safari, and experience how solar light is making a difference to millions of families in Africa.

Family event
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Lighting Up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

Event W53

HAYDAYS World of Food

Venue: Mess Tent

Are you a budding chef or curious in the kitchen? Learn how to cook interesting food from all over the world with the Kitchen Academy using recipes from a different culture every day. You don’t need to bring anything other than your tastebuds and your appetite...you are cooking lunch!

Young Adult
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Event DT23

Ticket to Dine

Dinner - Early Sitting

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 287

Michael Parkinson

Muhammad Ali: A Memoir

Venue: Tata Tent

In conversation with his son Mike, his producer, the peerless interviewer recounts his meetings with some of the world’s most extraordinary cultural figures on his television show Parkinson; in particular, he recalls the notable Muhammad Ali interviews, which form the basis of his latest book.

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Michael Parkinson

Event 288

Taylor Cornes, David Green, Sue Gaston, Ed Dorrell and Jonathan Godfrey in Conversation

Is Teaching Still a Valued Profession? - University of Worcester Series 3

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Heavy workloads, constantly changing government policies, and ‘media bashing’ are just some of the reasons cited in a 2015 survey of new teachers which showed that 73 per cent have considered leaving the profession. How do we make our teachers feel valued and better supported to enable them to educate our children for the future? Godfrey is Principal of Hereford Sixth Form College, Gaston is Headteacher of Fairfield High School, Ed Dorrell is Head of Content at Times Educational Supplement; Professor Green is Vice Chancellor of University of Worcester, from where Cornes recently graduated as a teacher.

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Event 289

Rose Tremain talks to Peter Florence

The Road Home

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The novelist revisits her 2008 masterpiece, winner of the Orange Prize and selected as one of the Festival’s 30 Essential Reads of the past 30 years. ‘Lev is on his way from Eastern Europe to Britain, seeking work. Behind him loom the figures of his dead wife, his beloved young daughter and his outrageous friend Rudi. Ahead of Lev lies the deep strangeness of the British: their hostile streets, their clannish pubs, their obsession with celebrity. London holds out the alluring possibility of friendship, sex, money and a new career and, if Lev is lucky, a new sense of belonging....

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Rose Tremain talks to Peter Florence

Event 290

Germaine Greer, Rob Penn and Beccy Speight talk to Andy Fryers

Tree Charter Series 3: Towards a new Charter for Trees, Woods and People

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The Tree Charter launches this year, built from more than 50,000 public stories about the value of trees and woods. How have the issues of rights and responsibilities shaped the relationship between people and trees over the 800 years since the 1217 Charter of the Forest? Germaine Greer, author of White Beech: The Rainforest Years and community woods enthusiast Rob Penn talk with Woodland Trust CEO Beccy Speight about the role of trees in our lives; and about the role of a Tree Charter in protecting this for the future.

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Event 292

Srijato Bandopadhyay, Natalie Holborow, Arunhava Sinha, Sophie McKeand, Aniesha Brahma and Sion Tomos Owen

Hay Mela 1: And Suddenly You Find Yourself in India

Venue: Starlight Stage

The first of four events this afternoon and evening that celebrate the vibrant cultural exchange between Wales and India. The poets relate and perform their experience of the India Wales project 2017, Valley City Village: with words and pictures introduced by Gary Raymond.

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Event HD66

Alex Wheatle

Straight Outta Crongton

Venue: Cube

The winner of The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize speaks about his journey from an abusive children’s home to his time in Brixton in the late 1970s and early ’80s, when he penned poems and lyrics under the name ‘The Brixton Bard’. Learn about the personal experiences that inform his work now, and hear him read from his new novel for young adults.

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12+ (explicit content)
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Event 293

Nicola Heywood-Thomas Radio Wales Arts Show

BBC Radio Wales LIVE

Venue: BBC Tent

Nicola Heywood-Thomas presents highlights and guests from Hay Festival in this live programme broadcast.

The Radio Wales Arts Show is broadcast every Wednesday at 6.30PM on BBC Radio Wales

30 mins
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Nicola Heywood-Thomas Radio Wales Arts Show

Event 294

Dave Goulson

Bee Quest

Venue: Good Energy Stage

A hunt for the world’s most elusive bees leads Goulson from Salisbury plain to Sussex hedgerows, from Poland to Patagonia. Whether he is tracking great yellow bumblebees in the Hebrides or chasing orchid bees through the Ecuadorian jungle, the biologist’s wit, humour and deep love of nature make him the ideal travelling companion.

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Event 295

J. C. H. King talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Blood and Land: The Story of Native North America

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The distinguished anthropologist presents a dazzling, panoramic account of the history and achievements of Native North Americans and why they matter today. He suggests that no understanding of the wider world is possible without comprehending the original inhabitants of the United States and Canada: Native Americans, First Nations and Arctic peoples.

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J. C. H. King talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Event 296

Beau Lotto

Deviate: The Science of Seeing Differently

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Perception is the foundation of human experience but few of us understand how our own perception works. By revealing the startling truths about the brain and perception, the world-renowned neuroscientist shows that the next big innovation is not a new technology: it is a new way of seeing.

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Beau Lotto

Event 297

Tim Parks talks to Rosie Goldsmith

A Conversation

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Parks is a profoundly European writer, steeped in Italian culture as a travel writer and a translator. He is publishing an introduction to a selection of Montaigne’s essays: Drawn From Life, and his new novel In Extremis is one of the most implacable, but also one of the funniest novels about death and family you will ever read.

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Event 298

Mamta Sagar, Sian Melangell Dafydd, Anitha Thampi and Nia Davies

Hay Mela 2: Literature Across Frontiers

Venue: Starlight Stage

Sagar is a performance poet in the Kannada language, the Keralan poet Thampi writes in Malayalam. They’ve created a multi-lingual performance translating and writing together with the Cymraeg (Dafydd) and English-language (Davies) poets from Wales.

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Event 299

Bill Sewell talks to Jake Kemp

Food, Pleasure and Community

Venue: Cube

On the final day of his crowd-funding campaign for his new book Bill’s Kitchen, food writer and restaurateur Bill Sewell discusses his journey from concerned London vegetarian to enthusiastic rural omnivore. His trademarks are strong flavours, simple techniques and a passion for the pleasure of cooking as well as eating. They talk about eating well but not cleanly; and the ways in which social media can either kill or build a sense of community around food, cooking and eating.

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Bill Sewell talks to Jake Kemp

Event DT24

Ticket to Dine

Dinner

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 521

Screening: Paula Rego: Secrets and Stories

Venue: BBC Tent

A special screening of this documentary about Paula Rego made by her son, Nick Willing, who will introduce the film.

There is a discussion and Q&A with the filmmaker prior to this event at 4pm.

A Lonestar film for BBC. 

Warning:  contains strong language.

Free but Ticketed
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Screening: Paula Rego: Secrets and Stories

Event 300

Hay Mela 3: Curry Night

Venue: Festival Foodhall

Please join us for a supper designed by Anand George of Purple Poppadom Restaurant in Cardiff, one of Wales’s most gifted Indian chefs.

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Event 301

Reginald D. Hunter

Comedy: Some People vs Reginald D Hunter

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The American comic’s searingly honest material has garnered him a popular fan base that spans the generations. ‘Hunter joins the top rank of stand-up comedians working today. A comedian going for broke, flying in the face of received opinion in a way that is simply exhilarating… this is comedy of a rare scope’ – The Times. He is very, very funny.

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Reginald D. Hunter

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