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Readings from two new collections by two of Britain’s most gifted writers. Bondo is Menna Elfyn’s latest collection in Welsh and English. Her title means ‘eaves’ in Welsh, referring to poems about getting close to language as sanctuary. Other poems were written episodically over a number of years. This meditative work began simply as a personal engagement with the grief of Aberfan, expressing solidarity with a nation's wound. Bondo is also the voice that echoes the role of the Welsh bard as remembrancer.
Petit’s Mama Amazonica is set in a psychiatric ward and in the Amazon rainforest, an asylum for animals on the brink of extinction. It reveals the story of the poet’s mentally ill mother and the consequences of abuse. The mother transforms into a giant waterlily (Victoria amazonica), and a bestiary of untameable creatures – a jaguar girl, a wolverine, a hummingbird – as she marries her rapist and gives birth to his children. Petit does not flinch from the violence but offers hope by celebrating the beauty of the wild, whether in the mind or the natural world.
Here’s the politician, leader of the free world and global icon as portrayed on the covers of the world’s magazines and newspapers during his presidency.
The author is joined by the editor of GQ for a revelatory conversation about portraiture, power and propaganda. Arogundade will present a selection of amazing covers from Barack Obama’s 8-year presidency, along with ‘Obama vs Trump’, comparing his front pages with those of America’s current president.
Arogundade is the author of ten books, including ‘Black Beauty’, his debut novel, 'The Sexual Language of Strangers' and ‘Obama: 101 Best Covers’. ‘Black Beauty’ was honoured by the New York Public Library and was the subject of a three-part BBC documentary.
Escape to the magical world of the Moomins and their friends as it is explored in this beautiful book, The World of Moominvalley. Join the author as he delves into the background to the classic Moomin stories and reveals the richly creative life of their author Tove Jansson. Moomin fans old and new will be entranced by the wealth of knowledge that this book adds to the familiar stories.
Introduced by Nat Jansz
In association with Oxfam
Rooted Forest School is running outdoor sessions for children and their families on Black Lion Green. The sessions explore our ancient relationship with fire and cooking, using traditional methods to heat food in the cold winter months. Children will have the opportunity to bake bread over the hot coals while listening to a traditional winter story. (rootedforestschool.co.uk)
The co-founder and Executive Vice Chairman of the Eden Project is branching his vision out across the globe to China, Australia and New Zealand, then to the Middle East and US. “Eden’s mission is to explore our dependence on the natural world, to use that understanding to excite people into delivering transformation where they live and to ask really serious questions about what a great future might look like for all of us. We want the new Edens to act as a heartbeat for those who feel the same way as we do and to develop in all of them the ability to tell the stories that inspire the people who are their constituency.”
Ed Vere is an award-winning, best-selling writer and illustrator of picture books. He will be reading from Banana! , where you will discover that getting what you want can be tricky if you don’t ask in the right way, and also from Bedtime for Monsters, a very funny tale with a big twist.
Rooted Forest School is hosting a drop-in session for parents and families, based around play, exploration and engagement with nature. Join us to explore natural paint colours and build dens. (rootedforestschool.co.uk)
This workshop introduces young people to micro:bits, which are very small computers. During the workshop participants will be creating interactive programs using the micro-controllers and external sensors. No need to bring any equipment. The workshop is run by Dr Emma Posey, Associate Producer of Air Lab and Teacher of Computing at Fairfield High School, with the help of students and ex-students of the school. Artist Paul Granjon performs with his robots and will co-lead this workshop. It is run in partnership with Fairfield High School and is part of Arts Alive Wales' Digital programme.
Since 2003, Jeremy Vine calculates he has taken more than 25,000 calls from his BBC Radio 2 listeners on topical subjects – big issues and small ones: on life, love, lollipop ladies and poisonous plants; on Brexit, Trump, Blair and Cellophane. But what have the callers told him? Often hilarious, he shares anecdotes from What I Learnt and explains why we should listen to what the callers have to say.
As the 2017 Arts Council of Wales International Fellow, the award-winning YA writer has been visiting our festivals around the world talking to teenagers in different cultures about their concerns and aspirations. In the first half of this session she discusses what’s she’s heard with the former principal of Hereford Sixth Form College, and a leading child psychiatrist. She will invite feedback from the students taking part in this year’s Beacons Project, and from members of the audience.
Rooted Forest School is running outdoor sessions for children and their families on Black Lion Green. The sessions will explore our ancient relationship with fire and cooking, using traditional methods to heat food in the cold winter months. Children will be given the opportunity to bake bread over the hot coals while listening to a traditional winter story. (rootedforestschool.co.uk)
Parents go free
The Reformations project is the programming spine of the Hay Festival’s 30th anniversary year. Great writers and thinkers have been invited to reform authorities and institutions in the spirit of Martin Luther, whose 95 Theses were published 500 years ago in 1517. In this powerful polemic, the leading civil rights lawyer proposes radical progress in international Human Rights and Equality law. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
From Waterloo to Whitby, St Pancras to Stirling, these are the marvellous, often under-sung places that link our nation. Blending his usual insight and authority, Jenkins examines the geography, architecture and symbolism of these glories of our national heritage.
Adam Frost, author of The Awesome Book of Animals, wants to know if you share his passion for the animal kingdom. Join him to discover some of the wildest facts about the creatures that share our planet and test your knowledge in a fun quiz.
Workshops for children, along with their friends and families, make festive decorations with a focus on inventiveness and creativity. Bring your imagination!
Journalist and author Oliver Bullough brings his popular kleptoscope series to Hay to discuss why so much money is stolen from the world's poorest countries, and what we can do about it. Nigerian novelist Onuzu talks about how she put corruption at the heart of her brilliant second novel Welcome to Lagos, and Transparency International's Anderson explains why so much of that stolen money ends up in the UK.