Hay Festival 2020 Earlybirds

We are delighted to announce our earlybird tickets for events in 2020.

We are particularly excited to be hosting Shakespeare's Globe on Tour. Please be aware that tickets for these events are extremely limited, so do book early to avoid disappointment.

We will be adding many more events over the coming months and the full programme will be announced in late March, please ensure you and your friends are signed up to our newsletter so we can keep you informed every time we release tickets.

Event 252

Mike Hoffmann, Monika Bohm and Emily Beech talk to Andy Fryers

Species Under Threat

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Established in 1964, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species has evolved to become the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of animal, fungi and plant species. It is a critical indicator of the health of the world’s biodiversity and a powerful tool to inform and catalyse policy change. The list provides information about range, population size, habitat and ecology, threats, and conservation actions. Hoffman currently heads up the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) global conservation programmes and was previously chair of the 25-member IUCN Red List Committee. Bohm is a researcher in the Species Indicators and Assessments Unit at ZSL. Emily Beech is a Conservation Officer at Botanic Gardens Conservation International.

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Event 254

Andy Grant

You’ll Never Walk

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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When Andy Grant’s eyes blinked open from a 10-day coma in February 2009, he was alone in a hospital bed in Birmingham. He had a broken sternum, a broken leg, a broken elbow and shrapnel lodged in both forearms. He had a severed femoral artery, nerve damage to his hands and feet as well as deep gaping wounds in both cheeks. He had been blown up during a routine foot patrol in Afghanistan as a Royal Marine with 45 Commando. He became a gold medallist at the Invictus Games. You’ll Never Walk is his story.

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Andy Grant

Event 255

Ifor ap Glyn

Cuddle Call?

Venue: Compass
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The launch of a new bilingual collection of poetry, Cuddle Call? by National Poet of Wales Ifor ap Glyn. An ambassador for Welsh-language poetry both at home and internationally, Ifor’s work is often translated. Chaired by Professor Damian Walford Davies.

Cyflwynir cyfrol newydd o gerddi dwyieithog, Cuddle Call? (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch) gan Fardd Cenedlaethol Cymru Ifor ap Glyn. Mae Ifor yn awyddus iawn i fynd â barddoniaeth Gymraeg ar draws y byd, a chaiff ei waith ei gyfieithu’n gyson. Cadeirir gan yr Athro Damian Walford Davies.

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Ifor ap Glyn

Event 474

John Mullan

Jane Austen's Persuasion

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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In the last of his Jane Austen Bicentenary lectures, the author of What Matters in Jane Austen celebrates her last completed masterpiece, published posthumously in 1818.

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John Mullan

Event 479

Nothing Like a Dame: Screening

BBC TWO

Venue: BBC Tent
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NOTHING LIKE A DAME is a unique celebration of the lives and careers of four of our most iconic actresses; Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Joan Plowright and Dame Maggie Smith.  All four have gone from being fledgling actresses in the 1950s to acting royalty. They’ve watched each other’s careers grow and bloom and have celebrated life’s ups and downs together.  NOTHING LIKE A DAME invites you to spend time with these acting legends as they talk about their lives and their professional experiences across Theatre, Television and Film.  Directed by Roger Michell (My Cousin Rachel, Notting Hill), and produced by BBC’s Arena team the film also includes a range of astonishing archive material.  Candid, funny, caustic, irreverent, poignant and utterly engrossing, this film  is proof that there is truly nothing like a Dame...

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Anthony Wall, Executive Producer and Producer, Sally Angel. Chaired by the BBC’s Head of Commissioning for Arts, Mark Bell.

Free but ticketed
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Event 256

Dara Ó Briain

Voice of Reason

Venue: Tata Tent
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Dara is one of the most recognisable faces on British TV, as host of the hugely successful Mock The WeekStar Gazing LiveRobot Wars and Go 8 Bit. Catch one of the most charismatic, intelligent, fast-talking and downright funny live performers working today in this brand new show for 2018. His set is a masterclass in intelligent, no-frills stand-up - The GuardianIf you want a comic who can hold an audience in the palm of his hand for two hours, here’s your man - The Times.

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Dara Ó Briain

Event 257

Gabrielle Aplin

Live at Hay

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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The entrancing singer-songwriter’s debut album English Rain was released in 2013 and contained a slew of UK top 10 singles, including: Please Don’t Say You Love Me, Panic Cord, Home, Salvation and Gabrielle’s unforgettable cover of The Power of Love which reached No.1 in the UK chart.  Light up the Dark followed in 2015 and she built her label Never Fade Records, generating 100 million worldwide streams. Aplin’s seemingly relentless creative output continued in 2017 – she released two EPs featuring the infectious singles Miss You and Waking up Slow.

 

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Gabrielle Aplin

Event 258

Humphrey Burton talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Bernstein 100

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The biographer celebrates the centenary of the birth of the versatile musical genius, America’s greatest conductor and the composer of West Side Story. Burton was given exclusive access to Bernstein’s rich legacy of letters and papers, and the book draws on hundreds of interviews with family, friends and colleagues to reveal his fascinating and complex personality. The event is chaired by Humphrey Burton’s daughter, the broadcaster and author of Year of Wonder.

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Humphrey Burton talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Event 259

Rowley Leigh talks to John Mitchinson

A Long and Messy Business

Venue: Compass
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We are thrilled to launch the new cookbook by the chef, whose iconic restaurants Kensington Place and Le Café Anglais have served delicious food for 30 years. His columns in the Financial Times has conveyed the pleasure and joy of kitchen culture and has established him as a peerless food writer. A Long and Messy Business is arranged by months to reflect the seasonal nature of the cooking. Come and join a gastronomer’s treat of an evening.

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Event 260

John Crace and Tim Shipman

Recess Tales

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Two fabulously funny, acute and savage journalists give us the skinny on the House of Commons, its characters and madness. Crace is parliamentary sketch writer for the Guardian and is the author of I, Maybot – a wicked chronicle of Theresa May’s first year in power. Shipman is political editor of The Sunday Times and author of All Out War and now Fall Out – A Year of Political Mayhem. Pull up a chair. This will be fun. Chaired by Hannah MacInnes.

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