HAY FESTIVAL 2018 PROGRAMME

We are pleased to announce the full programme for Hay Festival 2018.

Event W75

Morning Iyengar yoga session with Wye Valley Yoga

Venue: Cube

Wake up and re-energise with our morning yoga class. Iyengar yoga is characterised by precision, alignment and attention to detail and is an inclusive and accessible yoga practice. Mats are provided; wear comfortable clothing; all abilities welcome.  Wye Valley Yoga

16+
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Morning Iyengar yoga session with Wye Valley Yoga

Event W140

Carol Peace

Drawing your own Head

Venue: The Table

In this workshop you will be looking at yourself through drawing. Looking in the mirror and putting pencil to paper, there is an honesty in the difficulty of it, an immediate reaction in time, never to be repeated.  'I am who I am now, here, not who I could or should or want to be.'

No experience necessary, All materials provided

Adult
2 hours
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Event 14

Robert Llewellyn, Mike Hawes, Tony Whitehorn and Jesse Norman

How Low Can We Go?

Venue: Oxfam Moot
With reductions in air pollution, managing climate change and improving fuel security becoming more urgent, how is government policy meeting these priorities and what are vehicle manufacturers doing to design vehicles that help to achieve the same goals? How do we plan for the future in a society which has been so reliant on the internal combustion engine car?  Mike Hawes, CEO of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO of Hyundai UK and Jesse Norman, Minister for Transport and Herefordshire MP. Chaired by TV presenter, author and electric vehicle expert Robert Llewellyn.
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event 261

Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan, André Vincent

The Early Edition 2

Venue: Tata Tent

A little light ridicule to start the day, as the satirists read the tabloids and surf the social media storms for an irreverent look at what’s tickling the nation’s fancy today. 

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 263

Emma Yhnell

Huntington’s Disease

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Join the Cardiff scientist to understand and explore the genetic disorder, a condition that prevents the brain working properly. It gets gradually worse over time and causes motor, cognitive and psychiatric symptoms. Yhnell will discuss the ethical dilemmas of genetic testing and their implications before focusing on current research into novel therapies and her research on computerised cognitive training (brain training) for people with the disease.

Price: £7.00
 
 
Emma Yhnell

Event 264

Ursula Martin, Hannah Engelkamp, Gwen Davies

Three People Walk: One young woman for a cause, the second for the diversion, the toddler to pick up twigs from the path

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Ursula Martin was diagnosed with ovarian cancer aged 31 and walked around Wales to raise money for a cancer charity: she recorded the experience in One Woman Walks Wales. Hannah Engelkamp’s book and film Seaside Donkey were based on her experience travelling with this companion around Wales. Hannah’s meanders are now accompanied by her toddler, Osian, who inspired her current writing on ‘wilding’ childhood and what the ‘dériving’ and colonialist habits of infants can teach us about travel. They talk to Gwen Davies.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 265

How to Break into the Media

Venue: BBC Tent

 

A masterclass on how to get started in the media, featuring a discussion with researchers and producers from radio, television and online.

FREE BUT TICKETED
Price: £0.00
 
 

Event 266

Tristan Gooley

Wayfaring: Offa's Dyke

Venue: Meet at Hay Festival main entrance for bus

The author of the internationally bestselling The Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs and How to Read Water will lead a walk up Offa’s Dyke talking about his new book Wild Signs and Star Paths: The Keys to Our Lost Sixth Sense, showing how it is possible to achieve a level of outdoors awareness that will enable you to sense direction from stars and plants, and forecast weather from woodland sounds. A member of the Brecon Beacons National Park team will join the walk.

Bus will take you to Offa’s Dyke and returns to Hay Festival by 12.30PM
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Tristan Gooley

Event 458

Nick Harkaway

Fictions: Gnomon

Venue: Compass
Near-future Britain is not just a nation under surveillance but one built on it: a radical experiment in personal transparency and ambient direct democracy. Every action is seen, every word is recorded. Diana Hunter is a refusenik, a has-been cult novelist who lives in a house with its own Faraday cage: no electronic signals can enter or leave. She runs a lending library and conducts business by barter. She is off the grid in a society where the grid is everything. Denounced, arrested and interrogated by a machine that reads your life history from your brain, she dies in custody. Mielikki Neith is the investigator charged with discovering how this tragedy occurred. Neith is Hunter’s opposite. She is a woman in her prime, a stalwart advocate of the System. It is the most democratic of governments, and Neith will protect it with her life. When Neith opens the record of the interrogation, she finds not Hunter’s mind but four others, none of which can possibly be there...
Harkaway is one of our most inventive, visionary and fantastically entertaining novelists. And this is a masterpiece, set to become a cult classic of our time.
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event HD57

Sarah Crossan

Moonrise

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Sarah is the author of five YA books including The Weight of Water, One, and her latest, Moonrise. She has a passion for words: written and spoken, poetry and prose. Join the star of the YA fiction scene for an entertaining and sometimes emotional conversation about her literary heroes, inspiration, research and more. Sarah Crossan will be in conversation with Claire Armitstead, Associate Editor, Culture for the Guardian News & Media.

12+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event HD58

Bruce Ingman

My Worst Book Ever!

Venue: Starlight Stage

The illustrator reveals all the things that went wrong in the making of his picture-book. In this case, the author had a great idea for a story about a crocodile, but, even when he was writing it, the manuscript got soaked with tea and nibbled by snails. And that was just the start...

3+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event HD59

Discover Story Building

So Much!

Venue: Cube

Ding Dong! Auntie, Uncle, Nannie and the whole family are here and they all want to kiss, cuddle and squeeze you. Come and listen to a heart-warming family story by Trish Cooke from the Discover Children’s Story Centre.

30 mins
Up to 3 (older siblings welcome)
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Discover Story Building

Event W76

Bushra Alahmadi, Klaudia Krawiecka, Saumya Jetley

Inspire!: Robotics workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut

An exciting workshop with plenty of hands-on activities and exciting coding challenges for parents and children who will work together and code Sphero SPRK+ robot to dance to their favourite song. Children will then code their Spheros to race, with amazing prizes for winners.

10-11
90 mins
Parents must attend but do not not require a ticket
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Event 267

John Mullan

Persuasion

Venue: Tata Tent

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.

Price: £7.00
 
 
John Mullan

Event 268

Jackie Morris with Kerry Andrew

The Lost Words: Live Painting

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The artist, co-creator of the Book of the Year, talks about the extraordinary project to reclaim and celebrate The Lost Words whilst she paints live onstage. She is accompanied by the music and song of Kerry Andrew performing the spells. All over the country, there are words disappearing from children’s lives. These are the words of the natural world – dandelion, otter, bramble, acorn – all gone. The rich landscape of wild imagination and wild play is rapidly fading from our children’s minds. Morris and her poet-spellcaster, Robert Macfarlane, have created a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke. They capture the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 269

Rita Carter

The Brain in Minutes

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The distinguished science writer explains why the human brain became so clever; how it controls everything from breathing, sleeping and seeing to identity, imagination, pleasure and pain; and what will happen when the brain integrates with computers or the latest genetic discoveries.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 270

Horatio Morpurgo

The Paradoxal Compass: Drake’s Dilemma

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Morpurgo dramatises an episode in Francis Drake's circumnavigation during which the Golden Hind was stranded on a rock off Celebes, Indonesia. What altercation occurred between Drake and the ship's chaplain, Francis Fletcher, during those terrifying 20 hours? Morpurgo makes a compelling argument for what was really at the heart of that disagreement, and its present-day repercussions. He argues that the Tudor navigators and their stories may hold the key to how we should approach the current environmental crisis. Chaired by Daisy Leitch.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event HD60

Alex T Smith

Claude and Mr Penguin

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The author and illustrator introduces the much-loved character of Claude and gives a behind-the-scenes view of the making of the new TV series about him. Come and learn how to draw him and meet the new detective, the star of Mr Penguin.

6+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event HD61

Emily Barr, Holly Bourne, Patrice Lawrence

'The Bookseller' YA Book Prize Panel

Venue: Starlight Stage

The YA Book Prize singles out the best new fiction every year. Join the authors of The One Memory of Flora Banks, It Only Happens in the Movies, and Indigo Donut as they discuss the emotional range of adolescence, both now and a century ago. Chaired by Jenny Valentine.

12+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event HD62

Discover Story Building

So Much!

Venue: Cube

Ding Dong! Auntie, Uncle, Nannie and the whole family are here and they all want to kiss, cuddle and squeeze you. Come and listen to a heart-warming family story by Trish Cooke from the Discover Children’s Story Centre.

Up to 3 years (older siblings welcome)
30 mins
Price: £5.00
 
 
Discover Story Building