HAY FESTIVAL 2018 PROGRAMME

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

Event W129

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.

16+
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Morning Iyengar yoga session with Wye Valley Yoga

Event 409

Bridget Kendall

The Cold War

Venue: Tata Tent

The Cold War is one of the furthest-reaching and longest-lasting conflicts in modern history. It spanned the globe - from Greece to China, Hungary to Cuba - and lasted for almost half a century. It has shaped political relations to this day, drawing new physical and ideological boundaries between East and West, that have suddenly and dramatically resurfaced with Russian resurgence and interventions. Kendall was foreign correspondent for the BBC in Moscow during the collapse of the Soviet Union. Formerly the BBC's diplomatic correspondent, she is now Master of Peterhouse College, Cambridge.

Price: £9.00
 
 
Bridget Kendall

Event 410

Steve Brusatte

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Sixty-six million years ago the dinosaurs were wiped from the face of the earth. One of the leading scientists of a new generation of dinosaur hunters, armed with cutting edge-technology, is piecing together the complete story of how the dinosaurs ruled the earth for 150 million years. At a time when Homo sapiens has existed for less than 200,000 years and we are already talking about planetary extinction, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is a timely reminder of what humans can learn from the magnificent creatures that ruled the earth before us. Chaired by Gabrielle Walker.

Price: £8.00
 
 

Event 411

Candice Brathwaite, Rebecca Schiller, Clemmie Telford, Helen Thorn and Clemency Burton-Hill

Motherhood

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

An all-star panel gather to talk about birth rights, inequality, working motherhood, (lack of) diversity in (social) media, body image and post-natal depression, physical extremity and joy. Brathwaite is the co-founder of Make Motherhood Diverse, Schiller is director of Birthrights, the human rights in childbirth charity, Telford is creator of the parenting site Mother of all Lists, Thorn is a Scummy Mummy and Burton-Hill is a broadcaster and writer.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 412

Stephen Moss

Mrs Moreau’s Warbler: How Birds Got Their Names

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Swallow and starling, puffin and peregrine, blue tit and blackcap. We use these names so often that few of us ever pause to wonder about their origins. What do they mean? Where did they come from? And who created them? The words we use to name birds are some of the most lyrical and evocative in the English language. They also tell incredible stories: of epic expeditions, fierce battles between rival ornithologists, momentous historical events and touching romantic gestures. Moss is one of our most treasured naturalists and broadcasters.

Price: £7.00
 
 
Stephen Moss

Event 413

Lidia Yuknavitch talks to Laurie Penny

Fictions: The Book of Joan

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

A group of rebels has united to save a world ravaged by war, violence and greed. Joan is their leader. The future of humanity is being rewritten. Yuknavitch's mesmerising novel sees Joan of Arc's story reborn for the near future. It is a genre-defying masterpiece that may very well rewire your brain.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 414

Patrick Barkham, Isabel Hardman, Rob Pickford

Wayfaring: Talgarth

Venue: Meet at Hay Festival main entrance for bus

The writers look at how 'prescribing nature' and a daily dose of wildness can help our mental health, and explore themes of nature deprivation and social isolation. Isabel Hardman, assistant editor of The Spectator, found relief from depression in being outdoors (and is author of the forthcoming The Natural Health Service: What the Great Outdoors can do for Your Mind), talks with Patrick Barkham, author of Badgerlands, Coastlines and Islander. They are joined by Rob Pickford, Chair of Wildlife Trust Wales. After the conversation there will be a a walk around a flagship Brecknock nature reserve, Pwll-y-Wrach, led by Gwent Wildlife Trust CEO Ian Rappel, in the Black Mountains.

Bus will take you to Talgarth Tabernacle and returns to Hay Festival by 1pm
Price: £15.00
 
 

Event HD89

Atinuke

Baby Goes to Market

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join spectacular storyteller Atinuke for a bouncy read-along with Baby and his mama. Hear all about the traditional folk tales and the stories from the bustling city in Nigeria where she grew up and which inspired her writing.

3+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event W130

Life drawing with Celia Johnson

Venue: Cube

Work with a Fine Artist and HCA tutor in this life drawing session. You will have a variety of short and long poses and work with a range of materials to explore and extend your creative potential. Materials and equipment provided; all abilities welcome.

18+
2 Hours
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Life drawing with Celia Johnson

Event W131

Textiles Workshop

Led by students and staff from the Textile Design Degree Course at Hereford College of Arts

Venue: Scribblers Hut

These workshops will explore textiles in fresh and unexpected ways by linking contemporary practices and technology with age-old techniques. By focusing on storytelling, heritage and a respect for craft that is also sustainable, participants will experiment with natural dyes, create three-dimensional lines and threads and practise slow stitch techniques. Materials are supplied and will be sourced from outlets promoting re-use and recycling, to reduce materials going into the waste stream.

14 - 16 years
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event 415

AC Grayling

Democracy and its Crisis

Venue: Tata Tent

The philosopher investigates why the institutions of representative democracy seem unable to hold up against forces they were designed to manage, and why it matters. He considers those moments in history when the challenges we face today were first encountered and what solutions were found. Then he lays bare the specific threats facing democracy today.

Price: £8.00
 
 
AC Grayling

Event 416

Anne Applebaum, Bill Browder and Helena Kennedy talk to Oliver Bullough

Kleptoscope: Moscow and London

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The journalist and writer Bullough (The Last Man in Russia, Moneyland) follows the money from Russia that flows into the UK and the darkmoney laundromat London housing market. Applebaum is a journalist and Russian expert, author of Gulag, Iron Curtain and Red Famine. Browder, founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, was the largest foreign investor in Russia until 2005. He is the author of Red Notice: How I Became Putin’s No.1 Enemy. And that’s a tough field.

Price: £8.00
 
 

Event 417

Shashi Tharoor

Why I Am a Hindu

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The writer, diplomat and politician offers a profound examination of Hinduism, one of the world's oldest and greatest religious traditions. He lays out Hinduism’s origins and its key philosophical concepts, and its everyday beliefs and practices, from worship to pilgrimage and caste. Tharoor is unsparing in his criticism of extremism and unequivocal in his belief that what makes India a distinctive nation with a unique culture and democratic tradition will be imperilled if Hindu fundamentalists, the proponents of ‘Hindutva’, or politicised Hinduism, seize the high ground.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 418

Lucy van de Wiel

Cambridge Series 20: Freezing Fertility, How Reproductive Ageing is Changing in the 21st Century

Venue: Starlight Stage

Egg freezing is an increasingly popular reproductive technology that offers the potential of staying fertile later in life. Yet while it opens up possibilities of having children at a later age, promise of ‘rewinding the biological clock’ also encourages younger, presumably fertile, women to undergo infertility treatment. Dr Lucy van de Wiel will discuss how egg freezing profoundly shifts our understanding of what it means to be fertile, and to age. Dr van de Wiel is a Research Associate at the Reproductive Sociology Research Group.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 420

The Hay Writers Group

The 2018 Festival Anthology

Venue: Compass

New work from the local writers group. All welcome.

FREE BUT TICKETED
Price: £0.00
 
 

Event HD90

Chelsea Clinton talks to Alex Jones

She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Come and be inspired by some great heroes. Clinton’s new picture book, with illustrations by Alexandra Boiger, celebrates 13 women from around the world who have used their voices and determination to create change and to shape history. The women whose stories she tells include: Marie Curie, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Leymah Gbowee, Caroline Herschel, Wangari Maathai, Aisha Rateb, J.K. Rowling, Yuan Yuan Tan and Malala Yousafzai.  

4-8
Price: £8.00
 
 
Chelsea Clinton talks to Alex Jones

Event HD91

Greg James and Chris Smith

Kid Normal

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Calling all heroes, villains and Super Zeroes. Join the radio personalities and authors for an action-packed Kid Normal event, including a reading from the new book, Kid Normal and the Rogue Heroes. Dave Cribb will provide musical accompaniment throughout. Help create a brand new superhero story and prepare for lots of games, singing and audience participation. Superpowers not required.

7+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event W132

Textiles Workshop

Led by students and staff from the Textile Design Degree Course at Hereford College of Arts

Venue: Scribblers Hut

These workshops will explore textiles in fresh and unexpected ways by linking contemporary practices and technology with age-old techniques. By focusing on storytelling, heritage and a respect for craft that is also sustainable, participants will experiment with natural dyes, create three-dimensional lines and threads and practise slow stitch techniques. Materials are supplied and will be sourced from outlets promoting re-use and recycling, to reduce materials going into the waste stream.

16 - 18 years
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event 421

Michael Ignatieff

The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World

Venue: Oxfam Moot

During a three-year, eight-nation journey, Ignatieff found that while human rights is the language of states and liberal elites, the moral language that resonates with most people is one of everyday virtues: tolerance, forgiveness, trust and resilience. These ordinary virtues are the moral system of global cities and obscure shantytowns alike. A novelist and historian, Ignatieff is Rector and President of Central European University in Budapest.
Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

Price: £10.00
 
 

Event 422

Alice Roberts

Tamed: Ten Species That Changed Our World

Venue: Tata Tent

The anthropologist and broadcaster uncovers the deep history of ten familiar species with incredible wild pasts: dogs, apples and wheat; cattle, potatoes and chickens; rice, maize and horses – and, finally, humans. She reveals how becoming part of our world changed these animals and plants, and shows how they became our allies, essential to the survival and success of our own species.

Price: £9.00