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. More info at wyevalleyiyengaryoga.com.
Visit the pure-bred Aberdeen Angus herd and flock of Texel/Lleyn sheep at Cabalva. Learn about sustainable grassland management and the production of prime 28-day aged beef solely from grass. The farm has also diversified into agro-forestry and holiday lets. There will be the opportunity to sample some farm produce during the visit. The bus will bring you back to the festival site for 12.30pm.
With thanks to Corisande Albert and Angus Grahame. www.cabalva.co.uk
The artist and illustrator of The Lost Words, written by Robert Macfarlane, The Ice Bear, Tell Me a Dragon and Song of the Golden Hare leads an art workshop in the landscape, for adults. Please bring sketchbooks, pencils, ink and brushes. The workshop will be by the River Wye, learning to listen as well as to look, capturing movement and river wildlife.
Please wear appropriate footwear. Numbers are limited. Return to Festival site by 12pm.
A little light ridicule, mockery and fun 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 – and driving it to splenetic fury – today.
The curator introduces the British Library’s blockbuster spring exhibition in this illustrated lecture. He explores the remarkable evolution of writing, from ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs carved in stone and early printed text such as William Caxton’s edition of The Canterbury Tales to the art of note-taking by some of history’s greatest minds, and onwards to the digital communication tools we use today. Marvel at centuries of human innovation as writing enabled progress and opened doors to expression and art.
A conversation with two outstanding nature writers. Although common, moles are mysterious: their habits are inscrutable, they are anatomically bizarre and they live completely alone. Marc Hamer has come closer to them than most, through both his long working life out in the Welsh countryside and his experiences of rural homelessness as a boy, sleeping in hedgerows. In How to Catch a Mole: And Find Yourself in Nature, Hamer tells his story and explores what moles, and a life in nature, can tell us about our own humanity and our search for contentment. Barrie’s Incredible Journeys shines a light on the astounding navigational skills of animals of every stripe. Dung beetles steer by the light of the Milky Way. Ants and bees navigate using patterns of light invisible to humans. Sea turtles, spiny lobsters and moths find their way using the Earth’s magnetic field. Salmon return to their birthplace by following their noses and birds can locate their nests on a tiny island after crisscrossing an entire ocean. Corrigan is a journalist and travel writer.
The allegedly male world of the spy was more than merely infiltrated by women. This compelling and groundbreaking contribution to the history of espionage details a series of case studies in which women – from playwright to postmistress, from lady-in-waiting to laundry woman – acted as spies, sourcing and passing on confidential information. They acted out of political and religious conviction or to obtain money or power. Akkerman reveals the special roles of Royalist and Parliamentarian ‘she-intelligencers’ and their hidden world.
A walk around the bounds of Hay Parish with local historian Alan Nicholls. Starting in the centre of Hay-on-Wye, the walk will wind its way up to Henallt Common and then on towards Hay Bluff before descending towards Cusop Dingle. It is quite strenuous in places and may be wet and boggy. Walking boots and all-weather clothing required, and bring a packed lunch. Well behaved dogs are welcome – bring a lead. Distance 12 miles. Ascent 916 metres.
A Bottle of Happiness is a joyous and resonant story about the gift of sharing, written by Pippa Goodhart and illustrated by Ehsan Abdollahi. Performing Arts, Music and Contemporary Design Craft students from Hereford College of Arts have teamed up with Tiny Owl Publishing and Claire Coache from Open Sky to bring the story to life on stage as a playful, uplifting and creative performance accompanied by original music.
Join Joseph Coelho on a fabulous poetic journey writing poems about the seasons, from stinging jellyfish to scrumping apples from trees. Find out how he uses memory and the world around him to inspire poems, and discover the true stories behind many of the poems in his latest book A Year of Nature Poems.
Why is a flamingo pink? Can a parrot talk? Join Yuval to find out about some of the world’s most magnificent feathered creatures. His introductory talk will be followed by an illustration session, where you can create unique feathered friends of your own.
Join award-winning Lithuanian illustrator Aušra Kiudulaitė for a crafty collaging workshop based on the beautiful children’s book The Fox on the Swing. Create dazzling artwork with Aušra’s help and join Paul and the fox on their fascinating journey of discovery and friendship.
Join us in NMiTE’s Studio 1, a hi-tech refurbished shipping container, to explore ideas through making. Experience how highly creative and technological engineering can be. NMiTE is located in Hereford and aims to be the city’s first university with a focus on engineering.
Sign up at the venue for 10am, 11.30am or 1pm. Ingenuity Studio 1 free drop-in sessions for families take place between 2.30pm and 5pm, Sunday 26 May – Saturday 1 June.
By popular demand, the author of Around the World in 80 Trees returns with a new selection of species that allows him to talk about trees and sex, defence, communication, climate change, invasive species and bizarre arborial behaviours. Drori, a trustee of The Woodland Trust and The Eden Project, uses plant science to illuminate how trees play a role in every part of human life, from the romantic to the regrettable.
Socrates is the philosopher whose questioning gave birth to the ideas of Western thought, and whose execution marked the end of the Athenian Golden Age. Yet despite his pre-eminence among the great thinkers of history, little of his life story is known. What we know tends to begin in his middle age and end with his trial and death. But what turned the young Socrates into a philosopher? The Oxford classicist presents him as an heroic warrior, an athletic wrestler and dancer, and a passionate lover. D’Angour sheds new light on the formative journey of the philosopher, finally revealing the identity of the woman who Socrates claimed inspired him to develop ideas that have captivated thinkers for 2,500 years.
The Devils’ Dance is the first novel written in Uzbek to be translated into English. “This is a thrilling novel about two real-life Central Asian poets. The 19th century Uzbek poet-queen Oyxon, once a humble slave girl, rose to power and influence, marrying three Khans along the way, and was ultimately threatened with execution. Her 20th-century counterpart is the writer Abdulla Qodiriy, renowned, brave and also imprisoned. He distracts himself from brutish beatings and interrogation by reconstructing the novel he was writing about Oyxon when he was arrested. With its spies, police, princes, poets and great plot, this is an Uzbek Game of Thrones” – jury chair Rosie Goldsmith who chairs the event.
In today’s multicultural world, fostering an understanding of cultures different to our own has become increasingly important. One powerful way to achieve this is by using storytelling to break down barriers and develop ‘radical empathy’. Gilligan is a bestselling author and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham. She is also an ambassador for the global not-for-profit Narrative 4.
The novelist discusses her six-book Wolf Brother series, set among a forest clan in a prehistoric Northern Europe. Torak’s tale is a terrifying quest in a world of wolves, tree spirits and Hidden People, a world in which trusting a friend means risking your life. One of the great masterpieces of children’s fiction, The Chronicles are to continue in three new titles launching with The Viper’s Daughter in spring 2020.
Have you ever dreamed of going into space? What about becoming an astronaut, walking on the moon or searching for alien life? Or becoming a space chef? Explore the wonders of space with Sheila Kanani, a space cadet whose head is always up in the clouds even though her feet are firmly on planet Earth. Full of fun facts, top tips and space shenanigans!