Tuesday 31 May 2022

Event 159

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Will Bullough, Dermot Doyne and Nick Smith

Woodland Heritage Timber Tour

Venue: Meeting Place on Site
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From tree to timber – a chance to see for yourself how a small-scale, sustainable wood is managed. The tour visits planting, ecosystem care and tree grading, and goes into the sawmill to see the log being converted into timber. Find out what the challenges and opportunities are for the timber industry.

3 hours 30 mins
Please note that there is uneven ground and steep paths so please wear sturdy footwear.
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Will Bullough, Dermot Doyne and Nick Smith

Event 160

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan, André Vincent and Hugh Muir

Early Edition 1

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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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.

Price: £8.00
 
Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan, André Vincent and Hugh Muir

Event 161

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Suzanne O’Sullivan talks to Oliver Balch

The Sleeping Beauties

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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Award-winning Irish neurologist Dr Suzanne O’Sullivan investigates psychosomatic disorders, travelling the world to visit communi­ties suffering from these so-called mystery illnesses. From a derelict post-Soviet mining town in Kazakhstan to the Mosquito Coast of Nicaragua to the heart of the María Mountains in Colombia, O’Sullivan records the remark­able stories of syndromes related to her by people from all walks of life. She recounts these riveting and often distressing case studies to writer and journalist Oliver Balch as the syndromes continue to proliferate around the globe.

Price: £8.00
 
Suzanne O’Sullivan talks to Oliver Balch

Event 162

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Susan Stokes-Chapman talks to Natalie Haynes

10@10 Debuts: Pandora

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Pandora is set in London, 1799. Dora Blake is an aspiring jewellery artist who lives with her uncle in what used to be her parents’ famed shop of antiquities. When a mysterious Greek vase is delivered, Dora is intrigued by her uncle’s suspicious behaviour and enlists the help of Edward Lawrence, a young antiquarian scholar. Edward sees the ancient vase as key to unlocking his academic future. Dora sees it as a chance to restore the shop to its former glory, and to escape her nefarious uncle. But what Edward discovers about the vase has Dora questioning everything she has believed about her life, her family and the world as she knows it. As Dora uncovers the truth she starts to realise that some mysteries are buried, and some doors are locked, for a reason. Stokes-Chapman talks to classicist Natalie Haynes about her debut novel.

Price: £10.00
 

Event 163

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Stephen Bates joins Maria Golightly and Sophie Jones

The Poisonous Solicitor Walk

Venue: Meeting Place on Site
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The true story of Major Herbert Armstrong, a Hay-on-Wye solicitor who was hanged in May 1922 for poisoning his wife with arsenic, was a celebrated murder case, which inspired works by Dorothy L Sayers and Agatha Christie in the golden age of crime writing. But was he really guilty? Or was it a terrible miscarriage of justice? Stephen Bates uncovers new evidence as he joins Brecon Beacons National Park guides on this walking tour around Hay, visiting some of the sites featured in his book.

2 hours
Please wear appropriate outdoor gear. The walk returns to the Festival site by midday.
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Event HD25

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Joe Wicks

The Burpee Bears

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Come and hear all about the Burpee Bears, the picture book characters created by global fitness star and PE teacher Joe Wicks. Find what adventures Joe has in store for this modern-day bear family as they tackle the ups and downs of everyday family life. And be ready to join in with their exercise routines while you listen. Perfect for energetic little bears everywhere.

0–5 years
Price: £7.00
 
Joe Wicks

Event HD26

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Miriam Quick talks to Sharna Jackson

Imagine… Science: I Am a Book. I Am a Portal to the Universe.

Venue: Cube
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The winner of this year’s Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize is a book in which data can not only be visualised but also heard and touched. Join winning author and data journalist Miriam Quick and children’s author Sharna Jackson, a Young People’s Book Prize judge, as they explore the wonders of our world through this year’s winner, I Am a Book. I Am a Portal to the Universe.

The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize aims to promote literacy in young people and to inspire them to read about science. Each year, the winner is selected by judging panels made up of thousands of young people at schools across the country.

7+ years
Price: £6.00
 
Miriam Quick talks to Sharna Jackson

Event W9

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Robotics Workshop with Klaudia Krawiecka, Hunar Batra, and Hayyu Imanda

Venue: Summerhouse
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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 the winning robots.

11–12 years
90 mins
Parents/carers must attend but do not require a ticket.
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Robotics Workshop with Klaudia Krawiecka, Hunar Batra, and Hayyu Imanda

Event MT7

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Make & Take Crafting

Morning Session

Venue: Make & Take Tent
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An opportunity to get crafting! Activities differ every day, including everything from print-making to junk modelling with recycled materials. Get messy and creative: your imagination is the limit.

Book for the session and you can drop in at any point during the 2.5 hour duration. An accompanying adult must attend at all times but does not require a ticket.

3–11 years
Price: £3.00
 
Make & Take Crafting

Event HD27

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

The Promise

Hereford College of Arts

Venue: Main Garden
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Determination, the environment, open-mindedness and wellbeing are explored in this physical theatre performance based on The Promise written by Nicola Davies. Aspiring performers, musicians and textile artists from Hereford College of Arts come together to create an uplifting, joyous outdoor short performance suitable for all ages. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will move to the Main Garden Tent.

Family, 4+ years
30 mins
Free – drop in (no ticket required)
The Promise

Event 164

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Catherine Belton, Bill Browder and Oliver Bullough

Imagine… Democracy: Let’s Talk About Putin

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Catherine Belton is author of Putin’s People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took on the West. She is an investigative correspondent for Reuters and worked from 2007 until 2013 as Moscow correspondent for the Financial Times. Bill Browder is a financier and activist whose new book Freezing Order exposes Vladimir Putin’s campaign to steal and launder hundreds of billions of dollars and kill anyone who stood in his way. They join Oliver Bullough, author of Butler to the World: How Britain Became the Servant of Tycoons, Tax Dodgers, Kleptocrats and Criminals, to discuss these themes in relation to Putin’s path to war.

Price: £10.00
 
Catherine Belton, Bill Browder and Oliver Bullough

Event 165

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Celia Imrie and Fidelis Morgan in conversation

Orphans of the Storm

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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Join Olivier Award-winning actress and Sunday Times-bestselling author Celia Imrie as she discusses Orphans of the Storm with the book’s researcher, fellow actress, author and director Fidelis Morgan. The novel follows the story of a mother’s quest to find her children against all odds, set against the epic backdrop of the sinking of the legendary Titanic.

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Celia Imrie and Fidelis Morgan in conversation

Event 166

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Yascha Mounk talks to Stephanie Merritt

The Great Experiment: How to Make Diverse Democracies Work

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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It’s easy to be pessimistic about the fate of democracy in multi-ethnic societies. At the end of the Second World War, fewer than one in twenty-five people living in the UK were born abroad; now it is one in seven. The history of humankind is a story of us versus them, and the project of diverse democracies is a relatively new one – it is, in other words, a great experiment.

How do identity groups with different ideologies and beliefs live together? Is it possible to embark on a democracy with shared values if our values are at odds? Author of The Great Experiment Yascha Mounk argues that group identity is both deeply rooted and malleable. No community is beyond conciliation: groups are moving towards cooperation across the world. He offers a profound understanding of the problem behind all our other problems, and genuine hope for our capacity to solve it.

This is a hybrid event and Yascha Mounk will be appearing via live link
Price: £10.00
 
Yascha Mounk talks to Stephanie Merritt

Event 167

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

BBC Radio Wales: The Aberystwyth Book Club

Venue: Marquee
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BBC Radio Wales’ regular book club convenes at the Hay Festival to review Caryl Lewis’ debut English language novel Drift, a love story moving between Wales and Syria.

Unreserved seating
Free – no ticket required
BBC Radio Wales: The Aberystwyth Book Club

Event HD28

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Allen Fatimaharan

We are the Egyptians

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Allen Fatimaharan, illustrator of We Are the Egyptians by David Long, leads an interactive drawing workshop and reading event designed to bring the ancient world to life. Step back in time to ancient Egypt and meet some of the many people who lived, worked, and played during that time. Discover how to draw ancient Egyptians using visual references from the book and take part in some hieroglyphic drawing.

7+ years
Price: £6.00
 
Allen Fatimaharan

Event HD29

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Krystal Sutherland

House of Hollow

Venue: Cube
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Setting the scene and atmosphere is key to a twisting thriller story that keeps readers guessing. From sweet summer roses to the foetid stench of decay, scent is a powerful, yet all too often an underused, storytelling tool. Krystal Sutherland, author of House of Hollow, leads an interactive workshop on good and bad smells, and how to use the language of smell to create atmosphere in your writing.

YA, 12+ years
Price: £6.00
 
Krystal Sutherland

Event W10

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Robotics Workshop with Klaudia Krawiecka, Hunar Batra, and Hayyu Imanda

Venue: Summerhouse
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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 the winning robots.

12–13 years
90 mins
Parents/carers must attend but do not require a ticket.
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Robotics Workshop with Klaudia Krawiecka, Hunar Batra, and Hayyu Imanda

Event 168

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Jess Phillips talks to Hugh Muir

My Life as an MP

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Jess Phillips, Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and Safeguarding and author of Everything You Really Need to Know About Politics, lifts the lid on what a career in politics is really like and why it matters – to all of us. She tells the inside story of what’s really going on in government. But, politics is far bigger than Westminster. She makes the compelling case to Guardian writer and columnist Hugh Muir for why now, more than ever, we all need to be a part of it.

Price: £12.00
 
Jess Phillips talks to Hugh Muir

Event 169

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Patrick Barkham talks to Dan Richards

Wild Green Wonders

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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The Guardian’s natural history writer draws on 20 years’ worth of reporting on topics ranging from red squirrels to lonely bats from Eigg to Canvey Island. From Norwegian wolves to protests against the HS2 railway, peregrine falcons nesting by the Thames to Britain’s last lion tamer, the acclaimed author of The Butterfly Isles and Badgerlands paints an ever-changing portrait of contemporary wildlife. His new book Wild Green Wonders presents thought-provoking interviews with conservationists, scientists, activists and writers such as Rosamund Young, Ronald Blythe and other eco-luminaries, including Sir David Attenborough and Brian May. He talks to travel and adventure writer Dan Richards.

Price: £10.00
 
Patrick Barkham talks to Dan Richards

Event 170

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Diane Coyle

Lunchtime Lecture: Cogs and Monsters – What Economics is and What it Should be

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Cambridge economist Professor Diane Coyle explores the enormous problems – and opportunities – facing economics today if it is to respond effectively to the ongoing disruption of the technology revolution and help policymakers solve the world’s crises, from pandemic recovery and inequality to slow growth and the climate emergency.

Price: £8.00
 
Diane Coyle