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The full programme is available for this year’s festival, 25 May to 4 June. We very much look forward to seeing you in Hay.

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Event 613

Antony Woodward

The Garden in the Clouds

Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre
The hilarious and inspiring story of one man’s unlikely quest to create out of a mountainous Welsh landscape a garden fit for inclusion in the prestigious Yellow Book. A comic masterpiece.
 
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Event 34

Julia Hobsbawm, Peter York, Chris Parry, Bronwen Maddox and Alice Sherwood

EI Breakfast

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
The Editorial Intelligence director and her guests analyse the media stories and comment of the day.

Duration 45 minutes.
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Event 35

Huw Bowen, Ray Karl, Ray Howell

New History of Wales 1: Celts or Britons?

Venue: Starlight Stage
In the first of five sessions debunking myths and prejudices and rewriting the history of Wales, three historians consider the deep ancestry of the nation.

Duration 45 minutes.
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Event 36

The Book Show at Hay – Filming

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
Sky Arts returns with its acclaimed series of The Book Show. Join Mariella Frostrup for an exclusive recording, interviewing the biggest and best names at the festival.

Watch The Book Show at Hay on Sky Arts 1 HD at 7pm on Saturday 28 May
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Event 37

Marcus du Sautoy

The Secret Mathematicians

Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion
The author of The Number Mysteries examines how the mathematicians' palette of shapes, patterns and numbers has inspired composers, painters, choreographers and writers.
The Number Mysteries - Marcus du Sautoy
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Event 38

Sue Birtwistle talks to Richard Eyre

Adaptation

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
The producer of both Pride & Prejudice and Cranford reveals the challenges and delights of bringing Elizabeth Gaskell’s much-loved Cranford stories to the screen.
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Event 39

Antony Woodward

The Garden in the Clouds

Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre
The hilarious and inspiring story of one man’s unlikely quest to create out of a mountainous Welsh landscape a garden fit for inclusion in the prestigious Yellow Book. A comic masterpiece.

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Event 40

Kyung-Sook Shin and Jaishree Misra

Fictions: Mothers and Daughters

Venue: Summer House
A special preview reading of the beautiful and multi-million-selling Korean novel Please Look After Mother spinning four perspectives on the central character Son-yo, a mother and wife. And introducing the Keralan bestseller of Indian revelation A Scandalous Secret. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.
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Event HF130

Civil War Siege Drama Day

Workshop

Venue: Cusop Village Hall
Are you in Oliver’s Army or a King Charles spaniel? When a city changes hands five times, as Royalists rumble with Roundheads, who are the real winners and losers? Uncover tales of trickery, love and heroism in this one-day drama workshop for the whole family. Participants will be involved in live filming, editing, drama and puppet, scenery and costume making, leading up a final performance to friends and family. Don’t forget your packed lunch and snacks!

8+ years & families

Each young person attending this workshop without an accompanying adult must fill in the Permission Form available for download here. Please send the form in advance to admin@hayfestival.org and bring a copy on the day.
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Event HF131

Get Writing With Elen Caldecott

Workshop

Venue: The Hexagon
Join author Elen Caldecott for a crash course in story writing. She’ll look into where to find the best ideas and how to get them on the page, before leading the group in creating their own short stories.

Duration 60 mins.

10+ years 

Elen Caldecott
Before becoming a writer, Elen was an archaeologist, a nurse, a theatre usher and a museum security guard. It was while working at the museum that Elen realised there is a way to steal anything if you think about it hard enough. Elen either had to become a master thief or create some characters to do it for her – and so her debut novel, How Kirsty Jenkins Stole the Elephant was born. How Ali Ferguson Saved Houdini and Operation Eiffel Tower swiftly followed. 

Each young person attending this workshop without an accompanying adult must fill in the Permission Form available for download here. Please send the form in advance to admin@hayfestival.org and bring a copy on the day.
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Event HF2

James Holland

Duty Calls: Dunkirk

Venue: Starlight Stage
Join war historian and presenter of BBC2's Battle of Britain as he takes us into the heart – and horror – of the Second World War through the eyes of a 16-year-old Private.
 
10+ years
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Event HF1

Julia Donaldson & Friends

A Jolly Jamboree

Venue: Oxfam Stage
Join this beloved children’s writer and her lively cast, for stories and songs about dragons, ladybirds and cave babies. Meet Julia's latest hero The Rhyming Rabbit, and be prepared for a guest appearance by the Gruffalo himself.
 
5+ years & families
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Event 41

Adam Nicolson

When God Spoke English

Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion
The compelling story of scholarship, populism, diversity, unification and language in The Making of The King James Bible.

More about the book here
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Event 42

Shashi Tharoor

Tagore 150

Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre
The Indian novelist and politician celebrates the 150th anniversary of the great Nobel Prize-winning Bengali poet, musician and painter.

Read more about Shashi Tharoor
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Event 43

John Barrow

The Artful Universe Expanded

Venue: Oxfam Stage
A look at some of the unexpected ways in which the structure of the Universe, its laws, its environments, and above all its underlying mathematical structure imprints itself on our thoughts, our aesthetic preferences, and our views about the nature of things.

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Event 45

Luis Rubio

Mexico Beyond The Headlines

Venue: Summer House
The President of the Centre of Research for Development discusses the political and economic situation in one of the world’s fastest growing economies.

Entry to this event is free but you must obtain a ticket
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Event 619

George Monbiot

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
The campaigning journalist, author of Bring On The Apocalypse, Heat and Age of Consent and star of the Left Hook tour, argues that our assessment of the risks of different energy options, from nuclear power to fossil fuels and renewables, is gravely flawed, and urgently needs to change.
Chaired by Andrew Simms of NEF.
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Event T30

dANTE OR dIE

Drama Masterclass

Venue: Scribblers Hut
Join the dance-theatre company that creates performances which tiptoe under your skin, for a site-specific look at drama. Please wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing.

hf2 for teens
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Event HF3

Alyxandra Harvey & Marcus Sedgwick

Afterlives

Venue: Starlight Stage
The pages of Haunting Violet and White Crow seep with atmosphere; their writers reveal how they weave secrets and mystery into their gothic dramas. Chaired by Jonathan Douglas.  
 
12+ years
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Event HF4

Sean Taylor

Purple Class

Venue: The Hexagon
Snappy, short stories about the craziest class ever. With plenty of mishaps and mayhem along the way this will be a hoot and a half.
 
7+ years Rib Ticklers
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Event 46

The Book Show at Hay – Filming

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
Sky Arts returns with its acclaimed series of The Book Show. Join Mariella Frostrup for an exclusive recording, interviewing the biggest and best names at the festival.

Watch The Book Show at Hay on Sky Arts 1 HD at 7pm on Sunday 29 May
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Event 47

Steve Jones

The John Maddox Lecture: Incest and Folk Dancing – Why Sex Survives

Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion
Sir Thomas Beecham once said: ‘Try anything once but incest and folk-dancing’ (he pointed out that brass bands, too, are all very well in their place: ‘in the open air and several miles away’). Sex with a relative is often frowned upon, but is in fact universal, for we all share ancestors in the recent past.

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Event 48

Jan Zalasiewicz

The Planet in a Pebble: A Journey into Earth’s Deep History

Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre
Many events in the earth’s ancient past can be deciphered from a pebble: volcanic eruptions; the lives and deaths of extinct animals and plants; the alien nature of long-vanished oceans; and transformations deep underground, including the creations of fool’s gold and of oil...

Read a review of The Planet in a Pebble
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Event 49

Kishwar Desai and Ann Patchett

Fictions: Women’s Lives

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
Two astounding novels explore mysteries and extremes. Desai’s Witness The Night is set in India and won the Costa First Book Prize. Orange Prize-winner Patchett’s State of Wonder is set in Brazil. Chaired by Lisa Dwan.
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Event T31

dANTE OR dIE

Drama Masterclass

Venue: Scribblers Hut
Join the dance-theatre company that creates performances which tiptoe under your skin, for a site-specific look at drama. Please wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing.

hf2 for teens
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