Shopping basket

CustomerID:0
Subtotal: £0.00
checkout now →

Search by keyword

Filter by genre

    Earlybird tickets available now

    box office: 01497 822 629

    Here are the details of our 2016 Hay Festival earlybird events. These are just a few highlights, and we will release more throughout the spring.

    Page 1 2 3 »

    Antony Woodward

    The Garden in the Clouds

    Event 613 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.
     
    This event has taken place

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

    EI Breakfast

    Event 34 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

    The Editorial Intelligence director and her guests analyse the media stories and comment of the day.

    Duration 45 minutes.
    This event has taken place

    Huw Bowen, Ray Karl, Ray Howell

    New History of Wales 1: Celts or Britons?

    Event 35 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.
    This event has taken place

    The Book Show at Hay – Filming

    Event 36 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
    This event has taken place

    Marcus du Sautoy

    The Secret Mathematicians

    Event 37 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
    This event has taken place

    Sue Birtwistle talks to Richard Eyre

    Adaptation

    Event 38 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.
    This event has taken place

    Antony Woodward

    The Garden in the Clouds

    Event 39 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.

    This event has taken place
    Please log in to add this event to your wish list so we can notify you in case of further availability

    Kyung-Sook Shin and Jaishree Misra

    Fictions: Mothers and Daughters

    Event 40 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.
    This event has taken place
    Please log in to add this event to your wish list so we can notify you in case of further availability

    Adam Nicolson

    When God Spoke English

    Event 41 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
    This event has taken place

    Shashi Tharoor

    Tagore 150

    Event 42 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
    This event has taken place

    John Barrow

    The Artful Universe Expanded

    Event 43 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.

    Read more about John Barrow 
    This event has taken place

    Luis Rubio

    Mexico Beyond The Headlines

    Event 45 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
    This event has taken place
    Please log in to add this event to your wish list so we can notify you in case of further availability

    George Monbiot

    Event 619 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.
    This event has taken place

    The Book Show at Hay – Filming

    Event 46 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
    This event has taken place
    Please log in to add this event to your wish list so we can notify you in case of further availability

    Steve Jones

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

    Event 47 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.

    Read more about Steve Jones

    Articles by the author:

    This event has taken place

    Jan Zalasiewicz

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

    Event 48 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
    This event has taken place

    Kishwar Desai and Ann Patchett

    Fictions: Women’s Lives

    Event 49 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.
    This event has taken place
    Please log in to add this event to your wish list so we can notify you in case of further availability

    Paul Theroux talks to Rosie Boycott

    The Tao of Travel

    Event 50 Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion

    The novelist and travel-writer celebrates his fifty years wandering the globe.
    This event has taken place
    Please log in to add this event to your wish list so we can notify you in case of further availability

    Richard Dannatt talks to Nik Gowing

    Leading from the Front

    Event 51 Venue: Oxfam Stage

    The forthright Chief of the General Staff (2006–2009) reviews his military career and the current state of the nation’s defences.
     
    Read more about Richard Dannatt
    This event has taken place
    Please log in to add this event to your wish list so we can notify you in case of further availability

    Sue Flood

    Cold Places

    Event 52 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

    The wildlife photographer records her adventures in the polar regions – camping on the floe edge with Inuit hunters in the Canadian high-Arctic, watching polar bears hunting, diving with leopard seals in the Antarctic and sailing with Russian Ice-Breakers. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.

    Further information about Sue Flood and her photography
    www.sueflood.com/bio.html
    This event has taken place
    Please log in to add this event to your wish list so we can notify you in case of further availability
    Page 1 2 3 »