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We are pleased to announce our full programme.
Our HAYDAYS programme for families and children can be viewed here.
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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.
 
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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.

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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.
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Civil War Siege Drama Day

Workshop

Event HF130 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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Get Writing With Elen Caldecott

Workshop

Event HF131 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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James Holland

Duty Calls: Dunkirk

Event HF2 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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Julia Donaldson & Friends

A Jolly Jamboree

Event HF1 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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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
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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
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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 
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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
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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.
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dANTE OR dIE

Drama Masterclass

Event T30 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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Alyxandra Harvey & Marcus Sedgwick

Afterlives

Event HF3 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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Sean Taylor

Purple Class

Event HF4 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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