WELCOME TO HAY

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

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Event 79

Julia Hobsbawm with David Aaronovitch, Peter York, Allison Pearson and Douglas Alexander

EI Breakfast 2

Venue: Oxfam 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 80

Huw Bowen, Chris Williams, Huw Pryce

New History of Wales 2: Wales – Nation, Region, Province, Principality

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
Where is Wales and what is Wales? What’s the relationship with England, Europe and the world?


Duration 45 minutes.
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Event 81

Magnus Mills talks to Alice Jones

Screwtop Thompson

Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre
The novelist reads from and discusses his story collection. 'Magnus Mills' unerringly sharp eye for human foibles combines with a dry deadpan wit to create comic genius.' The Independent. He talks to The Independent Deputy Arts Editor.

Duration 45 minutes.
 
Read more about Magnus Mills
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Event HF14

Judith Oakley

Seashore Safari

Venue: Starlight Stage
Starfish, crabs, jellyfish… Beaches are full of amazing wildlife, if only you know where to look. Join Judith, a passionate marine biologist, and discover the sandy secrets of British seasides.
 
8+ years & families Knapsacks & Ginger Beer
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Event 82

Mary Warnock

Dishonest To God

Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion
The moral philosopher argues that to value religion as the essential foundation of morality is a profound and probably dangerous mistake. Chaired by David Aaronovitch.
 
Read more about Baroness Warnock here
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Event 83

Meghnad Desai

LSE Lecture 1: The Rediscovery of India

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
‘How an old civilisation became a new nation after four thousand years of history and four centuries’ engagement with Europe; why it has succeeded as a democracy and why it is a miracle economy.’
 
More information about Meghnad Desai in this online profile
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Event 84

Adam Nicolson and Sarah Raven

Smell of Summer Grass: Pursuing Happiness – Perch Hill 1944–2011

Venue: Oxfam Stage
The story of the years spent in finding and building a personal Arcadia, sometimes a dream, sometimes a nightmare, by the writer and his wife, cook and gardener Sarah Raven. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
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Event 85

Timothy Brook and Xiaolou Guo

China

Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre
Two views of the emerging superpower from the distinguished sinologist, author of Troubled Empire and The Confusions of Pleasure and the novelist and performer whose books include A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers and UFO In Her Eyes. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.
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Event 86

Evelyn Juers

House of Exile

Venue: Summer House
A unique imagining of the unconventional love affair between the writer and political activist Heinrich Mann and Nelly Kroeger – a tall, blonde ex-barmaid twenty-seven years his junior – recounting their flight from Nazi Germany in 1933, to France and then to Los Angeles. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.
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Event HF15

Mary Hooper & Linda Press Wulf

Fallen Grace, Crusade

Venue: Starlight Stage
Immerse yourselves in worlds gone by – the smog of Victorian London, the aromas of 13th century France and the heat of Jerusalem – with two stories of friendship, loss and love. Chaired by Peter Florence.
 
10+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer 
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Event HF16

Rainbow Magic Fairy Party

Venue: The Hexagon
Don your best fairy wings and pop along for some fairy fun, glittery games and plenty of pretty prizes.

Duration 40 mins.

3–5 years

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Event 87

AC Grayling

The Good Book

Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion
Drawing on the wisdom of 2,500 years of contemplative non-religious writing on all that it means to be human, from the origins of the universe to small matters of courtesy and kindness in everyday life, the philosopher has created a secular bible.
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Event 88

Polly Toynbee & David Walker

The Verdict

Venue: Oxfam Stage
Did Labour policies worsen the recession? Why did social mobility slow down on Labour’s watch? Has SureStart improved the prospects of tomorrow’s children? Does politics ever actually change anything?
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Event 89

Allison Pearson talks to Tiffany Murray

I Think I Love You

Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre
Bestselling author and award-winning columnist Allison Pearson's first novel I Don't Know How She Does It is a lively social comedy about working motherhood, shortly to be made into a movie starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Pierce Brosnan.
 
Her new novel I Think I Love You is a witty and poignant story about a young girl who falls hopelessly in love with her teenage pin-up and some twenty years later, with her life in pieces all around her, finally gets to meet him...
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Event 90

Mohsin Hamid and Dinaw Mengestu talk to Kathryn Gray

Fictions: Strangers and Lovers

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
Moth Smoke, by the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, is a story of love and estrangement set in Pakistan; How To Read The Air shares the Ethiopian-American context of Mengestu’s brilliant debut Children of the Revolution.
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Event 91

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 Monday 30 May
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Event T36

National Nuclear Laboratory

Paper Free Science

Venue: Scribblers Hut
Think robots, fission and colour!

hf2 for teens
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Event HF17

Liz Pichon

Oodles of Doodles

Venue: Starlight Stage
Meet Tom Gates – master of excuses, expert doodler and comic story writer extraordinaire. His journal (The Brilliant World of Tom Gates – obviously!) is pretty awesome and his creator is going to show you how yours can be too. Bring a pad and pencil!
 
7+ years Rib Ticklers 
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Event HF18

Rainbow Magic Fairy Party

Venue: The Hexagon
Don your best fairy wings and pop along for some fairy fun, glittery games and plenty of pretty prizes.

Duration 40 mins.

3–5 years

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Event 92

VS Naipaul

The London Library Lecture

Venue: Oxfam Stage
The Nobel Laureate, author of A House for Mr Biswas, The Enigma of Arrival, A Bend in the River and The Masque of Africa charts his development as a writer and his relationship with his family in his Letters Between a Father and a Son. Chaired by Alexander Waugh.
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Event 93

Michael Scheuer talks to Nik Gowing

Osama Bin Laden

Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion
The former head of the CIA’s Bin Laden Unit profiles the remarkable leadership skills, strategic genius, and considerable rhetorical abilities of the Saudi dissident who became America’s ‘Most Wanted’ on 11 September 2001.
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Event 94

Peter Conradi and Mark Logue talk to Mark Skipworth

The King's Speech: How One Man Saved The British Monarchy

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
The inside story from the authors of the book edited from speech therapist Lional Logue's diaries. Mark Logue is his grandson.
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Event 95

Annalena McAfee and Esther Freud talk to Rosie Boycott

Fictions: Insiders

Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre
The Spoiler is a dark satire of the newspaper industry set in 1997 written by the founding editor of Guardian Review. Freud’s Lucky Break is a magical chronicle of a generation of drama students in their quest for glittering prizes.
 
Read more about Annalena McAfee and Esther Freud
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Event T37

National Nuclear Laboratory

Paper Free Science

Venue: Scribblers Hut
Think robots, fission and colour!

hf2 for teens
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Event HF19

Beast Quest Duel

Venue: Starlight Stage
Calling all valiant knights and questors! Six mystical beasts are guarding magical golden armour for the evil wizard Malvel. Help the good wizard Aduro, in this interactive event, to solve cryptic puzzles and free the beasts from Malvel’s evil spell. Exclusive goodies for all participants...
 
7+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer 
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