2016 tickets available now

box office: 01497 822 629

We are pleased to announce our full programme.
Our HAYDAYS programme for families and children can be viewed here.
Some events are likely to sell out quickly so please book now.
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Julia Hobsbawm with Johann Hari, Mark Skipworth and Stefan Stern

EI Breakfast 3

Event 125 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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Huw Bowen, Martin Johnes, Aled Jones, Peter Stead

New History of Wales 3: Public History

Event 126 Venue: The Moot

Ivory Tower or public realm – what is the point of Welsh history in the C21st?

Duration 45 minutes.
 
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Abdelkader Benali talks to Eric Akoto

East is West

Event 127 Venue: Summer House

The Moroccan-Dutch writer and journalist, a Beirut39 star, and one of the most acute and thoughtful commentators on migrations and multiculturalism discusses his travels in the Middle East with the editor of Litro.

Duration 45 minutes.
 
Read more about Abdelkader Benali. See a recent interview in Litro.
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Patrick Barkham

Butterfly Isles: A Summer in Search of Our Emperors and Admirals

Event 614 Venue: Starlight Stage

A joyful celebration of the extraordinary physical beauty and amusingly diverse character of our 59 species of butterfly.
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Owen Sheers talks to Peter Florence

Resistance – The Movie

Event 617 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The novelist and screenwriter previews clips from the counterfactual film of the novel launched here two years ago – a thriller set up in the Olchon Valley above Hay during the Nazi occupation of Britain.
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Llwynberried Farm

Farm Visit

Event HF121 Venue: Meet at Box Office for bus

Join local agronomist Jonathon Harrington and vet Barney Sampson as they explore farms in the local area. Expedition parties meet at 9am at the box office on the day of their excursion, to return at around 1pm. Limited numbers of self-drive tickets are available too, please contact the box office on 01497 822 629 for more information. On the day please wear suitable footwear and waterproof clothing in case of inclement weather.

John and Helen Price open the gates to their farm, which specialises in producing top quality beef from their single suckler herd. The farm produces all its own fodder and feed crops and supplies both local and national retailers. A new enterprise involves the growing of daffodils for the production of a drug, which is used for treatment of Alzheimers. A short walk to see the herd grazing will take place if the weather permits. Beef from the farm will be served in bread rolls at the end of the visit.

With thanks to John and Helen Price of Llwynberried Farm.
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Screenwriting Masterclass

Workshop

Event HF134 Venue: The Hexagon

Fancy stepping into the shoes of Joss Whedon, Andrew Davies or Diablo Cody? Join writer/director James Walker from Young Film Academy as he introduces the basic pillars of screen storytelling and gives participants the chance to create their own blockbusters.

Duration 120 mins.

12+ years

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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Joan Bakewell, Daisy Goodwin, Michael Morpurgo

King James Authorised Version 3

Event 128 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

In this third Good Read session on the Bible the writers enjoy The Song of Solomon, Job and Ecclesiastes.
 
More by and about today's authors: Joan Bakewell, Daisy Goodwin, Michael Morpurgo
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David Baddiel talks to David Aaronovitch

Event 129 Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion

The comedian and writer whose credits include the fundamentalism satire movie The Infidel discusses his new novel The Death Of Eli Gold.
 
The Death of Eli Gold - David Baddiel
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Matthew Rice and Emma Bridgewater talk to Tristram Hunt

The Lost City of Stoke-on-Trent

Event 130 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

A fanfare for one of the great cities of the world’s first industrial revolution, from its C18th zenith with Wedgwood and Spode to the post-war dereliction.
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Zaiba Malik talks to Jo Glanville

We Are A Muslim Please

Event 131 Venue: Summer House

The award-winning investigative journalist analyses her British and Muslim identities, growing up in Bradford in the 70s and 80s and working undercover and in extreme circumstances in Bangladesh and in the heart of her family.
(Also see event 118)
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Easy Peasy Cookery School

Workshop

Event HF135 Venue: Mess Tent

Join us in making mouth-watering Strawberry Shortcake with Cream, delicious! 

Duration 60 mins. 

5–9 years. Children must be accompanied.
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Jasper Fforde

The Last Dragon Slayer

Event HF28 Venue: Starlight Stage

The creator of Thursday Next and Shades of Grey introduces the first in a new trilogy fizzing with energy and dry-humour.
 
10+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer
One of our Thursdays is Missing - Jasper Fforde
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Kipper & Friends

Event HF27 Venue: Oxfam Stage

Come and meet your favourite little dog Kipper, created by Mick Inkpen. Hear all about his friends, including Wibbly Pig, and join in as wonderful storyteller Liz Fost leads us in stories and songs. A party not to be missed. 
 
3+ years & families
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AA Gill talks to John Mitchinson

AA Gill is Further Away

Event 132 Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion

Travels and food and stories with the iconoclastic journalist.
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Orlando Figes talks to Oliver Bullough

Crimea

Event 133 Venue: Oxfam Stage

A magisterial account of the terrible C19th war of land and religion that gave us The Charge of the Light Brigade, Sebastopol and Florence Nightingale as it pitted Imperial Russia against Britain, France and the Ottoman Empire.
 
More about Orlando Figes
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Mark Watson and Catherine O'Flynn talk to Stephanie Merritt

Fictions: The Comedians

Event 134 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

Watson’s Eleven is a tale of love and loss, Scrabble and six degrees of separation. O’Flynn’s Birmingham-set The News Where You Are spins around intimate absences and banal news presences.
 
 
Eleven - Mark Watson
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The Book Show at Hay – Filming

Event 135 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 Tuesday 31 May
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Dai Smith talks to Guto Harri

In The Frame

Event 136 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

From Rhondda heroes chasing the American dream to rioters staking a claim in their society this is a powerful alternative history of C20th South Wales, offered from the personal viewpoint of the cultural historian.
 
Read more about Dai Smith
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Christopher Morgan Jones and Sergei Kostin talk to Max Easterman

Fictions: What’s Secret Now?

Event 137 Venue: Summer House

Former intelligence operative Morgan Jones yarns an intrigue of contemporary Russia in An Agent of Deceit. Kostin is Russia’s leading espionage expert and spy novelist, whose latest book is published as Death of the White Mouse.
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