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 W61

Morning Iyengar yoga session with Wye Valley Yoga

Venue: Cube

Wake up and re-energise with our morning yoga class. Iyengar yoga is characterized by precision, alignment and attention to detail and is an inclusive and accessible yoga practice. Mats are provided, wear comfortable clothing.

16+
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Event 510

Farm walks: Brobury Farm

Venue: Meet at Box Office
Charlie and David Blandford’s farm lies alongside the River Wye, in the heart of Kilvert country, and produces top quality lamb and arable crops. Our visit includes a walk of up to a mile followed by demonstrations of working sheep-dogs, sheep shearing and wool spinning. There will also be the opportunity to taste lamb that has been produced on the farm.
Price: £13.30
 
 

Event 358

Fiona Caldicott, Nick Partridge and Tony Calland talk to Jonathan Montgomery

Big Data, Safe Data

Venue: Tata Tent

The NHS collects people’s confidential data to provide their care but how else is it used? Should people be able to opt out of uses of their health data for purposes such as medical research, improving public services or commercial uses? Dame Fiona Caldicott is the National Data Guardian for Health and Care in England; Sir Nick Partridge is the former CEO of the Terence Higgins Trust and Dr Tony Calland is a former GP in Wales. Chaired by Professor Jonathan Montgomery, Professor of Health Care Law at University College London.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Fiona Caldicott, Nick Partridge and Tony Calland talk to Jonathan Montgomery

Event 359

Jonathan Godfrey

Reformations 15: Education

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Godfrey champions a radical vision, not only for the delivery through state and independent sector schooling, but for the very purpose of education in the UK.

Godfrey is one of the most highly regarded educationalists in Britain. He chairs England’s representative body for all sixth form colleges, the Council of the Sixth Form Colleges Association, and for 18 years has been Principal of Hereford Sixth Form College – the TES college of the year. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Jonathan Godfrey

Event 360

Colin Jones talks to Hannah Rothschild

Smile Revolution

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Jones mixes cultural investigation, art appreciation and dental history in an ingenious and wonderfully entertaining account of how we only learned to really smile in Revolutionary France. Colin Jones is Professor of History at Queen Mary University of London. He talks to Rothschild, winner of the Wodehouse Prize and chair of the National Gallery.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 361

Robin Hanson

The Age of Em: Work, Love and Life when Robots Rule the Earth

Venue: Good Energy Stage

A dazzling vision of the future. Many think the first truly smart robots will be brain emulations or ‘ems’: scan a human brain, then run a model with the same connections on a fast computer and you have a robot brain but recognisably human. Applying decades of expertise in physics, computer science and economics, Hanson uses standard theories to paint a detailed picture of a world dominated by ems. Chaired by Daniel Davis.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 362

James Hawes

We Need to Talk About Germany

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Hawes takes a long view to ask: did the Germans destroy the culture of Rome or inherit it? Did Bismarck unify Germany or conquer it? Where are the roots of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich? Why did it lose? By what miracle did a better Germany arise from the rubble? Is Germany now the last Western bastion of industrial prosperity and rational politics? Or are the EU and the Euro merely window-dressing for a new German hegemony?

Price: £8.30
 
 

Event HD78

Martin Brown

Lesser Spotted Animals

Venue: Starlight Stage

The illustrator of the best-selling Horrible Histories loved drawing when he was little and he loved animals, particularly lesser known ones, so it was only a question of time before he ended up drawing them. Join him as he introduces and draws some of his favourites.

6+
Price: £5.30
 
 
Martin Brown

Event HD79

Jo Cotterill

A Storm of Strawberries

Venue: Cube

In our divided world, children need empathetic skills more than ever. The author explores empathy themes in an inspiring, interactive Empathy Lab workshop based on her new book. She will lead children through activities designed to help them discover and understand other people’s feelings and perspectives.

9+
Price: £5.30
 
 

Event W63

HAYDAYS World of Food

Venue: Mess Tent

Are you a budding chef or curious in the kitchen? Learn how to cook interesting food from all over the world with the Kitchen Academy using recipes from a different culture every day. You don’t need to bring anything other than your taste buds and your appetite...you are cooking lunch!

Age 4-7
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Event S12

Lighting Up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Come along to our immersive lantern-lit tented Storytelling Nook to listen to tales from around the world with Veronica Lamond and Auntie Kiko, and experience how solar light is making a difference to millions of families in Africa.

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Event W62

Lisa Stickley: Making Pictures

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Stickley uses a variety of techniques to create her illustrations, from collage and mono-printing through to traditional line drawing with pen and ink. Making pictures with Lisa is a fun workshop inspired by her new book, My New Room. Come and learn about collage, printing techniques and mark-making with her.

Age 3-7
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Event 364

Simon Baron-Cohen

The Wellcome Book Prize Lecture: Autism and Minds Wired For Science

Venue: Tata Tent

Autism and scientific talent are linked. Scientists have more autistic traits, mathematicians have higher rates of autism and people with autism score higher on ‘systemising’. So is autism a ‘disease’ or ‘disorder’ or is the framework of ‘neurodiversity’ a more humane and accurate lens through which to view autism?

The Wellcome Book Prize lecture aims to celebrate the place of medicine, science and the stories of illness in literature and culture, and how these stories add to our understanding of what it means to be human.  Baron-Cohen is a judge of the 2017 prize and Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Cambridge.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Simon Baron-Cohen

Event 365

Alan Johnson talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

The Long and Winding Road

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The third volume of Alan Johnson's bestselling and award-winning memoirs takes us to the corridors of Westminster and lifts the lid on the life of a hard-working constituency MP in the first Blair administration.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Alan Johnson talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Event 366

Rageh Omaar, Mary Harper and Sada Mire

Somaliland: The African Miracle You’ve Never Heard About

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

This small country, tucked in the northwestern corner of the Horn of Africa, is a template for what is achievable on the continent. And it’s an antidote to the constant cycle of pessimism about Africa that dominates the Western thought on the current state of the continent.  How did the country move from famine, poverty and war to a thriving and prosperous multi-party democracy? Harper is Africa Editor at the BBC World Service and author of Getting Somalia Wrong; Mire is a Swedish-Somali archaeologist.

Sada Mire is selected for Hay 30 – celebrating a new generation of thinkers, supported by the CASE Foundation
Price: £7.30
 
 
Rageh Omaar, Mary Harper and Sada Mire

Event 367

Steve Evans

Cambridge Series: Our Sustainable Industrial Future

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Factories that forage, X-ray glasses that can see energy, why price is not value and lots of stupid stuff as well. The Director of Research in Industrial Sustainability explores how the industrial system is (slowly) changing and why free energy is ignored. He explains how to be an environmental optimist and to love factories. Chaired by Jane Davidson.

Price: £8.30
 
 

Event 368

Jaroslav Kalfar and Dorthe Nors

Fictions: Visionaries

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Kalfar’s The Spaceman of Bohemia is an extraordinary vision of the endless human capacity to persist and risk everything in the name of love and home. Nors’ Mirror, Shoulder, Signal is a witty, gut wrenching, lyrical tale of one woman’s journey in search of herself when there’s no-one to ask for directions. The Danish novelist is longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize. They talk to Rosie Goldsmith.

Jaroslav Kalfar is selected for Hay 30 – celebrating a new generation of thinkers, supported by The CASE Foundation
Price: £7.30
 
 

Event HD80

Gillian Cross

The Demon Headmaster: Total Control

Venue: Starlight Stage

The Demon Headmaster is back. Would you settle for success at any price? Even if it meant doing something you hated? That’s what happens at Hazelbrook Academy. Lizzie and her friends find themselves succeeding, beyond someone else’s wildest dreams. Hear all about the Demon Headmaster’s latest evil scheme and then accept Gillian’s challenge and help her invent a new super-villain, especially created for Hay.

9+
Price: £5.30
 
 
Gillian Cross

Event HD81

Abie Longstaff and Lauren Beard

The Fairytale Hairdresser and Aladdin

Venue: Cube

Let two dream fairy godmothers take you into a modern fairytale world where the Big Bad Wolf runs the optician’s and Red Riding Hood has a skateboard shop. Abie will read the latest Fairytale Hairdresser story and Lauren will live-draw some of your favourite characters, complete with fabulous hairstyles.

6+
Price: £5.30
 
 
Abie Longstaff and Lauren Beard

Event W65

HAYDAYS World of Food

Venue: Mess Tent

Are you a budding chef or curious in the kitchen? Learn how to cook interesting food from all over the world with the Kitchen Academy using recipes from a different culture every day. You don’t need to bring anything other than your tastebuds and your appetite...you are cooking lunch!

Age 8-11
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Event W64

Lisa Stickley: Making Pictures

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Stickley uses a variety of techniques to create her illustrations, from collage and mono-printing through to traditional line drawing with pen and ink. Making pictures with Lisa is a fun workshop inspired by her new book, My New Room. Come and learn about collage, printing techniques and mark-making with her.

Age 3-7
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Event S13

Pippa Goodhart: Can you bottle happiness?

Venue: The Storytelling Nook

We can infect people with our own happiness but can it be bottled? This is the challenge young Pim is faced with when, accompanied by Tiddle his dog, he crosses a mountain. A beautiful, modern-day fable about spreading happiness through laughter and music. Goodhart is the author of more than a hundred children’s books, including the picture book You Choose, and the Winnie the Witch storybooks, which she writes under the pen name of Laura Owen.

Age 4+
Free but ticketed
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Event DT28

Ticket to Dine

Early Lunch

Venue: Relish Festival Restaurant

Book a seat in the Relish Festival Restaurant and receive a complimentary drink on us. 

Enjoy a delicious meal from our Festival Restaurant buffet. Choose from a wide selection of hot and cold dishes created fresh onsite by our team of chefs using the best local seasonal produce.

Come up to the buffet and choose as much as like from all the dishes on offer for just £20, by booking online you will received a complimentary glass of wine, bottle of beer or soft drink. By booking online you will guarantee your seat in the restaurant where our team will be waiting to give you a warm welcome.

Alex Gooch breads and water are free for every customer.

A selection of desserts and local cheeses from Neil's Yard Creamery are also available to buy, as well as a full bar and baristas coffees.

See a Sample Menu Here

If you have any dietary requirements please state these in the notes at the Checkout stage.
Price: £20.00
 
 

Event 370

David Crystal

Glamorous Grammar

Venue: Tata Tent

The Language Prof’s Hay lectures are legendary feats of erudition and humour. His latest book is Making Sense: The Glamorous Story of English Grammar.

Price: £9.30
 
 
David Crystal

Event 371

Penny Campling and John Ballatt

The Elizabeth Bryan Hay Memorial Lecture

Venue: Oxfam Moot

You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Till it’s Gone: Valuing the NHS

A toxic combination of anxiety, rhetoric and mechanistic solutions can lead to dangerous neglect of the human factors that require attention if the NHS is to survive and thrive as a safe, compassionate and effective service. Penny Campling and John Ballatt have decades of experience in senior roles in the NHS. They are the co-authors of Intelligent Kindness: reforming the culture of healthcare. Their work has been widely influential among clinicians, managers, policy makers and educators in healthcare. Chaired by Professor Patrick Pietroni, Director of the Elizabeth Bryan Foundation Trust.

The Elizabeth Bryan Foundation Trust is a charitable trust founded in memory of the eminent paediatrician Elizabeth Bryan, whose work with families with twins, or multiple births, brought together the best of skilled medical practice with a profound commitment to the wellbeing of her patients and their families. Their central focus is on the values she placed highest herself: compassion, empathy and intelligent kindness – not only between staff and patients but among the staff of the NHS, both clinical and non-clinical.

Price: £7.30