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Haymakers These are the writers and thinkers and entertainers who thrill us this year. These are the women and men who inform the debate about Europe, who are adventuring in new technologies, and who are broadening our minds; and here are the lovers of language who cheer the celebrations of William Shakespeare, the greatest writer who ever lived – the playwright who understood most about the human heart. We are coming together in this magical town, in these spectacular and beautiful mountains, to celebrate new ideas and inspiring stories; to talk and walk, to share cakes and ale and dreams and hopes; to meet old friends and to make new ones. Welcome to Hay. Welcome to the festival. Thank you for joining us.

Dyma’r awduron, y meddylwyr a’r diddanwyr a fydd yn ein gwefreiddio ni eleni. Y rhain yw’r merched a’r dynion sydd yn llywio’r drafodaeth am Ewrop, sydd yn anturio mewn technolegau newydd ac sydd yn ehangu ein meddyliau; y rhain yw’r ieithgwn sydd yn dathlu William Shakespeare, yr awdur mwyaf erioed – a’r dramodydd a ddeallodd fwyaf am y galon ddynol. Rydym yn dod at ein gilydd yn y dref hudolus hon, yn y mynyddoedd ysblennydd a hardd hyn, i ddathlu syniadau newydd a straeon ysbrydoledig; i siarad ac i gerdded, i rannu cacennau a chwrw, breuddwydion a gobeithion; i gwrdd â hen ffrindiau ac i wneud ffrindiau newydd. Croeso i’r Gelli Gandryll, croeso ˆ yl. Diolch i chi am ymuno â ni. i’r W

The dates of next year’s festival are 25 May - 4 June Peter Florence

PROGRAMME UPDATES ONLINE We often add exciting extra events after this programme goes to print – these will all be listed under ‘new events’ at During the festival we’ll also send links to any venue and event changes on a daily email circulated to ticket-holders. ONSITE & OFFSITE EXTRAS There is a whole host of activities on and off the festival site for you to enjoy. These include farm visits, Hay town walks, exhibitions and pop-up installations. Offsite visits and events are listed at

DIWEDDARIADAU I’R RHAGLEN AR-LEIN Yn aml, byddwn yn ychwanegu digwyddiadau cyffrous at y rhaglen wedi i’r rhaglen bapur fynd i’r wasg – caiff y rhain i gyd eu rhestru dan y pennawd ‘digwyddiadau newydd’ ar we-fan ˆ yl byddwn hefyd yn Yn ystod yr W rhoi gwybod i ddefnyddwyr am newidiadau i leoliadau a digwyddiadau, mewn e-bost dyddiol i ddeiliaid tocynnau. YMWELIADAU Â MANNAU ERAILL Rhestrir ymweliadau a digwyddiadau oddi ar brif safle’r ˆ yl yn W

CONTENTS Events HAYDAYS On site extras

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Hay on Earth Index Booking info

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The festival opens with the Schools Programme on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 May, free to state schools and funded by the Hay Festival Educational Trust and the Welsh Government. Thursday is for Primary Schools and featured authors include: Cressida Cowell, Tom Palmer, Phil Earle and Sarah Lean. On Friday, the day for Secondary Schools, pupils and teachers can listen to Frances Hardinge, Juno Dawson, Patrick Ness and Holly Smale. This year, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, there are workshops with the RSC on both days. The aim of the Schools Programme is to enthuse all pupils at Key Stages 2, 3 and 4. The authors will all be on hand to sign copies of their books, on sale in the Festival Bookshop. For more information, visit


Maddy Harland and Thomas Henfrey talk to Andy Fryers Permaculture and Climate Change Adaptation Permaculture is an agricultural practice based on natural eco-systems and is the basis of a worldwide citizen-led movement in more than 100 countries. For decades, practitioners have devised creative responses to changes in local climatic conditions. In doing so, they have developed a collective knowledge and experience invaluable to global efforts to address climate change. Harland is the Editor of Permaculture Magazine, Henfrey is an author and Senior Researcher at the Schumacher Institute, They talk to Hay Festival’s Sustainability Director.



Joe O’Mahoney and guests The Fair Tax Debate

[1] 11.30–6.30PM GOOD ENERGY STAGE £20

Hay on Earth 2016 Forum This year’s Forum, programmed by Andy Fryers, covers a swathe of sustainability topics from Fair Tax to Re-wilding, Permaculture to the importance of artisan crafts. Full day ticket allows entry to all five sessions: events 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.


Minette Batters, Sophie Wynne-Jones, Julia Aglionby, Rob Yorke Elements of Re-wilding: Perceptions and Prejudices How can we ensure there is public benefit from re-wilding the countryside? Rural commentator Rob Yorke discusses big cats and beavers, food production and flood prevention with Minette Batters, NFU Deputy President; Julia Aglionby, Executive Director of the Foundation for Common Land; and Sophie Wynne-Jones, trustee of the Wales Wild Land Foundation.


The tax avoidance practices of multinational companies have recently been at the forefront of political and economic news. To highlight the unfairness of the current situation, a group of small businesses in Crickhowell, Wales, decided to adopt the offshore tax avoidance tactics of large companies. They have branded this movement the ‘Fair Tax Town’ and, as documented on BBC2, now intend to export it to other small businesses all over the UK. We explore the rise of algorithm-based companies such as Facebook, Uber and Deliveroo, and show how their offshore status allows them to extract value from countries in a similar manner to the East India Company in the C17th. O’Mahoney is a Reader at Cardiff Business School. In association with Cardiff University


Alan Moore and Jen Goss Beauty in Utility Discovering a new craft or skill, and doing it well, can give untold satisfaction. Two speakers on two very different topics are connected by a desire to drive positive change in everyday life. Join designer Alan Moore, author of Do Design:Why Beauty is key to Everything and local caterer/smallholder Jen Goss, co-author of Do Preserve: Making Your own Jams, Chutneys, Pickles and Cordials, as they urge you to consider beauty and function in everything you produce. Introduced by Andy Fryers.

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Caroline Ingraham

Battle of the Bands

Help Your Dog Heal Itself

Jim Eliot and Musicians

“From the humble caterpillar to the mighty elephant, animals have an innate ability to forage for plant and mineral extracts in order to look after their own emotional and physical health. Domestic dogs are no different. Many canine behavioural problems are not rooted in past emotional trauma but in physical discomfort. You can enrich their lives by offering many of these naturally foraged extracts for self-selection.” The zoopharmacognosy practitioner explains her ideas.

Up-and-coming local bands and solo artists battle it out to be crowned Best Band of Hay 2016. An evening of live original music where you and the judges get to decide who is worthy of the crown. Chair of the judges is Jim Eliot, international song-writer and music producer who has worked with Kylie Minogue, Ellie Goulding, Olly Murs and Will Young.





Steve Herington talks to Matthew Engel Bob Cole The Runner Bob Cole from Herefordshire was the long-distance Olympian who never got the chance to prove it. Eccentric and solitary, he competed on the professional circuit and was proclaimed world champion, but forever banned from the Olympics. Herington, author of a new biography, discusses the amazing story of a forgotten hero from the Chariots of Fire era.


Erica Whyman talks to Francine Stock A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation The Deputy Artistic Director of the RSC discusses her current production. As a celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and his great legacy, the production features local amateur companies in all 12 regions and nations of the UK playing Shakespeare’s Mechanicals alongside the professional cast. Erica shares her thoughts as the tour concludes in Cardiff and Belfast, and the company prepares to return to Stratford-upon-Avon for a final run featuring performances from all the amateur companies. In association with the RSC

8.30pm [9] 8.30PM TATA TENT £26

Dara Ó Briain Crowd Tickler The great Irish comedian returns to Hay to start the festival with a night of mercurial, joyful humour. He’s brilliant, quicksilver-smart and absolutely hilarious.


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Coleridge in Wales–Walk from Pandy to Hay

Tracey Evans, Warren Fauvel, Andy Middleton

Samuel Taylor Coleridge dropped out of Cambridge University in 1794 and walked around Wales. Richard Parry and award- winning travel writer Elsa Hammond walk the 16 miles across Hay Bluff from Pandy to Hay, part of an 80-day journey around Wales exploring Coleridge’s voice as a contemporary vision for global sustainable development, as the Coleridge in Wales Festival arrives at the Hay Festival. To take part in this 16-mile mountain walk e-mail

Adventures in Health


Wynne Evans BBC Radio Wales LIVE Wynne Evans brings his energetic mixture of music and interviews to the Festival. Expect big name guests, laughs and live music. Broadcast live on BBC Radio Wales daily from 11am–1pm.

The gross cost to the NHS of treating mental health is £7.2bn a year. There are multiple, proven links between the benefits of active time outdoors and reductions in the social cost of health solutions. Wales’ outdoor industry is poised to become a Natural Health Service that improves health with active time in nature. Evans is the CEO of The Outdoor Partnership, Fauvel is co-founder of Nudjed. Chaired by entrepreneur and adventurer Andy Middleton. In association with TYF Adventure [13] 1PM OXFAM MOOT £8

Michael Marriott English Roses A huge breeding programme is needed to produce new varieties of English roses. The rosarian gives a behind-thescenes look at making the David Austin Roses garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. Join us to launch the Roald Dahl Rose, in celebration of the writer’s centenary year. In association with David Austin Roses

2.30pm 11.30am [10] 11.30AM OXFAM MOOT £6

Barbara Erskine talks to Peter Florence Sleeper’s Castle We are thrilled to launch the new novel by the best-selling author, who returns to Hay in the year that marks the 30th anniversary of her sensational debut best-seller, Lady of Hay. Sleeper’s Castle begins in Hay in 1400 when war is brewing in the Welsh borders, Catrin is on the brink of womanhood and her father, a soothsayer, is playing a dangerous game manipulating furious rivalries between Welsh princes and English lords.

Emma Bridgewater Pattern & The Secrets of Lasting Design Emma Bridgewater’s patterns have made her distinctive homewares best-sellers across the world. Her inspiration is often deeply personal – a plate belonging to her mother, a favourite children’s book – and as she tells the stories of each pattern’s creation, she reveals the intricate processes of research and collaboration behind the familiar designs she has stamped on our kitchenware – and our hearts – for the past 30 years. Chaired by Kitty Corrigan. Emma Bridgewater Hay Festival Collector’s Mugs are available from the Bookshop.




Political Turbulence – How Social Media Can Shape Collective Action

Sinclair McKay and Thomas Briggs Bletchley and Enigma The historians reveal unknown secrets of Bletchley’s wartime operation and the Enigma, and discuss the code-breaking challenges we face in today’s technologically complex world. McKay is the author of the bestselling The Lost World of Bletchley Park and Bletchley Park: The Secret Archives. Bletchley Park’s Enigma expert, Thomas Briggs, brings a genuine, working Enigma machine to the Festival.



Helen Margetts As people spend increasing proportions of their daily lives using social media such as Twitter and Facebook, they are being invited to support myriad political causes by sharing, liking, endorsing or downloading. Chain reactions caused by these tiny acts of participation form a growing part of collective action today. Margetts is Director of the Oxford Internet Institute.

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David Whitebread, Jenny Gibson, Sara Baker

Climbing Days

Cambridge Series 1: All Work and No Play…?

Following in the footholds of his great-great-aunt, the early C20th pioneering mountaineer Dorothy Pilley, Richards begins to travel and climb across Europe. Learning the ropes in Wales and Scotland, scaling summits in Spain and Switzerland, he closes in on the pinnacle of Dorothy’s climbing life, the Dent Blanche in Valais. Richards is the co-author, with Stanley Donwood and Robert Macfarlane, of Holloway.

Could the consequences of curtailing play in schools, at home and in the outdoors be catastrophic in terms of healthy child development? Join experts from the PEDAL Centre to explore the role of play in learning, development and wellbeing. In association with Cambridge University


Jon Anderson Establishing a Digital Literary Atlas of Wales and its Borderlands – Cardiff University Series Introducing a new literary geography based on the assumption that cannot be confined by the covers of a book, but through the reader’s imagination become part of our lived experience. Explaining how this new cartography of page and place will be developed is Jon Anderson from the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University. In association with Cardiff University


Robert Service The End of the Cold War 1985–1991 The dismantling of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the spread of perestroika throughout the former Soviet bloc was a sea change in world history, and two years later resulted in the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The acclaimed historian examines how that change came about and analyses the role of Gorbachev, Reagan, Walesa, Havel, and the Pope. [19] 4PM LLWYFAN CYMRU–WALES STAGE £7

Ursula Martin The Scientific Life of Ada Lovelace, a Victorian Computing Visionary Ada Lovelace (1815–1852) is famous as ‘the first programmer’ for her prescient writings about Charles Babbage’s unbuilt mechanical computer, the Analytical Engine. Biographers have focused on her tragically short life and her supposed poetic approach – in this talk we unpick the myths and look at her scientific education, what she really did, and why it is important, placing her in the rich context of C19th-century science, and the contemporary misremembering of female scientists. Ursula Martin CBE is a Professor in Mathematics and Computer Science in the University of Oxford, and leads Oxford’s project to digitize Lovelace’s mathematics.

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Ilora Finlay, Hywel Francis, Gwyneth Lewis


Dan Richards

Leaving a Legacy with Storytelling Knowing they are about to die often prompts people to become creative, leaving a legacy through the arts, by writing, painting or recording. The panel explores how death is viewed in society today and how we can all help lay down a legacy, by sharing our stories, hopes and wishes. Finlay is a Life Peer and former BMA President, Francis is an historian and former MP. In association with the Open University in Wales and Byw Nawr, Live Now [22] 4PM STARLIGHT STAGE £6

Dai Smith and Guests Talking About Port Talbot The historian hosts a conversation about the past and future of the industrial town, home to the steel works. Further details of this event will be published on 16 May.

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Joanna Yarrow and Juliet Davenport talk to Andy Fryers Good Business-Sustainable Business Good Energy Series Are businesses better able to address environmental issues than governments and NGOs? Where does genuine motivation to act responsibly need to be backed up by regulation? And how do we ensure that businesses ensure that sustainability isn’t just another PR exercise from profithungry executives? IKEA’s Sustainability Director, broadcaster and author Joanna Yarrow, and Good Energy CEO Juliet Davenport, talk to the Festival’s Sustainability Director. In association with Good Energy [23] 5.30PM LLWYFAN CYMRU–WALES STAGE £7

Frank Gardner talks to Dylan Jones Crisis The renowned BBC Security Correspondent, author of Blood and Sand, launches his debut novel, a hi-tech thriller that involves South American drug cartels and a terrorist attack on London. He talks to the editor of GQ.


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Frank Uekotter talks to Mark Lynas

David Gilmour and Polly Samson

Chernobyl 30 Years On: Making Sense of a Nuclear Disaster University of Birmingham Series

Rattle That Lock

Chernobyl is as much a symbol of nuclear risks as a distraction from other problems: some 70 years into the age of nuclear power, we do not have a single reactor that would operate without huge public subsidies. Nor do we have a proper picture of those who suffered most from Chernobyl and Fukushima: the people who clean up. Now that Britain is banking on a nuclear revival we need to learn about the long path to a new generation of reactors. Uekotter is a Reader in Environmental Humanities at University of Birmingham. He talks to journalist and author Mark Lynas. In association with University of Birmingham [25] 5.30PM OXFAM MOOT £6

Sharath Srinivasan, Mariéme Jamme, Rob Burnet Cambridge Series 2: Africa’s Digital Revolution: Power to the People? Can new technology bring greater democracy and allow a wider range of voices to be heard? With Dr Sharath Srinivasan, Director, Centre of Governance and Human Rights at the University of Cambridge; Mariéme Jamme, CEO, blogger, technologist and social entrepreneur; and Rob Burnet, CEO and Founder of Well Told Story. In association with Cambridge University

The guitarist and writer discuss their songwriting partnership. They have collaborated on four No. 1 albums: Pink Floyd’s The Division Bell and The Endless River, David Gilmour’s On An Island, and the recent Rattle That Lock. Hosted by Rosie Boycott. Sponsored by Dai and Chris Davies, The Newsagents [30] 7PM LLWYFAN CYMRU–WALES STAGE £8

Ben Miller The Aliens Are Coming! Ben Miller is, like you, a mutant ape living through an Ice Age on a ball of molten iron, orbiting a supermassive black hole. He is also an actor, comedian and approximately one half of Armstrong and Miller. He explores The Exciting and Extraordinary Science Behind Our Search for Life in the Universe. [31] 7PM OXFAM MOOT £8

Andrew Davies War and Peace The legendary screenwriter talks to Peter Florence about the craft of screenplay and the challenges of scale and intimacy in his six-part BBC television adaptation of Tolstoy’s classic novel. Sponsored by Castle House Hotel, Hereford [32] 7PM BBC TENT


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Front Row

Sabrina Ghayour and Oliver Rowe

BBC Radio 4 LIVE

Talking About Food Two great international chefs discuss their taste and imagination with John Mitchinson. Ghayour follows her iconic cookbook Persiana with Sirocco: Fabulous Flavours from the East. Rowe, who trained at Moro and opened Konstam, has written Food for All Seasons – exploring how our lives and our food are intertwined. Sponsored by Tomatitos

BBC Radio 4’s daily arts programme Front Row comes live from Hay. Authors Juno Dawson, Holly Smale and Patrick Ness join Kirsty Lang to discuss the burgeoning appetite for young adult fiction. Followed by Q&A with the Front Row team. Broadcast live on BBC Radio 4. [33] 7PM STARLIGHT STAGE £6

Tom Hansell [28] 5.30PM SUMMERHOUSE £6

Richard Parry and Douglas Hedley Coleridge in Wales How does Wales understand the great Romantic poet, walker and thinker, Samuel Taylor Coleridge? Classical baritone and activist Richard Parry uncovers how the great poets R S Thomas, David Jones and Iolo Morganwg found Coleridge a compelling travelling companion in this event marking the arrival of the travelling Coleridge in Wales Festival at Hay Festival. Hedley is an author and Coleridge expert at Cambridge University.


After Coal – Screening Swansea University Series What happens when fossil fuels run out? How do communities and cultures survive? After Coal profiles inspiring individuals who are building a new future in the coalfields of Eastern Kentucky and South Wales. Stories of coalfield residents who must create new careers illustrate the challenge of creating a sustainable future. Introduced by the film’s director. In association with Swansea University

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Christine L Corton

Hywel Francis, John Gaventa, Helen Lewis, Richard Greatrex, Mair Francis

London Fog: The Biography The classic London pea-soupers were born in the Industrial Age and remained a feature of winter days until clean air legislation in the 1960s. Corton tells the story of the fogs, their dangers and beauty, and the lasting effects on our culture and imagination.

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After Coal: Debate – Swansea University Series How can cultural exchange inform community regeneration? In 1974 John Gaventa met Hywel Francis and initiated an exchange between Welsh and Appalachian coalfield communities. This work was expanded by researcher Helen Lewis, cinematographer Richard Greatrex and community organiser Mair Francis. They discuss the insights gained from a long-term cultural exchange over four decades, with Dai Smith. In association with Swansea University



Dara Ó Briain Crowd Tickler 2 The great Irish comedian entertains with a night of mercurial, joyful humour. He’s brilliant and quicksilver-smart. [36] 8.30PM LLWYFAN CYMRU–WALES STAGE £7

Tracy Chevalier and Phil Grabsky Girl with a Pearl Earring: The Doc Chevalier’s best-selling novel inspired many readers to look at Vermeer’s famous painting more closely. Now she has participated in a documentary film directed by Phil Grabsky – part of the pioneering series Exhibition on Screen. How did the writer help the award-winning filmmakers to bring the work to life? [37] 8.30PM GOOD ENERGY STAGE £7

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Frank Hennessy, Dave Burns, Rebecca Branson Jones, Trevor McKenzie Music from the Coalfields – Double Bill: Swansea University Series An evening of music from two sides of the Atlantic coal seam. Appalachian folk superstars Jones and McKenzie bring you sounds from their native mountains while Hennessy and Burns have a huge following around the Welsh Valleys and give you true Welsh folk. In association with Swansea University


The Keep The Genius of the Marches A constellation of writers, artists and photographers of the Welsh Marches celebrate the first issue of The Keep, Hay’s new literary and arts magazine, with an evening of readings, stories and pictures, under the editorial baton of Iain Finlayson. Contributors are Owen Sheers, Ben Rawlence, Nina Lyon, Jasper Fforde, Soma Ghosh, Oliver Balch, Tom Bullough, Dix and Marsha Arnold. Sponsored by Richard Booth’s Bookshop


Willow Robinson In Concert The singer-songwriter from the Golden Valley is one of the most hotly fancied emerging artists of 2016. His blues-infused voice and guitar evoke the spirit of his inspirations Jeff Buckley and Robert Plant, and his songs have a raw emotional power that make his live performances absolutely enthralling. Sponsored by West Ent –Sound, Lighting, Audiovisual

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Iain Bell, Emma Jenkins, David Antrobus In Parenthesis The composer and librettists of the Welsh National Opera’s new work introduce their adaptation of David Jones’ First World War poem and screen film clips of the production. David Pountney’s period production is an evocation of the events of the Somme. In association with Welsh National Opera and 14–18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary


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Angela Duckworth

Wordsworth, Coleridge and Thelwall at Llyswen

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Join ‘Coleridge in Wales’ founder Richard Parry and scholar of the C18th Penelope Corfield in discussion before they set off to walk to Llyswen (seven miles from Hay), where Coleridge and Wordsworth came to visit the notorious radical John Thelwall in 1798. You are invited to join them on the walk. Drop in; no ticket required. Breakfast will be available. In association with Cambridge University conference ‘Coleridge in Wales: Clues and Trails’

10am [HD1] 10AM TATA TENT £7

Julia Donaldson The Detective Dog Julia Donaldson gives a first peek at Detective Dog Nell, her latest character, in a sensational all-singing, all-dancing performance. Join Julia and her friends as they introduce a dog who not only has superpowers of smell but can also help children learn to read. 3+ [42] 10AM TELEGRAPH STAGE £8

Steve Silberman The Baillie Gifford Lecture NeuroTribes What is autism? A lifelong disability or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? In truth it is both these things and more, and the future of our society depends on our understanding it. The winner of the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize talks about his research and investigations. Chaired by Toby Mundy. Sponsored by Baillie Gifford [43] 10AM LLWYFAN CYMRU–WALES STAGE £8

Roberto Saviano talks to Ed Vulliamy My Italians: True Stories of Crime and Courage The investigative journalist and author lives under police protection from the crime syndicates he exposed in Gomorrah and ZeroZeroZero. He offers a personal portrait of Italy today: a place of trafficking and toxic waste, where democracy is bought and sold, and organised crime rules both north and south.



Richard Parry and Penelope Corfield

Why do naturally talented people frequently fail to reach their potential while other far less gifted individuals to achieve amazing things? The secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but persistence. The MacArthur Genius Award-winning psychologist shares new revelations with Corisande Albert. [45] 10AM OXFAM MOOT £7

Ashley Moffett Cambridge Series 3: A Journey into No Man’s Land Professor Moffett, a leading authority on immunity in pregnancy, explores the fascinating way the boundaries between mother and baby are regulated during pregnancy. And she examines the risks involved when things go wrong. In association with Cambridge University [46] 10AM BBC TENT


Click BBC News Join Spencer Kelly on an adventure into the future with Click, the BBC’s flagship science and technology TV show. From drones to self-driving cars, Spencer brings cutting-edge science to Hay with the help of virtual reality headsets and 360-degree video. A ‘Click’ Hay Festival special will be broadcast on the BBC News Channel and on BBC World News. [47] 10AM STARLIGHT STAGE £7

Alex Lifschutz, Siôn Hamilton, Philip Jones The Bookshop is Back: Foyles and the Resurgence of British Bookselling The designer Alex Lifschutz and Foyles Trading Director Siôn Hamilton tell the inside story of a plan hatched in the book trade’s darkest hour to reimagine the iconic London bookshop on Charing Cross Road. A series of workshops provided the insight to inspire an innovative shop design that has caught the imagination of book lovers across the world. Chaired by the editor of The Bookseller. [HD2] 10AM CUBE £5

Gareth P Jones Adventures of the Steampunk Pirates In Rise of the Slippery Sea Monster the ever-popular Steampunk Pirates are attacked by a sea monster hungry for gold. The author reveals the amazing powers of these seafaring heroes with the help of his ukulele and accordion and the singing of some rousing sea shanties. 6+

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Neil MacGregor and Richard Evans

The Essay

Germany and Memory

BBC Radio 3

A conversation with two of the world’s greatest historians. MacGregor is the former Director of the British Museum, author of the BBC Radio 4 series and books A History of the World in 100 Objects and Germany: Memories of a Nation. Evans is Regius Professor of History at Cambridge University and the leading authority on C20th Germany. His most recent book is The Third Reich in History and Memory.

For BBC Radio 3’s The Essay two writers consider ‘The Art of Storytelling’. Today’s session includes novelist and short story writer Jon Gower who reflects on lessons learned from a master storyteller– his grandfather. These essays will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 10.45pm on Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 May.


Laura Cumming The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velázquez Described as “a riveting detective story and a brilliant reconstruction of an art controversy, it is also a homage to the art of Velázquez, written by a critic who remains spellbound by his genius.” Cumming’s previous Hay session discussed her brilliant study of self-portraiture, A Face to the World. Illustrated lecture.



Juno Dawson, Eve Ainsworth, Martyn Bedford, Patrice Lawrence



Meet the authors of four of the most talked-about YA books: Mind Your Head, Crush, Twenty Questions for Gloria and Orangeboy and hear how their books explore the complex and high-octane dramas of adolescence – including aspects of love, hate and psychological pressure. 12+ #HAYYA [HD4] 11.30AM CUBE £6


Steve Hilton talks to John Kampfner More Human: The Revolution Starts Here The Stanford academic and former political advisor revisits his 2015 ideas about a more local, accountable and human society, and examines how this might drive political change. His commitment is given piquancy by the way the government he once advised is addressing public services and the state.

Dr Emily Grossman Surprising Science Did you know that we share half of our DNA with a banana? Or that rattlesnakes can kill you even when they are dead? Or that we make better decisions when we need a wee? Test yourself on some of the weird and wonderful science facts explained by the scientist and TV expert best known for the TV series Duck Quacks Don’t Echo. 8+


Noel Fitzpatrick talks to Francine Stock One Planet, One Medicine, One Love Pioneering surgeon Professor Fitzpatrick, Channel 4’s Supervet, founder of Fitzpatrick Referrals and founding partner of Surrey University’s new school of veterinary medicine, has a radical vision: Humans and animals share genetic, physiological, environmental and even emotional bonds. For a sustainable future should they not share medicine, too? Sponsored by The Old Black Lion [52] 11.30AM OXFAM MOOT £7

Peter Hanington and Harry Parker talk to Alex Clark Fictions: Talking About War Parker’s hugely acclaimed debut Anatomy of a Soldier is the story of a man who is blown up, told by 45 objects involved in his story. Hanington’s A Dying Breed is a debut thriller that travels the shadowy corridors of the BBC, the perilous streets of Kabul and the dark chambers of Whitehall.

1pm [54] 1PM TATA TENT £8

Shirin Ebadi talks to Helena Kennedy Until We Are Free The Annual Hamlin Lecture The Iranian human rights lawyer and activist tells of her fight for reform inside Iran, and the devastating backlash she faced after winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Having fought tirelessly for democracy, equality before the law and freedom of speech, Ebadi became a global voice of inspiration. Yet, inside her own country, her life has been plagued by surveillance, intimidation and violence. Sponsored by ORConsulting, the art of seeing differently. The event will be conducted in Farsi with consecutive translation.


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Cressida Cowell

Yuri Herrera, Marcos Giralt Torrente, Ben Okri

How To Fight a Dragon’s Fury Come, dragon tamers everywhere! Practise your Dragonese with author and illustrator Cressida Cowell, creator of the awesome How to Train your Dragon books. Learn the secrets of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third – sword-fighter, dragon whisperer and greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. The author celebrates the grand finale of this best-selling series. 6+ [55] 1PM LLWYFAN CYMRU–WALES STAGE £7

Hannah Critchlow Cambridge Series 4: Explore Your Mind Are you willing to venture into the depths of your brain? Dr Critchlow will shock your senses, read your mind and explore how neuroscience is shaping how we see our lives. Suitable for intrepid adventurers of all ages. In association with Cambridge University

Talking About Shakespeare: Lunatics, Lovers and Poets 1 To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the deaths of Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare we have commissioned six English language and six Hispanic writers to create stories to celebrate both writers and to offer new and intriguing perspectives on them. In this first of three sessions chaired by Rosie Goldsmith, the first three writers introduce their tales. “Yuri Herrera must be a thousand years old. He must have travelled to hell, and heaven, and back again. He must have once been a girl, an animal, a rock, a boy, and a woman. Nothing else explains the vastness of his understanding” – Valeria Luiselli. Marcos Giralt Torrente is the winner of the Spanish National Book Award, whose The End of Love is published in English. Poet and novelist Ben Okri won the Booker Prize for The Famished Road. Supported by the British Council and Acción Cultural Española


Wayne Hemingway in conversation The House of Hemingway - Wayne Mouths Off With more than 30 years’ experience in the design industries, Wayne Hemingway is the expert when it comes to vintage styling. After selling their iconic global fashion label Red or Dead in 1999, with his wife Gerardine, he set up Hemingway Design, specialising in affordable, social design and along the way they have authored numerous books including their latest, The Vintage Fashion Bible. Pulling on those three decades of knowledge and experience, Hemingway discusses how the fashion and design industry has changed and what the lessons are for the new, upcoming young designers. Sponsored by Hay Does Vintage [57] 1PM OXFAM MOOT £7

Ian Goldin talks to Bronwen Maddox Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of our New Renaissance The great names of da Vinci, Galileo, Copernicus, Raphael and Michelangelo were the mark of an age that saw a rush of discovery, the breaking down of barriers of ignorance and a newly connected world, both politically and economically. Today we have better education and resources, the rate of innovation is doubling every year and there are great leaps in science, trade, migration and technology. Goldin argues that the results this time could be greater, but the world faces many of the same dangers as Renaissance man: warring ideologies, fundamentalism, climate change and pandemics.


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Patrick Ness and Lewis MacDougall talk to Daniel Hahn A Monster Calls Described by John Green as “an insanely beautiful writer”, the award-winning author of the Chaos Walking trilogy has just completed the screenplay for a major motion picture of A Monster Calls. Lewis MacDougall plays Conor, the boy at the heart of the story. Join them and enjoy a first preview of scenes from the film. 12+ #HAYYA [59] 1PM ST MARY’S CHURCH £8

Alison Balsom Trumpet and Talk The multi-award-winning virtuosa trumpeter and classical music advocate plays pieces from her new album, released on 13 May, and talks about her music with BBC Radio 3’s Clemency Burton-Hill. She is accompanied by the 2014 Young Musician of the Year, Martin James Bartlett.

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Joan Bakewell

Kamel Daoud talks to Francine Stock

The Wellcome Book Prize Lecture Is Life Worth Living? It all Depends on the Liver

Fictions: The Meursault Investigation

The chair of the Wellcome Book Prize jury reflects on how we share what we know, and how science progresses. The shortlist for this year’s prize is The Outrun by Amy Liptrot, Signs for Lost Children by Sarah Moss, It’s All In Your Head by Suzanne O’Sullivan, Playthings by Alex Pheby, The Last Act of Love by Cathy Rentzenbrink and NeuroTribes by Steve Silberman. The winner is announced on 25 April. In association with The Wellcome Book Prize [61] 2.30PM TELEGRAPH STAGE £8

James Shapiro talks to Jerry Brotton 1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear The Samuel Johnson Prize-winning author of 1599 offers an intimate portrait of one of Shakespeare’s most inspired moments: the year of King Lear, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra. 1606, while a very good year for Shakespeare, is a fraught one for England. Plague returns. There is surprising resistance to the new king’s desire to turn England and Scotland into a united Britain. And fear and uncertainty sweep the land and expose deep divisions in the aftermath of a failed terrorist attack that came to be known as the Gunpowder Plot.

A conversation with the author of “perhaps the most important novel to emerge out of the Middle East in recent memory” (FT), winner of the Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman. Daoud’s protagonist is the brother of “the Arab” killed by the infamous Meursault, the antihero of Camus’ L’Etranger. Angry at the world and his own unending solitude, he resolves to bring his brother out of obscurity by giving him a name – Musa – and a voice, and by describing the events that led to his senseless murder on a dazzling Algerian beach. The Meursault Investigation is a profound meditation on Arab identity and the disastrous effects of colonialism in Algeria. The event will be conducted in French, with consecutive translation into English. [65] 2.30PM BBC TENT




The Verb BBC Radio 3 Poet Ian McMillan presents Radio 3’s “cabaret of the word”, featuring award-winning writers alongside the most innovative up-and-coming performers. “If there’s a more entertaining show than The Verb, I don’t know it” – Stuart Maconie. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Friday 3 June at 10pm. [HD7] 2.30PM STARLIGHT STAGE £6


Glen Baxter Almost Completely Baxter: New and Selected Blurtings Baxter’s drawings are a delicious stew of pulp adventure novels, highbrow jinks and outright absurdity: lonesome cowboys confront the latest in modern art, brave men tremble before moussaka, schoolgirls hoard hashish, and the world’s fruits are in constant peril. Wimples abound. The artist talks to John Mitchinson.

Elmer the Patchwork Elephant Elmer Day Celebrate everyone’s favourite patchwork elephant, on the very first Elmer Day. Listen to the wonderful stories about Elmer, and share in the funny adventures he and his friends get up to. Come dressed in your brightest clothes. 3+ [HD8] 2.30PM CUBE £5


Susan Gathercole Cambridge Series 5: Working Memory in the Here and Now Working memory allows us to hold information in mind. How does this influence our everyday lives? Professor Gathercole is Unit Director at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. In association with Cambridge University

Horatio Clare Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot Horatio Clare weaves a spellbinding story of a rambunctious boy, some remarkable animals, a lot of jokes and a darkly evil magic that Aubrey must bravely defeat if he is to save his father. Peter Florence says, “This is destined to become a children’s classic”. 8+


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Svetlana Alexievich talks to Bridget Kendall

Jeremy Farrar

Second-Hand Time

The Future of Global Health

A conversation with the heroic Belarusian journalist and author, the 2015 Nobel Literature Laureate. “It never ceases to amaze me how interesting ordinary, everyday life is. There are an endless number of human truths... History’s sole concern is the facts; emotions are out of its realm of interest. I look at the world as a writer, not strictly an historian. I am fascinated by people…” Arts Council of Wales, International Writers Series, 1 In association with Waterstones In Russian, with consecutive translation

The recent Ebola outbreak highlights the serious threat that emerging infectious diseases can pose to global public health. Despite years of apparent preparations for a devastating pandemic, responses to outbreaks are cumbersome and delayed, and opportunities to save lives are missed. Over the past 15 years, the failure systematically to collect and share clinical data during epidemics, including zoonotic viruses such as SARS, H5N1, Nipah, and MERSCoV, has been a recurring problem. Understanding the inter-relationships between human behaviour, animal health and the environment is essential for mobilising successful responses to future spillover events. Professor Farrar is the Director of the Wellcome Trust. In association with The Royal Society

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Sam Mendes Talking about Directing The director talks about his work with actors and writers in the theatre and on screen. His films include the Oscar-winning American Beauty, Road to Perdition and the latest two Bond Films Skyfall and Spectre. In the theatre he founded and ran the Donmar Warehouse for ten years. He has directed many productions for the RSC, the National Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway. His Neal Street Productions company produces The Hollow Crown Shakespeare films for the BBC. He talks to Clemency Burton-Hill. [68] 4PM LLWYFAN CYMRU–WALES STAGE £8

Melvyn Bragg Fiction: Now is the Time A fictional recreation of the biggest rebellion in English history, the Peasants’ Revolt of May 1381. The plague had returned, the king’s coffers were empty and a draconian poll tax had been introduced but was widely evaded. A large force of common people entered London demanding freedom, equality and the uprooting of Church and State. Supported by Mr and Mrs Robin Herbert [69] 4PM GOOD ENERGY STAGE £8

Alec Ross The Industries of the Future Hillary Clinton’s innovation advisor examines the specific fields that will most shape our economic future over the next ten years, including robotics, artificial intelligence, the commercialisation of genomics, cybercrime and the impact of digital technology. Part of the Baillie Gifford series


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Peter Carey, Gill Coleridge, Peter Straus and Friends Celebrating Deborah Rogers The double-Booker-winning novelist hosts an event to honour Deborah, and to toast the winner of the inaugural new writers’ award given in the name of the beloved agent whose brilliance, encouragement and generosity were fundamental to Hay and to the publishing world. The winner will be announced by Ian McEwan on 5 May. Full details of the foundation can be found at [HD9] 4PM STARLIGHT STAGE £6

Chris Packham Amazing Animal Journeys The TV presenter and wildlife champion shares his passion for the natural world and his deep understanding of the animals that live in it. In his latest book he looks at the incredible journeys animals make as they migrate across the globe. 6+ [HD10] 4PM CUBE £5

Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam – The Diamond Chase Shifty McGifty and his accomplice Slippery Sam, a pair of notorious robber dogs, have recently swapped their life of crime for a career in cupcakes. Join their creators as they entertain with the comic rhymes and illustrations from their most recent hit. 3+

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Start the Week

Mabel van Oranje talks to Helena Kennedy

BBC Radio 4

Lessons in Creating Big Change

Tom Sutcliffe presents Radio 4’s flagship programme of ideas, and will be joined on stage by a panel of guests including the former head of the CIA and NSA Michael Hayden, for stimulating, entertaining and lively discussion. Broadcast on Mondays 9am and repeated at 9pm.

Initiator of Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage, Mabel van Oranje reflects on lessons learned from two decades of fighting for human rights and development and how to create coalitions for lasting social change. Mabel has co-founded numerous peace foundations and is a member of the Dutch Royal Family.

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Marlon James talks to Martha Kearney A Brief History of Seven Killings An interview with the novelist and winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize. “It’s like a Tarantino remake of The Harder They Come but with a soundtrack by Bob Marley and a script by Oliver Stone and William Faulkner, with maybe a little creative boost from some primo ganja. It’s a testament to Mr James’ vaulting ambition and prodigious talent.” New York Times Arts Council of Wales International Writers Series, 2 This event will be recorded for broadcast on the BBC World News programme ‘Talking Books’. [74] 5.30PM TELEGRAPH STAGE £8

Edmund de Waal The White Road: A Pilgrimage of Sorts The author of The Hare With The Amber Eyes sets out on a quest – a journey that begins in the dusty city of Jingdezhen in China and travels on to Venice, Versailles, Dublin, Dresden, the Appalachian Mountains of South Carolina and the hills of Cornwall to tell the history of porcelain. Along the way he meets the witnesses to its creation; those who were inspired, made rich or heartsick by it, and the many whose livelihoods, minds and bodies were broken by this obsession. Sponsored by Still Ethical [75] 5.30PM LLWYFAN CYMRU–WALES STAGE £8

Venki Ramakrishnan

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Tracy Chevalier, Lionel Shriver, Kirsty Gunn and Joanna Briscoe


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Reader, I Married Him In this celebration of the bi-centenary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë, Chevalier is joined by three fellow writers to introduce their anthology of stories inspired by Jane Eyre. [78] 5.30PM STARLIGHT STAGE £6

Peter Lacy talks to Andy Fryers Waste to Wealth – The Circular Economy Advantage Waste to Wealth proves that ‘green’ and ‘growth’ need not be contradictions. The Global Managing Director of Sustainability Services at Accenture examines five new business models that provide circular growth, from deploying sustainable resources to the sharing economy, before setting out what business leaders need to do to implement the models successfully. [HD11] 5.30PM CUBE £6

Holly Smale Geek Girl The award-winning author discusses her best-selling Geek Girl titles, the ups and downs of her previous career as a model and why she loves writing for YA readers. In conversation with Emily Drabble. 12+ #HAYYA


The Royal Society Lecture: Antibiotics and the cell’s protein factory

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Venki Ramakrishnan was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in chemistry for “studies of the structure and function of the ribosome” and in 2015 became president of the Royal Society. The ribosome is the cell’s cypher, translating complex genetic code into the proteins and peptides that make up our cells. Solving its precise atomic structure showed how antibiotics bind to it and how new ones could be designed. Venki talks to Roger Highfield about his ground-breaking research. In association with The Royal Society

Letters Live

Cast to be announced 16 May Letters Live returns to Hay for a third year after very popular shows in 2014 and 2015 at which Benedict Cumberbatch, Louise Brealey and Jude Law headlined, and following a sold-out, highly acclaimed run at the Freemasons’ Hall in London in March 2016. Letters Live has rapidly established itself as a wonderfully dynamic and exciting new format for presenting memorable letters to a live audience and each event celebrates the joy, pain, wisdom and humour that so often hallmarks this most intimate of literary forms. This ‘Letters Live’ is in aid of the Festivals of Literature Charitable Trust.


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Chris Packham talks to Horatio Clare

Horizons Showcase featuring Staylittle Music

Fingers in the Sparkle Jar

Horizons/Gorwelion in association with BBC Wales and Arts Council of Wales

“Every minute was magical, every single thing it did was fascinating and everything it didn’t do was equally wondrous, and to be sat there, with a kestrel, a real live kestrel, my own real live kestrel on my wrist! I felt like I’d climbed through a hole in heaven’s fence.” The naturalist and presenter of Springwatch and Secrets of our Living Planet introduces his exquisite coming-of-age memoir. He talks to the author of Truant: Notes From the Slippery Slope. [81] 7PM LLWYFAN CYMRU–WALES STAGE £8

Simon Armitage Pearl Armitage’s acclaimed version of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight confirmed his reputation as a leading poetry translator. This new work is an entrancing allegorical tale of grief and lost love. The narrator is led on a Dantean journey through sorrow to redemption by his vanished beloved, Pearl. Retaining all the alliterative music of the original, a Medieval English poem thought to be by the same anonymous author responsible for Gawain, Pearl is here brought to vivid and intricate life. [82] 7PM GOOD ENERGY STAGE £8

Graham Swift Mothering Sunday It is 30 March 1924. Beginning with an intimate assignation and opening to embrace decades, Mothering Sunday has at its heart both the story of a life, and the life that stories can magically contain. Constantly surprising, joyously sensual and deeply moving, this novella is a masterpiece from the Booker winner. He talks to Peter Florence. [83] 7PM OXFAM MOOT £7

Luke Harding A Very Expensive Poison 1 November 2006. Alexander Litvinenko is brazenly poisoned in central London. Twenty-two days later he dies, killed from the inside. The poison? Polonium; a rare, lethal and highly radioactive substance. His crime? He had made some powerful enemies in Russia. Harding, foreign correspondent of the Guardian, argues that Litvinenko’s assassination marked the beginning of the deterioration of Moscow’s relations with the west and a decade of geo-political disruptions: from the war in Ukraine, a civilian plane shot down, at least 7,000 dead, two million people displaced and a Russian president’s defiant rejection of a law-based international order. He talks to Oliver Bullough.



An evening of live and acoustic performances from Matthew Frederick, The Minerals, Tendons and Climbing Trees. [85] 7PM STARLIGHT STAGE £6

Sergio Quezada, Rebecca Kristeleit and Tim Elliot Could the Body’s Natural Defence Systems Hold the Key to Beating Cancer? Cancer Research UK Series Immunotherapy is now the hottest topic in cancer research and could revolutionise the way the disease is treated in the future. Our internationally renowned panel discuss the vast potential of the immune system. Quezada is Professor of Immune Regulation and Tumour Immunotherapy at UCL. Kristeleit is Clinical Senior Lecturer and Consultant Medical Oncologist at UCLH. Elliot is Professor of Experimental Medicine at the University of Southampton. In association with Cancer Research UK [86] 7PM CUBE £6

Polly Samson and Barney Norris talk to Georgina Godwin Fictions: Loves Lyrical, haunting and exquisitely rendered, Samson’s second novel The Kindness explores a deception that comes wrapped as a gift, a betrayal clothed in kindness, and asks if we can ever truly trust another. She’s written an unforgettable story of love, grief, betrayal and reconciliation, masterfully plotted and beautifully told. In Norris’ debut Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain, the peace of a quiet evening in Salisbury is shattered by a serious car crash. At that moment, five lives collide – a flower seller, a schoolboy, an army wife, a security guard, a widower – drawn together by connection and coincidence that perfectly represents the joys and tragedies of small-town life.

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Shami Chakrabarti Should We Scrap The Human Rights Act? The Liberty lawyer presents the arguments pertaining to the 1998 Act of Parliament that hooked our legal system to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Sponsored by Gabbs Solicitors

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Emily Grossman

Kelly Bérubé

Dr Emily’s Weird and Wonderful X-Rated Science Facts

Urban Air Pollution: Unpleasant, Unhealthy and Unsustainable Cardiff University Series

Did you know that two-thirds of people turn their head to the right when kissing? Or that some animals eat their own babies? Or that one crazy creature rips off its penis and throws it at the female so she can inseminate herself? That a pig’s orgasm can last up to 30 minutes? Or that the ridge at the end of the human penis may actually have a function? The charismatic scientist’s fascinating and funny cabaret show is not suitable for children, or the easily batfoggled. [90] 8.30PM GOOD ENERGY STAGE £7

Our lungs are exposed to airborne particles in all aspects of everyday life, and global research suggests that they can cause serious health problems, especially in people with pre-existing lung and heart disease. Kelly Bérubé, Reader in Biosciences at The Lung and Particle Research Group, shares the latest findings. In association with Cardiff University




Lars Mytting talks to Rob Penn Norwegian Wood Part guide to the best practice in every aspect of working with this renewable energy source, part meditation on the human instinct for survival, Mytting’s definitive handbook on the art of chopping, stacking and drying wood in the Scandinavian way has resonated across the world. Sponsored by Want to Canoe?

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Marcus Brigstocke Why The Long Face? Marcus Brigstocke was born with a long face and now there’s UKIP and Putin and being single and Islamic State and George Osborne and Paul Dacre of the Daily bastard Mail and tax dodging corporations and the bloody referendum and did he mention being single? Join the comedian for an evening of laughter and lamenting.

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Boyd Tonkin and The Winner The Man Booker International Prize The winner of the first edition of the prize dedicated to international fiction in translation will be announced in London on 16 May and will appear in conversation with the Man Booker Prize judge, Boyd Tonkin. Full details about the longlist and shortlist can be found at [92] 8.30PM STARLIGHT STAGE £5

David Evans and Philippe Sands What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy The director and writer of this documentary introduce a special screening of the film in which Sands, a human rights lawyer, conducts conversations with two men, Niklas Frank and Horst von Wächter, whose fathers were indicted as war criminals for their roles in the Second World War. Ends at 10.30pm.


The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain The World’s Wife The wives of the great, the good and the not so good set the history books straight with wry wit and some subversive secrets as they tell you their side of their husbands’ stories. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy’s collection is abridged for the stage by the awardwinning National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, and directed by Alice Knight. 2016 sees the world’s first youth theatre celebrate its 60th anniversary. Celebrations will include eye-catching commissions, age-defying fundraising events and an attempt to audition more young people aged 14 –25 from around the UK than ever before. To find out more about how you can get involved go to [96] 10PM GOOD ENERGY STAGE £7

Eirian Lewis Guitar Recital The elegantly gifted RCM guitarist from the Golden Valley plays the first of two meditative late-night concerts. His programme includes: JS Bach - Prelude, Girolamo Frescobaldi - Aria con Variazioni, S.L Weiss - Passacaglia, Walton - Bagatelle II, Scarlatti - Sonatas kp 322 and kp 208, Napoleon Coste - Introduction and Allegretto.


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SUNDAY 29 MAY 10am


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Bridget Kendall talks to Oliver Bullough

G R Gemin

A Very Diplomatic Correspondent

Sweet Pizza

Unshackled now from her role as the BBC’s Diplomatic Correspondent, the doyenne of international journalism talks about her 30 years as a foreign correspondent. She covered the fall of the Soviet Union from Moscow and the heydays and dogdays of the Clinton administration from Washington. A fluent Russian speaker, she has become the authority on the rise and rule of Vladimir Putin and the re-emergence of Russia as a superpower. She will be Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge from July.

This new novel has immigration at its heart. It is the story of Joe’s struggle to save the family-run café in Bryn Mawr that was started before the war by his Italian great-great grandfather. He vows to keep it open, and to find out more about his past at the same time, as well as trying to bring a diverse town together through good food and fine times. 8+


John Browne Connect: How Companies Succeed by Engaging Radically with Society The former CEO of BP explores the recurring rift between big business and society, offering a practical manifesto for reconciliation. It’s a call to arms for real and effective corporate social responsibility. [99] 10AM LLWYFAN CYMRU–WALES STAGE £8

Peter Hennessy and James Jinks

Benji Davies Grandad’s Island Illustrator and animator Benji Davies describes and demonstrates how he creates his stunningly beautiful picture books. In particular he explores his latest, which touchingly looks at how a young child deals with the death of a favourite grandparent. 3+


The Silent Deep

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This is the first authoritative history of the Submarine Service, the most secretive and mysterious of Britain’s armed forces, from the end of the Second World War to the present. As we come to decide whether to renew the nuclear deterrent, Hennessy and Jinks analyse the development of Britain’s submarine fleet, its capabilities, its weapons, its infrastructure, its operations and, above all – from the testimony of many submariners and the first-hand witness of the authors – what life is like on board for the denizens of the silent deep.

Jamie Owen


Tracy Chevalier talks to Georgina Godwin At The Edge of the Orchard The novelist discusses her new book set in C19th America. In this rich, powerful story, Chevalier is at her imaginative best, bringing to life the urge to wrestle with our roots, however deep and tangled they may be. [101] 10AM OXFAM MOOT £7

Peter Mandler Cambridge Series 6: Does Education Cause Social Mobility? If not, What Does? It’s common sense that the best stimulus to social mobility is education. But the facts of the past 50 years – a period of unprecedented social mobility – suggest that people may be just as mobile however much or little education they have. So what does cause social mobility, if not education? And what, if anything, can governments do to promote it? In association with Cambridge University


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BBC Radio Wales LIVE Join Jamie at lunchtime on Sunday for lively conversation, laughter and music. How’s your week been? Broadcast live on BBC Radio Wales.

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A C Grayling The Age of Genius: The Seventeenth Century and the Birth of the Modern Mind What happened to the European mind between 1605 – when an audience watching Macbeth at the Globe might believe that regicide was such an aberration of the natural order that ghosts could burst from the ground – and 1649, when a large crowd could stand and watch the execution of a king? In this turbulent period, science moved from the alchemy and astrology of John Dee to the painstaking observation and astronomy of Galileo. And if the old ways still lingered and affected the new mindset, Descartes’ dualism presented an attempt to square the new philosophy with religious belief. By the end of that tumultuous century “the greatest ever change in the mental outlook of humanity” had irrevocably taken place. Sponsored by Christ College, Brecon

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Salvatore Rubbino

Broken Vows: Tony Blair, The Tragedy of Power

Draw Me a City

When Tony Blair became prime minister in May 1997, he was at 43 the youngest person to hold that office since 1812. With a landslide majority, his approval rating was 93 per cent and he went on to become Labour’s longest-serving premier. What went wrong? #Corruptiooptimipessima. The Chilcot report is expected in June. Sponsored by RPC [105] 11.30AM LLWYFAN CYMRU–WALES STAGE £8

Lionel Shriver talks to George Alagiah Talking Books The Mandibles: A Family, 2029 –2047 The brilliant new novel from the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need to Talk about Kevin centres on three generations of the Mandible family as an extreme fiscal crisis hits near-future America. This is a frightening, funny glimpse into the decline that may await the US. This event will be recorded for broadcast on the BBC World News programme Talking Books.

Watch and join the illustrator on an adventure through some of the world’s iconic cities – London, Paris and New York. Learn how to draw wonderful cityscapes and characters and create your own pictures. 3+

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Tom Bower talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Cast announced on 16 May Letters Live, Family Show Letters Live returns to Hay for a third year after very popular shows in 2014 and 2015 at which Benedict Cumberbatch, Louise Brealey and Jude Law headlined, and following a sold-out, highly acclaimed run at the Freemasons’ Hall in London in March 2016. Letters Live has rapidly established itself as a wonderfully dynamic and exciting new format for presenting memorable letters to a live audience and each event celebrates the joy, pain, wisdom and humour that so often hallmarks this most intimate of literary forms. In association with Letters Live (

[106] 11.30AM GOOD ENERGY STAGE £7

Sanjeev Gupta, Juliet Davenport, Mark Linder and guests


Close to the Brink: Our Energy Future

Cambridge Series 7: Robot Intelligence Versus Human Intelligence

A UK energy crisis is looming. 38 Gigawatts is going offline and only 18GW is available to replace it. That includes Hinkley and Swansea Tidal Bay. With climate change requiring a low-carbon future, where will our energy come from? Davenport is CEO of Good Energy, Gupta is owner of Uskmouth Power Station and Linder is Energy Futures Partner at Bell Pottinger PR. In association with Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon [107] 11.30AM OXFAM MOOT £7

Ian Goldin The Pursuit of Development: Economic Growth, Social Change and Ideas The process by which nations escape poverty and achieve economic and social progress has been analysed for centuries. Goldin considers the contributions that education, health, gender, equity and other dimensions of human wellbeing make to development, and says why it is also necessary to take into account the role of institutions and the rule of law. Chaired by Jesse Norman. [HD14] 11.30AM STARLIGHT STAGE £7

The Delightful World of Jeremy Strong The best-selling author has jokes aplenty as he talks about Vikings, Romans, My Brother’s Famous Bottom, a karate princess and Streaker, the world-famous, hundred-mile-an-hour dog. 6+

Fumiya Iida How intelligent (or otherwise) are robots? Is it a good thing that they can steal our jobs? And will robots ever take over the world? Dr Iida is a Lecturer in Mechatronics at Cambridge. In association with Cambridge University [110] 1PM LLWYFAN CYMRU–WALES STAGE £7

Howard Jacobson talks to John Mullan Talking About Shakespeare: Shylock is My Name With an absent wife and a daughter going off the rails, art collector and philanthropist Simon Strulovitch needs someone to talk to. So when he meets Shylock at a cemetery in Cheshire’s Golden Triangle, he invites him to his house. It’s the beginning of a remarkable friendship. The Man Booker winner’s version of The Merchant of Venice asks what it means to be a father, a Jew and a merciful human being in the modern world. [111] 1PM GOOD ENERGY STAGE £8

Janine di Giovanni talks to Alex Clark The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches from Syria Delivered with passion, fearlessness and sensitivity, this is an unflinching account of a nation on the brink of disintegration, charting an apocalyptic but at times tender story of life in a jihadist war. It is a testament to human resilience in the face of devastating horrors. Di Giovanni is Middle East editor of Newsweek and the author of Madness Visible. In association with The Open University in Wales


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John Kampfner and guests

BBC Introducing in Hereford & Worcester

Full STEAM Ahead

BBC Introducing in Hereford & Worcester supports unsigned, undiscovered and under-the-radar musicians from both counties. Since 2011, the radio station has been taking the show out on the road, showcasing the very best musicians in the area. This recording session features four acts the station has been playing. This is your chance to see how they capture live music on tape, while being able to enjoy some of the hottest new acts in the region. None of these knew they were being considered for a live session – they were chosen based on the tracks here: herefordandworcester/introducing. These sessions will be broadcast each Saturday throughout June from 8pm.

How should we value the arts in the schools curriculum? What do we learn from putting on plays, playing in bands, painting and dancing? The CEO of the Creative Industries Federation and his guests challenge the government’s focus on STEM subjects and examine the place of culture in British education and the national economy. [113] 1PM BBC TENT


Free Thinking: New Generation Thinkers BBC Radio 3 Radio 3 unveils the 10 New Generation Thinkers for 2016. These academics at the start of their careers join Rana Mitter to share fascinating facts from their research with the audience at Hay. New Generation Thinkers is a scheme run by BBC Radio 3 in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council to find academics who can turn their research into great programmes. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Tuesday 31 May at 10pm. [114] 1PM STARLIGHT STAGE £6

Milena Busquets, Yuri Herrera, Valeria Luiselli talk to Daniel Hahn Travelling Luiselli’s The Story of My Teeth is an idiosyncratic journey in the company of Gustavo ‘Highway’ Sanchez, an eccentric auctioneer on a mission to replace all his teeth. Herrera’s Signs Preceding the End of the World explores the crossings and translations people make in their minds and language as they move from one country to another (in this case Mexico to the United States), especially when there’s no going back. Busquets’ This Too Shall Pass is a lively, sexy and moving novel about a woman facing life in her forties, set on the idyllic Spanish coast. With the support of The Mexican Embassy [HD16] 1PM CUBE £4

The Clangers – The Brilliant Surprises A magical making and listening event with a professional storyteller. Hear all the best stories about the loveable Clangers in an event that includes the official Clangers whistle. Following the story there will be the chance to design new Clanger finger puppets and to hear and act out a special new story. 3+ [115] 1PM COMPASS £5

Simon Armitage GCSE Poetry The poet, whose work appears on several syllabuses, examines some of his ‘set text’ poems. The event is suitable for year 9 and 10 GCSE students. Places are limited.



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Jacqueline Wilson talks to Julia Eccleshare The Hay Library Lecture The great Jacqueline Wilson, the most-borrowed children’s author from libraries, reveals the inspiration behind her latest book, Rent a Bridesmaid. She discusses her inspiration and love of books with the HAYDAYS Director. 8+ In association with The Reading Agency [116] 2.30PM TELEGRAPH STAGE £8

Marcus du Sautoy The John Maddox Lecture: What We Cannot Know Are there limits to what we can discover about our physical universe? Are some regions of the future beyond the predictive powers of science and mathematics? Are there ideas so complex that they are beyond the conception of our finite human brains? The Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science asks: Are there true statements that can never be proved true? Sponsored by Bartrums Stationery and Fine Pens [117] 2.30PM GOOD ENERGY STAGE £8

Philippe Sands The Eric Hobsbawm Lecture East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity The lawyer and writer explores how personal lives and history are interwoven. Drawing from his acclaimed new book – part historical detective story, part family history, part legal thriller – he explains the connections between his work on crimes against humanity and genocide, the events that overwhelmed his family during the Second World War, and an untold story at the heart of the Nuremberg Trial. Chaired by Helena Kennedy. See also events 54, 76 In association with The Open University in Wales

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Steven Butler

The LSE Platform: Inequalities

Odd Bods

How do we make Britain better? How do we increase social mobility, redress economic inequality and create a balanced and fair distribution of wealth and opportunity? Is inequality essential for a market economy? Savage is the author of Social Class in the 21st Century and produced the Class Calculator that became a viral phenomenon last year; Hills is the author of Good Times, Bad Times:The Welfare Myth of Them and Us and is co-director with Mike Savage of the LSE’s new International Inequalities Institute, of which Laura Bear is also part. In association with The London School of Economics

The author and actor’s hilarious picture book takes a kindly look at all sorts of interesting and entertaining bods, and shows that being different can be fun. Come and find out more about the Odd Bods and join Steven as he acts out their very special characteristics. 3+



Mike Savage, John Hills, Laura Bear

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Peter Carey talks to Martha Kearney Talking Books: Amnesia


Russell T Davies and Maxine Peake Talking About Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream The former Doctor Who showrunner talks about his passion project, the BBC film of Shakespeare’s play he’s wanted to make his entire life. With a cast that includes Maxine Peake as Titania and Matt Lucas as Bottom, the Dream is set in the tyrannical court of Athens and the magical forest around the city. Screenwriter and star talk to Clemency Burton-Hill. [120] 2.30PM BBC TENT


Free Thinking: Inheritance BBC Radio 3 The arts and ideas programme comes to Hay to record a special edition. Novelist Lionel Shriver, Booker Prize-winner Marlon James and scientist Steve Jones join presenter Rana Mitter for a discussion about inheritance, from family relationships to the planet we are leaving for future generations, from money to morality, from genius to ideas about goodness and evil. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Wednesday 1 June at 10pm. [121] 2.30PM STARLIGHT STAGE £7

Nell Leyshon, Rhidian Brook, Vicente Molina Foix Lunatics, Lovers and Poets 2 The second of three events commemorating the 400th anniversary of the deaths of Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare in which three of the writers commissioned introduce their work. Leyshon is the author of the novels The Colour of Milk and Memoirs of a Dipper, and Bedlam, the first play by a woman ever to be performed at Shakespeare’s Globe; Brook’s most recent novel is The Aftermath; Molina Foix is one of Spain’s most distinguished novelists and film directors. Chaired by Daniel Hahn. Supported by the British Council and Acción Cultural Española

A conversation with the Australian novelist who has won the Booker Prize twice – with Oscar and Lucinda in 1988 and True History of the Kelly Gang in 2001. His latest book is Amnesia: A Novel. When Gaby Baillieux, a young woman from suburban Melbourne, releases the Angel Worm into the computers of Australia’s prison system, hundreds of asylum-seekers walk free. Worse: the system is run by an American corporation, so some 5,000 US prisons are also infected. Doors spring open. Both countries’ secrets threaten to pour out. Was this intrusion a mistake, or has Gaby declared cyberwar on the US? Felix Moore – known to himself as “Australia’s last serving left-wing journalist”– has no doubt. Gaby’s act was part of the covert conflict between Australia and America that dates back decades. While she goes to ground, Felix begins his pursuit of her in order to write her story; to save her, and himself, and maybe his country. In association with the Arts Council of Wales International Writers Series, 3 This event will be recorded for broadcast on BBC World News programme Talking Books. [123] 4PM GOOD ENERGY STAGE £8

Jerry Brotton Talking About Shakespeare - This Orient Isle: Elizabethan England and the Islamic World In 1570, when it became clear she would never be gathered into the Catholic fold, Elizabeth I was excommunicated by the Pope. On the principle that my enemy’s enemy is my friend, this marked the beginning of an extraordinary English alignment with the Muslim powers fighting Catholic Spain in the Mediterranean, and of cultural, economic and political exchanges with the Islamic world of a depth not again experienced until the modern age. England signed treaties with the Ottoman Porte, received ambassadors from the kings of Morocco and shipped munitions to Marrakesh. By the late 1580s hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Elizabethan merchants, diplomats, sailors, artisans and privateers were plying their trade from Morocco to Persia.


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Professor Robert Winston

Leslie Ann Goldberg

Utterly Amazing Science

Algorithms and their Limitations

From rocket launches to erupting volcanoes, magnets and electricity, and forces in motion, Winston explains what makes the world go round. Utterly Amazing Science won The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2015 and captures the imagination of children and adults with mind-blowing information. 8+ In association with The Royal Society

Many of our everyday activities, such as looking up information on the internet and journey planning, are supported by sophisticated algorithms. Some of our online activities are supported by the fact that we don’t have good algorithms for some problems: the encryption scheme that supports the privacy of credit cards in online transactions is believed to be secure precisely because there is no known fast algorithm for factoring large numbers. The Oxford Computer Science Professor explains a little of what we know about the limitations of algorithms, and also the famous P vs NP problem. This is the most important open problem in computer science and is one of the seven Millennium Problems of the Clay Mathematics Institute, which has offered a million-dollar prize for its solution.


Mervyn King talks to Bronwen Maddox The End of Alchemy – Money, Banking and the Future of the Global Economy The former Governor of the Bank of England analyses the causes of the global financial crisis. He proposes revolutionary new ideas to answer the central question: are money and banking a form of alchemy or are they the Achilles heel of a modern capitalist economy? In association with The Open University in Wales [125] 4PM OXFAM MOOT £7

Emma Sky talks to Oliver Bullough The Unravelling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq When an intrepid young British woman volunteered to help rebuild Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, she had little idea what she was letting herself in for. It was only supposed to last three months but instead spanned a decade. Sky provides unique insights into the US military, and the complexities, diversity and evolution of Iraqi society. With sharp detail, tremendous empathy and respect for those who served, The Unravelling is an intimate portrait of how and why the Iraq adventure failed despite the best and often heroic efforts of its young men and women on the ground. [126] 4PM–4.50PM BBC TENT


Jacqueline Wilson Introducing Hetty Feather CBBC presenter Katie Thistleton talks to the children’s author, cast and creatives about CBBC’s adaptation of the novel Hetty Feather. A fast-paced and thrilling story featuring a feisty new heroine, Hetty Feather brings the realities of the Victorian age to life through the eyes and adventures of the children who inhabit the Foundling Hospital. Not for broadcast.


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Pamela Butchart and Laura James Doggy Delights with Pugley and Pug Pugley, star of Pugley Bakes a Cake, is a dog with aspirations and dreams. Pug, inspired by Laura James’ own dog Brian and star of Captain Pug, is a quiet stay-athome dog, frightened of water – until he hides in a picnic hamper and finds himself on a sea-faring adventure! 6+ [128] 4PM SCRIBBLERS HUT


Rebecca F John, Ilaria Gaspari, Mercedes Lauenstein, Nina Polak talk to Daniel Hahn Scritture Giovanni 2016 Four writers under the age of 30 are commissioned to write a story on the theme of Much Ado About Nothing, each of which is then translated into Italian, German and English. The writers visit the three partner festivals (Mantova and Berlin in September, Hay this week) to discuss their work. In partnership with Festivaletteratura Mantova and Internationales Literaturfestival, Berlin

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Michael V Hayden talks to Nik Gowing Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror An unprecedented high-level, master narrative of America’s intelligence wars, from rendition and targeted killing abroad to homeland surveillance. Hayden is the only person to helm both the CIA and the NSA (National Security Agency).

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Francesca Simon and Steven Butler

Inside Science

Battle of the Baddies

BBC Radio 4

Horrid Henry and Dennis the Menace go head-to-head in a battle to find out who is the more terrible of the two. Join the creators of two of the best-loved bad guys as they send their characters into the fight, then vote for the winner in this deadly contest. 6+

Adam Rutherford and guests, including geneticist Professor Steve Jones and writer Gaia Vince, discuss what science can tell us about the state of our planet. Can research stop humans destroying the Earth? Broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 2 June at 4.30pm and 9.30pm.




Danny Dorling and Carl Lee

Stop the Clocks: Thoughts on What I Leave Behind

Geography, an Introduction

The broadcaster and writer looks back at what she was given by her family, and the times in which she grew up. She ranges from the minutiae of life such as how to make a bed properly with hospital corners, to the bigger lessons of politics, of lovers, of betrayal. She talks of the present, of her family, of friends and literature. She talks, too, of what she will leave behind.

Channelling our twin urges to explore and understand, geographers uncover the hidden connections of human existence, from infant mortality in inner cities to the decision-makers who fly overhead in executive jets. Geography is a science that tackles all the biggest issues that face us today, from globalisation to equality, from sustainability to population growth, from climate change to advancing technology.


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Stephen Attenborough

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim and H J Golakai talk to Georgina Godwin

Space-Faring For the 3,000 children in London’s Science Museum and the many thousands of others around the country, 15 December 2015 was a day filled with pride and excitement. Major Tim Peake’s successful International Space Station mission confirmed the UK as a Spacefaring nation, and is inspiring a generation of young people. The Commercial Director of Virgin Galactic describes the challenges involved, the progress made and the potential benefits to life on earth as the company strives to create the world’s first commercial Space line. In association with Jaguar Land Rover [132] 5.30PM OXFAM MOOT £7


Joan Bakewell talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Africa 39 We’re delighted to celebrate two of the stars of our Africa 39 project. H J Golakai’s The Lazarus Effect sends a Cape Town journalist, Voinjama Johnson, on an investigation into missing children. In Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s Season of Crimson Blossoms, an affair between 55-year-old widow Binta Zubairu and 25-year-old weed dealer Reza was bound to provoke condemnation in conservative northern Nigeria. This story of love and longing – set against undercurrents of political violence – unfurls gently, revealing layers of emotion that defy age, class and religion. With the support of Arts Council England

Tahmima Anam talks to George Alagiah Talking Books: The Bones of Grace Born in Bangladesh, Anam grew up in Paris, New York City and Bangkok. Anam’s debut novel, A Golden Age, centres on the Bangladesh Liberation War and was inspired by her parents who were freedom fighters during the conflict. The novel won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book. Anam’s next book, The Good Muslim, explores the after-effects of war and examines the conflicts within modern-day religion and family. She will be discussing her newest work The Bones of Grace, a tragic love story which traverses continents and communities and delves into larger themes like the importance of family history and reconciliation. Arts Council of Wales International Writers Series 4 This event will be recorded for broadcast on the BBC World News programme ‘Talking Books’.

7pm [137] 7PM TELEGRAPH STAGE £9

Salman Rushdie, Kamila Shamsie, Valeria Luiselli, Juan Gabriel Vasquez Talking About Shakespeare: Lunatics, Lovers and Poets 3 Daniel Hahn is joined by novelists from Britain, Mexico and Colombia to celebrate the 400th anniversaries of Cervantes and Shakespeare and the stories they have written around them. Supported by The British Council and Acción Cultural Española


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Adam Rutherford

Horatio Clare talks to Jon Gower

Creation, Synthetic Biology and Hip-Hop

Orison for a Curlew

The geneticist, author of Creation: The Origin of Life/The Future of Life explains how the evolution of music is notably similar to biological evolution: sampling closely mimics synthetic biology, as wholesale pieces of other organisms are swapped to add functions and behaviours for our purposes. And now, as with the copyright issues that strangled creativity in hip-hop, patents in genetics act as crippling hindrances to scientific progress.

The slender-billed curlew is one of the world’s rarest birds. A beautiful, fragile creature, it bred in Siberia and wintered in the Mediterranean basin, passing through the wetlands and estuaries of Italy, Greece, the Balkans and central Asia twice a year. Then, no-one knows why, the population crashed. The slender-billed curlew now exists as rumour, hope, unconfirmed sightings and speculation. The only certainty of its story is that it now stands at the brink of extinction. The author of A Single Swallow tells a story of beauty, triumph, mystery and struggle, in a homage to a creature that may never be seen again.


Hollie McNish Nobody Told Me The phenomenal spoken word artist and Poetry Slam champion performs poems and stories from her new collection. Prepare yourself for the raw energy and passion of Hollie’s very personal poetic take on parenthood. She explores the learning curves of pregnancy and motherhood and how drum ‘n’ bass can make great lullabies. [140] 7PM OXFAM MOOT £7

Bruce Robinson talks to William Sieghart They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper The iconoclastic writer and director of the classic Withnail & I returns to London in a decade-long examination of the most provocative murder investigation in British history. He finally solves the identity of the killer known as Jack the Ripper. [141] 7PM BBC TENT


Storyville: Notes on Blindness A BBC event at Hay When writer and academic John Hull became blind in 1983, he began a diary on audio-cassette. Over three years, he recorded more than 16 hours of material. Notes on Blindness is a feature film based on these audio recordings, interwoven with interviews with John and his wife Marilyn. Channel Editor BBC Four Cassian Harrison talks to writer-directors Peter Middleton and James Spinney, and also John’s wife Marilyn, about taking the viewer on a journey deep into what John calls “a world beyond sight”. This session is not for broadcast. The film broadcasts on Storyville, BBC Four in early 2017.


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Claire Vaye Watkins and John Wray talk to Laura Powell Fictions: Other Worlds… Gold Flame Citrus is the debut novel from the winner of the 2013 Dylan Thomas Prize. In a dystopian, apocalyptic vision, desert sands have laid waste to south-west America and challenge the resilient to survive. The Lost Time Accidents is a bold and epic saga set against the greatest upheavals of the C20th. Haunted by a failed love affair and the darkest of family secrets, Waldemar ‘Waldy’ Tolliver wakes one morning to discover that he has been exiled from the flow of time. The world continues to turn, and Waldy is desperate to find his way back. In association with Swansea University

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Isy Suttie The Actual One – Stand Up The brilliantly funny new show – featuring stories, songs and readings –about that moment in your late twenties when you suddenly realise that all your mates are growing up without you. The invisible deal that Isy had made – to prolong growing up for as long as possible – was all in her head. Suddenly everyone around her is into mortgages, farmers’ markets and nappies, rather than skinny-dipping in the sea and sambuca sessions on rope-swings. When her dearest friend advises Isy that the next guy she meets will be not just The One, but The Actual One, Isy decides to delay the onset of adulthood for just a bit longer until a bet with her mum results in a mad scramble to find a boyfriend within a month. Sponsored by Holdsworth Foods

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Irvine Welsh in conversation with Marlon James

The Library Suicides

The Blade Artist Welsh introduces his elegant, electrifying novel, which marks the return of one of modern fiction’s most infamous, terrifying characters, the incendiary Francis Begbie from Trainspotting. Welsh talks about gangland violence, drug culture and the vitality of language with the Man Booker prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings. Arts Council of Wales International Writers Series, 5

Fflur Dafydd, Euros Lyn, Catrin Stewart Dafydd previews clips from her debut feature Y Llyfrgell/The Library Suicides ahead of its UK release this autumn. She is joined by multi BAFTA award-winning director Euros Lyn (Happy Valley, Broadchurch, Last Tango in Halifax) and rising international star of stage and screen Catrin Stewart (Doctor Who, Stella, Mametz). Chaired by Jon Gower. Sponsored by Mari Thomas Jewellery



Marcus Brigstocke, Juliet Davenport, Ed Gillespie and Special Guests

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I’m An Environmentalist, Get Me Out of Here Join host Ed Gillespie and two teams of the great and the good from the world of sustainability for this riotous and irreverent game show. Expect a heady mix of topicality, tomfoolery, ritual humiliation and randomness. No (live) insects will be hurt during the proceedings. We can’t guarantee the same for our heroic participants’ feelings, pride and reputations.

Suzanne Vega In concert A special festival appearance by the American singer and songwriter whose songs Luka and Tom’s Diner established her as one of the great poets and folk musicians of her generation. Her most recent project is the musical play Lover, Beloved: An Evening With Carson McCullers. Sponsored by Savage & Gray Design

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John Mullan, Nell Leyshon, Marcus du Sautoy, Ben Okri

We Need to Talk About the NHS

Talking About Shakespeare A conversation about Shakespeare’s greatest plays and roles, his fondness for prime numbers and his stagecraft. The UCL English professor is joined by the first woman to write a play for the main stage of Shakespeare’s Globe, the Oxford maths professor and the Booker-winning novelist and poet.



Raymond Tallis, Anita Donley, Julie Grigg The physician, philosopher and writer Raymond Tlalis is the author of NHS SOS; Donley is Clinical Vice President, Royal College of Physicians, and Chair, NHS England, Essex Success Regime; Grigg is a GP in the Hay Medical Centre Practice.

10pm [148] 8.30PM STARLIGHT STAGE £7

Eirian Lewis Guitar Recital 2 The elegantly talented RCM guitarist plays John Duarte, English Suite; Agustín Barrios Mangore, Julia Florida; William Walton, Bagatelles 2 and 3; Silvius Leopold Weiss, Passacaglia; Domenico Scarlatti, 2 keyboard sonatas; Villa Lobos, etudes 1 and 8; J S Bach, Prelude (from Prelude Fugue and Allegro); Napoleon Coste, Introduction and Allegretto; Girolamo Frescobaldi, Aria con Variazioni.


Sara Pascoe Animal – Stand Up The show is a mixture of completely true stories about Tony Blair, Oedipus Rex and the wildlife of Lewisham, plus a load of stories that don’t sound true at all about Jason Donovan, Henry the Hoover and when God took over the tannoy in Sainsbury’s. All animals evolved, but only humans evolved to the point of knowing they evolved. This troubling and confusing position is explored in a creative and honest way in a show about empathy and its limitations. Sara has appeared on Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week, Have I Got News for You, QI, Room 101, Buzzcocks, 8 out of 10 Cats and a load of other programmes that can’t be listed due to word count restrictions. See also event 156 on Monday 30 May.


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MONDAY 30 MAY 10am


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Simon Sebag Montefiore talks to John Mitchinson The Romanovs The intimate story of tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. The historian’s gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of ruthless empirebuilding, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, sexual decadence and wild extravagance, and peopled by a cast of courtesans, revolutionaries and poets, from Ivan the Terrible to Tolstoy, from Queen Victoria to Lenin. Sebag Montefiore is the author of Catherine the Great & Potemkin and Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar. [154] 10AM TELEGRAPH STAGE £8

Margaret A Boden talks to Adam Rutherford AI: Its Nature and Future The applications of artificial intelligence lie all around us: in our homes, schools and offices, in our cinemas, in art galleries and – not least – on the internet. The results have been invaluable to biologists, psychologists and linguists in helping to understand the processes of memory, learning and language. Boden is Research Professor of Cognitive Science at University of Sussex, and one of the best-known figures in the field of artificial intelligence. She is author of Mind as Machine: a History of Cognitive Science. Part of the Baillie Gifford series

Simon Taylor talks to Mark Lynas Cambridge Series 8: The Strange Rebirth of Nuclear Power in Britain Twenty years ago the UK stopped building nuclear stations. Why are we now planning an £18 billion, French-Chinese, nuclear power station at Hinkley Point? Taylor is lecturer in finance at Cambridge University. Lynas is an author and journalist. In association with Cambridge University [158] 10AM BBC TENT


How to Break into the Media A BBC event at Hay A masterclass on how to get started in the media, featuring a discussion with researchers and producers from radio, television and online. Not for broadcast. [HD22] 10AM STARLIGHT STAGE £6

Pamela Butchart To Wee or Not to Wee! Take a fresh look at Shakespeare with the Blue Peter Award-winning author as she gives action-packed retellings of Macbeth, Hamlet, A Midsummer’s Night Dream and Romeo and Juliet. 6+ [HD23] 10AM CUBE £5

Viviane Schwarz [155] 10AM LLWYFAN CYMRU–WALES STAGE £8

Charlotte McDonald-Gibson, Patrick Kingsley and Ben Rawlence Refuge and Redemption In this 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia three writers tell the stories of people escaping horrors and seeking a better world elsewhere. These are the inside stories of refuge and migrations. McDonald-Gibson is the author of Cast Away: True Stories of Survival from Europe’s Refugee Crisis; Kingsley is the author of The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe’s Refugee Crisis; Rawlence’s book is City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp. Chaired by Oliver Balch. [156] 10AM GOOD ENERGY STAGE £7

Sara Pascoe talks to Stephanie Merritt Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body “Women have so much going on, what with boobs and jealousy and menstruating and broodiness and sex and infidelity and pubes and wombs and jobs and memories and emotions and the past and the future and themselves and each other.” The comedian combines autobiography and evolutionary history to create a funny, fascinating insight into the forces that mould and affect modern women.


How to Find Gold Join the picture-book creator on a journey through the imagination searching for hidden treasure. There’s gold to find and secrets to keep but, above all, there is a wonderful story to celebrate. With live drawing, treasure maps and storytime, this is perfect for little adventurers. 3+ [159] 10AM–NOON RICHARD BOOTH’S BOOKSHOP CINEMA £8

Ross Adam and Robert Cannan The Lovers and the Despot: Screening and Q&A The film-makers introduce their documentary about the crazy story of Kim Jong-Il and his kidnapping of South Korean actress Choi Eun-hee and her estranged director husband Shin Sang-ok to make films for him in North Korea.

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Christiana Figueres talks to Nicholas Stern The British Academy Platform: We’ll Always Have Paris A conversation with the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, who is now charged with delivering the COP21 Agreement, signed in Paris. If anyone can do it, she can. And she will. In association with the British Academy

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Francesca Simon

The Battle of Hattin 1187–2016

The Monstrous Child

On 4 July 1187 Saladin destroyed the Crusader army of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem in a terrible slaughter at the battle of Hattin. He went on to restore the Holy City of Jerusalem to Islamic rule. The carnage at Hattin was the culmination of almost a century of religious wars between Christian and Muslim in the Holy Land. In the C20th the battle was revived as a symbol of Arab hope for liberation from Crusader-Imperialism, and in the C21st it has become a rallying cry for radical Muslim fundamentalists in their struggle for the soul of Islam. In association with Swansea University

The best-selling author’s teenage heroine, Hel, knows every feeling of adolescence. But as goddess of the Underworld, when she behaves badly she doesn’t just get sent to her room; she gets sent to rule over the dead for all eternity! Hel has powers that most teens can only dream of…but they come at a price. 10+


Anna Pavord Landskipping: Painters, Ploughmen and Places The author of The Tulip and The Curious Gardener explores the different ways in which we have, throughout the ages, responded to the land. While painters painted and writers wrote, an entirely different band of men, the agricultural improvers, also travelled the land and published a series of remarkable commentaries on the state of agricultural England. Using their reports, Pavord explores the many different ways in which land was managed and farmed. [163] 11.30AM GOOD ENERGY STAGE £7

Jonathan Coe talks to Francine Stock Number 11 The great comic writer, author of What A Carve Up! and The Rotters’ Club, introduces his new novel. It’s about the hundreds of tiny connections between the public and private worlds and how they affect us all. It’s about living in a city where bankers need cinemas in their basements and others need food banks down the street. It’s about how comedy and politics are battling it out and how comedy might have won. Sponsored by Richard Booth’s Bookshop [164] 11.30AM OXFAM MOOT £7

Maddy Abbas, Chris Bickerton, Katharina Karcher Cambridge Series 9: The Future of Europe As support for the extremes of the political spectrum increases across Europe, and Britain threatens to pull out of the EU, what does the future hold for our continent? Abbas is a research associate at the University of Cambridge, Bickerton is a lecturer in politics and Karcher is a research associate in the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages. In association with Cambridge University

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Jenny Broom


John France talks to Peter Florence

The Wonder Garden Join the illustrator on a journey of discovery in some of the Earth’s most amazing habitats. Explore the coral on the Great Barrier Reef, experience the astonishing peaks of the Himalayas, trek through the Amazon rainforest, go down the darkest paths of the Black Forest and into the dry heat of the Chihuahuan desert. And then draw your own wonder garden. 6+

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Tippi Hedren talks to Philippe Sands Talking About Film The actress is one of the greatest Hollywood stars of the golden age. She talks about her work with Hitchcock on Marnie and The Birds, her long acting career and her Shambala Preserve for endangered big cats. [166] 1PM TELEGRAPH STAGE £8

Richard Thaler talks to Bronwen Maddox Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioural Economics From the renowned and entertaining behavioural economist and co-author of the seminal work Nudge, Misbehaving is an irreverent and enlightening look into human foibles. Traditional economics assumes that rational forces shape everything. Behavioural economics knows better. Thaler has spent his career studying the notion that humans are central to the economy - and that we’re error-prone individuals, not Spock-like automatons. Now behavioural economics is hugely influential, changing the way we think about not just money, but also about ourselves, our world and all kinds of everyday decisions. Part of the Baillie Gifford series


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Timothy Garton Ash

World at One

Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World

BBC Radio 4 LIVE

Never in human history was there such an opportunity for freedom of expression. If we have internet access, any one of us can publish almost anything we like and potentially reach an audience of millions. And never was there a time when the evils of unlimited speech flowed so easily across frontiers: violent intimidation, gross violations of privacy, tidal waves of abuse. With vivid examples – from his personal experience of China’s Orwellian censorship apparatus to the controversy around Charlie Hebdo – Garton Ash proposes a framework for civilized conflict in a world in which we are all becoming neighbours. [168] 1PM GOOD ENERGY STAGE £7

Kat Arney talks to Daniel Davis Herding Hemingway’s Cats The language of genes has become common parlance. We know they make your eyes blue, your hair curly or your nose straight. The media tells us that our genes control the risk of cancer, heart disease, alcoholism or Alzheimer’s. The cost of DNA sequencing has plummeted from billions of pounds to a few hundred, and gene-based advances in medicine hold huge promise. So we’ve all heard of genes, but how do they actually work? Arney is an award-winning science writer and broadcaster who specialises in genetics and biomedical science. PS The story goes that an old sea captain once gave Ernest Hemingway a six-toed cat whose distinctive descendants still roam the writer’s Florida estate…


Join us behind the scenes to watch BBC Radio 4’s long-running lunchtime news analysis programme as we broadcast live from Hay every weekday in the BBC Tent. Presented by Martha Kearney with special guests. Broadcasting live on BBC Radio 4 at 1pm. Please be seated by 12.50pm. [HD26] 1PM STARLIGHT STAGE £6

The Magical World of Beatrix Potter 150th Anniversary Celebration Jump right inside The Tale of Peter Rabbit when you hear it read aloud by a professional storyteller. Help brainstorm a sequel describing what Peter Rabbit might get up to if he escaped in Hay. Children will leave with reminders of the great author, an exclusive notebook to help them develop a writing career, and a pack of seeds in memory of her love of gardening. 3+ [HD27] 1PM CUBE £6

Lizzy Stewart There’s a Tiger in the Garden Join Lizzy Stewart as she brings her beautiful picture book to life through a fabulous craft workshop. Create a pop-up garden or a jungle and make wonderful puppets of the amazing animals you might find there. 6+

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A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled

Juan Gabriel Vasquez and Álvaro Enrigue talk to Daniel Hahn

“Five hundred years ago no one died of stress; we invented this concept and now we let it rule us. We might have evolved to be able to balance on seven-inch heels, but as far as our emotional development is concerned we’re still swimming with the pond scum. If we don’t advance our more human qualities then we’re doomed to become cyborgs, with an imprint of an Apple where our hearts used to be.” Ruby Wax shows us a scientific solution to these problems: mindfulness. Sponsored by The Great British Florist

Bogota 39, Ten Years On A conversation with two of Latin America’s biggest award-winning fiction stars, who were part of the landmark Bogota 39 Generation in 2006. In Gabriel Vasquez’ Reputations, Colombia’s great cartoonist star is at a big public celebration of his career when he is faced with a character from his past who calls into question everything about his life and work. Enrigue’s Sudden Death is a funny and mind-bending novel about the clash of empires and ideas in C16th, told over the course of one, dazzling tennis match in Rome. In England, Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII execute Anne Boleyn, and her executioner transforms her legendary locks into the most sought-after tennis balls of the time. Across the ocean in Mexico, the last Aztec emperors play their own games, as Hernán Cortés and his Mayan translator and lover scheme and conquer, fight and fornicate, not knowing that their domestic comedy will change the course of history. With the support of the Colombian and Mexican Embassies



Thomas Keneally talks to Gaby Wood Napoleon’s Last Island The Booker-winning Australian writer launches his new novel. On the island of St Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean, Napoleon spends his last years in exile. It is a hotbed of gossip and secret liaisons, where a blind eye is turned to relations between colonials and slaves. The disgraced emperor is subjected to vicious and petty treatment by his captors, but he forges an unexpected ally: a rebellious British girl, Betsy, who lives on the island with her family and becomes his unlikely friend. Arts Council of Wales International Writers Series, 6 See also event 217.

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Gaia Vince talks to Adam Rutherford

The BBC Radio Wales Patrick Hannan Lecture

The first female winner of The Royal Society’s book prize, Gaia Vince charts humanity’s changes on our planet. By transforming our relationship with the natural world, humans have beckoned a new a geological age: the Anthropocene. Join Gaia as she talks to broadcaster Adam Rutherford about the people that make up these earth-shifting times. In association with The Royal Society


BBC Radio Wales LIVE John McGrath, founding Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Wales and now CEO and Artistic Director of Manchester International Festival, delivers the fifth annual Welsh affairs lecture dedicated to the late BBC Wales broadcaster. Broadcast live on BBC Radio Wales.



Danny Dorling and Bethan Thomas

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People and Places: A 21st-Century Atlas of the UK The geographers introduce their staggeringly detailed analysis of social change over the past 15 years, gleaned from census statistics and big data. It is essential reading for all those working in local authorities, health authorities, and statutory and voluntary organisations, as well as for researchers, students, policy makers, journalists and any Haymakers interested in social geography, social policy, social justice and social change. [175] 2.30PM OXFAM MOOT £7

Hawa Golakai, Mark Gevisser and Kevin Eze talk to Rosie Goldsmith Whose Story is it Anyway?

Salman Rushdie talks to Jerry Brotton Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights Inspired by the traditional wonder tales of the East, Rushdie’s new novel is a masterpiece about the age-old conflicts that remain in today’s world. Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights is satirical and bawdy, full of cunning and folly, rivalries and betrayals, kismet and karma, rapture and redemption. [178] 4PM TELEGRAPH STAGE £8

Steve Jones No Need for Geniuses: Revolutionary Science in the Age of the Guillotine

In times of instability and change, African writers are turning to non-fiction. A new anthology, Safe House: Explorations in Creative Nonfiction, highlights contemporary issues across the continent. It addresses the Chinese in Africa, the refugee crisis, and Ebola. Can non-fiction move readers where fiction falls short, or simply fails to inspire action? Rosie Goldsmith hosts South African-based author Mark Gevisser, Hawa Golakai from Liberia and Kevin Eze from Senegal. In partnership with Commonwealth Writers

Paris at the time of the French Revolution was the world capital of science. They were true revolutionaries, agents of an upheaval both of understanding and of politics. Antoine Lavoisier founded modern chemistry and physiology, transformed French farming, and hugely improved the manufacture of gunpowder. His political activities brought him a fortune, but in the end led to his execution. The judge who sentenced him claimed that “the Revolution has no need for geniuses”. Chaired by Dan Davis.



Secret Treasures of Ancient Egypt

Parag Khanna talks to Nik Gowing

Step back in time and explore the amazing lost cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus with the help of an expert, a British Museum curator of The Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds exhibition. Enjoy seeing incredible underwater photographs from the site and discover how these fantastic cities were rediscovered. 8+

Connectography: Mapping the Global Network Revolution

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Emma Yarlett Nibbles The Book Monster Hear the author/illustrator telling the stories behind her new book-eating character Nibbles, who is munching his way through some of our favourite fairytales. As a result they are all muddled up. Come and help Nibbles get back to where he properly belongs. 3+


Royal Society Platform: Adventures in the Anthropocene

The global strategist and author travels from Ukraine to Iran, Mongolia to North Korea, London to Dubai and the Arctic Circle to the South China Sea – all to show how C21st conflict is a tug-of-war over pipelines and internet cables, advanced technologies and market access. Yet Connectography offers a hopeful vision of the future. Khanna argues that new energy discoveries and innovations have eliminated the need for resource wars; and that frail regions such as Africa and the Middle East are unscrambling their fraught colonial borders through ambitious new transportation corridors and power grids.


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Peter Lord

Yanis Varoufakis talks to Martha Kearney

The Tradition: A New History of Welsh Art

And The Weak Suffer What They Must?

The distinguished art historian presents his elegant and intriguing survey of the evolution of visual art in Wales from the Renaissance to the present day, told through landscape and portrait paintings, drawings and sculptures. Chaired by Jon Gower. Sponsored by Old Forest Arts

The former finance minister of Greece shows that the origins of the European collapse go far deeper than our leaders are prepared to admit – and that we have done nothing so far to fix it. Sponsored by Richard Booth’s Bookshop [183] 5.30PM TELEGRAPH STAGE £9

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Edna O’Brien talks to Matt Frei

Mei Fong and Xinran talk to Rosie Boycott

The Little Red Chairs

One Child China

When a wanted war criminal from the Balkans, masquerading as a faith healer, settles in a small west coast Irish village, the community is in thrall and one woman, Fidelma McBride, falls under his spell. In this astonishing novel, O’Brien charts the consequences of that fatal attraction.

For more than three decades China exercised unprecedented control over the reproductive habits of its billion citizens. Now, with its economy faltering just as it seemed poised to become the largest in the world, the Chinese government has brought an end to its one-child policy. Mei Fong’s One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment examines the policy. Xinran’s Buy Me the Sky: The Remarkable Truth of China’s One-Child Generations charts the stories of the singleton generations. Within their families, they are revered as little emperors and suns, although such cosseting can come at a high price: isolation, confusion and an inability to deal with life’s challenges. [HD30] 4PM STARLIGHT STAGE £6

Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison Never Evers Journalist Tom Ellen and school librarian Lucy Ivison discuss how they created Never Evers, the sequel to Lobsters. Are two writers better than one when it comes to having great ideas? Does their experience of having been at sixth form together help when they are writing about Mouse and Jack and the great disaster of the school skiing trip? 12+ #HAYYA [HD31] 4PM CUBE £5

Fleur Alexander Above and Below Take part in an interactive session with the storyteller exploring eight amazing habitats above and below the Earth’s surface, recreated in Patricia Hegarty and Hanako Clulow’s book. Delve into the rainforest, dive into the ocean and learn about the sustaining connections between the two. 3+


Jules Howard Death on Earth: Adventures in Evolution and Mortality Some animals live for just a few hours as adults, others prefer to kill themselves rather than live for longer than they are needed, and there are a number of animals that live for centuries. There is death in life. Among all of this is us: perhaps the first animal in the history of the universe fully conscious that death really is going to happen in the end. The zoologist explores the never-ending cycle of death and the impact it has on the living. [185] 5.30PM GOOD ENERGY STAGE £7

David Crystal, Daniel Hahn, Vicente Molina Foix Talking About Shakespeare: Language What did performances of Shakespeare’s plays sound like in his day? Linguistics professor David Crystal introduces OP (original pronunciation) and marvels at the wonders of the playwright’s revolutionary vocabulary. Hahn and Molina Foix (who translates Shakespeare for contemporary Spanish theatre) consider the reality that most people in the world discover the great writer’s work in translation. [186] 5.30PM OXFAM MOOT £7

Carol Black talks to Rosie Boycott Cambridge Series 10: Addiction, Obesity and Employment Professor Dame Carol Black discusses her independent review for government on how best to support people with drug and alcohol addiction or those who are obese, to stay in work, or get back to work. A former president of the Royal College of Physicians, Professor Black is principal of Newnham College, Cambridge. In association with Cambridge University


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Simon Sebag Montefiore and Jung Chang

A BBC event at Hay

Stalin and Mao

In a year in which the BBC is focusing on the pleasures of reading, this film follows a group of primary schoolchildren as they take their first steps into the world of the written word. Some make a flying start, others struggle. Some may have parents who themselves have trouble reading, and others may have a parent who doesn’t speak English. Channel Editor BBC Four Cassian Harrison talks to director Sam Benstead and Executive Producer Liesel Evans about the challenges of making an observational film with young children. Not for broadcast. The documentary, made by Century Films, broadcasts on BBC Four this summer and will be part of Get Reading – a campaign to urge the nation to read and discuss books.

The historians explore the lives and crimes of the two C20th communist dictators. Sebag Montefiore is the author of Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar. Chang is the author of Wild Swans and, with Jon Halliday, Mao: The Unknown Story.


Sarah Bakewell talks to Francine Stock At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being & Apricot Cocktails Three young friends meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and Raymond Aron. Aron opens their eyes to a radical new way of thinking. Pointing to his drink, he says, “You can make philosophy out of this cocktail”. The author of How To Live: A Life of Montaigne tells the story of modern existentialism as one of passionate encounters between people, minds and ideas. [189] 5.30PM CUBE £6

Henny Beaumont talks to Georgina Godwin Hole in the Heart: Bringing Up Beth On Mother’s Day 2004 the artist Henny Beaumont gave birth to her third child. For the first few hours, her baby seemed no different from her two other little girls. Henny describes how family life changed the moment the registrar told her and her husband that their daughter might have Down’s syndrome. Henny shares her family’s journey – in beautiful black and white drawings – from hospital to home, and from early years to school, in this moving, wise and unsparing graphic memoir.



Martin Rees Black Holes, Alien Life and the Multiverse – an Update The astronomer will share his excitement about recent cosmic ideas and discoveries. Since last festival one of Einstein’s greatest predictions has been confirmed with the detection of gravitational waves from colliding back holes. Images of Pluto have surprised us, and astronomers have discovered thousands of planets orbiting other stars, some resembling Earth. And there is speculation that physical reality encompasses more than the aftermath of our big bang: we may inhabit a multiverse. In association with The Royal Society [193] 7PM GOOD ENERGY STAGE £8

Susan Calman talks to Raymond Tallis Cheer Up, Love: Adventures in Depression with the Crab of Hate The Crab of Hate is the personification of the Scottish comedian’s depression and her version of the Black Dog. A constant companion, the Crab has provided her with the best and worst of times. She talks about how, after many years and with a lot of help, she has realised that she can be the most joyous sad person you’ll ever meet. [194] 7PM OXFAM MOOT £7

Rob Penn The Man Who Made Things Out Of Trees Rob Penn cut down an ash tree to see how many things could be made from it. Journeying from Wales and Ireland across Europe to the US, he finds that the ancient skills and knowledge of the properties of ash, developed over millennia making wheels and arrows, furniture and baseball bats, are far from dead. He chronicles how the urge to appreciate trees still runs through us like grain through wood. In association with the Woodland Trust

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Germaine Greer

Arena: 1966

Talking About Shakespeare: The Sonnets The writer and teacher discusses the playwright’s poetry. Sponsored by Richard Booth’s Bookshop


B is for Book


A BBC event at Hay Jon Savage’s book 1966: The Year the Decade Exploded marks the year pop music ripped up the rule book. In popular culture and the mass media, 1966 was a year of restless experiment. Author Jon Savage, editor of Arena Anthony Wall, and director Paul Tickell talk to broadcaster Francine Stock about this upcoming BBC Four programme, with exclusive clips. Not for broadcast. The film broadcasts on BBC Four in the summer.


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John Robb and Oliver Harris

Norma Percy talks to Martine Croxall

The Body in History

Inside Obama’s White House

How has the human body been understood in Europe, from the Palaeolithic to the present day? Archaeologists Robb and Harris reveal how the body has been treated in life, art and death for the past 40,000 years. What emerges is not merely a history of different understandings of the body, but a history of the different human bodies that have existed. They show how bodies are key elements in shaping the changes that have swept across Europe since the arrival of modern humans.

The multi-award-winning doyenne of geo-political documentary talks about her eight-year project to chronicle and analyse the Obama presidency. She shows clips from the BBC2 series and talks to the BBC News anchor about her access, her methods and her interviews.

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Abbie Ross, Julia Forster and Crystal Jeans talk to Gwen Davies Debuts Three debut authors talk to New Welsh Review editor Gwen Davies about childhood and the nostalgia of popular culture in memoir and fiction, and about getting that first book written and published. Abbie Ross’ memoir Hippy Dinners is set in north Wales; Julia Forster’s debut novel What a Way to Go is set in the Midlands; and Crystal Jeans’ novel Vegetarian Tigers of Paradise is set in Cardiff.

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Ed Gillespie talks to Andy Fryers Only Planet – a Flight-free Adventure Around the World Slow traveller Ed Gillespie takes us on an inspirational global circumnavigation without going anywhere near an airport. From cargo ships to camels, hitchhiking to hovercrafts, Ed proves that getting there really is half the fun. Crossing Shamanic lakes, Mongolian deserts and climbing jungle volcanoes, he meets grizzled sea dogs, drunken smugglers and peckish pythons. This visual talk focuses on the exhilaration of taking it slowly and rediscovering hope for humanity and the planet.

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In concert

Turin Brakes Caitlin Moran Moranifesto This is a statement from the superstar author of How To Be A Woman about the world and the causes she cares about. [199] 8.30PM LLWYFAN CYMRU–WALES STAGE £7

John Sutherland and John Crace Talking About Shakespeare: The Abridged Shakespeare The two Johnnies do the Bard. An irreverent, delightful and wickedly clever insight into the plays and games of the great playwright. Sutherland is Emeritus Professor of English at UCL; Crace is the Digested Read satirist and writes the parliamentary sketch for the Guardian. [200] 8.30PM GOOD ENERGY STAGE £7

James Harkin talks to Sarfraz Manzoor Hunting Season The execution of James Foley, Islamic State, and the real story of the kidnapping campaign that started a war. The investigative frontline journalist provides an utterly absorbing account of the world’s newest and most powerful terror franchise and what it means for modern war.


Sixteen years of touring across continents have sealed the indie band’s reputation as a fearsome live act, able to hold any size crowd with the sheer chutzpah of their no-hidden-tricks, raw and direct onstage presence. Their seventh studio album Lost Property stormed into the UK charts in January. They’ll play material from the new album alongside classic hits like Painkiller and Fishing for a Dream. Turin Brakes are childhood friends Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian and their long-term collaborators Rob Allum and Eddie Myer.

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Jess Robinson The Rise of Mighty Voice The star of Dead Ringers, Newzoids, and Little Voice in her sensational comedy musical show: amazing mimicry, stunning singing and cheeky wit. Jess spins show stopping musical mash-ups, incredible vocal gymnastics and irreverent celebrity impressions in a perfect, party-going, feel-fabulous performance. With Kirsty Newton at the piano.

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Richard Bardgett

David and Catherine James’ cider orchards are carefully managed to supply a range of cider apples to Bulmers and Gaymers for their premium brands, some of which will be available for tasting. In a happily synergistic relationship with a local beekeeper, the trees are pollinated by bees. Look inside the hives and learn how bees make honey and store it for the winter. First of three farm walks. These are visits to real working farms and are suitable for anyone interested in learning more about food and farming. Families are welcome but children must be supervised at all times. Coaches will return to festival site in time for events at 1pm.

Earth Matters: How Soil Underlies Civilisation

10am [HD32] 10AM TATA TENT £8

For much of history, soil has played a central role in society. Farmers and gardeners worldwide nurture their soil to provide their plants with water, nutrients and protection from pests and diseases; major battles have been aborted or stalled by the condition of soil; murder trials have been solved with evidence from soil; and, for most of us, our ultimate fate is the soil. The Professor of Ecology at Manchester explores the role soil plays in our lives and in the bio-geochemical cycles that allow the planet to function effectively. He considers how better soil management could combat global issues such as climate change, food shortages and the extinction of species. [208] 10AM OXFAM MOOT £6

The Magnard Ensemble

Kate Fletcher talks to Andy Fryers

Revolting Rhymes and Marvellous Music

Fashion: Craft of Use

The dynamic chamber group and narrator Rebecca Kenny explore the world of Roald Dahl’s poetry through live instrumental music and theatre. Accompany them with composers Paul Patterson and Martin Butler on an interactive musical adventure. You’ll meet some of your favourite characters and you might think you know the stories, but take care – in the weird and wonderful world of Roald Dahl’s imagination, nothing is ever quite what it seems. In association with Roald Dahl 100

Rather than continually making more clothes using more materials, there should be a greater emphasis on how clothes can be repaired, adapted and upcycled. The Professor of Sustainability, Design and Fashion at University of the Arts London presents an inspiring manifesto for improving durability and resourcefulness in the fashion industry. Sponsored by Eighteen Rabbit Fair Trade


Emma Smith Shakespeare’s First Folio In late November 1623, the publisher Edward Blount finally took delivery at his bookshop, at the sign of the Black Bear near St Paul’s, of a book that had long been in the making: Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies. Professor Smith tells the story of that first collected edition of the plays, and follows the journeys of individual copies now located around the world. [206] 10AM LLWYFAN CYMRU–WALES STAGE £7

Maggie Andrews The Acceptable Face of Feminism: 100 years of the Women’s Institute University of Worcester Series The WI is fondly thought of in terms of ‘jam and Jerusalem’, but its roots are intertwined with the women’s suffrage movement and the many campaigns that have sought to articulate the needs of women since the First World War. The Professor of Cultural History will explore the political and social initiatives that helped define the radical organisation. In association with University of Worcester


Trevithel Court Farm Walk

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Blue Peter Book Awards The 2016 winners are joined by Blue Peter presenter Lindsey Russell to talk about their work as graphic artist turned author, and what it means to have been voted winners by schoolchildren all over the country. Ross MacKenzie, who is also a graphic designer for a national newspaper, won Best Story with his latest title, The Nowhere Emporium. Schoolchildren said the plot was like “putting pieces into a jigsaw”. Adam Frost, who creates fantastic, wacky information graphics that are often found in his books, won Best Book with Facts for The Epic Book of Epicness – which schoolchildren described as having “funny facts that made your head fizzle”. Come and find out how they did it. Not for broadcast. [HD33] 10AM STARLIGHT STAGE £7

Andy Stanton 10 Years of Mr Gum You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum has become a modern classic – pretty good at only 10 years old. But as the winner of two Roald Dahl Funny Book Prizes, two Blue Peter Book Awards and the Red House Book Award, this was always something special. Celebrate Mr Gum with the author in an event that is likely to be as riotous as the book. 8+


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Simon James

Stephen Harris

Dear Greenpeace

What Have Plants Ever Done for Us?

Celebrate 25 years of this picture-book with its award-winning creator Simon James (Baby Brains, Nurse Clementine). Little Emily has a whale living in her garden pond and decides to write to Greenpeace for tips on how to look after him. With storytelling and live drawing, Simon takes you on a journey through this much-loved classic and introduces you to his latest book, Rex. 6+

Which tree is often used in the treatment of cancer? Which everyday condiment is the most widely traded spice on the planet? Plants are an indispensable part of our everyday lives. From the coffee bush and grass for cattle (which give us milk for our cappuccinos), to the rubber tree that produces tyres for our cars, our lives are inextricably linked to the world of plants. The Curator of the Oxford University Herbaria identifies the plants that have been key to the development of the western world.


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David Crystal Making a Point: The Pernickety Story of English Punctuation

The National Poet of Wales / Bardd Cenedlaethol Cymru

The triumphant, concluding volume in David Crystal’s trilogy on the English language combines the first history of English punctuation with a complete guide on how to use it. The punctuation of English, marked with occasional rationality, is founded on arbitrariness and littered with oddities. Professor Crystal leads us through this minefield with characteristic wit and clarity. [DC on semi-colons is hilarious; also painfully funny on exclamation marks! Ed.] Sponsored by The Society of Indexers

In his first official event as National Poet of Wales, Ifor ap Glyn will discuss Welsh literature with his predecessor Gillian Clarke. Both poets will read from their work and share their stories and thoughts on this thriving scene. Yn ei ddigwyddiad cyntaf fel Bardd Cenedlaethol Cymru, bydd Ifor ap Glyn yn trafod llenyddiaeth Cymru gyda’i ragflaenydd, Gillian Clarke. Bydd y ddau fardd yn trin a thrafod byd barddoniaeth ac yn taflu ambell gerdd i’r pair hefyd. In association with Literature Wales / Mewn cydweithrediad â Llenyddiaeth Cymru

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Esther Rantzen and Peter Watt

Jo Smith

The NSPCC Platform: The Children

The Shape We’re In: Building Good Mental and Emotional Health University of Worcester Series

There is now a constant media spotlight on extreme cases of children’s protection at a time when local authority social services budgets are under duress across Britain. Dame Esther, founder of ChildLine, reflects upon the core work of children’s services and the challenges facing society in caring for and encouraging young people. She is the author of the book Running Out Of Tears. In association with the NSPCC

The hyper-accelerated culture of the C21st presents many challenges for our mental and physical wellbeing. The consultant clinical psychologist explores positive strategies for handling life’s challenges, from taking care of your physical health to building strong relationships with those around you and developing coping strategies for negative moments. In association with University of Worcester


Tracy Borman talks to S J Parris

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The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain’s Greatest Dynasty

Model-making 1: Gromit

Even in their most private moments, the Tudor monarchs were accompanied by a servant specifically appointed for the task. A groom of the stool would stand patiently by as Henry VIII performed his daily purges, and when Elizabeth I retired for the evening, one of her female servants would sleep at the end of her bed. The Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces uses the personal notes from these courtier intimates to give a revelatory picture of the Tudors’ private lives.


Aardman Workshops Learn from expert model-makers how to form the famous Aardman characters. Three workshops this morning provide creative hands-on activity for all ages. You’ll also get the chance to ask questions about the animation process. Take your clay models home and try animating them with Aardman’s easy-to-use Animate It! software. 8+

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BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 1

God is Watching You: How the Fear of God Makes Us Human

The first of four recitals broadcast live from Hay this week. Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin) and Wu Qian (piano) play de Falla’s Suite Popular Española; Prokofiev’s Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op. 80; and Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20. Concert introduced by Clemency Burton-Hill. Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3; please arrive in good time. [217] 1PM TATA TENT £9

Thomas Keneally talks to Philippe Sands Schindler’s Ark The writer discusses his Booker-winning novel about Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist who risked his life to protect and rescue Jews from Auschwitz. The book was made into a film by Steven Spielberg as Schindler’s List. See also event 172. [218] 1PM TELEGRAPH STAGE £8

Katherine Willis From Genes to Beans From the food on our plates to the greens in our garden, many plants share one extraordinary characteristic – they contain two, three or even 10 copies of their entire genetic code in each of their cells. This so-called ‘polyploidy’ crams cells full of DNA and not only gives us weird and wonderful-looking plants, but almost all of the plants we eat every day. The Director of Science at the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew and Michael Faraday Prize winner talks about polyploidy and how it will help us take on our great global challenges. In association with The Royal Society

The flood that God used to destroy the sinful race of man on Earth in Genesis 6:17 crystallises in its terrifying, dramatic simplicity the universally recognised concept of payback. For millennia human civilisation has relied on such beliefs to create a moral order that threatens divine punishment on people who commit crimes, while promising rewards – abstract or material – for those who do good. Today, while secularism and unbelief are at an all-time high, this almost superstitious willingness to believe in karma persists. Why?


The Sitkovetsky Duo

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Jennifer Wallace and Adrian Poole Cambridge Series 11: Literary Celebrities in the 18th and 19th Centuries Why are readers so interested in the lives and opinions of writers? When did writers become celebrities in the way we understand them today? And what did those lucky few who acquired some souvenir or relic of their favourite writer hope to gain from it? Two critics look at the rise of literary celebrity in the C18th and C19th, the cult of the poet and the trade in literary relics. In association with Cambridge University [222] 1PM BBC TENT


World at One BBC Radio 4 LIVE Join us behind the scenes to watch BBC Radio 4’s long-running lunchtime news analysis programme as we broadcast live from Hay every weekday in the BBC Tent. Presented by Martha Kearney with special guests. Broadcasting live on BBC Radio 4 at 1pm. Please be seated by 12.50pm.


Tim Spector The Diet Myth: The Real Science Behind What We Eat Drawing on the latest cutting-edge science, Spector explores the hidden world of the microbiome, and demystifies the common misconceptions about nutrition. Only by understanding what makes our microbes tick and interact with our bodies can we take steps to improve our health by increasing the diversity of microbe species living in our guts. Spector is Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London and Director of the TwinsUK Registry. Since 2014 he has been leading the largest UK’s largest opensource science project, British Gut to understand the microbial diversity of the human gut.


Dave Rudden Knights of the Borrowed Dark This debut author’s thrilling series kicks off in style as orphan Denizen Hardwick is snatched from his orphanage to fulfil his amazing destiny. Hear about the ancient order of knights who control the terrifying creatures that can grow in the dark in a world where nothing can be taken for granted. 10+ [HD37] 1PM CUBE £12

Aardman Workshops Model-making 2: Morph See 11.30AM session for details. 8+


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Roald Dahl’s Most Villainous Villains with Lindsey Russell of Blue Peter

The Essay

Miss Trunchball? The Enormous Crocodile? Farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean? The Grand High Witch? Who is Hay Festival’s most villainous Roald Dahl villain? Join top authors as they argue for their favourite villain under the supervision of the Blue Peter presenter, then cast your vote. 8+ Sponsored by Literature Wales In association with Roald Dahl 100


BBC Radio 3 For BBC Radio 3’s The Essay asks three writers consider ‘The Art of Storytelling’. Clemency Burton-Hill and professor David Crystal explore the role of music and language in storytelling, while, in an essay of five acts, Professor Emma Smith celebrates William Shakespeare. To be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 10.45pm on Wednesday 1, Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June. [HD40] 2.30PM STARLIGHT STAGE £7


Nick Sharratt Draw-Along

John Crace and John Sutherland

Vikings in the Supermarket

A Brontësaurus To celebrate the bicentenary of Charlotte’s birth, the two Johnnies reread the best books by the sisters from Hawarth: Charlotte’s Jane Eyre, Emily’s Wuthering Heights and Anne’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. See also event 199.

Join the much-loved illustrator as he sets loose six Vikings in a rollicking, rhyming adventure. Pencils and paper will be provided for the whole family so that you can draw along with Nick. Look out for a tartan-patterned cat, a naughty vampire bat and a clever mermaid. 3+


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Robert Colvile

Aardman Workshops

The Great Acceleration

Model-making 3: Shaun the Sheep

The journalist explains how the cult of disruption in Silicon Valley, the ceaseless advance of technology, and our own fundamental appetite for novelty and convenience have combined to speed up every aspect of daily life. He explains how this is transforming the media, politics, farming and the financial markets, and asks whether our bodies and the natural environment can cope. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor. Part of the Baillie Gifford series

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Vince Cable talks to Bronwen Maddox After the Storm In a robust Q&A, the Liberal Democrat who served as business secretary in the coalition government from 2010–2015 considers the state of the global economy in the aftermath of the 2008 crash. This event is free to students. Check website for details.

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David Crystal The Gift of the Gab: How Eloquence Works To launch his delightful and life-changing book on oracy and eloquence, the linguistics professor reveals the tricks of the trade about how to make a speech that’ll wow a wedding, ace an interview or rouse an army. Along the way he analyses Barack Obama’s rhetorically near-perfect Yes We Can speech, and shows how a command of language and delivery can win hearts and minds. Sponsored by Acre Accountancy Limited [228] 4PM TELEGRAPH STAGE £7

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Gillian Clarke with Peter Florence

Ulinka Rublack

Talking About Shakespeare: Of Lear and Language and Poetry

The Astronomer and the Witch: Johannes Kepler’s Fight for his Mother


Kepler is one of history’s most admired astronomers, who famously discovered that planets move in ellipses and defined the three laws of planetary motion. In 1615, at the height of his career, his widowed mother Katharina was accused of witchcraft; the proceedings led to a criminal trial that lasted six years. Kepler conducted his mother’s defence. The trial and the arguments advanced give a revealing picture of Europe on the cusp between the Reformation and the scientific revolution that was to follow.

The great poet discusses her experience of Shakespeare and her long relationship with Lyr, the subject of her masterpiece full-length poem The King of Britain’s Daughter. That poem itself was commissioned by the festival as an exploration of the words and ideas she began to play with in the 1989 Poetry Squantum, held upstairs in the back bar of the British Legion club in Hay. Arts Council Wales International Writers Series, 7

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Fleur Alexander

Flying Fergus

Harry Potter

Hear from Britain’s most successful Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy, as he introduces his new children’s book series Flying Fergus with his co-author Joanna Nadin; a fantastically fun, magical cycling adventure. 6+

Explore the magical world of the Harry Potter books, join in with spells and potions and be part of a slow-motion Quidditch match. A fun and interactive event for all the family whether you’re new to the books or a dedicated fan. Exclusive posters for all who attend available only at these events. Come and share the magic. 8+


Tristan Gooley talks to Laura Powell How To Read Water: Clues, Signs & Patterns from Puddles to the Sea From wild swimming in Sussex to way-finding off Oman via the icy mysteries of the Arctic, Gooley draws on his own pioneering journeys to reveal the secrets of ponds, puddles, rivers and oceans. He shows us the skills we need to read the water around us. Gooley is the author of The Natural Navigator and The Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs. [231] 4PM OXFAM MOOT £7

John Guy Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years History has pictured Elizabeth I as Gloriana, an icon of strength and power. But the reality, especially during her later years, was not as simple. In 1583 Elizabeth is 50 and beyond childbearing age, but her greatest challenges are still to come: the Spanish Armada; the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots; and relentless plotting among her courtiers. The pre-eminent Tudor historian presents a gripping and vivid portrait of Elizabeth’s life and times –often told in her own words (“You know I am no morning woman”) and reveals a monarch who is fallible, increasingly insecure and struggling to lead Britain. The London theatre, however, was thriving. Sponsored by Richard Booth’s Bookshop [232] 4PM STARLIGHT STAGE £7

Ruth Dudley Edwards talks to Rosie Goldsmith The Seven On Easter Sunday, 23 April 1916, the Irish Republican Brotherhood’s military council put their names to the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, declaring they were the provisional government of an Ireland free from British rule. In effect, each man had knowingly signed his own death warrant. Since then, the seven have been eulogised and used as political weapons by many. To challenge the morality of the Rising was to be denounced as unpatriotic, even un-Irish. One hundred years on, however, there is an increasing recognition within Ireland that it’s time for the founding fathers to come under proper scrutiny.



Chris Hoy

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Tom Holland Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar Rome was first ruled by kings, then became a republic. But after conquering the world, the republic collapsed. So terrible were the civil wars that the Roman people came to welcome the rule of an autocrat who could give them peace. Augustus, their new master, called himself “the divinely favoured one”. The lurid glamour of the dynasty founded by Augustus has never faded: Tiberius, the great general who ended up a bitter recluse, notorious for his perversions; Caligula, the master of cruelty and humiliation who rode his chariot across the sea; Agrippina, mother of Nero, manoeuvring to bring to power the son who would end up having her murdered; Nero himself, racing in the Olympics, marrying a eunuch, and building a pleasure palace over the fire-gutted centre of his capital. [234] 5.30PM TELEGRAPH STAGE £7

Roger Bootle, Liam Fox, Nick Herbert, Allison Pearson, Roland Rudd The Telegraph Debate: Does Britain Need the EU? Three weeks before the 23 June referendum, a panel of politicians, business leaders and journalists weigh up the pros and cons of membership of the EU. The event is programmed and sponsored by The Telegraph [235] 5.30PM LLWYFAN CYMRU–WALES STAGE £8

Imtiaz Dharker, Gillian Clarke, Nick Laird, Jo Shapcott Poetry Reading: On Shakespeare’s Sonnets An all-star line-up of British poets respond with their own writing to their choice of Shakespeare’s 14-line poems. They introduce and read the original sonnets and their own newly commissioned work. With the support of The British Council


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Humphrey Burton with Clemency Burton-Hill Menuhin 100 The broadcaster and writer celebrates the centenary of his friend, the prodigiously gifted violinist who broke musical boundaries, intervened courageously in international debate, and gave some of the greatest performances of major concertos ever heard or recorded. The session is chaired by his daughter, the writer and presenter of BBC R3’s breakfast show. [237] 5.30PM OXFAM MOOT £7

Peter Parker The Housman Lecture: The Name and Nature of Poetry This year’s lecture is given by the distinguished biographer and critic, author of Housman Country: Into The Heart of England, The Old Lie: The Great War and the Public-School Ethos and biographies of J.R. Ackerley and Christopher Isherwood. In association with The Housman Society


Gary Gerstle talks to Bronwen Maddox Liberty and Coercion: The Paradox of American Government


On the one hand, Americans don’t want ‘big government’ meddling in their lives; on the other, they have repeatedly enlisted governmental help to impose their views regarding marriage, abortion, religion and schooling on their neighbours. How did America reach this political impasse? And what happens now? Gerstle is Paul Mellon Professor of American History at the University of Cambridge.

A Foot in the River: Why Our Lives Change – and the Limits of Evolution

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Gardeners’ Question Time BBC Radio 4 On air since 1947, this broadcasting institution features a panel of the best brains in horticulture answering questions from amateur gardeners in a special edition recorded at Hay Festival. Doors open 45 minutes prior to the recording for the audience to submit any questions for the panel. Please submit your questions and take your seats by 5.15pm. [239] 5.30PM STARLIGHT STAGE £7

Jay Griffiths talks to Rosie Boycott Tristimania: A Diary of Manic Depression A raw and poetic account of a mind lost in madness, and how the author found her way back from the wilderness. In 2013, while completing work on her book Kith, Jay suffered a devastating, year-long episode of hypomania. She gives a lyrical and painfully honest account of that year. Lost in the depths of her illness, she eventually decided to walk the Camino de Santiago. Undertaking this ancient pilgrimage in her fragile condition against medical advice, she was determined to find a cure for her torment. Jay is the 2015–2016 Arts Council of Wales International Hay Fellow. Cymrawd Rhyngwladol Cymru Greadigol–Gwyl y Gelli / Creative Wales International Hay Festival International Fellow.


Felipe Fernandez Armesto Like other species, we have a culture. But compared with other species, we are strangely unstable: human cultures self-transform, diverge, and multiply at bewildering speed. They vary, radically and rapidly, from time to time and place to place. And the way we live – our manners, morals, habits, experiences, relationships, technology, values – seems to be changing at an ever-accelerating pace. Ultimately, no environmental conditions, no genetic legacy, no predictable patterns, no scientific laws determine our behaviour. We can imagine and re-imagine our world at will. The historian’s award-winning books include Civilizations; Millennium; 1492: The Year Our World Began, and Pathfinders: A Global History of Exploration. Part of the Baillie Gifford series [242] 7PM LLWYFAN CYMRU–WALES STAGE £8

Anthony Lester talks to Martine Croxall Five Ideas to Fight For: How Our Freedom is Under Threat and Why it Matters Human Rights, Equality, Free Speech, Privacy and the Rule of Law: the battle to establish these five ideas in law was long and difficult, and Anthony Lester was at the heart of the 30-year campaign that resulted in the Human Rights Act, as well as the struggle for race and gender equality that culminated in the Equality Act of 2010. Today our society is at risk of becoming less equal. From Snowden’s revelations about our own intelligence agencies spying on us, to the treatment of British Muslims, our civil liberties are under threat as never before. The internet leaves our privacy at risk in myriad ways; our efforts to combat extremism curtail free speech; and cuts to legal aid and interference with access to justice endangers the rule of law.

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Alison Weir

Joanne Harris, Cristina Fuentes, Nazma Kabir, Emma Barnett

Katherine of Aragon The lives of Henry VIII’s queens make for dramatic stories. In her new novel, Weir tells the poignant story of Katherine of Aragon. Was her union with Prince Arthur consummated? What happens when a happy Royal marriage is overshadowed by dynastic pressures, doubts, and the allure of an ambitious woman? The best-selling popular historian and novelist evokes a court peopled by the luminaries of the early Tudor age – Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell and the magnificent figure of Henry VIII himself – a young and athletic Henry, not yet marred by frustration and disappointment. [244] 7PM OXFAM MOOT £7

Jo Marchant Cure: A Journey Into the Science of Mind over Body The field of mind-body medicine is plagued by wild claims that mislead patients and instil false hope. But scientists in a range of fields are uncovering solid evidence that our minds influence our bodies far more profoundly than previously thought. The award-winning science journalist delves deep into the latest research and asks: are those who turn to alternative medicine deluded, or are they on to something? Can our thoughts, beliefs and emotions influence our physical health? Can we train our brains to heal our bodies? Sponsored by RM Jones Pharmacy

Because I am a Girl Global children’s charity Plan UK introduces Because I am a Girl, the world’s biggest campaign for girls’ rights. With education, skills and the right support, girls in the developing world can make choices over their future and be a force for creating lasting change. Joanne Harris, author of the Rune fantasy series and the bestselling Chocolat trilogy, shares her personal stories as an inspiration for other women and girls worldwide to be able to fulfil their aspirations. She is joined by Plan UK’s Director of Programmes, Nazma Kabir, and Cristina Fuentes, International Director of Hay Festivals, who will talk about our work with Plan in Colombia. The event is hosted by The Telegraph’s women’s editor, Emma Barnett. In association with Plan UK



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Colin Tudge talks to Andy Fryers Six Steps Back to the Land Tudge coined the expression ‘enlightened agriculture’ to describe agriculture that is expressly designed to provide everyone everywhere with food of the highest standard, nutritionally and gastronomically, without wrecking the rest of the world. He explains how we can achieve that, with truly sustainable, resilient and productive farms.

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Dan Cruickshank: At Home with the British A BBC event at Hay Dan Cruickshank’s new series for BBC Four reveals the stories behind the houses the people of Britain live in. From the terraces of the industrial North to the high-rise towers of East London or the cottages of rural Warwickshire, Dan will be taking on the role of house detective as he traces how and why each flat, terrace or cottage was built. Join him in conversation with Francine Stock as he talks about why the British home has ended up looking the way it does. Not for broadcast. The BBC Four series, in partnership with RIBA and made by Oxford Film & Television, broadcasts this spring.

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The Comedy Store Players Make Hay A joyful return for improv comedy superstars Richard Vranch, Lee Simpson, Andy Smart, Neil Mullarkey and Josie Lawrence, joined by special guest Marcus Brigstocke. They spin audience suggestions into silly, surreal, delightful comedy gold. “Whose Line Is It Anyway? is a pale TV imitation” – The Telegraph. [249] 8.30PM LLWYFAN CYMRU–WALES STAGE £7

Jane Mayer talks to Philippe Sands Dark Money The award-winning New Yorker journalist forensically exposes the billionaire Koch brothers’ funding of interest groups, think-tanks and candidate campaigns to manipulate American politics towards their own extreme libertarian interests. She examines the impact on the 2016 US elections and reveals what influence the network has on politics in the UK and Europe.


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Jojo Moyes and Thea Sharrock

Sam Lee and Friends

‘Me Before You’ – Film Clips and Q&A

The Fade in Time: In Concert

A preview of the film to be released on 3 June based on the best-selling novel by Jojo Moyes. It stars Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Sam Glaflin (The Hunger Games series), Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs), Charles Dance (The Imitation Game), Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey), Matthew Lewis (the Harry Potter films), Jenna Coleman (Dr Who) and Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous). Thea Sharrock makes her feature film directorial debut. Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, New Line Cinema and Warner Bros Pictures

Sam’s two critically acclaimed albums place songs he has collected first-hand from the Gypsy and Traveller community, with inventive arrangements that bring these ancient songs to life for the present day. The live band perform unconventional and contemporary interpretations, challenging all preconceptions of what ‘traditional folk’ should sound like. Winner of the 2011 Arts Foundation Award, and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee for folk singer of the year, Sam is a pioneer helping to define and energise the sound of folk song for today.

[251] 8.30PM OXFAM MOOT £7

Simone Cuff The Ecosystem Inside: Your Body and its Tiny Citizens Cardiff University Series Most people think they are human; this is only partly correct. You have within you more cells that are not human than those that are: from bacteria that help you digest your food, to fungi that help keep your skin healthy and mites that live in your eyebrows. You are in fact a whole world. What are the latest ideas on how interactions between you and your tiny citizens affect your health? How do bacteria affect allergies? Is there any point in eating live yogurt? Dr Cuff is a researcher at the Institute of Infection and Immunity. In association with Cardiff University [252] 8.30PM STARLIGHT STAGE £7

Clare Brass, Molly Conisbee and David Boyle How Quickly Can We Change...Culture? Creeping climatic upheaval and corrosive global inequality are like two threads pulling apart civilisation’s fabric. To survive and thrive we face an unprecedented challenge of rapid transition. But the way we live is locked in by a culture of consumerism. David Boyle of the New Weather Institute and Clare Brass, Head of the Royal College of Art Sustain Programme, talk about precedents and our potential for change with historian Molly Conisbee. [253] 8.30PM CUBE £7

Si Spencer and Dix Klaxon – the graphic novel


This disturbing urban horror story from two of the most spectacularly gifted graphic novel artists follows three housebound wasters who pass their days high on wax and cavity wall insulation. When their new neighbours’ landlord begins to exert his malign influence over their lives, they are afflicted by milk binges, metamorphoses and indoor confectionery storms. Tank Girl creator Alan Martin called Klaxon “an urban nightmare of finely balanced dialogue and artwork, as if Raymond Briggs teamed up with Daniel Clowes and they dropped the bad brown acid.”

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Maesllwch Farm

Keith Ray

Come to Andrew and Rachel Giles’ dairy farm to see how their herd of dairy cows produce most of their milk from grass. Visitors can enter the milking parlour and and help to milk the cows, as well as see the young calves. Learn how the cows are fed and find out how their four stomachs enable them to digest grass. Samples of dairy products will be provided for tasting and a cheesemaker will demonstrate the craft. Second of three farm walks. These are visits to real working farms and are suitable for anyone interested in learning more about food and farming. Families are welcome but for this particular walk, children must be eight years or over. Coaches will return to the festival site in time for events at 1pm.

Offa’s Dyke and the C8th Mercian Question of Europe

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Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan, Andre Vincent and guest The Early Edition: Sit Down Comedy What’s hot and what’s not in today’s newspapers? How do you decode the qualities’ agendas and how far can you trust the red tops? Why did this make the news and that story get spiked? The comedians spend an hour in the human zoo, tearing up stories, making mad the guilty, and appalling the free… [256] 10AM TELEGRAPH STAGE £7

Timothy J Jorgensen Strange Glow: The Story of Radiation We own radiation-emitting phones, regularly get diagnostic x-rays, and submit to full-body security scans at airports. We worry and debate about the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the safety of nuclear power plants. Jorgensen introduces key figures in the story of radiation, from Wilhelm Röntgen, the discoverer of X-rays, pioneering radioactivity researchers Marie and Pierre Curie and Thomas Edison, to the victims of the recent Fukushima accident. Jorgensen explains exactly what radiation is, how it produces certain health consequences, and how we can protect ourselves from harm. [257] 10AM LLWYFAN CYMRU–WALES STAGE £7

Bee Wilson and Louise O Fresco talk to Rosie Boycott Talking About Food: How and What We Eat A conversation about our relationship with food: what we choose to eat, and how the world can feed itself today. Wilson’s book First Bite: How We Learn to Eat looks at how we form our tastes. Fresco’s Hamburgers in Paradise explores questions of surplus and obesity, the productivity of agriculture and how we can aim to feed eight billion people in the world. Boycott is Food Commissioner for the Mayor of London.

At a time when migration and borders are again central to our politics and national identity, the archaeologist looks back in time to the creation of what was then Europe’s largest earthwork, Offa’s Dyke. He examines the role of the Mercian kingdom as a European power, and the ways in which Alfred and the Saxon kings rewrote that history. Chaired by Jesse Norman, MP for South Herefordshire, through which Offa’s Dyke approaches Hay. Sponsored by Mostlymaps



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Rosa Freedman and Nicolas Lemay-Hebert Law in the Time of Cholera: Resolving the Dispute between Haiti and the United Nations – University of Birmingham Series UN peacekeepers are bound, at the very least, to do no harm. But what happens when the peacekeepers bring untold suffering to those they are sent to protect? In 2010 a contingent of Nepalese peacekeepers brought cholera into Haiti, a country where the disease had not existed for more than 100 years. More than 800,000 people have been infected and more than 9,000 have died. Yet no remedies have been made available to the victims, and the UN has relied on legal immunity to resist any claims being brought to court. Freedman and Lemay-Hebert are Senior Lecturers at Birmingham University’s Law School and International Development Department. In association with University of Birmingham [HD42] 10AM STARLIGHT STAGE £5

Liz Fost and Maisy Maisy at 25 The lovable mouse has delighted young children and parents for more than 25 years. Join her birthday celebrations with a professional storyteller and hear all about Maisy’s adventures with her friends. 3+ [HD43] 10AM CUBE £5

Cerrie Burnell Harper and the Circus of Dreams The CBeebies presenter brings to life her magical tale of Harper, a resourceful little girl who lives in the City of Clouds with her beloved cat Midnight and her Aunt Sassy. 6+


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Gordon McMullan and Katy Mair

Kader Abdollah talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Talking About Shakespeare: By Me, William Shakespeare

Talking About Islam

McMullan and Mair have carefully selected the nine most fascinating documents held by The National Archives relating to Shakespeare’s life. Presented together for the first time, these are some of the most significant documents in the world that track Shakespeare’s life as a citizen of London, a businessman, a family man, a servant to the King, and even possibly a thief and a subversive. They explore both his domestic and professional lives, what it meant to live in the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras, and the social impact of his plays. McMullan is also the editor of the new digital Norton edition of the complete plays. [261] 11.30AM TELEGRAPH STAGE £7

Bill Kissane Nations Torn Asunder Civil war has been a recurring feature of societies throughout history, and an essential catalyst for major international conflict. Focusing on the numerous civil conflicts that have occurred throughout the world since the Second World War, Kissane asks what the recent social science literature adds to what we already know about civil war. The LSE professor uses insights from historical sources, starting with the ancient Greeks, to explain the extreme violent experience of so many parts of the world today. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

The Iranian-Dutch writer’s previous novels include European best-sellers The House of the Mosque and The King. He discusses his new novel The Messenger: A Tale Retold that retells the life of the prophet Mohammad and his new translation of The Qur’an. [HD44] 11.30AM STARLIGHT STAGE £6

Gary Northfield and Alex Milway Learn about the art of cartooning and comic illustration from two top creators of characterful creatures. Northfield’s Julius Zebra is back with a new madcap escapade in Bundle with the Britons, and Milway’s adventurous pig returns with his hamster sidekick in Pigsticks and Harold and the Pirate Treasure. 6+ [HD45] 11.30AM CUBE £6

Sophy Henn Pass it On The World Book Day illustrator captures the delight of finding kindness everywhere and anywhere, even in the smallest things. Watch her draw the animals live on stage, including a monkey and a penguin, as she tells this enchanting story. There will be arts and crafts element where all the children will make their own 3D Chuckling Octopus. 3+


Eric Wolff Cambridge Series 12: Climate – Lessons from the Past, Options for the Future How will Earth’s climate respond to rising concentrations of carbon dioxide? Wolff uses records from the past, including those from Antarctic ice cores, to see how climate has previously reacted to natural disturbances. He is the Royal Society Research Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences and one of the world’s leading experts on polar ice-cores and Palaeoclimate. In association with Cambridge University [263] 11.30AM GOOD ENERGY STAGE £7

Joanne Harris talks to Laura Powell Different Class Harris’ new novel tells the story of a veteran Latin teacher in a Yorkshire grammar school, facing all the changes of modern education and the disruption of reconnecting with a former pupil from his past. Powell is the author of The Unforgotten.


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Pavel Kolesnikov BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 2 The second of four recitals broadcast live from Hay this week. The pianist plays five of Scarlatti’s Keyboard Sonatas in C minor, L10; B flat major, L18; E minor, L22; A major, L483; and A major, L391; CPE Bach’s Sonata in E minor Wq59/1 H281 and his 12 Variations in D minor on a Spanish Folia; and Beethoven’s Sonata No.10 in G major, Op.14 No.2. The concert is introduced by Clemency Burton-Hill. Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 – please arrive in good time.

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Stanley Wells and Margaret Drabble

David Green, Mick Donovan, Anne Hannaford

Shakespeare’s Circle Wells introduces his anthology of essays about the actors, playwrights and family members around the Bard, throwing new light on Shakespeare’s wealth, family and personal relationships, his working life and social status. Wells is one of the world’s greatest Shakespeare experts, editor of both the Penguin and OUP editions of his work, President of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and author, most recently, of Shakespeare, Sex and Love and Great Shakespeare Actors. He is joined by the renowned novelist and essayist Margaret Drabble, who started her working life as an actress at the RSC.

Universities in the C21st: More and Better? – University of Worcester Series Universities have been so successful that every city wants at least one. But what are they for? Can they be engines of inclusion as well as intellect and excellence? How should they work for the public good as well as personal progress? Will more for-profit, private universities really lead to efficiency and fresh achievement? Green is the Vice Chancellor and CEO of the University of Worcester; Donovan is Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science; and Hannaford is Director of Arts and Culture. In association with University of Worcester




Paul Cartledge


Cambridge Series 13: Democracy, A Life

M G Leonard and Sarah Beynon

The classics super-prof explores the myths surrounding ancient and modern concepts of democracy, from its Athenian origins to the tests of Rome and the Middle Ages, and from its rebirth in C17th Britain all the way to the current state of the European Union. In association with Cambridge University

Beetle Boy


Tony Juniper What’s Really Happening to our Planet? The acclaimed environmentalist, campaigner and author of What Has Nature Ever Done For Us? charts the dramatic explosion of human population and consumption and its impact on climate change and our planet. He offers rigorous and clear analysis, and a fresh perspective on what we might do next. Sponsored by Outdoors@hay [269] 1PM GOOD ENERGY STAGE £7

Roberta Bivins Contagious Communities: Medicine, Migration, and the NHS in Post-War Britain It was a coincidence that the NHS and the Empire Windrush, a ship carrying 492 migrants from Britain’s West Indian colonies, arrived together. On 22 June 1948, as the ship’s passengers disembarked, frantic preparations were already underway for 5 July, the appointed day when the nation’s new National Health Service would open its doors. The relationship between immigration and the NHS rapidly attained, and has enduringly retained, huge political and cultural significance. The Warwick University historian interrogates and re-balances the political history of Britain’s response to immigration. Her current Wellcome Trust-funded work develops a People’s Encyclopaedia of the NHS and a Virtual Museum of the NHS. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

The author was terrified of beetles until she started to write Beetle Boy, when she discovered that they support the ecosystem of the planet. As a result, she created Baxter the rhinoceros beetle, sidekick to Darkus, who needs all the help he can get to find his missing father, in this funny and heartwarming story. Dr Sarah Benyon is an expert entomologist and head of Benyon’s Bug Farm, with some very cool beetles. 8+ [HD47] 1PM CUBE £6

Janey Louise Jones Superfairies: Dancer the Wild Pony Brave, kind and always helpful, the Superfairies of Peaseblossom Wood love nothing more than solving a problem using their superskills and petal power to achieve fantastic results. Find out more about the magical talents of these tiny and resourceful helpers. 6+ [271] 1PM BBC TENT


World at One BBC Radio 4 LIVE Join us behind the scenes to watch BBC Radio 4’s long-running lunchtime news analysis programme as we broadcast live from Hay every weekday in the BBC Tent. Presented by Martha Kearney with special guests. Broadcasting live on BBC Radio 4 at 1pm. Please be seated by 12.50pm.


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Thomas Pakenham

Keith Small

The Company of Trees

Art, Theology and Formation: Three Trajectories of the Qur’an

The acclaimed historian shares his profound love of trees and reverence for nature, rooted in the family estate of Tullynally in Ireland. He travels to the Tibetan border in search of a particular magnolia, to Eastern Patagonia to see the last remaining giants of the Monkey Puzzle tree, while the first of the Chinese-inspired gardens on his Irish estate was planted entirely with seeds from south-west China. An expedition to Tibet’s Tsangpo Gorge goes awry only to lead to a fruitful exploration of the Rong-Chu Valley, which yields more than 100 bags of seeds, including the Tibetan golden oak, the Tsangpo cypress and blue-stemmed maples. Sponsored by Wyevale Nurseries Ltd

Small presents three trajectories of the Qur’an’s history that are featured in his book Qur’ans: Books of Divine Encounter. The first is the theological idea of the eternal word of God entering time and space as text, and the effect this idea has had on the decoration of the Qur’an. The second is the effect this theological idea has had on the uses of the Qur’an in recitation, medicine, and mediation with the unseen world. The third is how the Qur’an came to be in its present form, inextricably intertwining oral and written versions. Small is a Manuscript Consultant to the Bodleian Library at Oxford University. [276] 2.30PM OXFAM MOOT £7


Fay Bound Alberti

Richard and Daniel Susskind

This Mortal Coil

The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts In a digital society we will neither need nor want doctors, teachers, accountants, architects, the clergy, consultants, lawyers, and many others, to work as they did in the C20th. The Oxford thinkers explain how ‘increasingly capable systems’, from tele-presence to artificial intelligence, will bring fundamental change in the way that the practical expertise of specialists is made available in society. The authors argue that our current professions are antiquated, opaque and no longer affordable, and that the expertise of the best is enjoyed only by a few. In their place, they propose six new models for producing and distributing expertise in society. Chaired by Bronwen Maddox.

The way the body moves, feels, breathes and engages with the world has been viewed very differently across times and cultures. For centuries, we were believed to be composed of souls that were part of the body and inseparable from it. Now we exist in our heads, and our bodies have become the vessels for that uncertain and elusive thing we call our true selves. The way we understand the material structure of the body has also changed radically over the centuries. From the bones to the skin, from the senses to the organs of sexual reproduction, every part of the body has an everchanging history, dependent on time, culture and place. Fay Bound Alberti is a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow and Senior Research Fellow in History at Queen Mary University of London.


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Richard Holmes

Martha Kearney: My Love Affair with the Brontës

Hard Times: Writers and the Royal Literary Fund, 1790–2016 The Royal Literary Fund was set up in 1790 to help professional authors. Past beneficiaries have included Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Joseph Conrad, D H Lawrence and Dylan Thomas. Last year it helped 200 writers, though not all of them are quite as famous, yet. In 1999 a Fellowship scheme was established to place writers in universities to help students with their writing skills. Since it began it has put 450 writers in posts at 120 higher education institutions. The inaugural RLF Lecture at Hay is given by the pre-eminent biographer of Shelley and Coleridge, author of The Age of Wonder, Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer and Sidetracks: Explorations of a Romantic Biographer. In association with The Royal Literary Fund



A BBC event at Hay For the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth, Martha Kearney travelled to Haworth Parsonage, the home of the Brontës, to discover the inspiration behind their classic novels for the BBC Two documentary At Home with the Brontës. She talks about her obsession with Jane Eyre, the insights she gained from her co-presenters, and the challenges of making a documentary about Britain’s most famous literary sisters. Not for broadcast.

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The Word Wizards’ Guide to Roald Dahl

Rose Tremain

Calling all Roald Dahl fans, wordsmiths and wannabe writers. Don’t be biffsquiggled! Join our Word Wizards as they swashboggle their way through the wonderful writing of Roald Dahl. Through games and performance, we’ll hear all about the new Roald Dahl Dictionary. 6+ Sponsored by Literature Wales

The Gustav Sonata Fierce, astringent, profoundly tender and spanning the C20th, this beautifully orchestrated novel explores the big themes of betrayal and the struggle for happiness and, above all, the passionate love of a childhood friendship as it is tested over a lifetime. Tremain’s award-winning fiction includes Music and Silence, The Road Home, Sacred Country, Restoration and The Colour. She talks to Peter Florence.

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Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Alwyn Hamilton Powerful girls, swirling adventures, fantasy worlds and a breathtaking love story – join the authors of The Girl of Ink and Stars and Rebel of the Sands, two of the most exciting first novels of 2016, as they reveal the inspiration behind their sensational debuts. 8+


John Heilbron Physics: From Quintessence to Quarks

Monty Don

How does the physics we know today, a highly professionalised enterprise inextricably linked to government and industry, link back to its origins as a liberal art in Ancient Greece? What is the path that leads from the old philosophy of nature and its concern with humankind’s place in the universe to modern massive international projects that hunt down fundamental particles and industrial laboratories that manufacture marvels? Heilbron is one of the most revered physicists in the world, and has written books about Galileo and Niels Bohr. Chaired by Dan Davis.

Eighteenth Century Gardens and the Landscape Movement

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The gardening writer and broadcaster celebrates the work of William Kent, Capability Brown and Humphrey Repton, the men who pioneered a gardening revolution and remade the English landscape. Sponsored by the Castle House Hotel, Hereford [279] 4PM TELEGRAPH STAGE £8

James Holland Burma ’44: The Battle That Turned Britain’s War in the East In February 1944 a ragtag collection of clerks, drivers, doctors, muleteers and other base troops, stiffened by a few dogged Yorkshiremen and a handful of tank crews, managed to hold out against some of the finest infantry in the Japanese army and defeat them in what was one of the most astonishing battles of the Second World War. What became known as The Defence of the Admin Box, fought among the paddy fields and jungle of Northern Arakan over a 15-day period, turned the battle for Burma. Holland is the author of Fortress Malta, Battle of Britain, and Dam Busters and runs Chalke Valley History Festival.



Stuart Franklin The Documentary Impulse The Magnum photographer took one of the most powerful images of the C20th – the ‘tank man’ in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, 1989. From his insightful position as a photographer, Franklin explores why we are driven to document our experiences and the world around us in a visual way. He focuses on photography but traces this universal need through art, literature and science. Looking at photojournalism, war photography and work recording our culture, Franklin identifies some of its driving impulses: curiosity, outrage, reform and ritual; the search for evidence, for beauty, for therapy; and the immortalisation of memory. Chaired by Oliver Bullough. [283] 4PM BBC TENT


The Banker’s Guide to the Art Market A BBC event at Hay The value of London’s art market has recently soared to unprecedented highs, driven by the newly rich of the financial world, whose money has poured into the accounts of dealers, galleries and auction houses. Join Martha Kearney, maverick art dealer Kenny Shachter and double BAFTA-winning Executive Producer Patrick Forbes as they discuss this extraordinary phenomenon and take you behind the closed doors of the art dealing world. ‘The Banker’s Guide to the Art Market’, made by Oxford Film & Television, broadcasts on BBC Four in June.


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Lucy Worsley

Tony Juniper, Beccy Speight, Adam Shaw

Eliza Rose

Natural Capital: Securing the Future or Just a Sellout? – Woodland Trust Series

The historian and broadcaster brings the court of Henry VIII to life in her first children’s novel. Go behind the scenes and discover the friendships and intrigues at the royal court when she tells the story of Eliza’s life as a Maid of Honour to the glamorous new Queen. 10+ [HD51] 4PM CUBE £5

Vanessa Altin The Pomegranate Tree Dilvan, a young Kurdish girl, has fled her home in Syria to escape the terror that has overrun her country. In a brief moment of safety she begins to record in her diary the desperate search for her family. Dilvan’s fighting spirit and her compelling story are eloquently described by a journalist who has reported widely on the atrocities in Syria for many newspapers. Real stories such as Dilvan’s inspired her book. 12+

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Tom Holland Æthelstan: The Making of England The formation of England happened against the odds – the division of the country into rival kingdoms, the assaults of the Vikings, the precarious position of the island on the edge of the known world. But King Alfred ensured the survival of Wessex, his son Eadweard expanded it, and his grandson Æthelstan finally united Mercia and Wessex, conquered Northumbria and became Rex totius Britanniae. [285] 5.30PM LLWYFAN CYMRU–WELSH STAGE £8

Martin Stevens Cheats and Deceits: How Animals and Plants Exploit and Mislead In nature, trickery and deception are widespread. Animals and plants mimic other objects or species in the environment for protection, trick other species into rearing their young, lure prey to their death, and deceive potential mates for reproduction. Cuckoos lay eggs carefully matched to their host’s own clutch. Harmless butterflies mimic the wing patterning of a poisonous butterfly to avoid being eaten. Some orchids develop the smell of female insects in order to attract pollinators, while carnivorous plants lure insects to their death with colourful displays. The Exeter Professor of Evolutionary Ecology considers what deception tells us about the process of evolution and adaptation.


Natural Capital, the world’s stock of natural resources, is a concept with increasing political and economic traction. Paying particular attention to the role of woods and trees, this debate explores whether it can help deliver an enhanced natural environment for the benefit of everyone, or whether it poses significant risks by making nature conservation a commodity. Juniper is a campaigner, writer, sustainability advisor and environmentalist, Speight is CEO of the Woodland Trust, Shaw is a journalist and broadcaster. In association with the Woodland Trust [287] 5.30PM OXFAM MOOT £7

Vanessa Berridge The Princess’s Garden: Royal Intrigue and the Untold Story of Kew Augusta of Saxe-Gotha arrived in England aged 16, speaking barely any English, to be married to the wild Prince Frederick, the reviled eldest son of George II. Her lifelong association with Kew Gardens, and that of her husband and their close friend Lord Bute, would prove to be one that changed the face of British gardening for ever. Berridge tells a tangled tale of royal intrigue, scandal and determination in the Georgian court, and draws us into the politically charged world of garden design. [288] 5.30PM STARLIGHT STAGE £6

Ewan Fernie, Simon Palfrey, Tom de Freston A reading of Macbeth, Macbeth – University of Birmingham Series Macbeth, Macbeth is by Fernie and Palfrey, with stunning original pictures by de Freston. The tragedy is done, the tyrant Macbeth dead. The time is free. But for how long? As Macduff pursues dreams of national revival, smaller lives are seeding. In the ruins of Dunsinane, the porter tries to keep his three young boys safe from the nightmare of history. In a nunnery deep in Birnam Wood, a girl attempts to forget what she lost in war. Flitting between them, a tortured clairvoyant shakes with the knowledge of what’s to come. An unprecedented collaboration between two leading Shakespeareans, Macbeth, Macbeth sparks a whole new world from the embers of Shakespeare’s darkest play. In association with University of Birmingham

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Bob Wilcher, Jeremy Hooker, Elizabeth Siberry

Elaine Collins, Ann Cleeves, Clare Batty, Alison O’Donnell

Henry Vaughan and the Usk Valley


The metaphysical poet Henry Vaughan is much anthologised – “I saw Eternity the other night”, “They are all gone into the world of light”; but it is not so well known that he was a native of the Usk valley, and that it is the light on the river and hills of Brecknockshire that shines through his poetry. Inspired by George Herbert, his work interweaves the natural and the spiritual world. Three Vaughan scholars celebrate his work and sense of place.

The makers of the fabulous BBC crime drama discuss the characters, setting and plot, and the handling of the rape story in the third series. Executive producer Elaine Collins and script executive Clare Batty are joined by Ann Cleeves, who writes both the Shetland and Vera novels on which the television dramas are based, and Alison O’Donnell, who plays D S Alison “Tosh” McIntosh. Chaired by Radio Times’ TV Editor, Alison Graham. [294] 7PM OXFAM MOOT £7

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Arts Show BBC Radio Wales LIVE Nicola Heywood-Thomas presents highlights and guests from the Hay Festival in this live broadcast. Broadcast live on BBC Radio Wales.

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Bronwen Maddox, Jane Mayer, Jim Naughtie, Mark Thompson



Juliet Davenport, Craig Bennett and Leo Johnson talk to Andy Fryers The Human Side of Climate Change – Good Energy Series Climate change often seems remote and theoretical: satellite images of polar ice caps, carbon emission statistics and global leaders conducting high-flying diplomacy. But for millions around the world the changing climate is a daily and ever-increasing challenge to their security, health, homes and livelihoods. Can telling the human stories tackle ambivalence and scepticism? Davenport is CEO of Good Energy; Bennett is CEO of Friends of the Earth; and Johnson is co-founder of Sustainable Finance Ltd. In partnership with Good Energy

The White House 2016 Our panel assesses the Primaries season and looks forward to the Republican and Democrat Conventions in July. How might Clinton vs Trump pan out? Maddox is editor of Prospect magazine, Mayer a staff writer for the New Yorker, Naughtie a BBC anchor and Thompson is CEO of the New York Times; his Enough Said: What’s Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics? will be published in September. Chaired by Guto Harri. [292] 7PM LLWYFAN CYMRU–WELSH STAGE £8

Richard Fortey The Wood From the Trees Fortey presents his wood, deep in the Chiltern Hills, as an interwoven collection of different habitats rich in species. His attention ranges from the beech and cherry trees that dominate the wood to the flints underfoot; the red kites and woodpeckers that soar overhead; the lichens, mosses and liverworts decorating the branches as well as myriad species of spiders, moths, beetles and craneflies. The 300 species of fungi identified in the wood capture his attention as much as familiar deer, shrews and dormice. The great palaeontologist is the author of Fossils: A Key to the Past, The Hidden Landscape, Life: An Unauthorised Biography, Trilobite! and The Earth: An Intimate History.


Peter Chadwick This Brutal World The graphic designer and art director presents his global survey of this compelling and much-admired style of architecture. He brings to light virtually unknown Brutalist architectural treasures from across the former Eastern bloc and other far-flung parts of the world. He introduces work by a number of the best contemporary architects including Zaha Hadid and David Chipperfield, alongside some of the master architects of the C20th including Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, Paul Rudolph and Marcel Breuer. [296] 7PM CUBE £6

Simon Grennan Dispossession: The Graphic Novel The artist shows and tells the exciting story of how he made his 100-page graphic adaptation of Anthony Trollope’s 1879 novel, conjuring the Victorian era in a glittering waltz of intense colour, visualising Trollope’s tale of blackmail, bigamy and betrayal.


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Hay Writers Circle

Oliver Balch talks to Georgina Godwin

New Work 2016

Under the Tump: Sketches of Real Life on the Welsh Borders

A reading of new writing by the local writing group.

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Baaba Maal in Concert BBC Radio 3’s World on 3 presents The Senegalese superstar with the sublime voice returns to Hay with his band and new album The Traveller. “By travelling you discover that humanity is so beautiful: different faces, different cultures, different colours, different sounds.” He is one of the world’s most spectacular performers and this new project is founded on an Africa Express collaboration with members of The Very Best and the Mumfords, and the poet Lemn Sissay. World on 3’s Lopa Kothari hosts the evening, which includes support from emerging world music talent Olion Byw. In association with Hay2Timbuktu The concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Friday 3 June at 11pm. [299] 8.30PM LLWYFAN CYMRU–WELSH STAGE £7

Monty Don, Michael Mansfield, Claire Worden, Bella Bathurst Talking About It Four people, all of whom have gone through some fundamental crisis in their lives and all of whom have a story to tell. With wisdom, insight, courage and humour, they talk both about what brought them down and what has lifted them up. Monty Don has written about depression and the power of the natural world to lift and to heal. Following the death of his daughter Anna last year, the human rights lawyer Michael Mansfield QC now campaigns for a broader understanding of suicide. Claire Worden is a Cornish farmer who knows from the inside what happens when farmers lose their land. And writer Bella Bathurst describes how not to handle going deaf in your twenties. Chaired by Francine Stock. In association with the Samaritans [300] 8.30PM GOOD ENERGY STAGE £7

Bedwyr Williams and Karen McKinnon Artes Mundi 7 The hugely entertaining Welsh performance artist Bedwyr Williams in conversation with one of Wales’ most distinguished art curators, Director of the gamechanging, international, contemporary art prize Artes Mundi 7. Williams uses multimedia, performance and text to explore the friction between the deadly serious and the banal aspects of modern life. He’s known for satirising the relationship between artist and curator by creating absurd scenarios for them to appear in.


After living in London and Buenos Aires, what will the journalist make of moving to Hay, a tiny, quirky town on the Welsh-English border? To help guide him, he turns to Francis Kilvert, the Victorian diarist who captured the bucolic rural life of his day. Does anything of Kilvert’s world still exist? And could a newcomer ever feel they truly belong? With empathy and humour, Balch joins in the daily routines and lives of his fellow residents. What emerges is a captivating, personal picture of country life. Sponsored by The Rhydspence Inn [302] 8.30PM STARLIGHT STAGE £7

Andrew Simms, Richard Murphy, Victoria Chick How Quickly Can We Change...Economics? Creeping climatic upheaval and corrosive global inequality are like two threads pulling apart civilisation’s fabric. To survive and thrive, we face an unprecedented challenge of rapid transition. But the way we live is locked in by an economic system, dominated by finance and obsessed with growth. Andrew Simms of the New Weather Institute discusses whether orthodox economics can effect change with Richard Murphy, architect of Corbynomics, and Victoria Chick, one of the world’s leading authorities on Keynes.

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Jason Mohammed

Peter Temple-Morris talks to Jim Naughtie

BBC Radio Wales LIVE

Across the Floor: A Life in Dissenting Politics

Extraordinary stories, great music and topical discussion, plus the chance to speak directly to Wales’ decision makers. Broadcast live on BBC Radio Wales daily from 9am –11am.

On 20 June 1998 Temple-Morris, Conservative MP for Leominster, crossed the floor to join his rivals on the Labour party benches. What drove a seasoned Conservative politician, one of the so-called Cambridge Mafia, with 24 years’ experience at Westminster, to change his allegiance so radically? He discusses his disillusionments and inspirations, his adventures in ‘the art of the possible’, and his colleagues on both sides of the House with the veteran BBC anchor.

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Henry Shue talks to Philippe Sands

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Fighting Hurt: Rule and Exception in Torture and War

BBC Writersroom: Finding Your Writer’s Voice

Citing real cases including the bombing of Iraq in 1991, the Clinton Administration decision not to intervene in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999, and CIA torture after 9/11, the Oxford international relations expert interrogates issues of ‘proportionality’ and ‘collateral damage’ as he examines the ethical limits of US foreign policy. He talks to the lawyer and author of Lawless World and Torture Team.

A BBC event at Hay



Lisa Jones Exploring the Poles: In Search of a Deeper Understanding of Bipolar Disorder University of Worcester Series Our ability to treat bipolar disorder is hampered by the limits of our understanding of its causes. The Professor of Psychological Medicine explores the highs and lows of bipolar disorder. She considers factors that can lead to both mania and depression, and examines recent and future advances in the treatment of mental illness. In association with University of Worcester [305] 10AM GOOD ENERGY STAGE £7

David Gwyn Welsh Slate A history and a celebration of the Welsh slate industry centred on Snowdonia, exploring all aspects, from the cultural to the technical, and from the home to the quarries. Dr Gwyn is the author of the Royal Commission’s latest publication, Welsh Slate: Archaeology and History of an Industry. In association with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales



Writersroom is the part of the BBC that works with new writers and writing. Join them for a workshop designed to help new and emerging screenwriters identify their unique voice. Through a series of focused writing exercises, BBC Writersroom will help you free your writer’s voice and start creating new and original ideas to begin your journey to writing for the screen. Not for broadcast.

Pontardawe Arts Centre Presents The King of the Sky Enjoy a magical performance of the play The King of the Sky, a touching story of friendship and hope set in the Welsh valleys in the 1920s. Zoologist and author Nicola Davies touches on universal themes of difference and the kindness of strangers in this story of an Italian boy’s experience as a refugee. 6+ [HD53] 10AM CUBE £5

Clare Nasir Two Clouds and a Cough Become a cloud expert with the meteorologist, author and presenter. She will spark the imagination of young minds as she talks weather and clouds, and reads from her latest children’s book. 3+


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William Perry talks to Nik Gowing

Emma Manners

The 2016 Joseph Rotblat Lecture: My Journey at the Nuclear Brink

Capability Brown and Belvoir: Discovering a Lost Landscape

Perry was Bill Clinton’s Defence Secretary and has worked on security throughout his career. He explains the development of his thinking on weaponry and security as he journeys from the Cuban Missile Crisis to crafting a defence strategy in the Carter Administration to offset the Soviets’ numeric superiority in conventional forces, presiding over the dismantling of more than 8,000 nuclear weapons in the Clinton Administration, and his creation in 2007 (with George Shultz, Sam Nunn and Henry Kissinger) of the Nuclear Security Project to articulate “a vision of a world free from nuclear weapons and to lay out the urgent steps needed to reduce nuclear dangers”. In association with the WMD Awareness Project

The Duchess of Rutland tells the story of the rediscovery of the great landscape designer’s abandoned plans for the Leicestershire estate. In a sumptuously illustrated lecture she shows how the original vision has now been articulated at one of Britain’s most spectacular country houses. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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Chris McGrath Mr Darley’s Arabian Ninety-five per cent of all thoroughbreds in the world are descended from one horse, the so-called Darley Arabian, shipped from Aleppo to Yorkshire in 1704 by a second son who failed to make his fortune and died before he could follow his horse home. The former racing correspondent on the Independent tells the story of the men and women who owned and traded and bred the horses descended from that first stallion. He also follows the men they hired to train them, and the jockeys who rode them and sometimes rescued them from the knacker’s yard, unwittingly preserving the genetic line of winners that currently resides with the champion Frankel. Chaired by the producer of the Horse Tales documentaries Corisande Albert. Sponsored by Gypsy Castle Camping [310] 11.30AM LLWYFAN CYMRU–WALES STAGE £7

Charlotte Scott Talking About Shakespeare: Of Ghosts and Witches What’s Macbeth without the witches? Quite possibly the play Shakespeare wrote. Macbeth was not published until after Shakespeare’s death and it is highly likely that it was his great contemporary Thomas Middleton who wrote most of the supernatural scenes. The Goldsmiths Shakespeare scholar will consider the role of the witches in Macbeth; their lasting legacy of psychosexual drama and the problems of ‘normal’ in a play that features a homicidal thane, a woman who wants to be unsexed, and a collection of bearded women babbling on a heath. Chaired by Peter Florence.


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Jim Huntington Cambridge Series 14: Fortune Favours the Prepared Mind The tale of a scientist, a physician, his patient and her headache. Professor Huntingdon from the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research introduces his work on blood coagulation, which helps in devising strategies and therapies for preventing heart disease and strokes. In association with Cambridge University [HD54] 11.30AM STARLIGHT STAGE £6

Melvin Burgess Junk at 20 Junk won the prestigious Carnegie Medal and Guardian Children’s Book Prize in 1996. It was criticised for depicting young drug-users. Twenty years on, author Melvin Burgess discusses the book and the controversy that has surrounded it with Jonathan Douglas of the National Literacy Trust. 12+ #HAYYA [HD55] 11.30AM CUBE £5

Julia Green The Wilderness War Can Noah and his friends save their wilderness from developers? It’s the place where they make dens and sleep under the stars and they’re prepared to fight to save it. Join the author as she discusses the book and her own passion for preserving and protecting the countryside. 8+ In association with the Woodland Trust

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Peter Moore and James Baillieu

Samer Nashef talks to Anita Anand

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 3

The Naked Surgeon: The Power and Peril of Transparency in Medicine

The third of four recitals broadcast live from Hay this week. The trombonist and pianist play Persichetti’s Parable XVIII, Op.133; Lindberg’s Los Bandidos; de Falla’s 7 Canciones Populares Españolas; Dutilleux’ Choral, Cadence et Fugato; Fauré’s Après un rêve, Op.7 No.1, and Sicilienne, Op.78; Guilmant’s Morceau Symphonique, Op.88; and Pryor’s Bluebells of Scotland. The concert is introduced by Clemency Burton-Hill. Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 – please arrive in good time.

Jonathan Dimbleby

The consultant cardiac surgeon at Papworth looks at the development of tools to measure how well surgeons and hospitals are performing. He addresses the crucial decisions faced by anyone contemplating a medical intervention: should I keep taking the tablets? Should I have an operation? Which surgeon should I choose? He reveals why requesting a surgeon with the lowest patient mortality rate could be a mistake; how anaesthetists seem to make no difference to the outcome of an operation, but surgeons do; and why patients operated on the day before a surgeon goes on holiday are twice as likely to die as those operated on during that surgeon’s first day back.

The Battle of the Atlantic: How the Allies Won the War


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The Battle of the Atlantic was crucial to victory in the Second World War. If the German U-boats had prevailed, the maritime artery across the Atlantic would have been severed. Mass hunger would have consumed Britain, and the Allied armies would have been prevented from joining in the invasion of Europe. There would have been no D-Day. Using fascinating contemporary diaries and letters, from the leaders and the sailors on all sides, Dimbleby maps the human stories, the intelligence breakthroughs and the strategic daring of this turning point in European history. [315] 1PM TELEGRAPH STAGE £7

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Claire Harman Charlotte Brontë 200 Charlotte was a literary visionary, a feminist trailblazer and the driving force behind the whole Brontë family. She pushed Emily to publish Wuthering Heights and took charge of their precarious finances when her feckless brother turned to opium. In Jane Eyre she introduced the world to a brand new kind of heroine, modelled on herself: quiet but fiercely intelligent, burning with passion and potential. Harman is the award-winning biographer of Sylvia Townsend Warner, Fanny Burney and Robert Louis Stevenson, and the author of the best-selling Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World.

Sunken Cities Beneath the waters of Abukir Bay, at the edge of the Nile Delta, lie the submerged remains of the ancient Egyptian cities Canopus and Thonis-Heracleion, which sank more than a thousand years ago. They were dramatically rediscovered in the C20th and brought to the surface by marine archaeologists in the 1990s. The wealth of ancient artefacts from these excavations are now exhibited in the British Museum’s landmark exhibition. The curator tells the story of how two iconic ancient civilisations, Egypt and Greece, interacted in the late first millennium BC. In association with the British Museum

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Safia Minney talks to Dilys Williams Slow Fashion: Aesthetics Meets Ethics Slow Fashion offers creatives, entrepreneurs and ethical consumers a glimpse into the innovative world of the eco-concept store movement. It focuses on sustainable design and businesses that makes people, livelihoods and sustainability central to everything they do. Minney is founder and CEO of fairtrade and sustainable fashion label People Tree. Williams is Director of The Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion. [319] 1PM BBC TENT


World at One BBC Radio 4 LIVE Join us behind the scenes to watch BBC Radio 4’s long-running lunchtime news analysis programme as we broadcast live from Hay every weekday in the BBC Tent. Presented by Martha Kearney with special guests. Broadcasting live on BBC Radio 4 at 1pm. Please be seated by 12.50pm.


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Michelle Robinson

Tiffany Jenkins

Goodnight Spaceman

Keeping Their Marbles

Bedtime goodnights to their toy rockets and the planet turn into a magical adventure for two Space-mad boys once they’re asleep. Join the author/illustrator as she takes them on their journey, and make your own planets to take home. 3+

The fabulous collections housed in the world’s most famous museums are trophies from an imperial age. Now the countries from which these treasures came would like them back. The Greek demand for the return of the Elgin Marbles is the tip of an iceberg that includes claims for the Benin Bronzes from Nigeria, sculpture from Turkey, scrolls and porcelain taken from the Chinese Summer Palace, textiles from Peru, the bust of Nefertiti, Native American sacred objects and Aboriginal human remains. Jenkins investigates why repatriation claims have soared in recent decades and shows that sending artefacts back will not achieve the desired social change nor repair the wounds of history. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.


The Bookseller YA Prize Join a stellar line-up of some of this year’s shortlisted authors for The Bookseller YA Prize as they are put under the spotlight by the judges before the winner is finally revealed – and celebrate with them afterwards! This year’s frontrunners are Holly Bourne, Sarah Crossan, Jenny Downham, Frances Hardinge, Catherine Johnson, Patrick Ness, Louise O’Neill, Mel Salisbury, William Sutcliffe and Lisa Williamson. 12+ #HAYYA

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Jonathan Bate The British Academy Lecture: William Shakespeare 1616 –2116 Why are we celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death? Who and what are we celebrating? How did Shakespeare get from there (the Elizabethan and Jacobean stage) to here (the global icon) and where will he go in the next hundred years? The eminent Shakespeare scholar is the author of The Genius of Shakespeare and Soul of the Age: The Life, Mind and World of William Shakespeare. He is Professor of English at the University of Oxford. Chaired by Jerry Brotton. In association with The British Academy [321] 2.30PM TELEGRAPH STAGE £8

Paul Bahn Images of the Ice Age An illustrated lecture exploring the earliest human art and what it tells us about our ancestors. Bahn looks at the famous cave paintings of Lascaux, Altamira, and Chauvet and the thousands of exquisite pieces of portable art in bone, antler, ivory, and stone produced in the same period. In 2003, Bahn led the team that discovered the first Ice Age cave art in England, at Creswell Crags in Nottinghamshire. Chaired by Daisy Leitch.



Cathy Rentzenbrink talks to Sarfraz Manzoor The Last Act of Love: The Story of My Brother and His Sister In the summer of 1990, Cathy’s brother Matty was knocked down by a car on the way home from a night out. It was two weeks before his GCSE results, which turned out to be the best in his school. Sitting by his unconscious body in hospital, holding his hand and watching his heartbeat on the monitors, Cathy and her parents willed him to survive. They did not know then that there are many and various fates worse than death. The Last Act of Love is shortlisted for The Wellcome Book Prize. [324] 2.30PM OXFAM MOOT £7

Kathelijne Koops Cambridge Series 15: Chimps, Bonobos, Humans What can chimpanzees and bonobos tell us about the extraordinarily complex human cultures? Koops, an Affiliated Lecturer in the Division of Biological Anthropology at Cambridge, investigates this question by studying our closest living relatives, the great apes. In association with Cambridge University [HD58] 2.30PM CUBE £6

Ross Welford and Christopher Edge Science and Wonder The brilliant Ross and Christopher explore the wonder of science as a way to explain some of the mysteries of the world in their books, Time Travelling with a Hamster and The Many Worlds of Albie Bright. 8+

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Richard Shirreff talks to Nik Gowing

John Lewis-Stempel

The President’s War

The Running Hare: The Secret Life of Farmland

General Sir Richard Shirreff, one of Britain’s highestranking soldiers and until recently Deputy Head of NATO, was threatened with court martial when he dared to criticise David Cameron’s defence policy. What he says here goes much further. He brings an urgent warning: We are sleepwalking our way into war with Russia and we need to act now, with resolution, to avoid it. [326] 4PM LLWYFAN CYMRU–WALES STAGE £8

Barry Cunliffe By Steppe, Desert and Ocean: The Birth of Eurasia The story of how humans first started building the globalised world we know today. Set on a huge continental stage, from Europe to China, it is a tale covering more than ten thousand years from the origins of farming around 9,000 BC to the expansion of the Mongols in the C13th AD. Cunliffe brings into clearer focus those basic underlying factors that have driven change throughout the ages: the acquisitive nature of humanity, the differing environments in which people live and the dislocating effect of even slight climatic variation. The Emeritus Professor of Archaeology is the author of The Ancient Celts, Facing the Ocean, and Britain Begins. [327] 4PM GOOD ENERGY STAGE £7

Denis Burdakov, Anne O’Garra, Barry Thompson Collaborating to Beat Cancer Cancer Research UK Series What do neuroscience, tuberculosis and the humble fruit fly have to do with cancer? At the Francis Crick Institute, London’s new biomedical discovery centre, scientists from across the biomedical spectrum are being brought together under one roof. They are revolutionising research into cancer by speaking across specialisms and towards scientific innovation in the C21st. In association with The Francis Crick Institute and Cancer Research UK

Traditional ploughland is disappearing. Seven cornfield flowers have become extinct in the past 20 years. Once abundant, the corn bunting and the lapwing are on the Red List. The corncrake is all but extinct in England. And the hare is running for its life. The author of The Wild Life and Meadowland tells the story of the wild animals and plants that live in and under our ploughland: from the labouring microbes to the patrolling kestrel above the corn, from the linnet pecking at seeds to the seven-spot ladybird that eats the aphids that eat the crop. He talks to Kitty Corrigan. Sponsored by Freerein Riding Holidays




Malorie Blackman Chasing the Stars The author pays tribute to Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary in this brilliant new novel inspired by Othello. Her heartrending tale blends a love story with a sci-fi twist in an original Space-age adventure. Hear her discuss the story and her own love of Shakespeare with Claire Armitstead of the Guardian. 12+ #TALKINGABOUTSHAKESPEARE #HAYYA [HD60] 4PM STARLIGHT STAGE £7

Frances Hardinge, Katherine Woodfine and Lyn Gardner Mystery Moments Unexplained death! Who knows what will happen next? Come and meet the authors of The Lie Tree, The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth and Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret – three hugely entertaining and gripping stories. In conversation with Emma Carroll. 10+ [HD61] 4PM CUBE £7

Liz Fost Thunderbirds Are Go For fans of the new TV series, an action-packed session where you can learn what it takes to become a legendary member of International Rescue. Play games, take part in secret missions and hear tales of the illustrious Tracy brothers in their courageous battles. 6+


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In Tune BBC Radio 3 LIVE In Tune is BBC Radio 3’s award-winning daily drivetime show. Presented by Sean Rafferty, this live broadcast show will feature an eclectic mix of live music, plus interviews with some of the featured writers at the festival. @BBCInTune Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.



Damian Walford Davies, Carrie Smith, Tomos Owen The Gwyn Jones Lecture: Wales of the Unexpected Contributors to a ground-breaking new book, Roald Dahl: Wales of the Unexpected, discuss the vital presence of Wales in the work of ‘the world’s number one storyteller’. This is Roald Dahl wonderfully defamiliarised in his centenary year through the lens of the country of his birth and early life. In association with Literature Wales and Roald Dahl 100 [335] 5.30PM CUBE £6

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Michael Palin talks to John Crace Travelling to Work An interview with the treasured actor, writer, traveller and diarist. [331] 5.30PM LLWYFAN CYMRU–WALES STAGE £7

Gareth Williams A Monstrous Commotion: The Mysteries of Loch Ness The Loch Ness monster: a creature that should have died out with the dinosaurs, or a legend built on hoaxes and wishful thinking? The Bristol professor teases out the threads of one of the most popular mysteries of the past hundred years. Chaired by Martin Chilton. [332] 5.30PM GOOD ENERGY STAGE £7

Jason R C Nurse Social Media: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly The impact of social media on society today is undeniable - sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin have millions and even billions of users. Nurse, an academic at Oxford’s Department of Computer Science, considers the positive uses of social-media information, while also explaining the various security and privacy risks associated with having a digital footprint. Shedding light on what social media is, as well as how it works, he will show how to understand what you are telling the world when you join in with social media, and how to recognise good information from bad, as a reader. Suitable/essential for 13+ years. In association with the Department of Computer Science at The University of Oxford

Jim Baggott Origins: The Scientific Story of Creation There are many different versions of our creation story. Baggott tells the version according to modern science. Using a cross-disciplinary approach, he starts with the Big Bang and travels right up to the emergence of humans as conscious intelligent beings, 13.8 billion years later. Chaired by Dan Davis. [333] 5.30PM OXFAM MOOT £7

Matthew Green Aftershock: The Untold Story of Surviving Peace Over the past decade, we have sent thousands of people to fight on our behalf. But what happens when these soldiers come back home, having lost their friends and killed their enemies, having seen and done things that have no place in civilian life? Through wide-ranging interviews with former combatants, the war correspondent tells the story of our veterans’ journey from the frontline to the reality of return and asks: why do people who are trained to thrive within the theatre of war so often find themselves ill-prepared for peace? He talks to Jamie Hacker Hughes, the PTSD and trauma specialist, Visiting Professor of Military Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University.


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Billy Bragg A Lover Sings Bragg is one of Britain’s most distinctive and accomplished songwriters, whose work has articulated the passions, both personal and political, of Britain during the past five decades. A new collection of his lyrics, A Lover Sings, reveals a unique sensibility: principled and proudly of the Left, funny, forthright and tender. He talks to Sarfraz Manzoor. [337] 7PM TELEGRAPH STAGE £9

Roger McGough and LiTTLe MACHiNe The Dream Team Hilarious and surreal, McGough is a poet of many voices. Menace and melancholy there may be, but with plenty of McGough’s characteristic wit and wordplay, too. His newest collection of comical verse, perfect for Hay, is It Never Rains. He is joined by the brilliantly inventive three-piece band that has enjoyed huge success around the world with its settings of poetry. Little Machine are the musicians, composers and writers Walter Wray, Steve Halliwell and Chris Hardy. Sponsored by TotalProduce

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Caroline Grigson

Oliver Morton and Juliet Davenport talk to Andy Fryers

Menagerie: The History of Exotic Animals in England From Henry III’s elephant at the Tower to George IV’s love affair with Britain’s first giraffe and Lady Castlereagh’s recalcitrant ostriches, Grigson’s tour through the centuries amounts to an impressively detailed history of exotic animals in Britain. On the way we encounter a host of fascinating and outlandish creatures, including the first peacocks and popinjays, Thomas More’s monkey and Lord Clive’s zebra, which refused to mate with a donkey until it was painted with stripes. It is also the story of all those who came into contact with them: the people who owned them, the merchants who bought and sold them, the seamen who carried them to our shores, the naturalists who wrote about them, the artists who painted them, the itinerant showmen who worked with them, and the collectors who collected them. Grigson is now an honorary professor at the UCL Institute of Archaeology. Chaired by John Mitchinson. [339] 7PM GOOD ENERGY STAGE £7

Paul Murdin Cambridge Series 16: Planetary Vistas, the Landscapes of Other Worlds

Tackling Climate Change with Technology – Good Energy Series New technology with the potential to reduce and mitigate our impact on the environment is emerging on every scale from the global to the domestic. Geo-engineering could counteract climate change by intervening in Earth’s natural systems, while new consumer technology offers greener cars and smarter homes. What are the latest ideas? And which technologies will be the most effective at securing a sustainable future? Morton is an author and briefings editor of The Economist. Davenport is CEO of Good Energy. In association with Good Energy [342] 7PM CUBE £7

Chris Morgan Jones and Jim Naughtie Single Spies Thrilling new tales of espionage from two emerging stars of the genre. An unlikely hero dives into the chaotic madness of Russia and Georgia’s deadly covert conflict, in a rapid-fire tale of corporate espionage gone awry in Morgan Jones’ The Searcher. Will Flemyng, the hero of Naughtie’s Paris Spring, is an embassy man caught up in the évenements of April 1968. For 11 years Morgan Jones worked at the world’s largest business intelligence agency. He advised Middle Eastern governments, Russian oligarchs, New York banks, London hedge funds and African mining companies. Naughtie presented the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 for 21 years, interrogating lots of the people Morgan Jones worked for. They talk to Georgina Godwin.

Recent advances in space exploration imaging have allowed us now to see landscapes never before possible. Murdin shows some of the greatest views and vistas of Mars, Venus’s Titan, Io and more in their full glory. Towering cliffs, icy canyons: the scenery is out of this world; all captured with the latest technology by landing and roving vehicles or by very low-flying spacecraft. Murdin is a Senior Fellow Emeritus at the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge. In association with Cambridge University


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Catherine Gee, Duncan Cunningham, Emma Gray, Imogen Green

Navigating Tensions of Life in Iran

Finding Love in the Countryside Discover the good, the bad and intriguing world of online dating and rural matchmaking with Farmer Wants a Wife presenter Catherine Gee. Duncan Cunningham is founder of The Dating Lab, which has launched dozens of dating sites including Country Living Magazine’s own After seeing tens of thousands of dating profiles he knows the difference between eye-catching and offputting. Shepherdess and novelist Emma Gray, and Country Living columnist and author Imogen Green, have both written extensively about their personal experiences of rural romance and will share their highlights and low points. Followed by a drinks reception to chat to the speakers and meet like-minded country singletons. Who knows where it might lead? In association with Country Living Magazine



Mahmood Sariolghalam talks to Nik Gowing Sariolghalam is Professor of International Relations at Tehran’s Shahid Beheshti University and is one of Iran’s best-selling authors. For 26 years he has taught and conducted research on contemporary history and Iran’s relations with the outside world. His acknowledged skill has been to find ways to navigate Iran’s red lines in public discourse, and to avoid being targeted for being outspoken in print. The political establishment not only tolerated his writings, it has also been influenced by them. And Iran’s next generation views them as having helped to frame the 2015 nuclear agreement and expectations for the future.


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Bangalore Sathyaprakash and Patrick Sutton


Chasing Einstein: the Story of the Discovery of Gravitational Waves – Cardiff University Series

Theatr Mwldan And Cerys Matthews’ Marvels Of The Universe Present

One hundred years ago Einstein predicted the esoteric phenomena of gravitational waves. Last September they were directly detected for the first time, from the violent collision of two black holes. That event marked the beginning of a new chapter in our study of the cosmos. Cardiff University scientists heavily involved in the LIGO project (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) will discuss the experience of making this landmark observation, the incredible science and fascinating personal stories behind it, and what it means for the future of our understanding of the universe. The speakers are both based at the School of Physics and Astronomy. In association with Cardiff University [345] 8.30PM STARLIGHT STAGE £7

Howard Johns, Lindsay Mackie, John Barrett, Andrew Simms How Quickly can we Change…the Built Environment? We are locked in by our buildings, roads and homes, and the high, unsustainable energy use they depend on. Lindsay Mackie of the New Weather Institute; Howard Johns, author of Energy Revolution; John Barrett, Professor of Energy and Climate Policy at University of Leeds; and author Andrew Simms discuss how we can instigate the transformational change required to make our homes and cities viable in the future. [346] 8.30PM CUBE £6

Hugh Dunkerley talks to Jane Davidson Some Thoughts on Poetry and Fracking Poet and eco-critic Hugh Dunkerley is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and English Literature at the University of Chichester. He will ask whether poetry can help challenge our government and the fracking companies in their desire to industrialise large parts of the British landscape. Chaired by the director of the award-winning INSPIRE project at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David. In association with INSPIRE and ASLE-UKI

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Laura Marling Solo Acoustic


A rare and wonderful solo performance by the songwriter and guitarist with the achingly beautiful voice who has been at the forefront of a generation that has reimagined British folk music. Her albums include the global hit I Speak Because I Can, Once I Was an Eagle and most recently Short Movie.

The sublime sounds of India and Wales combine in this unique and exquisite collaboration that brings together the Indian ghazal and Welsh folk traditions. The six-piece band is led by Mumbai-based Tauseef Akhtar (harmonium, vocal) and singer-songwriter Gwyneth Glyn (guitar, vocal) from Criccieth on Cardigan Bay. They are joined by Manjeet Singh Rasiya (tabla), Patrick Rimes (violin) and Dylan Fowler (guitar). The Welsh folk and Indian ghazal traditions evolve from ancient poetic forms that share surprising affinities and a common Sanskrit root. They speak of loss and romantic love. Originally a C7th Arabic verse form, ghazal travelled via sufi influences to medieval poets who embraced it, making it their own. Traditionally invoking melancholy, love, longing and mysticism, ghazals are now often sung by Iranian, Indian and Pakistani musicians. Originated by Wales Arts International

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Brobury Farm Walk

Will Chase, Illtud Llyr Dunsford, Jane Scotter and Stephen Jones

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. The third of three farm walks. These are visits to real working farms and are suitable for anyone interested in food and farming. Families are welcome but children must be supervised at all time. Coaches will return to the festival site in time for events starting at 1pm.

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Farming With A Difference Meet four producers who have identified a specialist market and are making farming pay. Will Chase re-invented himself from potato grower to purveyor of posh crisps, Tyrrell’s, then sold the company to form Williams Chase Distillery, making gin and vodka. Illtud Llyr Dunsford of Charcuterie Ltd is a seventh-generation farmer flying the flag for home-cured meats and reviving a taste for veal. Jane Scotter of Fern Verrow farms fruit and veg biodynamically, and Stephen Jones is growing quinoa, the new superfood previously chalking up thousands of food miles from South America. Chaired by Dan Saladino of BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme. Sponsored by Hay Deli [353] 10AM GOOD ENERGY STAGE £7

Hay Festival Guitar Jam for BBC Music Day

Russell Jackson

A BBC event at Hay

Words, Words, Words: Speaking Shakespeare in the English-Speaking Cinema Birmingham University Series

Bring your guitar and join virtuoso Morgan Szymanski for a guitar jam as part of BBC Music Day. Help create and perform a piece to be featured in BBC Radio 3’s Lunchtime Concert at 1pm today. Szymanski will lead you through the process, whatever your level.

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Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan, Andre Vincent, Anita Anand The Early Edition What’s hot? What’s not? How do you decode the quality papers’ agendas and how far can you trust the red tops? Why did this make the news and that get spiked? The comedians spend an hour in the human zoo of the daily papers, tearing up stories, making mad the guilty and appalling the free… [351] 10AM TELEGRAPH STAGE £7

Darian Leader Hands: What We Do With Them, And Why Why do zombies walk with their arms outstretched? How can newborn babies grip an adult finger tightly enough to dangle unsupported from it? From papyrus to QWERTY to a swipeable screen; the history of civilisation is a history of what humans do with their hands, and as much as the things we do with our hands reflect our psychological state, they can also change that state profoundly…The psychoanalyst is the author of Why do Women Write More Letters Than They Post? and Promises Lovers Make When It Gets Late. Chaired by Daisy Leitch.



Film-makers are often attracted to Shakespeare’s plays with their vivid characters, exciting stories and scope for new takes on familiar subjects. But ever since the pictures started talking, the language has been a challenge both in quality and quantity; there isn’t the need for so much dialogue in a medium where showing trumps telling. Jackson has been text consultant for several feature films – including all of Kenneth Branagh’s versions of Shakespeare’s plays – and many stage productions. His books include Shakespeare and the English-speaking Cinema, Shakespeare Films in the Making, and The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film. In association with Birmingham University [354] 10AM BBC TENT


BBC Writersroom: The Perfect Ten – Top Tips on Scriptwriting A BBC event at Hay Join BBC Writersroom for a session on 10 top tips to help you get your script right. Using examples from successful films and television dramas, you will be shown 10 ways to make your screenplay even better. Not for broadcast. [HD62] 10AM OXFAM MOOT £7

Martin Brown Terrible Tudors The illustrator has brought decades of Terry Deary’s Horrible Histories to life in his brilliant drawings, which show just what life was like long ago. Now he’s illustrated the foulest facts about the Terrible Tudors, a badly behaved bunch. Enjoy intolerable torture and shocking swearing as you discover the true Tudors. 8+


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Heather Hurley, Keith Ray, Chris Pullin

Carol Adlam and Helen Cross

The Story of Hereford

Soldiers’ Art: What’s it Like to Be a Woman in the Army?

Three contributors to the new Logaston anthology charting the history of the Cathedral City recover stories from its past. Heather Hurley recounts the boatbuilding industry and the Wye river trade; archaeologist Keith Ray introduces new discoveries about the Saxon period; Chris Pullin talks about Hereford as a C12th centre of learning with links to the Arab world. Chaired by Nicola Goodwin of BBC Hereford and Worcester. [HD63] 10AM CUBE £7

Most stories we hear about the army relate to the service of men. But one hundred years on from the formation of women’s units, front-line combat roles are made available to female soldiers. Join the National Army Museum with project partners artist Carol Adlam and writer Helen Cross, as they discuss the forgotten voices of women in the army, and how a new graphic anthology, made with female soldiers, will bring their stories to life. In association with the National Army Museum

Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet Supertato Veggies Assemble The author and illustrator of Barry, the Fish with Fingers and I Need a Wee! share their latest story about the amazing Supertato. Called in to save a supermarket from the reign of terror by the evil pea, Supertato must avert disaster – and he’ll need all your help! 3+

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Topun Austin Cambridge Series 17: Becoming Human


From a single cell to more than 170 billion in nine months, this illustrated talk looks at the remarkable development of the human brain. Dr Austin is Consultant Neonatologist at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. In association with Cambridge University

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Kate Humble and Teg talk to Miles Jupp Friend For Life: The Extraordinary Partnership Between Humans and Dogs The wildlife broadcaster and smallholder uses her journey with her sheepdog puppy Teg to frame her examination of this very special relationship. Written with warmth and love, and packed full of stories about rescue dogs, guide dogs, service dogs and medical dogs, this event is a joy for anyone with a four-legged friend. In conversation with the host of The News Quiz. [HD64] 11.30AM TELEGRAPH STAGE £9

Michael Tavinor Shrines of the Saints in England and Wales The Dean of Hereford Cathedral explores the history and present-day significance of the shrines to the saints that can be found in many cathedrals and abbeys, and in pilgrimage destinations. He traces their importance in the UK’s spiritual life from medieval times and considers how people and church buildings were influenced by shrines in their midst. He recounts their destruction during the Reformation and what was happening during the hidden years before the tide turned in both Anglican and Catholic churches in C19th.

Roger McGough LiTTLe MACHiNe Poetry Pie For 6+ year-olds and their elders and betters and worsers, a morning of poems, songs, rhymes, drawings and jokes with ‘the patron saint of poetry’ and his band, the delightful masters of poetry and song. As always, his poems are full of wit and wisdom, with word play, puns and sharp observations on all aspects of life. Come and savour a slice of this brand new poetry pie! 6+



Laura Dockrill Star Cross’d The poet, writer and illustrator introduces Star Cross’d, her contemporary film version of Romeo and Juliet commissioned for the Shakespeare Lives programme by the British Council. She explores the continuing relevance of the story and its influence on her own writing including Lorali. 12+ #TALKINGABOUTSHAKESPEARE #HAYYA

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James Runcie talks to S J Parris

Writing Danger

The Grantchester Mysteries

Danger! Sometimes authors just have to be mean – characters in peril are an absolute must to drive the plot. The writers discuss the dangers faced by their characters in Strange Star and The Shadow Keeper, and why writing about danger is so thrilling. 10+

The creator of the romantically troubled Grantchester priest and sleuth introduces his new novel in the series Sidney Chambers and The Dangers of Temptation. [364] 1PM GOOD ENERGY STAGE £7

William Sitwell talks to Rosie Boycott Eggs or Anarchy

1pm [360] 1PM ST MARY’S CHURCH £7

Cremona Quartet and Morgan Szymanski BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 4 The last of the recitals broadcast live from Hay this week. The quartet and guitarist play Haydn’s String Quartet in G major, Op.77 No.1; Fernando Sor’s Variations on a Theme of Mozart, Op.9; and Boccherini’s Guitar Quintet No.4 in D major, G448. The concert is introduced by Clemency Burton-Hill. Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 – please arrive in good time. [361] 1PM TATA TENT £8

Peter Frankopan The Silk Roads: A New History of the World From the rise and fall of empires in China, Persia, and Rome to the spread of the great religions and the wars of the C20th, this epic work illuminates how the Silk Roads shaped global history, the axis of East and West. Frankopan is the Director of the Centre for Byzantine Research at Oxford University. Part of the Baillie Gifford series [362] 1PM TELEGRAPH STAGE £7

Laura Bates talks to Bryony Gordon Girl Up “They told you you need to be thin and beautiful. They told you to wear longer skirts, avoid going out late at night and move in groups – never accept drinks from a stranger, and wear shoes you can run in more easily than heels. They told you to wear just enough make-up to look presentable but not enough to be a slut; to dress to flatter your apple, pear, hourglass figure, but not to be too tarty. They warned you that if you try to be strong, or take control, you’ll be shrill, bossy, a ballbreaker. Of course it’s fine for the boys, but you should know your place. They told you that’s not for girls – take it as a compliment – don’t rock the boat – that’ll go straight to your hips. They told you beauty is on the inside, but you knew they didn’t really mean it. Well I’m here to tell you something different…”

The heroic tale of how Lord Woolton, Minister for Food 1940–1943, really fed Britain. As a nation at war, with supply routes under attack, it was Woolton’s job to fulfil his promise to the British people, and Prime Minister Winston Churchill, that there would be food on the shelves. He outwitted unscrupulous dealers on the black market across the Empire, persuading customs authorities to turn a blind eye to his schemes.


Abi Elphinstone and Emma Carroll

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Anita Anand and guests Welcome to Wales Amidst the numbers and summits of the refugee crisis, the voices of those who have fled conflict and persecution can be lost. Join us for readings from women across the world who have sought protection in the UK and learnt English with the British Red Cross in South Wales, where they have been writing about their experiences from the point of departure to their arrival in Britain. In association with The British Red Cross [366] 1PM BBC TENT


World at One BBC Radio 4 LIVE Join us behind the scenes to watch BBC Radio 4’s long-running lunchtime news analysis programme as we broadcast live from Hay every weekday in the BBC Tent. Presented by Martha Kearney with special guests. Broadcasting live on BBC Radio 4 at 1pm. Please be seated by 12.50pm. [HD67] 1PM STARLIGHT STAGE £6

David Solomons My Brother is a Superhero The award-winning author and screenwriter discusses his fast-moving, quick-talking story about the larger-than-life adventures of Luke, a comic-mad 11-year-old who has only five days to rescue his brother and save the world after a dramatic alien visit and a case of mistaken identity. 8+


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Jenny Valentine, Annabel Pitcher and Hayley Long Family Secrets Join the three award-winning authors of Fire Colour One, Silence is Goldfish and Sophie Someone to discuss different ways of telling stories about families and the complications of the secrets they keep. 12+ #HAYYA Sponsored by Richard Booth’s Bookshop

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Michael Morpurgo War Story Michael Morpurgo’s modern First World War classic Private Peaceful is the focus of this event commemorating the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. The best-selling author talks about his dramatic and moving story, its origins, and about writing about war and the consequences of conflict. Family event [367] 2.30PM TELEGRAPH STAGE £8

Wendell Steavenson talks to Katrin Bennhold Circling the Square: Stories from the Egyptian Revolution On 25 January 2011, the world was watching Cairo. Egyptians of every stripe came together in Tahrir Square to protest Hosni Mubarak’s three decades of brutal rule. After many hopeful, turbulent years, Egypt seems to be back where it began, with another strongman, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, in power. How did this happen? The distinguished foreign correspondent describes the intimate ironies and ad hoc movements of the Egyptian revolution from Mubarak’s fall to that of Mohammed Morsi. Anecdotes, musings, observations and character sketches cast a fresh light on this vital Middle Eastern story. Chaired by Katrin Bennhold of The New York Times. [370] 2.30PM OXFAM MOOT £7

S J Parris talks to Rosie Goldsmith Conspiracy S J Parris is the bestselling author of Prophecy and Heresy. Her historical thrillers follow the renegade monk, philosopher and heretic Giordano Bruno, as he uncovers dark mysteries and plots in Elizabethan England. The fifth book in the series finds Bruno in peril at the French court of King Henri III, under the terrifying eye of the Queen Mother, Catherine de Medici.

Oliver James Not in Your Genes

[371] 2.30PM BBC TENT

The clinical psychologist explores the childhood causes of our individuality, “revealing why our upbringing, not our genes, plays such an important role in our wellbeing and success. The implications are huge: as adults we can change, we can clutch our fates from predetermined destiny, as parents we can radically alter the trajectory of our children’s lives, and as a society we could largely eradicate criminality and poverty.” Chaired by Daniel Davis.

The Art of Adaptation


Simon Horobin How English Became English The English Language is spoken by more than a billion people throughout the world. But where did English come from? The Oxford Professor investigates the evolution of the English language, examining how it continues to adapt. Engaging with contemporary concerns about correctness, he considers whether such changes are improvements, or evidence of slipping standards. Will Standard English continue to hold sway, or are we witnessing its replacement by newly emerging Englishes?



BBC Radio Drama Alison Hindell, BBC’s Head of Audio Drama, in conversation with two leading radio dramatists about the particular skills involved in adapting prose fiction for radio drama. What choices need to be made in considering how to capture or reinvent the original author’s work? Not for broadcast. [372] 2.30PM STARLIGHT STAGE £7

Kate Humble and Neil Sinclair talk to Andy Fryers WoodWatch – Woodland Trust Series With their bluebells, blackbirds and beech trees, our woodlands are beautiful and inspiring places to explore. Discover why the British love nature-watching, and how it can help protect our woods and trees. The wildlife and science broadcaster is joined by the author of the Commando Dad series. In association with the Woodland Trust

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Mike Parker Pearson

The Lion Inside

Stonehenge: The Welsh Connection

The author and illustrator introduces a lion who is just a little bit different. When a mouse meets a lion it’s easy to guess who will be more afraid…or is it? Find out how this lion can overcome his fears and discover his own true bravery. 3+

Excavation of two quarries in the Preseli hills in Pembrokeshire by a UCL-led team of archaeologists and geologists has confirmed that they are sources of Stonehenge’s ‘bluestones’ and shed light on how they were quarried and transported. “We have dates of around 3400 BC for Craig Rhos-y-felin and 3200 BC for Carn Goedog, which is intriguing because the bluestones didn’t get put up at Stonehenge until around 2900 BC,” says Professor Parker Pearson. “It could have taken those Neolithic stone-draggers nearly 500 years to get them to Stonehenge, but that’s pretty improbable in my view. It’s more likely that the stones were first used in a local monument – somewhere near the quarries – which was then dismantled and dragged off to Wiltshire. Stonehenge was a Welsh monument from its very beginning. If we can find the original monument in Wales from which it was built, we will finally be able to solve the mystery of why Stonehenge was built and why some of its stones were brought so far…”

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David Aaronovitch The Christopher Hitchens Lecture The journalist interrogates the ideas of safe space on campus, the psychology of “vindictive protectionism” and the practice of “no-platforming” speakers. In a political culture that is susceptible to polarisation, where social media amplifies grievance and offence, how do we wield free speech? Aaronovitch discusses his lecture with Peter Florence. He talks about his memoir Party Animals: My Family and Other Communists on Sunday – see event [456]. [374] 4PM TELEGRAPH STAGE £8

Hugh Sebag-Montefiore Somme: Into the Breach Planned as a decisive strike but fought as a bloody battle of attrition in 1916, the Battle of the Somme claimed over a million dead or wounded in months of fighting that have long epitomized the tragedy and folly of the First World War. By focusing on the first-hand experiences and personal stories of both Allied and enemy soldiers, Sebag-Montefiore defies the customary framing of incompetent generals and senseless slaughter. In its place, eyewitness accounts relive scenes of extraordinary courage and sacrifice, as soldiers ordered over the top ventured into No Man’s Land and enemy trenches, where they met a hail of machine-gun fire, thickets of barbed wire, and exploding shells. Chaired by Jesse Norman. Sponsored by Borders Hideaway Holiday Home Park


Rachel Bright


Philippa Malmgren Signals – How Everyday Signs can Help us Navigate the World’s Turbulent Economy The rising price but shrinking size of a steak, a bar of chocolate, and an apartment not only cause pain at home, they also propel some nations to deploy their militaries to secure resources and protect their citizens from higher prices. The economist, global strategist and presidential adviser reveals how our daily lives are informed and affected by the on-going battle, created by central bankers, between inflation and deflation. [377] 4PM OXFAM MOOT £7

Suman-Lata Sahonta Cambridge Series 18: How Light can Improve your Life Those teeny lights aren’t just for show: LEDs help us to sleep better, fight cancer, prevent identity theft, and communicate with the Internet of Things. Dr Sahonta is based at the Cambridge Centre for Gallium Nitride. In association with Cambridge University [HD71] 4PM STARLIGHT STAGE £7

Lucy Hawking George and the Blue Moon Explore Space with the daughter of the famous physicist with whom she co-wrote the book, as she shares George’s fifth fabulous adventure. This time he and his friend Annie have been selected to train as junior astronauts, but bad things are happening in space, with mysterious missions taking off unsupervised. How can they be sure they’ll be safe? 10+


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Cecelia Ahern and Christopher Vick

Susannah Gibson

The best-selling author of Flawed and the debut author of Kook discuss teen life, the key issues in writing YA fiction and what really matters to their readers. Chaired by HAYDAYS director Julia Eccleshare. 12+ #HAYYA

Animal, Vegetable, Mineral? How EighteenthCentury Science Disrupted the Natural Order

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Sarah Millican and Hannah Dunleavy talk to Marcus Brigstocke

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Standard Issue

The Lubetkin Legacy

Working with a team of talented women, the multiaward-winning comedian wanted to create something different to add to the mix of women’s magazines that were failing to inspire her. The result was Standard Issue Magazine, an online publication for all women. And men, too, if they fancied it. After their first year, millions of page views and having been shortlisted for a Book/Publishing award by comedy website Chortle, how does the future look? Hannah Dunleavy is the Deputy Editor.

North London in the C21st century: a place where a son will swiftly adopt an old lady and take her home from hospital to impersonate his dear departed mother, rather than lose the council flat. A time of golden job opportunities, though you might have to dress up as a coffee bean or work as an intern at an undertaker’s or put up with Champagne and posh French dinners while your boss hits on you. A place rich in language – whether it’s Romanian, Ukrainian, Russian, Swahili or buxom housing officers talking managementese... The awardwinning author of A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian discusses her new comedy of modern manners. Arts Council Wales International Writers Series, 8


Lucie Green 15 Million Degrees: A Journey to the Centre of the Sun Light takes eight minutes to reach Earth from the surface of the Sun. But its journey within the Sun takes hundreds of thousands of years. What is going on in there? What are light and heat? How does the Sun produce them and how on earth did scientists discover this? Professor Lucie Green is a solar physicist at UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory and regularly appears on the BBC’s Star Gazing Live with Brian Cox. She works with the world’s major Space agencies, including NASA. In 2009 she won the Royal Society’s Kohn Award for her work promoting public engagement with science. [380] 5.30PM LLWYFAN CYMRU–WALES STAGE £7

Timothy Brook Shakespeare in Chinese The Sinologist, author of Mr Selden’s Map of China and Vermeer’s Hat tells the story of Zhu Shanghai, the Chinese wartime journalist and Shakespeare translator who worked under the Japanese occupation for a Shanghai newspaper. He didn’t translate literally, but found ways of rewriting Shakespeare in Chinese idioms that beautifully match the original, as analogies rather than as transcriptions. Chaired by Jerry Brotton.


Gibson explains how a study of pond slime could cause people to question the existence of the soul; observation of eggs could make a man doubt that God had created the world; how the discovery of the Venus fly-trap was linked to the French Revolution; and how interpretations of fossils could change our understanding of the Earth’s history. Chaired by Daisy Leitch.

Marina Lewycka talks to Georgina Godwin


Alan Kitching A Life in Letterpress Kitching is one of the world’s foremost practitioners of letterpress typographic design and printmaking. Spanning more than 50 years, his new, lavishly illustrated monograph leads us from Kitching’s first typographical experiments under the auspices of mentor Anthony Froshaug to his iconic creations at The Typography Workshop. It showcases his most colourful and expressive pieces, including his prolific work for the Guardian, the National Theatre, British Library, Tate Modern, Penguin Books and Royal Mail. He talks to Clemency Burton-Hill. Sponsored by The Story of Books

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Fearghal McGarry


The Rising: Ireland, Easter 1916

We are thrilled to launch Tom’s new novel, the story of two generations of the Hamer family working the Funnon Farm. There is Idris, stubborn, strong, a man of the plough and the prayer-sheet, haunted by the War. Then comes Oliver, a near mythic giant bestriding the landscape, a fighter, a man of the hills as hard as the prehistoric stone. Then there is Etty, Oliver’s mother, the centre of this close constellation, watching new technologies and old ways converge on the farm and on the life of her son. Addlands is instantly a classic of rural British fiction. The author talks to the journalist and writer, Oliver Bullough, his brother. Sponsored by Shepherds Ice Cream

The Easter Rising of 1916 changed the course of Irish history. What was the role of ordinary people in this extraordinary event? McGarry makes use of a unique source that has only recently seen the light of day: a collection of more than 1,700 eye-witness statements detailing the political activities of members of Sinn Féin and militant groups such as the Irish Republican Brotherhood. He illuminates their motives, concerns, and aspirations, and highlights the importance of the First World War as a catalyst for the uprising. Chaired by David Dwan. [388] 7PM OXFAM MOOT £7


Mavericks: Breaking the Mould of British Architecture


Tom Bullough talks to Oliver Bullough

Owen Hopkins


Gregory Doran Talking About Shakespeare The Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and this year’s Richard Dimbleby Lecturer, discusses Shakespeare’s legacy in 2016, the 400th anniversary of his death. The RSC’s celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon include two major new productions to be directed by Doran: King Lear with Antony Sher, and a ground-breaking production of The Tempest with Simon Russell Beale, in collaboration with Intel and The Imaginarium Studios. In association with the RSC [386] 7PM LLWYFAN CYMRU–WALES STAGE £7

Misha Glenny talks to Sarfraz Manzoor Nemesis: One Man and the Battle for Rio The true story of an ordinary man who became the king of the largest slum in Rio, the head of a drug cartel and perhaps Brazil’s most wanted criminal; a man who tried to bring welfare and justice to a playground of gang culture and destitution, while everyone around him drew guns and partied. Glenny is a distinguished investigative journalist and historian.

The history of architecture is a story of continual innovation, and yet at certain points comes an architect whose vision defies convention. Hopkins focuses on 12 such figures from the history of British architecture, including Sir John Soane, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Cedric Price and Zaha Hadid. Their work is bold, frequently controversial, often radical; it is architecture that actively resists being pigeon-holed into a style or period. Sponsored by Ty-Mawr Lime Ltd [389] 7PM–8.30PM BBC TENT


BBC Music Day Concert: Horizons Showcase featuring Forte Horizons/Gorwelion in association with BBC Wales and Arts Council of Wales A special BBC Music Day concert with live and acoustic performances from Dan Bettridge, Ofelia, Alex Stacey and Bryony Sier. [390] 7PM STARLIGHT STAGE £7

Jane Davidson talks to Sophie Howe The Single Most Important Piece of Legislation in the Past 20 Years? The Wellbeing of Future Generations Act 2015 came into full force in April 2016. It puts a legal responsibility on the Welsh public sector, including Welsh Government, to consider sustainability in all of its actions. The potential for this to change the private sector, too, is huge. Jane Davidson was the original architect of this Act and Sophie Howe is the new Commissioner responsible for delivery. Will it change the world, or is it a well-meaning Act with no Teeth?


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Paul Roche

Seamus Murphy

Down to Earth: Impacts from Space Cardiff University Series

The Republic

What killed the dinosaurs? And should we be worried about going the same way? Astronomers regularly discover huge lumps of rock and ice hurtling past the Earth, and if some of them were to hit us the effects could be terrifying. Recent near misses, and the huge airburst explosion over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in February 2013, make this a very topical issue. The European Space Agency’s Space Ambassador for Wales spins a tale of death, destruction and dinosaurs. In association with Cardiff University

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Shazia Mirza Stand Up: The Kardashians Made Me Do It My mum can’t find me anyone to marry. My friend Matthew looks at me with great concern and says, “You’re not thinking of becoming a Jihadi Bride are you?” Would I do that? The weather in Britain isn’t great, and the sunsets and landscape in Syria are meant to be very romantic… I’d get a husband, wouldn’t have to work, and would definitely get a place in heaven. Yes I’d miss my hair straighteners and hot pants, but that’s a small price to pay… The Kardashians Made Me Do It is inspired by three girls who left Bethnal Green to join ISIS, and an unrelated radio piece Shazia contributed to the BBC which subsequently received a record number of complaints. It is a searing and urgent exploration of life, love and Jihadi brides. And it’s hilarious. [393] 8.30PM GOOD ENERGY STAGE £7

Simon Callow, Rachael Jolley, David Aaronovitch, Alexa Huang Global Shakespeare: Protest, dissent and slipping by the censors All over the world, Shakespeare’s plays find an audience, but often hidden within productions are controversial themes about corruption, overthrowing power or teenage love. These areas of debate might rarely get staged, were it not for the cloak of Shakespeare’s ‘respectability’. This session discusses how Shakespeare slips by the censors, both historically and today. Professor Huang is Director of the Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare at the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. In association with Index on Censorship and The British Council


One hundred years after Ireland’s 1916 Rising, who are the Irish and what has become of the republic they made? The award-winning photographer, exile and escapee, digs deep to discover the forces and mysteries that drive, and have often beguiled, the country since its birth. From the streets of Dublin and the suburbs of towns and cities adapting to new multicultural life, to the older habitats of Ireland’s wilder western shores, Murphy endeavours to capture the spirit of contemporary Ireland in this witty, closely observed and beautiful photographic story. Chaired by David Dwan. [395] 8.30PM STARLIGHT STAGE £6

Brix Smith-Start talks to Dylan Jones The Rise, The Fall, and the Rise Brix spent ten years in the band, The Fall, before a violent disintegration led to her exit and the end of her marriage with Mark E Smith. Her story is much more than rock ‘n’ roll highs and lows in one of the most radically dysfunctional bands around. Growing up in the Hollywood Hills in the 1960s in a dilapidated pink mansion, her life has taken her from luxury to destitution, from the cover of the NME to waitressing in California, via the industrial wasteland of Manchester in the 1980s.

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KT Tunstall Invisible Empire/Crescent Moon The singer-songwriter and her band play her new album at Hay. “It’s rambunctious, anti-slick, pro-wild, psychedelic, emotional pop,” she says of her new music. “Many of these songs are full-on in their energy. When I play, I have realised that I really have to sweat to deliver what I’m best at, which is going out on stage and creating a physical and emotional experience for a room full of people. It’s primal, tribal, and when it’s really good, it feels transcendent.” Sponsored by GL Events Snowdens [397] 9.45PM TELEGRAPH STAGE £13

Showstoppers Showstopper! The Improvised Musical Each night, audience suggestions are instantly transformed into an all-singing, all-dancing production, with unpredictable and hilarious results. The Showstoppers have delighted audiences across the globe with their ingenious blend of comedy, musical theatre and spontaneity, with eight years as an Edinburgh Fringe must-see phenomenon, a BBC Radio 4 series and now a recent critically acclaimed West End run. Whether you fancy Sondheim on a ski lift, or Cole Porter in Poundland: you suggest it and The Showstoppers will sing it!

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Chris Riddell

Erwin James talks to Claire Armitstead

Ask the Children’s Laureate


Meet the Children’s Laureate, who will live-draw the answers to your questions. The children he chooses can take their doodle-answers home with them and own a unique piece of art from one of our greatest illustrators. 6+

James lost his mother when he was seven. Shipped from home to home and subject to the whims of various care-givers after his father turned to alcohol and violence, he committed his first crime of breaking and entering when he was ten. His teenage and early adult years were spent drifting, and his petty crime turned increasingly violent, culminating in the terrible events for which he was jailed for life in 1984. Entering prison at 27, James struggled to come to terms with the enormity of his crimes and a future without purpose or hope. Then he met Joan, a prison psychologist, who helped him to confront the painful truth of his past, and to understand how it had shaped him from such a young age. Encouraged to read and to educate himself, over the next 20 years Erwin James would go on to receive a BA in History and become a regular columnist for the Guardian.


Gulwali Passarlay talks to Oliver Bullough The Lightless Sky: An Afghan Refugee Boy’s Journey of Escape to a new Life in Britain Passarlay was sent away from Afghanistan at the age of 12, after his father was killed in a gun battle with the US army. Smuggled into Iran, Gulwali embarked on a 12-month odyssey across Europe, spending time in prisons, suffering hunger, cruelty and violence. He endured a terrifying journey on a tiny boat in the Mediterranean, and spent a desolate month in the camp at Calais. Somehow he survived and made it to Britain, where he was fostered, went to a good school, worked hard and won a place at a top university. Gulwali was chosen to carry the Olympic torch in 2012. Many refugees die along the way. Some survive and make it here, to a country that offers them the chance of a life of freedom and opportunity. In association with Oxfam



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Nandana Sen Kangaroo Kisses The actress and children’s rights activist introduces her first book for children. Kangaroo Kisses charmingly captures every child’s bedtime, and adds a very special fantasy to it. 3+


Michael Marmot talks to Rajan Datar The Health Gap There are dramatic differences in health between countries and within countries, but this is not a simple matter of rich and poor. A poor man in Glasgow is rich compared to the average Indian, but the Glaswegian’s eight years shorter. In all countries, people at relative social disadvantage suffer health disadvantage, and dramatically so. Within countries, the higher the social status of individuals, the better is their health. Creating the conditions for people to lead flourishing lives, and thus empowering individuals and communities, is key to development. Datar reports for BBC World News. [400] 10AM STARLIGHT STAGE £6

Dai Smith and guests The International Dylan Thomas Prize in partnership with Swansea University

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Michael Morpurgo and Friends Where My Wellies Take Me A concert performance following nine-year-old Pippa on a ramble through woods, farms and fields. Her lively commentary is interwoven with seasonal songs of midwinter, springtime and harvest and verses by Sean Rafferty, Seamus Heaney, DH Lawrence, Robert Browning and Shakespeare. A celebration of nature and the countryside, this is narrated by Clare and Michael Morpurgo with Natalie Walter, the songs are performed by award-winning a cappella group Voices at the Door. 6+ In association with Farms for City Children

Join us to celebrate ten years of the prestigious prize for writers aged 39 and under, as authors and past winners talk with Dai Smith, Chair of the Judging Panel, and Raymond Williams, Research Chair in the Cultural History of Wales at Swansea University. In partnership with Swansea University


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Kate Summerscale talks to Stephanie Merritt

Tom Fletcher talks to Katrin Bennhold

The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer

Naked Diplomacy: Power and Statecraft in the Digital Age

Early in the morning of Monday 8 July 1895, 13-yearold Robert Coombes and his 12-year-old brother Nattie set out from their small, yellow-brick terraced house in East London to watch a cricket match at Lords. They told their neighbours their father had gone to sea the previous Friday, and their mother was visiting her family in Liverpool. Over the next 10 days Robert and Nattie spent extravagantly, pawning their parents’ valuables to fund trips to the theatre and the seaside. But as the sun beat down on the Coombes’ house, a strange smell began to emanate from the building. When the police were finally called to investigate, the discovery they made sent the press into a frenzy of horror and alarm... Summerscale won the Samuel Johnson Prize for The Suspicions of Mr Whicher.

In the next hundred years, the world will need to deal with the same amount of social development witnessed in the past 43 centuries – the rebirth of the city state, the battle for new energy, disappearing borders, the desire of the world’s people to move to developed nations. The former ambassador, now a professor of International Relations, explores the core principles of a progressive C21st foreign policy: how to balance interventionism and national interest, and to use global governance to achieve national objectives. He discusses smart power, soft power and the new interventionism alongside lessons from the most notorious leaders and diplomats across the world including Talleyrand, Kissinger, Mandela and the Kennedys. [406] 11.30AM BBC TENT



Dan Freedman introduces Jamie Johnson

Lindy West talks to Laura Bates

CBBC – Screening

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman

The author introduces a screening of CBBC’s new adaptation of his children’s book series Jamie Johnson, followed by a Q&A. Jamie is a boy who lives and breathes football. He has amazing talent and the desire to make it to the top. The books follow him on his journey as he aims to fulfil his dream of becoming one of the biggest football stars in the world. Not for broadcast.

Lindy West wasn’t always loud. She was once a nerdy, terror-stricken teen who wanted nothing more than to be invisible. Fortunately, that cripplingly shy girl who refused to make a sound grew up to be one of the loudest, shrillest, most fearless feminazis on the internet, making a living speaking up for what’s right instead of what’s cool. She reveals the obstacles and misogyny she’s had to overcome to make herself heard, in a society that doesn’t believe women (especially fat women and feminists) can ever be funny. “Her talent and bravery have made the internet a place where I actually want to be”– Lena Dunham.

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Marina Lewycka, Patience Agbabi, David Herd and Anna Pincus Fictions: Refugee Tales

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Tim Whitmarsh Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World Long before the Enlightenment sowed the seeds of disbelief in a deeply Christian Europe, atheism was a matter of serious public debate in the Greek world. But history is written by those who prevail, and the Age of Faith mostly suppressed the lively, free-thinking voices of antiquity. The A G Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at Cambridge brings to life the fascinating ideas of Diagoras of Melos, perhaps the first self-professed atheist; Democritus, the first materialist; and Epicurus and his followers. He shows how the early Christians came to define themselves against atheism, and so suppress the philosophy of disbelief.


Offered as a modern day reworking of The Canterbury Tales, this book brings together the stories of 14 refugees whose voyage to the UK has not been a journey of spiritual salvation, rather one of sheer, physical survival. The tales are retold by writers including Marina Lewycka and Patience Agbabi, and edited by the poet and teacher David Herd and Anna Pincus of the Gatwick Detainee Welfare Group. [HD76] 11.30AM CUBE £6

Isabel and Imogen Greenberg Tomb Raiders: Make Your Own Treasure Hoard Discover fascinating facts about the ancient Egyptians. Join sisters Isabel and Imogen to find out about the fabulous treasures Pharaoh Tutankhamun took to his tomb. Then create your own treasure hoard to take away and enjoy later. 6+

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Gordon Brown

Ben Bailey Smith and Sav Akyüz

Britain in Europe

I am Bear

In a town hall-style Q&A, the former Prime Minister who intervened powerfully in the Scottish Referendum sets out his case for Britain not only “in” Europe, but actively leading it: as a trade bloc, as a bastion of human rights and freedoms, as a new form of power shaping a new kind of international community for the C21st. Chaired by Anita Anand.

“I am Bear. And I am bare. The suit I wear has purple hair.” See this brand new hilarious picture-book brought to life by the creators, as they keep young mischief-makers entertained with cheeky trickster Bear. 3+


Julian Clary and David Roberts The Bolds to the Rescue The comedian/entertainer/writer and award-winning illustrator introduce you to their latest book, a brand new adventure about a family of hyenas living in an ordinary suburban street. An unmissable event packed with wildly hilarious readings in Julian’s unique style, together with live drawing from David. 8+

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First News Hold the Front Page! Join First News to celebrate 10 years of first-class news especially for children. Find out what goes on behind the scenes in creating a newspaper and have a go at being a journalist yourself. 6+



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Jeanette Winterson

David Spiegelhalter

Talking about Shakespeare The Raymond Williams Lecture: Shakespeare 400

Cambridge Series 18: Sex by Numbers How often, with whom, and doing what? The statistics of sexual behaviour are riveting, but can we believe them? A Cambridge professor of statistics investigates. Spiegelhalter is Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk. In association with Cambridge University [410] 1PM GOOD ENERGY STAGE £8

Emma Barrett and Sian Williams talk to Rajan Datar Risk and Resilience A conversation about risk and resurgence. Barrett is the co-author of Extreme: Why Some People Thrive at the Limits, which examines what we can learn from people who embrace high-risk work and life and are attuned to survival. Sian Williams, one the nation’s most trusted broadcasters, is also a trauma assessor. She is the author of Rise: Surviving and Thriving After Trauma (embargoed until 28 May). [411] 1PM OXFAM MOOT £7

Mark Haddon talks to Rosie Goldsmith The Pier Falls An expedition to Mars goes terribly wrong. A seaside pier collapses. A 30-stone man is confined to his living room. Two boys discover a gun in a shoebox. A group of explorers find a cave of unimaginable size deep in the Amazon jungle. A man shoots a stranger in the chest on Christmas Eve. The author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and The Red House plays out his dark and wild imagination in his first collection of short stories. Sponsored by Savage & Gray Design

The novelist and essayist celebrates the work and gift of the playwright. Her latest novel, The Gap of Time, is a re-telling of The Winter’s Tale. “A book of considerable beauty…a fine invitation into this deeply Shakespearean vision of imagination as the best kind of truth-telling” – Rowan Williams, New Statesman. [413] 2.30PM TELEGRAPH STAGE £8

Gordon Corera Intercept: The Secret History of Computers and Spies The computer was born to spy. Under the intense pressure of the Second World War and in the confines of Britain’s code-breaking establishment at Bletchley Park, the work of Alan Turing and others led to the birth of electronic espionage. It was a breakthrough that helped to win the war. In the following decades, computers transformed espionage, from the spy hunting of the Cold War years to the data-driven pursuit of terrorists and the industrial-scale cyber-espionage against corporations in the C21st. Together, computers and spies are shaping the future, and from the rise of China to the phones in our pockets, what was once the preserve of a few intelligence agencies now matters for us all. Corera is Security Correspondent for BBC News.


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Jim Naughtie and The Winner

Sophie Thompson

The Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize

Zoo Boy

The BBC books man and prize judge interviews the winner of this year’s award for comic fiction, announced on 20 May. The shortlist celebrates Paul Beatty for The Sellout, Marina Lewycka for The Lubetkin Legacy, Paul Murray for The Mark and the Void, John O’Farrell for There’s Only Two David Beckhams, Hannah Rothschild for The Improbability of Love. The winner will receive a jeroboam of Bollinger Special Cuvée, a case of Bollinger La Grande Année, the complete set of the Everyman Wodehouse collection and a locally bred Gloucestershire Old Spot pig, which will be named after the winning novel.

The actress and winner of Celebrity MasterChef in 2014 discusses her first book for children. A wonderfully inventive story of a boy who finds he can talk to animals, Zoo Boy takes a fresh and funny look at animals and how we treat them. 6+


Mark Price talks to Kamal Ahmed

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Marcia Williams Mr William Shakespeare’s Plays Marking 400 years since the death of Shakespeare, the cartoonist and children’s author will bring the Bard’s work vividly to life. Come up on stage and help Marcia re-enact The Tempest, using masks, props and plenty of drama. 8+ #TALKINGABOUTSHAKESPEARE

UK PLC The Minister of State for Trade and Investment discusses Britain’s economic and business relationship with the European Union. He looks west at TTIP and east to China and India to see what the future might hold for Britain inside or outside the Union. Price was formerly MD of Waitrose, Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, and Deputy Chairman of Channel 4. Ahmed is the BBC’s Economics Editor. Sponsored by Welsh Venison Centre [416] 2.30PM OXFAM MOOT £7

Alun Gibbard and Phil Bennett The Scarlets Llanelli is one of the world’s greatest rugby towns, and home to one of the most loved and followed teams, The Scarlets. The broadcaster and journalist, whose other books include Who Beat the All Blacks?, yarns the best tales and traditions of the club with one of its most favoured sons, the legendary fly-half Phil Bennett. A safe bet that stories will be told of 31 October 1972, when the final scoreboard famously read: Llanelli 9 Seland Newydd 3. There may be singing. #sosbanfach Sponsored by C J Gibbons Family Butchers [417] 2.30PM BBC TENT

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Niall Ferguson Kissinger: The Idealist, 1923 –1968 No American statesman has been as revered and as reviled as Henry Kissinger. Hailed by some as the ‘indispensable man’, whose advice has been sought by every president from John F Kennedy to George W Bush, he has also attracted immense hostility from critics who have cast him as an amoral Machiavellian – the ultimate, cold-blooded ‘realist’. In his first volume of biography, the historian examines Kissinger’s early life (as a Jew in Hitler’s Germany, a poor immigrant in New York, a GI at the Battle of the Bulge, an interrogator of Nazis, and a student of history at Harvard) to understand his debt to the philosophy of idealism. By tracing his rise, fall and revival as an adviser to Kennedy, Nelson Rockefeller and Richard Nixon, Ferguson assesses Kissinger’s contribution to the theory of diplomacy, grand strategy and nuclear deterrence. Part of the Baillie Gifford series [419] 4PM TELEGRAPH STAGE £8

Bryony Gordon talks to Clemency Burton-Hill FREE BUT TICKETED

Four Thought BBC Radio 4 Four Thought is a series of exciting and often provocative personal talks in which speakers explain new thinking about the big trends and questions in culture and society. Broadcast on Wednesdays at 8.45pm on BBC Radio 4. Four Thought will record four speakers at Hay Festival.



Mad Girl On the surface it seems that Bryony Gordon has the perfect life. One of the UK’s most successful journalists, she is married to a man she loves with a two-year-old daughter she adores. Yet things inside Bryony’s head are never as straightforward as they seem. Is it possible that she’s murdered someone and can’t remember? Why did her hair fall out when she was a teenager? Is she capable of hurting her daughter? Has she mysteriously contracted an STD? Why is she always so fat? For while Bryony does have a life many would envy, she is also engaged in a daily battle with mental illness. Fighting with OCD, bulimia and depression, like millions of others in this country, sometimes she finds it a struggle just to get out of bed.

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Oliver Taplin, Tim Whitmarsh

Anuradha Roy talks to Georgina Godwin

Talking about Sophocles

Sleeping on Jupiter

Sophocles stands as one of the greatest dramatists of all time, and one of the most influential on artists and thinkers over the centuries. Taplin has translated the four great tragedies in which he portrays the extremes of human suffering and emotion. Oedipus the King follows Oedipus, the ‘man of sorrow’, who has unwittingly chosen to enact his prophesied course by murdering his father and marrying his mother. In Aias, the great warrior confronts the harrowing humiliation inflicted upon him, while Philoctetes sees a once-noble hero nursing his resentment after ten years of marooned isolation. In Oedipus at Colonus the blind Oedipus, who has wandered far and wide as a beggar, finally meets his mysterious death. The great classicist Oliver Taplin discusses the plays with Tim Whitmarsh, A G Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at Cambridge University.

The Indian author of the award-winning Folded Earth discusses her work and her new novel Sleeping on Jupiter, a masterpiece. In awarding the novel the DSC South Asian Literature Prize, Mark Tully said “The setting is described faithfully and evocatively. Among the issues raised are the power of memory and myth, religious hypocrisy, sexuality, abuse and other forms of violence. The novel contains powerful portraits of both major and minor characters. We believe this book will be a source of inspiration to other writers.” Arts Council of Wales International Writers Series, 9


Holly Bridge, Helen Rowe, Amalie Saintonge The Royal Society Platform: The Next Big Things From brain imaging and epigenetics to galaxy formation and astronomy, three Royal Society Research Fellows discuss their work at the forefront of science with author and broadcaster Gabrielle Walker. [422] 4PM OXFAM MOOT £7

Catherine Fletcher The Black Prince of Florence: The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro de Medici Swansea University Series From dazzling palaces and Tuscan villas to the treacherous backstreets of Florence and the corridors of papal power, the story of Alessandro’s spectacular rise, magnificent reign and violent demise takes us deep beneath the surface of power in Renaissance Italy – a glamorous but deadly realm of spies, betrayal and vendetta, illicit sex and fabulous displays of wealth. Chaired by Peter Florence. In association with Swansea University [423] 4PM BBC TENT


Four Thought BBC Radio 4 Four Thought is a series of exciting and often provocative personal talks in which speakers explain new thinking about the big trends and questions in culture and society. Broadcast on Wednesdays at 8.45pm on BBC Radio 4. Four thought will record four speakers at Hay Festival.



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Miriam Moss and Jon Walter Survival Tactics Miriam was on a plane that was hijacked in the Middle East when she was 15 and flying without her parents, and Jon survived the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami in the Indian Ocean. Join them for a discussion on turning fact into fiction. 12+ #HAYYA

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Stephen Frears talks to Rosie Boycott Talking About Film: Florence The film director discusses and shows clips from his new movie Florence, which stars Meryl Streep as the tone-deaf singer Florence Foster Jenkins and Hugh Grant as her husband. Frears’ films include My Beautiful Laundrette, Dirty Pretty Things, The Queen, and Philomena. [426] 5.30PM TELEGRAPH STAGE £7

Gillian Tett talks to Jon Snow The Silo Effect: Why Putting Everything in its Place Isn’t Such a Bright Idea Ever since civilised society began, we have felt the need to classify, categorise and specialise. It can make things more efficient, but it can also be catastrophic, leading to tunnel vision and tribalism. It can create a structural fog, with the full picture of where an organisation is heading hidden from view. Tett uses an anthropological lens to explore how individuals, teams and whole organisations often work in silos of thought, process and product. With examples drawn from a range of fascinating areas – from the New York Fire Department and Facebook to the Bank of England and Sony – these narratives illustrate not just how foolishly people can behave when they are mastered by silos but also how the brightest institutions and individuals can master them. Tett is US Managing Editor of the FT.


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Caspar Lee and Emily Riordan Lee talk to Peter Florence

In Conversation

Caspar Lee: the Book YouTube sensation Caspar Lee and his mum Emily Riordan Lee discuss the power of social media and life at the heart of it, including details about their now-famous mother/son relationship. Join them in conversation with the Hay Festival Director. 12+ #HAYYA [427] 5.30PM GOOD ENERGY STAGE £7

Sarah Howe Loop of Jade A reading and conversation with the winner of the 2015 T S Eliot Prize. There is a Chinese proverb that says: “It is more profitable to raise geese than daughters.” But geese, like daughters, know the obligation to return home. In her exquisite first collection, Sarah Howe explores a dual heritage, journeying back to Hong Kong in search of her roots. With extraordinary range and power, the poems build into a meditation on hybridity, intermarriage and love. Crossing the bounds of time, race and language, this is an enthralling exploration of self and place, of migration and inheritance, and introduces an unmistakable new voice in British poetry. Chaired by Owen Sheers. Arts Council of Wales International Series, 10 [428] 5.30PM OXFAM MOOT £7

Fred Taylor Exploring the Planets For 50 years, and from research labs to Cape Canaveral, from Space agencies to Downing Street, Fred Taylor has been at the forefront of the technological adventure of the Space Age. Instruments and experiments he helped imagine and build have travelled into Deep Space and surveyed the Solar System. He is now Halley Professor of Physics Emeritus at Oxford. [429] 5.30PM BBC TENT


CBBC’s Got What It Takes CBBC Screening A screening of the popular new CBBC programme Got What It Takes. Eight teen singers are guided through the highs and lows of the music industry, and there’s a twist...their mums are the judges. Followed by a Q&A with the production and cast to find out all the behind-the-scenes stories on those hilarious mum challenges – and much more. Not for broadcast.


Sjon and David Mitchell Two of the world’s most brilliant and imaginative novelists talk about time and story. Sjon’s new novel, Moonstone, The Boy Who Never Was, is set in his native Iceland in 1918 and conjures the profound change that the Spanish ‘Flu epidemic visits upon Reykjavik and 16-year-old film-dreamer Máni Steinn. Mitchell’s latest fictions are Slade House and The Bone Clocks. [431] 5.30PM CUBE £7

Peter Johnson, Linda Bauld and Fred Scott 40 Years of Advances: how research has changed the face of cancer prevention, detection and treatment Cancer Research UK Series Unprecedented scientific and technological advances over the past 40 years have helped double the rate of cancer survival. Our expert panel will analyse some of the pivotal discoveries and research projects that have shaped our understanding of cancer and led to revolutionary new treatments. Find out what today’s lab work could mean for future generations. In association with Cancer Research UK

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Sarah Churchwell, Jan Halper Hayes, Niall Ferguson, Larry Sanders, Serena Kutchinsky The ‘Newsweek’ Debate Is this the most unusual American Presidential election in history? Just a year ago, the US Presidential race looked set to be a dull affair, dominated by two political dynasties – another Bush versus another Clinton. Now the stage is set for one of the most unusual, and unsettling, electoral battles in American history. After Obama’s campaign of hope, we have Donald Trump’s scaremongering bid to become the Republican nominee, and Hillary Clinton’s scandaltinged final stab at the Democratic nomination. Is this really the best that the nation that call itself the ‘world’s greatest democracy’can do? And if the answer is yes, is it time to start looking for an alternative political system better suited to the social media age? Newsweek will dissect the chain of events that has led us here, and speculate on what the future might hold for the next Commander in Chief. Joining Digital Editor Serena Kutchinsky will be Larry Sanders, the academic and Green Party Health Spokesperson, who is the older brother of the US Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders; Sarah Churchwell, Professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities at the University of East Anglia, Harvard Professor and author of Kissinger, Niall Ferguson, and Jan Halper Hayes, the Worldwide Vice President and Chairman UK of Republicans Overseas. In association with Newsweek

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Jeanette Winterson

Amy Liptrot talks to Rosie Boycott

The Gap of Time

The Outrun

The charismatic writer has extraordinary stage presence and power. She performs and reads her work with passion and brio. She presents an ambitious retelling of one of Shakespeare’s late plays, and her retelling moves from London, a city reeling after the 2008 financial crash, to a storm-ravaged city in the US called New Bohemia. “All of us have talismanic texts that we have carried around and that carry us around. I have worked with The Winter’s Tale in many disguises for many years... And I love cover versions”.

After a hedonistic decade in London that has descended into alcoholism, Amy returns to her native Orkney, where her childhood was shaped by the cycle of the seasons, birth and death on the farm, and her father’s mental illness. Spending early mornings swimming in the bracingly cold sea, the days tracking Orkney’s wildlife – puffins nesting on sea stacks, arctic terns swooping close enough to feel their wings – and nights searching the sky for the Merry Dancers, Amy slowly makes the journey towards recovery from addiction. The Outrun is shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize.




George Monbiot How Did We Get Into This Mess? Monbiot is one of the most vocal and eloquent critics of the current consensus; a vital, countervailing voice. He assesses the devastation of the natural world, the crisis of inequality, the corporate takeover of nature, our obsessions with growth and profit and the decline of the political debate over what to do. He asks: how do we stand up to the powerful when they seem to have all the weapons? And: what can we do to prepare our children for an uncertain future? [435] 7PM GOOD ENERGY STAGE £16* TASTING

Jancis Robinson The Oxford Companion To Wine Now revised for its fourth edition, Jancis Robinson’s wine book has achieved legendary status, winning every major wine writing award, because it’s properly authoritative and utterly captivating. She talks about and tastes a selection of wines provided by Tanners of Hereford. Sponsored by Tanners [436] 7PM STARLIGHT STAGE £7

Giles Yeo Cambridge Series 19: Are Your Genes to Blame When Your Jeans Don’t Fit? We become fat because we eat too much. Why some eat more than others, however, is powerfully genetically controlled. The Director of Genomics/Transcriptomics at Cambridge explores some of these genes and observes: “Many genes have been identified that increase our risk of becoming obese and most of these function in the brain to influence food intake. Obese people find it hard to lose weight not because they are bad and lazy, but because they are fighting their biology.” In association with Cambridge University

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Richard Williams The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Screening with Organ Accompaniment Last year the extraordinarily gifted organist and composer Father Richard Williams stunned audiences with his live accompaniment of the screenings of the classic movies Nosferatu and A Cottage on Dartmoor. This year he is turning his talents to Wallace Worsley’s 1923 silent film the Hunchback of Notre Dame, which catapulted Lon Chaney to fame for his performance as the tortured hunchback Quasimodo. In aid of St Mary’s Church [439] 8.30PM TATA TENT £8

Simon Schama Talking About Shakespeare: This Blessed Plot, This Earth, This Realm, This England The historian was set alight by Shakespeare’s muse of fire when he first saw Henry V as a child. He examines Shakespeare’s making of the myths of England. He hymns the Histories, the kings and the commoners, the band of brothers, and the spirit of Shakespeare’s greatest knight, Sir John Falstaff. [440] 8.30PM LLWYFAN CYMRU–WALES STAGE £7

Greg Proops The Proopscast A return to Hay for the wild and whirling comedian and improv star, who has a new book out called The Smartest Book in the World. He throws in the usual mix of drinking, so-called jokes, singing, poor dancing and boring preachy parts. Part professorial, part crazed comedian, Proops forms the show around his talent and passions. The show flows like a love letter to tangents. And it’s gloriously, madly funny.


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Rachael Jolley, David Aaronovitch, Laura Bates, Nikesh Shukla

John Holmes, Michaela Mahlberg, Will Tattersdill

The Index Platform: What’s Offensive?

Hot Off The Press – University of Birmingham Series

What are the limits of free speech and civility? What is the nature of ‘offence’? What earns ‘respect’? If words can hurt you, are sticks and stones and broken bones the answer? Rachael Jolley is the editor of Index. David Aaronovitch writes for The Times. Laura Bates is founder of the Everyday Sexism Project. Nikesh Shukla is a novelist and editor of The Good Immigrant anthology, to be published in September. In association with Index on Censorship [442] 8.30PM OXFAM MOOT £7

The Horsemen of the Apocalypse The Hay Concert Ben Salfield, (lutar), Jon Salfield (flamenco guitar), Simon Stanton, (percussion) and Rowan Nightingale (acoustic bass). The internationally regarded Salfield brothers’ ensemble makes a welcome return to Hay, following trio and duo concerts in 2014. Their highoctane repertoire features an exciting fusion of original works that tap into the Middle Eastern heritage of the lute and the driving rhythms of the flamenco guitar, combined with a myriad original ideas from the two virtuosi. The colour and power of Simon Stanton’s Latin, North African and Middle Eastern percussion, and the recent addition of Rowan Nightingale’s acoustic bass, create new harmonies, an added impetus, and a new dimension to the ensemble’s sound. [443] 8.30PM STARLIGHT STAGE £6

Oliver Bullough Bloody Money: Screening The investigative journalist and author of The Last Man in Russia and Let Our Fame be Great introduces a screening of Havana Marking’s Sundance Institute, TED prize-winning film about Ukrainian corruption, which he has written and presented. The film reaches from Kiev to London to Washington, D C and examines how anonymous shell companies and Western banks are used to enable corrupt governments to rob their nation’s wealth and natural resources.


When we read Victorian novelists and poets these days, we tend to read them in thick books: 1,000-page novels, or ‘Poetical Works’ which are often not much shorter. But for their original audiences, these stories and poems more usually appeared embedded in magazines, a few pages at a time. What difference does it make to how we read some of the classics of Victorian literature when we read them in their original form, in instalments, surrounded by advertisements, illustrations, articles and news? And how are new methods for studying electronic texts helping us to reinvent something of that reading experience in a new form? Holmes is Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture, Mahlberg is Professor of Corpus Linguistics and Tattersdill is Lecturer in Victorian Literature. In association with the University of Birmingham

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Mark Steel Stand up: Who do I think I Am? The new show from the acute and fully engaged comedian is deeply personal. “It never really bothered me that I’d never met my mum. It never occurred to me I needed to meet her to ‘find out who I was’, as it didn’t seem likely I’d discover I was someone different to who I thought I was. Could it turn out I was three stone lighter than I thought, or I spoke Italian or supported Arsenal or had a fear of Liquorice Allsorts? But after the birth of my own son, I realised it’s quite an event to have a child, and she may well remember giving birth to me, and maybe even the adoption.” [446] 9.45PM TELEGRAPH STAGE £12

Flavia Coelho In concert A first Hay for one of music’s greatest rising stars and her red-hot band. The mesmeric Brazilian singer draws on the traditions of samba and bossa nova with a mix of raga and hip-hop. Her first album, Bossa Muffin, made a huge impact around the world with its joyful fusions delivered with style and a liberating, effortlessly free-wheeling confidence.

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Deborah Lutz

The Prospect Platform: The Case for Brexit

The Brontë Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects

A panel of the smartest OUT-ers make the case for leaving the EU. Rees-Mogg is Conservative MP for North-East Somerset; Mirza is London’s Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture; Hoey is Labour MP for Vauxhall and was Sports Minister in Tony Blair’s administration. They are questioned by the editor of Prospect magazine.

The compelling story of the Brontës is told through the things they wore, stitched, wrote on and inscribed at the parsonage in Haworth. From Charlotte’s writing desk and the manuscripts it contained to the brass collar worn by Emily’s dog Keeper, each object opens a window on to the sisters’ world, their fiction, and the Victorian era. Chaired by Viv Groskop.



Christopher Lloyd

Kristina Stephenson

The Complete Plays of William Shakespeare

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Pirate’s Curse

How many plays did Shakespeare write? Which feature ghosts? Which are non-fiction and which are made up? The What On Earth? Wallbook author explores the world of human emotion using a giant timeline, a coat of many pockets and a series of everyday objects as props. Audience participation required; suitable for ages 6–106.

Shiver me timbers! Once upon a time, a mysterious message in a bottle said someone needed help; help from a certain bold, brave knight. So the brilliant Sir Charlie Stinky Socks, his cat Envelope and his good grey mare find a ship to rescue the messenger. Join the author for a musical, storytelling journey complete with pirates, a sea monster, and a delicious surprise. 3+



Jacob Rees-Mogg, Munira Mirza and Kate Hoey talk to Bronwen Maddox

Anders Ericsson Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise The professor whose research inspired the 10,000-hour rule has spent 30 years studying the Special Ones: geniuses, sports stars and musical prodigies. And his remarkable finding, revealed in Peak, is that their special abilities are acquired through training. The innate gift of talent is a myth. Exceptional individuals are born with just one unique ability, shared by us all: the ability to develop our brains and bodies through our own efforts. [449] 10AM GOOD ENERGY STAGE £7

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Carla Guelfenbein and Jonathan Levi talk to Rosie Goldsmith Fiction International: Talking about Story Guelfenbein is one of Chile’s leading screenwriters and novelists. She discusses her novel The Rest is Silence, in which a family faces its crises when a 12-year-old boy accidentally records a grown-ups’ conversation. Levi, the American author of A Guide for the Perplexed, presents his Rabelaisian novel Septimania, a voracious, teeming adventure in cultures and time. With the support of the Embassy of Chile

David Mitchell talks to Sarah Churchwell Talking About Fiction A conversation about language and imagination, and the extraordinary Future Library project, with the celebrated author of Cloud Atlas, Number 9 Dream, Black Swan Green, The Bone Clocks, Ghostwritten, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet and Slade House. Sponsored by Savage & Gray Design

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Full details of this event announced on 16 May.


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Jonathan Haslam

David Aaronovitch talks to Rosie Boycott

Near and Distant Neighbours

Party Animals: My Family and Other Communists

Based on a mass of newly declassified Russian secret intelligence documentation, Haslam reveals the true story of Soviet intelligence from its very beginnings in 1917 right through to the end of the Cold War. Covering both branches of Soviet espionage, civilian and military, he charts the full range of the Soviet intelligence effort and the story of its development: in cryptography, disinformation, special forces, and counter-intelligence. He shows how their greatest weapon and ironically their greatest weakness was the human factor: their ability to recruit secret agents. Haslam is the George F Kennan Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Chaired by Oliver Bullough. [454] 11.30AM LLWYFAN CYMRU–WALES STAGE £7

Andrea Wulf The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) is the great lost scientist: more things are named after him than anyone else. There are towns, rivers, mountain ranges, the ocean current that runs along the South American coast, there’s a penguin, a giant squid - even the Mare Humboldtianum on the moon. He explored deep into the rainforest, climbed the world’s highest volcanoes and inspired princes and presidents, scientists and poets alike. Napoleon was jealous of him; Simon Bolívar’s revolution was fuelled by his ideas; Darwin set sail on the Beagle because of Humboldt; and Jules Verne’s Captain Nemo owned all of his many books. He simply was, as one contemporary put it, “the greatest man since the Deluge”. Wulf ’s biography won the Costa Prize. Chaired by Professor Philip Davies. Sponsored by The Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library [455] 11.30AM GOOD ENERGY STAGE £7

Zoë Svendsen and Paul Mason Talking About Shakespeare: Cambridge Series 20: Shakespeare and the Emergence of Capitalism Theatre director Zoë Svendsen and journalist and economist Paul Mason explore the theatricality of capitalism by examining what an economic analysis of Shakespeare’s plays might tell us about character and how the human is represented. Part of a new research and development project at the Young Vic, London. In association with Cambridge University


In July 1961, just before David Aaronovitch’s seventh birthday, Yuri Gagarin came to London. The Russian cosmonaut was everything the Aaronovitch family wished for - a popular and handsome embodiment of modern communism. But who were they, these ever hopeful, defiant and (had they but known it) historically doomed people? Like a non-magical version of the wizards of J K Rowling’s world, they lived secretly with and parallel to the non-communist majority, sometimes persecuted, sometimes ignored, but carrying on their own ways and traditions. Aaronovitch revisited his own memories of belief and action. He found himself studying the old secret service files, uncovering the unspoken shame and fears that provided the unconscious background to his own existence as a party animal. [HD87] 11.30AM STARLIGHT STAGE £6

Winnie-the-Pooh Join the bear and his friends Tigger, Rabbit and Eeyore at a magical event that will take you deep into the heart of Hundred Acre Wood. 3+ [HD88] 11.30AM CUBE £6

Emerald Fennell Monsters Emerald Fennell, author and Call the Midwife star, talks about her new book: a blackly comic tale about two children you would never want to meet. Set in the Cornish town of Fowey, all is not as idyllic as the beautiful seaside town might seem. The body of a young woman is discovered in the nets of a fishing boat. It is established that the woman was murdered. Most are shocked and horrified. But there is somebody who is not - a twelve-year-old girl. She is delighted; she loves murders. Soon she is questioning the inhabitants of the town in her own personal investigation. But it is a bit boring on her own. Then Miles Giffard, a similarly odd twelve-year-old boy, arrives in Fowey with his mother, and they start investigating together. Oh, and also playing games that re-enact the murders. Just for fun, you understand... 12+ #HAYYA

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Alain de Botton talks to Viv Groskop

The Gene: An Intimate History

The Course of Love

The story of the gene begins in an obscure Augustinian abbey in Moravia in 1856 where a monk stumbles on the idea of a ‘unit of heredity’. It intersects with Darwin’s theory of evolution, and collides with the horrors of Nazi eugenics in the 1940s. The gene transforms post-war biology. It reorganises our understanding of sexuality, temperament, choice and free will. This is a story driven by human ingenuity and obsessive minds – from Charles Darwin and Gregor Mendel to Francis Crick, James Watson and Rosalind Franklin, and the thousands of scientists still working to understand the code of codes. Woven through The Gene, like a red line, is also an intimate history – the story of Mukherjee’s own family and its recurring pattern of mental illness, reminding us that genetics is vitally relevant to everyday lives. The cancer physician’s book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer won the Pulitzer Prize. Part of the Baillie Gifford series

What does it mean to live happily ever after? At dinner parties and over coffee, Rabih and Kirsten’s friends always ask them the same question: how did you meet? The answer comes easily – it’s a happy story, one they both love to tell. But there is a second part to this story, the answer to a question their friends never ask: what happened next? From the first thrill of lust, to the joys and fears of real commitment, and to the deep problems that surface slowly over two shared lifetimes, this is the story of a marriage. It is about modern relationships and how to survive them. Playful, wise and profoundly moving, the essayist and philosopher introduces his first novel in 20 years.


Fiona Reynolds Cambridge Series 21: The Fight for Beauty In a world where too often, it seems, only the economy matters, Fiona Reynolds argues that beauty should shape our lives. Dame Fiona is Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and was formerly DirectorGeneral of The National Trust. In association with Cambridge University [HD89] 1PM LLWYFAN CYMRU–WALES STAGE £7

Debbie Moon Wolfblood Meet the creators, producers and stars of hot CBBC drama Wolfblood, an award-winning combination of thrilling action and intrigue entwined with stories of secrets and friendships surrounding the mysterious race of Wolfbloods who live among us. 12+ #HAYYA


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Eleonora Galasso and Simon Schama As the Romans Do: Authentic and reinvented recipes from the Eternal City The captivating Instagram gastro star and Roman native conjures up La Dolce Vita with her recipes for earthy breakfasts, alfresco lunches and sumptuous suppers. She is joined by historian and food fanatic Simon Schama. This is table talk in flagrante! [461] 1PM STARLIGHT STAGE £7

Zoë Wilcox and Julian Harrison Showing Shakespeare in the Library The curators of the two landmark exhibitions of the 400th anniversary celebrations share their treasures at Hay – from First Folios and the now famous handwritten plea for refugees, to Vivien Leigh’s Titania costume and some of the richest theatrical memorabilia of the last 400 years. In association with the British Library and the Library of Birmingham [HD90] 1PM CUBE £6

Gavin Puckett Hendrix the Rocking Horse Join the author of the hilarious story about Hendrix, a horse with an ear for music who has a life-changing moment when he hears the band The Tumbling Pebbles and gets hold of one of their guitars. Hendrix makes a musical transformation and turns himself into a rock ‘n’ roll rocking horse. 3+


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Paul Mason

Matt Wilkinson

PostCapitalism: A Guide to our Future

Cambridge Series 22: Restless Creatures

Over the past two centuries or so, capitalism has undergone economic cycles that veer from boom to bust. The campaigning economist and broadcaster argues that we are on the brink of a change so big and profound that this time capitalism itself will mutate into something wholly new. Chaired by Jane Davidson.

The evolutionary biologist shows why our ancestors became two-legged, why we have opposable thumbs, why the backbone appeared, how fish fins became limbs, how even trees are locomotion-obsessed, and how movement has shaped our minds as well as our bodies. He explains why there are no flying monkeys or biological wheels, how dinosaurs took to the air, how Mexican waves began in the animal kingdom, and why moving can make us feel good. Wilkinson opens up an astonishing new perspective – that nothing in life makes sense except in the light of movement. In association with Cambridge University


Fay Weldon talks to Rosie Goldsmith Before the War A new, historical novel from the great tale-teller. Consider Vivien in November 1922. She is 24 and a spinster. She wears fashionably droopy clothes, but she is plain and - almost worse in those times - intelligent. At nearly six foot tall, she is known unkindly by her family as ‘the giantess’. Fortunately, Vivien is rich, so she can travel to London and bribe a charismatic gentleman publisher to marry her… This is a city fizzing with change, full of flat-chested flappers, shellshocked soldiers and aristocrats clinging onto the past. [HD91] 2.30PM LLWYFAN CYMRU–WALES STAGE £7

Chris Riddell and Friends


Karina Urbach Go Betweens for Hitler The untold story of how some of Germany’s top aristocrats contributed to Hitler’s secret diplomacy during the Third Reich, providing a direct line to their influential contacts and relations across Europe especially in Britain, where they included press baron and Daily Mail owner Lord Rothermere and the future King Edward VIII.

The Laureate’s Drawing The Children’s Laureate is joined by some of the best new illustrators to discuss the challenges and magic of telling stories to all ages through pictures. 8+ [464] 2.30PM GOOD ENERGY STAGE £7

Andrew Dickson Worlds Elsewhere: Journeys Around Shakespeare’s Globe Travelling across four continents, six countries and 400 years, Dickson takes us on a personal journey rich in insight and surprise. We enter the air-conditioned vault deep beneath Capitol Hill, where the world’s largest collection of First Folios is stored; discover the shadowy history of Joseph Goebbels’s obsession with Shakespeare; and uncover the true story behind the scuffed edition in which Nelson Mandela and fellow Robben Island prisoners inscribed their names. Both cultural history and literary travelogue, Worlds Elsewhere is an attempt to understand how Shakespeare has become the international phenomenon he is – and why.

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Benny Wenda, Jennifer Robinson, George Monbiot Free West Papua The independence leader was arrested, tortured and threatened with death for protesting against the Indonesian occupation of his homeland. Wenda now lives in exile. He argues that over half a million Papuans have been murdered by the Indonesian forces in the 50 years of occupation, constituting genocide. He tells his story (also detailed in the film The Road Home) with his advocate, the international lawyer Jennifer Robinson and the journalist George Monbiot.

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Cast announced on 16 May The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour: The Shakespeare Show An hour of the most important speeches and sonnets written by the greatest writer of all time.


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Michael Wooldridge

The Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerrillas 1939 –1945

Artificial Intelligence: Fact and Fiction

The journalist and war historian links tales of high courage ashore, at sea and in the air to the work of the brilliant boffins at home, battling the enemy’s technology. Most of the strivings, adventures and sacrifices of spies, Resistance, Special Forces and even of the code-breakers were wasted, Hastings says, but a fraction was so priceless that no nation begrudged lives and treasure spent in the pursuit of jewels of knowledge. The book tells stories of high policy and human drama, illuminating the fantastic machinations of secret war. [470] 4PM GOOD ENERGY STAGE £7

In this lecture, aimed at anyone from age 16 up, Professor Michael Wooldridge will discuss artificial intelligence, and just how much of what you hear in the press can be believed. Professor Wooldridge is the Head of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford and on the organising committee of a new research initiative to create a code of ethics for artificial intelligence. He is involved at an editorial level in various academic journals on AI; his own research is at the intersection of logic, computational complexity, and game theory. In association with the Computer Science Department at the University of Oxford


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Sarah Harper How Population Change Will Transform Our World The Professor of Gerontology and Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing looks at population trends to highlight the key issues facing us in the coming decades, including the demographic inertia in Europe, demographic dividend in Asia, high fertility and mortality in Africa, the youth bulge in the Middle East, and the balancing act of migration in the Americas. Harper analyses the global challenges we must plan for, such as the impact of climate change and urbanisation, and the difficulty of feeding 10 billion people. She considers ways in which we can prepare for and militate against these challenges. [471] 4PM OXFAM MOOT £7

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Tony Bianchi, Alys Conran and Wiliam Owen Roberts talk to Lleucu Siencyn Which Language First? Tony Bianchi won the Prose Medal at the National Eisteddfod last summer for his novel Dwy Farwolaeth Endaf Rowlands! He was brought up in Tyneside speaking only Geordie English. Alys Conran is from north Wales; her first novel Pigeon is in English and published simultaneously in Welsh. Wil Roberts is almost a monoglot Welshman; his prize-winning novels Petrograd and Paris are set in revolutionary Russia and France and are being translated into English with a Pen England Award. Welsh fiction in English and Welsh is in flux; Lleucu Siencyn from Literature Wales asks why and how. Supported by Literature Wales

Claudia Hammond Mind Over Money: The Psychology of Money and How To Use It Better We know we need money. We tend to want more of it. But why do we behave the way we do with it? And why does it have such a hold on us? Award-winning BBC Radio 4 presenter Claudia Hammond delves into the surprising psychology of money to show us that our relationship with the stuff is more complex than we might think. Exploring the latest research in psychology, neuroscience, biology and behavioural economics, she also reveals some simple and effective tricks that will help you think about, use and save money better: from how being grumpy helps if you don’t want to be ripped off to why you should opt for the more expensive pain relief; from how to shop for a new laptop to why you should never offer to pay your friends for favours.

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Nik Gowing, Simon Schama, Gillian Tett and Guests The Europe Debate At the end of 10 days of ideas about Britain and Europe, about union and independence, self-interest and security, identity and vision, festival guests argue the ins and outs and we stage a counted vote. Does the audience at Hay want to be part of the EU or not? Sponsored by Herdman Coaches


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Mohamed Nasheed, Farah Faizal, J J Robinson Paradise Lost – The Maldives Experience Maldives was the first country to experience the Arab Spring with a new democracy in place in 2008. A military coup in February 2012 deposed the President, Mohamed Nasheed. He was tried, found guilty of domestic terrorism charges and jailed for 13 years in March 2015. The proceedings were criticised by the UN and Amnesty International for being politically motivated and arbitrary. Nasheed, currently in the UK on medical leave from prison, continues to vigorously deny the charges and calls for the release of all political prisoners held under the Yameen Government. We discuss the political situation in Maldives, the implications for the wider region, and lessons learned for other Arab Spring countries. Farah Faizal was the High Commissioner in London. J J Robinson is the author of The Maldives: Islamic Republic, Tropical Autocracy. Chaired by Jon Snow.

Steve Edwards The Man who Drowned the Meadows: Rowland Vaughan, 1558 –1627 The story of Rowland Vaughan and his waterworks provides an insight both into an eager and imaginative but rather litigious family man and into his understanding of the benefits of irrigating farmland and managing floodwater. Such thinking was very new at the end of the Elizabethan era. The extensive field work carried out by the Golden Valley Study Group shows in great detail the traces of Vaughan’s meticulous design for his water management system in the Golden Valley in Herefordshire, still clearly discernible in the landscape today – the very gradual gradients, the gentle curves of the spreader channels, the capacity to set water flowing either up or down the main channel (the Trench Royal) as required, and the groundworks in the meadows themselves. [479] 5.30PM CUBE £7

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Karl Jenkins talks to Nicola Heywood Thomas Still With the Music With influences from religious and historical texts, multicultural musical styles and, famously, a ‘vocalised’ language of sounds that speaks directly to the heart, the composer has written powerful works such as Adiemus and the iconic The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace that encompass the depth and breadth of human emotion. From a modest upbringing in Penclawdd, Wales, steeped in the Welsh choral tradition and the Western classical canon, Karl followed his love of music to London, immersing himself in the 1960s jazz world of Ronnie Scott’s, before joining the seminal prog-rock group Soft Machine. He became one of the most successful composers in the dynamic advertising industry of the 1980s, ultimately leading to his landmark Adiemus project in the 1990s, which inspired him to create the works that have now moved so many. [477] 5.30PM OXFAM MOOT £7

Conn Iggulden Ravenspur: Rise of the Tudors The sensationally successful historical novelist tells the tale of the game of thrones that were the Wars of the Roses. Ravenspur is the latest in the series that includes Stormbird, Trinity and Bloodline.


Millennium Own Goals? Myths and Facts in the Struggle Against Global Poverty University of Birmingham Series At the conclusion of the Millennium Development Goals, Ban Ki Moon proclaimed that the MDGs had lifted more than a billion people out of extreme poverty. The standard narrative is that global poverty reduction proceeds apace across the globe and in just a few years very few people will be living in extreme poverty. No. While there has been progress in many spheres of life, global poverty counts are plagued by methodological problems that make any pronouncements on the impending end of global poverty highly dubious. And even according to these flawed measures, almost all the reduction in global poverty is due to growth in China. Wisor is Deputy Director of the Centre for the Study of Global Ethics at the University of Birmingham. In partnership with the University of Birmingham

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The great percussionist makes her Hay debut with an audio narrative that details nearly 100 scientific discoveries made over the past 10,000 years. In this unmissable event, audiences will hear the extraordinary story of how humans have changed the world, from the first stone tools through to the discovery of Newton’s laws of motion and gravity, the nuclear age and beyond. The What On Earth? historian and festival favourite introduces some of the moments featured here using a giant timeline of more than 1,000 inventions. “Throughout the music the piece awakens us to sounds that trigger memories we may have forgotten in our everyday cacophony of sounds. Sounds depicting significant moments in history, including the discovery of fire, carving the wheel, connecting us via telephone.” – Evelyn Glennie. The work was commissioned by the Edinburgh Science Festival


Evelyn Glennie and Christopher Lloyd The Sounds of Science

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Brian Blessed talks to John Mitchinson Absolute Pandemonium The big, bug actor yarns a riotous journey from his childhood, growing up the son of a miner in Goldthorpe, to finding fame in Z-Cars. He falls for Katharine Hepburn on the set of The Trojan Women, suffers wires strapped around his wotsits as he was hoisted into the heavens on Flash Gordon, almost causes an international incident when meeting the Emperor and Empress of Japan, and wins round George Lucas to get the role of Boss Nass on Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. He punches Harold Pinter, loves and hates Peter O’Toole, woos his beautiful wife Hildegard Neil and braves the shocking death toll on cosy TV drama My Family and Other Animals. Then he climbs Everest.

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Bryn Terfel and Rebecca Evans The Closing Concert In a grand finale to our 29th festival, the Welsh legends sing a concert of solos and duets by Purcell, Mozart, Obradors, Clara Schumann, Finzi, Quilter and Meirion Williams. The concert is dedicated to Samantha Maskrey, who retires this summer after serving on the festival board for 25 years.


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KEY LOCATIONS Most venues are on the Festival Site on Brecon Road, and are no more than two minutes’ walk from each other. St Mary’s Church is behind the Swan Hotel. There are pedicabs and a shuttle bus running between the site and the town throughout the day. It’s a ten-minute walk.

HAYDAYS EVENTS Events for children and families are included in the main listings – look out for the events in coloured text. Please see the HAYDAYS pages 88-89 for more info on the HAYDAYS venues.

DURATION Most sessions on site last between 50 and 65 minutes and are followed by book signings. Concerts and comedy shows last 70–90 minutes.

PUNCTUALITY We try to start all events on time. Doors will open between 5 and 15 minutes before the start time. If you are queuing please talk to the people standing next to you – you’ll make new friends.

VENUE CHANGES It is sometimes necessary to switch venues. We don’t unless we really need to. Please consult the screens at the festival entrance when you arrive and in each of the venues on the pre-show roll for updated news.

CERTIFICATION We don’t impose age restrictions, although a standard watershed of 9pm for anyone of primary school age is advised. Many comedy performances may not be suitable for anyone easily offended.

CHARITY PARTNERS We work with a number of local and global charity partners: Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Brecon Samaritans, Concern Universal, Macmillan Cancer Support, Oxfam, Medical Aid for Palestinians, Sri Lanka Rebuild, The North Weir Trust, Hay2Timbuktu. We also support Hay Library, other libraries and local schools. There are occasionally collections after certain sessions.

PHOTOGRAPHS The photographs in the brochure were taken in previous years at Hay by Marsha Arnold and the Hay Academy. All details are correct at time of going to press.

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ON SITE EXTRAS Hay Festival Bookshop

Relish Festival Restaurant

This year, the bookshop will be bigger than ever, with plenty of room to relax and browse. We will be stocking all books by authors attending the Festival, and holding book signings after every event. Please note only one book per person that is not purchased from us can be accepted for signature. We are open from 9am daily.

Cafe – Bar – Restaurant

Hay Festival Compass Students aged 16–25 are invited to drop into our new Hay Festival Compass venue, hosting mini-lectures, leading academics, short films and information on university life.

Relish returns to bring you the Festival Restaurant, Cafe and Bar. The restaurant will open each day for lunch and dinner, serving delicious dishes using only the best local, seasonal ingredients. The bar will serve draft beers, wine and cocktails, including the best Bloody Marys on site. The cafe will feature light bites, barista coffees and other deli treats to eat in or take away. “We have developed our Relish Cafe, Bar and Restaurant on focused, punctual and high-quality customer service, making your festival experience a memorable one.” Private parties are welcome during the festival. To book call 01285 658 444 or email

Shepherds Ice Cream

FOOD & DRINK Festival Bar Enjoy a pint of real ale, a glass of wine or a jug of Pimm’s in the sunshine.

Friends Café This is a hub of activity during the Festival, where sold-out events are relayed on screen, live from the Tata Tent. The cafe is open early for your first shot of coffee through to the call for last orders. Join your friends or make new ones here.

If you are looking for irresistible ice-creams, sublime sundaes and toppings that are just topping, you’re in the right place. We are artisan ice-cream makers since 1987 and have a unique recipe based on sheep’s milk. Come and visit our on-site stall or our cafe/ice-cream parlour at 9 High Town, Hay-on-Wye. This was recently chosen by Conde Nast Traveller as one of the World’s Best Local Ice-Cream Shops. You can follow us on Facebook or Twitter @shepherdsices. So don’t be a lost sheep – flock to Shepherds.

FESTIVAL FOOD HALL The Bridge Inn, Michaelchurch Escley on Tour

Graze For the 13th year, Graze will be serving up superb Welsh and locally sourced food, including tapas, sharing platters, steaks, fresh fish, salads and desserts. Champagne, wines and Welsh ales are available, as well as posh pizza from the bar. Graze was previously BLAS and is run by Capital Cuisine from just outside Cardiff: visit for the full menu.


We at The Bridge Inn are coming down from the hills above Hay-on-Wye to bring you a selection of our most loved dishes. We will be serving our Escleyside beef and ale pies with mash or chips and freshly steamed vegetables. Our proper pies are made with Herefordshire’s favourite Butty Bach beer and stuffed full of chunks of Herefordshire’s best beef. For additional vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes, check out our full menu online:


Buon Gusto Pizza

Child-friendly, no-nonsense sandwiches and drinks served in the garden. Parents are not forgotten. We have fresh organic coffee, iced drinks, pastries and comfortable seating for you.

Buon Gusto is pleased once again to serve you at Hay Festival, where authentic Italian pizza is made fresh every day in the Food Hall. Choose from the quirky Festival-themed menu and enjoy stone-baked pizza, which uses our unique dough recipe and is cooked to order. Open every day till late.

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Welsh Venison Centre We are a local farming family, butcher’s and farm shop. Welsh Venison Centre is delighted to offer festivalfollowers the healthy venison option and will be open every day with a varied menu including our famous gourmet venison burgers, chilli, meatballs, salads and wedges. Our farm shop, stocked with Welsh produce, local bread and gifts for the home, is also worth a visit:

XOX Coffee Cart Co. Coffee Cart Co. is proud to serve our own signature organic espresso blend alongside a delicious cold summer drinks menu including iced teas and frappés. Need to beat the heat in the tents? Then come and join us.


Cafe Mor The Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company proudly presents Cafe Mor, winner of the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards 2014 for Best UK Street Food. We are seafood and seaweed specialists. Sample our famous seashore-inspired delights such as freshly baked seashore wraps filled with fantastic Welsh seafood, fish chowder with Ship’s Biscuits, and the fabulous Beach Brownies. The Lobster & Crab Shack offers divine Pembrokeshire lobster and crab served with salad and frites. New for this year: the pop-up Fish ‘n’ Chip Shop and Sparkling Star Calamari #luckypeople

As XOX this year we’ll be serving Welsh Celtic Pride beef and lamb burgers, all-day breakfasts, beef or veg stir-fry and wraps.


Dylan Thomas Boathouse Bar A pint of traditional Welsh Cask and bottled ales, locally produced cider and perry or a glass of chilled fizz at the Dylan Thomas Boathouse Bar located in the Food Hall.

There is nothing quite like the AGA cooker for the feeling it creates in the home and, of course, the delicious food it helps to produce. Our latest models have been designed with controllable features to suit the C21st lifestyle. Visit the AGA team at Hay Festival to learn more:

Lotty’s Pure Indulgence

BBC Radio Wales Hub

Lotty’s sells a delicious range of homemade food, including full breakfasts, savoury tarts, salads, Thai veg/vegan curry, steak and kidney stew, Italian stone-baked pizza slices, decadent puds, cakes and brownies. Plus gluten-free options for mains and puddings. Come and indulge!

Look out for the BBC Radio Wales Hub which will be broadcasting live and recording for BBC radio stations throughout the festival. The Hub will play host to live acoustic performances and interviews for BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru and BBC Hereford & Worcester. Anyone is welcome to drop by and listen in – no ticket required. The full schedule will be available on the Hay Festival website and at the Hub on site.

Slate of Cheese We offer a selection of Welsh cheeses on a variety of hand-prepared platters. Each cheese has been specially selected for the Hay Festival and will be accompanied by homemade chutney and crackers. We also have a selection of tapas – olives, humous, vegetable crisps and cured meats including venison salami – handmade venison Scotch eggs and pies.

Christ College, Brecon This is an independent Boarding and Day Education for Boys and Girls aged 7–18 years. At Christ College, education is about learning with enthusiasm and enjoyment; living and growing in a culture where every individual counts and where staff and pupils are passionate about what they do. It is about challenges and adventures of every sort – all conducted around our inspiring campus on the outskirts of Brecon. Visit for details.


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ON SITE EXTRAS The Daily Telegraph


Come and visit us at the Festival entrance to buy a copy of the daily newspaper along with your free Festival canvas bag. Read our daily coverage of events and talk to our friendly staff for more information about how to obtain a digital subscription.

The Oxfam Bookshop at Hay Festival is packed with great books, cards and CDs. From contemporary fiction to history, cookery to children’s titles, we’ve got everything covered. What’s more, every purchase helps poor communities around the world. Buy just three books and Oxfam could give a youngster a school kit including pens, books, paper and classroom equipment – everything they need to go to school.

First News This is an award-winning weekly national newspaper for children, with more than two million readers every week. Experienced First News journalists provide up-to-date articles on a range of subjects from entertainment to politics, sport to science, as well as major news stories from the UK and around the world. Come and meet us on the stand and follow us on Twitter, @First_News

Hay Does Vintage Visit Hay Does Vintage to rummage through the rails in search of glorious one-off treasures. Find plenty of clothes, accessories and jewellery with Jo (Hay Does Vintage) and Kelli (Vintage Tramp). We will be previewing a selection from the forthcoming Hay Does Vintage fayre in Hay on Sunday 3 July. Follow events on Facebook or Twitter @haydoesvintage and @vintagetramp

Mari Thomas Jewellery Mari Thomas is an award-winning Welsh designer-jeweller, producing beautiful collections inspired by language and landscape. She works in solid sterling silver and gold and designs range from Champagne bubbles to snippets of poetry etched onto the jewellery. This is her first visit to Hay.;; @MariTJewellery;; 01558 660001

The Playhouse Company The Playhouse Company designs, builds and installs bespoke wooden playhouses that are perfect for children with a yearning for imaginative play. Based in Hereford, the family-run business was founded 20 years ago out of a passion for toy-making and encouraging children to reap the benefits of outdoor play. The Playhouse Company is delighted to donate a specially designed new playhouse to Hay Festival.; 01544 387 100

Prospect Magazine Prospect brings together the sharpest minds to discuss ideas that define the modern world. The result is an entertaining and informative magazine combining compelling argument and clear-headed analysis. At Hay Festival 2016 you can buy three issues for £1 and receive a free bottle of wine. Visit our stand for more information;; @prospect_uk

RSPB Cymru We invite you to talk to the RSPB team and discover tips on enjoying the wildlife on your doorstep and creating amazing homes for nature, from a bug hotel to a toad abode. We also offer family fun at our nature workshops. If you fancy the finer things in life, why not pop over for a dram and a taste of conservation? For further details about our work visit

Mark Stephens Furniture Mark Stephens Furniture is delighted to exhibit at Hay Festival for the second year. Come and see our beautifully designed and made bespoke furniture – contemporary but timeless and unique. Take the opportunity between events to visit the stand and think about adding to your home one of our our individually designed pieces.;; @marksbespoke; 07771 782 621 | 01874 625 900


Still Ethical Still Ethical returns to Hay Festival with a hand-crafted clothing and interiors collection. Sophie Mason’s designs use traditional techniques in collaboration with artisans in India, Nepal and the UK, while Welsh furniture maker Matthew Smith makes beautiful hand-crafted furniture from local reclaimed wood. Each piece is bespoke.; 07983 552217; @stillethical

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Woodland Trust

Village Ways Village Ways is an award-winning social enterprise travel company, offering holidays to rural areas of India, Ethiopia and Nepal. We tailor-make each trip so that you get exactly the right holiday to suit you. Walk from village to village in the Himalayas, relax on a houseboat in south India, or stay in village-run guesthouses in the mountains of Ethiopia. Wherever you choose, you be welcomed with genuine warmth by communities that benefit directly from your stay. Visit our stand to discover a new kind of holiday – ethical, sustainable and inspirational;;; @villageways; 01223 750049


Life’s better with trees – Join us to discover how planting a tree can make a difference to wildlife and the environment. Come along and meet our friendly team and relax in a deckchair in the garden by the ancient tree.

INSTALLATIONS Hereford College of Arts Hereford College of Arts is popping up all over the place again this year at Hay. Students are running workshops inspired by Roald Dahl’s exquisite nonsense and creating artwork around the site with film, animation and performance inspired by Shakespeare and his relevance 400 years after his death. HCA is delighted to be working in creative partnership with Hay Festival. It presents an anarchic and rollicking pop-up gambol of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for younger audiences. DANCE - 2 PERFORMANCES All the World’s a Stage – Dance Performance, including aerial dance Hereford College of Arts dance students present an outdoor dance performance that includes aerial dance, inspired by Shakespeare’s monologue, “All the world’s a stage”. Bee or No Bee – Aerial Dance Performance Energetic outdoor aerial dance choreographed by Gillian Hipp and performed by Aerial Dance Company Hereford. With original music by Hereford College of Arts music student Wolfey Morris-Jones.

GARDENS David Austin Roses Enjoy the beauty and fragrance of a pop-up English Rose garden and the new ‘Roald Dahl’ rose by renowned rose breeder, David Austin Roses. Launched consecutively at the Chelsea Flower Show and Hay Festival, this glorious peach-coloured rose has been named in honour of the world’s number one storyteller, forming part of the official Roald Dahl 100 celebrations in 2016.


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IN TOWN Fair on the Square 2016 28, 29, 30 MAY HAY MARKET SQUARE

Come and relax in the centre of town, listen to live music and soak up the atmosphere. Fair on the Square is a colourful, community street party, set in a pretty marquee in Memorial Square. There are food stalls, tea, coffee and cake pitstops and eclectic vintage pop-up shops, with live music from noon–6pm each day, showcasing some of the best live acts from across the region. The beautifully restored Hay Cheese Market hosts the weekly Local Produce Market on Saturday, and an arts and craft market on Sunday and Monday. It’s free, friendly and fun. Come and find us in the middle of Hay over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Trevithel Court Farm TUESDAY 31 MAY 2016 9AM MEET AT BOX OFFICE

David and Catherine James’ cider orchards are carefully managed to supply a range of cider apples to Bulmers and Gaymers for their premium brands, some of which will be available for tasting. In a happily synergistic relationship with a local beekeeper, the trees are pollinated by bees. Look inside the beehives and learn how bees make honey and store it for the winter.



Step through the stone archway on the High Street and you are in Hay Castle’s attractive walled garden. Sit at wooden tables under canvas canopies, eat delicious street food and soak up the festival atmosphere in the town centre. Bon appétit!


Hay Ho! Bus Walks Join local walking guidebook authors Les Lumsdon and Mike Ledlie on a beautiful walk in the Borders. Catch the 11.25 Hay Ho! bus, alight in England and walk back to Hay via Walkers Cottage and Clifford Church. Learn a little about local history and the story of Hay Ho! Easy walking with gentle climbs, five miles, several stiles; no dogs (except guide dogs). Walk ends in Hay at 3.30pm. See for details and booking.

Farm Walks Join local vet Barney Sampson and agronomist Jonathon Harrington as they explore farms in the local area. Meet at 9am at the box office; coaches will return to the festival site at around 1pm. On the day please wear walking boots or Wellingtons and waterproof clothing in case of inclement weather. These are visits to real working farms and are suitable for anyone interested in learning more about food and farming. Families are welcome but children must be supervised at all times.


Come to Andrew and Rachel Giles’ dairy farm to see how their herd of dairy cows produce most of their milk from grass. Visitors can enter the milking parlour and help to milk some of the cows, as well as see the young calves. Learn how the cows are fed and find out how their four stomachs enable them to digest grass. Samples of dairy products will be provided for tasting and a cheesemaker will demonstrate the craft. Children must be eight years or over to take part in this event.


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.

HAY TOURS Hay Tours run guided walking tours around the town that are about people, places and past events in the history of Hay. They aim to provide a colourful overview to the town and its cultural heritage. They are designed to be fairly short, informative and fun. We strongly recommend booking tour places in advance. Tickets can be purchased online at or call Martin 01497 820 679

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The railway formed an important part of life in Hay for more than a century, preceded by a horse-drawn tram that followed the same route from Brecon to Kington. An exact replica model of the railway was recently discovered and restored by members of Hay History Group. This tour begins with a demonstration of the working model before heading across town to follow the route of the railway line from Hay Station to The Warren. This scenic walk of about three miles is mostly flat and incorporates town pavements and farmland footpaths with some stiles. Tour begins and ends in the centre of Hay outside the Cheese Market, Memorial Square, HR3 5AF.

This tour tells the story of Eliza, a Victorian schoolgirl who loses her dog, Moss, on Market Day. In chasing around town after the dog, she follows a trail that reveals some interesting facts about Hay’s past. The story is brought to life with archive photographs and illustrated characters contained within a booklet for you to keep. Meet in the centre of Hay outside the Cheese Market, Memorial Square, HR3 5AF

Coleridge Walks





This tour takes in all the main historic features of Hay, including the Cheese and Butter Markets, some of the town’s former public wells and many of its pubs (there used to be 40 inns in Hay back in the good old days). It also covers the three gateways to the original medieval walled town, Hay Castle, and the place where people would ford the River Wye before the first bridge was built in 1763. Tour begins and ends in the centre of Hay outside the Cheese Market, Memorial Square, HR3 5AF.

Coleridge in Wales: Walk from Pandy to Hay Samuel Taylor Coleridge dropped out of Cambridge University in 1794 and walked around Wales. Join a 16mile hill walk across Hay Bluff from Pandy to Hay, part of an 80-day journey around Wales that exploring Coleridge’s voice as a contemporary vision for global sustainable development, part of the Coleridge in Wales festival. To take part, e-mail


Wordsworth, Coleridge and Thelwall at Llyswen WEDNESDAY 1 JUNE 3PM – 4PM SWAN LOOP £6

This is the perfect one-hour tour if you want a summary of Hay. Starting at the Swan Hotel, this route stops off at the site of the original Motte and Bailey Castle that existed before the Hay Castle we know today. It incorporates Carles Gate, one of the three original gateways into the former Medieval walled town of La Haie and makes a stop in the grounds of Hay Castle on route back to the Swan. Meet outside the main entrance of the Swan Hotel, Church St, HR3 5DQ.

Join ‘Coleridge in Wales’ founder Richard Parry and scholar of the C18th, Prof. Penelope Corfield, for breakfast and then a walk and/or bus ride to nearby Llyswen (seven miles from Hay) where Coleridge and Wordsworth came to visit the notorious radical John Thelwall in 1798. Thelwall had withdrawn from the ferment of London to try farming in the Welsh hills. Was Wordsworth jealous? In association with Cambridge University conference ‘Coleridge in Wales: Clues and Trails’. Breakfast will be available.


Major Herbert Rowse Armstrong was the only solicitor in the UK ever to be hanged, on 31 May 1922. He was convicted of murdering his wife with arsenic. He worked in Hay and lived in Cusop. This two-mile walk takes in the relevant sites to explain the story of the events. The walk leader will suggest Major Armstrong should not have been convicted upon the basis of the evidence given at his trial. Meet at Hay Clock Tower, Broad Street, HR3 5BU and end at Cusop Church, with an optional group walk back into Hay.


Three artists celebrate textiles with ideas that relate to processes of disintegration, to landscape, and to personal and communal history showing a range of methods and techniques including drawing, construction, stitching and dyeing.


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Getting to Hay

Local Taxis

Hay-on-Wye is situated just off the A438 between Brecon and Hereford. The Festival is well signposted. The nearest railway station is Hereford, 21 miles away, and Hereford bus station is served by National Express coaches.

Taxi share scheme is available from:

Railway enquiries 03457 48 49 50 Coach information from 0871 781 8181 Public transport information from 08712 00 22 33

A2B Taxis 01874 658 899 Julie’s 07899 846 592 Radnor and Kington Taxis 07831 898 361 Booktown Taxis 07881 726547 Glasbury Taxis 07966 017714

Self Drive Hire LT Baynham, Whitecross Road, Hereford 01432 273 298

Car Parking Festival Bus Link Hereford to Hay and Worcester to Hay Our special festival bus service linking with trains and coaches at Hereford’s train and bus stations and also Worcester Crowngate Bus Station, runs for the duration of the Festival. There is also a scheduled bus service (no 39) from Hereford and Brecon to Hay-on-Wye operating six days a week, Mondays to Saturdays. The 39A Hay Ho! bus runs on Sundays at 11.25AM, 2.55PM and 5.25PM from the Oxford Road bus stop in Hay. Detailed timetable at

Special Festival Bus Service Hereford to Hay: Adults - £7 single, £10 return. Children (5–15)/Concession - £3 single, £5 return. Family Period Return = £20 (for up to 4 persons - of which maximum 2 Adults) Worcester to Hay: (via Hereford): Adults - £10 single, £15 return. Children (5–15)/Concession - £5 single, £7.50 return. Family Period Return = £30 (for up to 4 persons – of which maximum 2 Adults) Through tickets all the way to Hay (train and bus) can be purchased at train stations nationwide.

The Village Shuttle Bus Service Avoid the queues and choose the greener way to travel – leave your car at home this year and take the Village Shuttle Bus which links up local villages to the festival site. The buses will call at stops including Llanigon, Felindre, Glasbury, Talgarth and Bronllys. Tickets cost £3 per journey. To find out more go to

Car Share Scheme Hay Festival partners with goCarShare, and Liftshare to help connect drivers with spare seats and those needing assistance in getting to Hay. It’s a great way to meet like-minded people, as well as making a big contribution to reducing carbon emissions and congestion – and it also saves everyone money.

There is all-weather parking at Clyro Court (Baskerville Hall Hotel), HR3 5LE. A direct free shuttle bus service will operate between Clyro Court and the Festival site. The shuttle bus stop is by the main gate by the road. Please allow up to 20 minutes for journey time. All festival-goers can pre-book parking spaces. Parking costs £6 per day, which includes shuttle bus tickets. The last shuttle buses leave the Festival site for Clyro Court after the last event each day. Disabled parking will continue to be available on the Festival site. Please book a disabled parking space at the time of booking tickets. There is also parking at the Macmillan Car Park adjacent to the Festival site (off Llanigon Road). The cost is £6 per day.

Hay Town – Festival Shuttle Bus A regular shuttle bus service will be running between the Festival site and the town centre throughout the Festival. Day tickets for the shuttle bus are £1.50. Pick up and drop off points are Oxford Road Car Park and the Festival site. The shuttle bus is supported by Richard Booth’s Bookshop.

Cycle Park A cycle park is available on the Festival site.

Accommodation For the Hay Festival Bedfinder Service call Sarah on 01497 821 526 until 26th May, email or visit Please note, we do not independently vet properties offered through our Bedfinder Service. Alternatively, try our sponsor hotels and campsites. They are all excellent. Visitors may also contact the following Tourist Information Services: Hay-on-Wye 01497 820 144 Talgarth 01874 712 226 Brecon 01874 622 485 Crickhowell 01873 812 105 Hereford 01432 268 430 Kington 01544 230 778

Camping Gypsy Castle Camping 07495 161 217 Tangerine Fields 07821 807 000 Wye Meadow Camping by Pillow 01666 504 601


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Hay on Earth is Hay Festival’s ongoing sustainability programme. The Hay on Earth Forum on Thursday 26 May is a series of sustainability-focussed events exploring current issues including the Fair Tax Town campaign, Rewilding, Permaculture and the importance of traditional crafts. There are other related events throughout the week. We have pledged to apply the green principles we discuss on stage to our own practices at Hay Festival Wales. For nine years, we have been engaged in a programme of managing and mitigating our environmental impact through the Hay on Earth programme. We have focused on three key areas: our own direct impact; the impact of our audience and the programming of events that will stimulate debate and discussion about key issues. We use BS8901 and ISO 20121 as our management guides and some of our key achievements are as follows:

With our direct impacts we have focused on the core areas of energy, waste, transport, procurement and venues. Achievements include: Overall reduction in use of resources including printed materials (down by 35%), diesel (down by 20%) and electricity (down by 25%). Recycling 55% of the waste produced on site, including in 2015: 6.3 tonnes of cardboard and six tonnes of glass and composting 12.2 tonnes of food waste and other compostables. In partnership with local company, Caplor Energy, installing solar heating for our staff hot water requirements. Providing water standpipes across the site so that people can fill their own bottles.

Sustainability also includes financial and social impacts and a few examples of these are: Free tickets for students in tertiary education. Free loan of our thermal imaging camera for local communities to assess heat loss from buildings. We purchase from local businesses where feasible and encourage our contractors to do the same. Our hope and belief is that each year the standard of debate increases as people become more informed and involved, with an awareness that they individually can make a difference, as well as collectively lobby for change - in business, in government, in society. For more information go to

Our biggest indirect impact is caused by people visiting the Festival in terms of their transport, accommodation etc. While this has a huge benefit economically, we look for ways in which we can reduce the environmental impacts. Examples include: Provision of a public bus service from our nearest train station to Hay which runs up to ten times a day (3,000 passengers in 2015). Provision of minibuses that link Festival-goers with local B&Bs and the surrounding villages and towns (1,193 passengers in 2015).


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David, 373, 393, 441, 456 ABBAS, Maddy, 164 ABDOLLAH, Kader, 264 ADAM, Ross, 159 ADLAM, Carol, 357 AGBABI, Patience, 407 AGLIONBY, Julia, 2 AHERN, Cecelia, HD72 AHMED, Kamal, 415 AINSWORTH, Eve, HD3 AKHTAR, Tauseef, 348 AKYÜZ, Sav, HD78 ALAGIAH, George, 105, 132 ALBERT, Corisande, 44, 309 ALEXANDER, Fleur, HD31, HD41 ALEXIEVICH, Svetlana, 67 ALLUM, Rob, 203 ALTIN, Vanessa, HD51 ANAM, Tahmima, 132 ANAND, Anita, 316, 365, 408 ANDERSON, Jon, 17 ANDREWS, Maggie, 206 ANTROBUS, David, 38 AP GLYN, Ifor, 214 ARMITAGE, Simon, 81, 115 ARMITSTEAD, Claire, HD59, 401 ARNEY, Kat, 168 ARNOLD, Marsha, 37 ATTENBOROUGH, Stephen, 131 AUSTIN, Topun, 358 BAGGOTT, Jim, 332 BAHN, Paul, 321 BAILEY SMITH, Ben, HD78 BAILLIEU, James, 313 BAKER, Sara, 20 BAKEWELL, Joan, 60, 130 BAKEWELL, Sarah, 188 BALCH, Oliver, 27, 155, 301 BALSOM, Alison, 59 BARDGETT, Richard, 207 BARNETT, Emma, 246, 410 BARRETT, John, 345 BARTLETT, Martin James, 59 BATE, Jonathan, 320 BATES, Laura, 362, 403, 441 BATHURST, Bella, 299 BATTERS, Minette, 2 BATTY, Clare, 293 BAULD, Linda, 431 BAXTER, Glen, 62 BEAR, Laura, 118 BEAUMONT, Henny, 189 BEDFORD, Martyn, HD3 BELL, Iain, 38 BENNETT, Craig, 294 BENNETT, Phil, 416 BENNHOLD, Katrin, 369, 369, 405 BENSTEAD, Sam, 187 BERRIDGE, Vanessa, 287 BÉRUBÉ, Kelly, 93 BETTRIDGE, Dan, 389 BEYNON, Sarah, HD46 BIANCHI, Tony, 473 BICKERTON, Chris, 164




Roberta, 269 Carol, 186 BLACKMAN, Malorie, HD59 BLANDFORD, Charlie and David, 502 BLESSED, Brian, 480 BODEN, Margaret A, 154 BOOTLE, Roger, 234 BORMAN, Tracy, 212 BOUND ALBERTI, Fay, 276 BOWER, Tom, 104 BOYCOTT, Rosie, 29, 181, 186, 239, 257, 269, 364, 425, 437, 456 BOYLE, David, 252 BRAGG, Billy, 336 BRAGG, Melvyn, 68 BRASS, Clare, 252 BRIDGE, Holly, 421 BRIDGEWATER, Emma, 14 BRIGGS, Thomas, 11 BRIGHT, Rachel, HD70 BRIGSTOCKE, Marcus, 94, 146, 248, 255, 350, 378 BRISCOE, Joanna, 77 BROOK, Rhidian, 121 BROOK, Timothy, 380 BROOM, Jenny, HD25 BROTTON, Jerry, 61, 123, 177, 190, 320, 380 BROWN, Gordon, 408 BROWN, Martin, HD62 BROWNE, John, 98 BULLOUGH, Oliver, 83, 97, 125, 282, 384, 398, 443, 453 BULLOUGH, Tom, 37, 384 BURDAKOV, Denis, 327 BURGESS, Melvin, HD54 BURNELL, Cerrie, HD43 BURNET, Rob, 25 BURNS, Dave, 40 BURTON, Humphrey, 236 BURTON-HILL, Clemency, 59, 66, 69, 119, 130, 216, 236, 265, 313, 360, 373, 383, 419 BUSQUETS, Milena, 114 BUTCHART, Pamela, HD20, HD22 BUTLER, Martin, HD32 BUTLER, Steven, HD18, HD21 CABLE, Vince, 225 CALLOW, Simon, 393 CALMAN, Susan, 193 CANNAN, Robert, 159 CAREY, Peter, 71, 122 CARROLL, Emma, HD60, HD66 CARTLEDGE, Paul, 267 CHADWICK, Peter, 295 CHAKRABARTI, Shami, 88 CHANG, Jung, 191 CHASE, Will, 352 CHEVALIER, Tracy, 36, 77, 100 CHICK, Victoria, 302 CHILTON, Martin, 331 CHURCHWELL, Sarah, 432, 449 THE CLANGERS, HD16 CLARE, Horatio, HD8, 80, 142 CLARK, Alex, 52, 111 CLARKE, Gillian, 214, 228, 235 CLARY, Julian, HD77


Ann, 293 84 COE, Jonathan, 163 COELHO, Flavia, 446 COLERIDGE, Gill, 71 COLLINS, Elaine, 293 COLVILE, Robert, 224 CONISBEE, Molly, 252 CONRAN, Alys, 473 CORDEROY, Tracey, HD10 CORERA, Gordon, 413 CORFIELD, Penelope, 504 CORRIGAN, Kitty, 14, 328 CORTON, Christine L, 34 COWELL, Cressida, HD5 CRACE, John, 199, 223, 330 CREMONA QUARTET, 360 CRITCHLOW, Hannah, 55 CROSS, Helen, 357 CROXALL, Martine, 201, 242 CRUICKSHANK, Dan, 245 CRYSTAL, David, 185, 210, 229 CUFF, Simone, 251 CUMMING, Laura, 49 CUNLIFFE, Barry, 326 CUNNINGHAM, Duncan, 340 DAFYDD, Fflur, 149 DAOUD, Kamel, 64 DATAR, Rajan, 399, 410 DAVENPORT, Juliet, 27, 106, 146, 294, 341 DAVIDSON, Jane, 346, 390, 462 DAVIES, Andrew, 31 DAVIES, Benji, HD13 DAVIES, Gwen, 197 DAVIES, Nicola, HD52 DAVIES, Philip, 454 DAVIES, Russell T, 119 DAVIS, Dan, 168, 178, 281, 332, 367 DAWSON, Juno, HD3, 32 DE BOTTON, Alain, 459 DE FRESTON, Tom, 288 DE WAAL, Edmund, 74 DHARKER, Imtiaz, 235 DI GIOVANNI, Janine, 111 DICKSON, Andrew, 464 DIMBLEBY, Jonathan, 314 DIX, 37, 253 DOCKRILL, Laura, HD65 DON, Monty, 278, 299 DONALDSON, Julia, HD1 DONOVAN, Mick, 270 DORAN, Gregory, 385 DORLING, Danny, 134, 174 DOUGLAS, Jonathan, HD54 DRABBLE, Margaret, 266 DU SAUTOY, Marcus, 116, 147 DUCKWORTH, Angela, 44 DUDLEY EDWARDS, Ruth, 232 DUNKERLEY, Hugh, 346 DUNLEAVY, Hannah, 378 DUNSFORD, Illtud Llyr, 352 DWAN, David, 387, 394 EBADI, Shirin, 54 ECCLESHARE, Julia, HD17 EDGE, Christopher, HD58 EDWARDS, Steve, 478

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Jenny, 20 Susannah, 381 GILES, Andrew, 501 GILES, Rachel, 501 GILLESPIE, Ed, 146, 202 GILMOUR, David, 29 GIRALT TORRENTE, Marcos, 58 GLENNIE, Evelyn, HD92 GLENNY, Misha, 386 GLYN, Gwyneth, 348 GODWIN, Georgian, 424, 86, 100, 135, 189, 301, 342, 382 GOLAKAI, Hawa, 135, 175 GOLDBERG, Leslie, 127 GOLDIN, Ian, 57, 107 GOLDSMITH, Rosie, 175, 232, 264, 311, 370, 411, 451, 463 GOODWIN, Nicola, 355 GOOLEY, Tristan, 230 GORDON, Bryony, 362, 419 GOSS, Jen, 5 GOWER, Jon, 142, 149, 180 GOWING, Nik, 129, 136, 179, 308, 325, 343, 474 GRABSKY, Phil, 36 GRAHAM, Alison, 293 GRAY, Emma, 340 GRAYLING, A C, 103 GREATREX, Richard, 39 GREEN, David, 270 GREEN, Imogen, 340 GREEN, Julia, HD55 GREEN, Lucie, 379 GREEN, Matthew, 333 GREENBERG, Isabel and Imogen, HD76 GREER, Germaine, 190 GRENNAN, Simon, 296 GRIFFITHS, Jay, 239 GRIGSON, Caroline, 338 GROSKOP, Viv, 450, 459 GROSSMAN, Emily, HD4, 89 GUELFENBEIN, Carla, 451 GUNN, Kirsty, 77 GUPTA, Sanjeev, 106 GUY, John, 231 GWYN, David, 305 HACKER HUGHES, Jamie, 333 HADDON, Mark, 411 HAHN, Daniel, HD6, 114, 121, 128, 137, 169, 185, 322 HALLIWELL, Steve, 337 HALPER HAYES, Jan, 432 HAMILTON, Alwyn, HD49 HAMILTON, Siôn, 47 HAMMOND, Claudia, 471 HANINGTON, Peter, 52 HANNAFORD, Anne, 270 HANSELL, Tom, 33 HARDING, Luke, 83 HARDINGE, Frances, HD60 HARDY, Chris, 337 HARKIN, James, 200 HARLAND, Maddy, 3 HARMAN, Claire, 317 HARPER, Sarah, 470 HARRI, Guto, 291 HARRIS, Joanne, 246, 263







Oliver, 196 Stephen, 213 HARRISON, Cassian, 141, 187 HARRISON, Julian, 461 HASLAM, Jonathan, 453 HASTINGS, Max, 469 HAWKING, Lucy, HD71 HAYDEN, Michael V, 129, 136 HEDLEY, Douglas, 28 HEDREN, Tippi, 165 HEILBRON, John, 281 HEMINGWAY, Wayne, 56 HENDRA, Sue, HD63 HENFREY, Thomas, 3 HENN, Sophy, HD45 HENNESSY, Frank, 40 HENNESSY, Peter, 99 HERBERT, Nick, 234 HERD, David, 407 HERINGTON, Steve, 7 HERRERA, Yuri, 58, 114 HEYWOOD-THOMAS, Nicola, 290, 476 HIGHFIELD, Roger, 75 HILLS, John, 118 HILTON, Steve, 50 HINDELL, Alison, 371 HOEY, Kate, 447 HOLLAND, James, 279 HOLLAND, Tom, 233, 284 HOLMES, John, 444 HOLMES, Richard, 274 HOOKER, Jeremy, 289 HOPKINS, Owen, 388 HOROBIN, Simon, 368 HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE, 442 HOWARD, Jules, 184 HOWE, Sarah, 427 HOWE, Sophie, 390 HOY, Chris, HD93 HUANG, Alexandra, 393 HULL, Marilyn, 141 HUMBLE, Kate, 356, 372 HUNTINGTON, Jim, 312 HURLEY, Heather, 355 IBRAHIM, Abubakar Adam, 135 IGGULDEN, Conn, 477 IIDA, Fumiya, 109 INGRAHAM, Caroline, 6 IVISON, Lucy, HD30 JACKSON, Russell, 353 JACOBSON, Howard, 110 JAMES, Catherine and David, 500 JAMES, Erwin, 401 JAMES, Laura, HD20 JAMES, Marlon, 73, 120, 145 JAMES, Oliver, 367 JAMES, Simon, HD34 JAMME, Marieme, 25 JEANS, Crystal, 197 JENKINS, Emma, 38 JENKINS, Karl, 476 JENKINS, Tiffany, 322 JINKS, James, 99 JOHN, Rebecca F, 128 JOHNS, Howard, 345 JOHNSON, Dominic, 220 JOHNSON, Leo, 294


Jim, 503 HD30 ELLIOT, Tim, 85 ELPHINSTONE, Abi, HD66 ENGEL, Mathew, 7 ENRIGUE, Álvaro, 169 ERICSSON, Anders, 448 ERSKINE, Barbara, 10 EVANS, David, 92 EVANS, Liesel, 187 EVANS, Rebecca, 481 EVANS, Richard, 48 EVANS, Tracey, 12 EZE, Kevin, 175 FAIZAL, Farah, 475 FARRAR, Jeremy, 70 FAUVEL, Warren, 12 FENNELL, Emerald, HD88 FERGUSON, Niall, 418, 432 FERNANDEZ ARMESTO, Felipe, 241 FERNIE, Ewan, 288 FFORDE, Jasper, 37 FIGUERES, Christiana, 160 FINLAY, Ilora, 21 FINLAYSON, Iain, 37 FITZPATRICK, Noel, 51 FLETCHER, Catherine, 422 FLETCHER, Kate, 208 FLETCHER, Tom, 405 FLORENCE, Peter, HD83, 10, 82, 161, 228, 280, 310, 422 FONG, Mei, 181 FORSTER, Julia, 197 FORTEY, Richard, 292 FOST, Liz, HD42, HD61 FOWLER, Dylan, 348 FOX, Liam, 234 FRANCE, John, 161 FRANCIS, Hywel, 21, 39 FRANCIS, Mair, 39 FRANKLIN, Stuart, 282 FRANKOPAN, Peter, 361 FREARS, Stephen, 425 FREDERICK, Matthew, 84 FREEDMAN, Dan, 406 FREEDMAN, Rosa, 259 FREI, Matt, 183 FRESCO, Louise O, 257 FRYERS, Andy, 1, 3, 5, 27, 78, 202, 208, 247, 294, 341, 372 FUENTES, Cristina, 246 GABRIEL VASQUEZ, Juan, 137, 169 GALASSO, Eleonora, 460 GARDNER, Frank, 23 GARDNER, Lyn, HD60 GARTON ASH, Timothy, 167 GASPARI, Ilaria, 128 GATHERCOLE, Susan, 63 GAVENTA, John, 39 GEE, Catherine, 340 GEMIN, G R, HD12 GERSTLE, Gary, 237 GEVISSER, Mark, 175 GHAYOUR, Sabrina, 26 GHAZALAW, 348 GHOSH, Soma, 37 GIBBARD, Alun, 416

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Peter, 431 Rachael, 393, 441 JONES, Dylan, 23, 395 JONES, Gareth P, HD2 JONES, Janey Louise, HD47 JONES, Lisa, 304 JONES, Philip, 47 JONES, Stephen, 352 JONES, Steve, 120, 133, 178 JORGENSEN, Timothy J, 256 JUNIPER, Tony, 268, 286 KABIR, Nazma, 246 KAMPFNER, John, 112 KARCHER, Katharina, 164 KEARNEY, Martha, 73, 122, 170, 182, 222, 271, 277, 319, 366 KELLY, Spencer, 46 KENDALL, Bridget, 67, 97 KENEALLY, Thomas, 172, 217 KENNEDY, Helena, 54, 76, 117 KENNY, Rebecca, HD32 KHANNA, Parag, 179 KING, Mervyn, 124 KINGSLEY, Patrick, 155 KISSANE, Bill, 261 KITCHING, Alan, 383 KNIGHT, Alice, 95 KNIGHTS, Olly, 203 KOLESNIKOV, Pavel, 265 KOOPS, Kathelijne, 324 KRISTELEIT, Rebecca, 85 KUTCHINSKY, Serena, 432 LACY, Peter, 78 LAIRD, Nick, 235 LANG, Kirsty, 32 LAUENSTEIN, Mercedes, 128 LAWRENCE, Josie, 248 LAWRENCE, Patrice, HD3 LEADER, Darian, 351 LEE, Carl, 134 LEE, Caspar, HD83 LEE, Sam, 254 LEITCH, Daisy, 321, 351, 381 LEMAY-HEBERT, Nicolas, 259 LENTON, Steven, HD10 LEONARD, M G, HD46 LESTER, Anthony, 242 LEVI, Jonathan, 451 LEWIS, Eirian, 96, 148 LEWIS, Gwyneth, 21 LEWIS, Helen, 39 LEWIS-STEMPEL, John, 328 LEWYCKA, Marina, 382, 407 LEYSHON, Nell, 121, 147 LIFSCHUTZ, Alex, 47 LINDER, Mark, 106 LINNET, Paul, HD63 LIPTROT, Amy, 437 LLOYD, Christopher, HD84, HD92 LONG, Hayley, HD68 LORD, Peter, 180 LUISELLI, Valeria, 114, 137 LUTZ, Deborah, 450 LYN, Euros, 149 LYNAS, Mark, 24, 157 LYON, Nina, 37 MAAL, Baaba, 298


Charlotte, 155 Lewis, HD6 MCGARRY, Fearghal, 387 MCGOUGH, Roger, HD64, 337 MCGRATH, Chris, 309 MCGRATH, John, 176 MACGREGOR, Neil, 48 MCKAY, Sinclair, 11 MACKIE, Lindsay, 345 MCKINNON, Karen, 300 MCMILLAN, Ian, 65 MCMULLAN, Gordon, 260 MCNISH, Hollie, 139 MADDOX, Bronwen, 57, 124, 166, 225, 237, 273, 291, 447 MAGNARD ENSEMBLE, HD32 MAHLBERG, Michaela, 444 MAIR, Katy, 260 MALMGREN, Philippa, 376 MANDLER, Peter, 101 MANNERS, Emma, 311 MANSFIELD, Michael, 299 MANZOOR, Sarfraz, 104, 200, 224, 261, 323, 336, 386 MARCHANT, Jo, 244 MARGETTS, Helen, 15 MARLING, Laura, 347 MARMOT, Michael, 399 MARRIOTT, Michael, 13 MARTIN, Ursula, 19 MASON, Paul, 455, 462 MASSON-BERGHOFF, Aurélia, 315 MAYER, Jane, 249, 291 MENDES, Sam, 66 MERRITT, Stephanie, 156, 402 MIDDLETON, Andy, 12 MIDDLETON, Peter, 141 MILLER, Ben, 30 MILLICAN, Sarah, 378 MILLWOOD HARGRAVE, Kiran, HD49 MILWAY, Alex, HD44 THE MINERALS, 84 MINNEY, Safia, 318 MIRZA, Munira, 447 MIRZA, Shazia, 392 MITCHELL, David, 430, 449 MITCHINSON, John, 62, 153, 338, 480 MITTER, Rana, 120 MOFFETT, Ashley, 45 MOHAMMED, Jason, 507 MOLINA FOIX, Vicente, 121, 185 MONBIOT, George, 434, 467 MOON, Debbie, HD89 MOORE, Alan, 5 MOORE, Peter, 313 MORAN, Caitlin, 198 MORGAN JONES, Chris, 342 MORPURGO, Clare, HD75 MORPURGO, Michael, HD69, HD75 MORTON, Oliver, 341 MOSS, Miriam, HD82 MOYES, Jojo, 250 MUKHERJEE, Siddhartha, 457 MULLAN, John, 110, 147 MULLARKEY, Neil, 248 MUNDY, Toby, 42 MURDIN, Paul, 339


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95 Jim, 291, 306, 342, 414 NESS, Patrick, HD6, 32 NEWTON, Kirsty, 204 NIGHTINGALE, Rowan, 442 NORMAN, Jesse, 107, 258, 374 NORRIS, Barney, 86 NORTHFIELD, Gary, HD44 NURSE, Jason, 335 Ó BRIAIN, Dara, 9, 35 O’BRIEN, Edna, 183 O’DONNELL, Alison, 293 O’GARRA, Anne, 327 O’MAHONEY, Joe, 4 OFELIA, 389 OKRI, Ben, 58, 147 OWEN, Jamie, 102 OWEN, Tomos, 334 PACKHAM, Chris, HD9, 80 PAKENHAM, Thomas, 272 PALFREY, Simon, 288 PALIN, Michael, 330 PARIDJANIAN, Gale, 203 PARKER PEARSON, Mike, 375 PARKER, Harry, 52 PARKER, Peter, 240 PARRIS, S J, 212, 363, 370 PARRY, Richard, 28, 504 PASCOE, Sara, 152, 156 PASSARLAY, Gulwali, 398 PATERSON, Don, 219, 235 PATTERSON, Paul, HD32 PAVORD, Anna, 162 PEAKE, Maxine, 119 PEARSON, Allison, 234 PENN, Rob, 90, 194 PERCY, Norma, 201 PERRY, William, 308 PINCUS, Anna, 407 PITCHER, Annabel, HD68 PLATT, Lauren, 429 POLAK, Nina, 128 POOLE, Adrian, 221 POWELL, Laura, 143, 230, 263 PRICE, Mark, 415 PROOPS, Greg, 440 PUCKETT, Gavin, HD90 PULLIN, Chris, 355 QIAN, Wu, 216 QUEZADA, Sergio, 85 QUINLAN, Carrie, 255, 350 RAFFERTY, Sean, 329 RAMAKRISHNAN, Venki, 75 RANTZEN, Esther, 211 RASIYA, Manjeet Singh, 348 RAWLENCE, Ben, 37, 155 RAY, Keith, 258, 355 REES, Martin, 192 REES-MOGG, Jacob, 447 NAUGHTIE,

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Susan, HD48 Cathy, 323 REYNOLDS, Fiona, 458 RICHARDS, Dan, 16 RIDDELL, Chris, HD73, HD91 RIMES, Patrick, 348 RIORDAN LEE, Emily, HD83 ROBB, John, 196 ROBERTS, David, HD77 ROBERTS, Wiliam Owen, 473 ROBINSON, Bruce, 140 ROBINSON, J J, 475 ROBINSON, Jancis, 435 ROBINSON, Jennifer, 467 ROBINSON, Jess, 204 ROBINSON, Michelle, HD56 ROBINSON, Willow, 41 ROCHE, Paul, 391 ROKISON-WOODALL, Abigail, 385 ROSE, Eliza, HD50 ROSS, Abbie, 197 ROSS, Alec, 69 ROWE, Helen, 421 ROWE, Oliver, 26 ROY, Anuradha, 424 RUBBINO, Salvatore, HD15 RUBLACK, Ulinka, 226 RUDD, Roland, 234 RUDDEN, Dave, HD36 RUNCIE, James, 363 RUSHDIE, Salman, 137, 177 RUSSELL, Lindsey, HD39, 209 RUTHERFORD, Adam, 133, 138, 154, 173 SAHONTA, Suman-Lata, 377 SAINTONGE, Amalie, 421 SALADINO, Dan, 352 SALFIELD, Ben and John, 442 SAMSON, Polly, 29, 86 SANDERS, Larry, 432 SANDS, Philippe, 92, 117, 165, 217, 249, 303 SARIOLGHALAM, Mahmood, 343 SATHYAPRAKASH, Bangalore, 344 SAVAGE, Jon, 195 SAVAGE, Mike, 118 SAVIANO, Roberto, 43 SCHAMA, Simon, 439, 460, 474 SCHWARZ, Viviane, HD23 SCOTT, Charlotte, 310 SCOTT, Fred, 431 SCOTTER, Jane, 352 SEBAG MONTEFIORE, Hugh, 374 SEBAG MONTEFIORE, Simon, 153, 191 SEN, Nandana, HD74 SERVICE, Robert, 18 SHAMSIE, Kamila, 137 SHAPCOTT, Jo, 235 SHAPIRO, James, 61 SHARRATT, Nick, HD40 SHARROCK, Thea, 250 SHAW, Adam, 286 SHEERS, Owen, 37, 427 SHIRREFF, Richard, 325 SHRIVER, Lionel, 77, 105, 120 SHOWSTOPPERS, 397 SHUE, Henry, 303 SHUKLA, Nikesh, 441

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Terry Burns, Lyndy Cooke, Geraint Davies, Peter Florence, Nik Gowing, Guto Harri, Caroline Michel Chair, Samantha Maskrey, Jesse Norman, Francine Stock, Catrin Slater Company Secretary.

Nino Williamson Driver Coordinator, Stephen Evans, Philip Ferguson, Rachel Ferrington, Sally Glass, Paul Harris, Mark Havard, Martyn Jenkins, Les Mogford, Darren Mossey, Barry Pilton, Garry Pryce-Mason, Sandy Rowden, Becky Runciman, Chris Runciman, Donna Salisbury, Jim Saunders. In loving memory of Stan Charity

TRUSTEES Rosie Boycott, Terry Burns, Dylan Jones Chair, Caroline Michel, Maurice Saatchi.

STAFF Mike Barker Accounts, Marta Codello Artist Management Assistant, Lyndy Cooke Executive Director Hay Festival Consultancy, Maria Carreras Sponsorship and Fundraising, Penny Compton Box Office Manager, Kitty Corrigan Editor and News Editor, Maria Sheila Cremaschi Directora Spain, Yamile David Hay Festival México, Ángela Delgado Valdivia Hay Festival Arequipa, Julia Eccleshare HAYDAYS Director, Paul Elkington Operations Director, Oscar Montes Erikson Hay Festival México, Peter Florence Director, Andy Fryers Sustainability Director, Cristina Fuentes La Roche International Director, Diana Gedeon Cartagena, Izara García Rodríguez Producer Latin America, Gareth Howell-Jones Bookshop Manager, Rebecca Hughes Artist Manager, Maggie Kerr Development Director, Marian Lally Accounts, Adrian Lambert Chief of Staff, Andrew Lawrence Finance Director, Angharad Lloyd Correspondent, David Lynch Artist Management Assistant, Nessie Mason HAYDAYS Coordinator, Jen Payne Production Manager, Amalia de Pombo Development Director Cartagena, Paul Richardson Online Systems, Joana Rodell-Jones Sponsorship Executive (maternity leave), Zoe Romero Miranda Artist Management Latin America, Heather Salisbury Artist Manager (maternity leave), Becky Shaw Communications Director, Pete Ward Administrator, Sarah Whitticase Accommodation and Transport Assistant, Fred Wright Site Designer.

FESTIVAL BOOKSHOP Gareth Howell-Jones Bookshop Manager, Ollie Evans, Julian Freeman, Kit Goldman, Max Green, Georgina Harvey, Sandra Havard, Graeme Hobbs, Laura Johnson, Meg Lawrence, Cassidy Locke, Guy Morgan, Wenda Mullis, Helena O’Sullivan, Andrea Price, Lucy Scott, Emma Smith, Paige Talbot, Elinor Tuckey, Harry Vakatalai, Joe Viner, Hayley van der Westhuizen, Morgan Wetherall.



Penny Compton Box Office Manager, Amy Le Bailly Assistant Box Office Manager, James Batley, Ellen Boyd, Arthur Caton, Sarah Emmerson, Ru Florence, Bronwyn Lally, Billy Lambert, Wilf Ratcliffe, Poppy Sinclair, Honor Spreckley.

Rosanna Bulmer, David Roberts, and with thanks to David Austin Roses, Old Railway Line Nursery, Wyevale Nurseries and Wiggly Wigglers.


Caroline and Joanna Davies

Becky Shaw Communications Director, Fiona McMorrough, FMcM, Christopher Bone, FMcM Press, Emily Banyard, FMcM Press, Marsha Arnold Photographer/Picture Editor, Oliver Bullough News Editor, Kitty Corrigan News Editor, Fran Hughes Media Internship, Lillie Powell Marketing Internship, Liz Wootton Writer’s Blog Internship, Nerys James Press Internship, Rosie McLellan Press Internship. With thanks to Aine Venables for cover illustration and artwork and to BWA for graphic design.


FESTIVAL TEAM Sofía de Andrés Intern, María Argomaniz Intern, Divya Bagaria Intern, Maria Prieto Castillo Intern, Penny Chantler Green Room, Miriam Cocker Intern, Nina Collins Make & Take, Olga Davies Friends of Hay Festival, Bethan Forrest Intern, Seb Gethin Intern, Maisie Glazebrook Intern, Rachel Hard Intern, Harry Holding Intern, Isabel Jeakins Intern, Lucy Jordan Intern, Alice Key Intern, Noemi La Torre Intern, Bryony Lewis Intern, Emily Lewis Intern, Matthew Lampitt Intern, Maialen Lopez Intern, Richard McKeand Paramedic, Barbara Murrell Food Hall, Kim Murrell Food Hall, Xana Murrell Make & Take, Gareth Owen Intern, Holly Parsons Intern, Tim Pearce Paramedic, Eleanor Penney Intern, Charlotte Rees Make & Take, Francesca Sandwell Front Desk, Tom Sandwell Front Desk, Mali Siloko Intern, Carol Sykes Green Room, John Thomas Green Room, Colin Thompson Grub, Megan Turner Make & Take, Alison Wibmer Make & Take, Ella Wright Make & Take.


PARKING Martin Tong, Jenny Thomas and team, Oxfam Stewards

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Fred Wright Site Designer, Andy Brewer, Miles Chater Pugh, Elliott Cooke, Georgie Cooke Assistant Site Manager, Andy Davies, Helen Eakins, Dave Eakins, Josh Elkerton, Matt Harding, Howard Hutchings, Lief LePage, Callum Mannox, Anna McCann, James Morris, Chris Newton, Ali Thomas, George Williams. In loving memory of Andy Smith ‘Gaffer’, Stan Charity

Lawrence and Liz Banks, Amelia Fawcett DBE, Robin and Philippa Herbert, Jesse Norman.

STEWARDS Emma Jones Head Steward, Jan Pitman Stewards Administration, Cathy Norris Steward Coordinator, Glyn Morgan Deputy Head Steward, Stella Ward Steward Services.

TECHNICAL Paul Elkington Operations Director, David Darby Head of IT, Richard Harris Head of Vision, Chris Hughes Networks Manager, Rob McNeil Head of Sound, John Turtle Technical Manager, Clive Meredith Chief Electrician.

HAY FESTIVAL COUNCIL Vice Presidents Hay – Corisande Albert, Justin Albert, Robert Ayling, Joan Bakewell, Marcus Brigstocke, Nick Broomfield, Rosanna Bulmer, Clemency Burton-Hill, Nick Butler, Maria Sheila Cremaschi, Amelia Granger, Geordie Greig, Sabrina Guinness, Rhian-Anwen Hamill, Julia Hobsbawm, Helena Kennedy, Denise Lewis, Brenda Maddox, Cerys Matthews, John Mitchinson, James Naughtie, Hannah Rothschild, Marc Sands, Philippe Sands, Marcus du Sautoy, Simon Schama, William Sieghart, Jon Snow.

PARTNERS AND ADVISORS Robert Albert Legal Advisor, Patrick Dyke, Beltran Gambier Spain & International Legal Advisor, Robin Mason Acre Accountancy, Carlos Julio Ardila Presidente Cartagena de Indias, Jaime Abello, Raimundo Angulo, Ana Maria Aponte, Cecilia Balcazar, Victoria Bejarano, Alfonso López Caballero, León Teicher, Patricia Escallón de Ardila Vice-Presidents Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias

LIFE PATRONS Frances Copping, Rhoda Lewis, Jo Gregory

PATRONS Nicholas Burton, Barry Carpenter, Alison Chappell, Tony Choules, Frances Cloud, Maureen Cruickshank, Claire Denholm, Marya Fforde, Louis Flannery, Fiona Galliers-Pratt, Victoria Graham Fuller, Kathy Gilfillan, Lisa Hinton, Marlene Hobsbawm, Jonathan Hopkins, Ruth Huddleston, Deirdre Hutton, Robert Lance Hughes, Shân Legge-Bourke, Jane Livesey, Sheila Lovatt, Michael Pearce, Sophie Price, Sarah Quibell, Sian Rolfe, Selina Shaw, Brian Simpson, Paul Voyce, Maris Watkins, Marjorie Wallace-Skarbek

THANKS Adam Barriball, Dave Battock, Keith Blackmore, Jerry Brotton, Cortina Butler, Martin Chilton, Carey Clarke, Jonty Claypole, Emma De’Ath, Dyfed Powys Police, Jane Ellison, Gwilym Evans, Mandy Garner, Paul Greatbatch, Alexandra Heybourne, Elizabeth Haycox, Denise Hoey, Andrew Horton, Myra Hunt, Stephen James-Yeoman, Katherine Kelly, Rob Ketteridge, David Landsman, Hay St Mary’s Church, Peter Maniura, Ben Matthews, Nicola Morgan, Fiona Oates, Andrew Pettie, James Powell, Powys County Council, Gareth Ratcliffe, Mary Sackville-West, Nick Shannon, Graham Sheffield, Rebecca Simor, Samia Spice, Mari Stevens, Michelle Walder, Emma Williams.



PRESS TEAM CONTACTS Press enquiries for Hay Festival 2016 are handled by FMcM Associates: Christopher Bone Emily Banyard 0207 405 7422

BENEFACTORS Elizabeth Bingham, Kate Bingham and Jesse Norman, Lord & Lady Burns, Nick Butler and Rosaleen Hughes, Sue Carpenter and Mike Metcalfe, Sian Facer and Terry Sinclair, Rhian-Anwen and Michael Hamill, Tom and Karen Kalaris, David and Pauline Maydon, Danny Rivlin, Mark & Moira Hamlin, Maurice Saatchi.


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Booking information Book online

Book by phone

Call the Box Office on +44 (0)1497 822 629 using your credit or debit card

Book by post

Send your request to the address below or fax it to +44 (0)1497 821 066. Please include event numbers and quantities, and write your personal details clearly in capitals, including a contact telephone number. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Hay Festival’. In case tickets are not available, please leave the amount blank, but write on the cheque “not exceeding … [the total cost of your order]” or include your debit or credit card number. Please remember to include the issue number or valid from date if you are paying by debit card.

Book in person

Hay Festival Box Office, 25 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5AD From Tuesday 24 May, the Box Office will move to the Festival Site on Brecon Road, Hay-on-Wye. All applications will be processed in order of receipt. All ticket prices include VAT. A handling charge of £3 applies to all orders. Please check the Box Office daily for any venue changes. All details are correct at time of going to press. We reserve the right to change programmes and artists if circumstances dictate. In the event of cancellations tickets will be refunded. Tickets cannot be accepted for refund or resale. The management reserves the right to refuse admission.

Access To book wheelchair space in performance venues, reserve a parking space (blue badge holders only), please inform the Box Office staff when booking your tickets. All venues, restaurants, cafés, bar and bookshop have wheelchair access and most performance venues are fitted with an induction loop. Disabled access toilets are available on site. We continue to work to give deaf and hearing-impaired readers greater access to the Festival by providing induction loops, which may sometimes be skewed by the aluminium structures of our tents. Please ask the stewards for the best position to sit. If you need any assistance on site, please ask a steward.

Please remember The Lost Child Point is located in the Make & Take Tent in the HAYDAYS courtyard between 10am and 5pm. Outside these hours it will be located in the Festival Admin Office. All children must be accompanied, unless an event is designated sign in/out, where a permission form must be completed. Nappy changing facilities are available in the toilets on site. Late-comers will not be allowed into their seats until a suitable break in the performance.


No Dogs allowed except Guide Dogs.

Audio recorders, cameras and mobile phones may not be used in the performance venues. No Smoking indoors anywhere on the festival site. A paramedic is on duty at all times during events. Visitors to Hay Festival may be filmed and/or photographed for future promotions of the Festival. PLEASE wear appropriate footwear as the tented site is on farmland and can become muddy.

Hay Festival Programme 2016  

Full programme for Hay Festival 26 May - 5 June 2016. See for updates and extra events

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