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engulfed by sexual abuse scandals. He
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Cambridge Series: The English and
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At the tender age of 15, Andraka, the
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the world: existing as an idea before any
cancer: pancreatic, ovarian and lung. It
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common ruler (or even name) united them.
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homophobic bullying, depression and
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young readers, and treasures await the
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5,000 or more children who attend the first
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left their jobs to feed the world’s children.
day of the Hay Festival. (One hundred
How can neuroscience help us understand
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schools in the surrounding area are given
learning difficulties like dyslexia? The
for free.) This year, they’ll be able to
answer lies in how we process our senses.
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hear, among others, Skellig author David
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Michelle Paver, creator of the
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John Lewis-Stempel
Peaky Blinders
series; and Gill Lewis, whose much loved
Meadowland: The Private Life of an
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animal novels are partly inspired by her
English Field
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work as a vet.
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series, talks to fellow screenwriter Steven
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Knight, author of Dirty Pretty Things.
Lewis-Stempel records the lyrical passage
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of seasons in an English meadow.
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number of formulations, “What policies
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build a sustainable Britain?” Here to
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor
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separate facts from fictions will be Jane
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Glorious glam-rock and psychedelic folk
from one of London’s rising cult stars.
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your fascinating guide to the major,
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history. Over four talks, leading
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drawn from the newspaper’s 160 years,
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illuminating events ranging from the
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Bonnie and Clyde. Held at 9.15am on
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May, Bank Holiday Monday, Saturday
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Stephen Fry
More Fool Me
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The polymath and high-functioning addict
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speaks to Peter Florence about his life.
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Roly Keating
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The Mechanical Curator
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The British Library’s director asks how the
age of data is reshaping libraries. Chaired
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Daisy Hay
by Telegraph Head of Books Gaby Wood.
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Mr & Mrs Disraeli — A Strange Romance
Oxfam Moot, £7
Benjamin Disraeli and his wife Mary Ann
rose to the top of the British establishment
despite their lack of conformity. She was 12
years his senior, eccentric; he was a Jewish
novelist prone to debt. They were devoted.
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Andrew O’Hagan
The Illuminations
Good Energy Stage, £7
How much do we keep from the people we
love? Can we learn from the past, or must
we forget it? Andrew O’Hagan’s fifth novel
is a deeply charged story about love,
memory and modern warfare.
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Ardennes 1944 — Hitler’s Last Gamble
Tata Tent, £9
On December 16, 1944, Hitler launched
his “last gamble” in the snow-covered
forests and gorges of the Ardennes. He
believed he could split the Allies by driving
all the way to Antwerp, then force the
Canadians and the British out of the war.
The offensive, involving more than a
million men, became the greatest battle
of the war in Western Europe; it finally
broke the Wehrmacht.
Graham Swift
England and Other Stories
Llwyfan Cymru, £8
The stories in Swift’s most recent anthology
span the Civil War to the present, the grand
to the domestic. He reads extracts.
Rosie Harding
Dementia and Vulnerability
Good Energy Stage, £7
Maximising someone’s dignity at the end of
their life, frail and forgetful, is a challenge.
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Night Dances
Tata Tent, £8
The legendary actress is joined by cellist
Sonia Wieder-Atherton for an
extraordinary performance of Sylvia
Plath’s poetry alongside Benjamin
Britten’s suites for solo cello.
Earlier in the day, Charlotte Rampling
will discuss her 50-year career, from
Georgy Girl and The Night Porter to
TV’s Broadchurch (Telegraph Stage, £8,
5.30pm). She has acted comfortably in
both English and French, having spent
20 years married to the musician JeanMichel Jarre.
Andrew Solomon
The Wellcome Trust Lecture: Far From
the Tree
Tata Tent, £10
Ten years in the writing, Solomon’s study of
parental love won the 2014 Wellcome Book
Prize. Discussion is chaired by Stephen Fry.
Colm Tóibín
Nora Webster and On Elizabeth Bishop
Oxfam Moot, £7
The Booker-shortlisted novelist discusses
his latest fiction alongside his critical
portrait of American poet Elizabeth Bishop.
Marina Warner
The Man Booker International Prize
Good Energy Stage, £9
The chair of judges interviews the winner of
this global prize, whose name will have
been announced on 19 May. Previously, it
has been awarded to Chinua Achebe, Alice
Munro, Philip Roth and Lydia Davis.
Letters Live
Tata Tent, £12
Shaun Usher, editor of Letters of Note,
returns with more correspondence. The
cast, to be announced on 20 May, will have
to rival last year’s Benedict Cumberbatch.
Denis Lehane
World Gone By
Oxfam Moot, £8
Cult writer of TV’s The Wire on his career.
Kazuo Ishiguro
The Buried Giant
Tata Tent, £TBC
Ishiguro talks to Martha Kearney about his
his first novel in a decade, an extraordinary
vision of Britain in the distant past, in which
dragons stalk an amnesiac population.
Bettany Hughes and Hannah Critchlow
The Raymond Williams Dialogue:
The Ideas That Make Us
Tata Tent, £9
A classicist and a neuroscientist combine to
explore ancient Greek concepts: Liberty,
Charisma, Wisdom, Peace and Comedy.
Martin Rees
Can the Next Generation Inherit a Better
World? A Scientist’s Hopes and Fears
Llwyfan Cymru, £8
The astronomer considers mankind’s future
in the light of a possible asteroid impact,
climate change or simple human error.
Peter Hitchens and Johann Hari
A Rational Debate About Drugs
Good Energy Stage, £8
100 years of prohibition has not averted
rising drug use. Are any drugs policies
based on scientific data? Do any work? Hari
and Hitchens promise thoughtful polemic.
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Nick Stern
The British Academy Lecture:
Why Are We Waiting?
Tata Tent, £8
The author of the Stern Review argues that
our climate risk is worse than he thought.
In association with The British Academy
John Boyne
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Tata Tent, £7
The novelist talks to Hay Director Peter
Florence about his 2008 novel, in which a
boy in Berlin begins to notice the Holocaust.
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The Miniaturist
Good Energy Stage, £8
On an autumn day in 1686, 18-year-old
Nella Oortman knocks on the door of a
grand house in Amsterdam: she has
come to marry an illustrious merchant
trader. Jessie Burton discusses her
multi-award-winning debut novel.
Tom Holland
The Christopher Hitchens Lecture:
De-radicalising Muhammad
Tata Tent, £9
This inaugural lecture considers the Charlie
Hebdo murders and Islamic State. What, if
anything, does jihadism owe to Islam?
Lynsey Addario
It’s What I Do
Llwyfan Cymru, £8
The frontline photographer shows her work
from the Congo, Darfur, Libya and Iraq.
Sandi Toksvig
The Hay Library Lecture
Tata Tent, £4
The comedian and writer delivers a
celebration of all things bookish.
Amartya Sen
The Eric Hobsbawm Lecture:
Marx and the Power of Ideas
Tata Tent, £9
This year’s lecture is given by the Nobel
Prize-winning economist.
25th Anniversary Concert
Tata Tent, £30
Fronted by Sharleen Spiteri, the Glasgow
alt-rockers have weathered long success,
major stars since White on Blonde in 1997.
Noel Malcolm
Brunis and Brutis
Telegraph Stage, £8
Malcolm tells the story of global trade by
tracing an eminent Venetian-Albanian
family across centuries and continents.
Shop Girl
Tata Tent, £10
The Queen of Shops describes her rise
from humble origins in a large Irish family
to one of the world’s leading voices on
retail strategy. After college, she found
herself dressing windows in Harrods and
Harvey Nichols. Later, she turned Harvey
Nichols around from a staid department
store into a fashion powerhouse. Most
recently, the UK government asked her
advice on how to revive high streets.
Tessa Dunlop and Pamela Rose
The Bletchley Girls
Telegraph Stage, £8
Dunlop tells in their own voices the story of
15 women who worked at Bletchley Park.
She is joined on stage by a female veteran.
William Hall
Llwyfan Cymru, £7
From the strange remains of the Ziggurat
of Ur to the formidable mills of the
industrial revolution, the humble brick has
been an architectural staple for centuries.
Janice Hadlow
The Strangest Family
Good Energy Stage, £7
George III wanted to rule by the affection
and approval of his people; he also wanted
a model private life. But the king’s madness
rocked his marriage and alienated his son.
Gillian Clarke
The Gwyn Jones Lecture: Love and War
Oxfam Moot, £7
The National Poet of Wales celebrates the
centenary of Alun Lewis by a reading of his
poems, including his masterpiece, published
posthumously, All Day It Has Rained.
Anne Enright
The Green Road
Telegraph Stage, £8
The Man Booker-winning novelist discusses
her latest work: set on Ireland’s Atlantic
coast, a dark story about the gaps in the
human heart and how we learn to fill them.
Alexander McCall Smith
In conversation
Tata Tent, £9
The prolific novelist discusses his latest
books, including a new instalment in the
Ladies No 1 Detective Agency series.
Sponsored by Baillie Gifford
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Andrew Duff and John Keay
Beneath the Himalayas
Good Energy Stage, £7
Narendra Modi’s pilgrimage to Tibet heralds
a new warmth in Sino-Indian relations. Two
South Asian commentators, the historian
John Keay (author Midnight’s Descendants)
and novelist Andrew Duff, join to discuss.
Alison Light
Common People: The History of an
English Family
Good Energy Stage, £8
Original and eloquent, Light’s version of her
family history is epic in scope, following the
lives of migrants who came to Britain for
work. In a new kind of public history, Light
reflects on who the English really are.
John Boyne
A History of Loneliness
Llwyfan Cymru, £8
John Boyne talks to Telegraph Head of
Books Gaby Wood about his new novel, in
which a young Irishman in 1972 enters the
seminary full of hope for the priesthood.
Forty years later, his vocation is challenged
by the revelations of abuse that shatter his
Irish parishioners faith in their church.
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Bryony Gordon, Mary Riddell,
Michael Deacon, Allister Heath and
Emma Barnett
From Farage and the future of Europe
to feminism and family life, a stellar
team of Telegraph talent tackles the
great (and not so great) issues of the
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Jerry Brotton
Band of Brothers: Shakespeare’s
Telegraph Stage, £8
On the 600th anniversary of Agincourt,
Brotton argues that Shakespeare’s Henry V
now defines (to the point of distortion) how
we see the battle. He sets the play in the
context of Shakespeare’s own troubled era.
Gillian Beer
Alice in Space
Llwyfan Cymru, £7
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was
written 150 years ago, when ideas about
evolution, child development, mathematics
and language theory were in foment. Beer
explains how Carroll was affected by them.
Rose Tremain
The American Lover
Telegraph Stage, £8
The award-winning novelist reads from her
latest collection of short stories, which
capture a dazzling mix of human emotion.
Julie Summers
Fashion on the Ration: Style in the
Second World War
Good Energy Stage, £7
Fashion boomed during the war, helping
keep the economy afloat. The demands of
factory work and a spirit of make-do-andmend influenced clean lines in tailoring.
Ian Jenkins
Defining Beauty: The Body in
Ancient Greek Art
Llwyfan Cymru, £8
The ancient Greeks in their art made the
human body both beautiful and meaningful.
The curator of the British Museum’s
blockbuster exhibition introduces images.
whose article challenging Band Aid was
read by millions – and the great Labourwatcher Mary Riddell are joined by
parliamentary sketch-writer and critic
Michael Deacon – recently nominated
for two British Press Awards – and
Deputy Editor Allister Heath, a highly
respected expert on politics and the
Euro. The Chair will be the Telegraph’s
award-winning women’s editor Emma
This is the fifth year the Telegraph has
staged this event at the Hay Festival. It
is routinely a sell-out, and always
newsworthy. Be sure to come along
and have your say.
John Julius Norwich
Sicily: A Short History, from the Greeks
to Cosa Nostra
Tata Tent, £7
Strategically enticing, Sicily has been
perpetually invaded: by Greeks, Romans,
Arabs, Normans, Germans and many more.
John Julius Norwich tells the island’s story.
William Waldegrave
A Different Kind of Weather
Oxfam Moot, £7
The former Cabinet Minister on the scandal
that ensnared him in the ascendant but did
not dampen his enthusiasm for politics.
John Sergeant
Barging Around Britain
Tata Tent, £8
The political commentator talks to Mark
Skipworth about the waterways of Britain.
Asne Seierstad
One of Us
Tata Tent, £8
In 2011, Anders Breivik killed 77 of his
fellow Norwegians in a terrorist attack.
Asne Seierstad investigates the man and
the aftermath: a story of bigoted isolation.
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In concert
Tata Tent, £15
The great Malian “desert blues” band has
always been politically driven as they tell
their stories of nomadic life in the Sahara.
This concert celebrates Hay’s twin town
of Timbuktu, once Tinariwen’s home city.
The band have been in exile since 2013
and recorded their latest albums Emmaar
and Inside/Outside in the desert of
California instead. Radio 3’s World on 3
will broadcast the evening, which also
includes support from the emerging
talent Maelog, a Welsh-Galician collective.
Their uplifting songs feature traditional
pipes from both shores as well as an array
of strings and percussion.
John Crace and John Sutherland
The Two Johnnies Do Emma
Tata Tent, £7
The Guardian satirist and UCL professor
unite to celebrate the publication 200 years
ago of Jane Austen’s comic masterpiece.
Peter Gray
Wings of Modernity
Telegraph Stage, £7
From the Avro 504 reconnaissance planes
first used in 1914 to the Predator drones of
today, the Director of the Centre for War
Studies talks to Telegraph Defence Editor
Con Coughlin about military aeroplanes.
Michelle Moram, Clare Burrage, Jane
Reid and Debra Skene
The Royal Society Platform:
The Next Big Thing
Oxfam Moot, £7
Spanning brain imagery to the discovery of
new materials, Royal Society Research
Fellows present their cutting edge work.
In association with The Royal Society
Ben and David Crystal
The Shakespeare Dictionary
Tata Tent, £8
Shakespeare drew on classical and biblical
language to coin new words or redeploy old
ones. Actor Ben Crystal is joined by his
father, linguistics professor David Crystal.
Brendan Simms
Cambridge Series: Did the Germans Win
the Battle of Waterloo?
Good Energy Stage, £7
In 1815, after Europe had been at war for
20 years, two hastily mobilised armies
faced each other at Waterloo. In fact, the
battle would be decided at the farmhouse
of La Haye Seinte by a small group of
ordinary British and German troops.
In association with Cambridge University
John Gray
The Soul of a Marionette
Telegraph Stage, £8
We flatter ourselves about the nature of
free will. In fact, the most enormous forces
— biological, physical and metaphysical —
constrain our actions. The philosopher asks
why we do not embrace our condition, why
we still dream of human dominion.
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Alan Cumming
Not My Father’s Son
Telegraph Stage, £9
Deep secrets emerge when confronting a
family history, as the actor Alan Cumming
found when writing his powerful memoir.
Robert Macfarlane
Telegraph Stage, £7
We apprehend our landscapes through
words and our words, in turn, evoke the
land. The author of The Old Ways talks
about his glossary of remarkable words.
In association with The Woodland Trust
Laura Bates
Everyday Sexism
Telegraph Stage, £8
The founder of the online Everyday Sexism
Project, which catalogues instances of
sexism experienced by women all over the
world daily, reports on last year’s work.
Simon Schama
Night Will Fall
Llwyfan Cymru, £8
When Allied forces liberated the Nazi
concentration camps, their discoveries
were recorded by army cameramen. The
Ministry of Information’s Sidney Bernstein
cut it into a film, with Hitchcock’s help, but it
was shelved. Simon Schama introduces a
screening of a new documentary about the
liberation of the camps and Bernstein’s film.
Thomas Asbridge
The Greatest Knight
Good Energy Stage, £7
The historian tells the life of the medieval
knight William Marshal, from rural England
to French battlefields and Crusader castles.
Patrick Barkham
Llwyfan Cymru, £8
Barkham reflects on the long campaign to
protect our shoreline from tidal erosion and
human damage, weaving tales of smuggling
and ancient conquest with the habits of
exotic migratory birds.
In association with The National Trust
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“Terry Pratchett is not one to go gentle
into any night, good or otherwise,”
wrote Neil Gaiman of his friend and
collaborator before he died on March
12. “He will rage, as he leaves, against
so many things: stupidity, injustice,
human foolishness and
shortsightedness, not just the dying of
the light.” Gaiman, the infinitely inventive
author of such modern classics as
Coraline and The Graveyard Book – and a
prolific creator of comics, films and songs
– will speak about his own work, and pay
tribute to the late Discworld author, in
conversation with Claire Armitstead.
Fans will note the very exceptional
circumstance of Gaiman’s wife, Amanda
Palmer, appearing at Hay too...
Kamila Shamsie, Philip Jones and guests
The Invisible Woman
Good Energy Stage, £7
Novelist Kamila Shamsie leads this
discussion about the gender imbalance in
the literary world: in publishing, in reviewing
and on the book prize shortlists.
David Lodge
Quite a Good Time to Be Born
Telegraph Stage, £7
The novelist discusses his wartime
childhood, early married life and academic
career through his recent memoir, which
culminates in the publication of his
breakthrough novel Changing Places.
Eric Schlosser
The Joseph Rotblat Lecture 2015
Tata Tent, £9
The American journalist discusses the
precarious balance between nuclear
weapons as a deterrent and a disaster.
In association with the WMD Awareness
Antonia Fraser
My History: A Memoir of Growing Up
Good Energy Stage, £7
Dealing with her childhood in the Thirties
and Forties, Fraser’s memoir tells the story
of her growing fascination with history.
Virginia Nicholson
Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes
Llwyfan Cymru, £5
The 1950s were a time before the Pill,
when divorce still caused scandal and twopiece swimsuits mass alarm. The historian
tells the dark side of women’s experience of
the decade: rampant prostitution, cramped
aspiration and unhappy marriages.
Alex Salmond
Tata Tent, £8
Scotland’s former First Minister tells the
inside story of the campaign for Scottish
independence, drawing on his diaries.
Mona Eltahawy
Headscarves and Hymens: Why the
Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution
Good Energy Stage, £7
The campaigner tells Laura Bates of the
Everyday Sexism Project how women in
the Middle East are not just fighting
oppressive regimes but misogynism, too.
Tata Tent, £9
The House of Hidden Mothers
Little India, East London: Shyama, aged
Helen Macdonald
The Samuel Johnson Prize Lecture:
H is for Hawk
Tata Tent, £10
Destined to become a classic of nature
44, has fallen for a younger man and they
would like a child. Meanwhile, in rural
India, young Mala is trapped in an
oppressive marriage but dreams of
escape. When Mala and Shyama meet,
can they help each other? The novelist
talks to Hay Director Peter Florence.
writing, H is for Hawk traces a spiritual
journey. It describes how Helen Macdonald
overcame grief at her father’s death by
training her own goshawk called Mabel,
bought for £800 on a Scottish quayside.
The book is also a kaleidoscopic biography
of the brilliant but troubled humourist TH
White, author of The Sword in the Stone.
Tracey Thorn
Naked at the Albert Hall
Elmley Foundation Cube, £7
Following her memoir Bedsit Disco Queen,
Tracey Thorn discusses her new work: an
exploration of the sheer power of song.
Courtney Pine and Zoe Rahman
Song (The Ballad Book)
Telegraph Stage, £19
The legendary jazz hero will strip it right back
for one of the most intimate shows of his
long career. Taking to the stage with bass
clarinet and accompanied only by a fellow
Mercury nominee, pianist Zoe Rahman.
novel, in which the hero is sent deep into
the Amazon jungle in search of a secret left
over from World War Two.
Robert Crawford and Miranda Richardson
The London Library Lecture: TS Eliot,
Poets and Libraries
Llwyfan Cymru, £7
Robert Crawford’s biography of the young
TS Eliot traces his life from World’s Fair-era
St Louis to the writing of Th Waste Land.
Miranda Richardson reads from the poems.
Richard Eyre
What Do I Know?
Telegraph Stage, £7
The theatre and film director talks about
the people he has encountered in his long
career, from Thatcher and Pinter to Marlon
Brando and Kate Winslet.
Jenny Agutter, Heidi Thomas and
Pippa Harris
Call the Midwife
Tata Tent, £8
The star, screenwriter and producer of the
hit television drama discuss the memoir by
Jennifer Worth, a midwife in the East End
of London, on which the show is based.
Helen McCrory, Lisa Dwan, Richard
Harrington and Miranda Richardson
The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour: Yeats
Tata Tent, £10
To mark the 150th anniversary of the great
Irish poet WB Yeats’ birth, a reading of his
work by a cast of distinguished voices.
David Starkey
Magna Carta
Telegraph Stage, £8
The historian examines the context out of
which the 1215 charter arose and assesses
its lasting impact on democracy today.
Maria Loh
Still Lives
Llwyfan Cymru, £8
Art historian Maria Loh traces the process
by which Michelangelo, Titian and Dürer
became celebrities hounded by fans.
Bear Grylls
Ghost Flight
Tata Tent, £15
The adventurer discusses his new thriller
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The Closing Night Concert
Tata Tent, £35
Violin maverick Nigel Kennedy made his
breakthrough 25 years ago with an
extraordinary performance of Vivaldi’s
Four Seasons. Since then, he has
continued to confound audiences both
with his musicality and his outfits (he
often performs in the Aston Villa team
colours). Tonight, his band bridge
musical boundaries in an evening of
brilliance, improvisation and
showmanship. Works new and old will
be performed, including music
composed by Kennedy himself.
Andrew Roberts
Napoleon the Great
Telegraph Stage, £9
After seizing power in a coup d’état,
Napoleon halted the French Revolution’s
slide into incompetence and reinvented the
art of warfare in a series of dazzling victories.
To mark the bi-centenary of Waterloo, his
biographer discusses Napoleon’s genius.
Matthew Engel
Engel’s England
Starlight Stage, £7
The journalist and humourist attempts to
define the essence of each of England’s
counties by his bizarre encounters there:
with the well-dressers of Derbyshire, with
the pyromaniacs of Sussex, with the Hindus
and hearty huntsmen of Leicestershire.
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Cressida Cowell
How to Train Your Dragon
Tata Tent, 10am, 7+ years, £8
Cressida Cowell, bestselling author of the
How to Train Your Dragon series, gives a
sneak peek at the book she’s writing now.
Liz Pichon and Tom Gates
Yes! No… (Maybe)
Wales Stage, 11.30am,
7+ years, £8
Enter the wacky world of
Tom Gates, as his creator
Liz Pichon shows you
how to doodle like him.
Sam McBratney in
Guess How Much I Love You
Starlight Stage, 1pm, 9+ years, £7
Sam McBratney talks about what what it
means to have created one of the world’s
most famous picture books.
Jacqueline Wilson
The Butterfly Club
Tata Tent, 10am, 9+ years, £9
The longest-ever signing queue at Hay was
for Jacqueline Wilson. The heroine returns
to talk about her two latest books.
Simon Mayo
Good Energy Stage, 11.30, 9+ years, £7
The author and broadcaster has written a
series about a chemistry-mad teenager. He
talks about his explosive discoveries.
Clive Gifford and Anil Seth
Eye Benders: The Science of Seeing and
Starlight Stage, 5.30pm, 9+ years, £5
What could go wrong when an author and a
neuroscientist promise to boggle your
brain? An evening of optical illusions.
In association with the Royal Society
Young People’s Book Prize
Piers Torday
The Wild Beyond
Starlight Stage, 10am, 9+ years,
The award-winning author of the
Wild trilogy, who grew up
surrounded by more animals than
people, discusses his love of nature.
David Baddiel
The Parent Agency
Good Energy Stage, 1pm, 9+ years, £8
The screenwriter and comedian invites you
into the hilarious, upside down world of his
latest novel.
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The Etherington Brothers
The Greatest Comic-Making Show on
Wales Stage, 10am, 6+ years, £5
A high-octane, belly laugh-fuelled show
from Hay regulars Robin and Lorenzo.
John Boyne
Stay Where You Are & Then Leave
Telegraph Stage, 11.30am, 9+ years, £8
The bestselling author of The Boy in the
Striped Pyjamas speaks with Festival
director Peter Florence about his latest
book – the moving story of a boy’s search
for his father during the First World War.
Angie Sage
Araminta Spook
Starlight Stage, 11.30am, 7+ years, £6
Araminta Spook lives in a haunted house,
and has ghosts for friends. Where does she
come from – and where is she going? Black
clothes and stripy tights optional.
Steven Camden and Alex Wheatle
Getting Creative with Rap, Rhyme and
Starlight Stage, 5.30pm, YA, £5
Also known as the rapper Polarbear, Steven
Camden speaks to fellow YA author Alex
Wheatle about how to unleash creativity
when the odds are stacked against you.
Frank Cottrell Boyce
The Astounding Broccoli Boy
Good Energy Stage, 2.30pm, 9+ years, £6
The author and screenwriter, who devised
the opening ceremony for the London
Olympics, turns his attention to the bright
green skin of his latest creation.
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Kjartan Poskitt
Murderous Maths
Telegraph Stage, 10am, 7+ years, £5
If you’ve never seen the great Kjartan
Poskitt in action, seize this change: maths
has never been so devilishly funny.
Neil Gaiman
A Conversation
Wales Stage, 8.30pm, £8
Not really for children, but a
highlight for anyone who’s
been one: the one and only Neil
Gaiman, in conversation.
Cathy Cassidy
The Chocolate Box Girls: Fortune Cookie
Wales Stage, 2.30pm, 8+ years, £7
The much-loved Cathy Cassidy presents
the finale of her Chocolate Box series.
Michael Morpurgo
The Mozart Question Concert
Tata Tent, 4pm, 8+ years, £15
The author is joined by actress Alison Reid,
violinist Daniel Pioro and a string quartet to
tell a story of survival set against the
background of the Holocaust.
Finding Wonderland
Oxfam Moot, 1pm, 10+ years, £7
Cathy Cassidy has reimagined Lewis
Carroll’s story in Looking Glass Girl.
Chris Riddell learned from John
Tenniel’s illustrations. They join
forces to discuss the original’s
everlasting legacy.
Pip Jones
Squishy McFluff
Elmley Foundation, 10am, 4+ years, £5
Meet Ava and hear all about her adventures
with an invisible cat, Squishy McFluff.
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Irvine Welsh talks to Andrew O’Hagan
Fictions – A Decent Ride, 4pm, £8
A Decent Ride is Irvine Welsh’s funniest and
filthiest novel yet. Hear him in conversation
with fellow novelist O’Hagan, and find out
how he came to resurrect his shameless
misogynist hustler, “Juice Terry” Lawson.
Ian Bostridge
Schubert’s Winter Journey — Anatomy of
an Obsession, 7pm, £9
Schubert’s Winterreise is a mysterious
masterpiece. Tenor Ian Bostridge unpicks
the 24 enigmatic songs.
The Staves
If I Was, 10pm, £10
The Staveley-Taylor sisters are a folk-rock
trio who have been singing three-part
harmonies since they were kids in Watford.
Peter Hennessy
Establishment and Meritocracy, 10am,
Prize-winning historian Peter Hennessy
talks about his generation of post-war
Britons, and how the notion of a
meritocracy changed the country.
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Hay is rightly famous for its panoply
of superb bookshops, but it is also
home to an award-winning deli, a
sheep’s-milk ice cream parlour, an
independent cinema and a thriving
Thursday market. Nearby, visitors
can enjoy the majesty of the Brecon
Beacons National Park. For further
information on planning your visit,
go to the Hay Festival website,
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From the M5, follow signs for Hereford,
then for Hay. From the M4, follow signs
for Abergavenny, then Brecon, then
Hereford bus station is served by
coaches from London Victoria, London
Heathrow, Cirencester, Gloucester,
Bradford, Leeds, Sheffield, Derby,
Birmingham and Worcester.
Call 08705 80 80 80 for details
or go to
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Car Parking
Please buy your parking tickets in
advance. Friends of the Festival can
pre-book for the Macmillan Car
Park, which is located right next to
the Festival site. If you are not a
Friend of the Festival, simply choose
the Clyro Court Car Park – parking
tickets include the cost of the shuttle
bus for all occupants of the vehicle
direct to the Festival site.
In both car parks you will be
reserved a designated all-weather
space. The Clyro Court Car Park is
located in the grounds of Baskerville
Hall Hotel, Clyro Court, Hay-onWye, HR3 5LE. Parking costs £5 per
day (£3 after 6pm) and includes free
use of Richard Booth’s Bookshop
Bus. The Macmillan Car Park is
located on Llanigon Road, off
Brecon Road (B4350), HR3 5PJ. All
profits go to Macmillan Cancer
Blue Badge holders may purchase
disabled parking online. A car
registration number and a blue
badge number will be required.
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The Book Town Shuttle bus runs
from the festival site to the Oxford
Road Car park, providing quick and
easy access to the town centre for
Hay Castle grounds, Fair on the
Square, bookshops, pubs and
Hay is easily accessible for day
trippers, but for those tempted to
stay there are always beds to be
found, as well as some excellent
campsites within walking distance of
the Festival site.
See the festival website for details
of The Festival Bedfinder Service,
which is now open to provide
festival-goers with help securing
accommodation. Submit your
request online or email [email protected]
Shuttle Buses
Taxi-share schemes are available
A2B Taxis 01874 754 007
Julie’s 07899 846 592
A1 Cabs 07910 931 999
Campsites close to Hay and the
Festival site include:
Wye Meadow Camping (07836 500
Gypsy Castle Camping, a two-minute
walk from the Festival site (www.
Camping at Tangerine Field, a short
walk from the Festival site (www.
For Glamping close to the site visit
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Richard Booth’s Bookshop Café
Great value for brunch and brasserie
treats; not bad for books either. And
there’s a cinema attached now too.
01497 820 322
The Granary
Wholesome soup 01497 820 790
The Old Black Lion
Top pub grub 01497 820 841
Charlotte Rampling talks to Francine
5.30pm, £8
The legendary star of such films as The
Night Porter, Georgy Girl and The Damned
discusses her 50-year career.
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Malorie Blackman, Patrick Ness & others
Love Hurts, 4pm, £6
A stellar lineup of Young Adult authors
discuss a range of topics close to their
readers’ hearts – including love.
The Blue Boar Inn
A great pint of Wye Valley real ale
01497 820 884
Shepherds Ice Cream Parlour
A Hay staple: sheep’s-milk ice cream
01497 821 898
Vibrant tapas with a modern twist
01497 820 772
The Old Electric Shop
Cocktails and vintage shopping
01497 821 194
The Felin Fach Griffin, Felin Fach
For high days, holidays and festivals
01874 620 111
The Radnor Arms, Llowes
Hay chef Colin Thomson’s popular
gastropub 01497 847 460
Mr Pernickety’s comprehensive
reviews of Hay restaurants can be
downloaded for £2.50 from
The nearest railway station is Hereford,
20 miles away, served by:
First Great Western
From London Paddington, Reading
(rail/air link from London Heathrow)
and Oxford.
Arriva Trains Wales
From South West Wales, Swansea,
Cardiff, Newport, Cwmbran and
From Manchester Piccadilly,
Stockport, Wilmslow, Crewe,
Shrewsbury, Church Stretton, Craven
Arms, Ludlow and Leominster.
From North Wales, Chester,
Wrexham and Gobowen (Oswestry).
London Midland Trains
From Birmingham New Street,
Bromsgrove, Worcester Foregate
Street, Great Malvern and Ledbury.
For all railway enquiries, call 08457
48 49 50 or go to
A festival bus service linking Hay-onWye/the festival site with trains and
coaches at Hereford’s train and bus
stations runs up to 12 times a day
from May 21 to May 31. Bus tickets
are available as an “add-on” when
booking rail tickets to Hereford; just
ask for a “Hay Festival” bus ticket at the
same time. Adult tickets are £5 single, £9
return; children’s £2 single, £3 return.
There is also a regular scheduled bus
service between Hereford and Brecon,
via Hay.
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Rose Tremain
Fictions: The American Lover, 5.30pm,
The award-winning novelist – author of
Restoration, among other works – will read
from her new collection of short stories.
Simon Schama
The Demon That Won’t Die, 11.30am, £8
In anticipation of the second volume of his
Story of the Jews – due out in November –
the electrically eloquent historian examines
anti-Semitism in the contemporary world.
Andrew Roberts
Napoleon the Great, 4pm, £9
He remade the laws of France in peacetime,
and reinvented the art of warfare:
Napoleon Bonaparte is the subject of
Roberts’s latest book, published to mark
the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo.
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Laura Bates
Everyday Sexism 2015, 10am, £8
The charismatic founder of the Everyday
Sexism Project speaks about its origins, and
the work it has done in the past year.
Amitav Ghosh
Flood of Fire, 2.30pm, £8
A rare interview with the International Man
Booker Prize-shortlisted author.
Courtney Pine & Zoe Rahman
Song (The Ballad Book), 10pm, £19
The jazz legend visits Wales for an intimate
show with an award-winning pianist.
David Starkey
Magna Carta, 1pm, £8
The well-known constitutional historian and
biographer of Tudor monarchs turns his
attention to the Magna Carta. He examines
the context of the 1215 charter and details
its impact on democracy today.