Each May the historic Welsh town of Hay-on-Wye welcomes readers and authors for the Hay Festival. Here are the Pan Macmillan authors joining the festival to celebrate its thirtieth birthday this month.
Amanda Owen: A Year in the Life of The Yorkshire Shepherdess
Join Amanda Owen to hear about life at Ravenseat, the remote Yorkshire hill farm she shares with husband Clive, nine children and 1,000 sheep.
Event 58 • Saturday 27 May 2017, 10am • Venue: Good Energy Stage
Join Julia Donaldson and friends in this unique show jam-packed with songs and readings from seven of her fabulous stories including The Gruffalo and brand new story, The Everywhere Bear.
Event HD5 • Saturday 27 May 2017, 10am • Venue: Tata Tent
Chris Riddell: The Laureate's Goodbye
Join Chris Riddell at Hay for his final public event as UK Children’s Laureate. On his appointment on 2015, he promised to show everyone how much fun they could have with a pencil, and today he will demonstrate this by live-drawing his answers to questions and sharing stories from his time as Laureate. The lucky questioners he picks can take their doodle-answers home as a unique piece of art from one of our greatest illustrators.
Event HD33 • Monday 29 May 2017, 11.30am • Venue: Tata Tent
Chris Riddell and Joanna MacGregor: The Illustrated Goldberg Variations: A 30th anniversary commission
Renowned pianist Joanna MacGregor is one of the greatest contemporary interpreters of JS Bach’s iconic set of 30 variations on a sarabande aria. She plays the piece accompanied by the Bach-lover, cartoonist and Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, who will draw 30 pictures inspired by the music, live on stage.
Event 104 • Saturday 27 May 2017, 10pm • Venue: Oxfam Moot
Chris Riddell and Leigh Hobbs
Join illustrators Chris Riddell and Leigh Hobbs, the Children’s Laureates of the UK and Australia respectively, as they discuss and demonstrate their work in an event of inspiration, entertainment and live drawing.
Event HD46 • Tuesday 30 May 2017, 11.30am • Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
Tony Robinson: No Cunning Plan
In his autobiography, No Cunning Plan
, Sir Tony Robinson yarns his working life from child stardom in the first production of Oliver! and the joy of Baldrick, to the documenting of Time Team
archaeology and The Worst Jobs in History
. Robinson was knighted in 2013 for public and political service. This event will be chaired by Lucy Cotter.
Event 145 • Sunday 28 May 2017, 7pm • Venue: Oxfam Moot
Tony Robinson: The Worst Children's Jobs in History
Sir Tony Robinson goes back in time to when being a child was no excuse for idleness, bringing alive the stinking, back-breaking jobs that children did as jigger-turners, turnip-pickers, matchbox-makers and more.
This event is sold out.
The Bookseller YA Book Prize: prize announcement
Join the distinguished line-up of some of the authors shortlisted for the 2017 The Bookseller YA Book Prize as they discuss their books before the moment that the winner is announced and celebrated. The shortlisted authors are: Sara Bernard, Malorie Blackman, Laure Eve, Clare Furniss, Lisa Heathfield, Patrice Lawrence, Peadar O’Guilin, Francesca Simon, Martin Stewart and Alex Wheatle. Chaired by Gemma Cairney.
Event HD73 • Thursday 1 June 2017, 2.30pm • Venue: Starlight Stage
Sara Barnard: The Bookseller YA Book Prize
Join Sara Barnard, Alex Wheatle, Clare Furniss and Patrice Lawrence, all of whom have been shortlisted for the Bookseller YA Book Prize 2017, as they discuss writing about big themes for YA readers. Chaired by Carrie Quinlan.
Event HD72 • Thursday 1 June 2017, 1pm • Venue: Starlight Stage
Gemma Cairney: Open: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be
The TV and radio personality and teen ambassador discusses how magic and messed up life can be. Find out how she was inspired to write a book for young people to help them with all the big, bad and beautiful things that growing up is all about: from mental health to families to first love, and everything in between.
Event HD82 • Friday 2 June 2017, 1pm • Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
Floella Benjamin: Coming to England
An actress, author, producer and working peer, Floella Benjamin is best known for her work as a children’s TV presenter. Join her for as she talks about her childhood memoir and the journey she made as a youngster from Trinidad to embark on a very different life with her family in England in 1960 and how having the courage to believe in yourself can help you tackle new challenges and overcome adversity.
Event HD95 • Saturday 3 June 2017, 2.30pm • Venue: Starlight Stage
Frank Cottrell Boyce: The Olympic Flame
The Carnegie winning novelist and screenwriter, who penned the celebrated Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics looks at the cultural legacy of 2012, the importance of arts in education and the wider influence of the arts on society.
Event 433 • Saturday 3 June 2017, 4pm • Venue: Oxfam Moot
Nathalie Haynes talks to Daniel Hahn: The Children of Jocasta
In her new book, classicist and novelist Nathalie Haynes reimagines the Oedipus and Antigone stories from the perspectives of two of the women who have often been overlooked, Jocasta and Ismene; re-telling the myth to reveal a new side of an ancient story.
Event 490 • Sunday 4 June 2017, 2.30pm • Venue: Cube
Tim Winton: The Boy Behind the Curtain
The great novelist, author of Dirt Music and Cloudstreet, is publishing two non-fiction books - which he will be discussing with Rebecca Jones for BBC Talking Books. Charged with love for the huge, besieging force of Australia’s wild spaces, Island Home: A Landscape Memoir is a passionate call for their conservation. His deeply personal The Boy Behind the Curtain: Notes from an Australian Life shows how moments from his childhood and life growing up have shaped his views on class, faith, fundamentalism, the environment, and literature.
Event 112 • Sunday 28 May 2017, 10am • Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
Omar Saif Ghobash: Letters to a Young Muslim
Omar Saif Gobash will be talking to Rosie Boycott about his new book Letters to a Young Muslim. In this series of letters addressed to his sons, Ghobash encourages them to face issues others insist are not relevant, not applicable and even Islamophobic. These letters serve as a clear-eyed inspiration for the next generation of Muslims to understand how to be faithful to their religion and still navigate through the complexities of today’s world. Omar Saif Ghobash is the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Russia.
Event 304 • Wednesday 31 May 2017, 8.30pm • Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
Edward Docx’s new novel, Let go my Hand, is a darkly comic and deeply moving 21st century love story between a son, his brothers and their father. Docx and Kate Hamer, author of the The Doll Funeral and The Girl in the Red Coat, will be speaking to Georgina Godwin.
Event 324 • Thursday 1 June 2017, 1pm • Venue: Cube
Mark Watson: Stand-up: This is Not a Show Yet!
Freewheeling stand-up Mark Watson presents an ill-ordered but exciting jumble of new material in one of the first ever performances of what will become his 2018 national tour show. Mark's latest novel, The Place that Didn't Exist, is out in hardback now.
Event 352 • Thursday 1 June 2017, 8.30pm • Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
Cathy Rentzenbrink: Talking About Death, a Dialogue
Death affects us all. Yet it is still the last taboo in our society and grief is still profoundly misunderstood. Cathy Rentzenbrink's new book, A Manual for Heartache explores how to cope with life at its most difficult and overwhelming and how to carry on. Cathy will be in discussion with grief psychotherapist and author of Julia Samuel.
Event 470 • Sunday 4 June 2017, 10am • Venue: Good Energy Stage
The 2017 Hay Festival takes place in Hay-on-Wye from 25th May- 4th June. See the full programme and buy tickets on the official website.