Once a year is just not enough for the Hay Festival and all its fascinating guests, so this winter they’ve done it again. For three days the little town will be transformed as hoards of bookworms come to listen to their famous authors, politicians, lecturers, comedians and some great live music too.
Here’s our guide to what we think will be the highlights this year at the Hay Winter Festival, we’ve had inside information that Patrick Barkham’s Badgerlands could be interesting based on the controversy we have seen this year and for all you Archers lovers Joanna Toye is not to be missed!
Friday 29th November, 2013
2.30pm, The Swan – Ranulph Fiennes The world’s greatest living explorer will be talking about his new book Cold which celebrates the lives dedicated to researching and exploring some of the most hostile and brutally cold places on Earth.
8pm, The Castle – Thrill Collins This British acoustic trio officially kick off the festival with a performance that will surely be unmissable. They have played all over Europe and even provided the opening set at Glastonbury 2013.
Saturday 30th November, 2013
9.30am-11.30am, The Swan – Women in business: Start your own Chaired by Country Living’s former Deputy Editor, this food themed event looks at the success stories of three local producers: Trumper’s Tea, Forage Fine Foods and Cradoc’s Savoury Biscuits.
1.30pm, The Swan – David Reynolds Historian and lecturer at Cambridge University, Reynolds will introduce his new book The Long Shadow which re-examines the differing impacts of WWII and how as a nation we are still recovering.
3.05pm, The Swan – Patrick Barkham’s Badgerlands – hyped in national press as a christmas highlight, Barkham delves into the fascinating natural and rich cultural history of the animal – from their prehistoric arrival in Britain to their savage persecution over the centuries, the cuddliness of Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows character and the cull of 2013.
4.35pm, The Swan – Vicky Pryce After a year heavily exposed by the media, here Pryce uses her personal experiences and professional understanding, Pryce discusses the cost of keeping women in prison on the economy.
Sunday 1st December, 2013
3.35pm, The Swan – Michael Rosen The former children’s laureate, novelist, TV presenter, columnist, poet and author of over 140 books introduces his new book Alphabetical which will change the way you think about letters forever.
For more events happening in the Brecon Beacons read here.