The Hay Festival 2014

It’s that time of year again for gaggles of bookworms to get their thinking caps at the ready for 10 days of thought provoking entertainment.

Hay Festival ©

Hay Festival ©

The line up is (truly) better than ever this year with some of the biggest names in showbusiness venturing to the muddy fields of Hay-on-Wye. We’ll have an influx of world famous celebrities such as Dame Judi Dench, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sir Stephen Fry, Mary Berry, Steve Coogan, Cerys Matthews and  Rob Brydon all making an appearance!

For those who are after somewhere to lay your weary head for the night, Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages still have availability all around the National Park. 

There’s so much on it’s hard to choose but here are our predicted highlights for this year. If you’re tempted do go to the website for the full programme of events…

Friday 23rd May

2.30pm – Micheal Rosen
Lecture from thoe poet, children’s writer and campaigner for literature, whose works include We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. £5

5.00pm – Mary Berry
The Great British Bake Off star talks the importance of home-cooking and discusses her books. £10

Saturday 24th May

1pm – Richard Dawkins 
A discussion of the works and theories with the infamous geneticist. £9

2.30pm – Tony Fadell talks to Stephen Fry 
The creator of Apple’s iconic iPod talks technology with the QI star. £15

4pm – Jennifer Saunders
Enjoy listening to the anecdotes and tales of Saunders’ fascinating life in the limelight. £7

8.30pm – Suggs
Madness frontman discusses the 60s and his music career. £8

9.45pm – Lee Mack
The award-winning comedian performs another great stand up show. £15

Sunday 25th May

10am – Emma Fulton
Troy in Wales: Commemorating the past in medieval Britain . £6.00

1pm – John Eliot Gardiner
A study of Johann Sebastian Bach £8.00

Monday 26th May

10am – Learn to draw
Join illustrator Alexia Tucker and learn to draw your own fluffy Penguito figure to take home. £6

7pm – Archie Miles
The specialist tree writer and photographer explore the environmental, cultural and economic aspects of oak. £7

Hay Festival ©

Hay Festival ©

Tuesday 27th May

11.30am – Social Enterprise Series: Chris Peel
Managing Director of ReHab Jobfit Chris Peel talks about backing innovation and creating opportunity. Free but ticketed

Wednesday 28th May

6pm–7pm – Arts Show
Nicola Heywood-Thomas presents reviews, reports and analysis from the festival in Radio Wales’s weekly round up of the arts scene. Free but ticketed

Thursday 29th

3pm – Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen
Examine your physical and emotional responses, exaggerate and embellish, and by the end of the workshop you will have learned how to turn your most embarrassing moments into a creative writing goldmine. £4

2.30pm – Geoff Hurst, Osvaldo Ardilles, Ricardo Villa and Alan Smith
As the World Cup in Brazil approaches, The Telegraph gathers a stellar team of footballing greats including Sir Geoff Hurst, Argentinian superstars Osvaldo Ardiles and Ricardo Villa, and Alan Smith, to debate the world’s most high-profile sport. £10

Friday 30th

8.30pm – Alan McGee talks to Dylan Jones
Stories about riots, raves and how to run a label. £6

Saturday 31st 

11.30 – Bryony Gordon
The columnist discusses the trails and tribulations of a single woman in the 21st century. £7.00

7pm – Arianna Huffington
The founder of the Huffington Post discusses what she believes should be priorities in life. £9.00

8.30pm – Rob Brydon & Cerys Matthews
The two Welsh greats discuss the centenary of Dylan Thomas with readings of his best poems. £10.00

Hay Festival©

Hay Festival©

Sunday 1st June

11.30am – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Nigerian novelist discusses her new book, feminism and the politics of her home country. £7.00 

1pm – Steve Coogan
With director Stephen Frears they discuss their cinematic masterpiece which was Philomena. £11.00 

4pm – John Bishop
The scouse comedian discusses his memoir and experiences in the industry. £14.00

5pm – Bill Bailey
Another comedy highlight with this event closing the festival. £25.00

There are still plenty of tickets available so go online to find out more!

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