News and Live Updates from Hay Festival Winter Weekend

Festival choir closes a weekend of wonders

After a weekend of rehearsals, the Festival Choir performed Handel’s Messiah part 1 and the Hallelujah Chorus for the closing event of Hay Festival Winter Weekend 2018.

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Stand up for justice
Gina Miller's book Rise! is a heartfelt affirmation of the need to stand up for justice, and for yourself, whatever the cost.  Read more
Let Her Fly
For more than 20 years, Ziauddin Yousafzai has been fighting for equality - first for Malala, his daughter - then for girls throughout the world living in patriarchal societies. Now he presents his autobiography, Let Her Fly. Read more
Henry VIII and the men in his life

The men who had influence over Henry VIII are indications of a softer, more sympathetic side to the king, argues historian Tracy Borman.

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British Justice is Failing Women
Eve Was Shamed is a riveting manifesto for change - in the law and in the institutions that are still failing women Read more
The secret land of crooks and thieves
Oliver Bullough's new book Moneyland investigates the scandal of offshore tax havens and shell companies, and the role of Britain in corrupt practices. It has just won the Sunday Times Business Book of the Year 2018. Read more
Question Time at Hay
Four favourite Festival guests discussed Brexit at a Sunday morning session, armed with strong opinions and stronger coffee.  Read more
Sea of strangers, gathering of friends
Writer, poet and musician Gwyneth Glyn presented the live experience of her new album Tro at Hay Festival Winter Weekend on Saturday 24 November 2018 with band members Rowan Rheingans, Dylan Fowler and Gillian Stevens.
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The Book of the Moon by Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock
There are many moons in the solar system but none quite like ours. Maggie Aderin-Pocock explains how the moon is our celestial partner in space.  Read more
The Road Home today
Rose Tremain's The Road Home is Hay Festival Book of the Month for November, she talked about the novel's contemporary relevance at a special session at Hay Festival Winter Weekend. 
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Jeanette Winterson's Christmas Stories
Christmas season has arrived - Jeanette Winterson's reading was magical this evening at Hay Festival Winter Weekend. Read more
How To Be Right

Forget agreeing to disagree - James O'Brien taught Hay Festival Winter Weekend How To Be Right on Saturday afternoon.

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A Short History of Europe

Lecturing to a packed Hay Festival audience on his new book A Short History of Europe, Simon Jenkins interrogated the linked histories of revolution, war and treaties, interwoven over centuries to bring us to the 21st Century...

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Light in the darkness

Travel writer Horatio Clare presented a pair of extraordinary new books at Hay Festival Winter Weekend in conversation with the Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow Dylan Moore.

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Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror
Father Richard Williams, organist, composer and vicar of St Mary’s Church in Hay, performed his live accompaniment to FW Murnau’s classic, silent horror Nosferatu on Friday night.
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Kate Humble turns on the Christmas Lights
Tonight Kate Humble led a procession of children carrying their Christmas Lanterns from Hay Public Library to the Market Square for the annual turning on of the Christmas Lights. Read more
The Skripal Files
Before dashing back to present this evening's Newsnight in London, BBC diplomatic and defence editor Mark Urban joined us to talk about the explosive story of the poisoning of Sergei Skripal. Read more
#HayTrees
Hay Festival Winter Weekend begins with atmospheric walk through Hay town identifying trees with The Woodland Trust.  Read more
Boys at war

Nearly four decades have passed since the Falklands war, but the human experience of the conflict is still being discovered. Two chroniclers, Lt Gen Sir Cedric Delves and Hennessy Award-winning historian Helen Parr, shared their stories...

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Branching out

The Woodland Trust returns to Winter Hay with a series of Tree ID walks in the picturesque surrounds of the town. Ahead of time, programme manager Christina Joachim offers her top tips for sorting your Oak from your Ash...

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A Spanish hour to remember

Mid Wales Opera were back at Hay Festival Winter Weekend on Thursday with their second SmallStages tour, Ravel’s exhilarating one-act bedroom farce, A Spanish Hour (L’heure espagnole). 

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Starting with a swing
A dance party for everyone opened the Winter Weekend celebrations. No Ceilidh experience was necessary. Being up for a good time was essential... Read more
Hay Festival Book of the Year 2018 is...

Inventing Ourselves by Sarah-Jayne Blakemore is named Hay Festival Book of the Year 2018 on the opening day of Hay Festival Winter Weekend begins today, kicking off a four-day global celebration of ideas with writers, thinkers and entertainers, alongside a rich strand of workshops, woodland walks and town festivities.

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