Hay Festival Winter Weekend runs from 29 November to 1 December with a stunning programme highlighting tales of adventure and the natural world.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes explores Cold: Extreme Adventures at the Coldest Temperatures on Earth; Patrick Barkham delves intoBadgerlands; Jennifer Potter discusses seven iconic flowers in history; Archie Miles expounds on the The British Oak; John Bradshaw purrs about Cat Sense; and Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green Party, launches a new programme with the Environmental Justice Foundation.
For historians, Simon Pearson honours The Great EscaperRoger Bushell, and David Reynolds' The Long Shadow: The Great War and the 20th Century radically reinterprets the effects of 1914-1918 on modernism and industry, democracy and empire, nationalism and capitalism.
Phil Rickman, GF Newman, Philip Kerr and Rhidian Brook'snovels explore crimes and misdemeanours, while Vicky Prycetalks to Erwin James about Prisonomics.
There are intriguing insights into classic popular favourites asJoanna Toye rakes the muck on The Archers, Simon Singhcounts the numbers in The Simpsons and Ella Hickson rewritesPeter Pan for the Royal Shakespeare Company days ahead of the opening of their new family show Wendy & Peter Pan.
And in the evenings there are carrolling singalongs, concerts and a lot of laughs with the QI Team and Haymate Marcus Brigstocke.
Events for Families and Children
For families the utterly fabulous Michael Rosen performs Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story.
Younger audiences can experience a Royal Shakespeare Company storytelling workshop of Peter Pan in Hay Castle, and join drop-in art lessons and crafting workshops at Booth’s Bookshop. Tracey Corderoy tells her story Hubble Bubble: The Glorious Granny Bake Off, comic children’s author Marianne Levy introduces her heroine Ellie May, and for a festive occasion for all the family, Theatrix Shadow Puppet Theatre presents A Christmas Carol.
The Hay Festival Winter Weekend is based at The Swan Hotel, Hay Castle and Booth’s Bookshop in Hay-on-Wye. Add Christmas shopping in Hay’s many lovely independent shops, the annual celebration of turning on Hay’s Christmas lights and the food and vintage fairs in our pretty town and it’s a perfect weekend to launch the festive season.
The full 2013 programme: Hay Festival Winter Weekend
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