Hay Festival Preview Part 1

Friday 23rd May

Michael Rosen / The Hay Library Lecture / 2.15pm / £5
This year's opening lecture by children's writer and poet.
Alison Weir / Elizabeth of York / 3.45pm / £6.50
The author and historian talks about the eldest daughter of Edward IV.
Mary Berry / Recipe for Life / 5pm / £10
The iconic chef talks about home cooking and her autobiography.
Brian May & Denis Pellerin / Diableries: 3D Stereoscopy / 6.15pm / £10
The Queen guitarist discusses his new imprint and book.

Saturday 24th May

Cressida Cowell / How to Train Your Dragon / 10am / £7
Bestselling children's author talks about the series. (HF)
Edward St Aubyn / Fictions - Lost for Words / 10am / £6
The comic author satirises the world of literature and celebrity culture.
Henry Winkler / The My Way Tour / 11.30am / £6
Hear The Fonz talk about his inspiring children's book series, Hank Zipzer. (HF)
Nick Harkaway & Zia Rahman / Fictions - Interesting Times / 11.30am / £6
The two authors discuss loyalty, friendship and redemption.
Richard Dawkins / An Appetite for Wonder / 1pm / £9
The infamous geneticist discusses his life and work.
Cassandra Clare / The Mortal Instruments / 1pm / £6
The bestselling author of the YA series talks about the upcoming final instalment. (HF)
Heather Widdows / Perfect Me! / 2.30pm / £6.50
A professor of ethics, Widdows discusses messages of perfection we receive.
Kamila Shamsie and Louisa Young / Fictions - After the War / 4pm / £5
The authors talk about this epic historical novels of war and hope.
Stephen Fry / Shakespeare and Love / 5.30pm / £15
The newly named President of Hay on love in Shakespeare.
Steven Camden / TAPE / 5.30pm / £5
Spoken word artist Steven talks about his YA debut. (HF)
Carrie Fisher / Metaphors Be With You All / 7pm / £12
The iconic actress discusses her novels and films as an actress and screenwriter.
Katherine Ryan / Stand Up - Glam Role Model / 8.30pm / £7.50
Ryan explores glamour modelling in her characteristically darkly witty style.


Sunday 25th May

Liz Pichon / Tom Gates: A Tiny Bit Lucky / 10am / £7
Bestselling children's author talks about the brand new Tom Gates book. (HF)
James Holland / WWII / 10am / £6
The historian uses WWII artefacts to bring the story to life for children. (HF)
Jeremy Paxman / Great Britain's Great War / 2.30pm / £10
Paxman explores the way that Britain was changed by the war.
John Browne / The Glass Closet / 4pm / £8.50
The former BP boss talks about sexuality in the workplace.
Alan Johnson / This Boy / 10am / £6
The former Home Secretary discusses his memoir.
Matt Whyman & James Dawson / Frightfest / 5.30pm / £6
The two popular YA horror authors explore being funny and scary. (HF)
David Aaronovitch, Rachael Jolley, Leanne Green and Alan Maryon Davis / The Index on Censorship Magazine Platform: War and Propaganda / 7pm / £7
An exploration of truth and who's in control of it in times of war.
Julien Macdonald / The GQ Platform: Made in Merthyr / 7pm / £9
The iconic designer talks to the editor of GQ about his life and work.
Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett & Holly Baxter / The Vagenda / 7pm / £6
The creators of The Vagenda blog discuss their new book.
Phyllida Law / Three Mothers (and a Camel) / 7pm / £6
Stories from the actress' two memoirs.

Monday 26th May

Nina Stibbe & Gary Kemp / Dispatches from Family Life / 9am / £6
Nina talks about bestselling memoir of her days as a nanny.
Pen Vogler / Dinner With Mr Darcy / 10am / £6
Vogler explores food in Jane Austen's novels.
Lynn Barber / A Curious Career / 1pm / £7
The journalist talks about her second volume of memoirs.
Darren Shan / Zom-B / 1pm / £6
The bestselling YA horror write talks about his latest series. (HF)
Steven Moffatt / The Showrunner / 5.30pm / £9
The Doctor Who and Sherlock screenwriter discusses his work.
Marcus & Julian Sedgwick / Dark Satanic Mills / 7pm / £5.50
The brothers talk about their new graphic novel project. (HF)

Tuesday 27th May

Oliver Jeffers / 11.30am / £5.50
Award-winning ilustrator Jeffers leads a live drawing and storytelling session. (HF)
Francesca Simon / Horrid Henry / 1pm / £7.50
An event celebrating Horrid Henry's 20th anniversary. (HF)
Clara Vulliamy / Dixie O'Day in the Fast Lane / 1pm / £4.50
Vulliamy reads and draws from her collaboration with her mother Shirley Hughes. (HF)
Sebastian Faulks / Birdsong / 2.30pm / £7
Faulks revists his classic First World War novel.
Tom Holland / Herodotus: The Histories / 2.30pm / £7
The historian introduces his new translation of Herodotus.
Meg Rosoff / How I Live Now / 4pm / £6
Rosoff talks about her writing including her latest novel, Picture Me Gone. (HF)
Toni Morrison / Fictions - Beloved / 5.30pm / £9
The novelist discusses her iconic novel of racism and slavery.
Ruby Wax / Sane New World / 8.30pm / £10
The comedian explores why we sabotage ourselves with our own thinking.

Wednesday 28th May

Robert Winston / Utterly Amazing Science / 10am / £7
The professor explores the mysteries of science for children. (HF)
Jasper Fforde / The Last Dragonslayer / 10am / £4.50
The author talks about his quirky fantasy series for teenagers. (HF)
Cathy Cassidy / 11.30am / £6
The well-loved children's author introduces her latest book. (HF)
Julian Baggini & Shaun Hill / The Virtues of the Table / 4pm / £7
The philosopher and chef talk about the philosophy of food.
Holly Smale / 4pm / £5
The bestselling author of the Geek Girl series talks about her latest book. (HF)
Matt Haig & Alyssa Brugman / Closed Doors, Open Minds / 5.30pm / £5.50
The two authors talk about identity and belonging in YA fiction. (HF)