Hay Festival Preview Part 2

Thursday 29th May

The Big Draw / 11.30am / £3
Cartoonists including Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve draw based on audience suggestions. (HF)
Xiaolu Guo & Tash Aw / Fictions - China / 11.30am / £6
The novelists explore ideas of exile and identity.
Mitch Symons / Happily Never After / 1pm / £5
Blue Peter Best Book winner Symons retells Belloc's Cautionary Tales. (HF)
Martin Brown / Horrible Histories / 1pm / £6.50
The illustrator of the iconic books talks about the series. (HF)
The Literacy Question / 4pm / £7
Jonathan Douglas, director of the NLT, talks about literacy in the UK.
Michael Morpurgo & Rae Smith / 5.30pm / £10
Morpurgo and Smith talk about the stage production of War Horse.
Lucy Ivison & Tom Ellen / 5.30pm / £4.50
The duo discuss their new YA novel Lobsters.
Marcus Brigstocke / Je m'accuse - I am Marcus / 8.30pm / £14
Hay stalwart Brigstocke's new show all about him.

Friday 30th May

Anthony Horowitz / 11.30am / £6.50
The popular YA author talks about his inspirations and new book. (HF)
Robert Muchamore & Sophie McKenzie / 2.30pm / £6
The two bestselling authors discuss their new thrillers. (HF)
Henry Marsh & Ian McEwan / Do No Harm / 2.30pm / £6
Neurosurgeon Marsh talks to McEwan about his life and work.
Sarah Churchwell / The Secret History of the American Dream / 4pm / £7
Churchwell traces the history of the catchphrase and what it means.
Kate Fox / Watching the English / 5.30pm / £6
The anthropologist explore the quirks of the English people.
William Nicholson / Reckless/Mandela / 7pm / £6
The writers talks about his recent high-profile screenplays including Les Mis.
Francesca Martinez / What the **** is Normal? / 8.30pm / £6
Comedian Martinez talks about her memoir of growing up with cerebral palsy.
Helen Walsh / The Lemon Grove / 8.30pm / £5
A reading from Walsh's bestselling novel.

Saturday 31st May

Julia Donaldson / 10am / £7.50
Donaldson celebrates the 15th annivesary of the Gruffalo. (HF)
Go Adventuring with the Famous Five / 10am / £3
An interactive adventure session about solving mysteries. (HF)
Kjartan Poskitt / Murderous Maths / 11.30am / £5
A stand-up comedy maths event with tricks and facts but no sums. (HF)
Bryony Gordon / The Wrong Knickers / 11.30am / £7
The newspaper columnist recounts her stories of hangovers and heartbreak.
Tom Hollander, James Wood & Jon Canter / The Rev. Diaries / 1pm / £7
The creators of the TV series present the thoughts of Rev. Smallbone.
Bear Grylls / 2.30pm / £10
An audience with the adventurer and survival expert.
John Mitchinson, John Lloyd & James Harkin / QI Facts / 4pm / £7
The QI writing team talk about the astonishing facts behind the show.
Arianna Huffington / Thrive / 7pm / £9
The founder of The Huffington Post talks about leading a fulfilled life.
Julie Burchill / Unbound / 8.30pm / £9
The journalist explores language and argument, and her new book.
Lee Child / Never Go Back / 8.30pm / £8
The popular thiller writer discusses his 18th Jack Reacher book.

Friday 1st June

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie / Fictions - Americanah / 11.30am / £7
Baileys Prize shortlistee Adichie discusses love, race and identity.
Helen Fielding / Bridget Jones / 1pm / £7
Fielding talks about her iconic character reaching middle age.
Alain de Botton / News - A User's Manual / 1pm / £6
De Botton introduces his illustrated guide to the news.
Judy Blume / 1pm / £6
The legendary teen author talks about her life and work.
Daisy Goodwin / The Fortune Hunter / 2.30pm / £6
Bestselling author Goodwin introduces her new book.
Edwina Ehrman / The V&A Lecture: The Wedding Dress / 2.30pm / £8
The curator of the exhibit talks about the history of the wedding dress.
Judi Dench / Shakespeare: Exits and Entrances / 5.30pm / £20
The actress talks about her album of great speeches and Shakespearean work.
Bill Bailey / Remarkable Guide to Modern Living / 8pm / £25
Bailey explores the bits of life that can't be explained. The last word of the festival.