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2nd Oct Life Drawing

Monday Life Drawing Session

Venue: Hay Castle Clore Learning Space
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Life drawing takes place in the Clore Learning Space every Monday from 11am until 4pm.

PLEASE NOTE NEW LATER STARTING TIME OF 11AM

The sessions cost £16 for the full day from 10-4pm and £10 for a morning or afternoon session only.

The morning session starts at 11am so please arrive at about 10.45am

The afternoon session starts at 1:45pm so please arrive at least 10 mins beforehand


11 - 12 - Drawing
12 - 12.15 - Break
12.15 - 1.15 - Drawing
1.15 - 1.45 - Lunch
1.45 - 2.45 - Drawing
2.45 - 3pm - Break
3 - 4pm - Drawing


The model for this session will be Annie

2nd Oct Full day session £16
£16.00
2nd Oct Half Day Session £10
£10.00
2nd Oct Life Drawing

Field Work: Bella Bathurst in conversation with Andy Fryers

Part of our fortnightly Wednesday evening talks

Venue: Hay Castle Clore Learning Space
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There’s gardening on the TV and agriculture in the news, but we still know little about the people who shape our landscape and put food on our tables.

What does it really take to pull a life out of earth? Do you have to be born to it?

Writer and photojournalist Bella Bathurst talks to Andy Fryers, Sustainability Director of Hay Festival Foundation about her new book FIELD WORK, part memoir, part documentary about the people she worked with and spoke to while researching the book - the Howells on Garway (the main farm in the book) plus others: the abattoir in Talgarth, Caines the fallen stock drivers, Belmont vets. This is the story of farmers as told by farmers.

4th Oct Bella Bathurst
£7.50

The Power of Words

A Special Lviv Bookforum Screening

Venue: Hay Castle Clore Learning Space
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Words have immense power, and in times of difficulty they can encourage, inspire and offer hope, helping shape thoughts, emotions and actions. Join writers Ben Okri, Rachel Clarke and Halyna Kruk in conversation live at Lviv BookForum 2023 in Ukraine with historian Olesia Khromeichuk on the power of books and writing in conflicted times.

THIS EVENT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HAY FESTIVAL CAN BE BOOKED HERE

Okri is a Nigerian-born British poet and novelist considered one of the foremost African authors in the post-modern and post-colonial traditions; he won the Booker Prize for his novel The Famished Road in 1991. Clarke is a British palliative care doctor and writer and formerly a current affairs journalist. Kruk is a Ukrainian writer, translator, educator and literary critic.

This special event at Hay Castle celebrates the start of Ukraine's largest book festival Lviv BookForum 2023, themed Writing the Future. This year's event is streaming live to the world thanks to a digital partnership with Hay Festival, funded by Open Society Foundations. Find out more here.
This is a "pay what you can" event, please donate at checkout.
The Power of Words

Zen no Shodō: The Way of the Zen Brush Workshop

with Stephen Hopkins and Carolyn Blake

Venue: Hay Castle Clore Learning Space
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Drawing on the Zen tradition of calligraphy, Zen Brushwork works primarily with ki, or energy. Using a large brush, the intention is to let go of thinking and allow the whole body to connect with the physical act of making a mark: to become one with the brush.
The focus of the practice is to relax body/mind and allow ki to flow freely, through energy raising exercises - yokiho - and sitting meditation - zazen.

In the course of the day we will work with mujibō, the Zen line, ensō, the Zen circle, and complete the day by brushing Mu ichí Ji, translated as "Not one thing", on Japanese paper.

Cost: £35 waged, £25 unwaged.
Ink, brushes and paper will be supplied. No experience necessary.


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Mae y Gwaeth Brwsh Zen yn gweithio’n bennaf gyda ki, neu egni, ac yn tynnu ar y traddodiad Zen o galigraffi. Trwy ddefnyddio brush mawr, y bwriad yw rhoi’r goran i feddwl a chaniatáu i’r corff cyfan gysylltu â’r weithred gorfforol o wneud marc: i ddod yn un gyda’r frwsh.
Ffocws yr armer yw ymlacio’r corff / meddwl a chaniatáu I ki lifo’n rhydd, try ymarferon codi egni - yokiho - a myfyrdod eistedd - zazen.
Yn ystod y dydd byddwn yn gweithio gyda mujibō, y llinell Zen, ensō, y gylch Zen, Mu ichi Ji, Dim un peth, ar bapur Japaneaidd.

Cost: £35 cyflog, £25 dicyflog.
Bydd inc, brwshys a phapur yn cael eu cyflenwi. Nid oes angen profiad.

(The course will be delivered in English)

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Zen no Shodō: The Way of the Zen Brush Workshop

October 11th Print Club

Fortnightly Print Club

Venue: Hay Castle Clore Learning Space
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Print Club is run by our resident printmaker - Aidan Saunders - AKA Prints of Hay.

This fortnightly Print Club will take place in our Clore Learning Space every other Wednesday between 4pm and 6pm

The idea is to provide a place for any other people who are looking to develop their printing skills including students working on their GCSE 2nd year, A levels, BTEC or Foundation course - with a friendly atmosphere where ideas and the joy of printmaking can be shared by all.

Print Club costs £5 per session - so only £10 a month. Some materials will be provided and there will be access to the printing press when accompanied by Aidan.

This club will develop according to the needs and requirements of the members of the group - so why not come along and become a part of Print Club.

DONATIONS FOR MATERIALS ARE MUCH APPRECIATED - WE HAVE A DONATION BOX

Print Club 2nd Aug
£5.00
October 11th Print Club

Finding a Voice: Josef Herman, 1911-2000

Talk by David Herman as part of our Josef Herman Exhibition

Venue: Hay Castle Clore Learning Space
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Josef Herman came to Britain as a refugee in 1940. He found a different voice as an artist, first in Glasgow during the war, then in a mining village in south Wales during the 1940s and 1950s. How did he find these different voices, one which made him famous, and one which was only rediscovered many years later?

This talk will be given by David Herman, Josef's son.

13/10 Josef Herman talk
£10.00
Finding a Voice: Josef Herman, 1911-2000

Hay Youth Art Group

Watercolours

Venue: Hay Castle Clore Learning Space
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We will be running Art Sessions for teenagers throughout the Autumn and this third session will be entred around paitning with acrylics and oils.

Each session will run from 10.30am to 1pm with a refreshment break in the middle. All materials will be provided including a sketchbook for the first session which can be used throughout the workshops.

The further dates of workshops are as follows:

Oct 28 - Using found items

Nov 11 - Art hacks workshop


Age range is 11 to 16 year olds and there are only 12 spaces for each session - book now to avoid disappointment.



Hay Youth Art Group Session 3
£12.50
Hay Youth Art Group

Elizabeth Songs, Duets and Madrigals

Free Event

Venue: Great Hall
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Hay Madrigals return to the Great Hall in period costume, to entertain castle visitors with an informal performance of Elizabethan song, duets, and - yes, Madrigals!

Included in the program is an anonymous song written (supposedly) from the point of view of Anne Boleyn as she awaited execution in the tower.

Shakespearean song, duets and madrigals by various composers of the era will feature, all accompanied by a viola da gamba and a beautiful Spinet, crafted especially for Hay Madrigals.

Listeners or passers-by are warmly encouraged to chat with the musicians in-between sets.

Please note this performance is a free event and is to be enjoyed standing - donations to Hay Castle welcome.

FREE EVENT
Elizabeth Songs, Duets and Madrigals

Kurtág String Trio - Pre-concert supper

Venue: Hay Castle Cafe
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To complement the concert, Epicure events are offering a pre-bookable Autumnal supper.

Local pork or Vegetarian sausage, creamy mashed potato and caramelised red onion gravy.

Book below and you’ll receive a confirmation email - no need to bring this with you - your name will be on a list behind the café counter when you arrive and you'll be seated in the café to enjoy your food.

Bar opens at 18:30 also.

Sausage and Mash
£12.50
Veggie Sausage & Mash
£12.50
Kurtág String Trio - Pre-concert supper

Hay Music Presents - Kurtág String Trio

A highly acclaimed young ensemble

Venue: Hay Castle, Great Hall
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Created from a love of chamber music, Trio Kurtág was formed by London based solo artists Juliette Roos (violin), Yume Fujise (viola) and Eliza Millett (cello). Together and individually, they have performed solo and chamber works in world renowned venues such as The Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Victoria Hall Geneva, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Barbican Concert Hall, Musikverein Vienna, Philharmonie de Paris. Their passion for chamber music has been cultivated in prestigious festivals such as Ozawa International Chamber Music Academy, Open Chamber Music Prussia Cove, Gstaad Chamber Music Festival, Yellow Barn USA.

For full program, further information and to book tickets visit KURTÁG STRING TRIO — Hay Music Trust

Bar opens from 18:30 with a pre-concert supper available to book and enjoy from 18:30 in the Hay Castle cafe - Click here to book

Film screening of Sleep Furiously

Directed by Gideon Koppel

Venue: Hay Castle Clore Learning Space
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This charming, eccentric and acclaimed British documentary is a meditative study of a small farming community in mid-Wales, observing the unalterable rhythms of country life and the monthly visits of a mobile library.

Gideon Koppel’s affectionate approach to documenting the unassuming traditions of rural village life results in a thoughtful, funny and moving film, complemented by the suitably whimsical sounds of Aphex Twin on the soundtrack.

The film is rated U

Review of Sleep Furiously in The Guardian
90 mins
Koppel film
£5.00
Film screening of Sleep Furiously

Cor Aduniad

'Reunion Choir' perform on the Great Hall Mezzanine

Venue: Hay Castle, Great Hall
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Cor Aduniad perform songs from the 16th to the 21st centuries "from Early to Elbow"; an eclectic mix of some of the best choral music.

Cor Aduniad means Reunion Choir. The performers began life as a choir of young people who'd been at school together. Since then, they've extended their membership and musical range to become one of the foremost chamber choirs in Wales.


Please note this is a FREE TO ENJOY performance as visitors explore the castle - seating not available.
Cor Aduniad

Dathlu ein Gylfinirod / Celebrating our Curlews

Organised by Bannau Brycheiniog National Park

Venue: Hay Castle
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Join us for an exciting event to celebrate the precious curlew. Curlews could become extinct in the next ten years in Wales. Bannau Brycheiniog National Park is part of a national project which aims to ensure this does not happen.

We will be celebrating “all things curlew” in Hay Castle's Great Hall with an exciting series of talks and activities. Speakers include Mary Colwell (Author, campaigner and Director of Curlew Action), James Roberts (Author and artist), Rachel Taylor (BTO Cymru) Sian Shakespear (Curlew Life), Lizzie Daly (wildlife presenter) and Nicky Davies (Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Ecologist).

The event coincides with the launch of the Curlew Connections Wales project, funded by the Nature Networks Fund; this will be driving curlew recovery forwards, focussing on three areas across Wales, including the Bannau Brycheiniog.

Tickets for the evening event available via Eventbrite


COMPLIMENTARY DAYTIME EVENTS:

Print making workshop (13:00 - 15:00)

Design and take home your very own curlew print at this workshop with local artist Aidan Saunders.

Tickets for this workshop are £5.00 and are available to buy here

Writing workshop with James Roberts (16:00 - 18:00)

Join James Roberts for a creative writing workshop. Take inspiration from the curlew to put pen to paper and hone your nature writing skills!

Tickets for the writing workshop available via Eventbrite

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Dathlu ein Gylfinirod / Celebrating our Curlews

Curlew Print Making workshop

With local artist Aidan Saunders

Venue: Hay Castle
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Part of the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park event to celebrate the precious curlew.


Design and take home your very own curlew print at this workshop with local artist Aiden Saunders.

All materials provided.


Print workshop
£5.00
Curlew Print Making workshop

Textile Workshop with Emily Hedges

Part of our Welsh Refugee Artists Programme

Venue: Hay Castle Clore Learning Space
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Come and stitch a piece of wearable art in response to Hay Castle’s Artistiaid Ffoadur Cymru Refugee Artists exhibition and in support of refugees and asylum seekers coming to the UK today, with local artist, Emily Hedges.

As a group you will visit and discuss the exhibition, explore how other artists have responded to the stories and lives of refugees in recent years and look at some different approaches before you design and make your own piece with some simple embroidery stitches and printed letters. An inspiring range of materials will be provided, but do bring anything special you'd like to include from home.

The workshop is suitable to anyone over the age of sixteen. Some experience of hand sewing would be useful, but is not essential.

The day will start at 10.30am and finish at 4pm, with a break for lunch.

Emily has worked with groups of asylum seekers and refugees in the community. She designed and ran The Friendship Quilt project and has explored ideas of displacement and emigration in her own work.

PAY WHAT YOU CAN

We would like our events to be as accessible as possible while also making sure that we cover costs and are starting to introduce 'pay what you can' tickets.

We have tickets available at £50 (pay it forward) , £40 (actual cost), and £30(reduced rate).

Consider contributing more on the scale if you:have the ability to comfortably meet all of your basic needs

  • have investments, retirement accounts, or inherited money
  • travel recreationally
  • own the home you live in
  • have a relatively high degree of earning power due to level of education (or gender and racial privilege, class background, etc.)
Consider contributing less on the scale if you:
  • have difficulty covering basic expenses
  • are supporting children or have other dependents
  • are an elder with limited financial support
  • have unstable housing and/or limited access to reliable transportation

If you select an amount at the higher end of the scale, you will make possible future events and activities and support our volunteers who are generously contributing time. Thank you!

Pay it Forward
£50.00
Actual Cost
£40.00
Reduced
£30.00
Textile Workshop with Emily Hedges

West African Music & Dance

Learn Bátà dance with Teejay

Venue: Hay Castle Clore Learning Space
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Come join us on Saturday November 4th to learn Bátà dance with Teejay.

Tijesunimi Olakojo will teach some authentic simple and beautiful dance moves from her home country of Nigeria.

Sessions with be 2-2.45pm and 3-3.45pm

No dance experience necessary, suitable for all ages and abilities.

In partnership with The Successful of the Mandingue, West African Music and Dance

2pm Session
£5.00
3pm session
£5.00

Anna Tam plays the Great Hall

Striking vocals and string playing of another dimension

Venue: Hay Castle, Great Hall
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Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Anna Tam weaves together genre-bending, synaesthestic threads of sound, light and emotion. Shortlisted as ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ 2020 and 2021 by Fatea Magazine, her technical brilliance on nyckelharpa, hurdy gurdy, viola da gamba, cello… together with her pure voice and compelling message, move us from trauma – via her neurodivergence, intellect and unlimited love – to a place where our childhood dreams and deepest desires are fulfilled.

Anna performed at Hay Castle earlier this year in February, with fellow Coracle band members Paul Hutchinson and Karen Wimhurt and their music was brilliantly received by all who came to enjoy it.

Anna will perform songs from her forthcoming album as well as favourites from her first two acclaimed solo albums “Anchoress” and “Hatching Hares”. She is joined by santouri player and accordionist Jon Banks (Royal Shakespeare Company, ZRI) with whom she is touring the United States this October.

For more information about Anna's music and to listen, please visit ANNA TAM

‘striking vocals… distinctive and welcome’ – Songlines Magazine

‘a ghostly set'The Guardian

‘the string playing is of another dimension’Irish Music Magazine

Price: £13.50

Hay Theatre presents 'A Knight of Murder Mystery'

'Who killed William de Beurre'

Venue: Great Hall
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A fun, phantom packed evening...

This ghostly murder mystery, hosted by two TV presenters from Spook TV, explores the headless demise of The Lord of Hay Castle, the last of the slippery de Beurre Marcher Lords in 1423. Be warned, not only is the history extremely dodgy but so is the company! This comedy spoof will send your eyes rolling to the skies as you try to discover “Who killed William de Beurre?”

Prizes to be won but…prepare to be scared!

A fully stocked bar will be open before the evening begins and throughout.

BOOK YOUR EARLY BIRD TICKET NOW FOR £25!
FINAL TIER TICKETS RELEASED ON 06/10

Murder Mystery Early Bird Reduced ticket
£25.00
Hay Theatre presents 'A Knight of Murder Mystery'

Book Art Workshop with Kate Kato - Moths

Special Hay Winter Weekend Workshop

Venue: Hay Castle Clore Learning Space
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Special one day workshop as part of our Hay Winter Weekend activities - Places are limited so book now!

Learn how to make a work of art from the pages of recycled books, with celebrated paper artist Kate Kato, who uses discarded and recyled papers, wire and found objects to create sculptures inspired by the natural world. The theme of this workshop is moths.

Visit Kate's website

All materials provided

There will be the opportunity to make tea or coffee or you can purchase drinks downstairs in our café. There will be a break for lunch - please bring a packed lunch or you can eat in our café or elsewhere in Hay.

Kate Kato flower workshop
£85.00

One Day Writing Workshop with Tiffany Murray

Exploring themes from life and memories

Venue: Hay Castle Clore Learning Space
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An exclusive one day writing workshop exploring story writing, exploring themes from your own life and memories.

Tiffany Murray’s memoir, My Family and Other Rock Stars is published by Little Brown in 2024. Her novels Diamond Star Halo, Happy Accidents and Sugar Hall, have variously been shortlisted for the Wodehouse Bollinger Prize and received the Roger Deakin Award for nature writing. Tiffany has been a Hay Festival Fiction Fellow, a Fulbright scholar, and a Senior Lecturer. Her series, ‘Hulda’s Café’ is available on BBC Radio 4.

Price: £125.00
One Day Writing Workshop with Tiffany Murray