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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
The model for this session will be Annie
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
Design and take home your very own curlew print at this workshop with local artist Aiden Saunders.
All materials provided.
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
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!
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
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
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
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.
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.