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Print Club 28th Feb

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 28th Feb
£5.00
Print Club 28th Feb

Weekend of Mistakes at Hay Castle

Full weekend tickets now sold out but single event tickets still available

Venue: Hay Castle
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FULL WEEKEND TICKETS HAVE NOW SOLD OUT BUT SINGLE EVENT TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE

TICKETS FOR INDIVIDUAL TALKS - PLEASE CLICK HERE

We’re delighted to announce that the celebrated Library of Mistakes will be in residence at Hay Castle, 1st-3rd March 2024

Join historians, financial experts, investment sages for a wealth of wisdom, and enjoy a weekend of financial booms and busts, bubbles, swindles, panics and crashes.

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Weekend of Mistakes at Hay Castle

Weekend of Mistakes - Deception: The Discreet Charm of the Con Artist and Why we Fall for Them

Chris Swinson, Sir Philip Augar & Alice Sherwood

Venue: Hay Castle Gallery
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Separate tickets now available for this event as part of Weekend of Mistakes

What is the anatomy of a con? What are the attributes of a great con-artist and why are we so prone to fall for them - in spite of our better instincts? Alice Sherwood in conversation with Chris Swinson and Sir Philip Augar.

Limited tickets available

Deception
£12.00
Deception (student)
£8.00

Weekend of Mistakes - Ukraine and Gaza - New wars or old ones (for new reasons)?

Helen Thompson, Nick Butler, Sir Martin Donnelly

Venue: Hay Castle Clore Learning Space
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Separate tickets now available for this event as part of Weekend of Mistakes

Apart from the direct combatants, who will be the likely winers and losers from the current conflicts? Three influential experts discuss the geo-political ramifications and disclocations of these wars.

Limited tickets available

Ukraine & Gaza
£12.00
Ukraine & Gaza (student)
£8.00
Weekend of Mistakes - Ukraine and Gaza - New wars or old ones (for new reasons)?

Weekend of Mistakes - The financial plight of Sir Walter Scott and other cautionary tales from north of the border

Ray Perman, George Littlejohn

Venue: Hay Castle Clore Learning Space
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Separate tickets now available for this event as part of Weekend of Mistakes

Sir Walter Scott turned literary fame into financial and social success - only for lavish spending and calamitous debts to catch up with him. One of many examples of the City of Edinburgh's record of nurturing booms and busts through the centuries: from the one compelling the 1707 Act of Union, to the 2008 taxpayer bail-out of RBS, the UK's biggest bank. The author of "The Rise & Fall of the City of Money" in conversation with George Littlejohn.

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Weekend of Mistakes - The Energy Transition - Myths, mistakes and realities

Nick Butler, Helen Thompson & Tamim Bayoumi

Venue: Hay Castle Gallery
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Separate tickets now available for this event as part of Weekend of Mistakes

Have we under-estimated the costs of Energy Transition? Who will bear them? Was COP23 - success or failure? What are the geo-political risks to a successful and effective transition?

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Weekend of Mistakes - Orderly markets in unlikely places

Anja Shortland & Alice Sherwood

Venue: Hay Castle Clore Learning Space
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Separate tickets now available for this event as part of Weekend of Mistakes

With no regulation and very low levels of trust, against all odds, some market work when common sense says they shouldn't. A trawl around these surprising twilight zones, with two leading observers of the dark side. Warning: do not try this at home.

Limited tickets available

Orderly markets in unlikely places
£12.00
Orderly markets in unlikely places (student)
£8.00

Weekend of Mistakes - A night-cap: The Leith Whisky Bubble of 1898

Paul Kosmetatos

Venue: Hay Castle Clore Learning Space
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Separate tickets now available for this event as part of Weekend of Mistakes

As present-day whisky prices remain at unprecedented levels, a cautionary look at the what happened in the past. Paul Kosmetatos is the story-teller in a bed-time tale of excess, greed and fraud to round off the day.

Limited tickets available

The Leith Whisky Bubble of 1898
£12.00
The Leith Whisky Bubble of 1898(student)
£8.00
Weekend of Mistakes - A night-cap: The Leith Whisky Bubble of 1898

Weekend of Mistakes - Epic Fails: The mistakes that didn't have to happen

Chris Swinson

Venue: Hay Castle Gallery
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Even at the time it seemed like a bad idea - and yet it was still allowed to happen. A discussion of some epicly bad mistakes, past and present by the WoM's panelists.
Epic Fails full
£12.00
epic Fails (student)
£8.00
Weekend of Mistakes - Epic Fails: The mistakes that didn't have to happen

March 4 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 other Monday from 11am until 4pm.

PLEASE NOTE LIFE DRAWING SESSIONS ARE NOW FORTNIGHTLY


Please bring your own materials

The sessions cost £16 for the full day from 11-4pm 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


Next sessions will be:

Mon 18 March
Full day session £16
£16.00
Half Day Session £10
£10.00
March 4 Life Drawing

Jasper Fforde Talk

Red Side Story and other stuff

Venue: Hay Castle Clore Learning Space
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Jasper Fforde will be talking about his latest book Red Side Story the sequel to Shades of Grey (No, not that book - that was called 50 Shades of Grey!).

In the new book the action simply carries on a couple of weeks where Shades of Grey ended. This is how it opens:


"My name is Eddie Russett, but only for another one hour and nine minutes. After my negotiated marriage to Violet I will take on the prestigiously dynastic surname of deMauve, but within seventy-two hours I find out that I am not Eddie Russett at all, but HE-315-PJ7A(M). Three days after momentarily becoming Russett again I reluctantly become Mr Hollyberry before quickly reverting to the name of deMauve, but less than forty-eight hours after that I decide to dispense with a colour based name entirely.

There is jeopardy, too: Jane and I almost catch the Mildew, a group of Yellows try to kill us and the ever-present Green Room beckons us toward its soporifically deadly charms. We also meet a Tinman, a Riffraff and have an encounter with an Angel who tries to kill us three times.

But it's not all bad. At least Jane and I get to figure out the riddle of existence. Not the riddle, I should add, just ours, and we also learn there is a literal truth to the adage that you can't go home..."

Jasper will also be chatting about his love of Wales, Dodos, old cars, aeroplanes, photography and what makes a really good tree.
Price: £10.00
Jasper Fforde Talk

Print Club 13th March

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 13th March
£5.00
Print Club 13th March

Supper and Concert with the Mikeleiz-Zucchi Duo

Accordion and saxophone duo

Venue: Great Hall
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The versatile and virtuoso Mikeleiz-Zucchi accordion/saxophone duo play music from Pretorius to Piazzolla - a varied programme entitled 'Contradance' - includes many familiar favourites as well as something of the not-so-familiar, all vividly rendered by the unique combination of saxophone and accordion. Tickets and full programme details at www.haymusic.org

Supper will be available from 6.30 pm


Menu for Supper:

Spanish roasted chicken thigh, with San Marzano tomato, chorizo and rosemary new potatoes, tender stem and confit garlic aioli

Vegetarian/Vegan option

Roasted garlic studded aubergine, pomegranate molasses, roast rosemary new potatoes, green beans and extra virgin olive oil

Pudding

Sticky toffee pudding, salted caramel sauce, clotted cream

Vegan alternative available

£22 for 2 courses

To book phone Epicure on 07546 345280 or email hello@epicureevents.co.uk

Supper and Concert with the Mikeleiz-Zucchi Duo

Hay Youth Art Group: Session 2 2024

Wire work sculpture

Venue: Hay Castle Clore Learning Space
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We are running Art Sessions for teenagers throughout the Spring term and this second session will be wire work sculpture. Create your own beautiful 3D wirework model. A self-portrait, a floral bouquet, you riding your bike what will you capture?

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:

March 30 - Life drawing/chalk pastels

April 13 -Air dry clay face forms

April 27 - Graffiti style self portraits

May 11 - Posca paint pen upcycling


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 2 2024 Wire work
£12.50
Hay Youth Art Group: Session 2 2024

March 18 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 other Monday from 11am until 4pm.

PLEASE NOTE LIFE DRAWING SESSIONS ARE NOW FORTNIGHTLY


Please bring your own materials

The sessions cost £16 for the full day from 11-4pm 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


Next sessions will be:

Mon 1 April
March 18 Life Full day session £16
£16.00
March 18 Life Half Day Session £10
£10.00
March 18 Life Drawing

Hay Youth Art Group: Session 3 2024

Drawing from life/chalk pastels

Venue: Hay Castle Clore Learning Space
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We are running Art Sessions for teenagers throughout the Spring term and this third session will drawing from life with chalks and pastels. We will be looking at drawing people, talking about proportion and how to capture the movement of clothing and fabric using soft chalk pastels on textured paper.

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:

April 13 -Air dry clay face forms

April 27 - Graffiti style self portraits

May 11 - Posca paint pen upcycling


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: Session 3 2024

Welsh Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends

Talk by Claire Fayers

Venue: Hay Castle Clore Learning Space
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Why does the Welsh flag have a dragon on it? How did the town of Beddgelert get its name? Should you ever trust the magical Tylwyth Teg?

Claire Fayers’ best-selling collection of Welsh Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends, takes some of Wales’s best-loved stories, as well as many that are less well-known, and retells them through a thoroughly modern lens.

In this lively and informative session, Claire will talk about the storytellers who came before her, and share some of the challenges of tracking down half-remembered tales and adapting them for a younger audience. She’ll also give a sneak preview from her new collection, Welsh Giants, Ghosts and Goblins, coming this summer.
Price: £10.00
Welsh Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends

Hay Youth Art Group: Session 4 2024

Air dry clay face forms

Venue: Hay Castle Clore Learning Space
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We are running Art Sessions for teenagers throughout the Spring term and this fourth session we will be creating a plate or a vase using air dry clay and embelishing with quirky facial features.

We will be looking at this iconic image, the use of colour and recreating it in our own style using different acrylic techniques.

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:

April 27 - Graffiti style self portraits

May 11 - Posca paint pen upcycling

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 4
£12.50
Hay Youth Art Group: Session 4 2024

Hay Youth Art Group: Session 5 2024

Graffiti style self-portraits

Venue: Hay Castle Clore Learning Space
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We are running Art Sessions for teenagers throughout the Spring term and this fifth session will be a mixed media session using printed images to create a striking self portrait in colourful street art style. A chance to practice your collage, paint, ink and photography skills in your own unique style.

We will be looking at this iconic image, the use of colour and recreating it in our own style using different acrylic techniques.

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:

May 11 - Posca paint pen upcycling

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 5
£12.50
Hay Youth Art Group: Session 5 2024

Tom Bullough & Owen Sheers - Landscape

Talk in the Clore Space

Venue: Hay Castle Clore Learning Space
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As scientists have recently warned, the root cause of the climate and ecological emergency is a “human behavioural crisis” - that is, a crisis in our culture. In this session, writers Owen Sheers and Tom Bullough will discuss the River Wye, the landscape of Wales and the role that cultural practitioners must play, if humanity is to have a future. Both writers will share readings and clips from their recent work in this area and sign books after the event.
Price: £10.00