Hay Festival 2020 is cancelled

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Event 332

Shashi Tharoor and Sonia Faleiro

India’s Hard Truths

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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Tharoor is a renowned politician and author of The Great Indian Novel, Pax Indica and From Midnight to the Millennium. His latest collection of essays, written during Narendra Modi’s premiership, is India Shastra: Reflections on the Nation in Our Time. Faleiro is author of Beautiful Thing and 13 Men – a report on gang rape in West Bengal. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

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Shashi Tharoor and Sonia Faleiro

Event 333

Srđa Popović

Blueprint for Revolution: How To Use Rice Pudding, Lego Men, and Other Non-violent Techniques to Galvanise Communities, Overthrow Dictators, or Simply Change the World

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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How do ordinary people become revolutionaries? In 2000, too-cool-to-care Belgrade rock kid Srđa Popović found himself at the centre of a movement which was about to change the world. Popović was one of the unexpected leaders of the student movement Otpor! that overthrew dictator Slobodan Milošević and established democracy in Serbia all by avoiding violence and opting for something far more powerful: a sense of humour.

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Srđa Popović

Event 334

Rosamond McKitterick

Cambridge University Series 17: Charlemagne, Rome and the Management of Sacred Space

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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In the age of Charlemagne, Rome gained a prominent position in the cultural memory of the Frankish elites. This city was not just associated with the glory of classical and late antique empire, but above all with an authentic Christianity represented by the apostles and the martyrs. North of the Alps, rulers and aristocrats created a virtual Rome by importing relics as well as liturgical practices that were thought of as typically Roman. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

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Rosamond McKitterick

Event 335

Sarah Hall talks to Sarah Crown

Fictions – The Wolf Border

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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For almost a decade Rachel Caine has turned her back on home, kept distant by family disputes and her work monitoring wolves on an Idaho reservation. But now, summoned by the eccentric Earl of Annerdale and his controversial scheme to reintroduce the Grey Wolf to the English countryside, she is back in the peat and wet light of the Lake District. Hall investigates the fundamental nature of wilderness and wildness, both animal and human. The novel seeks to understand the most obsessive aspects of humanity: sex, love, and conflict; the desire to find answers to the question of our existence; those complex systems that govern the most superior creature on earth. Hall’s other novels include The Electric Michelangelo, The Beautiful Indifference and Mrs Fox.

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Sarah Hall talks to Sarah Crown

Event HF135

Catherine Rayner

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
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Have fun counting with Abigail and search for new smells with Smelly Louie in this friendly interactive event with an award-winning writer and illustrator. There is live drawing between storytelling, and children get the chance to create their own masterpieces with Catherine’s help.
5+ years
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Catherine Rayner

Event W53

Chess Workshop with Malcolm Pein and Timothy Kett

Chess in Schools and Communities

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Join The Telegraph’s Chess Correspondent and International Master Malcolm Pein and 2014–2015 Welsh Chess Champion Timothy Kett as well as trainers from Chess in Schools and Communities, for a chess extravaganza especially for families who are either new to the game or have played before. 

The session will include a brief introduction to the chess pieces, a simultaneous exhibition and players playing against the champions, Yes2Chess internet chess matches, and games on a giant outdoor chess set. 

45 mins
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Chess Workshop with Malcolm Pein and Timothy Kett

Event HF133

Michael Morpurgo

Listen to the Moon

Venue: Tata Tent
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Michael Morpurgo’s much praised novel Listen to the Moon was inspired by a gruesome medal commemorating the sinking of the Lusitania 100 years ago off the coast of Co. Cork, and a newspaper report he came across during his research about a small child being spotted on top of a piano floating among the wreckage. Michael shares this extraordinary story and answers questions from the audience. He also talks about Dreams of Freedom – In Words and Pictures, for which he wrote the introduction. The book combines the words of human rights heroes with illustrations by acclaimed artists. All royalties go to Amnesty International.
9+ years
There won’t be a signing after this talk but printed bookplates will be available in the bookshop.
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Michael Morpurgo

Event HF134

Nicholas Allan

My Dad’s the Best

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Nicholas Allan, author and illustrator of The Queen’s Knickers and Father Christmas Needs a Wee, reads from his latest book, My Dad’s the Best. This warm and witty story is a celebration of dads everywhere. Nicholas also performs magic tricks… Don’t forget to bring your dad.
4+ years
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Nicholas Allan

Event 336

Behind the Scenes: Broadcasting House

A BBC Radio 4 Event at Hay

Venue: BBC Tent
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Presenter Paddy O’Connell talks about life behind the scenes at the BBC and programme-making. Plus he’ll give the audience a chance to contribute and influence the running orders of future editions of Broadcasting House.

Not for broadcast.

BBC Radio 4
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour
Free but ticketed
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Behind the Scenes: Broadcasting House

Event W31

Drawing a Story

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio
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Myth and storytelling open up the imaginative mind. In this session participants will take part in reading chosen texts and will then draw scenes inspired by them, with props and models used to aid us. With particular reference to William Morris and his belief in the connection between storytelling and making.

Suitable for all ages and abilities

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Drawing a Story

Event 337

Steve Punt, Will Smith and Marcus Brigstocke

Talking Funny

Venue: Tata Tent
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Just because you can say funny things doesn’t mean you can write funny things. Three of the best comedy writers spill the beans on what makes a good script. The writers Will Smith (The Thick of It and Veep) and Steve Punt (The Now Show, The Mary Whitehouse Experience) talk to Marcus Brigstocke.

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Steve Punt, Will Smith and Marcus Brigstocke

Event 338

Polly Vernon talks to Bryony Gordon

Hot Feminist

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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A trip through feminism, fashion, the righteous pursuit of a sexy vibe, and what it means to be a woman when you’re on the receiving end of modern media’s hilariously/bizarrely/insanely contradictory/restrictive/reductive/sometimes just straightforward revolting notions of womanhood. This isn’t about what women can’t do, this is a new-age guide to what you can do, what you can think, what you can wear and what you can wax. Gordon is the author of The Wrong Knickers.

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Polly Vernon talks to Bryony Gordon

Event 339

Paul Dolan

Happiness by Design

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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Following on the success of last year, the Professor of Behavioural Science at the LSE is back for part two of his now published and bestselling book Happiness by Design. Through ‘Decide, Design and Do’, he reveals the ways in which we can actually become happier without having to think too hard about it. Change what you do, not how you think, to get more pleasure and purpose in everyday life.

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Paul Dolan

Event 340

Thomas Asbridge

The Greatest Knight

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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The historian draws upon an array of contemporary evidence, including the C13th biography, to present a compelling account of the life and times of William Marshal, from rural England to the battlefields of France, the desert castles of the Holy Land and the verdant shores of Ireland. He lays bare the brutish realities of medieval warfare and the machinations of the royal court. Asbridge draws us into the heart of a formative period of our history when the West emerged from the Dark Ages and stood on the brink of modernity. It is the story of one remarkable man, the birth of the knightly class to which he belonged, and the forging of the English nation. Chaired by Peter Florence.

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Thomas Asbridge

Event W54

Chess Workshop with Malcolm Pein and Timothy Kett

Chess in Schools and Communities

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Join The Telegraph’s Chess Correspondent and International Master Malcolm Pein and 2014–2015 Welsh Chess Champion Timothy Kett as well as trainers from Chess in Schools and Communities, for a chess extravaganza especially for families who are either new to the game or have played before. 

The session will include a brief introduction to the chess pieces, a simultaneous exhibition and players playing against the champions, Yes2Chess internet chess matches, and games on a giant outdoor chess set. 

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Chess Workshop with Malcolm Pein and Timothy Kett

Event HF137

Emer Stamp

Pig

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Meet famous diarist Pig – like Samuel Pepys, only smellier – as he invites you to read The Super Amazing Adventures of Me, Pig. Emer will take you around the farmyard, introducing you to his pal Duck and those evil chickens, as well as Kitty who is oh so lovely…or is she? Emer’s event is packed with fun and drawing – not to be missed!
6+ years
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Emer Stamp

Event HF136

Finding Wonderland

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Cathy Cassidy, who loved Alice in Wonderland above all other books as a child, has re-imagined the story for a modern audience in Looking Glass Girl. Chris Riddell learned about the relationship between words and pictures by copying Sir John Tenniel’s famous illustrations. They are joined by Julia Eccleshare of the British Library to talk about Lewis Carroll, his legacy, and how it feels to walk in his footsteps.
10+ years
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Finding Wonderland

Event HF138

Pip Jones

Daddy’s Sandwich

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
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If you were going to make a sandwich with all your favourite things, what would you include? Join Squishy McFluff author Pip Jones in a fun-filled event to find out what happens when one little girl makes a sandwich just a little bit out of the ordinary for her daddy.
4+ years
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Pip Jones

Event 341

Four Thought

A BBC Radio 4 Event at Hay

Venue: BBC Tent
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Four Thought is a series of exciting and often provocative personal talks in which speakers explain new thinking about the big trends and questions in culture and society. Today’s host is the writer and broadcaster Kamin Mohammadi.

Broadcast on Wednesdays at 8.45pm on BBC Radio 4. Four Thought will record four speakers at Hay Festival 2015 for broadcast in June.

BBC Radio 4
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years. Four Thought covers a range of themes, some of them adult, so parental guidance is recommended.
Duration: 45 minutes
Free but ticketed
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Four Thought

Event 343

Vikram Seth

A Summer Requiem

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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 ‘I have so carefully mapped the corners of my mind | That I am forever waking in a lost country...’ Seth’s new book of poems traces the immutable shifting of the seasons, the relentless rhythms of a great world that both ‘gifts and harms’. Luminous, resonant and profound, these poems trace the dying days of summer, ‘the hour of rust’, when memory is haunted by loss and decay. But in the silence that follows, as the soul is cast adrift, there is also reconciliation with the transience of all things; the knowledge that there is a place, ‘changeable, that will not betray’. Seth is author of A Suitable Boy, The Golden Gate, The Rivered Earth and Two Lives. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

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Vikram Seth

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