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HAY FESTIVAL 2019 EARLY BIRDS

The full programme will be available in March.

Event HD28

Frances Hardinge talks to Georgina Godwin

A Skinful of Shadows

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

A unique opportunity to hear from the author of the Costa Award-winning The Lie Tree, as she talks about her new novel, an historical tale of a mysterious family's hidden secrets, and a young girl's quest to shape her own destiny.

12+
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Frances Hardinge talks to Georgina Godwin

Event W42

Ambient Literature

Writing Workshop

Venue: Cube

Join writer Tom Abba to make your own ambient stories from words, audio and objects. You will be introduced to writing techniques that will help you craft stories from the world around you, and rethink your relationship with the phone in your pocket. (It would be helpful, but not essential, to bring a smartphone.) The Ambient Literature Project brings a newly written piece, especially for Hay Festival: Words We Never Wrote, by Tom Abba and Alyssia White, explores the meaning of writing, language and storytelling. Two other works will also be available – Kate Pullinger’s Breathe, and Duncan Speakman’s It Must Have Been Dark By Then.

Adult
90 mins
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Event W43

Thinking Mathematically

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Join Alison Eves (Royal Institution) and Charlie Gilderdale (NRICH Cambridge) who will share some of their favourite mathematical problems. This will be a highly interactive session so be prepared to explore, explain and generalise, and discover that everyone can enjoy thinking mathematically. Problems will be selected from the popular RI Masterclass and NRICH collections.

(parents may attend but do not require a ticket)

8-10
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Event 151

Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale

Venue: Tata Tent

The Canadian writer discusses her 1985 dystopian masterpiece with Peter Florence.

See also event 205 and event 189

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Margaret Atwood

Event 152

David Runciman

How Democracy Ends

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Democracy has died hundreds of times, all over the world. We think we know what that looks like: chaos descends and the military arrives to restore order until the people can be trusted to look after their own affairs again. However, there is a danger that this picture is out of date. Until very recently, most citizens of Western democracies would have imagined that the end was a long way off, and very few would have thought it might be happening before their eyes. Runciman, one of the UK’s leading professors of politics, answers all this and more as he surveys the political landscape of the West, helping us to spot the new signs of a collapsing democracy and advising on what could come next. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

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David Runciman

Event 153

Tony Parsons talks to Dylan Jones

Fictions: Girl on Fire

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The novelist introduces the new thriller in his best-selling DC Max Wolfe series. He starts with terrorists using a drone to bring down a plane on one of London’s busiest shopping centres, and then…

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Tony Parsons talks to Dylan Jones

Event 154

Jonathan D Quick

The End of Epidemics: The Looming Threat to Humanity and How To Stop It

Venue: Good Energy Stage

AIDS. Ebola. Bird flu. SARS. These and other epidemics have wiped out millions of lives and cost the global economy billions of dollars. Experts predict that the next big epidemic is just around the corner. But are we prepared for it? And could we actually prevent it? Somewhere out there, a super virus is boiling up in the bloodstream of a bird, bat, monkey or pig, preparing to jump to a human being. This as-yet-undetected germ has the potential to kill more than 300 million people. That risk makes the threat posed by a ground war, a massive climate event, or even the dropping of a nuclear bomb on a major city pale in comparison. But there is hope. The doctor and Harvard instructor explains the science and the politics of combatting epidemics and tells the stories of the heroes who’ve succeeded in their fights to stop the spread of illness and death.

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Jonathan D Quick

Event 155

Sylvia Plath: Life Under the Bell Jar

BBC Two

Venue: BBC Tent

Film-maker Teresa Griffiths and academic and writer Dr Tim Kendall discuss the challenges of making a new film about Plath’s iconic novel, The Bell Jar. It includes interviews with her few remaining friends and contemporaries and her daughter Frieda Hughes. Followed by Q&A

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Event HD29

Robin Ince and Christopher Edge

Science in Stories: The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day and How to Build a Universe Part I

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Join the stand-up comedian and presenter of BBC Radio 4's The Infinite Monkey Cage, and the author of The Many Worlds of Albie Bright, as they tackle questions of science and creativity, puzzling over mysteries such as black holes, the Big Bang and the nature of reality as explored in their books The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day and How to Build a Universe Part I.

9+
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Event HD30

Steve Lenton and Tracey Corderoy

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join the creators of the lovable ex-robbers turned bakers, Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam. Hear all about their latest adventures in this fun-packed event full of storytelling, fun participation and laugh-out-loud games.

6+
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Event W45

Thinking Mathematically

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Join Alison Eves (Royal Institution) and Charlie Gilderdale (NRICH Cambridge) who will share some of their favourite mathematical problems. This will be a highly interactive session so be prepared to explore, explain and generalise, and discover that everyone can enjoy thinking mathematically. Problems will be selected from the popular RI Masterclass and NRICH collections.

11-13
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Event 156

Simon Schama

The Founders Lecture: Humanity

Venue: Tata Tent
The historian celebrates the formative role art and creativity have played in the forging of humanity itself across empires, cultures and time. In an age of profound hostility and manipulation, he proposes that artistic imagination is our best hope for empathy and understanding, as it has always been. Chaired by Stig Abell, edtor of the TLS.

The landmark BBC series 'Civilisations' is available on iPlayer. The Lecture is given in the names of Norman Florence and Rhoda Lewis, who wrangled the Hay Festival into being.
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Simon Schama

Event 157

Jocelyn Bell Burnell talks to Rosie Boycott

A Quaker Life

Venue: Good Energy Stage

A conversation about how her Quaker faith has informed the life and work of one of the world’s greatest scientists, celebrated for her discovery of pulsars when she was a postgraduate student in 1967, and now the Oxford Professor of Astrophysics.

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Jocelyn Bell Burnell talks to Rosie Boycott

Event 158

Will Hutton and Andrew Adonis

Saving Britain: How we can Prosper in a New European Future

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The former Observer editor and the politician and writer say the EU is a success story despite its frailties. It has guaranteed fundamental human freedoms and provided economic prosperity and order. They argue that Britain is abandoning four centuries of being part of the European diplomatic order for illusory gains and actual losses.

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Event 159

Anthony McCarten talks to Francine Stock

Hawking, Churchill, Screenplay

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated screenwriter of The Theory of Everything and Darkest Hour talks about his work and the two great men at the centre of his most celebrated films, Stephen Hawking and Winston Churchill.

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Anthony McCarten talks to Francine Stock

Event 160

Jacek Dehnel, Mick Kitson and Sharlene Teo

Fictions: The New Generation

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

A conversation and reading with three of the most extraordinary young talents in international fiction. Dehnel’s Lala is a lyrical and moving Polish family saga set against the turbulent backdrop of 20th century Europe. Lala is an independent woman who has survived some of the most turbulent events of her times. As she senses the first signs of dementia, she battles to keep her memories alive through her stories, telling her grandson tales of a life filled with love, betrayal and extraordinary acts of courage. Kitson's debut Sal is a disturbing, uplifting story of survival, of the kindness of strangers, and the irrepressible power of sisterly love; a love that can lead us to do extraordinary and unimaginable things. Set in Singapore, and spanning 50 years, Teo’s Ponti is a sweeping story of three women and the guilt that ties them to each other. Teo was the winner of the inaugural Deborah Rogers Foundation award in 2016. Chaired by Georgina Godwin.

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Event 161

Sylvia Plath: Life Under the Bell Jar: Preview Screening

BBC Two

Venue: BBC Tent

A new film about Sylvia’s Plath’s The Bell Jar in which her friends and contemporaries tell the real story of that 'queer sultry summer' of 1953 and which looks at the lives of women in 1950s America. Introduced by the film-maker Teresa Griffiths.

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Event 162

Clive Wilkins talks to Nicky Clayton

Cambridge Series 10: The Moustachio Quartet – An Exploration of Memory

Venue: Compass

This series of novels, written by the artist-in-residence in Psychology at University of Cambridge, explores the subjective experience of thinking and the fundamental role that storytelling plays in understanding our past and determining our futures. Clayton is Professor of Comparative Cognition.

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Clive Wilkins talks to Nicky Clayton

Event HD31

Juno Dawson

Clean

Venue: Cube

The top YA author is widely recognised for her skill in writing powerful stories that include some of the most difficult issues facing YA readers today. Clean is a gripping and moving story that realistically tackles a broad range of issues including drug addiction, gender identity and mental health. In conversation with Amy Forbes-Robertson.

14+
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Event W47

Thinking Mathematically

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Join Alison Eves (Royal Institution) and Charlie Gilderdale (NRICH Cambridge) who will share some of their favourite mathematical problems. This will be a highly interactive session so be prepared to explore, explain and generalise, and discover that everyone can enjoy thinking mathematically. Problems will be selected from the popular RI Masterclass and NRICH collections.

14+
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