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HAY FESTIVAL 2019 EARLY BIRDS

The full programme will be available in March.

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Jen Lunn

Read for Good: Secrets of the Storytelling Universe

Venue: Cube

Unleash your inner Shakespeare by joining the professional storyteller to discover the secrets of telling a good tale. In this interactive creative session you'll put into practice techniques used by the greatest storytellers of all time, and develop the skills you need to keep your friends entertained. Plus, who knows? You might even find a bestseller up your sleeve. Jen Lunn works with Read for Good to bring the magic of storytelling to children in hospital and to develop bespoke story workshops for schools. She has collected more than 100 stories told by children to create performances, podcasts and digital books.

4+
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Travel in Space and Time

Illustration workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Work with Hereford College of Arts Illustration degree students to create exciting and inventive images based on space and time travel. Be prepared to explore ideas from another orbit and beyond this time frame.

(parents may attend but do not require a ticket)

9-10
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Event 189

Margaret Atwood, Tishani Doshi, Mererid Hopwood, Ulrike Almut Sandig, Evelyn Schlag and friends

The Armistice Gala

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

To celebrate the centenary of the Armistice of 1918, we have commissioned poets from the main protagonist nations to respond to a Great War poem from their own culture. We have poems in French, Russian, German, Welsh and several forms of English. The new poems will be read today for the first time, in the original language and in English translation alongside the works that inspired them, and other poems of the time. The full cast list will be announced on 20 May.

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Event 190

Helen Castor

Cambridge Series 11: Elizabeth I

Venue: Oxfam Moot

In the popular imagination, as in her portraits, Elizabeth is the image of monarchical power. The Virgin Queen ruled over a Golden Age: the Spanish Armada was defeated and England's enemies scattered; English explorers reached almost to the ends of the earth; a new Church of England rose from the ashes of past conflict, and the English Renaissance bloomed in the genius of Shakespeare, Spenser and Sidney. But the image is also armour. In her illuminating new account of Elizabeth’s reign, Castor shows how England’s iconic queen was shaped by profound and enduring insecurity – an insecurity which was both a matter of practical political reality and personal psychology. But, facing down her enemies with a compellingly inscrutable public persona, the last and greatest of the Tudor monarchs would become a timeless, fearless queen.

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Helen Castor

Event 191

Rose Tremain talks to Peter Florence

Rosie: Scenes from a Vanished Life

Venue: Tata Tent

The novelist introduces her exquisitely written childhood memoir. Tremain grew up in post-war London, a city of grey austerity, still partly in ruins, where both food and affection were fiercely rationed. The girl known then as Rosie and her sister Jo spent their days longing for their grandparents’ farm, buried deep in the Hampshire countryside, a green paradise of feasts and freedom, where they could at last roam and dream. But when Rosie is ten years old, everything changes. She and Jo lose their father, their London house, their school, their friends and – most agonisingly of all – their beloved Nanny, Vera, the only adult to have shown them real love and affection. But slowly the teenage Rosie escapes from the cold world of the 1950s into a place of inspiration and mischief, of loving friendships and dedicated teachers, where a young writer is suddenly ready to be born.

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Rose Tremain talks to Peter Florence

Event 192

Philip Lymbery

Dead Zone: Where the Wild Things Were

Venue: Starlight Stage

Climate change and poaching are not the only culprits behind so many animals facing extinction. The campaigning CEO of Compassion in World Farming argues that the impact of consumer demand for cheap meat is equally devastating and it is vital that we confront this problem if we are to stand a chance of reducing its effect on the world around us. He talks to Matt Stadlen.

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Philip Lymbery

Event 193

The Essay

BBC Radio 3

Venue: BBC Tent

In this series, leading writers choose their favourite fictional female characters and extract the lessons we could all learn from their lives on the page. Featuring Francesca Rhydderch and Mab Jones.

Broadcast from Monday 28 May to Friday 1 June at 10.45pm on BBC Radio 3.

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Chris Bradford

Bodyguard: Fugitive

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The author launches his new book, Fugitive, with a high-energy, immersive experience and live performance. Teen bodyguards Charley and Connor protect the world’s high-profile figures in the most testing of situations. But when the bodyguard is the target, who protects him or her? Learn bodyguard skills from the author (trained in karate, kickboxing and samurai swordsmanship) before putting these skills to the test. Will you spot the killer in the crowd?

9+
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Katherine Rundell and Lauren St John

Storytelling and the Influences of Childhood

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Join these two brilliant writers as they discuss their titles The Girl Savage and The Explorer, and Kat Wolfe Investigates and The Snow Angel and the influence that their childhoods growing up in Zimbabwe had on their writing. Chaired by Georgina Godwin.

9+
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Event HD42

Jen Lunn

Read for Good: Secrets of the Storytelling Universe

Venue: Cube

Unleash your inner Shakespeare by joining the professional storyteller to discover the secrets of telling a good tale. In this interactive creative session you'll put into practice techniques used by the greatest storytellers of all time, and develop the skills you need to keep your friends entertained. Plus, who knows? You might even find a bestseller up your sleeve. Jen Lunn works with Read for Good to bring the magic of storytelling to children in hospital and to develop bespoke story workshops for schools. She has collected more than 100 stories told by children to create performances, podcasts and digital books.

4+
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Event W54

Travel in Space and Time

Illustration workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Work with Hereford College of Arts Illustration degree students to create exciting and inventive images based on space and time travel. Be prepared to explore ideas from another orbit and beyond this time frame.

11-14
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Event 194

Salman Rushdie and Tishani Doshi

In Conversation

Venue: Tata Tent

The novelist discusses contemporary American culture, so presciently imagined in his latest novel The Golden House, freedom of speech, language, literature, love and death. Few writers have such a keen sense of human absurdity, and such a spectacular gift for telling its stories.

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Event 195

Rob Penhallurick

Why Dialect Fascinates Us: a Guide to What we Know About Varieties of English

Venue: Oxfam Moot

What is an ennog? A jitty? A twitten? In fact, they are all the same thing. These are all regional names for ‘a narrow walkway running between or alongside buildings’. The English language has scores of different regional names for such an alleyway including drangway, ginnel, snicket and vennel. The English language throughout its history has been full of regional diversity – it is a language made up of dialects. The author of Studying Dialect will take us on an absorbing journey down the everyday drangways of the English language.

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Rob Penhallurick

Event 196

Cecilia Brassett, Emily Evans, Isla Fay

Cambridge Series 12: The Secret Language of Anatomy

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Where is the seahorse in our brain? What is a sesame seed doing in our knee? Come and find out through this illustrated talk on the mysteries of anatomical terminology. Cecilia Brassett is a University Clinical Anatomist; Emily Evans is a medical illustrator who is also a senior demonstrator of anatomy; Isla Fay is Human Anatomy Technical Coordinator in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience.

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Event 197

Tyler Keevil and Eluned Gramich talk to Dylan Moore

Fictions: Wales

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

A conversation about place and story, language and resilience. Keevil has two new books out. The first is a novel called No Good Brother – a high stakes Canadian adventure of love and morality, introducing two unlikely outlaws. Hometown Tales: Wales pairs two stories: Last Seen Leaving, a gripping account of the days following the disappearance of a local man by Keevil and The Lion and the Star by Eluned Gramich, a vivid retelling of the Welsh language protests that electrified Cardiganshire in the 1970s.

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Event 198

The Life After: UK Premiere Screening

BBC Two

Venue: BBC Tent

The Life After is a filmed poetic response to The Troubles in Northern Ireland. Five people who lost loved ones in violent acts tell us their stories, parts of which have been turned into verse by poet Nick Laird. Directors Brian Hill and Niamh Kennedy combine testimony with archive and specially filmed poetic sequences to create a striking picture of life in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. Although dealing in tragedy, the film offers hope through the resilience of the characters. Chaired by writer and broadcaster Francine Stock
The screening is followed by a Q&A with Brian Hill and Niamh Kennedy

An exclusive opportunity to view this film before cinema release and broadcast on the BBC

2 hours
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Event 199

David Green, Jade Haley, Diana Beech and Jonathan Godfrey

What Price a Higher Education?

Venue: Compass

Universities have long been hailed as one of the UK’s most successful attributes. But in a time of mounting negativity from politicians and the media, fuelled by rising anger over tuition fees and perceived value for money, as well as recent attacks on free speech, what is the future for our higher education system and that of our young people? David Green is Vice Chancellor and CEO of the University of Worcester, Jade Haley is President of the Students' Union and Diana Beech is Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI). Chaired by Jonathan Godfrey.

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Event HD43

Francesca Simon, Steven Butler, Gwen Lowe

Big, bad Characters for Big Adventures

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Horrid Henry and Dennis the Menace already have a great reputation for badness. Alice Dent is busy making one. Join broadcaster and author Zeb Soanes for a discussion with their creators about why these larger-than-life characters are so popular.

9+
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Event HD44

Kevin Crossley Holland, Beverley Naidoo, Will Hill, A. F. Harrold

Missing out on medals

Venue: Starlight Stage

Previous CILIP Carnegie medal winners Kevin Crossley Holland and Beverley Naidoo join two authors who have been longlisted and shortlisted for the 2018 for a look at some of the classic titles which missed out on the coveted medal. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

12 +
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Kiri Bloom Walden

Dissecting Vertigo

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Using a single scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo you can explore how a film-maker brings together camera technique, sound, mise en scene and script to tell a story. Dissecting a scene enables us to see how the director controls the flow of information and manipulates the cinema audience. Learning to ‘read’ a film in this way is the first step to a wider understanding of narrative film. Kiri Bloom Walden is a published film author and teaches film and cultural studies at the University of Oxford’s Department of Continuing Education.

16-18
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Kiri Bloom Walden