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HAY FESTIVAL 2019 EARLY BIRDS

The full programme will be available in March.

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Rufus Mufasa

Hip hop/rap workshops

Venue: Cube

Keep it real with literary activist, pioneering participatory artist, rapper and hip hop educator Rufus Mufasa in this writing and spoken word workshop. Rufus has an infectious enthusiasm that inspires everyone she works with, whether it's prisoners and young offenders in Parc prison or young adults at Hay. Her new album Fur Coats From the Lion's Den was chosen as Wales Arts Review's album of the year.

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Ruby Wax, Gelong Thubten, Ash Ranpura

How To Be Human

Venue: Tata Tent

Comedian, writer and performer Ruby Wax, with some help from monk Gelong Thubten and neuroscientist Ash Ranpura, has delved deeply into what it means to be human in an age obsessed with the latest technology. She now provides a manual to upgrade our minds so that they don’t get left behind. In this event Ruby, Ash and Thubten talk about brains, bodies and mindfulness.

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Event 201

Jonathan Miles

St Petersburg: Three Centuries of Murderous Desire

Venue: Oxfam Moot

In this lavishly illustrated talk, Miles presents his latest book, St Petersburg –Three Centuries of Murderous Desire, an epic tale of massacre, madness and murder played out against the splendour of a city risen from the frozen marshlands on the western edge of Russia – a city created to be a daring new capital of an old country.

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Event 202

Shazia Awan, Laura McAllister, Auriol Miller, Leanne Wood, Clare Critchley

Wales Women and Public Life

Venue: Good Energy Stage

IWA Director Auriol Miller, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, equality activist Shazia Awan and politics professor Laura McAllister discuss with Clare Critchley the challenges, frustrations and joys of being a woman in Welsh public life. This event launches issue 60 of the welsh agenda, magazine of the Institute of Welsh Affairs.

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Event 203

Joe Studholme

Joseph Banks’ Florilegium: Botanical Treasures from Cook’s First Voyage

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Joseph Banks accompanied Captain Cook on his first voyage round the world from 1768-1771. A gifted and wealthy young naturalist, Banks collected exotic flora from Madeira, Brazil, Tierra del Fuego, the Society Islands, New Zealand, Australia and Java, bringing back over 1,300 species that had never been seen or studied by Europeans. On his return, Banks commissioned more than 700 superlative engravings between 1772-1784. Known collectively as Banks’ Florilegium, they are some of the most precise and exquisite examples of botanical illustration ever created. Studholme introduces a selection of the images and explains the process of producing them.

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Event 204

Jeannette Littlemore and Sarah Turner

How Do We Talk About Death Before Birth?

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Professor Littlemore and Dr Turner are co-investigators on the project ‘Death before Birth’. This examines how people who have experienced miscarriage, termination for foetal anomaly, and stillbirth, reach decisions concerning what happens to their babies after death, how their perceptions of the law impact on their decision-making, and how they communicate their experiences and choices to those there to support them. The project will also be examining the existing guidance on what happens to babies after they have died, investigating how it is interpreted in practice by professionals and the extent to which it takes account of the views, experiences and needs of the bereaved. Jeannette and Sarah will be talking about the ways in which people who have experienced pregnancy loss, and those who support, use language to make sense of and communicate their feelings about their loss.

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Cat Clarke and Juno Dawson

"We Are Young" and "Clean"

Venue: Starlight Stage

Cat Clarke’s thriller We Are Young and Juno Dawson’s Clean – a novel of addiction, bullying and gender identity – are powerful examples of YA fiction. Join the writers and two members of the Hay Festival Youth Council, for a discussion of their books and the scope of YA fiction, why they are excited to write it and why it is so influential and popular with readers. Chaired by Julia Eccleshare.

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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.

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Kiri Bloom Walden

Event 205

Margaret Atwood and Gaby Wood

In conversation

Venue: Tata Tent
In this extended session the Canadian writer discusses her poetry, short stories and novels, which include the Booker Prize winning The Blind Assassin, Alias Grace, Cat's Eye and her recent dystopian trilogy Oryx and Crake, Year of the Flood, and Maddaddam. Gaby Wood is director of the Man Booker Prize. See also event 189
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Margaret Atwood and Gaby Wood

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Wendy Cope

Poetry Reading: Anecdotal Evidence

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

In her first collection of new poetry since 2011's acclaimed Family Values, the captivating and brilliant poet celebrates 'the half-forgotten stories of our lives’ with compassion, wisdom and wit. In several of the poems she reimagines Shakespeare in unorthodox fashion; in others, she offers heartfelt tributes to friends and to public figures including Eric Morecambe and John Cage.

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Wendy Cope

Event 207

Wendy Mitchell talks to Decca Aitkenhead

Somebody I Used to Know

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Mitchell spent 20 years as a non-clinical team leader in the NHS before being diagnosed with young onset dementia in July 2014 at the age of 58. Shocked by the lack of awareness about the disease, both in the community and in hospitals, she vowed to spend her time raising awareness about dementia and encouraging others to see there is life after a diagnosis. She discusses her extraordinary book about her condition with the Guardian journalist.

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Wendy Mitchell talks to Decca Aitkenhead

Event 208

Ed Hawkins and Nicola Davies talk to Andy Fryers

Trans.MISSION 3: Extreme Weather Events

Venue: Cube

What happens when you bring together two people at the top of their game but from different spheres? Ed Hawkins is a climate scientist and works for the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) and the University of Reading. Ed focuses on improving predictions of climate change and its impacts. Nicola Davies is the author of more than 50 books for children: fiction, non-fiction and poetry. They have collaborated to create an original piece of work that will explore the issues around extreme weather events.
The Trans.MISSION project was created to bring science and culture together with the aim of communicating cutting-edge science to new audiences through new methods.
More information about the Trans.MISSION project can be found here.

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Event 209

How to Write a Hit Record, with Alan McGee and Jim Eliot

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Venue: BBC Tent

BBC Music Introducing presenter Andrew Marston quizzes two of Hay's most prolific hit-makers about the science behind a No.1 record. Alan McGee was the founding father of Creation Records, responsible for signing bands such as Oasis, Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine and The Libertines. Alan was also behind a club night which saw appearances from The Killers, Kaiser Chiefs, Razorlight, Kasabian and The Darkness. Jim Eliot has had seven UK top 10 singles – that’s the same number as Adele. But just who is this one-man hit factory? Jim’s written and produced songs for Kylie Minogue, Will Young, Olly Murs, Ellie Goulding, Christina Perri, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Leona Lewis, James Morrison, Rae Morris, Sigma and Foxes – and does all of this tucked away in the shadows of the Black Mountains.

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Event 210

Daniel Mitchard

Me and My Lightning Machine

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

A brief tour of lightning research, from generating powerful lightning bolts in Europe’s only university-based lightning laboratory, to the role of new materials in protecting commercial aircraft in flight from direct strikes, and to whether increased lightning due to global warming affects tree mortality in the tropics. Mitchard will bring us lots of exciting images and videos, from exploding piggy banks to the Nigerian rainforest, live Tesla coil demonstrations with music and the appearance of a tree struck nine times that survived.

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Event 211

Mr Bingo

Alternative Ways to Make a Living

Venue: Starlight Stage

Mr Bingo talks hilariously about his non-standard career, having worked as a commercial illustrator for 15 years for clients such as The New Yorker, the Guardian, TIME, CH4, The Mighty Boosh and the New York Times. In 2015 he launched a Kickstarter with a rap video to fund a book about his Hate Mail project. Three years later, it’s still the most successful UK crowdfunded publishing project ever. Now a self-titled artist, he’s said goodbye to the client world and makes a living from what he calls ‘silly art projects’ such as a nude Advent calendars and Brexit tea towels. Be warned, this event is not for the easily offended.

18+
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Mr Bingo

Event 212

Marcus Brigstocke, Rachel Parris, Pippa Evans, Paul Foxcroft

There Will Be Cake: All-star Improv

Venue: Tata Tent

Four of the best improvisers in the country come together to play with ideas coming from the audience. Tonight will be a brilliant, one-off, never-to-be-repeated, dazzling, hilarious, silly, exciting, dangerous, innovative show featuring real fire (candles). And there will be cake. Actual cake.

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Marcus Brigstocke, Rachel Parris, Pippa Evans, Paul Foxcroft

Event 213

Sam Lee

Singing with Nightingales: Live

Venue: Oxfam Moot
Each year thousands of nightingales leave the forests of sub-Saharan Africa and take up temporary residence in the thickets of southern England, singing their much admired night song to lure the returning females. In admiration of these musical creatures, folk singer, song collector, and naturalist Sam Lee has created an enchanting, open-air experience that allows listeners to participate in a celebration of nature and nightingale. The event has captivated audiences through these meditative listening experiences held at special sites where the returning birds roost.

Singing With Nightingales: Live sees the nightingales’ courtship song broadcast live into the tent at Hay, where Sam and guest musicians will collaborate in this unique performance from the comfort of the auditiorium. This live broadcast concept focuses on Sam Lee’s spoken and sung narrative, surrounding the enduring myth of these birds as a symbol of our nation’s connection to nature; now under threat as the UK population declines. A guided imaginatory forest walk will draw audiences into the lore of the woods, with transporting folk songs, and guest musicians. This meditative journey is accompanied by immersive lighting and a live audio feed of the evening chorus as it fades to silence, followed by the signature duet as performers join with the birds’ after-dark song.

Guest artists Pete Judge & Georgia Ruth.
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Sam Lee

Event 214

Martin Stockley talks to Andy Fryers

Stirling Work

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Britain’s infrastructure is creaking at the seams, its quality ranked recently by the World Economic Forum as 24th in the World, pushing it towards the bottom of the G7 nations. From congested, potholed roads and overcrowded trains to woefully inadequate cycle-ways and footpaths, travellers in Britain are struggling to get around. And it’s not just problems with transport infrastructure, our housing crisis is well documented, lacking in social housing, prices out of kilter with wages, and as fatally shown by the Grenfell Tower fire, poor, unsafe building standards and quality control. How do we get ourselves out of this mess? Martin Stockley is Deputy Chair of the HS2 Design Review Panel, Vice Chair of the Highways England Design Review Panel and a CABE Built Environment Expert.

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Martin Stockley talks to Andy Fryers

Event 215

Meltem Arikan, Menna Elfyn, George Gumisiriza, Rebecca John, Eric Ngalle Charles, Ben Rawlence

Wales PEN Cymru: Speaking for Ourselves

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The focus of the PEN chapter this year is to defend and support minority languages within ethnic communities in Wales. When we are given the confidence and liberty to speak for ourselves in our mother tongues as much as in our acquired speech, we demonstrate the diversity, persistence and vitality of language. Three Welsh and three refugee writers are here to speak for themselves and to invite you into the local and global PEN alliance of writers working to promote international freedom of expression and linguistic equality.

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Morning Iyengar yoga session with Wye Valley Yoga

Venue: Cube

Wake up and re-energise with our morning yoga class. Iyengar yoga is characterised by precision, alignment and attention to detail and is an inclusive and accessible yoga practice. Mats are provided; wear comfortable clothing, all abilities welcome.  Wye Valley Yoga

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Morning Iyengar yoga session with Wye Valley Yoga