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HAY FESTIVAL 2019 EARLY BIRDS

The full programme will be available in March.

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Matt Carr

Spyder

Venue: Cube

It’s not easy being a super special secret agent when you’re little…it’s even harder when you’ve got eight legs. Meet the creator of Superbat and Spyder to learn what it takes to be a super spy. Learn how to draw everyone’s favourite eight-legged agent, make your very own spyder puppet and learn some fun facts along the way. 

 

6+
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Wildlife Safari and Treasure Hunt

RSPB Cymru Workshop

Venue: Wild Garden

Come on a safari into the wild garden to find what creatures are hiding in and among the leaves, logs and long grass. Along the way you’ll discover the many shades of colours that nature takes, as you collect natural treasures and create a unique colour collage. Materials provided. Meet at RSPB Cymru stand.

(parents must attend but do not require a ticket)

Family
Free but ticketed
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Alex Beard, Ben Rawlence, Kirsty Williams

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

From schools to universities to industry, the voices calling for more creativity in UK classrooms are getting louder. Research is conclusive that creative activities have outsize impacts on well-being, self-esteem and other cognitive abilities. In a new book, Natural Born Learners, Alex Beard examines the frontline of 21st century schools from Silicon Valley and learning with robots to his own experience in an inner-city London school. He offers suggestions of a different way forward. Black Mountains College is a project to create a new kind of liberal arts university and teacher training college in Powys to meet the challenges of future generations and a warming planet. It proposes a radically different kind of undergraduate experience – its director, Ben Rawlence, will explain. They are joined by Kirsty Williams, Minister for Education in the Welsh Government. Chaired by Rosie Boycott. 

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Thomas Weber talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Becoming Hitler: The Making of a Nazi

Venue: Tata Tent

The story of the making of Adolf Hitler that we are all familiar with is the one Hitler himself wove in his 1924 trial, and then expanded upon in Mein Kampf. Weber strips away the layers of myth and fabrication in Hitler's own tale to tell the real story of his politicisation and radicalisation in post-First World War Munich. It is the gripping account of how an awkward and unemployed loner with virtually no recognisable leadership qualities and fluctuating political ideas turned into the charismatic, self-assured, virulently anti-Semitic leader with an all-or-nothing approach to politics with whom the world was soon to become tragically familiar.

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Thomas Weber talks to Rosie Goldsmith

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Alison Weir

Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Eleven days after the death of Anne Boleyn, Jane is dressing for her wedding to the King. She has witnessed at first-hand how courtly play can quickly turn to danger and knows she must bear a son or face ruin. The acclaimed Tudor historian turns to fiction to describe the life of the third queen of Henry VIII.

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Alison Weir

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Ursula Martin

Ada Lovelace: The Making of a Computer Scientist

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Ada, Countess of Lovelace, daughter of romantic poet Lord Byron and his highly educated wife, Anne Isabella, is sometimes called the world’s first computer programmer and has become an icon for women in technology. But how did a young woman in the 19th century, without access to formal school or university education, acquire the knowledge and expertise to become a pioneer of computer science? Ursula Martin is a professor at the University of Oxford whose research interests span mathematics, computer science and the humanities.

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Ursula Martin

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Tonight at Hay

BBC Radio Wales

Venue: BBC Tent

A round-up of highlights from Hay Festival on the national radio station for Wales presented by GQ editor, Dylan Jones.

FREE BUT TICKETED
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Albion Quartet

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 3

Venue: St Mary’s Church

The third of four recitals broadcast from Hay this week. Felix Mendelssohn’s Capriccio, Op.81; Elizabeth Maconchy’s String Quartet No.3; Antonín Dvorák’s String Quartet No.10 in E flat, Op.51 (Slavonic).

Recorded for Broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Please arrive in good time.
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Ben Lyttleton

Football School Season

Venue: Good Energy Stage

This series of books is based on the simple premise that there is nothing you can’t learn through the prism of football. Whether it’s how the geography of Brazil helps its players acquire the fanciest footwork in the land, or how the biology of digestion helps players plan their meals before a game, there’s so much to discover through the power of the beautiful game. Join the author, journalist and football consultant as he teaches you a lesson or two in this interactive and fact-packed event.

9+
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Victor Dixen, Jenny Valentine, Ene Sepp and Janis Jonevs

International Writing for YA readers

Venue: Starlight Stage

Are themes of childhood and adolescence universal? How are they represented in fiction? Join a panel of YA writers from France, Zimbabwe, Estonia, Latvia and the UK as they discuss the opportunities and challenges of writing children’s and YA novels in their countries. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

14+
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Drumming Workshops with Landing Mané

Venue: Hay Primary School Hall

Express yourself in this West African Drumming workshop with Senegalese Djembes drums, hand percussion and dance. Be prepared to get energetic.
Hay Primary School, Oxford Rd, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5BT

(parents may attend but do not require a ticket)

9-11
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Pam Smy

Illustration Workshop: Thornhill

Venue: Cube

In this illustration workshop you will work with Pam Smy to explore the relationship between image and text using pen and ink. Thornhill is an eerie and unforgettable first novel describing parallel stories set 25 years apart, which converge as a girl unravels the mystery of the Thornhill Children’s Institute next door. Presented in both prose and exquisite illustration with pen and ink, it is a haunting exploration of human connection, filled with suspense.

12+
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Event 233

Germaine Greer

On Rape

Venue: Tata Tent

“Centuries of writing and thinking about rape – as inflicted by men on women – have got us nowhere. There are those who, like Quentin Tarantino, think it is one of the most violent crimes in the world, and others for whom it is simply what happens when a woman endures sex she doesn’t want. Bestial or banal, a proven rape may carry a prison sentence of many years, even life, but very few rapes ever find their way into a court of law. The prosecution of a selected minority of cases seldom results in a conviction. The crucial issue is that of consent, which is thought by some to be easy to establish and by others as impossible. Rape statistics remain intractable. Again and again crime surveys tell us that one woman in five will experience sexual violence. Despite all efforts to root sexual assault out of workplaces and colleges, predatory individuals still inflict lasting damage with apparent impunity. The only result of desperate attempts to apportion blame and enact chastisement has been an erosion of the civil rights of the accused. Sexual assault does not diminish; relations between the sexes do not improve; litigation balloons. There has to be a better way.” Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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Germaine Greer

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John D. Hosler

The Siege of Acre: Saladin, Richard The Lionheart, and the Battle that decided the Third Crusade

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The two-year-long siege of Acre (1189-1191) was the most significant military engagement of the Third Crusade, attracting armies from across Europe, Syria, Mesopotamia, Egypt and the Maghreb. Drawing on a balanced selection of Christian and Muslim sources, the historian introduces his account of this hard-won victory for the Crusaders, when England’s Richard the Lionheart and King Philip Augustus of France joined forces to defeat the Egyptian Sultan Saladin. Chaired by Peter Florence.

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John D. Hosler

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Martin Gayford

Modernists and Mavericks: Bacon, Freud, Hockney and the London Painters

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The development of painting in London from the Second World War to the 1970s is the story of interlinking friendships, shared experiences and artistic concerns among a number of acclaimed artists, including Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Gillian Ayres, Frank Bowling and Howard Hodgkin. Drawing on extensive first-hand interviews, many previously unpublished, with important witnesses and participants, the art critic Martin Gayford teases out the thread connecting these individual lives and demonstrates how painting thrived in London against the backdrop of Soho bohemia in the 1940s and 1950s and ‘Swinging London’ in the 1960s.

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Martin Gayford

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Martin Innes

Terrorism as a teachable moment: analysing social media to understand public reactions to the four UK attacks in 2017

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Terrorist attacks are designed to 'terrorise, polarise and mobilise' their multiple audiences. In a sense, then, they function as teachable moments, where the perpetrators try to teach 'a lesson' to their 'adversaries'. At the same time, however, governments use these events to instruct the wider public about the risks that have to be managed, and how public life and values will not be modified by them. The Director of the Crime and Security Research Institute shows how by applying cutting-edge social media analytics, we can learn from past attacks about how terrorist violence tries to work.

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Martin Innes

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Alan Llwyd, Aled Eirug, Mererid Hopwood

Marwolaeth Heddwch (The Death of Peace)

Venue: Starlight Stage

As Wales marks the centenary of the end of the Great War, author of the Oscar-nominated film Hedd Wyn, and a number of volumes on the Welsh literature of the Great War, Professor Alan Llwyd of Academi Hywel Teifi and Dr Aled Eirug, Morgan Academy, author of two forthcoming publications on the opposition to the War in Wales, will discuss the Welsh response to the call to arms and the effect of the War on the calls for peace. The discussion will be chaired by one of Wales’ leading poets, broadcaster and leading member of Cymdeithas y Cymod (Welsh Fellowship of Reconciliation) Professor Mererid Hopwood, who is also a member of the campaign for the establishment of a Wales Peace Academy.

In Welsh with English simultaneous translation
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Beyond Belief. Religion and Humour: How far can you go?

BBC Radio Four

Venue: BBC Tent

When it comes to religion, what is an acceptable target? God surely must enjoy a joke. Why else would he have created mankind? But are those who worship him fair game for comedians? Undoubtedly certain religions have been the source of much humour. Jewish comics such as Joan Rivers, Woody Allen and Groucho Marx have always been willing to make fun of their culture but should comedians also poke fun at their religion, and how do you disentangle culture from religion? If you enjoy laughing at the culture and beliefs of your own community, is it acceptable to make jokes about a culture and religion to which you do not belong? Where should we draw the line between freedom of speech and the need to respect the beliefs of others? Taking a look at religion and humour is a multi-faith panel of comedians, including Muslim comedian Tez Ilyas, to discuss the question: how far can you go?

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Dave Shelton

The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

A great crime mystery exists at the exclusive St Rita’s girls’ boarding school – and that’s not the only odd thing about the school. New girl Daphne loves to read so she heads to the library whenever she can. Here she finds there’s no librarian but there is Emily Lime, the librarian’s assistant. The author shares the secrets of the delightful blend of schools, sleuths and books in this novel.

9+
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Drumming Workshops with Landing Mané

Venue: Hay Primary School Hall

Express yourself in this West African Drumming workshop with Senegalese Djembes drums, hand percussion and dance. Be prepared to get energetic.
Hay Primary School, Oxford Rd, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5BT


12+
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