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HAY FESTIVAL 2019 EARLY BIRDS

The full programme will be available in March.

Event 291

Arthur Denaro

Lance-Corporal Allan Leonard Lewis, Victoria Cross

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Major General Arthur Denaro commemorates the centenary of the death of Herefordshire’s only Great War recipient of the Victoria Cross, cited for exemplary leadership and ‘a splendid disregard of danger’ in single-handedly disabling enemy machine gun placements that had been enfilading his entire battalion at Ronssey during the Battle of Épehy.

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Event 292

Helen Moore and Jane Davidson

The 2018 INSPIRE/ASLE-UKI Lecture: Is Love the Answer? Personal and Planetary Wellbeing Through the Lens of Poetry

Venue: Cube

Helen Moore is an eco-poet based in north-east Scotland. She has published two poetry collections, Hedge Fund, and Other Living Margins and ECOZOA. A third collection, The Mother Country, is due in 2019. Chaired by Jane Davidson, director of the award-winning INSPIRE at University of Wales, Trinity Saint David.

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Event 293

The Road to Palmyra

BBC Four

Venue: BBC Tent

The Road to Palmyra follows historian Dan Cruickshank and legendary photographer Don McCullin into the heart of war-torn Syria, on a dangerous mission to document the cultural destruction wrought by Isis, and to understand what it means to the people of the nation. Their final destination is the ancient city of Palmyra to find out what remains of the ruins after Isis fled. These stones represent the very soul of Syria, and the debate about what to do with them is about to begin.  For both men, it is a return journey to a place with which they have long been obsessed, but to get there, they have to travel through a country still in the grip of war. Cruickshank, McCullin and director Adrian Sibley discuss the challenges of filming in a war zone.
Followed by a Q&A chaired by the BBC’s Head of Arts Commissioning, Mark Bell.

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Event 294

Fiona de Londras and Máiréad Enright

Ireland’s Referendum on Abortion: A Time for Change?

Venue: Starlight Stage

The Irish Referendum on abortion will take place on 25 May 2018. Since 1983 an estimated 170,000 Irish women have travelled to the UK to terminate their pregnancies, incurring high costs, logistical difficulties and emotional strain. Another 2,000 women a year end pregnancies by taking the abortion pill, illegally obtained online. Whatever the result of the referendum, the impact on Ireland’s society will be huge. Professor de Londras’ research concerns constitutionalism, human rights and transnationalism. Máiréad Enright researches in feminist legal studies and religion.

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Event 295

Siwan Davies and Elin Rhys

Her yr Hinsawdd (Climate Challenge)

Venue: Compass

A world leading expert in her field, Professor Davies has visited countries all around the world to see how they are responding to the serious effects of climate change. A recipient of the Philip Leverhulme Prize and most recently a Fulbright Scholarship, Professor Davies presented the popular groundbreaking documentary series Her yr Hinsawdd (Climate Challenge). With the programme’s producer, Elin Rhys, she will discuss the importance and the challenges of engaging the public with scientific research.

In Welsh with English simultaneous translation
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Event 296

Henry Blofeld talks to Simon Hughes

Over and Out: My Innings of a Lifetime with Test Match Special

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The first part of an evening of delicious cricket talk celebrates the career of the legendary broadcaster and commentator. Now that 'Blowers' has decided to declare his TMS innings closed, his book reveals the secrets of life in the commentary box and of the rich cast of characters with whom he shared it, from the early days of John Arlott and Brian Johnson to Aggers and new boys Boycott, Swann, Vaughan and Tuffers.

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Henry Blofeld talks to Simon Hughes

Event 297

John Crace, John Sutherland and Friends

The Two Johnnies Do Dracula, and Frankenstein is 200!

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

A Book Club like no other, as our favourite literary vaudevillians read about monsters and Europe and things that go bump in the mind. Crace writes the satirical Digested Reads for the Guardian. Sutherland is Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of English at UCL and the go-to senior Eng-Lit Super-Don.

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Event 298

Jojo Moyes talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: Still Me

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Lou Clark is back in the sequel to Me Before You and After You, the latest instalment in a rollercoaster romantic life. Moyes has become a global best-seller with a magical ability to conjure life’s tragedies and triumphs.

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Jojo Moyes talks to Georgina Godwin

Event 299

Roy Noble talks to Carolyn Hitt

Down the Road and Round the Bend

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Roy Noble is a Welsh legend – a consummate broadcaster, mischievous raconteur and collector of tales. His new book, launched today, is a glorious weft of fact, fiction and fancy – always moving and hilarious, elegantly told and often true. Pull up a chair…

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Roy Noble talks to Carolyn Hitt

Event 300

Mark Lynas talks to Andy Fryers

Seeds of Science – Why we got it so wrong on GMOs

Venue: Starlight Stage

Mark Lynas was one of the original GM field wreckers. Back in the 1990s – working undercover with his colleagues in the environmental movement – he would descend on trial sites of genetically modified crops at night and hack them to pieces. Two decades later, most people around the world – from New York to China – still think that GMO foods are bad for their health or likely to damage the environment. But Mark has changed his mind. He lifts the lid on the anti-GMO craze and shows how science was left by the wayside as a wave of public hysteria swept the world.

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Mark Lynas talks to Andy Fryers

Event 459

The Road to Palmyra: Screening

BBC Four

Venue: BBC Tent

The Road to Palmyra follows historian Dan Cruickshank and legendary photographer Don McCullin into the heart of war torn Syria, on a dangerous mission to document the cultural destruction wrought by Isis, and to understand what it means to the people of the nation. Their final destination is the ancient city of Palmyra to find out what remains of the ruins after Isis fled. These stones represent the very soul of Syria, and the debate about what to do with them is about to begin.  For both men, it is a return journey to a place with which they have long been obsessed.  But to get there, they have to travel through a country still in the grip of war.

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Event 302

James Acaster

Stands Up at Hay

Venue: Oxfam Moot

James Acaster is hilarious and brilliant. Here is his show blurb for the programme: “James Acaster reflects on the best year of his life and the worst year of his life and does stand-up comedy about them while throwing a strop. Last year he did a book tour and was reading from his book and while the blurb said very clearly that it was a book reading, absolutely zero members of the audience knew it was a book reading and turned up expecting stand up. So, having learnt that no one reads these blurbs you’ll excuse me if I don't put 100% effort into this one. I will, however, put maximum effort into the show, which is a stand-up show although I imagine the audience will be expecting a book reading. And yes, I’ve given up pretending it’s not me writing this blurb.”  Definitely expect stand-up. Great.

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Event 303

Mark Cousins talks to Matt Stadlen

The Story of Looking

Venue: Starlight Stage
Looking can be an act of empathy or aggression. It can provoke desire or express it. And from the blurry, edgeless world we inhabit as infants to the landscape of screens we grow into, looking can define us. In The Story of Looking, filmmaker and writer Mark Cousins takes us on a lightning-bright tour - in words and images - through how our looking selves develop over the course of a lifetime, and the ways that looking has changed through the centuries. From great works of art to tourist photographs, from cityscapes to cinema, through science and protest, propaganda and refusals to look, the false mirrors and great visionaries of looking, this book illuminates how we construct as well as receive the things we see.
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Mark Cousins talks to Matt Stadlen

Event 304

Paul Murdin

Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The Cambridge astronomer introduces his ground-breaking survey that celebrates the popular subject of astronomy through 300 images created by those who have tried to understand – or who have been inspired by – the beauty and mystery of stars, planets, and beyond. The selection includes paintings, photographs, sculpture, animation, prints, sketches and digital renderings with iconic works by renowned photographers, artists and astronomers alongside previously unpublished finds.

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Paul Murdin

Event 305

Jasper Winn

Water Ways

Venue: Good Energy Stage

For 150 years, canals were the high-tech water machines driving the industrial revolution. Amazing feats of engineering, they carried the rural into the city and the urban into the countryside, and changed the lives of everyone. Then, just when their purpose was extinguished by modern transport, they were saved from extinction and repurposed as a 'slow highways' network, a peaceful and countrywide haven from our too-busy age. Today, there are more boats on the canals than in their Victorian heyday. Writer and slow adventurer Jasper Winn spent a year exploring Britain's waterways along 1,000 miles of 'wet roads and water streets' where he discovered a world of wildlife corridors, underground adventures, the hardware of heritage and history, new boating communities, endurance kayak races and remote towpaths. Chaired by Mark Skipworth.

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Jasper Winn

Event 306

Mike Brearley talks to Simon Hughes

Of Captaincy and Cricket

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The great England cricket captain, in later life a psychoanalyst, talks about the game, the players and the gentlemen. He is the author of The Art of Captaincy and On Form.

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Event 301

Imelda May

Live at Hay: Life. Love. Flesh. Blood

Venue: Tata Tent

The Irish Rockabilly superstar brings her phenomenal live show to the festival. Her new album is described as her ‘most personal and heartfelt work to date’ (Independent). With accolades from the likes of Bob Dylan, her latest release has been celebrated as a combination 'of dusky Americana and vintage British soul’ (All Music). Her previous albums include Love Tattoo, Mayhem and Tribal.

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Imelda May

Event W88

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

16+
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Morning Iyengar yoga session with Wye Valley Yoga

Event 452

Brobury Farm Walk

Venue: Meet at Hay Festival main entrance for bus
Charlie and David Blandford’s farm lies alongside the River Wye, in the heart of Kilvert country, and produces top quality lamb and arable crops. Join local farmer Penny Chantler and agronomist Jonathon Harrington on a walk of up to a mile followed by demonstrations of working sheep-dogs, sheep shearing and wool spinning. There will also be the opportunity to taste lamb that has been produced on the farm.

On the day please wear walking boots or wellingtons and waterproof clothing in case of inclement weather.
These are visits to real working farms and are suitable for anyone interested in learning more about food and farming. Families are welcome but children must be supervised at all times.
4 hours
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Event W141

Tashi Mannox

An ensō meditatio

Venue: The Table

This workshop allows you to bring together your hand and heart of awareness in creating an ensō; a disciplined, creative practice of traditional Japanese Zen ink painting, a circle that is hand-drawn in one uninhibited brushstroke to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create.
The Table is in the centre of the town about ten minutes steady walk from the festival site: 43 Lion St, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford HR3 5AA.

Adult
2 hours
No experience necessary, All materials provided
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