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HAY FESTIVAL 2019 EARLY BIRDS

The full programme will be available in March.

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CATion Outreach Presents

Science Inklings Workshops

Venue: Mess Tent

Come to our extraordinary hand-writing workshop. Learn all there is to know about the science behind ink and quills, make your own colours from vegetables, follow the trail of ink on paper with chromatography and lose yourself in the realm of optical illusions and STEM.

Family
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Massive Monsters

Digital Animation and Video Mapping workshop with MASH Cinema

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Create the wildest creature you can imagine and make it come to life and run loose over the Hay Festival site in this exciting digital animation and projection workshop. You will design your own 2D digital creature on an iPad and animate it, then you’ll learn about video mapping and projection and have a chance to see your creations projected 30ft high. In the evening MASH Cinema will be in guerrilla mode, projecting your monsters all over the Festival site, and we'll make a film of the projections that will be available to watch later.

11-14
90 mins
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Rooted Forest School

Craft Workshop

Venue: Wild Garden

Come to this family and children's nature adventure session run by Rooted Forest School in the Hay Festival Wild Garden. Join in a range of outdoor, Forest School-inspired activities including nature games, natural crafts and making, fire skills, foraging and cooking.

4-6
Parents must attend but do not require a ticket
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Stemettes

Hack the Web

Venue: Cube

Come and 'hack the web' with Stemettes. Ever wondered what your favourite website would look like if you had control? Have you ever thought you have a better idea? Come and learn the basics of HTML coding – we’ll be ‘hacking’ our favourite websites – legally.  Stemettes app 'OtotheB'.

11-13
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Bettany Hughes

Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities

Venue: Tata Tent
Istanbul has always been a place where stories and histories collide and crackle, where the idea is as potent as the historical fact. From the Qur'an to Shakespeare, this city with three names – Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul – resonates as an idea and a place, and overspills its boundaries, real and imagined. Standing as the gateway between East and West, it has served as the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman Empires. For much of its history it was known simply as The City, but, as Bettany Hughes reveals, Istanbul is not just a city, but a story. Chaired by Sameer Rahim of Prospect magazine.
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Bettany Hughes

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James O’Brien talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

The Christopher Hitchens Lecture 2018

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The LBC talkshow host has become one of the most exacting and powerful voices calling out political lies and speaking truths to both power and prejudice. He discusses the weaponising of fake news and ignorance, the power of dialogue and the urgent need for journalistic vigilance and authority. O'Brien is writing a book on these issues entitled How to be Right, to be published by Penguin Random House in November 2018.

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James O’Brien talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Event 38

David Adam talks to Daniel Davis

The Genius Within: Smart Pills, Brain Hacks and Adventures in Intelligence

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Adam, an editor at Nature, explores the ground-breaking neuroscience of cognitive enhancement that is changing the way the brain and the mind works – to make it better, sharper, more focused and, yes, more intelligent. Sharing his own experiments with revolutionary smart drugs and electrical stimulation, he delves into the sinister history of intelligence tests, meets savants and brain hackers, and reveals how he boosted his own IQ to cheat his way into Mensa.

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David Adam talks to Daniel Davis

Event 39

Click

BBC World News

Venue: BBC Tent

Experience the BBC’s flagship science and technology TV show live on stage. Host Spencer Kelly has spent 15 years exploring the world of technology, returning to Hay for a third year with mind-bending live demos and tales of artificial intelligence, robotics and virtual reality.

A Click Hay Festival special will be broadcast on the BBC News Channel and on BBC World News.

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Liliana Colanzi, Felipe Restrepo Pombo and Carlos Fonseca

Fictions: Bogotà 39

Venue: Starlight Stage

This is the first of two sessions introducing the most exciting voices of Latin American fiction, stars of the 2018 selection for Bogotà 39 and launching the English-language edition of a globally published anthology. Colanzi is a Bolivian short story writer and editor whose work includes the collection Our Dead World. Restrepo Pombo is the editor of Gatopardo magazine and of the anthology The Sorrows of Mexico. His fiction appears in the Bogotà 39 Anthology. Fonseca was born in Costa Rica and grew up in Puerto Rico. His novel Colonel Lagrimas is available in English.  They read and talk to Daniel Hahn.

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Cressida Cowell

The Wizards of Once and How to Train Your Dragon

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The winner of the 2017 Hay Festival Medal for Fiction returns to launch the paperback of her new book. Best known for her world-conquering How to Train Your Dragon series, Cressida will talk about her inspiration, give tips on becoming an author or illustrator, and share amazing behind-the-scenes details about how the Dragon books became films. Cressida has been an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust for a decade and The Wizards of Once won the Blue Peter Book Award for Best Story this year.

9+
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Andy Stanton

Going to the Volcano

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Join the one and (thankfully) only, irrepressibly silly author in an event for younger readers and their families. He reads from Danny McGee Drinks the Sea and previews his latest picture-book, Going to the Volcano, featuring Jane-o, Dwayne-o, a Great Dane-o, a train-o… and, of course, a VOLCANO! Colourful, loud, energetic and hilarious – and that’s just Andy Stanton. Come along for an unforgettable journey and enjoy the fun. You’ll erupt with laughter.

3+
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Rooted Forest School

Craft and Fire Workshop

Venue: Wild Garden

Come to this family and children's nature adventure session run by Rooted Forest School in the Hay Festival Wild Garden. Join in a range of outdoor, Forest School-inspired activities including nature games, natural crafts and making, fire skills, foraging and cooking.

6-8
Parents must attend but do not require a ticket
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Rooted Forest School

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Massive Monsters

Digital Animation and Video Mapping workshop with MASH Cinema

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Create the wildest creature you can imagine and make it come to life and run loose over the Hay Festival site in this exciting digital animation and projection workshop. You will design your own 2D digital creature on an iPad and animate it, then you’ll learn about video mapping and projection and have a chance to see your creations projected 30ft high. In the evening MASH Cinema will be in guerrilla mode projecting your monsters all over the Festival site and we'll make a film of the projections that will be available to watch later.

11-14
90 mins
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Stemettes

Hack the Web

Venue: Cube

Come and 'hack the web' with Stemettes. Ever wondered what your favourite website would look like if you had control? Have you ever thought you have a better idea? Come and learn the basics of HTML coding -– we’ll be ‘hacking’ our favourite websites – legally.  Stemettes app 'OtotheB'.

14-16
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Event 41

Antony Beevor

Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges 1944

Venue: Tata Tent

Operation Market Garden, the plan to end the war by capturing the bridges leading to the Lower Rhine and beyond, was a bold concept: the Americans thought it unusually bold for Field Marshal Montgomery. But the cost of failure was horrendous, above all for the Dutch who risked everything to help. German reprisals were cruel and lasted until the end of the war. The pre-eminent war historian looks into the very heart of the conflict.

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Antony Beevor

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Laura Bates talks to Owen Sheers

Misogynation

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The Everyday Sexism founder reflects on the true scale of the challenge to our aspirations to equality. From Weinstein to Westminster, from banter to consent, and from the President’s Club to equal pay, she makes a passionate argument for stepping back, opening our eyes and allowing ourselves to address the bigger picture.

She talks to the writer Owen Sheers, author of The Men You'll Meet.

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Laura Bates talks to Owen Sheers

Event 43

Ella McPherson

Cambridge Series 4: Digital Fakery and its Consequences

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Drawing on her research about human rights reporting in the digital age, the Co-Director of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights at the University of Cambridge argues that digital fakery’s consequences for democracy arise not because we are duped, but because of what we do to not be duped. Chaired by Rachael Jolley, editor of Index on Censorship.

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Kayo Chingonyi talks to Dai Smith

The 2018 International Dylan Thomas Prize

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Join us to celebrate this prestigious literary prize for writers aged 39 and under, as the 2018 winner talks to Dai Smith, chair of the jury. The shortlist for the prize comprised Kayo Chingonyi, Carmen Maria Machado, Gwendoline Riley, Sally Rooney, Emily Ruskovich and Gabriel Tallent. 

The Zambian-born poet Kayo Chingonyi is announced as the winner of the 2018 Prize.

Guardian profile HERE

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Kayo Chingonyi talks to Dai Smith

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The Essay

BBC Radio 3

Venue: BBC Tent

In this series, leading writers choose their favourite fictional female character and extract the lessons we could all learn from their lives on the page. Featuring Afua Hirsch, Bettany Hughes and Fiona Sampson

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

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Sue Trevethan, Marcelle Palmer, Daniel Morgan

Resilience and Mortality

Venue: Compass

A lively discussion on the varied approaches to education around illness, death and bereavement. Sue Trevethan is founder of the Hope Support Services; Marcelle Palmer is Hospice Outreach and Schools Project Lead at St Barnabas House Hospice and Daniel Morgan is drama teacher at Royal Grammar School, Worcester whose students have been working with St Richards Hospice. Chaired by Maggie Turner from The Open University.

Free but ticketed
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