HAY FESTIVAL 2018 PROGRAMME

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Event HD6

Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin, Giovanni Rigano

Illegal

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Join the authors and illustrator behind the Artemis Fowl graphic novels as they present their new book Illegal and take you on an epic and heart-breaking journey across continents. Hear how their graphic novel came to be, the real-life stories behind the headlines and what it takes to make a graphic novel.

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Event HD98

Clara Vulliamy

Dotty Detective

Venue: Starlight Stage
Come and meet the author and illustrator of the Dotty Detective series. Dot and her best friend Beans love cracking codes, poring over puzzles and solving mysteries. Hear all about them in this fun session, and you might pick up some top detective tips to take home, too.
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Event W9

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.

(parents may attend but do not require a ticket)

9-11
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Event 46

Melvyn Bragg

William Tyndale

Venue: Tata Tent

On the morning of 6 October 1536, a frail scholar was taken from a dungeon in the castle at Vilvoorde, just north of Brussels. Armed guards kept the crowds at bay as he was led through the streets of the small town. He was to be burned. He was allowed a few moments of prayer. As a priest, prayer had been the keystone of his faith. After the brief pause, he walked up the steps to be tied to the cross. As he waited for the flames, he called out, “Lord, open the King of England’s eyes!” This was Willi Tyndale, the man whose translation of the New Testament and much of the Old Testament was to bring about more profound changes to the English-speaking world over the next five centuries than the works of any other man in its history.

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Melvyn Bragg

Event 47

Daniel Davis

The John Maddox 2018 Lecture: The Beautiful Cure

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The author of The Compatibility Gene introduces the revolutionary new science of the immune system with its breakthrough medical cures. He discusses how stress, sleep and ageing affect our health. “As David Attenborough opens our goggling eyes to the natural world without, so Daniel Davis brings us face to face with the stunningly clever and, yes, beautiful world within” – Stephen Fry. Davis is Professor of Immunology at the University of Manchester.

Chaired by the Adam Rutherford, presenter of BBC Radio 4's Inside Science.

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Daniel Davis

Event 48

Dambisa Moyo

Edge of Chaos

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Facing economic stagnation, inequality and the vulnerability of liberal democracies to extremism, the economist proposes an aggressive and radical re-tooling of our political system with new constraints on both elected officials and voters. Moyo argues for extending politicians’ terms so as to match better the economic cycles; for increasing minimum qualifications for candidates; for introducing mandatory voting, and for implementing a weighted voting system. Moyo’s other books include Dead Aid, Winner Take All and How The West Was Lost. Chaired by Dharshini David.

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Event 49

Andrew Davies, Laura Lankester, Bethan Jones

Les Miserables

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The screenwriter (War and Peace, Bleak House, Dr Zhivago, Pride and Prejudice) is joined by his script editor and producer to discuss the challenges of adapting Victor Hugo’s masterpiece for the screen. The six-hour series will broadcast later this year with Dominic West as Valjean, David Oyelowo as Javert and Olivia Colman as Mme Thénardier. Chaired by Francine Stock.

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Event 50

Akala’s Odyssey

BBC Four

Venue: BBC Tent

BAFTA and MOBO award-winning hip-hop artist, writer and social entrepreneur, as well as co-founder of The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company, Akala talks to the BBC’s Director of Arts, Jonty Claypole, about his recent documentary on Homer’s Odyssey.  He discusses why this 3,000-year-old epic poem has become the cornerstone of Western literature, how it would have sounded to contemporaneous audiences and how it has shaped his own experiences as an artist. Followed by Q&A.

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Event 51

Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir and Lina Meruane talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions: New Life

Venue: Starlight Stage

Ólafsdóttir’s Hotel Silence won the Icelandic Literature Prize. Jónas feels his life is over. His wife has left him, his mother is slipping deeper into dementia, and his daughter is no longer the person he thought. He decides to buy a one-way ticket to a war-ravaged country and end to it all. But on arriving at Hotel Silence, his plans dissolve. Meruane is one of the most prominent voices in Chilean literature. In Seeing Red a Chilean writer moves to New York to pursue an academic career. While at a party her eyes haemorrhage. Blood floods her vision, rendering her all but blind. As she adjusts to a very different life, those who love her adjust to a very different woman – one who is angry, raw, funny, sinister, sexual and dizzyingly alive.

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Event HD8

David Almond

The Colour of the Sun

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Join the author of Skellig in conversation with Jonathan Douglas, Director, National Literacy Trust as he introduces his moving, funny and magical new novel,The Colour of the Sun.“The day is long, the world is wide, you're young and free.”One hot summer morning, Davie steps boldly out of his front door. The world he enters is very familiar – the little Tyneside town that has always been his home – but as the day passes, it becomes ever more mysterious. A boy has been killed, and Davie thinks he might know who is responsible. He turns away from the gossip and excitement and sets off roaming towards the sunlit hills above the town. As the day goes on, the real and the imaginary start to merge, and Davie knows that neither he nor his world will ever be the same again.

12+
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David Almond

Event HD97

Oscar’s Book Prize presents Rachel Bright

Venue: Compass

A special story time with prize-winning children’s author Rachel Bright. Includes The Koala Who Could, her empowering tale of a koala called Kevin who learns that change can bring new and wonderful things, which was the 2017 winner of Oscar’s Book Prize. The best under-fives' book award is supported by Amazon and the National Literacy Trust.

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Oscar’s Book Prize presents Rachel Bright

Event W11

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.

14-16
90 mins
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Event W10

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'.

16-21
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Event W12

Rooted Forest School

Fire and Cooking 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.

(parents must attend but do not require a ticket)

4-6
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Event 52

Bear Grylls talks to Dylan Jones

How to Stay Alive

Venue: Tata Tent

Worldwide survival inspiration, best selling author and Chief Scout Bear Grylls talks to the editor of GQ magazine about a lifetime of adventure.

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Bear Grylls talks to Dylan Jones

Event 53

John Vidal, Patrick Kamzitu and Emma Taylor with Bettany Hughes

It Starts with a Book

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Following the drought of 2012, the community of Gumbi in rural Malawi decided they needed to diversify to protect their families from further famine and create a brighter future for their children. They decided that education was the key. Today, thanks to the support of the Gumbi Education Fund, Book Aid International and others, Gumbi has a small library, three villagers are qualified teachers, and three more are going to university. John Vidal, who covered the famine in the Guardian,and Patrick Kamzitu from Gumbi, will tell this inspiring story. They are joined by broadcaster and historian Bettany Hughes, a long-term supporter of the Gumbi Education Fund and Emma Taylor, Book Aid International’s Head of Communications.

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Event 54

Ferdia Gallagher

Cambridge Series 5: The Future of MRI

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Dr Gallagher from the Department of Radiology at the University of Cambridge discusses the basis of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), how it is currently used to image cancer and what the future of oncological imaging may entail.

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Ferdia Gallagher

Event 55

Tessa Dunlop talks to Claire Armitstead

The Century Girls

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The author of The Bletchley Girls interviewed six centenarians for this wonderful collection of tales: The Final Word From the Women Who’ve Lived the Past Hundred Years of British History. Through the prism of their own experiences and memories, she tells the human story of how women gradually began to build independent lives for themselves in the modern world of post-Great War Britain, by re-telling what their actual day-to-day reality was like, through the decades.

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Event 56

Free Thinking

BBC Radio 3

Venue: BBC Tent

BBC Radio 3’s arts and ideas programme explores our ideas of land in poetry from the inspiration of the British landscape to war territory with guests Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, now Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, patron of the Wilfred Owen Society and author of books including The Tragic Imagination and Simon Armitage, the current Oxford Professor of Poetry and the author of eleven poetry collections including his latest, The Unaccompanied and Flit, published by Yorkshire Sculpture Park.  Chaired by Rana Mitter, Professor of History and Politics of Modern China at the University of Oxford and presenter of documentaries for BBC Radio 3 and 4.

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Event HD9

Andy Stanton

'Natboff!' and the madcap world of Mr Gum

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Join the ridiculously funny writer for an hour of joyous nonsense as he talks about the amazingly successful Mr Gum series, as well as his new book, Natboff! One Million Years of Stupidity, which is just as epically surreal as it sounds. There’ll be plenty of laughter, silly voices and horrible, horrible singing – in short, business as usual. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face (or add an extra one if you were already smiling to begin with.)

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