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HAY FESTIVAL 2019 EARLY BIRDS

The full programme will be available in March.

Event 88

Linda Yueh talks to Bronwen Maddox

The Great Economists: How Their Ideas Can Help Us Today

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Since the days of Adam Smith, economists have grappled with a series of familiar problems but often their ideas are hard to digest, even before we try to apply them to today’s issues. Yueh is renowned for her combination of erudition, as an accomplished economist herself, and accessibility, as a leading writer and broadcaster in this field. She explains the key thoughts of history’s greatest economists, how our lives have been influenced by their ideas and how they could help us with the policy challenges we face today.

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Linda Yueh talks to Bronwen Maddox

Event 89

Tamsin Treverton-Jones

Windblown: Landscape, Legacy and Loss

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The Great Storm of 1987 is etched firmly into the national memory. Everyone who was there that night remembers how hurricane-force winds struck southern Britain without warning, claiming 18 lives, uprooting more than 15 million trees and reshaping the landscape for future generations. Thirty years on, the discovery of an old photograph inspires the author to make a journey into that landscape. Weaving her own memories and personal experiences with those of fishermen and lighthouse keepers, rough sleepers and refugees, she creates a unique portrait of this extraordinary event and a moving exploration of legacy and loss. Chaired by Corisande Albert.

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Tamsin Treverton-Jones

Event 90

June Sarpong talks to Dharshini David

Diversify

Venue: Good Energy Stage

In troubling times, it’s tempting to retreat to our comfort zones, to be with people just like us. But what if actively seeking the unfamiliar was proven to be the key to a brighter future – both personally and for society at large? In this fierce, empowering call to arms, Sarpong uncovers how a new approach to how we work, learn and live can help us reach our maximum potential, lessen the pressure on the State and solve some of the most stubborn challenges we face.

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June Sarpong talks to Dharshini David

Event 91

Start the Week

BBC Radio 4

Venue: BBC Tent

Tom Sutcliffe presents Radio 4’s flagship programme of ideas, exploring our desire to survive – from Homer’s epic poetry to global pandemics – with guests Emily WilsonAntony BeevorDavid Christian and Jonathan D. Quick.

Broadcast every Monday at 9am on BBC Radio 4

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Event 480

Journalism in Areas of Conflict

Venue: Compass
Felipe Restrepo is a Colombian journalist, editor and author. In 2017 he was included in the Bogotá39 list of the best Latin American writers under 40 organized by the Hay Festival every decade. He is the editor behind the books: The sorrows of Mexico (MacLehose, 2016) and Crónica: the best narrative journalism in Latin America (UNAM, 2016) and he is currently the editor-in-chief of the acclaimed Gatopardo magazine in Mexico City. He will talk about the challenges of a journalist and specially of reporting conflict in countries such as Mexico and Colombia. He is the British Council writer in residence at the Hay Festival.
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Event HD13

M G Leonard and Max Barclay

Battle of the Beetles

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Meet the beetles that inspired the entomological trilogy.  M.G Leonard and Max Barclay, Curator and Collections Manager of Coleoptera at the Natural History Museum, introduce the wonderful world of beetles through the important collection owned by the Museum, which is where the trilogy begins. Starring actual beetles from Charles Darwin’s Beagle voyage and from the Alfred Russel Wallace collection.

9+
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Event HD14

Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea

Venue: Starlight Stage

Meet the winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal whose dramatic story, set in 1945, tells of thousands of East Prussian refugees desperate to be saved by the ship the Wilhelm Gustloff. Among them are three children who, forced by circumstances to come together, find their strength, courage and trust in each other tested with each step nearer to safety. Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. American-Lithuanian Ruta Sepetys discusses her heritage, her experience of writing the novel and her delight at winning the Carnegie Medal with Jonathan Douglas, Director, National Literacy Trust.

12+
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Event W22

Katie Harnett

Make a Raincloud Friend

Venue: Cube

The author's picture-book Ivy and the Lonely Raincloud is a heart-warming tale about finding friendship in unexpected places. Enjoy the story and help our magical paper-flower garden grow by making your very own raincloud friend.

 

3-6
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Event W23

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 must attend but do not require a ticket)

6-8
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Event W24

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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Event 93

Philip Ball

Beyond Weird: Why Everything You Thought You Knew About Quantum Physics is Different

Venue: Oxfam Moot

“Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it.” Since Niels Bohr said this many years ago, quantum mechanics has only been getting more shocking. We now realise that it’s not really telling us that “weird” things happen out of sight, on the tiniest level, in the atomic world. Rather, we can now see that everything is quantum: our everyday world is simply what quantum becomes at the human scale. But if quantum mechanics is right, what seems obvious and right in our everyday world is built on foundations that don’t seems obvious or right – or even possible. The writer Philip Ball was formerly an editor at Nature.

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Event 94

Sarah Nouwen

Cambridge Series 6: Peacemaking: What's Law Got To Do With It?

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Peace and justice: who could be against them? But as soon as we begin to unpack these much-invoked notions, tensions emerge. How does international law resolve these tensions? We'll discuss emerging international norms in light of the challenges facing mediators trying to end civil wars. Nouwen is Co-Deputy Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law. Chaired by Tom Clark of Prospect magazine.

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Event 95

Javier Cercas and Juan Gabriel Vasquez

Fictions: True Stories

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

A conversation about fiction and language with two of the greatest Spanish language writers. The Impostor is Cercas’ new novel about the notorious fake Holocaust survivor, Enric Marco. With profound compassion and lacerating honesty, Cercas takes the reader on a journey not only into one man’s gigantic lie, but also into the deepest, most flawed parts of our humanity. Cercas also publishes his book of essays on the novel The Blind Spot.  Gabriel Vasquez introduces his novel The Shape of the Ruins. It takes the form of personal and formal investigations into two political assassinations. Separated by more than 30 years, the two murders at first appear unconnected, but as the novel progresses Vásquez reveals how between them they contain the seeds of the violence that has bedevilled Colombia ever since. They talk, in English, to Daniel Hahn.

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Event 96

Between the Ears

BBC Radio 3

Venue: BBC Tent

 

Join Helen Mort as she takes you on a climb up Langdale in the Lake District. Inspired by the amazing life of legendary climber Gwen Moffat, Helen weaves together poetry and music to give you the sensation of teetering in high winds on a rock face. “An atmospheric adventure in 3D sound...with every footfall etched on air” – The Spectator. Described as one of British poetry's brightest stars, Mort has published two collections of poetry, has won the Foyle Young Poet’s award five times and has been shortlisted for the Costa Prize and T.S. Eliot Prize.

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Event 454

Dr Vivien Norris

Parenting with Theraplay

Venue: Compass
Theraplay is a child and family therapy for building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. It is based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction between parent and child and is personal, physical, and fun. Theraplay can be used in therapy for a wide range of ages and difficulties, and is specifically helpful for children who are Looked After and Adopted. Theraplay ideas can also be used in everyday parenting and in any setting where relationship connection is important.
Dr Vivien Norris is a Certified Theraplay Trainer and is Clinical Director of The Family Place and co-author of Parenting with Theraplay: Understanding Attachment and How to Nurture a Closer Relationship with Your Child.
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Event 476

Rupert Everett talks to Alan Yentob

Born to be Wilde

Venue: Tata Tent
The actor previews clips from his forthcoming film about Oscar Wilde’s last days The Happy Prince and of Yentob's imagine… BBC documentary film about his life and work. One of Hollywood’s most wickedly gifted storytellers; Everett is the author of Vanished Years and Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins.
 
The Happy Prince is released on 15 June. Photo by Wilhelm Moser.
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Rupert Everett talks to Alan Yentob

Event HD15

Maggie Aderin-Pocock

StarFinder for Beginners

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Fascinated by the wonders of the night sky? Join the Space scientist and BBC 4’s The Sky at Night presenter as she speaks about her passion for the stars. Take a journey through the constellations and find out how to begin stargazing with her new bookA must for budding astronomers.

9+
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Event HD16

Joe Berger

Lyttle Lies: The Pudding Problem and The Stinky Truth

Venue: Starlight Stage

Have you ever told a fib? Allow this author and illustrator to introduce you to Sam Lyttle, the boy who can’t stop telling porkies and the hero of two graphic novels Lyttle Lies: The Pudding Problem and The Stinky Truth. Sam’s fibbing gets him mixed up in some very twisty situations (rather like the younger Joe Berger himself). Armed with a pen and a flipchart, Joe draws audiences into Sam’s world and gives tips to budding cartoonists on how to draw comic strips.

9+
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Event W25

Joe Todd-Stanton

The Secret of Black Rock

Venue: Cube

Discover the amazing creatures that live under the sea in a workshop with the illustrator based on his picture-book, a surreal, modern folktale about an adventurous little girl who must protect a peaceful living creature. Children can create sea creatures as part of a large-scale mural, then take them home.

3-6
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Event W26

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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