Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event HD21

BookTrust Storytime Prize

Shortlist celebration hosted by Baroness Floella Benjamin

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Come and snuggle up with the seven shortlisted authors and illustrators of the BookTrust Storytime Prize 2019! This will be a glorious celebration of the very best books for sharing with babies and young children. There will be live readings of the books and a chance to make some noise, all hosted by children’s champion and former Play Away and Play School presenter Baroness Floella Benjamin. To find out more about BookTrust visit booktrust.org.uk.

Family event – aimed at families with young children and babies
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BookTrust Storytime Prize

Event W39

Cookery Workshop 12

Cook School

Venue: Cube
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Cook School is pitching up at Hay Festival to offer hands-on, fun cookery sessions, preparing a couple of Italian classics to take home for dinner along with an easy step-by-step recipe card, written by renowned children’s cookbook author Amanda Grant. Cook School is on a mission to teach as many children and young people to cook as possible. Head to cookschool.club to find out more.

5–18
Parents of children under 9 must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Event W40

Foraged Art Workshop 10

Rooted Forest Schools

Venue: Wild Garden
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Come and join Rooted Forest School (rootedforestschool.co.uk) for an outdoor family session inspired by the Forest School approach. We will be making charcoal on the fire, using natural pigments to create our own paint, making brushes from found materials and creating communal land art. These sessions are aimed at families and will run whatever the weather, so make sure you’re wrapped up for the conditions.

6–8
Parents must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Foraged Art Workshop 10

Event 134

Hannah Critchlow

The Science of Fate: Why Your Future is More Predictable Than You Think

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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So many of us believe that we are free to shape our own destiny. But what if free will doesn’t exist? What if our lives are largely predetermined, hardwired in our brains, and our choices over what we eat, who we fall in love with, even what we believe are not real choices at all? Neuroscience is challenging everything we think we know about ourselves, revealing how we make decisions and form our own reality, unaware of the role of our unconscious minds.

Chaired by Bettany Hughes.

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Hannah Critchlow

Event 135

Jane Glover

Handel in London: The Making of a Genius

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Handel was only twenty-seven and largely self-taught when he followed his princely master to England, where the Hanoverian prince became King George II. Handel would be at the heart of musical activity in London for the next four decades, composing masterpiece after masterpiece from the glorious coronation anthem, Zadok the Priest and operas such as Giulio CesareRinaldo and Alcina to the great oratorios, culminating in Messiah. Glover, who has conducted Handel’s work in opera houses and concert halls throughout the world, draws on her profound understanding of music and musicians to tell Handel’s story. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.

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Jane Glover

Event 136

Éric Vuillard talks to Philippe Sands

Fictions: The Order of the Day

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Vuillard’s gripping The Order of the Day, a mesmerising work of black comedy, won the Prix Goncourt in 2017 and is regarded as one of the great contemporary novels. It tells the story of the pivotal meetings that took place between the European powers in the run-up to World War Two. What emerges is a fascinating and incredibly moving account of failed diplomacy, broken relationships and the catastrophic momentum that led to conflict.

This event will be conducted in French, with consecutive translation by Amanda Galsworthy.

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Event 137

Paula Bonet, Hilary Cottam, Kapka Kassabova, Janne Teller and Sophie Hughes

Europa28: The Future of Europe

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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Hay Festival is working with Rijeka Capital of Culture 2020 in Croatia to commission 28 writers and thinkers from across the continent to reimagine the future of Europe. Four of the 28 join us in Hay this year to preview their ideas and stories. Bonet is an artist from Spain, Cottam a social activist and author of Radical Help from Britain, Kassabova a Scotland-based, Bulgarian-born writer and Teller a novelist and former UN officer. They talk to the translator, editor and writer Sophie Hughes.

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Event 138

Fortunately… with Fi and Jane

BBC Sounds

Venue: BBC Tent
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BBC Radio 4’s hit podcast Fortunately… with Fi and Jane comes to Hay Festival. Fi Glover, Jane Garvey and guests exchange frank and often hilarious insights on life and broadcasting.

Free but ticketed
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Event 139

Aleksey Semenenko (violin) and Inna Firsova (piano)

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 1

Venue: St Mary’s Church
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The first of four recitals broadcast from Hay this week. Maurice Ravel Sonata for violin and piano, No.2; Cecile Chaminade Romanza Appasionata, Op.31; Cecile Chaminade Serenade Espagnole (arr. Kreisler); Karol Szymanowski Myths: La Fontaine d’Arethuse, Op.30, No.1; Camille Saint-Saens Havanaise in E Major, Op.83; Maurice Ravel Tzigane.

Recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Please arrive in good time.
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Event HD22

Liz Kessler

Emily Windsnap and the Pirate Prince

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Join Liz Kessler as she launches her new book, Emily Windsnap and the Pirate Prince. Discover the tricks and treasures Liz uses to create her worlds both under the sea and on land in this interactive event that will provide plenty of swishy inspiration.

9+
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Cookery Workshop 13

Cook School

Venue: Cube
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Cook School is pitching up at Hay Festival to offer hands-on, fun cookery sessions, preparing a couple of Italian classics to take home for dinner along with an easy step-by-step recipe card, written by renowned children’s cookbook author Amanda Grant. Cook School is on a mission to teach as many children and young people to cook as possible. Head to cookschool.club to find out more.

5–18
Parents of children under 9 must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Radio Production Workshop 5

Radio Platfform

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Radio Platfform is a youth-led radio station that offers young people a platform to build their confidence, find their voice and express their opinions. Join this interactive workshop to get a taste of all aspects of radio production, from presenting to editing and producing.

12–15
2 hours 30 mins
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Event 436

Antony Beevor

The 10-minute readings

Venue: Serious Reading Room
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Free, short readings in the Serious Reading Room by some of the stars speaking at Hay.
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Antony Beevor

Event 140

Susan Greaney, David Olusoga and Matt Thompson talk to Kate Mavor

The English Heritage Panel: The place of Myth and Legend in History

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Myth and legend shape our understanding of the past, and many visitors to places like Tintagel Castle and Stonehenge are drawn as much by the romantic tales associated with them as by their verifiable histories. But how does storytelling influence our understanding of history? Join historian and broadcaster David Olusoga, Stonehenge historian Susan Greaney and English Heritage curator Matt Thompson for a conversation on the role myth plays in our shared history, chaired by English Heritage Chief Executive Kate Mavor.

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Event 141

Jeanette Winterson

Fictions: Frankisstein

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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The novelist reboots Mary Shelley for the 21st century, as a young transgender doctor called Ry is falling in love – against their better judgement – with Victor Stein, a celebrated professor leading the public debate around AI. What will happen when homo sapiens is no longer the smartest being on the planet? Winterson shows us how much closer we are to that future than we realise. Funny and furious, a celebration of the bodies we live in and the bodies we desire, Frankissstein is a love story about life itself.

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Event 142

Kate Nicholls talks to Jane Garvey

Under the Camelthorn Tree

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Nicholls left England to raise her five children in Botswana. Living on a shoestring in a lion conservation camp, she home-schools her family while they also learn at first-hand about the individual lives of wild lions. The setting is exotic but it is also precarious. When Nicholls is subjected to a brutal attack by three men, it threatens to destroy her and her family: post-traumatic stress turns a good mother into a woman who is fragmented and out of control. This powerfully written, raw and often warmly funny memoir is an inspiring account of family love, and a powerful beacon of hope for life after trauma.

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Kate Nicholls talks to Jane Garvey

Event 143

Huw Edwards

City Mission | Cenhadaeth y Ddinas

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Distinguished broadcaster Huw Edwards traces the history and cultural significance of London’s Welsh churches and examines the origins of the London Welsh, the pattern of Welsh migration to London past and present, and the influence of the Welsh religious figures and causes in London. Chaired by Professor M Wynn Thomas, of Swansea University’s Department of English.

Y darlledwr adnabyddus Huw Edwards yn olrhain hanes ac arwyddocâd diwylliannol eglwysi Cymraeg Llundain ac yn archwilio tras Cymry Llundain, patrwm ymfudo’r Cymry i Lundain nawr ac yn y gorffennol, a dylanwad ffigyrau ac achosion crefyddol Cymreig yn Llundain. Bydd y sgwrs yn cael ei chadeirio gan yr Athro M Wynn Thomas o Adran Saesneg Prifysgol Abertawe. 

Event in Welsh with simultaneous translation | Digwyddiad cyfrwng Cymraeg gyda chyfieithu ar y pryd
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Huw Edwards

Event 144

BBC Sounds: Classical Fix

Clemency Burton-Hill, Andy Stanton

Venue: BBC Tent
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Clemency Burton-Hill presents a special live edition of Classical Fix, the podcast in which music lovers are introduced to the world of classical music. Clemency will curate a unique playlist of tracks for her special guest, Andy Stanton, who will then join her for an honest and fun discussion about their brand new classical music discoveries and how they relate to day-to-day life.

Free but ticketed
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Event 426

Emyr Humphreys yn 100 - Llenor Dihafal

Emyr Humphreys at 100 – An Unrivalled Writer

Venue: Starlight Stage
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I nodi pen blwydd y llenor Emyr Humphreys yn 100 eleni, bydd yr Athro M. Wynn Thomas, deiliad Cadair Emyr Humphreys yn CREW  (Canolfan Ymchwil Llenyddiaeth a Iaith Saesneg Cymru) Prifysgol Abertawe, yr Athro Daniel G. Williams, Cyfarwyddwr Canolfan Richard Burton, Prifysgol Abertawe ac un o feirdd mwyaf adnabyddus Cymru, Menna Elfyn, yn trafod ei fywyd a’i waith.

To mark the 100th birthday of Welsh writer Emyr Humphreys this year, Professor M. Wynn Thomas, holder of the Emyr Humphreys Chair at CREW (Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales) Swansea University, Professor Daniel G. Williams, Director of the Richard Burton Centre, Swansea University and one of Wales’ best known poets, Menna Elfyn, discuss his life and work.
In Welsh with English simultaneous translation
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Event HD23

Onjali Q Raúf

Refugees: Reality, Representation and Reaction

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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There used to be an empty chair at the back of my class…’ – so begins Onjali Q Raúf’s Blue Peter Book Award-winning debut novel The Boy at the Back of the Class. Onjali portrays the refugee crisis through the eyes of a child in a way that is accessible, warm and funny. Told with heart, humour and hope, this is a story about friendship and how naturally children celebrate, rather than fear, all our differences. The Boy at the Black of the Class is winner of the 2019 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.

9+
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