Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event HD33

Discover Story Building

Bear Hunt

Venue: Cube
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Join Story Builders from Discover Children’s Story Centre (discover.org.uk) as they swish-swash, splash-splosh, squelch-squerch, stumble-trip and tiptoe their way through this classic adventure from Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. Help celebrate the 30th year of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt in this interactive storytelling event.

0–3 – older siblings welcome
30 mins
Price: £7.00
 
 
Discover Story Building

Event W55

HCA Illustration Workshop 2

Working with Nature

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Work with Hereford College of Arts BA (Hons) Illustration students to create exciting and inventive images based on the natural world. Explore ideas about the world around us, and how we can share these with everyone else who inhabits this planet, including animals, insects, plants and sea life. Have fun making 2D and 3D creations using a wide variety of materials.

9-11
Parents may attend but don’t require a ticket
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Event DT22

Ticket to Dine

Late Lunch

Venue: The Grove Restaurant
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Book your table for lunch in The Grove festival restaurant and receive a complimentary drink* with each ticket.

The comfortable and relaxed restaurant offers friendly and professional table service and an exciting menu of locally-sourced fresh and seasonal food, expertly crafted by our passionate kitchen team. Click here to see a sample of the menu.

We also offer delicious vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free choices, desserts and local cheeses. Complement your meal with a choice of local craft beers, artisan gins and quality wines from our fully stocked bar. A selection of Fairtrade coffees and teas is also available.

Your reservation will be held for your arrival between 2pm and 3pm and our staff will be ready to warmly welcome you.

If you have any special dietary requirements please contact us in advance on 01453 708336 or email thegrove@bigeventcatering.co.uk


 *A 125ml glass of house wine, 500ml bottle of beer, lager or cider or a soft drink.


The Grove also offers delicious afternoon teas, including optional Bollinger Champagne, and a sumptuous array of delicate finger sandwiches and homemade cakes. Please call ahead to book for afternoon tea on 01453 708336. £25 per person.

Price: £25.00
 
 

Event 180

Miranda Seymour and Fiona Sampson

The Biographer’s Table

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Seymour’s new book is a double biography, In Byron’s Wake: The Turbulent Lives of Lord Byron’s Wife and Daughter, Annabella Millbanke and Ada Lovelace. Her previous book was a lauded biography of Mary Shelley. Sampson’s brilliant debut biography is In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein. They compare notes on female genius, Romanticism, radicalism, the madness and badness of male poets, and the interplay of literature and the sciences, with Rosie Goldsmith in the chair.

Price: £9.00
 
 

Event 181

Mary Norris

Greek to Me

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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The Comma Queen, the bestselling author of Between You & Me, delivers another wise and witty paean to the art of expressing oneself clearly and convincingly, this time filtered through her greatest passion: all things Greek. From convincing her New Yorker bosses to pay for Ancient Greek studies to travelling the sacred way in search of Persephone, Norris gives an unforgettable account of both her lifelong love affair with words and her solo adventures in the land of olive trees and ouzo. Along the way she explains how the alphabet originated in Greece, makes the case for Athena as a feminist icon and reveals the surprising ways Greek helped form English. Chaired by Sameer Rahim of Prospect.

Price: £8.00
 
 
Mary Norris

Event 182

Linda Grant talks to Claire Armitstead

Fictions: A Stranger City

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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When a dead body is found in the Thames, caught in the chains of HMS Belfast, it sets off a search for a missing woman and confirms a sense that in London a person can become invisible once outside their community. Assuming they even have a community. The Orange Prize-winning novelist weaves a tale around ideas of home; how London can be a place of exile or expulsion, how home can be a physical place or an idea. How all our lives intersect and how coincidence or the randomness of birthplace can decide how we live and with whom.

Price: £8.00
 
 

Event 183

Beyond Belief: Faith and the Imagination

BBC Radio 4

Venue: BBC Tent
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In this special episode of BBC Radio 4’s Beyond Belief, Ernie Rea and a panel of artists, writers and neuroscientists explore the relationship between faith and the imagination. Creative expression has often accompanied internal religious experience and this discussion explores the way our understanding of the imagination has changed over time and how it can be simultaneously limiting and transcendental.

Free but ticketed
Price: £0.00
 
 

Event HD34

Professor Robert Winston

Ask a Scientist

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Do you have a puzzling science question that you have always wanted to know the answer to? In his new book Ask a Scientist, Professor Robert Winston answers over 100 curious questions from children around the world, such as ‘How do dogs cry?’, ‘Why do the stars twinkle?’ and ‘Why don’t jellyfish get their tentacles in a tangle?’ Join Robert as he explains the science behind some of the most bizarre and intriguing questions he’s ever been asked – you can even send in your own question for Robert to answer on the day!

Click here to submit your question.

6+
Price: £10.00
 
 

Event HD35

CLiPPA Poetry Award

Shortlist announcement

Venue: Starlight Stage
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A poetry celebration as the shortlist for the CLiPPA (the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award) is announced. Join AF Harrold, poet, author and the 2019 CLiPPA Chair of Judges along with some of the poets shortlisted for the award for a conversation about the magic and power of poetry for all.

Photo: Ellie Kurttz
9+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event HD36

Discover Story Building

Perfectly Norman

Venue: Cube
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Join Story Builders from Discover Children’s Story Centre (discover.org.uk) to explore picture book Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival. In this interactive event children will hear all about Norman, a boy with an extraordinary secret. Explore why Norman feels the way he does, and reflect on what makes us all unique. The event includes a craft activity for each child to complete and take home.

4–7
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Event W57

HCA Illustration Workshop 3

Working with Nature

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Work with Hereford College of Arts BA (Hons) Illustration students to create exciting and inventive images based on the natural world. Explore ideas about the world around us, and how we can share these with everyone else who inhabits this planet, including animals, insects, plants and sea life. Have fun making 2D and 3D creations using a wide variety of materials.

11–13
Parents may attend but don’t require a ticket
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Event 184

John Simpson talks to Oliver Bullough

Moscow, Midnight

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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The legendary BBC World Affairs Editor discusses his new thriller and the way in which, in fact as in fiction, so many of the most improbable or extraordinary stories and trails all lead back to Moscow.

Price: £10.00
 
 
John Simpson talks to Oliver Bullough

Event 185

Anthony Shillito and Neil Davies

Cambridge Series 8: A Path Well-trodden

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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The two geologists from the Department of Earth Sciences at Cambridge University follow the footprints of fearsome beasts from Britain’s deep past. Throughout its ancient history, the UK has been home to many amazing creatures that are now long extinct. From dinosaurs to giant millipedes, discover how these animals shaped the land around them and what secrets are held within their prehistoric footprints.

Price: £8.00
 
 

Event 186

Thomas J Bollyky

Plagues and the Paradox of Progress: Why the World Is Getting Healthier in Worrisome Ways

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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For the first time in recorded history viruses, bacteria and other infectious diseases are not the leading cause of death or disability in any region of the world. People are living longer, and fewer mothers are giving birth to many children in the hope that some might survive. And yet, the news is not all good. Recent reductions in infectious disease have not been accompanied by the same improvements in income, job opportunities and governance that occurred with these changes in wealthier countries decades ago. There have also been unintended consequences. Whether the peril or promise of that progress prevails, Bollyky explains, depends on what we do next. Bollyky is the Director of the Global Health Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Chaired by Isaac Florence.

Price: £8.00
 
 
Thomas J Bollyky

Event 187

Catherine Hanley

Matilda: Empress, Queen, Warrior

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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A life of Matilda – empress, skilled military leader and one of the greatest figures of the English Middle Ages. Matilda was a daughter, wife and mother. But she was also empress, heir to the English crown and the first woman ever to hold the position; and she was an extremely able military general. Hanley’s new biography explores Matilda’s achievements as military and political leader, and sets her 12th-century life and career in full context. Chaired by Sameer Rahim of Prospect.

Price: £8.00
 
 
Catherine Hanley

Event 188

Tonight at Hay

BBC Radio Wales

Venue: BBC Tent
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A round-up of highlights from Hay Festival on the national radio station for Wales.

Free but ticketed
Price: £0.00
 
 

Event 189

The Power of Poetry

Activity-based skills session for educators

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Drawing on the results of the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education’s research project, The Power of Poetry, this practical, activity-based workshop will explore how a focus on poetry in the classroom can improve children’s reading and language skills. Attendees will receive a copy of the CLPE publication Poetry in Primary Schools: What We Know Works.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event HD37

Lauren St John and Piers Torday

Kat Wolfe Takes the Case and The Lost Magician

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Lauren St John grew up surrounded by animals on a farm and a game reserve in Zimbabwe while Piers Torday was introduced to nature by being taken on storytelling walks in the forests of Northumberland by his father. Since then both have been passionate about animals, their environments and the need to protect them. Join Lauren and Piers as they discuss their books and the importance for all of saving animals from extinction, in conversation with Professor Ben Garrod, author of The Chimpanzee and Me.

9+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event DT23

Ticket to Dine

Early Dinner

Venue: The Grove Restaurant
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Book your table for dinner in The Grove festival restaurant and receive a complimentary drink* with each ticket.

The comfortable and relaxed restaurant offers friendly and professional table service and an exciting menu of locally-sourced fresh and seasonal food, expertly crafted by our passionate kitchen team. Click here to see a sample of the menu.

We also offer delicious vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free choices, desserts and local cheeses. Complement your meal with a choice of local craft beers, artisan gins and quality wines from our fully stocked bar. A selection of Fairtrade coffees and teas is also available.

Your reservation will be held for your arrival between 5pm and 6pm and our staff will be ready to warmly welcome you.

If you have any special dietary requirements please contact us in advance on 01453 708336 or email thegrove@bigeventcatering.co.uk


 *A 125ml glass of house wine, 500ml bottle of beer, lager or cider or a soft drink.


The Grove also offers delicious afternoon teas, including optional Bollinger Champagne, and a sumptuous array of delicate finger sandwiches and homemade cakes. Please call ahead to book for afternoon tea on 01453 708336. £25 per person.

Price: £25.00
 
 

Event 190

Alf Dubs, Renate Collins, Josie Naughton and Barbara Winton

80 Years On, It’s Our Turn

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Lord Dubs and Renate Collins were two of 669 Czech-resident, mainly Jewish children saved from the Nazis by the British stockbroker Nicholas Winton and others on the Kindertransport. We mark the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport with Nicholas Winton’s daughter, Barbara, and survivors of the original operation, and discuss the opportunities today to help children fleeing persecution and seeking refuge in Britain. Josie Naughton is co-founder and CEO of Help Refugees.

Price: £10.00
 
 

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