Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 209

Adrian Edwards

The British Library Lecture: Making Your Mark

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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The curator introduces the British Library’s blockbuster spring exhibition in this illustrated lecture. He explores the remarkable evolution of writing, from ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs carved in stone and early printed text such as William Caxton’s edition of The Canterbury Tales to the art of note-taking by some of history’s greatest minds, and onwards to the digital communication tools we use today. Marvel at centuries of human innovation as writing enabled progress and opened doors to expression and art.

Price: £8.00
 
 

Event 210

Marc Hamer and David Barrie talk to Kitty Corrigan

Animal Wonders

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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A conversation with two outstanding nature writers. Although common, moles are mysterious: their habits are inscrutable, they are anatomically bizarre and they live completely alone. Marc Hamer has come closer to them than most, through both his long working life out in the Welsh countryside and his experiences of rural homelessness as a boy, sleeping in hedgerows. In How to Catch a Mole: And Find Yourself in Nature, Hamer tells his story and explores what moles, and a life in nature, can tell us about our own humanity and our search for contentment. Barrie’s Incredible Journeys shines a light on the astounding navigational skills of animals of every stripe. Dung beetles steer by the light of the Milky Way. Ants and bees navigate using patterns of light invisible to humans. Sea turtles, spiny lobsters and moths find their way using the Earth’s magnetic field. Salmon return to their birthplace by following their noses and birds can locate their nests on a tiny island after crisscrossing an entire ocean. Corrigan is a journalist and travel writer.

Price: £8.00
 
 

Event 211

Nadine Akkerman talks to Georgina Godwin

Invisible Agents: Women and Espionage in 17th-century Britain

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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The allegedly male world of the spy was more than merely infiltrated by women. This compelling and groundbreaking contribution to the history of espionage details a series of case studies in which women – from playwright to postmistress, from lady-in-waiting to laundry woman – acted as spies, sourcing and passing on confidential information. They acted out of political and religious conviction or to obtain money or power. Akkerman reveals the special roles of Royalist and Parliamentarian ‘she-intelligencers’ and their hidden world.

Price: £8.00
 
 

Event 212

Alan Nicholls

Mountain Warehouse Walk 4: Bounds and History of Hay

Venue: Meeting Place on site
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A walk around the bounds of Hay Parish with local historian Alan Nicholls. Starting in the centre of Hay-on-Wye, the walk will wind its way up to Henallt Common and then on towards Hay Bluff before descending towards Cusop Dingle. It is quite strenuous in places and may be wet and boggy. Walking boots and all-weather clothing required, and bring a packed lunch. Well behaved dogs are welcome – bring a lead. Distance 12 miles. Ascent 916 metres.

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Event HD38

A Bottle of Happiness

A Hereford College of Arts Production

Venue: Starlight Stage
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A Bottle of Happiness is a joyous and resonant story about the gift of sharing, written by Pippa Goodhart and illustrated by Ehsan Abdollahi. Performing Arts, Music and Contemporary Design Craft students from Hereford College of Arts have teamed up with Tiny Owl Publishing and Claire Coache from Open Sky to bring the story to life on stage as a playful, uplifting and creative performance accompanied by original music.

3+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event HD39

Joseph Coelho

A Year of Nature Poems

Venue: Compass Studio
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Join Joseph Coelho on a fabulous poetic journey writing poems about the seasons, from stinging jellyfish to scrumping apples from trees. Find out how he uses memory and the world around him to inspire poems, and discover the true stories behind many of the poems in his latest book A Year of Nature Poems.

6+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event HD40

Yuval Zommer

The Big Book of Birds

Venue: Cube
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Why is a flamingo pink? Can a parrot talk? Join Yuval to find out about some of the world’s most magnificent feathered creatures. His introductory talk will be followed by an illustration session, where you can create unique feathered friends of your own.

3+
Price: £8.00
 
 
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Event W60

Aušra Kiudulaitė 1

The Fox on the Swing

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Join award-winning Lithuanian illustrator Aušra Kiudulaitė for a crafty collaging workshop based on the beautiful children’s book The Fox on the Swing. Create dazzling artwork with Aušra’s help and join Paul and the fox on their fascinating journey of discovery and friendship.

3+
Parents must attend but don’t require a ticket
Price: £10.00
 
 

Event W61

NMiTE (New Model in Technology and Engineering)

Ingenuity Flash

Venue: Ingenuity Studio 1
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Join us in NMiTE’s Studio 1, a hi-tech refurbished shipping container, to explore ideas through making. Experience how highly creative and technological engineering can be. NMiTE is located in Hereford and aims to be the city’s first university with a focus on engineering.
Sign up at the venue for 10am, 11.30am or 1pm. Ingenuity Studio 1 free drop-in sessions for families take place between 2.30pm and 5pm, Sunday 26 May – Saturday 1 June. 

9–18
Parental consent required for under 11s
Free – sign up at the venue on the day

Event 213

Jonathan Drori

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Trees... in 10 Species

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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By popular demand, the author of Around the World in 80 Trees returns with a new selection of species that allows him to talk about trees and sex, defence, communication, climate change, invasive species and bizarre arborial behaviours. Drori, a trustee of The Woodland Trust and The Eden Project, uses plant science to illuminate how trees play a role in every part of human life, from the romantic to the regrettable.

Price: £9.00
 
 
Jonathan Drori

Event 214

Armand D’Angour

Socrates in Love: The Making of a Philosopher

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Socrates is the philosopher whose questioning gave birth to the ideas of Western thought, and whose execution marked the end of the Athenian Golden Age. Yet despite his pre-eminence among the great thinkers of history, little of his life story is known. What we know tends to begin in his middle age and end with his trial and death. But what turned the young Socrates into a philosopher? The Oxford classicist presents him as an heroic warrior, an athletic wrestler and dancer, and a passionate lover. D’Angour sheds new light on the formative journey of the philosopher, finally revealing the identity of the woman who Socrates claimed inspired him to develop ideas that have captivated thinkers for 2,500 years.

Price: £8.00
 
 
Armand D’Angour

Event 215

Hamid Ismailov, Donald Rayfield and John Farndon

Fictions: The EBRD Prize Winner – The Devil’s Dance

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The Devils’ Dance is the first novel written in Uzbek to be translated into English. “This is a thrilling novel about two real-life Central Asian poets. The 19th century Uzbek poet-queen Oyxon, once a humble slave girl, rose to power and influence, marrying three Khans along the way, and was ultimately threatened with execution. Her 20th-century counterpart is the writer Abdulla Qodiriy, renowned, brave and also imprisoned. He distracts himself from brutish beatings and interrogation by reconstructing the novel he was writing about Oyxon when he was arrested. With its spies, police, princes, poets and great plot, this is an Uzbek Game of Thrones” – jury chair Rosie Goldsmith who chairs the event.

Price: £8.00
 
 
Hamid Ismailov, Donald Rayfield and John Farndon

Event 216

Ruth Gilligan

Storytelling about ‘Other’ Cultures

Venue: Compass Studio
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In today’s multicultural world, fostering an understanding of cultures different to our own has become increasingly important. One powerful way to achieve this is by using storytelling to break down barriers and develop ‘radical empathy’. Gilligan is a bestselling author and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham. She is also an ambassador for the global not-for-profit Narrative 4.

Price: £8.00
 
 
Ruth Gilligan

Event HD41

Michelle Paver talks to Daniel Hahn

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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The novelist discusses her six-book Wolf Brother series, set among a forest clan in a prehistoric Northern Europe. Torak’s tale is a terrifying quest in a world of wolves, tree spirits and Hidden People, a world in which trusting a friend means risking your life. One of the great masterpieces of children’s fiction, The Chronicles are to continue in three new titles launching with The Viper’s Daughter in spring 2020.

9+
Price: £8.00
 
 
Michelle Paver talks to Daniel Hahn

Event HD42

Sheila Kanani

How to be an Astronaut and Other Space Jobs

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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Have you ever dreamed of going into space? What about becoming an astronaut, walking on the moon or searching for alien life? Or becoming a space chef? Explore the wonders of space with Sheila Kanani, a space cadet whose head is always up in the clouds even though her feet are firmly on planet Earth. Full of fun facts, top tips and space shenanigans!

6+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event HD43

Owen Davey

Smart Sharks and Fanatical Frogs

Venue: Cube
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A workshop with illustrator Owen Davey exploring how to draw frogs, cats and a whole host of different animals using shapes and simplification. Sketch along with him using your own skills and creativity.

6+
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Event W62

Aušra Kiudulaitė 2

The Fox on the Swing

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Join award-winning Lithuanian illustrator Aušra Kiudulaitė for a crafty collaging workshop based on the beautiful children’s book The Fox on the Swing. Create dazzling artwork with Aušra’s help and join Paul and the fox on their fascinating journey of discovery and friendship.

3+
Parents must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Event DT25

Ticket to Dine

Early 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 12pm and 1pm 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 217

Kassia St Clair and Clare Hunter talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Threads

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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St Clair is the author of The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History. All textiles begin with a twist. From colourful 30,000-year-old threads found on the floor of a Georgian cave to what the linen wrappings of Tutankhamun’s mummy actually meant; from the Silk Roads to the woollen sails that helped the Vikings reach America 700 years before Columbus; from the lace ruffs that infuriated the Puritans to the Indian calicoes and chintzes that powered the Industrial Revolution, our continuing reinvention of cloth tells fascinating stories of human ingenuity. Clare Hunter’s Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle stretches from medieval France to contemporary Mexico, from a POW camp in Singapore to a family attic in Scotland. It is a chronicle of identity, protest, memory, power and politics told through the stories of the men and women, over centuries and across continents, who have used the language of sewing to make their voices heard, even in the most desperate of circumstances.

Price: £8.00
 
 

Event 218

Jonathan Copley

Ask An Ocean Explorer

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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A marine biologist of over twenty years and advisor for the BBC’s Blue Planet II, Dr Jonathan Copley explains the science and wonder of the deep ocean. Combining untold history of ocean exploration and a personal account of what it’s like to be a ‘bathynaut’, diving in a mini-submarine, Copley brings to light weird and wonderful deep-sea creatures that we find ‘down there’ and explains how the oceans and their health is connected to our everyday lives.

Adult Ticket
£8.00
 
 
Child Ticket (Under 16)
£4.00
 
 
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Jonathan Copley

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