Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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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.

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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.

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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
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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hamid Ismailov, Donald Rayfield and John Farndon

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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.

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Ruth Gilligan

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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.

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Michelle Paver talks to Daniel Hahn

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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!

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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.

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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 169

BBC Sounds: Don’t Tell Me the Score

Simon Mundie, Nigel Owens

Venue: Main Garden Pavilion
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Simon Mundie will be talking to the beloved Welsh international rugby referee Nigel Owens for the Radio 4 podcast 'Don't tell me The Score', which uses sport to explore life's bigger questions. Simon and Nigel will be exploring the importance of 'self-acceptance' in sport and life.

Free but ticketed
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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.

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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.

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Jonathan Copley

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Adrian Weller

Cambridge Series 9: Where AI Meets Ethics

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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Adrian Weller is Programme Director for AI at The Alan Turing Institute, where he is also a Turing Fellow. In addition he is a senior research fellow in machine learning at the University of Cambridge, and at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence where he leads work on Trust and Transparency. He serves on the board of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. Here he examines the implications of machine learning and artificial intelligence for society and the importance of ethics, trust and transparency.

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Adrian Weller

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Heiða Ásgeirsdóttir and Steinunn Sigurðardóttir

Heiða: A Shepherd at the Edge of the World

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Heiða is a solitary farmer with a flock of 500 sheep in a remorseless area bordering Iceland’s highlands. It’s known as the End of the World. One of her nearest neighbours is Iceland’s most notorious volcano, Katla, which has periodically driven away the inhabitants of Ljótarstaðir ever since people first started farming there in the 12th century. This portrait of Heiða written with wit and humour by one of Iceland’s most acclaimed novelists, Steinunn Sigurðardóttir, tells a heroic tale of a charismatic young woman who at twenty-three walked away from a career as a model in New York to take over the family farm.

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Event 221

James Newby (baritone) and Joe Middleton (piano)

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 3

Venue: St Mary’s Church
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The third of four recitals broadcast from Hay this week. Claude Debussy’s Trois Melodies; Maurice Ravel’s Cinq Melodies Populaires Grecques; Maurice Ravel’s Histoires Naturelles; Henri Duparc’s Extase, La Vague et la Cloche, Phidyle.

Recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Please arrive in good time.
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Jessica Townsend

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow

Venue: Compass Studio
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Expect magic, mayhem and more when you join the Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow author as she talks about her new book. A publishing sensation, the infectiously entertaining and deliciously dark series is winning fans and awards across the globe.

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Ben Garrod

The Chimpanzee & Me

Venue: Cube
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Join Professor Ben Garrod as he shares some of his amazing experiences from a lifetime of studying chimps all over the world, from eastern chimps in the humid forests of Uganda to the critically endangered western chimps of Liberia. Ben describes the different threats that chimpanzees face, including the dangers of the illegal international pet trade and the effects of relentless habitat loss – not to mention how your new furniture, your toothpaste and even your mobile phone are all implicated in their falling numbers.

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