Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 219

Adrian Weller

Cambridge Series 9: Where AI Meets Ethics

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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Weller is a senior research fellow in machine learning at Cambridge University. He examines the implications of machine learning and artificial intelligence for society and the importance of ethics, trust and transparency.

Price: £8.00
 
 
Adrian Weller

Event 220

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.

Price: £8.00
 
 
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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.
Price: £10.00
 
 

Event HD44

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.

9+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event HD89

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.

9+
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Event W64

Kiri Bloom Walden

Adaptation from novel to screen

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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This workshop will look at adaptation – how novels, plays and short stories become films. We’ll unpick the process of how this is done – from padding out some texts to cutting down others. How does film represent the ideas of the text without losing the style of the author? We’ll look in detail at examples including Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Jane Eyre, and Les Liaisons Dangereuses, before having a go ourselves at adapting a text from novel to screenplay.

16–18
1 hour 30 mins
Price: £12.00
 
 
Kiri Bloom Walden

Event DT26

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 222

Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey

Our Planet

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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The directors of the landmark Netflix series Our Planet introduce stories, photographs and film footage of the world’s rarest creatures and previously unseen parts of the Earth – from deep oceans to remote forests to ice caps. They take nature lovers deep into the science of our natural world and reveal the ways humans are affecting the world’s ecosystems, from the wildebeest migrations in Africa to the penguin colonies of Antarctica. Fothergill and Scholey, who ran the BBC Natural History Unit and produced The Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Frozen Planet, engage in a global conversation about how to protect and preserve our world.

Over 16s
£9.00
 
 
Under 16s
£4.00
 
 

Event 223

Martin Jones

Cambridge Series 10: Food Security Past and Present – What Archaeology Tells Us About the Food We Eat

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Martin Jones is Emeritus Professor of Archaeological Science at Cambridge University and a member of its Global Food Security research centre. An expert in archaeobotany and archaeogenetics, he will discuss how our prehistoric ancestors built resilience into their food supply and what we can learn from them.

Price: £8.00
 
 
Martin Jones

Event 224

John Thomas

The West, the East and the Rule of Law

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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The West has traditionally seen the rule of law as one of the cornerstones of liberty and freedom, of prosperity and an accountable democracy. It has had worldwide influence. But there are other approaches to the rule of law. One is the rule of law with Chinese characteristics; another is in effect rule by law. The former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales examines the impacts that economic success and the technological revolution are having on the different approaches, and how the Western approach can be promoted.

Price: £8.00
 
 
John Thomas

Event 225

Jayne Joso and Deborah Kay Davies

Fictions: Freedoms

Venue: Compass Studio
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Dylan Moore hosts this conversation about two extraordinary novels. Seven-year-old Esther must negotiate adult dysfunction, and a school environment that exposes her to further prejudice and injustice. Joso’s From Seven to the Sea is a window onto the world of a child who rejects convention and expectation. Esther embarks on a creative expedition into liberty and free-thinking; and each day, in place of school, sets out to sea. Deborah Kay Davies’ Tirzah and the Prince of Crows is set in a remote valley in Wales. It is 1974, and Tirzah is sixteen, pretty, witty and wise. Brought up in a staunchly religious family, she has lived a sheltered life. But then she meets a boy. As she begins to struggle against the confines of her community, juggling everyone’s expectations and trying to find her own way in the world, life takes an unexpected turn, ultimately teaching her that freedom springs from within.

Price: £8.00
 
 

Event HD46

Roger McGough and Little Machine

Epic!

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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An afternoon of poems, songs, rhymes, drawings and jokes for children and their elders and betters and worsers with ‘the patron saint of poetry’ and his band, the delightful masters of poetry and song. As always, his poems are full of wit and wisdom, with word play, puns and sharp observations on all aspects of life. Come and savour a slice of this brand new poetry pie!

Family – 6+
Price: £10.00
 
 

Event HD47

Holly Smale in conversation with Laura Dockrill

The Valentines

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Holly Smale, author of the Geek Girl series, introduces The Valentines, a brand new series with a new cast of characters: sisters Hope, Faith and Mercy. The sisters seem to have everything: fame, success, money, beauty and a family steeped in movie star heritage. Except real-life isn’t like the movies, is it? Holly will be in conversation with Laura Dockrill, author of Big Bones and Lorali.

12+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event W121

Poetry Comics Workshop

Venue: Cube
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Join poet Eric Ngalle Charles and artist Nicky Arscott for a unique art workshop experimenting with words and pictures, and exploring identity, language and storytelling to create your own personal poetry comic.

11 - 16
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Event 226

Mike Berners-Lee talks to Rosie Boycott

There is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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What is most pressing, what are the knock-on effects of our actions and what should we do first? Do we all need to become vegetarian? How can we fly in a low-carbon world? Should we frack? How can we take control of technology? Does it all come down to population? And, given the global nature of the challenges we now face, what on Earth can any of us do? Fortunately, the environmental thinker and writer has crunched the numbers and plotted a course of action that is practical and even enjoyable. 

Over 16s
£8.00
 
 
Under 16s
£4.00
 
 
Mike Berners-Lee talks to Rosie Boycott

Event 227

Steve Box and Sophia Jansson

Moominvalley

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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The Oscar-winning director Steve Box (The Curse of the Were-Rabbit) and Tove Jansson’s niece Sophia introduce the new TV adaptation of the Swedish/Finnish writer-illustrator’s classic and much-loved stories about the Moomins. Directed at a family primetime audience, the drama fantasy series is full of life and laughter for lifelong Moomin fans and complete newcomers alike. The new animation series will be made using state-of-the-art 3D CGI to introduce Moomin to a new generation – and to screens in a way never seen before. Chaired by Francine Stock.

Over 16s
£8.00
 
 
Under 16s
£4.00
 
 

Event 228

Michael J Benton

The Dinosaurs Rediscovered: How a Scientific Revolution is Rewriting History

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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New technologies have revealed secrets locked in prehistoric bones in ways that nobody predicted. We can now work out the colour of dinosaurs, their bite forces, top speeds, and even how they cared for their young. Remarkable new fossil finds, such as giant sauropod dinosaur skeletons from Patagonia, dinosaurs with feathers from China and even a tiny dinosaur tail in Burmese amber – complete down to every detail of its filament-like feathers, skin, bones, and mummified tail muscles – have revolutionised palaeontology. Mike Benton is Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology at the University of Bristol.

Price: £8.00
 
 
Michael J Benton

Event 229

Kiri Bloom Walden

Adaptation from novel to screen

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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This workshop will look at adaptation – how novels, plays and short stories become films. We’ll unpick the process of how this is done – from padding out some texts to cutting down others. How film represents the ideas of the text without losing the style of the author. We’ll look in detail at examples including Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Jane Eyre, and Les Liaisons Dangereuses, before having a go ourselves at adapting a text from novel to screenplay.

18+
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Kiri Bloom Walden

Event HD45

Gal-dem

Leah Cowan, Nina Dahmani and Kuba Shand-Baptiste

Venue: Compass Studio
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Join Leah Cowan, Nina Dahmani and Kuba Shand-Baptiste, three inspiring writers from the award-winning magazine gal-dem, created by a group of women and non-binary people of colour to address inequality and misrepresentation in the media by creating a space for everyone to enjoy. They will talk about their debut book for teens I Will Not Be Erased: Our Stories About Growing Up As People of Colour and how their game-changing collective began. Come and join this talented group for a witty and insightful chat about growing up, politics, race, mental health, love, activism and anything in between.

14+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event HD48

Chris Ryan

Special Forces Cadets

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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Chris Ryan, ex-SAS hero turned author, introduces his brand new action packed series Special Forces Cadets, which is inspired by his fascinating real-life army experiences. A top-secret government programme needs a crack team of undercover military operators. They must have awesome levels of determination, endurance and fitness. And in order to operate in circumstances where adult forces would be compromised, the recruits must be under sixteen. Only a few are tough enough and smart enough to make it… And once out in the field, they will require all their skills just to stay alive.

12+
Price: £8.00
 
 

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