Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event HD49

Authors4Oceans: How Children and Stories Can Save Our Vanishing World

Nicola Davies, Lauren St John and Yuval Zommer

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Join three Authors4Oceans writers to discover how you can save species large and small, on shore and off. Authors Lauren St John and Nicola Davies and illustrator Yuval Zommer combine their passion for wildlife and its conservation with their writing and illustrating. They will discuss how that comes together in their books, including Kat Wolfe Takes the Case, When the Whales Walked and The Big Book of the Blue.

9+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event DT27

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 230

Hallie Rubenhold

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers. What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. Their murderer was never identified, but the name created for him by the press has become far more famous than any of these five women. Now, in her devastating narrative of five lives, historian Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, and gives these women back their stories. Chaired by the historical thriller writer SJ Parris.

Price: £8.00
 
 

Event 231

Gavin Turk and Farhana Yamin talk to Ed Gillespie

Extinction Rebellion – Is It Time?

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Climate change is an unprecedented global emergency. Successive governments have failed to put in place the legislation and processes necessary to provide for a sustainable future. To survive, it’s going to take everything we’ve got to spark and sustain a spirit of creative rebellion, which will enable much-needed changes in our political, economic and social landscape. Award-winning artist Gavin Turk and international environmental lawyer Farhana Yamin talk to environmental entrepreneur Ed Gillespie.

Over 16s
£8.00
 
 
Under 16s
£4.00
 
 
Gavin Turk and Farhana Yamin talk to Ed Gillespie

Event 232

Giles Yeo

Gene Eating: The Science of Obesity and the Truth About Diets

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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In an age of misinformation and pseudo-science, the world is getting fatter and the diet makers are getting richer. So how do we break this cycle that’s killing us all? Drawing on the very latest science and his own genetic research at Cambridge University, Yeo has written the seminal ‘anti-diet’ diet book. Exploring the history of our food, debunking marketing nonsense and toxic diet advice and confronting the advocates of ‘clean eating’, he translates his pioneering research into an engaging study of human appetite. Chaired by dietitian Ceris Devereux.

Price: £8.00
 
 
Giles Yeo

Event 233

Hay Writers' Circle

New Work, 2019

Venue: Cube
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A reading of new work by members of the Hay writers’ group: prose, diary and poetry.

Free but ticketed
Price: £0.00
 
 

Event 234

Hay Festival Youth Council

How I Got Here

Venue: Compass Studio
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How I Got Here sessions are in-conversation events where Hay Festival Youth Council members interview Hay Festival speakers (speakers will be chalkboarded at the venue and updated on #HAYCOMPASS). These sessions are programmed and delivered by young people for young people. Free for 16–25-year-olds who register at hayfestival.org/compass.

Price: £7.00
 
 
Hay Festival Youth Council

Event HD50

Juno Dawson, Laura Dockrill and Fiona Shaw

The Bookseller YA Book Prize Panel

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The YA Book Prize singles out the best new fiction for young adults every year. Join shortlisted authors Juno Dawson (Clean), Laura Dockrill (Big Bones) and Fiona Shaw (Outwalkers) for a discussion of their books and the importance of YA fiction. Chaired by Anna James.

14+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event 235

Spell Songs

The Lost Words - concert

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Join eight leading folk musicians for an evening of enchanting new commissions based on the book The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris.

The musicians are singer-songwriter Karine Polwart, Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis, kora player Seckou Keita, Scottish contemporary folk musician and songwriter Kris Drever, British composer Kerry Andrew, singer and harpist Rachel Newton, cellist Beth Porter and multi-instrumentalist Jim Molyneux.

Spell Songs engages deeply with landscape and nature, to respond to the creatures, art and language of The Lost Words - A Spell Book. Spell Songs will allow these acclaimed and diverse musicians to weave together elements of British folk music, Senegalese folk traditions, experimental and classical music, and create an inspiring new body of work.

Featuring live painting by Jackie Morris.

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Price: £20.00
 
 

Event 236

Nigel Owens, Sam Warburton and Martyn Phillips talk to Carolyn Hitt

Grand Slams, Game Plans, Tight Calls and Balance Sheets

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Rugby is a serious global business that is scaling up, and facing regional and global challenges and revolutions. WRU CEO and Chair of GlobalWelsh Martyn Phillips, Sam Warburton, the former Wales, Lions and Cardiff Blues captain and THE ref Nigel Owens discuss all aspects of the sport: its challenges, both on and off the field, and the culture that underpins the essence of the game, in conversation with Carolyn Hitt, author of Wales Play in Red.

Price: £9.00
 
 

Event 237

Oliver Bullough

How to Steal a Trillion Dollars, and Where to Hide it

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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Moneyland is the secret country of the lawless, stateless, super rich. Over the past fifty years it has become the third largest economy in the world, and is annexing more every day. Investigative journalist Oliver Bullough explains how the City of London created this phenomenon, what damage it’s doing to the world and what Britain must do to stop being the problem.

Price: £8.00
 
 
Oliver Bullough

Event 239

David Green, Mindu Hornick, Jabba Riaz and Barbara Winton

Authoritarian Nationalism v Democratic Internationalism: The Struggle for Civilisation

Venue: Compass Studio
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The horrors of two world wars and the Holocaust spurred the creation of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, decolonisation and the creation of what is now the EU. The era established principles and institutions of tolerance, equality, humanity and democracy that have guided successive generations since. Today those values are threatened by a rising tide of hostility, racism, nationalism and religious intolerance. How can we stem this tide and, through education, take action to promote inclusion, understanding and community cohesion? Barbara Winton, daughter and biographer of Sir Nicholas Winton, Auschwitz survivor Mindu Hornick and Jabba Riaz, the Mayor of Worcester, talk to University of Worcester Vice Chancellor David Green.

Price: £8.00
 
 

Event 423

Kit de Waal, Lisa Blower & Loretta Ramkissoon

Common People

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Working class stories are not always tales of the underprivileged and dispossessed. Kit De Waal, bestselling author of My Name is Leon and The Trick to Time celebrates the new anthology of working class writers she has edited for Unbound. She is joined by Lisa Blower, who teaches creative writing at the Bangor University. Her first novel Sitting Ducks was shortlisted for the Arnold Bennett Prize and her second It’s Gone Dark over Bill’s Mother’s is out now from Myriad Editions. Loretta Ramkissoon, an Italian-Mauritian Londoner whose account of life in a tower block ('Which Floor?') is her first published piece. Chaired by Rachael Kerr of Unbound.

Price: £8.00
 
 
Kit de Waal, Lisa Blower & Loretta Ramkissoon

Event DT28

Ticket to Dine

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 7pm and 8pm 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 241

Chris Ryan talks to Oliver Balch

Fictions: Red Strike

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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A former SAS corporal and the only man to escape death or capture during the Bravo Two Zero operation during the 1991 Gulf War, Ryan turned to writing thrillers to tell the stories the Official Secrets Act stops him putting in his non-fiction. His novels have gone on to inspire the Sky One series Strike BackRed Strike sees Ryan’s two heroes go undercover into the circle of a British populist demagogue with links to the Kremlin.

Price: £9.00
 
 

Event 242

Meltem Arıkan and Memet Ali Alabora talk to Filiz Çelik and Dylan Moore

Freedom Writers: Censorship in Turkey and Exile in Wales

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Meltem Arıkan received the Freedom of Thought and Speech Award 2004 from the Turkish Publishers Association after the government tried to censor her fourth novel Yeter Tenimi Acıtmayın (Stop Hurting My Flesh). In 2013, her play Mi Minor was claimed by the Turkish authorities to be a rehearsal for the Gezi Park demonstrations later that year. The ensuing mob hysteria and death threats led to her leaving Turkey, where she now faces a life sentence on charges of attempting the violent overthrow of the government. Memet Ali Alabora, the play’s director, has also been charged with treason and also now lives in exile in Wales, with his wife, actress Pınar Öğün. The writer and director will discuss issues of censorship and exile as well as their work with researcher Filiz Çelik and writer Dylan Moore. 

Price: £8.00
 
 
Meltem Arıkan and Memet Ali Alabora talk to Filiz Çelik and Dylan Moore

Event 243

Billie Charity, Kate Harding, Sarah Stone and Benna Waites

The legacy for those bereaved by suicide

Venue: Compass Studio
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The impact of suicide on friends and family can be devastating and far-reaching. Kate Harding and Billie Charity, who lost a husband and brother to suicide respectively, and Sarah Stone, Director of Samaritans in Wales, join Benna Waites to talk about the experience of grieving following suicide. Kate is a palliative care doctor and GP, Billie Charity is an award-winning photographer and Benna Waites is Joint Head of Psychology for Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.

Price: £8.00
 
 

Event 240

Paul Merton’s Impro Chums

The Hay Show

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Paul Merton, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch, Suki Webster, Mike McShane
and accompanist Kirsty Newton are rocking back to Hay with another evening of mindblowing impro. The collective improvisational experience embodied in the Chums is enough to stun an elephant. They flex their improvisational muscles to delight and entertain audiences in this country and abroad.

Age recommendation 14+ – may contain some swearing and adult themes
Price: £28.00
 
 
Paul Merton’s Impro Chums

Event 244

Will Bullough, Dermot Doyne and Nick Smith

Woodland Heritage Timber Tour

Venue: Meeting Place on site
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From tree to timber – a chance to see up close how a small-scale, sustainable wood is managed. The tour visits planting, ecosystem care and tree grading, and goes into the sawmill to see the log being converted into timber. Find out what the challenges and opportunities are for the timber industry.

Please note that there is uneven ground and steep paths onsite so please wear sturdy footwear. 
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Event 245

Richard King

Wayfaring: Music of the British Landscape

Venue: Meeting Place on site
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Richard King’s new book The Lark Ascending: Music of the British Landscape explores how Britain’s history and identity have been shaped by the relationship between music and nature. The Lark Ascending, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ pastoral romance for orchestra, was premièred in 1921 and has worked its way into the collective consciousness to define a mythical concept of the English countryside: babbling brooks and skylarks. But the birth and legacy of the composition are much more complex than this simplified pastoral vision suggests. The landscape we celebrate as unsullied and ripe with mystique is a living, working and occasionally rancorous environment that forged a nation’s musical personality and its dissenting traditions. The walk will include a discussion of our place in the landscape, both as individuals and as a society, the role of hedonism and celebration in our enjoyment of the countryside and will feature elements of both local and national rural history, breathtaking views, and pauses for rest and conversation.

Please wear appropriate footwear. Numbers are limited. There will be a bus journey to and from the walk location; return to Festival site by 12.30pm.

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