Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event W68

Being Mathematical 1

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Join Alison Eves (Royal Institution) and Charlie Gilderdale (NRICH Cambridge) for a workshop offering families the opportunity to work mathematically. Being resilient, curious, resourceful and collaborative are all great characteristics, which everyone can develop to be more mathematical. Come and share some problems selected from the popular RI Masterclass (rigb.org/education/masterclasses) and NRICH (nrich.maths.org/mathematically) collections, encouraging you to strengthen your mathematical muscles.

8–10
Parents must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Event W69

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 250

Angie Hobbs

Plato’s Republic

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Why do humans form societies and what is needed for them to thrive? How can women’s potential be actualised? How can we protect ourselves from demagogues and tyrants? Immerse yourself in the strikingly relevant questions of Plato’s influential dialogue, exploring the age-old dilemma: Why should I be just? What is a just society, and how can it be created? The philosopher and classicist revisits the big questions from Plato’s influential 2,500-year-old masterwork of philosophy and political theory, as vital today as they were when first written.

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Event 251

Katrina van Grouw

Unnatural Selection

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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In a unique fusion of art, science and history Katrina van Grouw celebrates the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s monumental work The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication, and offers a tribute to what Darwin might have achieved had he possessed that elusive missing piece to the evolutionary puzzle – the knowledge of how individual traits are passed from one generation to the next. With the benefit of a century and a half of hindsight van Grouw explains evolution by building on the analogy that Darwin himself used, comparing the selective breeding process with natural selection in the wild. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

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Event 252

Tim Smedley talks to Andy Fryers

Clearing the Air: The Beginning and the End of Air Pollution

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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Globally, 18,000 people die each day from air pollution, a far greater number than those who die from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and car crashes combined. And it is getting worse. For the most part, air pollution is anonymous; an invisible killer borne from the cars in our driveways and the industrial processes used to make stuff. Around the world, more than eight out of ten people who live in cities breathe in concentrations of air pollutants that exceed international air quality guidelines. These problems can be solved. The overwhelming majority of air pollutants are local, short-lived and can be stopped at source. The benefits to health are instant and dramatic, and we can all play a part in clearing our air. Award-winning sustainability journalist Tim Smedley explains how.

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Event HD53

Louise O’Neill, Alice Oseman, Tom Pollock and Caroline Carpenter

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 Louise O’Neill (The Surface Breaks), Alice Oseman (I Was Born for This), Tom Pollock (White Rabbit, Red Wolf) and Caroline Carpenter (Chair of the Bookseller YA Book Prize) for a discussion of their books and the importance of YA fiction. Chaired by Chelsey Pippin.

14+
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Event HD54

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is 50!

Venue: Compass Studio
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It’s the Very Hungry Caterpillar’s 50th birthday! Eric Carle’s world-famous story is the most read children’s book in Britain. Join us for a fun, interactive storytelling session and caterpillar crafting.

Parents must accompany children under 11, and will need their own ticket.
Please book as many tickets as you need seats (babes in arms don't require their own ticket).

3+
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar is 50!

Event W71

Being Mathematical 2

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Join Alison Eves (Royal Institution) and Charlie Gilderdale (NRICH Cambridge) for a workshop offering families the opportunity to work mathematically. Being resilient, curious, resourceful and collaborative are all great characteristics, which everyone can develop to be more mathematical. Come and share some problems selected from the popular RI Masterclass (rigb.org/education/masterclasses) and NRICH (nrich.maths.org/mathematically) collections, encouraging you to strengthen your mathematical muscles.

11–13
Parents may attend but don’t require a ticket
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Event W72

Craft Demonstration from Ruskin Mill Students

Neurodiversity: Reimagining our potential

Venue: Meeting Place on site
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Have a go at green woodwork, pottery and weaving and find out what our craft-based Practical Skills Therapeutic Education brings to autistic young people. Talk with students, craft tutors and staff. Ruskin Mill Trust is a unique educational charity for learners with complex needs.

Family event
Parents must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Event W70

Migrations: Bird Mask Workshop 1

University of Worcester

Venue: Cube
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Join the University of Worcester illustration team to make bird masks in response to the Migrations – Open Hearts, Open Borders exhibition. Find out how artists can change attitudes and help us to empathise with people who face dangers in their struggle to find a safer and better place to live. We will provide postcards and colours; please bring kindness and imagination to show that a small gesture can make a difference.

6–8
Parents must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Event 253

Adam Nicolson and Tom Hammick

The Making of Poetry: Coleridge, the Wordsworths and Their Year of Marvels

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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The year 1797–1798 is the most famous in English poetry. Out of it came The Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan, as well as Coleridge’s unmatched hymns to friendship and fatherhood, Wordsworth’s revolutionary verses in Lyrical Ballads and the greatness of Tintern Abbey, his paean to the unity of soul and cosmos, love and understanding. Nicolson tells the story of the year that Coleridge, Wordsworth, his sister Dorothy and an ever-shifting cast of friends, dependants and acolytes spent together in the Quantock Hills in Somerset. What emerges is a portrait of these great figures as young people, troubled, ambitious, dreaming of a vision of wholeness, knowing they had greatness in them but still in urgent search of the paths towards it. 

To research The Making of Poetry Adam spent a year living in the Quantocks in Somerset where Coleridge and Wordsworth had stayed towards the end of the 1790s when they were young aspiring poets dreaming of a world changed by poetry so that he could fully explore the genesis of the poems that came from that place and which were to become some of the most famous in the English language. Adam was accompanied for much of the time by the artist Tom Hammick who made woodcuts from fallen timber from the trees under which Wordsworth and Coleridge had sat with friends and family. In the second half of this event the artist joins Adam onstage to screen his woodcuts and discuss the nature and foundations of the Romantic revolution.

Chaired by Georgina Godwin.

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Event 254

Jane Jelley

Traces of Vermeer

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Johannes Vermeer’s luminous paintings are loved and admired around the world. We see sunlit spaces, the glimmer of satin, silver and linen; we see the softness of a hand on a lute string or letter. We recognise the distilled impression of a moment of time and we feel it to be real, yet we do not understand how the paintings were made. The few traces Vermeer has left behind tell us little: there are no letters or diaries, and no reports of him at work. Jelley has taken a new path in this detective story. A painter herself, she has worked with the materials of his time: the cochineal insect and lapis lazuli; the sheep bones, soot, earth and rust. She investigates old secrets and hears travellers’ tales. Her research allows us to unlock the studio door, and catch a glimpse of Vermeer inside, painting light.

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Event 255

Mark Britnell

Human: Solving the Global Workforce Crisis in Healthcare

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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By 2030 the world will be short of approximately fifteen million health workers – a fifth of the workforce needed to keep healthcare systems going. Global healthcare leader and award-winning author Dr Britnell uses his unique insights from advising governments, executives and clinicians in more than seventy countries to present solutions to this impending crisis. 

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Event 256

Bidisha, Eley Williams, Zoe Lambert and Ra Page

Resist: Stories of Protest

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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We live in a golden era of protest. From the anti-gun rallies in the US to the March of Return demos in Palestine, people are taking to the streets and standing up to governments that have fallen out of step with the popular mood. Resist is the second instalment of a series of commissions challenging authors to reimagine key moments of British protest through fiction, while working closely with historians, crowd scientists and eye-witnesses to maximise their historical accuracy. Bidisha reimagines Boudica’s revolt against the Romans, Eley Williams rewrites the Rebecca Riots ans Zoe Lambert has written about the Seeds of Hope protest. All these stories offer a grassroots perspective on very hard-won grassroots progress. 

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Event 257

Michaela Mahlberg and Anna Cermakova

Heroines, Heroes and Gender Inequality in Children’s Fiction

Venue: Compass Studio
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Fiction provides children with an important space to learn how to make sense of the world. It is also a crucial source for role models. Fictional worlds are not so unlike the real world – especially when it comes to gender inequalities. Based on their work with large collections of texts, Professor Mahlberg and Dr Cermakova from the University of Birmingham's Centre for Corpus Research will explore fiction from Dickens to modern children's books, to demonstrate how repeated language patterns reflect a gendered view of society. 

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Event 258

Szymanowski Quartet

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 4

Venue: St Mary’s Church
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The last of our four recitals broadcast from Hay this week. Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major; Karol Szymanowski’s String Quartet No.1 in C Major, Op.37.

Recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Please arrive in good time.
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Event HD55

Nicola Davies

The Wonder of Trees

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The award-winning author and scientist invites you to celebrate trees in all their variety as she leads a journey exploring the extraordinary diversity of trees and forests. With fascinating facts and figures, Nicola will encourage children (and adults) to treasure te world’s biodiversity and give tips on how to help stop it slipping away.

9+
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Event W77

Craft Demonstration from Ruskin Mill Students

Neurodiversity: Reimagining our potential

Venue: Meeting Place on site
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Have a go at green woodwork, pottery and weaving and find out what our craft-based Practical Skills Therapeutic Education brings to autistic young people. Talk with students, craft tutors and staff. Ruskin Mill Trust is a unique educational charity for learners with complex needs.

Family event
Parents must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Event W74

Migrations: Rubber Stamp Workshop 1

University of Worcester

Venue: Cube
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Join the University of Worcester illustration team to make rubber stamps in response to the Migrations – Open Hearts, Open Borders exhibition. Find out how artists can change attitudes and help us to empathise with people who face dangers in their struggle to find a safer and better place to live. We will provide the rubber and inks; please bring kindness and imagination to show that a small gesture can make a difference.

14+
1 hour 30 mins
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Event W76

Reveal My Daemon 1

Creative Workshop with Rufus Mufasa

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Step into Philip Pullman’s Dark Materials world where every child is born with their own shape-shifting daemon. What form will your daemon take? You might want a lion, but could it be a poodle? Join poet and performer Rufus Mufasa and Head4Arts in discovering your inner daemon through poetry, art… and magic.

9–11
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