Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event DT33

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 291

Simon Jenkins

From Pericles to Putin: A Short History of Europe

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Europe has for two millennia been a remarkably successful continent. Jenkins tells the story of its evolution from a battlefield of warring tribes to peace, wealth and freedom – a story that twists and turns from Greece and Rome, through the Middle Ages, Reformation and French Revolution, to the two world wars and the present day. He celebrates Europe’s makers – from Julius Caesar and Joan of Arc to Wellington and Angela Merkel, as well as cultural figures from Aristotle to Shakespeare and Picasso. 

Price: £10.00
 
 
Simon Jenkins

Event 292

Elif Shafak – The Wellcome Book Prize Lecture 2019

How to remain sane in the age of populism, political uncertainty and pessimism?

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Join us for a fascinating talk that weaves the personal and the cultural, the social and the political, and explores what it means to be human in our age of uncertainties and conflicts. The novelist reflects on identity, gender and belonging, looking at a range of nations and cultures from Turkey to Hungary, from America to Brazil and Russia. How can writing nurture the markers of democracy, tolerance, the acceptance of diversity and progress? Where do we look for balance and truth, for clarity and hope?

The Wellcome Book Prize lecture aims to celebrate the place of medicine, science and the stories of illness in literature, arts and culture, and how these stories add to our understanding of what it means to be human. Elif Shafak is chair of judges for the 2019 prize, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary, and an advocate for women’s rights, LGBT rights and freedom of speech. Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist and the most widely read female author in Turkey. She writes in both Turkish and English, and has published seventeen books, eleven of which are novels. Her work has been translated into fifty languages. In 2017 she was chosen by Politico as one of the twelve people who will "make the world better".

Price: £10.00
 
 
Elif Shafak – The Wellcome Book Prize Lecture 2019

Event 293

Alison Weir

Fictions: Anna of Kleve, Queen of Secrets

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The historian introduces the fourth book in her Six Tudor Queens novel series, in which she transforms Henry VIII’s much-maligned fourth wife into a woman of passion, courage and mystery. The King is in love with Anna, the German princess’s portrait, but she has none of the accomplishments he seeks in a new bride. She prays she will please Henry, for the balance of power in Europe rests on this marriage alliance. But Anna’s past is never far from her thoughts, and the rumours rife at court could be her downfall…

Price: £9.00
 
 

Event 294

Tyler Shores

Cambridge Series 12: Reading in an Age of Digital Distraction

Venue: Compass Studio
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What is the difference between reading in print and onscreen? How is our reading experience affected in a digital age where we are prone to endless distractions? Writer, editor and researcher Tyler Shores explores his latest research.

Price: £8.00
 
 
Tyler Shores

Event HD64

Greg James, Chris Smith and Dave Cribb

Kid Normal and the Shadow Machine

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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Calling all members of the Heroes’ Alliance! There’s been a dramatic jailbreak at a top secret prison and the planet’s most dangerous supervillains are on the loose. Luckily Kid Normal and the Super Zeroes are on hand to chase them down, but will they find Magpie and his dastardly shadow machine in time, before they bring about the end of the Heroes’ world as we know it?

Join award-winning broadcasters Greg James and Chris Smith for an action-packed Kid Normal event with musical accompaniment from Dave Cribb. Help create a brand-new superhero story and prepare for lots of games, singing and audience fun.

9+
Price: £10.00
 
 

Event HD65

Jessica French

What a Waste

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Our poor Earth is drowning in plastic. But it’s not too late to save it. Join conservationist, author and vet Jessica French to learn all about waste and how we can revolutionise our relationship with it to help make our planet a nicer place for everyone. Find out what is being done to fix the problem and how the smallest, simplest change can make a world of difference.

6+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event W91

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
Free – sign up at the venue on the day
Please log in to add this event to your wish list so we can notify you in case of further availability

Event W90

Migrations: Rubber Stamp Workshop 2

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
Price: £10.00
 
 

Event DT34

Ticket to Dine

Late Lunch

Venue: The Grove Restaurant
Read more

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 295

David Crystal

The Future of Englishes

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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A third of the seven billion people in the world speak English, with just 400 million of them as a first language. There have been sixty to seventy new Englishes that have emerged in the last fifty years alone, and the ‘lingua franca’ in Europe is emerging as another English too. For sure. Can the world’s most acquisitive and adaptable communications tool just keep growing? The linguistics guru plays with the cultural misunderstandings and the huge gains that come in internationally when people from different cultures communicate fluently in the global language. 

Price: £10.00
 
 
David Crystal

Event 296

Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough

From Raiders to Rulers: The Vikings in Anglo-Saxon England

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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“Never before has such a terror appeared in Britain as we have suffered from a pagan race, nor was it thought that such an inroad from the sea could be made,” wrote the Anglo-Saxon scholar Alcuin, in response to the first major Viking raid on Lindisfarne. From these notorious early attacks at the end of the 8th century to all-out war in the time of Alfred; from the extortion of ‘Danegeld’ in the reign of Æthelstan to two decades of rule under Cnut, the Scandinavian impact on Anglo-Saxon culture and politics was enormous. In a wide-ranging overview, Eleanor Barraclough explores some of the truths behind the Vikings’ lurid reputation, and shows the evidence to be found in the rare documents on display in the British Library.

Price: £8.00
 
 

Event 297

Markus Zusak talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: Bridge of Clay

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The new novel by the author of The Book Thief is about a boy caught in a current, a boy intent on destroying everything he has in order to become everything he needs to be. Ahead of him lies the bridge, the vision that will save both his family and himself. It will be a miracle and nothing less. At once an existential riddle and a search for redemption, this tale of five brothers coming of age in a house with no rules brims with energy, joy and pathos. Written in Markus Zusak’s distinctive style, it is a tour de force from a master storyteller of the heart.

Price: £8.00
 
 
Markus Zusak talks to Georgina Godwin

Event 298

Felipe Fernández-Armesto

Out of Our Minds: A History of What We Think and How We Think It

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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Traversing the realms of science, politics, religion, culture, philosophy and history, Fernández-Armesto reveals the thrilling and disquieting tales of our imaginative leaps – from the first Homo sapiens to the present day. Through groundbreaking insights in cognitive science, he explores how and why we have ideas in the first place, providing a tantalising glimpse into who we are and what we might yet accomplish. The award-winning historian shows that bad ideas are often more influential than good ones; that the oldest recoverable thoughts include some of the best; that ideas of Western origin often issued from exchanges with the wider world; and that the pace of innovative thinking is under threat.

Price: £9.00
 
 
Felipe Fernández-Armesto

Event HD66

Peter Frankopan

The Silk Roads: Illustrated Edition for Children

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Set your sails east as bestselling author and historian Peter Frankopan explores the history of the world via The Silk Roads. Discover a remarkable illustrated historical voyage and find out how understanding the past gives us insight into our future.

9+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event HD67

Proud: Stories, Poetry and Art on the Theme of Pride

Venue: Compass Studio
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Join Juno Dawson as she discusses her new YA anthology Proud with some of its contributors: Simon James Green, Alice Oseman and new author Cynthia So. A rainbow, riotous celebration of talent, Proud is a funny and emotional read, featuring 24 LGBTQ+ YA authors, poets, and artists. All readers deserve to see themselves represented in books, and whether part of the LGBTQ+ community or a supportive ally, we can all read this with pride.

14+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event W94

Craft Demonstration from Ruskin Mill Students

Neurodiversity: Reimagining our potential

Venue: Meeting Place on site
Read more

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
Free – sign up at the venue on the day
Please log in to add this event to your wish list so we can notify you in case of further availability

Event W93

Swedish Culture for Children 3

Children Can Change the World

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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In Sweden, children and young people are recognised as an important part of society. Swedish children’s culture is open-minded and doesn’t shy away from difficult topics. This has fostered a generation of young people who express their opinions, are listened to and speak up to claim their rights, from Pippi Longstocking to Greta Thunberg. Join us to explore the power and potential of children changing the world.

7-9 years
Parents must attend but don't require a ticket
Price: £10.00
 
 

Event W96

Migrations: Collage & Print Workshop 2

University of Worcester

Venue: Cube
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Join the University of Worcester illustration team to make collages and prints 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 materials and inks; please bring kindness and imagination to show that a small gesture can make a difference.

9–11
1 hour 30 mins
Parents may attend but don’t require a ticket
Price: £10.00
 
 
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Event 299

Camilla Cavendish talks to Joan Bakewell

The British Academy Platform 4: Extra Time – 10 Lessons for an Ageing World

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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By 2020, for the first time in history, the number of people aged 65 and over will outnumber children aged five and under. Travelling across the world and interviewing leading scientists about breakthroughs which could soon transform the quality and extent of life, Cavendish contests many of the taboos around ageing, and sparks a debate about how governments, businesses, doctors, the media and each one of us should handle the final few decades of life. In this manifesto for change, she argues that if we take a more positive approach, we should be able to reap the benefits of a prolonged life, and help the elderly to play a fuller part in society. But that will mean a revolution: in work, in education, in housing, in medicine – and in our attitudes. Cavendish is an award-winning Times journalist and was head of the Downing Street policy unit under David Cameron. Bakewell was appointed as a Voice for Older People by Gordon Brown.

Price: £10.00
 
 
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