Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 329

Jamie Susskind talks to Katya Adler

Future Politics

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Susskind confronts one of the most important questions of our time: how will digital technology transform politics and society? The great political debate of the last century was about how much of our collective life should be determined by the state and what should be left to the market and civil society. In the future, the question will be how far our lives should be directed and controlled by powerful digital systems - and on what terms? Those who control these technologies - usually big tech firms and the state - will increasingly control us. Their algorithms will resolve vital questions of social justice, allocating social goods and sorting us into hierarchies of status and esteem. They will decide the future of democracy, causing it to flourish or decay. 

Price: £8.00
 
 

Event 330

Markus Zusak talks to Stephanie Merritt

Hay Festival Book of the Month Club – The Book Thief

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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We re-read the contemporary classic, narrated by Death and first published in 2007.

It is 1939. In Nazi Germany, the country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier - and will become busier still. 

By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed forever when she picks up a single object, abandoned in the snow. It is The Gravedigger’s Handbook, and this is her first act of book thievery. So begins Liesel's love affair with books and words, and soon she is stealing from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library . . . wherever there are books to be found. 

The Australian novelist talks to Stephanie Merritt, who also writes historical fiction as SJ Parris. Zusak’s latest novel is Bridge of Clay.

Price: £10.00
 
 
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Markus Zusak talks to Stephanie Merritt

Event 331

Elif Shafak talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions: Life Force

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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Shafak’s 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World is an intensely powerful new novel from the bestselling author of The Bastard of Istanbul and Honour. For Leila, each minute after her death brings a sensuous memory: the taste of a stew of spiced goat, sacrificed by her father to celebrate the long-awaited birth of a son; the sight of bubbling vats of lemon and sugar which the women use to wax their legs while the men attend mosque; the scent of cardamom coffee that Leila shares with a handsome student in the brothel where she works. Each memory, too, recalls the friends she made at each key moment in her life.

Price: £8.00
 
 

Event HD73

Judith Kerr

The Curse of the School Rabbit

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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HAYDAYS' favourite Judith Kerr returns to introduce her forthcoming illustrated chapter book, published in June to celebrate her 96th birthday. She talks about her amazing life and work including When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the Mog stories. Judith will be in conversation with Claire Armitstead, Associate Culture Editor, the Guardian.

6+
Price: £10.00
 
 
Judith Kerr

Event HD74

Karl Nova

Rhythm and Poetry

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Award-winning wordsmith, hip hop artist and poet Karl Nova will perform pieces from his new book Rhythm and Poetry. Karl stitches and weaves his performance to tell stories that are humorous, personal and inspirational. He will perform freestyle, inviting the audience to challenge him to create a verse on the spot.

11+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event HD75

Emma Carroll and Lisa Thompson

Secrets of the Sun King and The Day I Was Erased

Venue: Compass Studio
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How do you create a compelling adventure that keeps readers guessing? Join bestselling authors Emma Carroll and Lisa Thompson as they discuss building suspense and keeping readers hooked in their page-turning stories including Secrets of a Sun King and The Day I Was Erased.

9+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event W102

Foraged Art Workshop 14

Rooted Forest Schools

Venue: Wild Garden
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Come and join Rooted Forest School (rootedforestschool.co.uk) for an outdoor family session inspired by the Forest School approach. We will be making charcoal on the fire, using natural pigments to create our own paint, making brushes from found materials and creating communal land art. These sessions are aimed at families and will run whatever the weather, so make sure you’re wrapped up for the conditions.

6–8
Parents must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Foraged Art Workshop 14

Event W101

Jenny Valentine 1

The Perfect Crime: Creative Writing Workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Join award-winning novelist Jenny Valentine to create your own crime scene investigation. Expect plot twists and high drama; as Sherlock Holmes says: “once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth”.

11–12
2 hours
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Event DT37

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 332

Jared Diamond talks to Philippe Sands

Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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A brilliant new theory of how and why some nations recover from trauma and others don't, by the author of the landmark bestsellers Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse. Diamond reveals how successful nations recover from crisis through selective change - a coping mechanism more commonly associated with personal trauma. Adding a psychological dimension to the awe-inspiring grasp of history, geography, economics, and anthropology that marks all his work, Upheaval reveals how both nations and individuals can become more resilient. He talks to the human rights lawyer and author of East West Street, Philippe Sands.

Price: £14.00
 
 
Jared Diamond talks to Philippe Sands

Event 333

Jo Dunkley

Our Universe: An Astronomer’s Guide

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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The night sky is an endless source of wonder and mystery. For thousands of years it has been at the heart of scientific and philosophical inquiry, from the first star catalogues etched into ancient Mesopotamian clay tablets to the metres-wide telescopes constructed in Chile’s Atacama Desert today. On a clear night it is hard not to look up and pick out familiar constellations, and to think of the visionary minds who pioneered our understanding of what lies beyond. The Princeton Professor of Astrophysics reveals how it only becomes more beautiful and exciting the more we discover. She takes us from the very basics – why Earth orbits the sun, and how our moon works – right up to massive, strange phenomena like superclusters, quasars and the geometry of spacetime.

Price: £9.00
 
 
Jo Dunkley

Event 334

Victoria Hislop talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions: Those Who Are Loved

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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We are delighted to launch the gripping new novel by number one bestseller Victoria Hislop, which is set against the backdrop of the German occupation of Greece, the subsequent civil war and a military dictatorship. Hislop sheds light on the complexity and trauma of Greece’s past and weaves it into the epic tale of an ordinary woman compelled to live an extraordinary life.

Price: £9.00
 
 

Event 335

Max Porter and Alula Down

Fictions: Lanny

Venue: Compass Studio
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Lanny is an extraordinary novel. A devastating story told with the anarchy, humour and enchantment Max Porter’s readers will recognise from his Dylan Thomas Prize-winning Grief is the Thing with Feathers. Porter introduces the story and reads, accompanied by a specially commissioned score from the Herefordshire folk duo Alula Down.

“This village belongs to the people who live in it and to those who lived in it hundreds of years ago. It belongs to England’s mysterious past and its confounding present. It belongs to Mad Pete, the grizzled artist. To ancient Peggy, gossiping at her gate. To families dead for generations, and to those who have only recently moved here. But it also belongs to Dead Papa Toothwort who has woken from his slumber in the woods. Dead Papa Toothwort, who is listening to them all.”

Price: £8.00
 
 
Max Porter and Alula Down

Event HD76

Cressida Cowell

Dragons and Wizards

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Join Cressida Cowell, award-winning author of the How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once series. Cressida will talk about her latest book, The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic, as well as the inspirations behind all her writing, and give tips on becoming an author or illustrator.

9+
Price: £10.00
 
 

Event HD77

Fiona Ross and Sarah-Jane Arbury

Roald Dahl’s Rotsome & Repulsant Words

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Calling all human beans! Join Word Wizards Sara-Jane Arbury and Fiona Ross, and gobblefunk with Roald Dahl’s redunculously rude and rotsome words. Learn how to curse like a Giant and insult like a Trunchbull! Oodles of foulsome fun with wacky word games, mouth manglers, explosive expletives, shouting matches and whizzpopping poppyrot.

6+
Price: £8.00
 
 
Fiona Ross and Sarah-Jane Arbury

Event W104

Jenny Valentine 2

The Perfect Crime: Creative Writing Workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Join award-winning novelist Jenny Valentine to create your own crime scene investigation. Expect plot twists and high drama; as Sherlock Holmes says: “once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth”.

13–14
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Jenny Valentine 2

Event DT38

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 336

Hay Festival Foundation Gala 2

Speeches That Changed the World - Live Readings

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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This second of this year’s all-star readings celebrates the power of persuasion and words. From calls to arms to demands for peace, from letters of love and sex to power and tragedy, and from cries of freedom to words of inspiration, this performance captures the voices of prophets and politicians, rebels and tyrants, soldiers and statesman. Speeches' is inspired by Simon Sebag Montefiore’s new book which will be published in October. The historian's latest anthology is Written in History: Letters that Changed the WorldThe full cast will be announced on the day.

Hay Festival Foundation funds our education and inclusion work.
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Event 337

James Ellroy talks to Mark Lawson

Fictions: This Storm

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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From “one of the great American writers of our time” (Los Angeles Times) a brilliant historical crime novel, a pulse-pounding, as-it-happens narrative that unfolds in Los Angeles and Mexico in the wake of Pearl Harbor. Ellroy is author of the acclaimed LA Quartet: The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, LA Confidential and White Jazz, as well as the Underworld USA trilogy.

Price: £10.00
 
 

Event 338

Katja Petrowskaja talks to Philippe Sands

Maybe Esther

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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An interview with the author of the international bestselling memoir. Petrowskaja’s family story is inextricably entangled with the history of 20th-century Europe. There is her great-uncle, who shot a German diplomat in Moscow in 1932 and was sentenced to death. There is her Ukrainian grandfather, who disappeared during WWII and reappeared forty years later. And there is her great-grandmother – whose name may or may not have been Esther – who was too old and frail to leave Kiev when the Jews there were rounded up, and was killed by a Nazi outside her house. Philippe Sands is author of the Baillie Gifford Prize-winning East West Street.

Price: £8.00
 
 
Katja Petrowskaja talks to Philippe Sands

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