Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 39

David Rowan

Non-Bullshit Innovation: Radical Ideas from the World’s Smartest Minds

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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The founding Editor-in-chief of WIRED’s UK edition travels the globe in search of the most exciting and pioneering start-ups building the future, meeting ambitious entrepreneurs disrupting businesses in almost every sector. And yet too often the companies think they can innovate through jargon; with talk of change agents and co-creation gurus, ideas portals and webinars, paradigm shifts and pilgrimages to Silicon Valley. It’s mostly pointless innovation theatre – corporate nonsense that has little to do with delivering real change. But during this quest he’s also discovered some genuinely exciting and transformative approaches to innovation, often in places you might least expect…

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David Rowan

Event 40

Click

BBC World News

Venue: BBC Tent
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Experience the BBC’s flagship science and technology TV show LIVE on stage. Host Spencer Kelly has spent over fifteen years exploring the world of technology, returning to Hay for a fourth year with mind-bending live demos of artificial intelligence, robotics and virtual reality.

A Click Hay Festival special will be broadcast on the BBC News Channel and on BBC World News

Free but ticketed
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Event 41

Fiona McBain

Mountain Warehouse Walk 1: Ancient Oaks and Countryside

Venue: Meeting Place on site
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From Hay we climb to atmospheric Mouse Castle Wood, home to ancient oaks and site of an unfinished motte-and-bailey earthwork, consisting of a rock boss with an artificially scarped vertical side. The castle was held by the de Clanowe family in the 14th century. We continue across undulating fields, returning to Hay along the Wye Valley Walk. Distance 8 miles. Ascent 250 metres.

Strong boots and all weather clothing recommended. Bring a packed lunch.

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Event HD1

Julia Donaldson and Friends

The Gruffalo is 20!

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Celebrate The Gruffalo’s 20th birthday with Julia Donaldson and friends for a fun-packed hour of stories and songs based on her bestselling books. Performing alongside her guitar-playing husband Malcolm and other actors, they will also bring to life her brand new stories The Cook and the King and The Go-Away Bird. Get ready to join in! 

3+
Family Show.
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Event HD2

Candy Gourlay

Bone Talk

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Shortlisted for the 2019 CILIP Carnegie Medal, Bone Talk is a dramatic adventure tale full of spirit and soul that transports readers to the world and heart of a remote Filipino tribe. Candy Gourlay, who is of Filipino heritage and was a journalist during the People Power Revolution in the Philippines, explores colonialism and the treatment of Filipino tribes in this fascinating and strongly set adventure.

9+
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Event W3

Become a Fake News Detective 1

The Guardian Foundation

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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What is news? Is all news fake? Who can you trust? Join the NewsWise team for a fun, interactive investigation into the news… find the clues to help you spot fake news, and understand why this matters! NewsWise (theguardian.com/newswise) is a free project from The Guardian Foundation (theguardian.com/the-guardian-foundation), National Literacy Trust (literacytrust.org.uk) and PSHE Association (pshe-association.org.uk).

9–11
1 hour 30 mins
Parents must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Event W2

Cookery Workshop 1

Cook School

Venue: Cube
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Cook School is pitching up at Hay Festival to offer hands-on, fun cookery sessions, preparing a couple of Italian classics to take home for dinner along with an easy step-by-step recipe card, written by renowned children’s cookbook author Amanda Grant. Cook School is on a mission to teach as many children and young people to cook as possible. Head to cookschool.club to find out more.

5–18
Parents of children under 9 must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Event W4

Foraged Art Workshop 1

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.

4–6
Parents must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Foraged Art Workshop 1

Event W5

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 457

Monica Grady

OPEN TALK

Venue: Serious Reading Room
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1969 and all that. In the 50 years since Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon, what have we learnt about the Solar System – and the chance of life beyond Earth? Monica Grady is Professor of Planetary and Space Sciences at the Open University.

Part of The Open University’s 50th anniversary celebrations 

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Monica Grady

Event 42

Jokha Alharthi and Marilyn Booth in conversation with Bettany Hughes

The Man Booker International Prize 2019

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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The winning author and translator of Celestial Bodies join us for a conversation with the chair of the jury. Celestial Bodies is set in the village of al-Awafi in Oman, where we encounter three sisters: Mayya, who marries Abdallah after a heartbreak; Asma, who marries from a sense of duty; and Khawla who rejects all offers while waiting for her beloved, who has emigrated to Canada. These three women and their families witness Oman evolve from a traditional, slave-owning society slowly redefining itself after the colonial era, to the crossroads of its complex present. 

Bettany Hughes says: “Through the different tentacles of people’s lives and loves and losses we come to learn about this society – all its degrees, from the very poorest of the slave families working there to those making money through the advent of a new wealth in Oman and Muscat. It starts in a room and ends in a world. We felt we were getting access to ideas and thoughts and experiences you aren’t normally given in English. It avoids every stereotype you might expect in its analysis of gender and race and social distinction and slavery. There are surprises throughout. We fell in love with it.”

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Jokha Alharthi and Marilyn Booth in conversation with Bettany Hughes

Event 43

Paul Dolan

Happy Ever After: Escaping the Myth of the Perfect Life

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Happiness expert Professor Paul Dolan draws on a variety of studies ranging over wellbeing, inequality and discrimination to bust the common myths about our sources of happiness. He shows that there can be many unexpected paths to lasting fulfilment. Some of these might involve not going into higher education, choosing not to marry, rewarding acts rooted in self-interest and caring a little less about living forever. By freeing ourselves from the myth of the perfect life, we might each find a life worth living. Chaired by Horatio Clare.

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Event 44

Mia Couto and Wayétu Moore talk to Daniel Hahn

Fictions: Imagining Africa

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Couto’s novel Woman of the Ashes masterfully interweaves history with folklore and has managed to create a work of rare originality and imagination set in 19th century Mozambique. Imani, a fifteen-year-old girl, struggles with her cultural identity as she is torn between her VaChopi roots and the occupying Portuguese. The three diaspora protagonists in Moore’s dazzling magical realist debut She Would be King meet in the settlement of Monrovia. Their gifts help them salvage the tense relationship between the African American settlers and the indigenous tribes, as a new nation forms around them.

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Event 45

Free Thinking

BBC Radio 3

Venue: BBC Tent
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BBC Radio 3’s arts and ideas programme explores the ways in which writing about art can help us embrace a new way of seeing the work. Rana Mitter is joined by novelist and art essayist Siri Hustvedt, writer and broadcaster Simon Schama and Radio 3 New Generation Thinker and historian of Renaissance and early modern Europe Catherine Fletcher.

Free Thinking is broadcast on Radio 3 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10pm. This recording will be broadcast on Thursday 30 May and available as a BBC Arts & Ideas podcast.

Free but ticketed
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Event HD3

Michael Rosen

Jelly Boots and Uncle Gobb, and a Bear Hunt

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Come and meet the one and only Michael Rosen and find out all about Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots and Uncle Gobb and the Plot Plot and his other fabulous stories including We're Going on a Bear Hunt as we celebrate its 30th birthday. Jelly Boots is a riotous poetry celebration of words – silly words, funny words, words you only use in your own family, new words, old words, and the very best words in the right order. Uncle Gobb and the Plot Plot is the third uproarious Uncle Gobb adventure and sees Malcolm and his awful Uncle Gobb return, each with a cunning plot… 

Suitable for ages 7+
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Event HD4

Sarah Crossan and Lauren Child

The UK and Irish Children’s Laureates Share Ideas

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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UK Waterstones Children’s Laureate Lauren Child and Laureate na nÓg Sarah Crossan will share the stage to discuss the power of words, the importance of illustration and their mutual conviction that every child should have access to literature and to creativity. Chaired by Jonathan Douglas, Director, National Literacy Trust.

12+
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Event W6

Cookery Workshop 2

Cook School

Venue: Cube
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Cook School is pitching up at Hay Festival to offer hands-on, fun cookery sessions, preparing a couple of Italian classics to take home for dinner along with an easy step-by-step recipe card, written by renowned children’s cookbook author Amanda Grant. Cook School is on a mission to teach as many children and young people to cook as possible. Head to cookschool.club to find out more.

5–18
Parents of children under 9 must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Event W7

Foraged Art Workshop 2

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 2

Event W9

Become a Fake News Detective 2

The Guardian Foundation

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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What is news? Is all news fake? Who can you trust? Join the NewsWise team for a fun, interactive investigation into the news… find the clues to help you spot fake news, and understand why this matters! NewsWise (theguardian.com/newswise) is a free project from The Guardian Foundation (theguardian.com/the-guardian-foundation), National Literacy Trust (literacytrust.org.uk) and PSHE Association (pshe-association.org.uk).

9–11
1 hour 30 mins
Parents must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Event 46

Simon Schama

Rembrandt’s Eyes

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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350 years ago Rembrandt van Rijn died in poverty - but not obscurity - having sublimely reinvented every genre of art that he touched. Twenty years after his Rembrandt's Eyes was published Simon Schama asks what it is that makes his work so deeply moving and how did he re-make the image of humanity?

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Simon Schama

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