Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 368

Shahidha Bari and Anna Murphy talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Talking About Clothes

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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We are all dressed. But how often do we pause to think about the place of our clothes in our lives? What unconscious thoughts do we express when we dress every day? Can memories, meaning and ideas be wrapped up in a winter coat? A conversation about fashion. Bari is author of Dressed: The Secret Life of Clothes. Murphy is Fashion Director of The Times and author of How Not to Wear Black: Find your Style, Create your Forever Wardrobe.

Price: £8.00
 
 

Event HD83

Matt Haig

Evie and the Animals

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Join bestselling author Matt Haig as he talks about his new children’s book Evie and the Animals, illustrated by Emily Gravett. It’s a heartwarming story about daring to be different, growing up and staying true to yourself. Evie is a girl with a Special Talent who is different from her friends. In fact, she seems to have an actual, secret superpower: she can understand and talk to animals.

6+
Price: £10.00
 
 

Event HD84

Dapo Adeola and Nathan Bryon

Look Up!

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Join author and illustrator Nathan and Dapo for an out-of-this-world event! Enjoy a lively hour full of storytelling, fun facts and top drawing tips from this exciting debut duo.

3+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event HD85

Ross Welford

The Dog Who Saved the World

Venue: Compass Studio
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Time travel, invisibility, immortality, and brave mongrel dogs saving the world. Ross Welford has covered them all in his much-loved and highly-acclaimed books. Join Ross for this interactive, energetic session and there might even be a little bit of magic!

9+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event W117

Foraging With Kids Workshop 2

Adele Nozedar and Lizzie Harper

Venue: Wild Garden
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Join author Adele Nozedar and illustrator Lizzie Harper as they bring to life their most recent book, Foraging With Kids. Adele will help you find tasty wild edibles and Lizzie will get you drawing them! We’ll make the most amazing nature table on the planet and there will be samples of yummy stuff made using wild ingredients.

3+
Parents must attend but don't require a ticket
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Event W116

Robotics Workshop 2

Inspire!

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Join this fun and interactive workshop and learn how to code by playing with the Sphero SPRK+ robots. Design your robot’s dance moves and team up with others to help Sphero to traverse the maze. If you have never tried coding before, this is a fantastic opportunity to give it a go.

13–14
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Robotics Workshop 2

Event W119

Bollywood Dreams

Dance Workshop 2

Venue: Cube
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In this Bollywood Dreams dance workshop, you will learn Indian dance hand gestures and create a short choreographed routine by the end of the session, while discovering a little about the history of Bollywood. Participants can dance barefoot or (recommended) in light trainers.

11–Adult
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Bollywood Dreams

Event DT41

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 369

Paul Davies

The John Maddox Lecture: The Demon in the Machine – How Hidden Webs of Information Are Finally Solving the Mystery of Life

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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When Darwin set out to explain the origin of species, he made no attempt to answer the deeper question: what is life? For generations, scientists have struggled to make sense of this fundamental question. Life really does look like magic: even a humble bacterium accomplishes things so dazzling that no human engineer can match it. And yet, huge advances in molecular biology over the past few decades have served only to deepen the mystery. So can life be explained by known physics and chemistry, or do we need something fundamentally new? From life’s murky origins to the microscopic engines that run the cells of our bodies, Davies offers a breath-taking journey across the landscape of physics, biology, logic and computing. Weaving together cancer and consciousness, two-headed worms and bird navigation, Davies reveals how biological organisms garner and process information to conjure order out of chaos, opening a window on the secret of life itself. Chaired by Marcus du Sautoy.

Price: £10.00
 
 

Event 370

David Nicholls talks to Damian Barr

Fictions: Sweet Sorrow – A Preview

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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A special opportunity to hear the author of One Day, Us and Starter for Ten introduce his new novel Sweet Sorrow, which will be published later this summer.

Price: £10.00
 
 
David Nicholls talks to Damian Barr

Event 371

Richard King talks to Peter Florence

The Lark Ascending: The Music of the British Landscape

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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Starting from Ralph Vaughan Williams’ classic ‘pastoral romance for orchestra’, King explores how Britain's history and identity have been shaped by the mysterious relationship between music and nature. The landscape we celebrate as unsullied and ripe with mystique is a living, working, and occasionally rancorous environment – not an unaffected idyll – that forged a nation's musical personality, and its dissenting traditions. He listens to the music from the far west of Wales to the Thames Estuary and the Suffolk shoreline, taking in Brian Eno, Kate Bush, Boards of Canada, Dylan Thomas, Gavin Bryars, Greenham Common and the Kinder Scout Mass Trespass to chart a new and surprising course through a familiar landscape.

Price: £8.00
 
 
Richard King talks to Peter Florence

Event 372

Don Paterson

The Fall at Home: New and Selected Aphorisms

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Aphorisms have been described as ‘the obscure hinterland between poetry and prose’ (New Yorker) – short, pithy statements that capture the essence of the human condition in all its shades. 

“Consciousness is the turn the universe makes to hasten its own end.”
“Agnosticism is indulged only by those who have never suffered belief.”
“Poet: someone in the aphorism business for the money.”

In this New and Selected, master of the form Don Paterson brings the best examples from his two previous volumes together with ingenious new material relevant to today’s world. Moving and mischievous, canny and profound, these wide-ranging observations of no more than one or two lines demonstrate that the aphorism is the perfect form for our times.

Price: £8.00
 
 

Event 373

Catherine Aiken

Cambridge Series 16: Your Granny’s Bump – How Life in the Womb Affects Future Generations

Venue: Compass Studio
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We’re constantly bombarded by advice on what pregnant women should do – but what does science really tell us about how early development impacts on future health? Aiken explores how life in the womb affects not only our children’s lifelong health and wellbeing, but maybe even our grandchildren’s too. Aiken is Honorary Consultant in Maternal and Fetal Medicine at Cambridge University. Her work involves caring for women during high-risk pregnancies and researching how to improve the long-term outcomes for their babies.

Price: £10.00
 
 
Catherine Aiken

Event HD86

About Face Theatre Company

Creation

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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In the beginning all the water and all the earth were mixed up – nothing could survive. So the Gods gathered in the six skies above and the six worlds below to create something magical out of the mess… This intimate, immersive show for all ages stitches together stories from around the world with micro puppets and musical boxes.

Family event
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event HD87

Michael Morpurgo and Marcus Brigstocke

Muck and Magic

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Breathe the world in deep and you can do anything… Michael Morpurgo and Marcus Brigstocke read Michael’s latest book Muck and Magic, a moving countryside story about the power of friendship and creativity and why a true gift should never be wasted. A chance to be read to by one of the greatest storytellers in the UK, alongside the multi-talented comedian, actor and satirist.

6+
Price: £10.00
 
 

PART OF THE MOUNTAIN WAREHOUSE CONVERSATION SERIES AT HAY

Event DT42

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 374

Arundhati Roy talks to Pankaj Mishra

My Seditious Heart

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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The Booker winner, author of The God of Small Things and The Ministry of `utmost Happiness discusses her work and launches her new non-fiction book My Seditious Heart, which collects the work of a two-decade period when Roy devoted herself to the political essay as a way of opening up space for justice, rights and freedoms in an increasingly hostile environment.

Price: £14.00
 
 
Arundhati Roy talks to Pankaj Mishra

Event 375

Axel Scheffler

Drawing Europe Together

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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The German-born illustrator, creator with Julia Donaldson of The Gruffalo, has brought together forty-five artists from across Europe to share their powerful illustrations of the European Union’s shared past and our unsure future. Scheffler’s acceptance speech at the British Book Awards last year was one of the most passionate and articulate hymns to Europe of recent years. He introduces the artworks, and talks about the project with Katya Adler.

Drawing Europe Together will be on show onsite at Hay Festival and you can buy limited edition prints from a selection of the 45 illustrators in the Hay Festival Shop.

Over 16s
£10.00
 
 
Under 16s
£5.00
 
 

Event 376

Julia Blackburn talks to Claire Armitstead

Time Song: Searching for Doggerland

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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Blackburn has always collected things that hold stories about the past, especially the very distant past: mammoth bones, two-million-year-old shells, a flint shaped as a weapon long ago. Time Song brings many such stories together as it tells of the creation, the existence and the loss of a country now called Doggerland, a huge and fertile area that once connected the entire east coast of England with mainland Europe, until it was finally submerged by rising sea levels around 5,000 BC.

Price: £8.00
 
 

Event 377

Marcus du Sautoy, Eileen Scanlon, Martin Weller, Kirsty Williams and guests

The OU 50th Anniversary Lecture: What will Education look like in 2070?

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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What will education look like 50 years from now? Join us for a conversation with leading thinkers on education and learning technology where we will explore three types of technology which have the potential to radically change the nature and shape of education in the medium to long term. The 50-year possibilities for these technologies are radical to say the least. We do not know where technologies such as AI, blockchain and brain computer interfaces will take us to in the next 50 years. What we do know is the journey will definitely not be boring…

Free but ticketed
Price: £0.00
 
 

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