Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 378

Joseph O’Connor talks to Deborah Moggach

Fictions: Shadowplay

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The author of The Star of the Sea discusses his new novel. 1878: the Lyceum Theatre, London. Three extraordinary people begin their life together, a life that will be full of drama, transformation, passionate and painful devotion to art and to one another. Henry Irving, the Chief, is the volcanic leading man and impresario; Ellen Terry is the most lauded and desired actress of her generation, outspoken and generous of heart; and ever following along behind them in the shadows is the unremarkable theatre manager, Bram Stoker. O’Connor explores the complexities of love that stands dangerously outside social convention, the restlessness of creativity and the experiences that led to Dracula, the most iconic supernatural tale of all time.

Price: £8.00
 
 
Joseph O’Connor talks to Deborah Moggach

Event 379

Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich

Honey & Co: At Home – Middle Eastern Recipes From Our Kitchen

Venue: Compass Studio
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The charismatic, award-winning chefs behind the Honey & Co empire introduce and demo their scrumptious new cookbook. From breads to bakes, salads to sweets, there is something for everyone in this celebration of Middle Eastern cooking. They offer authentic recipes like Jerusalem sesame bread filled with harissa and lemon chicken, a crisp salad with saffron-poached pears and walnut tahini, a fish pastilla and a rabbit stifado. The mouth-watering recipes featured in this book are quick and simple to make. Whip them up for lunch or a weekend meal without forward planning, special ingredients or fancy equipment – these will quickly become staple recipes that you, your friends and family will revisit again and again.

Price: £9.00
 
 
Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich

Event 380

Karen Armstrong

The Lost Art of Scripture

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Today we see the Quran being used by some to justify war and terrorism, the Torah to deny Palestinians the right to live in the Land of Israel, and the Bible to condemn homosexuality and contraception. The holy texts at the centre of all religious traditions are often employed selectively to underwrite arbitrary and subjective views. They are believed to be divinely ordained; they are claimed to contain eternal truths. But as Karen Armstrong, a world authority on religious affairs, shows in this fascinating journey through millennia of history, this narrow reading of scripture is a relatively recent phenomenon. For hundreds of years these texts were instead viewed as spiritual tools: scripture was a means for the individual to connect with the divine, to transcend their physical existence, and to experience a higher level of consciousness. Holy texts were seen as fluid and adaptable, rather than a set of binding archaic rules or a ‘truth’ that has to be ‘believed’.

Price: £10.00
 
 
Karen Armstrong

Event 381

Caroline Criado-Perez

Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Imagine a world where your phone is too big for your hand, where your doctor prescribes a drug that is wrong for your body, where in a car accident you are 47% more likely to be seriously injured, where every week the countless hours of work you do are not recognised or valued. If any of this sounds familiar, chances are that you’re a woman. The award-winning campaigner and writer shows us how, in a world largely built for and by men, we are systematically ignoring half the population. It exposes the gender data gap – a gap in our knowledge that is at the root of perpetual, systemic discrimination against women and that has created a pervasive but invisible bias with a profound effect on women’s lives. 

Price: £10.00
 
 

Event 382

Martin Puchner

The Written World: How Literature Shaped History

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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From clay tablets to the printing press; from the pencil to the internet; from the Epic of Gilgamesh to Harry Potter, this is the true story of literature – of how great texts and technologies have shaped cultures and civilisations and altered human history. Less well known is the influence of Greek generals, Japanese court ladies, Spanish adventurers, Malian singers and American astronauts, and yet all of them played a crucial role in shaping and spreading literature as we know it today. The Harvard professor tells the captivating story of the development of literature. Central to the development of religions, political movements and even nations, texts spread useful truths and frightening disinformation, and have the power to change lives. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

Price: £9.00
 
 

Event 383

Robert Plomin talks to Rosie Boycott

Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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A pioneer in the field of behavioural genetics, Plomin draws on a lifetime’s worth of research to make the case that DNA is the most important factor in shaping who we are. Our families, schools and the environment around us are important, but they are not as influential as our genes. This is why, he argues, teachers and parents should accept children for who they are, rather than trying to mould them in certain directions. Even the environments we choose and the signal events that impact our lives, from divorce to addiction, are influenced by our genetic predispositions. Now, thanks to the DNA revolution, it is becoming possible to predict who we will become, at birth, from our DNA alone. #Discuss

Price: £10.00
 
 
Robert Plomin talks to Rosie Boycott

Event 384

Deborah Moggach talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: The Carer – A Preview

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Tulip Fever previews a deliciously funny, poignant and wry new novel, full of surprising twists and turns, to be published this summer. James is getting on a bit and needs full-time help. So Phoebe and Robert, his middle-aged offspring, employ Mandy, who seems willing to take him off their hands. But as James regales his family with tales of Mandy’s virtues, their shopping trips, and the shared pleasure of their journeys to garden centres, Phoebe and Robert sense something is amiss. Is this really their father, the distant figure who never once turned up for a sports day, now happily chortling over cuckoo clocks and television soaps?

Price: £9.00
 
 
Deborah Moggach talks to Georgina Godwin

Event DT43

Ticket to Dine

Early Dinner

Venue: The Grove Restaurant
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Book your table for dinner 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 5pm and 6pm 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 385

Thomas Grant and Geoffrey Robertson

The Rule of Law

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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A conversation with two leading QCs and authors about the often sensational legal cases that have shaped contemporary society. Thomas Grant is author of Court Number One: The Old Bailey Trials That Defined Modern Britain and Jeremy Hutchinson’s Case Histories. Geoffrey Robertson led students in the sixties to demand an end to racism and censorship. He went on to become a top human rights advocate, saving the lives of many death-row inmates, freeing dissidents and taking on tyrants in a career marked by courage, determination and a fierce independence. He is founder of the redoubtable Doughty Street Chambers and author of the memoir Rather His Own Man: In Court with Tyrants, Tarts and Troublemakers.

Price: £10.00
 
 

Event 386

Ken Follett

Fictions: Tolerance and Co-existence

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Follett’s third novel in the Kingsbridge series went straight to the no.1 position on bestseller lists in the USA, Spain, Italy, Germany and France. In A Column of Fire, voices of tolerance struggle to make themselves heard under authoritarian rule as England faces challenges from Europe. The social and political concerns of the first Elizabethan era resonate loudly in the second. Following the screening of a short film, Follett discusses with the audience how the themes of his Tudor-time novel echo in today’s political theatre.

Price: £10.00
 
 
Ken Follett

Event 387

Ben Macintyre

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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The author of Agent Zigzag and Operation Mincemeat tells the story of Oleg Gordievsky – described by John le Carré as “the best true spy story I have ever read”. On a warm July evening in 1985, a middle-aged man stood on the pavement of a busy avenue in the heart of Moscow, holding a plastic carrier bag. In his grey suit and tie, he looked like any other Soviet citizen. The bag alone was mildly conspicuous, printed with the red logo of Safeway, the British supermarket. The man was a spy for MI6. A senior KGB officer, for more than a decade he had supplied his British spymasters with a stream of priceless secrets from deep within the Soviet intelligence machine. No spy had done more to damage the KGB. The Safeway bag was a signal: to activate his escape plan to be smuggled out of Soviet Russia.

Price: £10.00
 
 
Ben Macintyre

Event 388

Matt Everitt with Nicky Wire

The First Time: Stories and Songs from Music Icons

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Taken from Matt Everitt’s acclaimed BBC Radio 6 Music show, The First Time invites you inside the lives of forty of the music world’s most notable legends. From Alice Cooper to Yoko Ono, Courtney Love to Elton John, follow their lives and careers starting with their first musical memories, first records and first gigs, finding out the songs that have shaped them along the way. He is joined by a true music icon – the lyricist and bass player for the Manic Street Preachers, Nicky Wire.

Price: £9.00
 
 

Event 389

Paul Wignall

Extinction: A Very Short Introduction

Venue: Compass Studio
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Most people are familiar with the dodo and the dinosaur, but extinction has occurred throughout history, with the result that nearly all the species that have ever existed are now extinct. Today, species are disappearing at an ever-increasing rate. In this lecture the professor of Palaeoenvironments looks at the causes and nature of extinctions, past and present, and the factors that can make a species vulnerable. Summarising what we know about all of the major and minor extinction events, including meteorite impacts and volcanic eruption, he examines some of the greatest debates in modern science. He analyses the relative role of climate and humans in the death of the Pleistocene megafauna, including mammoths and giant ground sloths, and the roles that global warming, ocean acidification and deforestation are playing in present-day extinctions.

Price: £8.00
 
 

Event 390

The Kingdom Choir

The Last Night Prom

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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The Kingdom Choir, known for their angelic and spellbinding performance at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, sing out the last, party night of the Festival. The Choir is a unique group of seasoned and dedicated men and women, bringing their strong blend of choral discipline with raw Gospel spiritual sound. Their extraordinary talent, sound, energy and ability to execute have kept them in high demand nationally and internationally for well over a decade. Their debut album Stand By Me is titled for their version of Ben E King’s soul classic. The diverse album track listing also includes captivating renditions of Beyoncé’s ‘Halo’ and John Legend’s ‘All Of Me’ as well as Stormzy’s ‘Blinded By Your Grace Part 2’. Also on the album is brand new, emotionally powerful ballad ‘Chases’, written by members of the Choir. The Kingdom Choir is directed by Karen Gibson.

Over 16s
£15.00
 
 
Under 16s
£8.00
 
 
The Kingdom Choir

Event DT44

Ticket to Dine

Dinner

Venue: The Grove Restaurant
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Book your table for dinner 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 7pm and 8pm 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
 
 

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