Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 47

Kapka Kassabova talks to Misha Glenny

The British Academy Platform 3: Border – A Journey to the Edge of Europe

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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When Kapka Kassabova was a child, the border zone between Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece was rumoured to be an easier crossing point into the West than the Berlin Wall, so it swarmed with soldiers, spies and fugitives. Today she sets out on a journey to meet the people of this triple border – Bulgarians, Turks, Greeks, and the latest wave of refugees fleeing conflict further afield. She discovers a region that has been shaped by the successive forces of history: by its own past migration crises, by communism, by two world wars, by the Ottoman Empire, and – older still – by the ancient legacy of myths and legends. Border has won multiple awards including the British Academy’s Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding 2018.

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Event 48

Isabella Hammad and Sarah Ladipo Manyika talk to Oliver Balch

Fictions: In the 20th Century World

Venue: Starlight Stage
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In Hammad’s debut The Parisian the First World War shatters families, destroys friendships and kills lovers, and a young Palestinian dreamer sets out to find himself. Midhat Kamal picks his way across a fractured world, from the shifting politics of the Middle East to the dinner tables of Montpellier and a newly tumultuous Paris. He discovers that everything is fragile: love turns to loss, friends become enemies and everyone is looking for a place to belong. Ladipo Manyika’s global bestseller In Dependence is a lyrical and moving epic of unfulfilled love fraught with the weight of history, race and geography. Tayo Ajayi sails to England from Nigeria to take up a scholarship at Oxford University. There he discovers a whole generation high on visions of a new and better world. 

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Event 49

Talking Books with Fatima Bhutto and George Alagiah

BBC World News and BBC News Channel

Venue: BBC Tent
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Internationally acclaimed writer Fatima Bhutto talks to George Alagiah. Growing up as a member of the Bhutto political dynasty, in 1996 at the age of 14 Fatima saw her father assassinated – and subsequently blamed his murder on her aunt Benazir Bhutto in her first book, Songs of Blood and Sword. Described as an epic tale full of romance, intrigue and tragedy, the characters in Bhutto’s novel are richly drawn. Her second book The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is set along the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan and tells the story of characters living against a backdrop of conflict as they choose hope over love and the future over the present. Her latest novel The Runaway charts the lives of three people from different backgrounds who meet at a Jihadi training camp near Mosul, and paints a vivid picture of how the restlessness of youth can easily be exploited.

Free but ticketed
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Event HD5

Malorie Blackman

Noughts & Crosses and Dr Who

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Join Malorie Blackman as she reflects on her time as Children’s Laureate and her extraordinary writing career to date – from her groundbreaking and unforgettable Noughts & Crosses series and BAFTA winning story Pig-Heart Boy to her writing for Doctor Who. Malorie will talk about her inspirations and her writing tips, and will give a sneak preview of her new novel Crossfire, out later this year. Malorie will speak to Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust.  

14+
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Malorie Blackman

Event HD6

Chae Strathie

So You Think You’ve Got It Bad? A Kid’s Life in Ancient Egypt

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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Life in ancient Egypt may sound like fun, with the glorious sunny weather and amazing pyramids. But in award-winning author Chae Strathie’s new book, you’ll discover it was actually pretty tough. From dodging Deathstalker scorpions to cleaning up cow dung, and from eating roast hedgehog to being slammed in the stocks, learn what life was really like at the time of the Pharaohs. Maybe modern life’s not so bad after all…

6+
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Event W10

Cookery Workshop 3

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 429

Paul Dolan

The 10-minute readings

Venue: Serious Reading Room
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Free, short readings in the Serious Reading Room by some of the stars speaking at Hay.
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Paul Dolan

Event 50

David Nott talks to Rosie Boycott

War Doctor: Surgery on the Front Line

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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For more than twenty-five years, David Nott has taken unpaid leave from his job as a general and vascular surgeon with the NHS to volunteer in some of the world’s most dangerous war zones: Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Darfur, Congo, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Gaza and Syria. He has also volunteered in areas blighted by natural disasters, such as the earthquakes in Haiti and Nepal. Driven by both the desire to help others and the thrill of extreme personal danger, he is now widely acknowledged to be the most experienced trauma surgeon in the world. Since 2015, the foundation he set up with his wife, Elly, has disseminated the knowledge he has gained, training other doctors in the art of saving lives threatened by bombs and bullets.

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Event 51

Naomi Wolf

Outrages: Sex, Censorship, and the Criminalisation of Love

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Wolf illuminates a dramatic history – how a single English law in 1857 led to a maelstrom, with reverberations lasting to our day. That law was the Obscene Publications Act. Dissent and morality became legal concepts: if writers, editors, printers and booksellers did not uphold the law and the morals of society they faced serious criminal penalties. This was most dramatic regarding anything to do with love between men; homosexuality was linked to deviancy in the eyes of the law. Wolf portrays the dramatic ways this censorship played out among a bohemian group of sexual dissidents, including Walt Whitman in America and the English critic John Addington Symonds. Both a fascinating story and, crucially, an important way of understanding how the Act created homophobia and our ideas of ‘normalcy’ and ‘deviancy’, Outrages also shows the way it helped usher in the state’s purported need and right to police speech. Chaired by Matthew d’Ancona.

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Event 52

Emily Shuckburgh

Cambridge Series 2: How Will Climate Change Affect Me?

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Shuckburgh is a climate scientist and mathematician, and is co-author of the Ladybird book on Climate Change. She will speak about her research on modelling localised effects of climate change – from Arctic warming to flooding in Tewkesbury, from severe drought in Malawi to record-breaking temperatures in Thailand, and from the acidification of the Barrier Reef to the hurricanes battering the Caribbean.

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Emily Shuckburgh

Event 54

Drawing and Walking

With Celia Johnson

Venue: Meeting Place on site
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Taking participants to a particularly lovely stretch of the river Wye to respond through writing or drawing to the landscape and its ambient sounds. Suitable for anyone interested in the landscape, walking, writing and drawing. Previous drawing experience is not necessary, all materials provided. Please come prepared for outdoor activity.

Adult
2 hours
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Drawing and Walking

Event 70

The Essay

BBC Radio 3

Venue: BBC Tent
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Fiona Stafford explores ‘The Strange, Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe’, looking at what Crusoe the narrator was most surprised by, and the stranger aspects of the book.


PLEASE NOTE - this event appears in the printed brochure at 7pm, but it is now taking place at 2.30pm.
[53] Start The Week is taking place at 7pm (rather than 2.30pm as printed).
 
25 Minutes
Free but ticketed
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Event HD7

The Elmer Show

Elmer’s 30th Birthday Surprise

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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Elmer the patchwork elephant loves making his friends laugh, but doesn’t like being different. After trying to hide his true colours, his friends help him discover that being himself is more fun than he could have imagined. Now, as everyone knows, elephants never forget – especially when it is a birthday. But sometimes humans do. So come and help Elmer’s storyteller friend plan a special birthday surprise for Elmer by stomping through an interactive storytime, trumpeting along with songs and coming up with ways to make Elmer feel extra special on his birthday.

3+
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The Elmer Show

Event HD8

Alex Wheatle and Clarrie Mae Bent

Crongton Live

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The Brixton Bard, Alex Wheatle, and actress Clarrie Mae Bent invite you to join them for an interactive event full of discussion, storytelling and live performance exploring Alex’s acclaimed Crongton sequence of YA novels: Liccle Bit, Crongton Knights, Straight Outta Crongton and Home Girl. Set on the fictional South Crong estate, Alex’s books explore family, friendship, love, and loyalty put to the test. The event will focus on the importance of language, style and dialogue, inspiring young writers and performers alike.

14+
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Event W13

Become a Fake News Detective 3

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 W12

Cookery Workshop 4

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 W14

Foraged Art Workshop 3

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.

5+
Parents of children under 9 must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Foraged Art Workshop 3

Event 458

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 55

Carole Cadwalladr

Byline Platform: Damned Lies and Big Data

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Cadwalladr has won the Orwell Prize and the Reporters Without Borders Award for her investigative journalism in The Observer into the subversion of the democratic process and the impact of big data analytics and interventions on the EU Referendum and the American Presidential Election. She discusses her work with Oliver Bullough.

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Carole Cadwalladr

Event 56

Venki Ramakrishnan talks to Adam Rutherford

Gene Machine: The Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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The Nobel Prize-winning chemist in conversation with the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Inside Science and author of The Book of Humans.

Everyone knows about DNA. It is the essence of our being, influencing who we are and what we pass on to our children. But the information in DNA can’t be used without a machine to decode it. The ribosome is that machine. Older than DNA itself, it is the mother of all molecules. Virtually every molecule made in every cell was either made by the ribosome or by proteins that were themselves made by the ribosome.

A fascinating insider account, Gene Machine charts Ramakrishnan’s unlikely journey from his first fumbling experiments in a biology lab to being at the centre of a fierce competition at the cutting edge of modern science.

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Venki Ramakrishnan talks to Adam Rutherford

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