Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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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+
Price: £8.00
 
 

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 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

Event 57

Siri Hustvedt talks to Claire Armitstead

Fictions: Memories of the Future

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The author of What I Loved introduces her new novel. Fresh from Minnesota and hungry for all New York has to offer, twenty-three-year-old S.H. embarks on a year that proves both exhilarating and frightening – from bruising encounters with men to the increasingly ominous monologues of the woman next door. Forty years on, those pivotal months come back to vibrant life when S.H. discovers the notebook in which she recorded her adventures alongside drafts of a novel. Measuring what she remembers against what she wrote, she regards her younger self with curiosity and often amusement. Anger too, for how much has really changed in a world where the female presidential candidate is called an abomination?

Price: £9.00
 
 

Event 58

Talking Books with Nicci Gerrard and George Alagiah

BBC World News and BBC News Channel

Venue: BBC Tent
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Perhaps best known as one half of a husband and wife duo who have written more than fifteen psychological thrillers under the name of Nicci French, author Nicci Gerrard is an award-winning journalist in her own right. Her books appeal to readers who acknowledge that we all inhabit the fringes of some very dark places. Unafraid to cover difficult topics, her book Soham asks what we can learn from a recent notorious child murder case in the UK and questions how our response to evil is often manipulated by the media. Her latest book What Dementia Teaches Us About Love is a candid and thought-provoking investigation into the medical, moral and personal issues caused by a condition that now touches millions of us but that we still find it hard to speak about. She talks to George Alagiah.

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Event HD9

Julia Donaldson, Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen

Flights of Fancy: Stories, pictures and inspiration from Children’s Laureates

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Join Julia Donaldson, Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen in this original and action-packed event showcasing each of their amazing stints as UK Children’s Laureate. There will be singing, acting, drawing and performing – and plenty of inspiration for audience creativity too. Chaired by Horatio Clare.

Family event – 6+
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Event HD10

Bryony Gordon

You Got This

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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The most powerful thing you can be when you grow up is yourself. Mental health activist, bestselling author and journalist Bryony Gordon will share the crucial life lessons she wished she had known when she was a teenager. Join Bryony as she chats about self-respect, body positivity, love, mental health and confidence with Holly Bourne, author of Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? Together they will be covering all the tools that any teen needs to grow up happy.

12+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event W15

Cookery Workshop 5

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 W16

Foraged Art Workshop 4

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 4

Event DT11

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 59

Bettany Hughes

Hay Festival Founders Lecture: Make Art Not War

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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The historian tells the story of extraordinary, transformative projects helping refugee stonemasons to begin to rebuild the shattered treasures of Syria. The new, trainee masons, artisans and artists are both women and young men. The lecture is illustrated with film footage from Hughes’ documentaries about the project. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Price: £10.00
 
 
Bettany Hughes

Event 60

John Browne talks to Spencer Kelly

Make, Think, Imagine: Engineering and the Future of Civilisation

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Today’s unprecedented pace of change leaves many people wondering what new technologies are doing to our lives. Are the decisions about our health, security and finances made by computer programs inexplicable and biased? Are robots going to take our jobs? And has our demand for energy driven the Earth’s climate to the edge of catastrophe? Browne argues that we need not and must not put the brakes on technological advance. Civilisation is founded on engineering innovation; all progress stems from the human urge to make things and to shape the world around us, resulting in greater freedom, health and wealth for all. Lord Browne trained as an engineer and was CEO of BP from 1995 to 2007. He is Chairman of the Crick Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Society, past President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and former Chairman of Tate. Kelly presents Click on BBC World News.

Price: £10.00
 
 

Event 61

Ben Lewis

The Last Leonardo

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The art historian forensically retraces the history of Leonardo da Vinci’s small oil painting, the Salvator Mundi, which was sold in 2017 for $450 million. The painting is a prism through which we can understand the highs and lows of the art world, experiencing the passions that drove men and women to own this work, as well as the philistinism that led them to almost destroy and lose it. Lewis tracks the vicissitudes of the highly secretive art market across five centuries, a twisting tale of geniuses and gangsters, double-crossing and disappearances where we’re never quite certain what to believe.

Price: £9.00
 
 
Ben Lewis

Event 62

Daniel Hahn

The Anthea Bell Lecture: The Genius of Getafix

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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In this second annual lecture, the renowned translator pays tribute to his peerless, multilingual colleague Anthea Bell, who died in October 2018. He explores her work on the Asterix books, translating the original French by René Goscinny and his illustrator partner Albert Uderzo. “She was an elegant stylist, but more than that, a startlingly versatile one,” says Hahn “I first learned her name, as so many people did, because she wrote all those impossible Asterix jokes I loved so much; but to other people she was Sebald, or perhaps Kafka – or sometimes Freud. She was Cornelia Funke or Erich Kästner for children, Saša Stanišić and Stefan Zweig for adults, and so many others besides. Literature struggles to thrive without translation. Today I can’t help wondering how we readers and writers ever could have managed without Anthea Bell.” Chaired by Thea Lenarduzzi of the TLS.

Price: £8.00
 
 

Event 63

The Dylan Thomas Prize Winner talks to Dai Smith

The 2019 International Dylan Thomas Prize

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Join us to celebrate this prestigious literary prize for writers aged 39 and under. The 2019 winner, to be announced on 16 May, talks to Dai Smith, chair of the judging panel and Emeritus Raymond Williams Research Chair in the Cultural History of Wales at Swansea University. The short-list comprises: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Zoe Gilbert, Guy Gunaratne, Louisa Hall, Sarah Perry and Novuyo Rosa Tshuma.

Price: £8.00
 
 
The Dylan Thomas Prize Winner talks to Dai Smith

Event 64

Inside Science

BBC Radio 4

Venue: BBC Tent
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Adam Rutherford and guests, including mathematician Steven Strogatz, discuss the big ideas in science today. 

Broadcast Thursday 30 May at 4.30pm and 9.30pm.

Free but ticketed
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Event 53

Tom Sutcliffe with Jeanette Winterson, Naomi Wolf, John Browne

Start the Week

Venue: BBC Tent
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BBC Radio 4
Tom Sutcliffe presents Radio 4’s flagship programme of ideas, exploring the impact of human ingenuity – from the myth of Frankenstein to geoengineering – with guests Jeanette Winterson, Naomi Wolf and John Browne. This session is slightly longer as it will include a reading for the radio 3 series The Essay, with a writer responding to the themes of Daniel Defoe’s ‘Robinson Crusoe’.

PLEASE NOTE - this event appears in the printed brochure at 2.30pm, but it is now taking place at 7pm.

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