Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 459

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 435

Natalie Haynes

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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Natalie Haynes

Event 83

Melvyn Bragg

Fictions: Love Without End – A Story of Heloise and Abelard

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Paris in 1117. Heloise, a brilliant young scholar, is astonished when the famous, radical philosopher Peter Abelard consents to be her tutor. But what starts out as a meeting of minds turns into a passionate, dangerous love affair, which incurs terrible retribution. Nine centuries later, Arthur is in Paris to recreate the extraordinary story of Heloise and Abelard in a novel. To his surprise, his daughter visits and agrees to help, challenging his portraits of a couple who seem often inscrutable, sometimes breathtakingly modern. It soon emerges she is on her own mission to discover more about her parents’ fractured relationship – and that Arthur’s connection to his subject is more emotional than he cares to admit.

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Event 84

Steven Strogatz

Infinite Powers: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Without calculus, we wouldn’t have mobile phones, TV, GPS or ultrasound; we wouldn’t have unravelled DNA or discovered Neptune or figured out how to put 5,000 songs in our pocket. Though many of us were scared away from this essential, engrossing subject in high school, Strogatz’s brilliantly creative, down-to-earth history shows that calculus is not about complexity, it’s about simplicity. It harnesses an unreal number – infinity – to tackle real-world problems, breaking them down into easier ones and then reassembling the answers into solutions that feel miraculous. Strogatz is Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University.

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Event 85

Julia Lovell

Maoism: A Global History

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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The power and appeal of Maoism have extended far beyond China. Maoism was a crucial motor of the Cold War: it shaped the course of the Vietnam War and brought to power the murderous Khmer Rouge in Cambodia; it aided, and sometimes handed victory to, anti-colonial resistance movements in Africa; it inspired terrorism in Germany and Italy, and wars and insurgencies in Peru, India and Nepal, some of which are still with us today – more than forty years after the death of Mao. Lovell, Professor of Modern China at Birkbeck, re-evaluates Maoism as both a Chinese and an international force, linking its evolution in China with its global legacy. Chaired by Matthew d’Ancona.

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Event 86

Nicole Soranzo

Cambridge Series 4: Human Disease – Nature, Nurture or Both?

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The sequencing of the human genome has revolutionised how scientists search for the genetic causes of human diseases. Human geneticist Professor Soranzo of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute will describe how the field has evolved in the last fifteen years, discussing how new genetic evidence is used to better understand the interplay between our DNA (‘nature’) and the environment (‘nurture’).

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Nicole Soranzo

Event 87

Long-termism: How to Think in Deep Time

BBC Future

Venue: BBC Tent
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From climate change to politics, short-termism is at the root of many of the challenges we face in the 21st Century. How do we employ a deeper-time perspective, and prioritise the well-being of future generations? Author and BBC presenter Linda Geddes speaks to a panel from the worlds of science, governance and philosophy: Martin Rees, Sophie Howe and Roman Krznaric. Part of BBC Future’s Deep Civilisation season, which aims to stand back from the daily news cycle and widen the lens of our current place in time.

Linda Geddes (Moderator)

Roman Krznaric

Sophie Howe

Martin Rees

Free but ticketed
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Event HD12

Chris Riddell

Goth Girl and Ottoline

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The former Children’s Laureate, highly-acclaimed illustrator, political cartoonist and bestselling children’s author of many brilliant books including the award-winning Goth Girl and Ottoline series will talk about his love of drawing. Chris will also lead a Q&A session where he will draw his answers live in front of the audience.

9+
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Event W22

Cookery Workshop 7

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 W23

Foraged Art Workshop 6

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 6

Event 88

Stig Abell, Bronwen Maddox, David Olusoga, Keir Starmer and Nick Robinson

The Establishment in Crisis

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Britain’s institutions and democracy have been envied around the world for centuries – the mother of parliaments, the centre of an administrative empire that pinked in the world. Are parliament, Whitehall, the City of London, the devolved assemblies, the press, the political parties, the Trades Unions and the traditional powers of the land still fit for purpose? Who runs Britain? How’s that going? Abell is editor of the TLS and author of How Britain Really Works. Olusoga is a broadcaster and Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester. He is the author of Black and British: A Forgotten History.  Maddox is Director of the Institute for Government. She has been Foreign Editor of The Times and Editor of Prospect.

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Event 89

Violet Moller

The Map of Knowledge

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Moller traces the journey taken by the ideas of three of the greatest scientists of antiquity through seven cities and over a thousand years. From Muslim Córdoba to Catholic Toledo, from Salerno’s medieval medical school to Palermo, capital of Sicily’s vibrant mix of cultures and, finally, to Venice, where that great merchant city’s printing presses would enable Euclid’s geometry, Ptolemy’s system of the stars and Galen’s vast body of writings on medicine to spread even more widely. Moller reveals the web of connections between the Islamic world and Christendom, connections that would both preserve and transform astronomy, mathematics and medicine from the early Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

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Event 90

Pat Barker talks to Claire Armitstead

Fictions: The Silence of the Girls

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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There was a woman at the heart of the Trojan war whose voice has been silent – until now. Briseis was a queen until her city was destroyed. Now she is slave to Achilles, the man who butchered her husband and brothers. Trapped in a world defined by men, can she survive to become the author of her own story? The Booker-winning novelist reimagines the greatest Greek myth of all – retold by the witness history forgot.

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Event 91

The Verb

BBC Radio 3

Venue: BBC Tent
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Ian McMillan presents Radio 3’s ‘cabaret of the word’, featuring award-winning writers alongside the most innovative up-and-coming performers. This year guests include Hannah Sullivan, winner of the 2018 TS Eliot Prize, and comedian Rachel Parris. Join us for our special Hay edition of The Verb, “a linguistic leftfield joy that manages to be cosy and surreal, and which Ian McMillan presides over like a kindly pub landlord” – Radio Times.

Free but ticketed
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Event HD13

Lauren Child in conversation with Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Hubert Horatio

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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UK Waterstones Children’s Laureate Lauren Child explores the magic of illustration and writing and the importance of daydreaming, and introduces her latest books How to Raise your Grown Ups – Hubert Horatio and Mary Poppins: Illustrated Gift Edition.

9+
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Event HD14

Nicola Davies

Animal Surprises

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Discover the delights of nature with the zoologist, poet and bestselling children’s book author as she takes you through the jungle, dives deep down into the sea and climbs high up into the trees to uncover animals big, small, wide and tall.

3+
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Event W25

Cookery Workshop 8

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 W27

Radio Production Workshop 2

Radio Platfform

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Radio Platfform is a youth-led radio station that offers young people a platform to build their confidence, find their voice and express their opinions. Join this interactive workshop to get a taste of all aspects of radio production, from presenting to editing and producing.

12–15
2 hours 30 mins
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Event 433

Horatio Clare

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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Horatio Clare

Event 92

Hay Festival Foundation Gala 1

Diaries: Live Readings

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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This first of this year’s all-star readings celebrates the most intimate of literary forms, the diary. Through the words of Samuel Pepys and Anne Frank to Bridget Jones and the most colourful observers of modern times, we explore the lives and loves, the gossip, the confessions, the wisdom and humour of private and public lives. The full cast will be announced on the day.

Hay Festival Foundation funds our education and inclusion work.
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