Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 424

BBC Radio Wales Arts Show: Arts and the Landscape

Nicola H Thomas, Gillian Clarke, Richard King, Mary-Ann Constantine, Celia Johnson, King Charles

Venue: BBC Tent
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A special Hay Festival edition of the BBC Radio Wales Arts Show. Nicola Heywood Thomas explores the ways that landscapes influence and inspire writers, musicians and visual artists. Her guests are poet Gillian Clarke, music writer Richard King, academic and short story writer Mary-Ann Constantine and artist Celia Johnson. Featuring live music from King Charles.

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Event 427

David Baddiel

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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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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Event 431

Nina Stibbe

The 10-minute readings

Venue: Serious Reading Room
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Event 63

Guy Gunaratne talks to Dai Smith

The 2019 International Dylan Thomas Prize Winner

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Join us to celebrate this prestigious literary prize for writers aged 39 and under as the 2019 winner 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 comprised Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Zoe Gilbert, Guy Gunaratne, Louisa Hall, Sarah Perry and Novuyo Rosa Tshuma.
The 2019 Winner has been annouced as Guy Gunaratne with his book 'In Our Mad and Furious City'.

Price: £8.00
 
 
Guy Gunaratne talks to Dai Smith

Event 422

Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, Amanda Levete, Patrick Marnham and Lindy Grant

Notre Dame de Paris

Venue: Cube
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The head of the Quai d’Orsay, France’s top diplomat, Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, is joined by the architect Amanda Levete, Lindy Grant, Professor of Medieval History at the University of Reading and the francophile catholic travel writer, Patrick Marnham. They reflect on the fire that destroyed the roof and spire of Notre Dame, the significance and power of the cathedral in French life and the global Catholic communion, and the coming moment of renewal. Chaired by William Sieghart.

Amanda Levete’s 2018 lecture about her renovation of the V&A and her Lisbon Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology is available on Hay Player.
Price: £9.00
 
 

Event 425

Nina Stibbe talks to Jim Naughtie

The Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2019 Winner

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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A joyful breakfast session with the winner of this year’s prize for comic fiction. Nina Stibbe’s Reasons to be Cheerful is the third and final entry in her semi-autobiographical trilogy. Both Man at the Helm and Paradise Lodge were previously shortlisted for the Wodehouse Prize.

In Reasons to be Cheerful it is 1980 and Lizzie Vogel is 18 years-old. She is about to embark on the first major step of grown-up life as she moves from the sheltered village existence of her family home and out into the big, wide, metropolis that is Leicester. There she takes up the position of dental nurse to a dentist with bad teeth and some deeply unpleasant attitudes, whose main ambition in life is to become a freemason. In her tiny one-bedroomed flat above the dental practice, Lizzie reflects on all that she's learning in her new career: whether she'll have to hold her boss's cigarette while he smokes it, whether she wants a boyfriend and, if she does, whether it should be Andy Nicolello who delivers the patients' dentures; and if it is Andy Nicolello whether it's dangerous to allow him to become her mother's lodger. Slowly it dawns on Lizzie that the area in which she has most to learn is life: in taking those first wobbly steps to independence, in falling in love, in navigating the ups and downs of adulthood (and her mother's new career as a novelist) and, most importantly, in staying cheerful through it all.
Stibbe’s novel drew comparisons to the work of the prize’s namesake in The Guardian last month: ‘As with comic writers PG Wodehouse or David Sedaris, it is not the plotting that you seek out in Stibbe, but the ticklishly wayward turn-of-phrase and irreverent conjuring of character.’ She talks to the broadcaster and Wodehouse Prize judge, Jim Naughtie.
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Nina Stibbe talks to Jim Naughtie

Event 433

Horatio Clare

The 10-minute readings

Venue: Serious Reading Room
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Event 453

Stephen Fry and friends

Not The European Election Coverage - Wonderweaving

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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With Huw Edwards recalled to London to present the television coverage of the EU election results, some of the festival stars including Stephen Fry, Robert Macfarlane & Jackie Morris, Sarfraz Manzoor, Pat Barker, Marcus Brigstocke, Xinran and Kamal Ahmed join us in a gala variety show to conjure tales, cast spells, paint otters, tell love stories and interrogate the notion of balance on BBC News.
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Stephen Fry and friends

Event 435

Natalie Haynes

The 10-minute readings

Venue: Serious Reading Room
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Event 454

Matt d’Ancona, Olivia Cole and Fintan O'Toole

The Tortoise Think-In: Is the media broken?

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Start the day with this special event - modelled on a newsroom meeting - and join Matthew d'Ancona, an Editor at the pioneering new 'slow news' digital venture, Tortoise, and other experts to discuss the future of media, fake news, the decline of trust, and what to do about it. Not a traditional panel debate: this your chance to speak up and play your part in Tortoise journalism.
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event 436

Antony Beevor

The 10-minute readings

Venue: Serious Reading Room
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Event 426

Emyr Humphreys yn 100 - Llenor Dihafal

Emyr Humphreys at 100 – An Unrivalled Writer

Venue: Starlight Stage
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I nodi pen blwydd y llenor Emyr Humphreys yn 100 eleni, bydd yr Athro M. Wynn Thomas, deiliad Cadair Emyr Humphreys yn CREW  (Canolfan Ymchwil Llenyddiaeth a Iaith Saesneg Cymru) Prifysgol Abertawe, yr Athro Daniel G. Williams, Cyfarwyddwr Canolfan Richard Burton, Prifysgol Abertawe ac un o feirdd mwyaf adnabyddus Cymru, Menna Elfyn, yn trafod ei fywyd a’i waith.

To mark the 100th birthday of Welsh writer Emyr Humphreys this year, Professor M. Wynn Thomas, holder of the Emyr Humphreys Chair at CREW (Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales) Swansea University, Professor Daniel G. Williams, Director of the Richard Burton Centre, Swansea University and one of Wales’ best known poets, Menna Elfyn, discuss his life and work.
In Welsh with English simultaneous translation
Price: £5.00
 
 

Event 437

Linda Grant

The 10-minute readings

Venue: Serious Reading Room
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Event 438

Janne Teller

The 10-minute readings

Venue: Serious Reading Room
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Event 418

Peter Florence and You

Foundation Gala Quiz Night Supper

Venue: The Grove Restaurant
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What's links monolingual, polyamory, liposuction, petroleum, homosexual, television, and tyrannosaurus rex? What is Eton Mess? Measured only by rate of ministerial resignation, who is the worst British Prime Minister in history? Who won the Six Nations Grand Slam this year? What is the proportion of bureaucrats in the EU (pop: 500m) and the UK (pop: 66m)? How fantastic is Phoebe Waller-Bridge?

Please come and join us for a light supper and some lighter competitive quizzing with rounds on vice and virtue, passion and progress. Bring your own team of four, or come and scratch together with new friends. (There have been two marriages of people who met at the festival Quiz!!). There are sumptuous prizes, scrummy food and the (really not so fiendish) questions spun by Peter Florence.
Price includes 2 courses. Pay bar.
Price: £30.00
 
 

Event 439

S J Parris

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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Event 440

Barbara Erskine

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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Event 441

Hallie Rubenhold

The 10-minute readings

Venue: Serious Reading Room
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Event 442

Kit de Waal

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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