Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Education

Event 189

The Power of Poetry

Activity-based skills session for educators

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Drawing on the results of the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education’s research project, The Power of Poetry, this practical, activity-based workshop will explore how a focus on poetry in the classroom can improve children’s reading and language skills. Attendees will receive a copy of the CLPE publication Poetry in Primary Schools: What We Know Works.

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Event 257

Michaela Mahlberg and Anna Cermakova

Heroines, Heroes and Gender Inequality in Children’s Fiction

Venue: Compass Studio
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Fiction provides children with an important space to learn how to make sense of the world. It is also a crucial source for role models. Fictional worlds are not so unlike the real world – especially when it comes to gender inequalities. Based on their work with large collections of texts, Professor Mahlberg and Dr Cermakova from the University of Birmingham's Centre for Corpus Research will explore fiction from Dickens to modern children's books, to demonstrate how repeated language patterns reflect a gendered view of society. 

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Event 283

Julian Baggini

How The World Thinks

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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One of the great, unexplained wonders of human history is that written philosophy flowered entirely separately in China, India and Ancient Greece at more or less the same time. Baggini sets out to expand our horizons, exploring the philosophies of Japan, India, China and the Muslim world, as well as the lesser-known oral traditions of Africa and Australia’s first peoples. Interviewing thinkers from around the globe, the philosopher asks: why is the West more individualistic than the East? What makes secularism a less powerful force in the Islamic world than in Europe? And how has China resisted pressures for greater political freedom?

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Julian Baggini

Event 294

Tyler Shores

Cambridge Series 12: Reading in an Age of Digital Distraction

Venue: Compass Studio
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What is the difference between reading in print and onscreen? How is our reading experience affected in a digital age where we are prone to endless distractions? Writer, editor and researcher Tyler Shores explores his latest research.

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Tyler Shores

Event 321

Fiona Maine

Cambridge Series 14: Beyond Words – Exploring the Magic of Visual Texts

Venue: Compass Studio
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What is the potential of complex, ambiguous, wordless picture books and short films as springboards for children’s critical and creative discussions about the world and how we live together in it? Fiona Maine is a lecturer in literacy education at Cambridge University.

Free but ticketed
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Fiona Maine

Event 357

Laurie Nunn in conversation with Francine Stock

Sex Education

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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A conversation with the creator of the smash-hit Netflix drama, which is filmed in Symonds Yat. Insecure Otis has all the answers when it comes to sex advice, thanks to his therapist mom. So rebel Maeve proposes a school sex-therapy clinic…

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Laurie Nunn in conversation with Francine Stock

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