Winter Weekend 2019

Event 100

The winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2021 talks to Craig Brown

 Baillie Gifford Stage

Join us to celebrate the winner of this £50,000 prestigious literary prize celebrating the best in non-fiction writing in conversation with Craig Brown, the 2020 Prize Winner.

The 2021 longlist is:

  • Consumed: A Sister's Story by Arifa Akbar
  • Islands of Abandonment: Life in the Post-Human Landscape by Cal Flyn
  • Minarets in the Mountains: A Journey Into Muslim Europe by Tharik Hussain
  • Aftermath: Life in the Fallout of the Third Reich, 1945–1955 by Harald Jähner, translated by Shaun Whiteside
  • Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe
  • The Mutant Project: Inside the Global Race to Genetically Modify Humans by Eben Kirksey
  • Things I Have Withheld by Kei Miller
  • Fall: The Mystery of Robert Maxwell by John Preston
  • Blood Legacy: Reckoning With a Family's Story of Slavery by Alex Renton
  • Empireland: How Imperialism has Shaped Modern Britain by Sathnam Sanghera
  • In Memory of Memory by Maria Stepanova, translated by Sasha Dugdale
  • Burning Man: The Ascent of D.H. Lawrence by Frances Wilson
  • Free: Coming of age at the end of History by Lea Ypi

The 2021 shortlist will be announced on 15 October and the winner on 16 November.

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Event 1

Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason talks to Francine Stock

House of Music: Conversation and Concert

 Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Join us for a special event that blends the remarkable story of Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason with musical performances by two of her classically trained children.

House of Music is a moving and inspirational account of determination, music and love. It is a story about race, immigration and education.

The author reveals what it takes to raise a musical family in a Britain divided by class and race. She looks back to 1963 when her mother, the 19-year-old daughter of a Welsh family, defied everyone and sailed off to join her fiancé and his family in Sierra Leone. Kadiatu talks to the broadcaster and writer Francine Stock and will then be joined on stage by Aminata (violin) and Konya (piano) who will perform the following:

Aminata: Bach – Presto from Sonata no. 1

Konya – Schubert: Impromptu Opus 90, no. 4

Aminata and Konya – Mozart violin sonata no. 1, K301, 1st movement

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Event 2

Neil Oliver talks to Oliver Bullough

The Story of the World in 100 Moments

 Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Join the TV presenter on a whistlestop tour around the world and through a million years to explain how human history pieces together. He shares some of his favourite moments, from Genghis Khan's domination on Earth to Neil Armstrong's first steps on the Moon, and from the advent of the printing press to the birth of the internet. He talks to journalist Oliver Bullough, author of Moneyland: Why Thieves And Crooks Now Rule The World And How To Take It Back.

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Event 3

Dan Saladino talks to Kate Humble

Eating to Extinction: The World’s Rarest Foods and why we Need to Save Them

 Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Behind everything we eat there are people, places and stories. When we lose diversity in our food we threaten, also, the culture and history of the land and people who produce it. As the world becomes increasingly homogenous, preserving these things – keeping hold of diversity – matters. The presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme explores the foods around the world that are threatened with extinction, examining what this means for humanity and the future of the planet.
Dan is in conversation with Kate Humble, farmer, writer, activist, entrepreneur and one of the UK's best-known TV presenters.

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Event 4

Hannah Beckerman

The Impossible Truths of Love

 Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Join the author and journalist (Observer, FT Weekend Magazine) as she explores family secrets, motherhood, grief and identity in her third novel. Gripping and emotionally charged, it has been praised by a host of writers, including Rachel Joyce, Marian Keyes and Ruth Jones. Her previous books are If Only I Could Tell You and The Dead Wife’s Handbook.

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Event 5

Robin Ince talks to Natalie Haynes

The Importance of Being Interested: Adventures in Scientific Curiosity

 Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The comedian, writer and broadcaster quickly abandoned science at school, bored by a fog of dull lessons and intimidated by the barrage of equations. But 20 years later he presents one of the world's most popular science podcasts, The Infinite Monkey Cage. He explains why scientific wonder isn't just for the professionals and why curiosity in the field sparks humility. A positive and optimistic look at the world of science, in conversation with the classicist, writer and comedian Natalie Haynes.

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Event 6

Bobby Gillespie

Tenement Kid

 Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Born into a working-class Glaswegian family in 1961, this memoir begins in a district soon to be evacuated in Prime Minister Edward Heath's brutal slum clearances. Leaving school at 16 and going to work as a printers' apprentice, Bobby's rock ’n’ roll epiphany arrives like a bolt of lightning during a Thin Lizzy gig at the Apollo in Glasgow. His destiny is sealed with the arrival of the Sex Pistols and punk rock, which to Gillespie represents class rebellion, and leads to him becoming an artist in Primal Scream, the most innovative British band of the 1990s.

Tenement Kid is a book filled with the joy and wonder of a rock ’n’ roll apostle who would reshape British pop. Published 30 years after the release of Screamadelica, it illuminates a decade lost to Thatcherism and saved by acid house.

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Event 43

Father Richard: Silent film with Live Organ Accompaniment

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

 St Mary's Church

Father Richard Williams’ film nights are renowned. Parish priest in Hay since 2001, he trained as a professional musician at Trinity College of Music, London, studying piano, organ and composition. His offering this Winter Weekend in the late Georgian-Gothic setting of St Mary’s Church is a live accompaniment on the Bevington organ to the classic 1920 German silent horror film, directed by Robert Wiene, written by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer.

At a fairground, a Dr Caligari has a somnambulist, Cesare, who can predict the future. When a young man visits him and asks how long he will live, the answer is until dawn…

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Event 7

Henry Blofeld talks to Peter Hayter

Ten to Win…And the Last Man In: My Pick of Test Match Cliffhangers

 Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Henry Blofeld led the commentary on Test Match Special for five decades, before retiring four years ago. He was inspired to delve into past triumphs and near-misses of historic matches when re-reading Newbolt’s 1892 poem Vitai Lampada, about a cricketing schoolboy’s commitment to duty, both on the pitch and in the field of battle.

Ten to make and the match to win—

A bumping pitch and a blinding light,

An hour to play and the last man in.

Blofeld brings to life 30 Test Match cliff-hangers, ranging from the match-winning bowling of Australia’s F. R. Spofforth against W.G. Grace’s England in 1882, via the first tied Test between Benaud's Australia and Worrell’s West Indies in 1960, to the never-say-die batting of Ben Stokes in 2019. He revisits less celebrated matches such as South Africa's hard-fought first Test win in 1906, a crucial innings from Denis Compton in 1948, and a match-saving performance by a young Alan Knott in Guyana in 1968.

He talks to cricket writer Peter Hayter who has ghost-written books with Ian Botham, Phil Tufnell and Marcus Trescothick.

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Event 8

Amika George, Sophie Howe, Owen Sheers, ​Sinead Walsh talk to Andy Fryers

Time for a Change

 Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The world will have been in Glasgow at COP26 in early November, thrashing out how we can reduce, manage and mitigate the impacts of climate change. We know that this is going to require a major shift in the way we live, work and play. Our expert panel looks at key decisions made at COP26 and discusses the role of creativity, design, storytelling and innovation in conveying the issues and ultimately influencing behavioural change.

​​Owen Sheers is a poet, playwright, author and screenwriter including most recently The Trick - The ClimateGate Affair, Amika George is the founder of the Free Periods campaign and author of Make it Happen - How To Be An Activist, Sophie Howe is the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales ​and Sinead Walsh is the Irish Climate Envoy and Deputy Director General for Irish Aid. They talk to Hay Festival's Sustainability Director, Andy Fryers.

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Event 9

Dan Jones talks to Hallie Rubenhold

Powers and Thrones: A new History of the Middle Ages

 Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

From the author of The Templars comes the story of how our world was built, exploring the rise of the West to global domination, from a state of crisis and collapse. He identifies three key themes underpinning this achievement: commerce, conquest and Christianity.

Hallie Rubenhold is an author, social historian, broadcaster and historical consultant for TV and film.

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Event 10

Jonathon Porritt talks to Hannah Martin

Hope in Hell: a Decade to Confront the Climate Emergency

 Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Climate change is the defining issue of our time. And just as it is accelerating, so too must we summon up a greater sense of urgency. The good news is that we still have time to address the challenge, if we move now – and move together. The co-founder of sustainable development charity Forum for the Future explores the positives of new technology, innovation, activism of young people – and the growing sense of solidarity between generations as young and older grasp their obligation to secure a safer world.

Jonathon Porritt was Director of Friends of the Earth 1984–90, co-chair of the Green Party 1980-83 and from 2000-2009 was Chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission.

Hannah Martin is the Co-Executive Director of Green New Deal UK.

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Event 11

Sarah Hall and Sarah Moss talk to Toby Lichtig

The Fell/Burntcoat

 Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

A conversation with two masters of fiction. Moss’ latest novel is the pandemic-inspired The Fell, and Hall’s Burntcoat was also written in lockdown, focusing on the story of two new lovers confined. They discuss their new works and reflect on the role of fiction in challenging times.

Moss’ previous books include a memoir of her year living in Iceland, Names for the Sea, and novels Summerwater, Cold Earth, Night Waking, Bodies of Light, Signs for Lost Children, The Tidal Zone and Ghost Wall.

Hall has written five novels and three short-story collections. Twice nominated for the Man Booker Prize, she is currently the only author to be four times shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award, which she won in 2013 with Mrs Fox and in 2020 with The Grotesques.

Toby Lichtig is assistant editor at the Times Literary Supplement (TLS)

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Event 12

Paul Mason

How to Stop Fascism: History, Ideology, Resistance

 Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Fascism is back. In January 2021, Trump supporters stormed the Capitol. From Brazil to India to Sweden, the Far Right is on the rise. Fascism is not a horror that we have left in the past; it is a recurring nightmare that is happening again – and we need to find a better way to fight it. The new Far Right is organisationally small, but its ideologies and symbols are proliferating across networks and social media, into the lives of ordinary people.

The author and broadcaster offers a radical, hopeful blueprint for resisting and defeating the new Far Right. His book is both a chilling portrait of contemporary fascism – what fascists believe and how they operate today – and a compelling history of the fascist phenomenon: its psychological roots, political theories and genocidal logic. He argues that fascism is a symptom of capitalist failure, and one that continues to haunt us.

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Event 13

The Town of Hay and Friends

The Christmas Lights

 Hay Market Square

Come and join the party as Hay welcomes everyone to the beginning of the festive season with music and food and good cheer, and the turning-on of the Christmas lights by a celebrity guest.

Free - no ticket required - this event will be subject to Welsh Government Covid-19 guidelines

Event 14

Miriam Margolyes talks to Natalie Haynes

This Much Is True

 Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Spend an evening in the company of one of Britain’s favourite (and naughtiest) actors and national treasures, as she shares stories from her remarkable life. The BAFTA-winning creator of a myriad of unforgettable characters from Lady Whiteadder to Professor Sprout, is one of the most recognisable performers working today. Now, at 80, she has finally decided to publish her memoir.

She talks to the classicist, writer and comedian Natalie Haynes.

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Event 15

BBC Music Introducing…

Live and Unlocked

 Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

BBC Music Introducing in Hereford & Worcester supports the very best new music from across the region. Since 2005, it has broadcast nearly two thousand sessions, showcasing some of the area’s most talented musicians. Chart-topping success stories include Kington’s Ellie Goulding, Bewdley’s Becky Hill and Weobley’s 220 Kid (who used to work at The Swan Hotel in Hay).

Andrew Marston hosts some of the finest acts discovered over lockdown: “In just seven days, more than 10,500 artists uploaded their music to BBC Music Introducing across the UK,” he says. “We’ve struggled to fit all of our favourite acts into the eight hours of music we generate every single week, so I’m excited to be bringing some of these to Hay.”

The show includes one interval.

All profits go to Children in Need.
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Event 16

Father Richard: Silent film with Live Organ Accompaniment

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

 St Mary's Church

Father Richard Williams’ film nights are renowned. Parish priest in Hay since 2001, he trained as a professional musician at Trinity College of Music, London, studying piano, organ and composition. His offering this Winter Weekend in the late Georgian-Gothic setting of St Mary’s Church is a live accompaniment on the Bevington organ to the classic 1920 German silent horror film, directed by Robert Wiene, written by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer.

At a fairground, a Dr Caligari has a somnambulist, Cesare, who can predict the future. When a young man visits him and asks how long he will live, the answer is until dawn…

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Event 17

Arwa Mahdawi, Paul Mason & Jeanette Winterson

Where do we go From Here?

 Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Our Festival guests review the weekend papers, reflecting on the past year and looking ahead to 2022. They talk to journalist and author of Strong Female Lead, Arwa Mahdawi. Strong coffee recommended.

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Event HD1

Lauren Child talks to Gemma Cairney

Clarice Bean: Think Like an Elf

 Baillie Gifford Stage

From Charlie and Lola and Ruby Redfort to Hubert Horatio, Child has created some of the best known characters in children’s books today. This year, Clarice Bean, the irrepressible star of books that have sold more than six million copies worldwide, returns in a brand new tale. The author discusses her themes and inspiration with radio and TV presenter Gemma Cairney.

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To whet your appetite, there will also be 5 Winter Warmer events to watch and enjoy online featuring Matt Haig, Steven Pinker, Bill McKibben, Siri Hustvedt and the 2021 Booker Prize winner. These events will be free for everyone to watch and will be available online on our website from 15 November.