Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 85

The Wisdom of Whores

Venue: Segovia Stage
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Elizabeth Pisani describes how politics, ideology—and ten billion dollars a year—have bulldozed through scientific evidence and common sense and needlessly failed to fight the AIDS pandemic that has infected 70 million people worldwide. Chaired by Rachel Holmes.
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Event 88

The Shock Doctrine

Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion
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The radical analyst Naomi Klein meticulously exposes the US policy of ‘Disaster Capitalism’ that overwhelms societies reeling from natural (tsunami) and military (Iraq) catastrophe. In conversation with Rosie Boycott.
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Event 89

Crime Pays

Venue: Segovia Stage
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Paul Blezard meets the authors of two of the whitest-knuckle reads of the year. Tom Rob Smith’s Child 44 tracks a serial killer at the height of Stalin’s Terror. Philip Kerr’s latest mystery A Quiet Flame sends Bernie Gunther to Peron’s Argentina.
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Event 93

Julia Donaldson

Venue: Guardian Stage
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The delightful and brilliant Julia Donaldson conjures her magical children’s worlds with songs, stories and an inflatable whale.

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Event 94

James Ivory talks to Geordie Greig

Venue: Guardian Stage
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The legendary film director discusses his career and collaborations with Ismail Merchant and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.
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Event 95

Rory McGrath

Bearded Tit

Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion
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The larky comedian rhapsodises his lifelong passion for bird-watching in his Love Story With Feathers.
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Event 97

Chinese Whispers

Nick Broomfield interviews Hsiao-Hung Pai

Venue: Sky Movies Cinema
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Nick Broomfield, director of the cockle-pickers film Ghosts, interviews Hsiao-Hung Pai about her searing book The True Story Behind Britain’s Hidden Army of Labour.
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Event 101

Rt Rev V Gene Robinson

The 2008 President’s Lecture

Venue: Guardian Stage
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The Bishop of New Hampshire, whose homosexuality threatens the schism of the Anglican Church discusses The State of the Communion. Chaired by Stephen Bates, author of God’s Own Country: Power and Religion in the USA.
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Event 102

Åsne Seierstad

The Angel of Grozny

Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion
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Extraordinary and harrowing reportage from undercover in Chechnya by the Norwegian author of The Bookseller of Kabul.
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Event 103

Emily Perkins and Jhumpa Lahiri

Venue: Sky Movies Cinema
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The dazzling New Zealand writer launches her compelling Novel About My Wife. The Pulitzer Prize-winning short story writer Lahiri launches her new collection Unaccustomed Earth. Chaired by Ariane Koek of the Arvon Foundation.
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Event 104

First World

Venue: Segovia Stage
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International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander, Harriet Lamb of Fairtrade, and Oxfam’s Duncan Green debate how sustainable principles can be managed in our relations with the developing world. Chaired by Jo Confino.
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Event 108

Christopher Hitchens

God is Not Great

Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion
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The great contrarian eviscerates organised religion.
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Event 109

George Monbiot

In the Green Corner 2

Venue: Segovia Stage
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Eco-firebrand George Monbiot develops his conversation with the audience about global sustainability and political accountability.
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Event 110

Lorrie Moore talks to Julian Barnes

The Collected Stories of Lorrie Moore

Venue: Guardian Stage
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The great American short story writer’s ferociously funny, soulful stories tell of the gulf between men and women, the loneliness of the broken-hearted and the yearned-for, impossible intimacies we crave.
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Event 111

The Jazz Baroness

Venue: Sky Movies Cinema
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Film-maker Hannah Rothschild tells the extraordinary story of her eccentric great aunt Pannonica Rothschild, who became famous as the Baroness of the Bebop jazz revolution, and patron to Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk.
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Event 115

Salman Rushdie

The Festival Lecture: The Composite Artist

Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion
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The novelist tells tales of demons, dragons and derring-do in this magnificently illustrated lecture about the 100 Indian artists who created the Hamza-nama paintings for the C16th Grand Mughal Akbar.
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Event 116

Dry Store Room No.1

Venue: Guardian Stage
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Paleontologist Richard Fortey conjures the eccentric people, ancient artefacts and ultra-modern technology that makes The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum.
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Event 117

PetroPower and Geopolitics

Venue: Segovia Stage
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Vijay Vaitheeswaran (Zoom: The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future) and Parag Khanna (The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order) challenge assumptions about energy with climate change thinker Nick Butler.
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Event 118

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Venue: Sky Movies Cinema
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Director Mark Herman introduces clips from the forthcoming movie and does Q&A with the novelist John Boyne.

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Event 121

The State of the Union

Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion
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NY-based internationalist Shashi Tharoor hosts this conversation about American society with Jonathan Freedland of the Guardian, Matt Frei author of Only in America and Jacob Weisberg, author of The Bush Tragedy and online editor of Slate online magazine.
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Event 122

Hanif Kureishi talks to Francesca Rhydderch

Venue: Guardian Stage
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The tensions between transgression, maturity, rebellion, race, desire, family and masculinity play though the new novel Something to Tell You.
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Event 123

Mob Mentality or People Power?

Venue: Segovia Stage
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Jonathan Zittrain, author of The Future of the Internet - and How To Stop It, Lee Siegel, author of Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob, and Emily Bell, the Director of Digital Content, Guardian News and Media, ask: is the web a force for good?
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Event 124

Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet

Venue: Sky Movies Cinema
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Mark Lynas introduces the National Geographic film of his climate change book, predicting advancing deserts, melting glaciers and mass extinctions. Followed by Q&A.
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Event 127

Jimmy Carter

The Guardian Lecture

Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion
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The Nobel Laureate and former US Presidenton conflict resolution and human rights, and the work of the carter foundation. Introduced by Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian. Chaired by Philippe Sands

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Event 128

Muqtada al-Sadr and the Fall of Iraq

Venue: Café Direct
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Award-winning journalist Patrick Cockburn presents a revelatory portrait of the much demonised Iraqi power- broker and leader of the Mehdi militia.
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