Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 135

Deepa Mehta and Salman Rushdie

Midnight’s Children, the Movie

Venue: Digital Stage
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The director of the forthcoming film of the modern Indian classic previews and discusses clips with the novelist. Chaired by Francine Stock.
 
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Event 136

Simon Singh

Alan Turing and Enigma

Venue: Big Tent
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The science writer celebrates the centenary of the genius mathematician and code-breaker, who deciphered the German naval cables in WWII, and demonstrates the encryption techniques on his own, original Enigma Machine.
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Event 540

Rob Davis, Woodrow Phoenix, Sarah McIntyre, Gary Northfield, Kristyna Baczynski and Will Morris.

Nelson

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Join the editors and a selection of artists from behind this beautifully-rendered, Eisner nominated, graphic novel. Nelson tells the story of one woman’s life from birth in 1968 to the present day. Each creator individually details a single event or moment of protagonist Nel Baker’s life before handing over to the next artist, resulting in a vast narrative told via yearly snapshots. Part exquisite corpse, part relay race, Nelson spans decades of British history and combines a myriad of stylistic approaches in a single, compelling graphic novel.
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Event 138

Courtney Pine Band

Europa

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The inspiring jazz hero draws back in time to Gregorian Chant, Scandinavian, Celtic, Spanish, Hungarian, Mediterranean melodies and rhythms that show like a geographical map, the scope, width and growth of the Continent. Robert Fordjour - Drums, Darren Taylor - Double Bass, Zoe Rahman - Acoustic Piano, Cameron Pierre - Mandolin and Acoustic Guitar, Courtney Pine - Bass Clarinet.
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Event 139

Timothy Garton Ash talks to John Kampfner

freespeechdebate.com

Venue: Big Tent
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The distinguished author of The File and Facts Are Subversive introduces the ten founding principles of his new global Free Speech project and demonstrates its international reach with Google's Free Speech advisor.
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Event 140

The Gospel of Us – Screening

Venue: Bookshop Cinema
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The film version of the Passion play starring Michael Sheen and written by Owen Sheers that was performed throughout Port Talbot in Easter 2011. A town is in thrall to a sinister and ruthless corporation intent on plundering the town's natural resources. Two sides are at war and catastrophe appears inevitable until a softly spoken man mysteriously arrives. Revealed as The Teacher (Michael Sheen), he gathers followers around him and becomes a focus for the Resistance and is perceived by the powers as a danger who must be removed at all costs. Directed by Dave McKean. UK, 2012, 118’. PG.
 
See also event 65.
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Event 141

Ghostpoet

Venue: The Sound Castle
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The softly spoken 24-year-old has already won over BBC Radio 1’s foremost taste-maker Gilles Peterson and Brownswood Recordings with a handful of off-kilter, loopy electronic ditties blessed with his delightfully rambling musings on modern life. His captivating hook-laden productions and lazy baritone ensure that this young, inventive, British artist is destined for greatness. ‘With lullabies to hypnotise, this somnolent spirit is sleepwalking his way to greatness’
- The Guardian
 
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Event 142

Julia Hobsbawm, Sophie Radice, David Aaronovitch, Chris Parry

Editorial Intelligence

Venue: Hay On Earth Stage
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The Editorial Intelligence director and her guests analyse the media and comment of the day.
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Event 143

Zarghuna Kargar talks to Anita Anand

Dear Zari

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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Hidden Stories from Women of Afghanistan is a poignant celebration of human resilience under unimaginable duress. At the time of going to press the UK and US Allies are currently talking to the Taliban.
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Event 144

Meriel Larken talks to Revel Guest

The Ship, The Lady and The Lake

Venue: Big Tent
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The recovery and restoration of the steamboat Yavari, built on the Thames 150 years ago, then dismantled and carried in thousands of pieces 12,500 ft up the Andes to Lake Titicaca - where she was used by traders until 1985.
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Event 145

Chris Williams and Robin Barlow join Huw Bowen

Heroes and Villains 3 – Soldiers

Venue: Digital Stage
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Waterloo, Rorke’s Drift, Mametz Wood, and the Falklands have all provided Wales with its military heroes. But what makes a Welsh military hero, and who are the villains of the piece?
 
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Event HF35

Pantone Colours

Venue: The Hexagon
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Colour can be many different tints and shades – such as Duckling Yellow (PMS 1215), French Fry Yellow (PMS 1225), or School Bus Yellow (PMS 7548). Come dressed in your favourite colour and see colour in a new way.
 
5+ years
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Event HF34

Tinga Tinga Tales - Screening

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Discover Why Elephant Has A Trunk as we bring the much-loved animated African folk tales to the big screen. Then trot off to our Make and Take tent for your very own Tinga Tinga-inspired crafts.
 
Duration 30 mins.  3+ years.
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Event HF36

Trevithel Court Farm

Farm Visit

Venue: Meet at Box Office for Bus
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Join local agronomist Jonathon Harrington and vet Barney Sampson as they explore farms in the local area. Expedition parties meet at 9am at the box office on the day of their excursion, to return at around 1pm. Limited numbers of self-drive tickets are available too, please contact the box office on 01497 822 629 for more information. On the day please wear suitable footwear and waterproof clothing in case of inclement weather.
 
Walk through David and Catherine James’s orchards, see how the trees are managed and sample the cider. Look inside the beehives, and learn how honey is made. An extensive range of farm machinery will be laid out for inspection.
 
With thanks to David and Catherine James of Trevithel Court Farm.
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Event 552

Adele Nozedar

Hedgerow Foraging Walks

Venue: Meet at Box Office
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Join Adele Nozedar, author of The Hedgerow Handbook, for foraging walks around Hay.
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Event 146

Martin Rees

The Limits of Science

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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Ethics and prudence set limits to how our scientific knowledge can be applied. And there are constraints on the amount of research we can afford. But are there some aspects of the universe, or of life, that we’ll never understand because they’re beyond human brains and that must await post-human intellects?
 
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Event 147

Mark Haddon talks to Rosie Goldsmith

The Red House

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The magical new novel from the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time: A family get together in a farmhouse near Hay for a week - four adults and four children with interweaving stories and history and voices.
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Event 148

Jon Gower in conversation with Mary-Ann Constantine, Phil George and David Anderson

The Story of Wales

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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How the nation has been formed by the land, and how the country has connected with the world. Jon Gower chairs a discussion spanning 30,000 years with an historian, a TV programme maker and the Director of The National Museum of Wales.
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Event 149

Edward and Robert Skidelsky

How Much Is Enough?

Venue: Big Tent
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Arguing from the premise that economics is a moral science, the Skidelskys trace the concept of the good life from Aristotle to Keynes and the present, and show how our lives over the past half century have strayed from that ideal.
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Event 150

Nathan Englander and Helen Simpson

Fictions – Shorts

Venue: Digital Stage
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Short stories from two stars of the genre who discuss and read from their collections What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank and Collected Stories. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.
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