Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 151

The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists – Screening

Venue: Bookshop Cinema
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Peter Lord’s animated film based on Gideon Defoe’s book - Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant) sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the Pirate of the year Award. The quest takes Captain and his crew from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London.
 
U – rated. 2012. 88’.
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Event T3

Mix Music and JamPod

Guitar Hero, but for real

Venue: Scribblers’ Hut
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Calling all budding guitar, bass, keys, drums players or vocalists. Get involved with JamPod and its creator Dan Jones (Former UK Music Teacher of the Year). Have a go in the studio (where no one can hear you unless you want them to!) and produce an MP3 track.
 
Duration 60 mins14+ years
 
Each young person attending this workshop must fill in the Permission Form available for download here. Please send the form in advance to admin@hayfestival.org and bring a copy on the day.
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Event HF37

Ali Sparkes

S.W.I.T.C.H

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Boy or insect? Josh and Danny are in big bug trouble. Learn how to write creepy crawly adventures and why you might want to think twice before squishing ants in future.
 
7+ years
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Event HF39

Institute of Physics

Physics in the Field

Venue: The Mess Tent
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A team of top-notch scientists will be performing eye-catching physics tricks to wow all ages using things that can be found at home, to wow all ages. Some are messy, some are noisy, but all of them are crowd-pleasing and help illustrate different areas of physics. So come along and find out how to make a balloon kebab, a tame tornado and much, much more.
 
Families
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Event HF38

Matt Haig

Get Writing With... Workshop

Venue: The Hexagon
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Join the creator of To Be A Cat to explore perspective and plot twists.
 
12+ years
 
Each young person attending this workshop without an accompanying adult must fill in the Permission Form available for download here. Please send the form in advance to admin@hayfestival.org and bring a copy on the day.
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Event 152

AC Grayling

Reading and Thinking

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The philosopher talks about the conversation of humankind, the true nature of education, the candle in the dark. Our story changed when literacy extended beyond the few. Grayling explains how, and conjures the possibilities this opened up.
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Event 153

Sadakat Kadri talks to Helena Kennedy

Heaven on Earth

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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A timely and eye-opening investigation into one of the most disputed but least understood topics of recent times - the history and reality of shari’a law.
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Event 154

David Spiegelhalter

Cambridge Series 6 - Are you taking a Risk or a Chance? Trying to put numbers on uncertainty.

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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We continually get warned about the risks around us, but the upside of uncertainty is chance and opportunity. The Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk will show how to weigh luck, both bad and good. Chaired by Greg Davies
 
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Event 155

Murong Xuecun

British Council Series - Caging a Monster

Venue: Hay on Earth Stage
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The outspoken Chinese cult novelist builds on his now famous ‘In my country’ Oslo speech, talking about the harder realities behind the economic miracle. Chaired by Rosie Boycott. (Subtitles with consecutive translation for Q&A)
 
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Event 156

Andrew Simms, John Sauven, Peter Myers and Lemn Sissay

nef series 3: Tick Tock, Climate Clock

Venue: Digital Stage
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How much can society and the economy change in 50 months? On current trends, that’s the time frame we are working to before the balance of risk of dangerous climate change potentially shifts against us. The Chief Executive of Greenpeace UK discusses the deadline with the co-founders of onehundredmonths.org and poet Lemn Sissay.
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Event T4

Mix Music and JamPod

The Ultimate Music Experience

Venue: Scribblers’ Hut
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JamPod is changing the way people engage with music. Come and experience it with Dan Jones (Former UK Music Teacher of the Year). Are you desperate to play guitar, bass, drums, percussion, keyboards or sing? JamPod allows you to engage with the music you love, while you learn. And the only person who can hear you play, is you!
 
Duration 60 mins. 17+ years
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Event HF42

Cally Law

The Moomin Adventure Book

Venue: The Hexagon
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Find out how to take plaster-casts of paw prints, identify bugs and flutter-bys and hunt for treasure, Moomin-style.
 
5+ years
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Event HF40

Cressida Cowell talks to Peter Florence

Hooray for Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III!

Venue: Big Tent
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The creator of the wonderful How To Train Your Dragon series chats Vikings, Dragonese and the Isle of Berk.
 
7+ years
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Event HF41

Lauren St John

The One Dollar Horse

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The creator of the White Giraffe series introduces her new equestrian thriller series, about making the impossible possible and reaching the top on a one dollar horse.
 
10+ years
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Event SC4

RWCMD Jazz Time

Venue: The Sound Castle
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THE ROYAL WELSH COLLEGE OF MUSIC AND DRAMA
 
The hugely successful RWCMD Jazz Time club will be in residence at The Sound Castle doing masterclasses with the mainstage musicians and playing a free concert every day at 12-1pm.
 
From stunning improvisations to highly charged ballads, reggae to contemporary world grooves Paula Gardiner presents some of the most exciting young musicians on the scene including Joe Webb Trio, Melly - Underneath The Umbrella Tree, Alex Haines, Lloyd Haines, Huw Williams with Greg Sterland, Margot Morgan - Your Voice, Dan Smith, Greg Cordez, The James Clark Quintet, P.C.'s Tribute to Ornette, Ben Treacher, Jasmine Power, Tom Ollendorf Quartet, Cat Wright Trio and Jonas Seetoh and Band.
 
FREE BUT TICKETED
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Event 157

Mario Vargas Llosa talks to Peter Florence

Nobel Series - The Dream of the Celt

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The Peruvian Nobel Laureate discusses his work and his new novel, which re-imagines the life of Roger Casement, the controversial hero of Irish nationalism.
 
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Event 158

Richard Fortey

Survivors - The Animals and Plants that Time has Left Behind

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The paleontologist takes us on a journey across the globe in search of traces of evolution in creatures that have survived from long ago, from algal mats dating back two billion years to the hardy musk oxen, the last vestiges of Ice Age fauna.
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Event 159

Nick Coleman talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

The Train in the Night - A Story of Music and Loss

Venue: Big Tent
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An account of one man’s struggle to recover from the loss of his greatest passion in life - and to go one step further: to restore his ability not only to hear but to think about and feel music.
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Event 160

Nick Harkaway and SJ Parris talk to Clemency Burton-Hill

Fictions - The Plotters

Venue: Digital Stage
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Angelmaker is a kaleidoscopic, comedy adventure - a one-sit read about a mobster’s son and a retired secret agent who are forced to team up to save the world; Sacrilege is the third in the meticulously plotted series of Giordano Bruno Elizabethan thrillers.
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Event 161

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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