Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 189

Arundhathi Subramaniam, Irfan Husain and Tahmima Anam talk to John Kampfner

India / Pakistan / Bangladesh

Venue: Big Tent
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What’s the state of Freedom of Expression on the subcontinent? How will technology affect it? And whose truths and languages can be heard?
 
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Event 190

Terence Blacker and Derek Hewitson

Let’s Misbehave! The Songwriters’ History of Love, Lust and Loathing

Venue: Digital Stage
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If you want to know what’s really been going on in the hearts and beds of men and women over the past century or so, it’s songs that will tell the true story…
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Event 191

Lisa Dwan

Beside the Sea

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The actress reprises her SBC triumph of Veronique Olmi’s haunting Beside The Sea about a mother who is driven to the extremes of mental and physical despair. Performance, and discussion chaired by Stephanie Merritt.
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Event 192

Oi Va Voi

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The spectacular, exhilarating band play a vibrant and joyful blend of European and Klezmer rhythms shot with soaring melodies and surging energy. Steve Levi - Clarinet and vocals, David Orchant - Trumpet, Josh Breslaw - Drums, Preetha Narayanan - Violin, Matt Jury - Bass, Nik Ammar - Guitar, Bridgette Amofah - Vocals.
 
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Event 194

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.
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Event 195

Anchorsong

Venue: The Sound Castle
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The Tokyo/London master of electronica and sampling – aka Masaaki Yoshida - renowned globally for his spellbinding solo shows is joined onstage by a string quartet for a spectacular live performance.
 
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Event 198

Dan Jones

The Plantagenets

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The historian introduces his tales of eight generations of the greatest and worst kings and queens this country has ever seen – from the White Ship to the Lionheart, bad King John to the Black Prince and John of Gaunt. This is the dynasty that invented England as we still know it today.
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Event 199

Michael Tavinor

Saints and Sinners of the Marches

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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The Dean of Hereford pitches Ethelbert, Dubricius, Clodock against Herbert Armstrong, Roger Mortimer, Hugh Depenser and a fantastic cast of both and in-betweens.
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Event 200

Robert Minhinnick and Christopher Meredith talk to Jon Gower

The Keys of Babylon & The Book of Idiots

Venue: The Moot
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Minhinnick and Meredith are both writers of conviction, dazzlingly accomplished authors who show us the big picture by focussing on the individual and the everyday. Minhinnick's stories in The Keys of Babylon carry the hopes and dreams of migrants across the world from Albania, to Mexico, China, Iraq, Israel, Wales and the US. Meredith stays closer to home in The Book of Idiots, his Wales-set blackly comic fourth novel.
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Event 201

Hugh Warwick

The Beauty in the Beast

Venue: The Hexagon
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Britain’s Favourite Creatures and the People Who Love Them - animal magic and nature notes from the hedgheog-hugging spiritual heir to Johnny Morris.
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Event 202

Dai Smith, Madeleine Gray, Alan Edmunds and Ceri Gould join Huw Bowen

Welsh Heroes and Villains 3 – Culture

Venue: Digital Stage
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Bards, poets, writers, actors, and musicians populate Welsh history to an extraordinary degree. So too do the icons of modern popular culture from the Manic Street Preachers to Gavin and Stacey. Why has Wales been so blessed with creative talent? And what is distinctively Welsh about our cultural heroes?
 
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Event 534

Paul Benham

Primrose Earth Awareness Trust: Site Visit

Venue: Meet at Box Office for Bus
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The permaculture pioneer guides us around his sustainable food centre, which has won 12 True Taste of Wales awards in 3 years including gold for sustainable development in 2011. The centre is probably the most productive acre and a half in the UK and is a blueprint model for future food security.
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Event HF52

Llwynberried 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.
 
John and Helen Price open the gates to their farm, which specialises in producing top quality beef from their single suckler herd. The farm produces all its own fodder and feed crops and supplies both local and national retailers. A new enterprise involves the growing of daffodils for the production of a drug, which is used for treatment of Alzheimers. A short walk to see the herd grazing will take place if the weather permits. Beef from the farm will be served in bread rolls at the end of the visit.
 
With thanks to John and Helen Price of Llwynberried Farm.
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Event 553

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 204

Jules Evans

Philosophy for Life - And other dangerous situations

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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An invitation to a dream school with a rowdy faculty that includes 12 of the greatest thinkers the world has ever known. Each of these ancient philosophers teaches a technique we can use to transform ourselves and live better lives.
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Event 205

Rebecca Stott

Darwin’s Ghosts: In Search of the First Evolutionists

Venue: Big Tent
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The story of Darwin’s many predecessors back to Leonardo and Aristotle, who advanced theories of evolution in times when it was exceptionally dangerous to do so.
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Event 206

Karl Ove Knausgaard and Tiffany Murray talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Fiction: Love and Death, and Rock ’n’ Roll

Venue: The Moot
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A Death in the Family is hailed as the great masterpiece of contemporary Norwegian literature, exploring love, parental death and a teenage infatuation for rock music. The Welsh tale of Diamond Star Halo riffs on the same eternal themes.
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Event 207

Álvaro Enrigue, Frank Wynne, Rosalind Harvey and Daniel Hahn

BCLT – Word for Word 1

Venue: Digital Stage
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Translators Wynne (winner of the IMPAC, Foreign Fiction Prize etc) and Harvey produce English versions of the same short story originally written in Spanish by the Mexican novelist and Bogota 39 star Álvaro Enrigue. The author and his translators discuss the nuances, divergences and creativity of their translations with the Director of the BCLT.
 
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Event 208

Dragons’ Innovation Den - The Power of Youth

Venue: Hay on Earth Stage
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Four short testimonies followed by a wide-ranging discussion about the value and opportunities offered through the insights of youth – ‘Why does it have to be like that?’
 
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Event 527

The Princes Drawing School

Venue: The Summer House
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Come to the Pop Up Studio and learn how to look and to draw with the only art school dedicated to drawing from observation. Spend a morning drawing and change the way you see! Suitable for all ages and abilities. No equipment required.
 
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