Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 539

From Bluff to Book Town, along Offa’s Dyke Path

Venue: Meet at Box Office for Bus
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Join Richard Ball, Access and Uplands Officer from the Brecon Beacons National Park and Rob Dingle, Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail Officer, on this lovely, moderate 7 mile (11km) walk to the top of Hay Bluff for stunning views of the surrounding countryside before returning to the town along a pretty section of the Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail.
 
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Event 543

Thomas Penn

Winter King

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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It was 1501. England had been ravaged for decades by conspiracy, violence, murders, coups and counter-coups. Henry VII had clambered to the top of the heap - a fugitive with a flimsy claim to England's crown who through luck, guile and ruthlessness had managed to win the throne and stay on it for sixteen years. Although he built palaces, hosted jousts, gave out lavish presents and sent ambassadors across Europe, for many he remained a usurper, a false king.
 
But Henry had a crucial asset: his queen and their children, the living embodiment of his hoped-for dynasty. Now, in what would be the crowning glory of his reign, his elder son would marry a great Spanish princess. On a cold November day this girl, the sixteen-year-old Catherine of Aragon, arrived in London for a wedding upon which the fate of England would hinge...
 
In his remarkable debut, historian Thomas Penn recreates an England which is both familiar and very strange - a country that seems medieval yet modern, in which honour and chivalry mingle with espionage, realpolitik, high finance and corruption. It is the story of the transformation of a young, vulnerable boy, Prince Henry, into the aggressive teenager who would become Henry VIII, and of Catherine of Aragon, his future queen. And at its heart is the tragic, magnetic figure of Henry VII - controlling, paranoid, avaricious, with a Machiavellian charm and will to power.
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Event T10

Mix Music and JamPod

Are you good enough?

Venue: Scribblers’ Hut
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JamPod is changing the way the world engages with music. Are you an experienced contemporary musician? And do you think you are up to the challenge? Come along and produce a studio-quality track in an hour-long session led by JamPod creator and Mix Music Director Dan Jones and Dean Clarke, Head of Education at Korg UK.
 
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 HF53

Andy Stanton

Mr Gum

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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Bigger, better, grislier, crazier... No, not Andy, Mr Gum of course! Make sure you and your Snocklehead friends don't miss out.
 
7+ years
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Event HF55

Annie Dalton

Moonbeans

Venue: The Hexagon
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Come and hear all about Moonbeans the magical moon cat who can help dreams come true. Stickers, recipes and lots of fun.
 
Duration 40 mins.   7+ years
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Event HF56

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, 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 more.
 
Families
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Event HF54

Tallulah Swirls Theatre Company

When Eggy Met Peggy

Venue: Starlight Stage
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What happens when the lonely egg sat on a wall meets the sparkling pea from under that huge pile of mattresses? Join Eggy and Peggy the pea, a rock-n-rolling raspberry and cha-cha-cha-ing carrots in this funny and original twist on The Princess And The Pea.
 
3+ years
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Event 210

Anne Somerset

Queen Anne

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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A revelatory portrait of the great Stuart monarch, whose reign encompassed union with Scotland, Marlborough’s victories in France, some sublime architecture and rancorous rows with some of the highest Ladies of Court.
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Event 211

Andrew Miller talks to Jon Gower

Pure

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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The novelist discusses his Costa Award-winning Pure. Deep in the heart of Paris, its oldest cemetery is, by 1785, overflowing, tainting the very breath of those who live nearby. Into their midst comes Jean-Baptiste Baratte, a young, provincial engineer charged by the king with demolishing it.
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Event 212

Tristan Gooley

The Natural Explorer

Venue: Big Tent
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A beautiful and engaging introduction to Understanding Your Landscape - a naturalist, countryman’s guide to ‘creative rambling’.
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Event 213

Creative Intent – The Power of Youth

Venue: Hay on Earth Stage
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Do you have an idea for an innovation but don’t know where to start, or have you already started but are bogged down? This open session of design and creativity will teach you new tools for your projects.
 
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Event 542

Jonathan Meades & Charles Fernyhough

MEMORY & PLACE

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Idiosyncratic filmmaker, novelist and architecture critic Jonathan Meades in discussion with fellow novelist and child psychologist Charles Fenryhough. Meades is publishing Museum Without Walls, the product of thirty years writing and thinking about places: their ingredients, how and why they were made, their capacity to illumine the societies that inhabit them and the ideas they foment. Charles Fernyhough's new book, Pieces of Light, examines the neuroscientific basis of memory and how it makes us the people we are. Expect an intellectually no-holds-barred exploration of how we invent the outside world and it invents us. Chaired by John Mitchinson
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Event T11

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. Find out about JamPod and meet 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 HF59

Ciaran Murtagh

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The star of CBBC’s The Slammer returns to Hay for comedy, capers and magic carpet antics with his brand new adventure Genie in Training.
 
7+years
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Event HF60

Petr Horacek

Venue: The Hexagon
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Hear about little puffins Peter and Paul, before creating your own bright and bold picture-book masterpiece.
 
5-7 years
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Event HF58

The Great Big Animal Quiz

Venue: Digital Stage
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Do you know why bees dance or the colour of a giraffe’s tongue? Come and give yourself a noggin workout - there are prizes to be won. Bring pad and pencil. Hosted by quizmasters extraordinaire Steve Skidmore and Steve Barlow.
 
8+ years
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Event 528

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.
 
FREE BUT TICKETED
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Event SC5

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.
 
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Event 214

Mark Watson, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

The Jubilee Edition 4

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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Scoundrels, rogues and fools - these people have no respect at all: to the Tower with them all.
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Event 215

Bill McGuire

Waking The Giant

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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How a changing climate triggers earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
 
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