Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 216

John Guy

Thomas Becket - Warrior, Priest, Rebel, Victim: A 900-Year-Old Story Retold

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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At the height of his powers, he led 700 knights into battle, brokered peace between nations, had the ear of the Pope and brought one of the strongest rulers in Christendom to his knees. Within three years of his bloody assassination, Becket was a saint whose cult had spread the length and breadth of Europe.
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Event 217

Thomas Heatherwick talks to Mariella Frostrup

Making

Venue: Big Tent
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A conversation with the legendary British designer, heralded by Terence Conran as the ‘Leonardo da Vinci of our times’.
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Event 218

Dragons Playground

Venue: Hay on Earth Stage
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Five organisations shortlisted for the Green Dragons’ Den will be telling their stories, practising their pitches and sharing ideas on how they’d use the £10,000 prize if they won in the Den. Today’s shortlist is selected from young entrepreneurs under the age of 25.
 
Supported by the Welsh Government
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Event 219

Sue Roberts

Writing for Radio Masterclass

Venue: The Moot
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The BBC Radio Drama Executive leads this workshop seminar in writing for radio. Numbers are limited.
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Event 220

Tasmin Little and John Lenehan

The Radio 3 Lunchtime Series

Venue: St Mary’s Church
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Four lunchtime concerts will focus upon some of the greatest British composers, Elgar, Britten and Bax, to other musical giants, Schumann, Strauss and Haydn. The concerts will be recorded and broadcast at a later date.
 
In this first concert
violinist Tasmin Little is joined by pianist John Lenehan, to give a performance of the contrasting violin sonatas by Elgar and Strauss.
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Event 221

Rupture – A Matter of Life or Death - screening

Venue: Bookshop Cinema
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Maryam d'Abo suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage in 2007 and is lucky to be alive. Her experience inspired this film and leads the viewer on a personal journey of recovery, giving a sense of hope to those who are isolated by their condition that is not seen therefore often misunderstood. Many first hand stories celebrate man's life force and his will to survive. The film concerns all human beings, dealing with the fragility of the extraordinary brain about which we know surprisingly little. D’Abo and the director Hugh Hudson will be speaking on Monday in event 170. UK, 2011, 72’. Documentary.
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Event T12

Mix Music and JamPod

Learn with Rock & Pop

Venue: Scribblers’ Hut
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Make a start in keyboards, guitar, bass or drums. In a sneak preview of a new approach to learning, with music you’ll love from lesson one, the session will be led by writing trio Chris Fry, Dom Jones and Dan Jones.
 
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 HF63

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 HF61

Chris Riddell and Paul Stewart

Muddleearth

Venue: Digital Stage
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Join us as we’re transported to Muddle Earth, where the wizards are mad and the pink hogs are stinky. Make sure you bring your Wellies of Power and Woolly Gloves of Determination.
 
9+ years
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Event HF62

David Sinden, Matthew Morgan and Guy MacDonald

Alien Invaders

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Evil aliens and toxic planets…an awesome space adventure with the energetic trio behind the YUCK! series.
 
7+ years
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Event 222

Mark Easton

Britain Etc

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The broadcaster maps the backstory of contemporary Britain with a delightfully eccentric alphabet of meticulously researched essays that allow a park, a wedding, a beggar and a carrot all to take on new significance and deepen our understanding of our islands.
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Event 223

Helen Rappaport

Magnificent Obsession

Venue: Digital Stage
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Victoria, Albert and the Death That Changed the Monarchy.
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Event 224

Andrew Robinson

Cracking the Egyptian Code

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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The first biography in English of Jean-François Champollion, the impoverished, arrogant and brilliant child of the French Revolution who made the vital breakthrough in deciphering the Egyptian hieroglyphs.
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Event T13

Mix Music and JamPod

Taking it to the next level

Venue: Scribblers’ Hut
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JamPod changes the way we approach all aspects of music. Experienced musicians are invited to try the technology and meet its creator Dan Jones. Dean Clarke of Korg will be on hand to answer questions and show you how your practising/playing/recording could be improved with JamPod.
 
Duration 60 mins.  16+ years
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Event HF66

Dave Cousins

15 DAYS WITHOUT A BLOG!

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The author of novel 15 Days Without a Head shows you how to set-up, write and publicize a blog, plus a glimpse into his own journey to publication, via eight years as a minor rock star!
 
12+ years
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Event HF64

Jeremy Strong

Going For Gold

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The Animal Games are coming to town, but can Streaker bring home a medal? Join this comic maestro as he introduces the sequel to his much-loved The Hundred-Mile-an-Hour Dog.
 
7+ years
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Event HF65

Maisy

Venue: Big Tent
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The marvellous mouse and her storyteller friend Liz Fost return to Hay for songs, stories and surprises.
 
Duration 40 mins.   3-5 years
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Event HF67

Petr Horacek

Puffin Peter

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 225

Ian Rankin talks to Sarah Crompton

Murder, Mood and Vinyl

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The Edinburgh crime-writer, tweeter and propper-up of the Oxford Bar talks about his writing life, his passions, and reveals....xxxx (you can’t tell anyone until the day! Ed.). His latest novel is The Impossible Dead.
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Event 226

Anne Sebba and Juliet Nicolson talk to Lorna Bradbury

Not the Queen of England

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The authors of the biography That Woman - The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor and the novel Abdication look at the characters and events that eventually led to the accession of Queen Elizabeth II.
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