Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 19

Winter Villains

Venue: The Sound Castle
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This 5-piece Cardiff band perform orchestral, experimental, ethereal, indie-folk. We are excited to welcome them to opem our new music stage, The Sound Castle.
 
 
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Event 20

Kim Wilkie

Led by the Land

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The radical landscape designer surveys 20 years of his work, from the restoration of the Villa La Pietra in Florence to the strategic masterplan for the World Heritage Site at the Solovetski Archipelago.
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Event 21

Owen Sheers and Friends

The Two Worlds of Charlie F

Venue: Digital Stage
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In January this year 15 wounded soldiers took to the West End stage in The Two Worlds of Charlie F, a play written by Owen Sheers based on their experiences of serving, injury and recovery. Members of the cast and the playwright talk to Alan Yentob.
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Event 22

Paul Zak

The Moral Molecule

Venue: Big Tent
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The economist explains his theory that oxytocin drives our morality and is responsible for trust, empathy and other feelings that build and help maintain stable societies.
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Event 23

Michael Morpurgo and Maggie Fergusson talk to Peter Florence

War Child to War Horse

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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How the prolific children’s novelist succeeded in weaving his biographer’s histories into his own fictions.
 
Michael Morpurgo no longer signs copies of his books after events, however, Michael will be doing a 'meet and greet' in Pembertons with signed book plates.
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Event 24

Saskia Sassen, Wendy Pullan, Sara Silvestri, Max Sternberg

Cambridge series 1 - Cities and Terror

Venue: Big Tent
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How can we reduce the risk of violence in cities, which are being extensively targeted in armed conflicts, riots and terrorist attacks?
 
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Event 25

John Challis talks to Peter Burden

Being Boycie

Venue: Digital Stage
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The actor’s life, as lived to the full by the inimitable Only Fools and Horses star.
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Event 26

Adam Corner

Cardiff series 1: Geo-engineering – Plan B or Pandora’s Box?

Venue: Hay on Earth Stage
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From tiny particles reflecting sunlight to giant machines capturing carbon, technological fixes might be the answer to climate change. But such manipulation is riddled with social, ethical and legal problems.
 
In association with Cardiff University
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Event 27

Rang de Basanti – Screening

Venue: Bookshop Cinema
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We open the film programme at the brand new cinema in Hay with this sensational Bollywood picture directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and starring Soha Ali Khan, who’ll be speaking in the Re-Imagine India event 114 on Sunday. A British documentary filmmaker travels to India to make a film on Indian freedom fighters based on diary entries by her grandfather, a former officer of the British Indian Army. Upon her arrival, she recruits a group of five young men to act in her film. While making the film, the students come to realize the courage of the revolutionaries who struggled before them. India, 2006. 157’.
 
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Event 28

Frente Cumbiero

Venue: The Sound Castle
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Mario Galeano brings his mesmerising Cumbia band from Bogota to our new music venue. This was the joyful smash hit of Hay Festival Cartagena in January.
 
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Event 29

Lindsey Hilsum talks to David Aaronovitch

Sandstorm

Venue: Digital Stage
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The Channel 4 News international editor reports the fall of Gaddafi and Libya in the Time of Revolution.
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Event 30

Anne Cottringer with Christine Hope, Fay Thomas, Russell Carrington, Jono Rogers

Borderlines screening: Tune for the Blood (99 min)

Venue: Big Tent
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Following the work-in-progress screening at Hay 2010, the director introduces the finished documentary, following young Hereford farmers through the agricultural year -­ the muck, the work, the passion for the farm, and the visceral poetry of their daily lives.
UK, 2012, 99'
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Event 31

Duncan Bush and Patrick McGuinness talk to Oliver Bullough

Venue: The Moot
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The Last Hundred Days was the most nominated/shortlisted/longlisted novel of the year (Booker, Costa, Authors' Club, Desmond Eliot Prize etc). Patrick McGuinness discusses totalitarianism, freedom of speech and literary inventions with poet and novelist Duncan Bush, author of The Genre of Silence, a 'biography' of Stalin-era Russian writer Victor Bal with 'translations' of Bal's poetry.
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Event 33

Veep – Screening and Q&A

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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Catch a sneak preview of this brand new HBO comedy series from acclaimed British writer and director Armando Iannucci (In the Loop, I’m Alan Partridge) exclusive to Sky Atlantic HD. Set in Washington D.C., VEEP stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as former Senator Selina Meyer, who becomes Vice President only to discover the job is nothing like she imagined and everything she was warned about.
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Event 34

Speech Debelle

Venue: The Sound Castle
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Soulful and raw, she delivered one of the most critically acclaimed Brit-hop debut albums of recent years to win the Mercury Prize The 28-year-old South Londoner performs her powerful new album Freedom of Speech.
 
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Event 35

Peter Stead, Richard Marsden and Guto Harri talk to Huw Bowen

Heroes and Villains 1 – History

Venue: Digital Stage
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In this first of six conversations about Heroes and Villains the team ask does Welsh history need its heroes and villains? If so, who are they and why do they matter?
 
In association with The Western Mail
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Event HF2

Axel Scheffler

Pip & Posy

Venue: Big Tent
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The beloved illustrator of The Gruffalo joins us to launch the adorable Pip & Posy:The Big Balloon. Storytelling, live-drawing and a very special visit from best friends Pip and Posy. A complete treat.
 
Duration 45 mins.  3-5 years  
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Event 36

Tim Minchin talks to Sarah Crompton

Words and Music

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The comedian-songwriter talks about satire, love-songs and his work on the smash-hit RSC production Matilda.
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Event 37

Rolf Heuer talks to Simon Singh

Hadron Collider 2012

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The CERN director discusses the neutrino news and Higgs Boson progress from the world’s most important-ever science project.
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Event 38

Alexandra Harris

Virginia Woolf

Venue: Big Tent
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A portrait of the masterpieces and life of the modernist genius, from the prize-winning author of Romantic Moderns.
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