Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 263

Francois Bizot talks to Philippe Sands

Facing The Torturer

Venue: Big Tent
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In 1971 the author was kept prisoner for three months in the Cambodian jungle. His Khymer Rouge captor, Comrade Duch, eventually had him freed but later became one of Pol Pot’s most infamous henchmen, who personally oversaw the detention, systematic torture and execution of more than 16,000 detainees. Bizot covered Duch’s show trial, which ended in 2010, and spent time with him in prison, trying to unearth whatever humanity Duch had left. If he was going to talk to anyone, it was Bizot, whom he still referred to as his ‘friend’.
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Event 264

Karl Miller

Tretower to Clyro

Venue: Digital Stage
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The great essayist examines the writings about the Black Mountains by local writers such as Francis Kilvert and Raymond Williams.
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Event 265

Julia Green

Writing for Children Masterclass

Venue: The Moot
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The Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and Course Director for the MA in Writing for Young People leads this workshop seminar in writing for children. Julia’s students have included prize-winning Sally Nicholls, Marie-Louise Jensen, Lucy Christopher and Elen Caldecott.
 
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Event 266

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.
 
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Event 267

Sarah-Jane Brandon and Gary Matthewman

Venue: St Mary’s Church
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Winner of the 2009 Kathleen Ferrier Competition, soprano Sarah-Jane Brandon teams up with the pianist Gary Matthewman, to perform an exciting range of songs from Schumann to Quilter.
 
This concert will be recorded as part of BBC Radio 3’s Lunchtime Concert Series
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Event 301

Dragons’ Playground

Venue: Hay on Earth Stage
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Five organisations shortlisted for the Green Dragons’ Den tell their stories, practise their pitches and share ideas on how they’d use the £10,000 prize if they won in the Den. Today’s shortlist focuses on innovations.
 
Supported by the Welsh Government
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Event T17

UK Youth, Nominet Trust and We Are What We Do

Pin Your (Hi)story To The World

Venue: Scribblers’ Hut
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HistoryPin is an online network that brings together photos, vidoes, memories and more from all around the world, throughout time. In this interactive session you’ll get the chance to see what the world was like at any moment in recent history – from the sinking of the Titanic to the D-Day landings, the first man on the moon to the creation of the Internet. Then you’ll head out into the world to capture and share history in the making.
 
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 HF83

Atinuke

Venue: Starlight Stage
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This inspiring storyteller makes her debut at Hay to introduce Anna Hibiscus and her No.1 Car Spotter series - bright and plucky adventures in West Africa.
 
7+ years
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Event HF84

Eva Katzler and Jess Mikhail

Florentine & Pig

Venue: The Hexagon
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Come and join the creators of this charming duo on a delightful summery adventure! Have oodles of fun making your very own bunting and decorating Florentine and Pig's amazing Apple Wishing Tree!
Duration 40 mins. 5-7 years
 
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Event 268

Richard Davenport-Hines

Titanic Lives

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Who were the 1,500 people who died on 14 April 1912 in the Arctic waters? A floating microcosm of Edwardian society - Migrants and Millionaires, Conmen and Crew.
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Event 269

Elizabeth Haycox and Paul Greatbatch, Nancy Lavin Albert and Justin Albert, Andrew Craven, Elizabeth Evans-Bevan, Lyndy Cooke and Peter Florence

Hay Castle Trust

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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Come and meet the Trustees and Directors of the newly-formed Hay Castle Trust and hear about the restoration and curation project of the medieval castle in the centre of Hay.
 
FREE BUT TICKETED
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Event 270

Martin Rowson

Gulliver’s Travels

Venue: Big Tent
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The award-winning cartoonist’s homage to the original masterpiece is a contemporary indictment of the same enduring human idiocies that enraged Swift so magnificently and memorably in the first place.
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Event 271

Andrés Neuman and Ian Mount talk to Oliver Balch

The Toast of Argentina

Venue: Digital Stage
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The Argentinean novelist Neuman, one of the stand-out stars of the Bogotá 39 generation, discusses his masterpiece The Traveller of the Century - winner of the Alfaguara Prize. Mount introduces his tale of Maverick Winemakers and the Rebirth of Malbec in the high Andes - The Vineyard at the End of the World. Chaired by the author of Viva South America - a Journey Through a Restless Continent.
 
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Event T18

UK Youth and Powys Youth Forum

Getting Your Voice Heard

Venue: Scribblers’ Hut
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Do you want to change the world? In this workshop for teens, by teens, find out the essentials to getting your voice heard by the people who matter, on issues that mean a lot to you, however big or small they may seem.
 
Duration 60 mins.  14+ 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 HF85

Ben Cort

Monstersaurus

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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What do you get if you mix together bright green slime, a smelly sock, some mouldy cheese and strawberry jelly? It’s time to get inventing with the bestselling team behind Aliens and Dinosaurs Love Underpants. Plus a visit from a very special intergalactic guest.
 
3+ years
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Event HF88

Easy Peasy Cookery School

Venue: The Mess Tent
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The fantastic team behind Local to Ludlow return to Hay with their mobile culinary school. Using locally sourced ingredients they teach children how to cook delicious snacks from scratch.
 
Duration 60 mins.  10-14 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 HF87

Eva Katzler and Jess Mikhail

Florentine & Pig

Venue: The Hexagon
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Come and join the creators of this charming duo on a delightful summery adventure! Have oodles of fun making your very own bunting and decorating Florentine and Pig's amazing Apple Wishing Tree!
 
Duration 40 mins. 5-7 years
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Event HF86

Lyn Gardner

Friends and Footlights

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Join the theatre critic and storyteller as she launches Olivia’s Enchanted Summer, the latest in her much-loved series. Fans of Malory Towers and Ballet Shoes will adore this.
 
9+ years
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Event 272

David Wilson talks to Mark Skipworth

Scott Centenary - Winter Journey

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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Edward Wilson, Chief of the Scientific Staff and Expedition Artist to Captain Scott’s final expedition, died with his comrades on the Great Ice Barrier while returning from the South Pole. He also led one of the greatest scientific quests of the era, ‘The Worst Journey in the World’ through the Antarctic winter-night to find proof of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution in the eggs of the Emperor Penguin. The explorer’s great nephew, author of The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott and Edward Wilson’s Antarctic Notebooks tells the tales.
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Event 273

Anna Reid

Leningrad

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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On 8 September 1941, 11 weeks after Hitler launched his brutal surprise attack on the Soviet Union, Operation Barbarossa, Leningrad was surrounded. During the 872 days of siege, blockade and bombardment as many as 2,000,000 Soviet lives would be lost. Had the city fallen, the history of the Second World War - and of the C20th - would have been very different.
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