Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 289

Jan Blake with Raymond Sereba

Zebu - Storytelling

Venue: Hay on Earth Stage
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A beautiful girl is hatched from a large egg. Her mother, a zebu, is determined to keep her daughter by her side, promising terrible consequences if she ever leaves. But fate has other intentions …
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Event 290

Khosla Ka Ghosla – Screening 4

Venue: Bookshop Cinema
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A satire on the evils of the real estate business in India where an innocent family is held hostage and almost give in to corruption and the mafia. Thanks to timely interventions and a series of orchestrated comic situations, the family is back on track. Amongst the array of awards that the film picked up, Khosla Ka Ghosla was recognised as the best Hindi film for the prestigious National Film Award in 2006 and Kher picked up the Best Actor award at Goa International Film Festival. Directed by Dibakar Banerjee and starring Anupam Kher who is speaking on Sunday in event 114. India, 2006. 135’.
 
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Event 291

Alex Valentine

Lost Songs

Venue: The Sound Castle
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The singer-songwriter performs songs from his sixth album Lost Songs and reimagines some of the great works of the American Folk Songbook as part of our Woody Guthrie centenary tribute. ‘The voice of an angel, the lyrical talent of Paul Simon and the ability to reduce audiences to tears’ Mariella Frostrup
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Event 292

Tanya Walker

Breaking The Fear Wall

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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Moving from hauntingly beautiful to contemporary and unexpected; from popular themes to rhythm driven walls of sound, this is a spectacular new work, composed and performed by award-winning singer-songwriter Tanya Walker. Fronted by Tanya on lead vocals, grand piano, flute and acoustic guitar, the gig will feature powerful harmonies sung by members of local choirs, a live rock & contemporary classical ensemble and inspirational film imagery.
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Event 293

Martin Vander Weyer talks to John Mitchinson

Fortune’s Spear

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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The intriguing and compelling Story of the Blue-Blooded Rogue Behind the Most Notorious City Scandal of the 1920s.
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Event 294

James Fearnley talks to John Walsh

Here Comes Everybody - The Story of the Pogues

Venue: Big Tent
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The founding member and accordion player recounts the highs, lows and shenanigans of the internationally treasured band and Christmas legends whose beautiful, punked-up versions of traditional Irish music stormed the charts around the world.
 
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Event 295

Mark Townsend with Kenny & John Meighan

Point Man

Venue: Digital Stage
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The point man leads the patrol into battle, the first to face ambushes, hidden bombs and snipers. In 2007 and 2008, 20-year-old Kenny Meighan was the longest-serving point man in Helmand province. But returning to his hometown in Essex, where prospects are bleak and his father still suffers from the nightmares of his own war experience, Kenny's struggle is far from over.
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Event 296

Phil Rickman

Mystery in the Original Sense

Venue: Hay on Earth Stage
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Rickman’s crime series, featuring the female diocesan exorcist for Hereford, is unlike anything else in the genre. As his latest novel, The Secrets of Pain, arrives in paperback, he explains why it’s taken 12 years to break through.
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Event 297

Sarah Jane Morris and Enrico Melozzi

Cello Songs

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The UK premiere of an extraordinary collaboration between the singers voice and a cello orchestra with covers of Tom Waits and Damien Rice, Morris' own compostitions and a new song written for her by Bob George. With Enrico Melozzi, Tony Remy, Michael Rosen and The Celestial Quartet.
 
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Event 298

Seamus Murphy talks to Dylan Jones

Let England Shake

Venue: Big Tent
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The photographer was invited to make the 11 short films to accompany PJ Harvey’s groundbreaking album when she saw his film Darkness Visible. He discusses the collaboration and shows the films.
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Event 299

Rang de Basanti – Screening

Venue: Bookshop Cinema
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A 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 3 June. A young woman from England comes to India to make a documentary about her grandfather's diary which was written in the 1920s about the Indian Independence with five young men. India, 2006. 157’.
 
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Event 300

Frank Turner

Venue: The Sound Castle
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Three years on the road plying his brand of passionate and honest folk/punk has built a huge global following for the cult singer-songwriter. He plays Hay as part of our Woody Guthrie Centenary tribute.
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Event 302

Tom Holland and Paul Cartledge

The Greeks 1 - Herodotus

Venue: Big Tent
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The C5th BC Father of History, who pioneered the systems of ‘inquiry’, holds a mirror up to our own concerns about East and West. Herodotus has an almost modern fascination with the variety of human culture.
 
The first of 13 sessions exploring the wonders of Ancient Greece, as part of our commitment to Britain's Olympic year.
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Event 303

National Literacy Trust

National Literacy Trust - Breakfast Seminar

Venue: Digital Stage
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The National Literacy Trust, with author Frank Cottrell Boyce, will offer a unique insight into the effective teaching of writing to primary school children in Key Stages 1 and 2. The challenges of composition make writing arguably the most difficult of literacy skills to teach and learn. This fast-paced and interactive breakfast seminar will introduce the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach which has been proven to significantly accelerate pupil progress. You will learn how to cultivate a love of words and language; develop oral storytelling skills; and help pupils internalise language patterns to become more confident writers. Frank Cottrell Boyce, award-winning children’s author of Millions and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again will give a reading and take part in a Q&A session on children’s writing.
 
Duration 45 mins.
 
Donations towards the National Literacy Trust on the door.
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Event HF93

Maesllwch 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.
 
Andrew and Rachel Giles’ farm has a purely organic dairy herd of 350 cows producing milk for Yeo Valley, who make it into yoghurt and cheese. Visitors will have the opportunity to enter the milking parlour and help to milk some of the cows, as well as see the young calves. Watch how the cows are fed and learn how their four stomachs enable them to digest grass. Samples of whole milk and other dairy products will be provided for tasting.
 
With thanks to Andrew and Rachel Giles of Maesllwch Farm.
 
A minimum age of 8 years is required to take part in this expedition.
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Event 555

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 304

Brian Moore and Max Davidson talk to Mark Skipworth

Man Talk

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The England rugby hero and author of More Thoughts of Chairman Moore hunkers down with the author of We’ll get ’em in Sequins: Manliness, Yorkshire Cricket and the Century That Changed Everything. The Telegraph’s Executive Editor refs.
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Event 305

Dannie Abse talks to Dai Smith

Goodbye Twentieth Century

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The great Welsh and Jewish poet and doctor discusses his remarkable autobiography.
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Event 306

Andrew Feinstein

The Shadow World

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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The corruption, cover-ups and deals between governments and corporations; and the revolving-door relationships that characterise the US Congressional-Military-Industrial Complex - Inside the Global Arms Trade.
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Event 307

Tobias Jones and Paul French talk to Guto Harri

True Crime

Venue: Hay on Earth Stage
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Blood on the Altar from the author of The Dark Heart of Italy examines the murder of Eliza Claps in Potenza in 1993; Midnight in Peking - The Murder That Haunted the Last Days of Old China investigates the profoundly shocking murder of Pamela Werner in 1937.
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