Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 336

Kate Humble

Monmouthshire Farm Humble by Nature

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The Springwatch star talks about her passion for Watching Waterbirds and her new project restoring her Monmouthshire Farm.
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Event 337

Ed Vulliamy

The War is Dead, Long Live the War - Bosnia: the Reckoning

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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The journalist bears witness to the Serbian death camps he uncovered in 1992 and examines the aftermath of the catastrophic Bosnian war and its terrible human consequences.
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Event 338

Anthony Giddens

The Politics of Climate Change

Venue: Big Tent
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The economist examines the political will and practicalities needed to address the global problems of climate change and energy security. Chaired by Peter Oborne.
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Event 339

Jan Blake with Kouame and Raymond Sereba

The Old Woman, The Buffalo, and the Lion of Manding – Part 1

Venue: Hay on Earth Stage
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The Birth of Sundiata Keita, legendary founder of the great Malian Empire in West Africa, is one of the most exciting birth-of-a-hero tales in the world. Featuring hunters, kings, prophecy, a buffalo woman, a jealous first wife, curses, insults, and acts of honour, this passionate and inspiring tale is the beloved story of the origin of a nation. Part 2 tomorrow - see event 393.
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Event 340

John Julius Norwich

The Story of England in 100 Places

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The political, cultural, social, religious and economic story of England through 100 key places you can still visit today - from Stonehenge to The Gherkin.
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John Julius Norwich

Event 341

Paul Cartledge, Bettany Hughes, Angela Hobbs and Tom Holland

The Greeks 2 - The Greek Idea

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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The classicists explore the idea of Greece - the aspirations and the concepts of civilisation, democracy, drama, virtue, victory, liberty and xenia, and discuss what the study of Classics has meant in the wider world.
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Event 342

Tim Birkhead

Bird Sense

Venue: Digital Stage
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What is it like to be a swift, flying at over 100km an hour? Or a kiwi, plodding flightlessly among the humid undergrowth in the pitch dark of a New Zealand night? And what is going on inside the head of a nightingale as it sings?
 
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Event 343

Lionel Shriver talks to Rosie Boycott

The New Republic

Venue: Big Tent
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We are delighted to launch a biting political satire set in the Portuguese backwater of Barba by the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need To Talk About Kevin and So Much For That.
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Event 344

John Crace and Rodge Glass talk to Paul Blezard

The Beautiful Game

Venue: Hay on Earth Stage
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Passions fly high in Crace’s fanatical Spurs homage Vertigo and the Glass novel Bring Me The Head of Ryan Giggs - a fantasist’s relationship with the United winger.
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Event 545

Monty Halls

The Fisherman's Apprentice

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The story of our fishermen's fight for survival, told from firsthand experience. Accompanying the BBC 2 series of the same name, Monty spends a year working as a fisherman from Cadgwith Cove in Cornwall, the last defiant outpost of Britain's traditional fishing industry. Through relentless labour of working on his own boat and the drama of great spiralling storms, Monty experiences a way of life that is quietly dying. Exploring the impact of industrial scale trawling on our small-scale fishing industry, with consumer advice on how we can save it and sustain it for the future, this is the story of British fishing today.
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Event 345

Cerys Matthews

Venue: The Sound Castle
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The iconic Welsh singer-songwriter and her band return to the festival with her own new music and poetry and a tribute to Woody Guthrie. She is supported by the award-winning folk singer FFLUR DAFYDD launching her fourth album Ffydd Gobaith Cariad - Faith Hope Love.
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Event 346

War Horse – Screening

Venue: Bookshop Cinema
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The film of the book by Michael Morpurgo. Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and across Europe as the war rages on. Directed by Steven Spielberg, screenplay by Lee Hall and Richard Curtis, produced by Revel Guest. UK, 2011, 146’. PG. Also see events, 334, and 423.
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Event 348

Julian Clary talks to Fiona Lindsay

Briefs Encountered

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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More than one thing is about to go bump in the night at Noel Coward’s Kent retreat, Goldenhurst. The higher the society the looser the morals. A dark, and wickedly funny ghost story.
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Event 349

Melanie Challenger

On Extinction: How We Became Estranged From Nature

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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The destruction of nature as a consequence of modern human lifestyles, industry and agriculture is leading to the Earth’s sixth great extinction of species, an extinction thousands of times more extensive than that counted in the fossil record before the emergence of modern man.
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Event 350

Louis de Bernières and James Ellis

The Hay Poisoner

Venue: Big Tent
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The librettist and composer preview work on their musical production about Herbert Rowse Armstrong based on Martin Beales’ book Dead Not Buried and Robin Odell’s Exhumation of a Murder. The Hay solicitor was hanged for the murder of his wife exactly 80 years ago. Their opera explores the way someone can be destroyed by human and inhuman forces, and the impact of adult machinations on children.
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Event 351

Richard Suggett

From Castell Cricieth to Penarth Fawr

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The architectural historian celebrates the poets and carpenters of late-medieval Wales.
 
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Event 352

Richard King, Alan McGee, Lee Brackstone

Faber Social - How Soon is Now?

Venue: Digital Stage
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King spins the discs and discusses his rollicking history The Madmen and Mavericks who made Independent Music 1975-2005 with the founder of Creation records and the author of Hail! Hail! Rock ’n’ Roll. Some soundtrack!
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Event 355

Hay Writers Circle

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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New Work from the local creative writing group
 
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Event 356

Angela Hobbs and Paul Cartledge talk to Bettany Hughes

The Greeks 3 – Plato

Venue: Big Tent
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The classicists consider the heft and influence of The Republic and The Symposium.
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Event 357

Tom Fairfield

The Pine Marten Conundrum

Venue: The Moot
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Is it extinct in Wales? And if so, why? Or is the wildest of the wild things left to us simply deeply secret?
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