Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 451

Christopher Hill, Brendan Simms and Robert Tombs

Cambridge Series 13 - Will The UK Ever Get On With Europe?

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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How much does Britain’s history impact on the way it sees its relationship with Europe and can we overcome that? What are the wider implications for international relations for a Britain adrift of Europe?
 
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Event T43

Cool Fossil Music Foundation

Creating A Band By Yourself

Venue: Scribblers’ Hut
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Discover how you can layer your beats and melodies to create complete tracks on your own.
 
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 HF158

Julia Golding

Magical Creatures, Perilous Pirates

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The super-star scribbler of The Glass Swallow, the Companions Quartet and the Cat Royal series takes us on a whistle stop tour of her fantastical worlds. With hints and tips on how to write your own fantasy adventures along the way.
 
9+ yrs
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Event 452

Antony Beevor

The Second World War

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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No other period in history has presented greater dilemmas both for leaders and ordinary people, nor offered such examples of individual and mass tragedy, the corruption of power politics, ideological hypocrisy, the egomania of commanders, betrayal, perversity, self-sacrifice, unbelievable sadism and unpredictable kindness. From the author of Stalingrad, D-Day and Berlin - The Downfall. Chaired by Jim Naughtie.
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Event 453

Tony Robinson talks to Ben Crystal

Venue: Big Tent
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A conversation with the Time Team and Blackadder star - actor, presenter, archaeology champion, children’s writer and political activist.
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Event 454

Bronwen Maddox, Mark Fitzpatrick, Thomas Friedman and Wadah Khanfar talk to Nik Gowing

The Iran Question

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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As the US/Israeli anxiety about Iran’s nuclear ambitions grows and further sanctions are imposed, the editor of Prospect is joined by the International Institute for Strategic Studies expert, the New York Times Foreign Affairs editor and the former DG ofAl Jazeera to analyse the situation. BBC World News Anchor Nik Gowing chairs.
 
In association with Prospect
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Event 455

Alistair Darling talks to Jesse Norman

Back from the Brink

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The former Chancellor discusses the state of the world economy and his one thousand days at No 11 that were dominated by RBS, Iceland, and his relationship with the bloke next door.
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Event 456

Alice Oswald

The Greeks 8 - Memorial

Venue: Digital Stage
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The poet reads her brilliantly original rendering of Homer. ‘The Iliad is a vocative poem. Perhaps even (in common with lament) it is invocative, as if speaking directly to the dead, in the aftermath of the Trojan War: an attempt to remember people’s names and lives without the use of writing; a series of memories and similes laid side by side; an antiphonal account of man in his world.’
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Event 457

Alice Russell

Venue: The Sound Castle
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Blessed with a lavishly soulful voice, her live performances are spectacular, capable of captivating an audience and tugging at your heartstrings. Her smouldering blues-inflected lament is constantly evolving in her new solo material, which encompasses an explosion of everything from funk, gospel and jazz to northern soul.
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Event 458

Mark Lynas

The 2050 Pathways Show

Venue: Hay on Earth Stage
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What would 2050 look like if you had your hands on the energy and lifestyle tiller? Join in a live experiment to crowdsource the future with the author and climate change advisor.
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Event 459

Rum Diary - Screening

Venue: Bookshop Cinema
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An amusing, from-the-heart tribute to Hunter S Thompson before he invented Gonzo journalism. Depp plays Thompson’s alter ego (as he did in Fear and Loathing): Paul Kemp, a failed 30-year-old novelist who washes up in the office of a two-bit tourist rag in Puerto Rico. The story of drunken good times with other reprobate hacks is stoked by a run-in with a corrupt property developer and his distractingly gorgeous girlfriend. Director Bruce Robinson makes the most of the exotic locations, sweaty bars, some witty lines and rum-soaked crazy scrapes to fashion an affectionate portrait of a writer finding his feet. US, 2011, 120'. Cert 15.
 
See also event 403 and screening 493.
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Event T45

Celia Rees and Melvin Burgess

This is Not Forgiveness and Kill All Enemies

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Two taut psychological dramas from the leading lights of young adult fiction. Join them to talk truth and darkness. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.
 
14+ years
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Event 461

Andy Kershaw talks to Martin Chilton

No Off Switch

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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We’re talking the rollercoaster, deliciously candid and brilliantly funny autobiography of Britain’s maverick radio DJ, world music champion and foreign correspondent.
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Event 462

Paul Franklin talks to Francine Stock

VFX

Venue: Big Tent
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The CG pioneer and special effects maestro discusses and shows his Oscar-winning work on Inception and the Batman series.
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Event 464

Jan Blake with Kouame Sereba

The Leopard Woman - Storytelling

Venue: Starlight Stage
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A hunter goes in search of a leopard cub, a sacrifice in honour of his newborn son - but on finding two cubs, greed overcomes reason and he takes both. Their mother however, a shape-shifting leopard is determined to see her children returned home safely and the hunter pay a high price for his selfishness.
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Event 466

JuJu

In Trance

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Hypnotic trance grooves, featuring the transcendental, dubbed-out sound of musical alchemists Justin Adams (guitar) and the Gambian ritti master Juldeh Camara in a mesmerising and thrilling live performance. They’re joined by Billy Fuller on bass and Dave Smith on drums.
 
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Event 467

Hidden Orchestra

Venue: The Sound Castle
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Two live drummers and deep basslines with strong jazz and classical influences make cinematic, emotive, percussive, next-generation music using traditional instrumentation and organic samples. Their debut album Night Walks showcases their energetic originality. Their beautifully crafted, explosive live show, where the core quartet is augmented with visuals, cello and brass, has cemented their reputation as one of the UK’s unique upcoming outfits.
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Event 546

Rob da Bank

Venue: Clyro Court
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The Wrap Party

Come and join us as the BBC Radio 1 and Sunday Best DJ, and Bestival director plays the 25th anniversary birthday party night till late.
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Event 469

Gerald Davies and Martin Johnes join Huw Bowen

Heroes and Villains of Wales 6 - Sport

Venue: Digital Stage
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Rugby players are the ultimate Welsh sporting heroes, aren’t they? What about our footballers, athletes, boxers, cyclists, snooker players, surfers and all the rest? And who are the villains? (THE Gerald Davies! – Ed..)
 
In association with The Western Mail
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Event 470

Mark Henderson

The Geek Manifesto

Venue: The Moot
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What was once an insult used to marginalize those curious people and their obsessive interest in science has increasingly become a badge of honour. And it’s a high ambition to entrench scientific thinking more deeply into politics and society.
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