Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 471

Charlotte Higgins, Niall Livingstone, Fiona Macintosh and Oliver Taplin

The Greeks 9 - Drama

Venue: Hay on Earth Stage
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What do the surviving Greek tragedies and comedies, and the information we have about their performance and audiences, tell us about the Classical world?
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Event 473

Rose Gottemoeller

The Joseph Rotblat Lecture 2012

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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President Obama’s Acting Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security was the chief negotiator on the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) with the Russian Federation. Chaired by Nik Gowing.
 
In association with the Weapons of Mass Destruction Awareness Programme
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Event 474

Kate Summerscale talks to Sarah Crompton

Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady

Venue: Big Tent
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A compelling story of romance and fidelity, insanity, fantasy, and the boundaries of privacy in a society clinging to rigid ideas about marriage and female sexuality. The Samuel Johnson Prize-winner (The Suspicions of Mr Whicher) brings vividly to life a complex, frustrated Victorian wife, longing for passion and learning, companionship and love.
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Event 475

Jeremy Vine

It’s All News to Me - The Most Fun You Can Have without Laughing

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The radio and tv star reflects on his 25 years as a BBC broadcaster from the Bosnian frontline to the R2 lunchtime show.
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Event 477

Fiona Reynolds and Simon Jenkins talk to Revel Guest

Octavia Hill’s Grand Idea

Venue: Digital Stage
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The National Trust Director General and Chair celebrate the centenary of Octavia Hill, the social reformer and founder of the National Trust, and discuss her legacy in the work of the Trust today.
 
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Event 478

Julian Allwood and David MacKay talk to Andy Fryers

Sustainable Materials

Venue: Hay on Earth Stage
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The ever-growing demand for materials to support our lifestyles is not sustainable – it is time to use those materials more efficiently and explore new ways of manufacturing and production. The authors of Sustainable Materials and Sustainable Energy discuss.
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Event 479

Jessica Seaton, Heather Gorringe and Sally Bailey

Women in Business Forum

Venue: The Moot
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Come and meet the women who’ve built successful local and rural enterprises - the TOAST clothing and homewares company, the natural gardening supplier Wiggly Wigglers, and Baileys Home Store - winner of ‘best homewares retailer’ in the Telegraph Magazine 2012. There’ll be an open conversation about starting up, building a business, design, marketing, management and maximising local potential. Chaired by Kitty Corriganand with Barbara Ann King of Barclays. Numbers are limited. Please see also events 447 and 489 with Mary Portas and Luke Johnson.
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Event 480

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
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Event 549

John Mullan

What Matters in Jane Austen

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Is there any sex in Austen? What do the characters call each other, and why? What are the right and wrong ways to propose marriage? And why is it risky to go to the seaside? Mullan shows that you can best appreciate Austen's brilliance by looking at the intriguing quirks and intricacies of her fiction – by asking some very specific questions about what goes on in her novels and why, he reveals their devilish cleverness and their art.
 
The English Prof, Late Review star and Guardian Book Club host discovers what games people played and why they had to wear mourning, how they addressed each other and how wealth was inherited, who shared bedrooms and who owned coaches. He explores the rituals and conventions of her fictional world in order to reveal her technical virtuosity and sheer daring as a novelist. Though not a book about Jane Austen's life, it uses biographical detail and telling passages from her letters to explain episodes in her novels; readers will find out, for example, what novels she read and how much money she had to live on and why she was obsessed with the weather.
 
John Mullan's books include How Novels Work and Anonymity: A Secret History of English Literature.
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Event HF161

Blood, Guts and Gore

Movie FX Make- up Workshop

Venue: Scribblers’ Hut
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Pick up some tricks from the special effects trade and create realistic scars, bruises and wounds without the pain of getting hurt.
 
Duration 120 mins.   10+ 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.
 
Please note this session is not suitable for people with latex allergies.
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Event HF162

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.   5-9 years
 
No adult ticket required, but children must be accompanied for this cookery session.
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Event HF160

Hugless Douglas

Venue: The Hexagon
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Come and meet Douglas, a big, brown lovable bear on his search for the perfect bear hug. Songs and stories galore.
 
Duration 40 mins.   3-5 years
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Event HF159

JD Sharpe

Oliver Twisted

Venue: The Summer House
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Discover a world where Vampyres feed on the defenceless, orphans are sacrificed to hungry gods and if a woe-begotten catches your scent it will hunt you for ever. A brilliantly twisted take on the Dickens classic that will have you on the edge of your seat. 
 
12+ years
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Event 481

David Starkey

The Very Model of a Modern Monarchy

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The historian scrutinises The House of Windsor.
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Event 482

Ahdaf Soueif

Cairo - My City, Our Revolution

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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The novelist who reported live from Tahrir Square weaves human stories and acute political analysis into this magnificent understanding of the Egyptian uprising. Chaired by Bidisha.
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Event 483

Tom Hollander and James Wood talk to Peter Florence

Re - Rev

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The Pirates of the Caribbean and In the Loop star discusses his award-winning comedy Rev -with co-writer James Wood.
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Event 484

Peter Hain and David Lipsey

Forty Years is a Long Time in Politics

Venue: Hay on Earth Stage
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Two of the most unconventional Westminster memoirs shed new, controversial and wickedly funny light on the political process. With the anti-apartheid campaigner, MP for Neath, former Leader of the House, and Secretary of State for Work and Wales, author of Outside In and the veteran Labour peer, author of An Autobiography. Chaired by Simon Mundy
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Event 485

Emily Perkins and Kishwar Desai talk to Gaby Wood

Fictions - Lived Lives

Venue: Digital Stage
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The Forrests is our tip for this year’s Man Booker - a New Zealand novel that sings with colour and memory; that speaks of family and time, dysfunction, ageing and loneliness, about heat, youth, and how life can change if ‘you're lucky enough to be around for it’; Origins of Love is a huge novel from the Costa Prize-winner about the multi-million dollar, global surrogacy industry.
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Event HF166

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 HF163

Fireman Sam

Happy Birthday, Sam!

Venue: Big Tent
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It's time for a Pontypandy party to celebrate Sam and Hay turning 25 together. Meet your favourite fireman and hear all about his exciting adventures from the fabulous storyteller Liz Fost.
 
3+ yrs
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