Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event HF164

Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio Races

Venue: Starlight Stage
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A rare chance to see the best-selling author of Shiver, as she introduces her lyrical new stand-alone novel.
 
12+ yrs
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Event HF165

Poppy Cat comes to Hay!

Venue: The Hexagon
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Come and find out all about Lara, a little girl who invents extraordinary adventures for her beloved Poppy Cat. Plus a very special visit!
 
Duration 40 mins.   3-5 years
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Event 486

Monty Don, Marcus du Sautoy, Andrés Neuman, Jim Naughtie and Rosie Boycott talk to Francine Stock

Hay 25 – The Way We Live Now 6

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The panellists discuss three of the 25 Questions.
 
25 years from now climate change will have created over 100 million refugees. Where should they go?
What was the last thing you made with your hands?
Would you like the United States of America to a) grow stronger? b) stay more or less the same? c) grow weaker? Why?
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Event 487

Andrew Gamble, David Runciman and Glen Rangwala

Cambridge Series 14 - Is Democracy Right for the World’s Current Problems?

Venue: Big Tent
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Is democracy too short-termist to deal with the kind of issues facing the world, including the current crisis of capitalism and climate change?
 
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Event 488

Pentabus Theatre Company

The Hay Play

Venue: The Sound Castle
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Hay Festival Playwright-in-Residence Nell Leyshon has spent the week roaming the festival, eavesdropping, inventing and imagining a rich, raucous tale set in a certain border town. Written, rehearsed and performed in a fortnight, Pentabus Theatre presents a specially commissioned piece of theatre for and about Hay.
 
£5 or FREE BUT TICKETED TO RESIDENTS OF HAY*
 
*Hay residents may collect tickets before the festival from the Box Office.
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Event 489

Luke Johnson

Start it Up!

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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The chairman of Risk Capital Partners Ltd, who has run and owned many of the most successful companies in the UK, shares his thinking about Why Running Your Own Business is Easier Than You Think. Chaired by Kamal Ahmed, business editor of The Telegraph.
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Event 490

Simon Schama

Engineering the Holy Land

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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It was the Victorians who began the romance with the Holy Land that would lead to Britain becoming the mentor of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. And they did it with photographs and ordnance survey maps and dreams of the perfect waterworks for Jerusalem. The historian explains how.
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Event 491

Fiona Shaw

Artichoke Presents – Peace Camp 2012

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The actor talks about her personal relationship with poetry and introduces the most romantic project in the Cultural Olympiad, which she has created with the director Deborah Warner. Peace Camp is a poignant exploration of love poetry and will take the form of a series of installations at extraordinary locations encircling the coast of the UK this summer.
 
Shaw invites you to bring along your favourite love poems and join her in a conversation about love poetry in all its many forms. Your nomination may even be included in the soundscape being specially created for Peace Camp.
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Event 492

Ravi Gurumurthy, Mark Lynas and Catherine Mitchell

The Future of Energy Series - Technological Breakthrough or Lifestyle Change?

Venue: Hay on Earth Stage
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There has been much talk about the potential for new technologies to revolutionise our energy use and production. Is there a panacea or are we facing major lifestyle changes to cope with our energy consumption? DECC’s Strategy Director Ravi Gurumurthy will be joined by author and climate change advisor Mark Lynas and Exeter Universities Professor of Energy Policy Catherine Mitchell. Chaired by Andy Fryers.
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Event 493

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 events 459 and 403.
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Event HF167

Chloe Inkpen

Pants On The Moon

Venue: The Summer House
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Zoe and Beans are back in a brilliant new adventure which takes them further than they bargained for. Join their creator for some interactive storytelling game.
 
5-7 years
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Event HF168

Hugless Douglas

Venue: The Hexagon
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Join Douglas, a big brown, lovable bear, on his search for the perfect bear hug.
 
Duration 40 mins.   3-5 years
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Event HF169

Joss Stirling

Stealing Phoenix

Venue: Scribblers’ Hut
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From the rising talent behind Finding Sky comes a tale of thieves, paranormal powers and mortal danger. Perfect for fans of the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy.
 
12+ yrs
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Event 494

George Alagiah

Mixed Britannia

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The previously untold history of Britain’s mixed-race community and the many love stories that created it. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.
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Event 495

William Boyd talks to Peter Florence

Waiting for Sunrise

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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A story of passions and deceptions set between Freud’s Vienna and the intelligence services of wartime London from the author of Any Human Heart and Restless.
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Event 496

Fred Pearce

The Landgrabbers

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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A superb piece of investigative journalism that reveals the unprecedented land grab from the plains of Africa to the jungles and prairies of South America, as Wall Street speculators, Gulf oil sheiks, Chinese entrepreneurs and robber barons raid the last fertile corners of the world.
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Event 497

Bryony Dixon and Francine Stock with music by Neil Brand

The BFI Presents: Dickens Before Sound

Venue: Big Tent
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A magical series of pre-1914 silent short films from Dickensian sources includes Scrooge, Nicholas Nickleby, Oliver Twist and DW Griffith’s The Cricket on the Hearth with live accompaniment.
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Event 498

Annie Freud talks to Geordie Greig

Forgotten Footprints

Venue: Digital Stage
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The poet discusses her work and her father Lucian’s paintings with the journalist and author of the forthcoming Breakfast With Lucian.
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Event 499

Andrew Edgar

Cardiff Series 5 - Sport, Ethics and the Olympics

Venue: Hay on Earth Stage
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What are the ethical issues that are posed by sporting competition in general and the Olympics in particular? Where does society place sport as a source of moral values and what are the problems that cheating and unsporting conduct pose to athletes, spectators, sponsors and funding bodies?
 
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Event HF172

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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