Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event HF171

Jasmine Richards

Venue: The Hexagon
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12+ years
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Sue Monroe

The Magnificent Moon Hare

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Join the dazzling former CBBC presenter for an offbeat story starring a spoilt princess and a moon hare. Alice in Wonderland meets Roald Dahl, with a game of Top Trumps thrown in.
 
7+ years
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Event 500

Fiona Shaw, Tom Hollander, Simon Callow and friends

The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour

Venue: Big Tent
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We celebrate the novelist, Festival Vice-President and poetry champion who died last year with this reading of her beloved TS Eliot.
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Event 501

Martin Amis talks to Gaby Wood

Lionel Asbo

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The novelist launches his state-of-England satire about a very violent but not very successful young criminal who is going about his morning duties in a London prison when he learns that he has just won £139,999,999.50 on the National Lottery.
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Event 502

Marc du Bois talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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The Director of Médecins Sans Frontières analyses the political transactions and balances of power and interests that allow aid activities to move forward, but that are usually masked by the lofty rhetoric of humanitarian principles.
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Event 503

Fiona Carnarvon

Lady Almina and the real Downton Abbey

Venue: Digital Stage
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The Countess of Carnarvon, chatelaine of Highclere Castle, tells the story of her ancestor who actually ran the house during the Great War. Chaired by Revel Guest.
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Event 504

Tariq Ramadan

The Arab Awakening - Islam and the New Middle East

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The Director of the Centre for Islamic Legislation and Ethics asks: Can Muslim countries bring together Islam, pluralism and democracy without betraying their identity? Can this emancipation be envisioned with Islam, experienced not as a straitjacket, but as an ethical and cultural wealth? Chaired by Jim Naughtie.
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Event 505

Jan Blake with Kouame Sereba

The Girl and the Snake - Storytelling

Venue: The Moot
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The story of a jealous brother and a wronged sister, of revenge and redemption, and sibling relationships in both the human and animal kingdom. And of one girl’s courageous battle to live the happy life promised to her despite a cruel betrayal.
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Event 506

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. India, 2006. 157’.
 
FREE BUT TICKETED
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Event HF175

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 HF173

HL Dennis

Secret Breakers

Venue: Hay on Earth Stage
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Brodie, Hunter and Tusia: three kids chosen to solve the greatest unbroken code in the world. But why will some people kill to stop them? Join Team Veritas and crack the codes to help them. Bring a pad and pencil.
 
9+ yrs
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Event HF174

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 507

Monty Don

Gardening at Longmeadow

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The cycle of the seasons in the Gardeners World garden at Longmeadow, from the earliest snowdrops of January through the first splashes of colour in the Spring Garden, the electric summer displays of the Jewel Garden, the autumn harvest in the orchard, and on to a Christmas feast sourced from the vegetable gardens.
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Event 508

Simon Callow

Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The biography explores the central importance of the theatre to the life of the greatest storyteller in the English language.
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Event 509

Charlotte Higgins, Gideon Nisbet and James Davidson

The Greeks 10 - Sex

Venue: The Moot
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What were the conditions that made homosexuality an easy norm in ancient Greece? It’s given us some of the world’s greatest works of art, stories and Sappho’s poetry.
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Event 510

Ghislaine Wood

The V&A Lecture: British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age

Venue: Big Tent
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To coincide with the V&A’s major exhibition, the curator will explore the shifting nature of Britain’s design culture over the last 60 years.
 
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Event 511

Claire Preston

A Brief History of Cider

Venue: Digital Stage
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In C17th England, apples were the national fruit and Herefordshire cider was the patriotic tipple. Wholesome, nutritious, strengthening, and morally pure, cider’s virtues would nourish the nation, establish Empire, and win wars. How did cider knock French wine and the Dutch navy into a cocked hat?
 
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Event 512

John Harrison talks to Kathryn Gray

Antarctica - Forgotten Footprints

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The award-winning author of Cloud Road presents his history of the Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands and the Weddell Sea, introducing the merchantmen, navy men, sealers, whalers and aviators who, with scientists and adventurers drew the first ghostly maps of the white continent.
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Event 513

Elmehdi Ag Wakina

The News from Timbuktu

Venue: Hay on Earth Stage
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The Director of the AMSS, the local NGO that liaises with Hay as part of the town twinning, talks about the situation in Northern Mali. In April 2012 Timbuktu City was overtaken by an Islamic fundamentalist group which has imposed sharia law. There are diverse rebel groups in the region and a humanitarian crisis is unfolding. Elmehdi, a Tuareg from Timbuktu, will give an update on the situation in Northern Mali, and will discuss the relationship between Hay and Timbuktu in this context
 
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All welcome. Donations will be made to relief work on the ground.
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Event 514

Norman Davies

The Open University Lecture: Vanished Kingdoms

Venue: Digital Stage
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How many British people know that Glasgow was founded by the Welsh in a period when neither England nor Scotland existed? Europe’s history is littered with kingdoms, duchies, empires and republics which have now vanished. The historian peers through the cracks in mainstream history writing and listens to the echoes of lost realms across the centuries.
 
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