Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 74

Farah Faizal and Mark Lynas talk to Adam Boulton

Has the Arab Spring Unsprung?

Venue: Hay on Earth Stage
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Maldives was the first country to experience the Arab Spring with a new democracy in place in 2008. A military coup in Feb 2012 deposed the President Mohamed Nasheed. What are the lessons here ensuring the Arab Spring becomes an Arab Summer? Former High Commissioner Farah Faizal and the ex- President's advisor Mark Lynas discuss.

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Event 75

Lianne La Havas

Venue: The Sound Castle
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The neo-soul singer and songwriter’s EP Lost and Found, and her album Is Your Love Big Enough? is tipped as the standout debut of 2012.
 
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Event 76

Rang de Basanti – Screening

Venue: Bookshop Cinema
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We open the film programme at the brand new cinema in Hay with this 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. A young woman from England comes to India to make a documentary about her grandfather's diary which was written in the 1920s about the Indian Independence with five young men. India, 2006. 157’.
 
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Event HF184

Caroline Bird

WICKED Young Writers’ Workshop

Venue: Scribblers’ Hut
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Join us on Saturday 2 June for a packed day of writing workshops for young people from 5-25. As part of the Wicked Young Writers’ Awards 2012, a team of experienced and award-winning writers will be giving tips on writing and providing help with your stories or poetry. You can even enter something for the award there and then!
 
Duration 60 mins. 18-25 years
 
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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.
 
The Wicked Young Writers’ Awards were set up by the Wicked musical to encourage creativity and writing talent across the country. The award is spearheaded and judged by the bestselling author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo.
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Event 77

David Nutt, Mauricio Rodríguez Múnera, Álvaro Enrigue and David Aaronovitch

Drugs - Without the Hot Air

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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A discussion about Minimizing the Harms of Legal and Illegal Drugs for individuals and society. The neuropsychopharmacologist was fired from the ACMD by Home Secretary Alan Johnson for analysing the relative drug harms. He is joined by the Ambassador of Colombia, whose President Santos publicly aired the possibility of legalization in January at Hay Festival Cartagena, and the Mexican writer Álvaro Enrigue.
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Event 78

The John Finnemore Sketch Show

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The writer and star of Radio 4’s Cabin Pressure, regular guest on The Now Show and popper-up on Miranda, The Unbelievable Truth and That Mitchell and Webb Look, presents an hour of sketches with Simon Kane, Carrie Quinlan and Lawry Lewin.
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Event 79

Rowley Leigh talks to Rosie Boycott

No Place Like Home

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The award-winning food writer and chef, founder of Kensington Place and Le Café Anglais, discusses his classic celebration of Seasonal English Cooking.
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Event 80

Harry Belafonte

Sing Your Song – Screening

Venue: Big Tent
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The actor, singer and Civil Rights activist introduces a screening of Susanne Rostock’s documentary about his life. Followed by Q&A with Francine Stock. US 2011 (107')
 
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Event 81

Simon Hoggart

Life’s too Short to Drink Bad Wine

Venue: Digital Stage
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A delightful tasting of wines for the discerning drinker.
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Event 83

Peter Florence and guests

The 25th Anniversary Alphabet

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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Join the festival director and a glittering galaxy of guests, each of whom will take a letter or two for a two-minute adventure. Full details of the line-up will be published online on 30 May.
 
Proceeds from the gala will fund access to the education programme for local schools
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Event 84

Bridget Christie, Tony Law, James Acaster and Nish Kumar hosted by Ed Gamble

The Machynlleth Comedy Festival Showcase

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The Saturday Night Showcase returns, featuring the best breaking comedians and the comet-tailed stars of our fabulous sister festival over the mountains. You’ll hear them here second!
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Event 85

William Dalrymple & Vidya Shah

British Council Series - The Last Mughal (Concert Version)

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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The author and the celebrated North Indian singer celebrate the bygone era of India's last Mughals, bringing to life a world of emperors, poets, courtesans, politics, bayonets, intrigue and love through word and music.
 
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Event 86

Cat Weatherill and YOU!

Telling Tales – Unexpected Pleasures

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Open mic story slamming comes to Hay! Put your name in the hat and be ready to tell a 5-minute story if you’re picked. We want true, personal stories on the theme of ‘Unexpected Pleasures’. No reading! The audience votes; the winner gets a case of cava and a china cat.
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Event 561

Elif Shafak

Charity Gala 2012

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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Elif Shafak's contribution to the 2012 Charity Gala forms the basis for her 2013 Raymond Williams Lecture. It's about the silent G in the Turkish alphabet.
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Event 87

Christian Prommer

Drumlesson

Venue: The Sound Castle
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An electrifying club night with the Munich-born drummer, whose music is open-minded, progressive, chic and atmospheric. Drumlesson started with the idea to record an acoustic version of the Derrick May classic Strings of Life, fusing his jazz roots with his love of electronica.
 
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Event 90

James Daunt, Dylan Jones, Kate Wilson and Simon Morrison talk to Gaby Wood

Business Breakfast - The Future of Books

Venue: Big Tent
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The Waterstones, GQ and Nosy Crow masterminds realise the paper and digital future of books with the Googles' Head of Copyright Policy and the Telegraph’s Head of Books.
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Event 91

Ben Curtis, Alun Withey and Tyrone O’Sullivan join Huw Bowen

Heroes and Villains 2 – The Unsung

Venue: Digital Stage
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Miners, smelters, teachers, and Mams have been the quiet unsung heroes of Welsh history. But there have been hidden villains as well – disease, poverty, inferiority, and hypocrisy. Are these the real heroes and villains of Welsh History?
 
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Event 537

Simon Singh

Alan Turing and Enigma

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The science writer celebrates the centenary of the genius mathematician and code-breaker, who deciphered the German naval cables in WWII, and demonstrates the encryption techniques on his own, original Enigma Machine.
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Event HF185

Sealegs Puppet Theatre

The Selfish Giant

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Oscar Wilde’s magical tale is told within a magnificent steel-sculpted garden, using beautifully crafted puppets. Enchanting.
 
5+ years
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Event 551

Adele Nozedar

Hedgerow Foraging Walks

Venue: Meet at Box Office
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Join Adele Nozedar, author of The Hedgerow Handbook, for foraging walks around Hay.
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