Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 120

The Gospel of Us – Screening

Venue: Bookshop Cinema
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The film version of the Passion play starring Michael Sheen and written by Owen Sheers that was performed throughout Port Talbot in Easter 2011. A town is in thrall to a sinister and ruthless corporation intent on plundering the town's natural resources. Two sides are at war and catastrophe appears inevitable until a softly spoken man mysteriously arrives. Revealed as The Teacher (Michael Sheen), he gathers followers around him and becomes a focus for the Resistance and is perceived by the powers as a danger who must be removed at all costs. Directed by Dave McKean. UK, 2012.
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Event HF31

Leigh Hodgkinson and YOU!

Magical Mix-ups

Venue: Starlight Stage
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There’s a party to plan, but there’s been a mix-up in Fairyland. Bring coloured pencils and glitter pens to help Emerald and Sapphire put everything right.
 
7+ years
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Event HF30

Oliver Jeffers

The Hueys

Venue: Digital Stage
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An exclusive first look at the brand new series from the acclaimed author and illustrator of Lost and Found and Stuck.
 
5+ years
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Event HF32

Pantone Colours

Venue: Scribblers’ Hut
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Colour can be many different tints and shades – such as Duckling Yellow (PMS 1215), French Fry Yellow (PMS 1225), or School Bus Yellow (PMS 7548). Come dressed in your favourite colour and see colour in a new way.
 
5+ years
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Event 121

Martin Rees, Tahmima Anam, Helena Kennedy and Joan Bakewell talk to Anita Anand

Hay 25 – The Way We Live Now 2

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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In this second conversation about our big anniversary project the panel discuss two of the 25 Questions:
 
Do you think we are reaching a point at which technological 'progress' kills the spirit and what we are, or will it liberate us all?
 
25 years ago, the whole world lived in fear of an aids pandemic, the Berlin wall divided east and Western Europe, China and Latin America were considered part of the developing world and less than 1% of the world’s population used mobile phones or computers. What changes will we see to the way we live now in 25 years time?
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Event 122

Simon Armitage

The Death of King Arthur

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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Our poet-in-residence reads from his astounding new version of the great medieval epic of warfare and politics.
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Event 123

Keir Starmer talks to Philippe Sands

The Rule of Law

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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A conversation with the Director of Public Prosecutions at a time when the death of Ian Tomlinson, Leveson, Huhne, Redknapp, Summer rioters and the Lawrence trials have generated unprecedented interest in the law.
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Event 124

Sarah Raven

Wild Flowers

Venue: Big Tent
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The broadcaster, teacher, gardener and cookery writer (Sarah Raven’s Garden Cookbook) has travelled the length and breadth of the British Isles to find 500 of our most breathtakingly beautiful wild flowers.
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Event 125

Elif Shafak and Anjali Joseph talk to Gaby Wood

Fictions – Migrations

Venue: Digital Stage
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Honour is a powerful, brilliant and moving account of murder, love and family set in Kurdistan, Istanbul and London; Another Country charts a young woman’s twenties in Bombay, Paris and London.
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Event T2

Tweet It Loud

Venue: Scribblers’ Hut
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Join the campaigning experts from the RSPB to get practical tips on how you can speak to people in power about the wildlife and marine issues that matter to you.
 
Duration 60 mins14+ 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 HF33

Annabel Pitcher and Marcus Sedgwick

My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece and Midwinterblood

Venue: Starlight Stage
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See two amazing writers discuss their compelling stories of love and sacrifice. Chaired by Lorna Bradbury
 
12+ years
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Event 126

James Watson talks to Ian McEwan

Nobel Series - The John Maddox Lecture

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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Our annual science lecture is given this year by the 1962 Nobel Laureate, the author of The Double Helix, who in 1953 discovered the structure of DNA with Francis Crick. It will be chaired by Ian McEwan.
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Event 127

Maziar Bahari talks to John Kampfner

Then They Came For Me

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The Newsweek journalist left London in June 2009 to cover Iran’s presidential election, believing he’d return to his pregnant fiancée, Paola, in just a few days. In fact he would spend the next three months in Iran’s most notorious prison, enduring brutal interrogation sessions while terrible threats were made to his family.
 
In association with Index on Censorship
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Event 128

Patrick de Witt and Tom Bullough talk to Stephanie Merritt

Fictions – Not the C19th Novel

Venue: Digital Stage
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The Man Booker-shortlisted The Sisters Brothers is a noiradventure set in Gold Rush America; Konstantin tells the story of the first man in Russia to reveal how travel into space might be possible. It is a story of man, nature, and the limitless power of the imagination.
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Event 129

Tom Asbridge

The Crusades - The Siege of Acre 1189-1191

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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The historian tells the story of the key turning-point of the Third Crusade, and the first clash of Saladin and Richard the Lionheart.
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Event 130

Tishani Doshi, Rhian Edwards, Arundhathi Subramaniam

Poetry Reading

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Three of the emerging generation of poetry superstars read from their new collections - Everything Begins Elsewhere, Clueless Dogs, and Where I Live.
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Event 131

The Herbaliser Band

Venue: The Sound Castle
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Jake Wherry and Ollie Teeba discovered a shared passion for hip-hop, rare groove, funk and jazz in the 90s. Their music offers an emphatically London-centric take on funky-electronica packed with samples, scratches and chopped-up rhythms. Dancing.
 
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Event 132

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 this afternoon. 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 133

Tom Watson and Martin Hickman talk to Helena Kennedy

Speak After the Beep

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The relentless and crusading MP at the centre of the exposure of phone-hacking that has rocked the British Establishment discusses Leveson, privacy, the media and the Met.
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Event 134

John Cooper Clarke

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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The legendary punk poet, king of the performance stage, brings his show to Hay. Greatest Hits and new stuff.
 
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