Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 135

Jenny Colgan talks to Paul Blezard

Fictions – Chocolates

Venue: Digital Stage
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The romcom bestseller samples her novel The Loveliest Chocolate Shop In Paris and her contribution to the Dr Who 50th anniversary, Doctor Who – Dark Horizons

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Event 136

Perihan Magden and Alejandro Zambra talk to Daniel Hahn

Fictions – Damage

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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Zambra’s Ways Of Going Home is the tragic story of the collateral damage caused by the Pinochet regime, and the burden borne by the new generation as they come to terms with their fragile history. Magden’s Ali And Ramazan pitches its two friends out of the safety of their orphanage onto the streets of Istanbul with tragic consequences.

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Event 449

Hay Castle Medieval Day 3

Venue: Hay Castle
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Medieval-themed games, gifts, songs and stories, nestled in the heart of Hay Castle. Step back into Hay’s medieval past with hands-on history, archery and good ales, presented by Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre.
  

Tickets also available on the gate

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Event 468

Family Foraging Walk

Hay Walking Festival Walks

Venue: MEET AT HAY FESTIVAL SITE ENTRANCE
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A chance for children to take a stroll by the Wye in Hay and learn how to forage for fabulous wild food in the woods and by the river.

2 miles. Children aged 5–13 years with accompanying adult.

To book, visit haywalking.org/hayfestival or call 01544 327 121.

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Event W6

Kitchen Academy Workshop 6

Venue: Mess Tent
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Join us in making Mini Spanish Omelettes, Welsh Sushi, Giant Chocolate Waffles, Sicilian Chicken and No Bake Cheesecakes. The menu will be rotated between sessions on a daily basis.

5–8 years – children must be accompanied

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Event HF30

Piers Torday

The Last Wild

Venue: The Cube
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An animal adventure like no other, The Last Wild is hotly tipped to be a modern classic and Piers Torday is a highly acclaimed new writer. Hear him at Hay first!

9+ years

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Event HF29

Pop Vocal Coaching

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Carrie and David Grant have coached everyone from Take That to Charlotte Church. They will teach you to sing like a star

Duration 45 mins.

7+ years

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Event 483

Sarah Gavron introduces

Screening: Village at the End of the World

Venue: Richard Booth's Bookshop Cinema, 44 Lion Street
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Fascinated by the resilience of the few remaining polar communities, Brick Lane director Gavron and her cameraman partner Katznelson spent almost three years filming in Niaqornat, a remote Inuit hamlet in northern Greenland with just 59 inhabitants. Under government threat of relocation if their numbers fell below 50, the locals were determined to reopen a local fish factory in order to stem the slow exodus of their youngsters, and vowed to battle on against an unsympathetic bureaucracy “until the last man’s left standing”. The stark beauty of their harsh landscape and their equally harsh way of life – they rely entirely on hunting and fishing, and the long winter months are totally without daylight – contrast with their quirky humour and robust traditions. A revealing and moving little gem.

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Please arrive in good time for the start of this event; we regret that latecomers may not be permitted entry.

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Event 453

Hay Castle Tour 4

Venue: Hay Castle Main Hall
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Hay Castle, once a great medieval stronghold, is alive with possibilities once again. Find out more with Justin Albert, Director of National Trust Wales, on a guided tour of the 12th Century keep, Jacobean mansion and Victorian service buildings. Includes tea and a bun.

Please note: There are two tours, one starting at 10am and one starting at 11am. Please book for the tour you wish to attend, using the variant boxes below. 

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Event W40

Tiffany Murray & Ruth Young

Creative Reading 2: Heroes

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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The 2012 Hay Festival International Fellow and creative writing lecturer is joined by Fairfield High School English teacher Ruth Young to lead this workshop looking at Robert Cormier’s novel, often set for GCSE English.


14+ years

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Event 137

Philippe Sands, Helena Kennedy and Helen Mountfield

The Retrial Of Herbert Rowse Armstrong

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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On 31 May 1922 the Hay solicitor was hanged, having been found guilty of murdering his wife with arsenic. To celebrate the republication of Martin Beales’ Dead Not Buried three QCs examine his conviction. You, the jury, will decide.

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Event 138

Kenneth Cukier and Viktor Mayer-Schonberger

Big Data

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Just as water is wet in a way that individual water molecules aren’t, big data can reveal information in a way that individual bits of data can’t. The tech and business gurus show us the surprising ways that enormous, complex and messy collections of data can be used to predict everything from shopping patterns to flu outbreaks. Chaired by Stephanie Flanders.

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Event 139

James Jackson

Cambridge University Series 6: Living With Earthquakes – Know Your Faults

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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Earthquakes in the last decade have revealed that rich nations have become resilient in terms of loss-of-life, while much smaller earthquakes have killed up to 30% of urban populations in countries that are far less well prepared. What is behind the sombre conclusion that ‘the rich pay and the poor die’?

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Event 140

Jay Griffiths

Kith: The Riddle Of The Childscape

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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There are huge differences in how childhood is experienced in various cultures. One central riddle, in particular, has captured Griffiths’ imagination: Why are so many children in Euro-American cultures unhappy – and why is it that children in many traditional cultures seem happier?

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Event 141

Jordi Punti and Francesc Serés talk to Colm Tóibín

Fictions – Homage

Venue: Digital Stage
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Two leading Catalan novelists discuss their work. The disappearance of a truck driver in Punti’s Lost Luggage introduces and brings together from across Europe his four sons, previously unaware of each other’s existence. Serés’ 21 miniature masterpieces in Russian Stories sketch the nation.

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Event 142

Meirion Jordan, Felix Stephan, Laura Fidaleo and Maarten Inghels talk to Daniel Hahn

Scritture Giovani 2013

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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Young writers from Wales, Italy, Germany and Belgium come together to discuss their newly-commissioned and translated stories on the theme of Jerusalem.

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Event HF31

Animal Adventures

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Join animal experts and top writers Nicola Davies and Gill Lewis to find out all about their latest animal adventure stories. Unmissable for animal fans!

7+ years

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Event W7

Kitchen Academy Workshop 7

Venue: Mess Tent
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Join us in making Mini Spanish Omelettes, Welsh Sushi, Giant Chocolate Waffles, Sicilian Chicken and No Bake Cheesecakes. The menu will be rotated between sessions on a daily basis.

9–12 years – children must be accompanied

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Event HF32

Winnie The Pooh

Venue: The Cube
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Story-time, games and honey sandwiches in the One Hundred Acre Wood with Winnie The Pooh and friends.

Duration 45 mins.

4+ years


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Event 143

Simon Sebag Montefiore

Titans

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The historian traces his adventures in history from Stalin and the Borgias to Catherine The Great and Mrs Thatcher.

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