Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 144

Stella Rimington talks to Gaby Wood

Fictions – Spooks

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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lThe former MI5 chief discusses The Geneva Trap, the latest of her Liz Carlyle spy novels, and the fictions and facts of espionage.

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Event 145

Howard Jacobson talks to Peter Florence

The British Council Series 2

Venue: Digital Stage
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The Booker-winning comic master conjures his new novel Zoo Time, a book about love – love of women, love of literature, love of laughter.

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Event 146

Fiona Watt

The Rosalind Franklin Lecture: The Promise Of Stem Cells To Treat Human Disease

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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There has been an explosion of interest in stem cells within the scientific and medical communities and also among politicians, pharmaceutical companies, ethicists and religious groups. They may have great potential to treat diseases that cannot be cured with current medicines. But how realistic are those expectations? Chaired by Brenda Maddox.

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Event 147

Lucy Boyd talks to Monty Don

The Rose Gray Tabletalk: Kitchen Memories

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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This year’s foodie conversation given in the name of the River Café founder features her daughter, the chef and head gardener at the Michelin-starred Petersham Nurseries Café. Her cooking and gardening experience has guided Lucy throughout her 8-year partnership with award-winning chef Skye Gyngell and nurtured a fascination for Italian vegetables and salads, herbs and edible flowers.

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Event 148

Alun Davies and Janez Potocnik

Environment Or Economy: Can We Have Both?

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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Protecting the environment is often cited as an unaffordable luxury in these times of economic crisis. Where are the red lines and what are the compromises that are made to ensure we can restore degraded environments and degraded economies? The Welsh Government’s Natural Resources and Food Minister Alun Davies discusses with EU Environment Commissioner Potocnik. Chaired by The Telegraph’s Environment Editor, Geoffrey Lean.

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Event HF34

Gemma Malley

Thriller Writing Workshop

Venue: The Cube
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Bestselling YA thriller writer Gemma Malley (The Killables) will share her creative writing expertise with you and encourage you to have a go yourselves. Paper and pens provided.

Duration 60 mins. Places limited.

13+ years

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Event HF33

Kristina Stephenson

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks And The Tale of Two Treasures

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Fiendish foes are after the treasure and all manner of tricks, traps and medieval puzzles are in store for Sir Charlie.

5+ years

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Event W41

Ordnance Survey Workshop 3

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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An introduction to the map layout, symbols and scales on paper and digital devices; the Ordnance Survey grid system, including being able to take four figure and six figure grid references; how to use a compass effectively and how to take compass bearings.

 

Suitable for all ages 7+ years

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Event 149

Martin Rees

Cambridge University Series 7: A Post-Human Future?

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The Astronomer Royal and former Royal Society President discusses his hopes and fears for the coming decades, and speculates about more distant time-horizons, and a possible post-human era.

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Event 150

Thomas Keneally talks to Damian Barr

Fictions – The Great War

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The Booker-winner’s The Daughters Of Mars vividly experiences the Dardanelles and the Western Front in the First World War through the eyes of two Australian nurses.

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Event 151

Frances Borzello

The Naked Nude

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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In this illustrated lecture the art historian explores our obsession with the human body and compares the classical perfection of the nude with the raw, intensely human representation of the C20th and C21st. Chaired by Sarah Crompton.

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Event 153

Layla Al-Zubaidi, Matthew Cassel and Mohamed Mesrati talk to Jo Glanville

Writing Revolution

Venue: Digital Stage
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The editors and contributors present the best writing on the Arab revolutions from prominent journalists, activists, bloggers, academics and writers who participated in and bore witness to the ongoing uprisings and struggles.

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Event 154

Edith Grossman in conversation with Daniel Hahn

Why Translation Matters

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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The doyenne of literary translators, the English voice of García Márquez, Cervantes, Vargas Llosa and Roncagliolo discusses her craft.

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Event HF35

Andy Mulligan

The Boy With Two Heads

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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The author of Trash and Ribblestrop is back, with a tale of a boy with two heads. How would you feel if you woke up and found another head growing out of your neck? What's more, a living, breathing, talking head, with a rude, sharp tongue and an evil sense of humour. It knows all your darkest thoughts and it's not afraid to say what it thinks. To ANYBODY.

That's exactly what happens to eleven-year-old Richard Westlake. Prepare to be stunned.

10+ years

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Event W8

Kitchen Academy Workshop 8

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 HF127

Maths for Mums & Dads

Venue: Starlight Stage
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In this entertaining and interactive talk, bestselling maths author Rob Eastaway demonstrates the fun side of maths for mums, dads and kids, with mind-reading tricks, curiosities and games that you can explore at home.

7+ years

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Event HF36

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


See also event HF32

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Event 155

Stephanie Flanders

Stephanomics

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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From Fiscal Cliffs to Triple Dips and Cypriot banks, the BBC Economics Editor explains everything you ever wanted to know about economics but were afraid to ask.

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Event 157

Barbara Kingsolver

Flight Behaviour

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The Orange Prize-winning author of The Lacuna discusses her suspenseful and brilliant new novel about catastrophe and denial set in the Appalachian Mountains. Chaired by Ted Hodgkinson.

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Event 158

Chris Wells and Ian Ridpath

Navigating By The Stars

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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How did our mariners manage without digital GPS? Captain Wells, master of Cunard’s QM2, traces the history of navigating the oceans by measuring the heavens using sextants and astrolabes; and author and broadcaster Ridpath, Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, explores the mythology surrounding key constellations.

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