Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 484

Bill Emmott and Annalisa Piras introduce

Screening: Girlfriend in a Coma

Venue: Richard Booth's Bookshop Cinema, 44 Lion Street
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Italians have slept their way into moral, political and economic decline over the past 20 years, and other Western democracies risk the same. That’s the message of this ground-breaking, campaigning documentary directed by Annalisa Piras, former London correspondent for L’Espresso, narrated by ex-editor of The Economist Bill Emmott, and inspired by Bill’s book Good Italy, Bad Italy. 98'.

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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 454

Hay Castle Tour 5

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 463

Hedgerow Foraging Walk 1

Venue: Meet at Box Office
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Join Adele Nozedar, author of The Hedgerow Handbook, for a foraging walk around Hay. Families and children welcome.

For all outdoors events and walks we recommend walking boots and warm and waterproof clothing.

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

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Event W43

Royal Shakespeare Company Workshop 1: As You Like It

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Melanie Whitehead leads this participatory workshop for families and children, introducing themes and scenes from Shakespeare’s play, which pitches Rosalind and Orlando on the run into the forest of Arden. Maria Aberg’s new production with music by Laura Marling opens on 12 April.

 

Families and children 10+ years

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Event 184

Andy McNab talks to Paul Blezard

Bravo Two Zero At Twenty

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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On the 20th anniversary of publication of his iconic tale of disaster and endurance in the first Iraq War, the Special Forces veteran revisits the story with new material.

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Event 185

Tony Badger

Cambridge University Series 8: The Lessons Of The New Deal

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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In 2009, as in 1933, a charismatic president succeeded a discredited one at a time of economic crisis. Obama and his advisers explicitly looked to FDR for policy models. Despite his re-election in 2012, Obama has lost control of the House, where Republicans stymie attempts to avoid the fiscal cliff. Economic recovery is partial and largely jobless. The prospects for his second term look unpromising in a highly polarised politics. Did Obama learn the right lessons from the New Deal? Chaired by Stephanie Flanders.

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Event 186

Jane Williams and guests

The Michael Ramsey Prize

Venue: Digital Stage
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Michael Ramsey Prize shortlisted authors, Victor Lee Austin, Luke Bretherton, John Gillibrand, Paula Gooder, Michael Lodahl and Thomas Yoder Neufeld share the experience of being nominated for one of the world’s most prestigious theology prizes and explain what their titles contribute to the world of contemporary theology.

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Event 187

Margaret Anstee talks to Daniel Hahn

An Unlikely Spanish Don: The Life And Times Of Professor John Brande Trend

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The extraordinary life of Cambridge’s first professor of Spanish; an undergraduate peer of Keynes and Rupert Brooke, he fought at Ypres before falling in love with Spain in the ’20s and ’30s, where he became a close friend of Manuel de Falla, Federico García Lorca, Salvador Dali and Luis Buñuel.

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Event 188

Landmarc 100 Workshops

Creating A Net Positive Countryside: Workshop 2

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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What do we need to do to deliver the resilient ecosystem services needed by all of us, every day? Join us to take the great ideas you’ve jotted on the back of beer mats or napkins and make them real.

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Event HF44

Don’t Scratch Your Bum With A Hedgehog

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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Fascinating facts and the kind of advice you won’t get anywhere else from the bestselling and double-Blue Peter Best Book with Facts-winning Mitchell Symons.

7+ years

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Event HF45

Emma Dodd

Cinderelephant

Venue: The Cube
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Emma Dodd shares her beautifully executed story, in which the well-known fairy tale is retold with a pachyderm heroine and a trunk-load of charm.

4+ years

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Event W12

Kitchen Academy Workshop 12

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 HF43

Tilly And Friends

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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Join picture-book genius Polly Dunbar to find out what Tilly’s friends Hector, Doodle, Tumpty, Tiptoe and Pru have been up to.

4+ years

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Event 189

Daniel Swift

Shakespeare’s Common Prayers: The Book Of Common Prayer And The Elizabethan Age

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The prayer book’s history is one of passionately contested revision and of manic sensitivity to a verb or a turn of phrase. In the book’s ambiguities and fierce contestations, Swift argues, William Shakespeare found the ready elements of drama. Tracing the prayer book’s lines and motions through As You Like It, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Measure For Measure, Othello, and particularly Macbeth, he redirects scholarly attention to the religious heart of Shakespeare’s work and time.

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Event 190

Sarah Crompton and Lucy Moore

Dance Talk: Sadlers Wells And Nijinsky

Venue: Digital Stage
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On the centenary of The Rite Of Spring, Moore’s Nijinsky captures the spirit of the great genius of C20th ballet, his relationship with Diaghilev, the controversy of his radical choreography and his descent into madness. In Sadler’s Wells Dance House Crompton chronicles how this London theatre and its creative impulses have shaped the course of dance in the C20th and C21st from classical to hip hop. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.

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Event 191

David Day

Antarctica

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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A compelling history of the southern-most continent from the C18th voyages of discovery to the fierce rivalries of today, as governments, scientists, environmentalists and oil companies compete for control. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

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Event 192

Jules Evans

Philosophy For Life And Other Dangerous Situations

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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The philosopher imagines a dream school, which includes 12 of the greatest and most colourful thinkers the world has ever known. Each of these ancient philosophers teaches a technique we can use to transform ourselves and live better lives.

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Event 193

Anne Meikle and Gareth Wyn Jones

Slipstream Wales – Land & Nature

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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How business, government and community could collaborate and drive country-scale change to make Wales land and nature net-positive. WWF’s Anne Meikle and Bangor University’s Gareth Wyn Jones discuss. Chaired by Andy Fryers.

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Event 194

Rowan Williams, Neil MacGregor and friends

The Michael Ramsey Prize Lunch

Venue: Richard Booth's Cookshop (on Festival site)
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The presentation of the 2013 Michael Ramsey Prize for theological writing, hosted by the former Archbishop of Canterbury and the Director of the British Museum.

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Event 195

Michael Collins, Guy Johnston and Leon McCawley

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 1

Venue: St Mary’s Church
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Collins (clarinet), Johnston (cello) and McCawley (piano) play Beethoven – Trio in B flat, op.11; Brahms – Trio op.114; Glière – Valse Triste op.35, no.7; Rachmaninov – Vocalise for cello and piano.

Recorded for broadcast on Radio 3

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