Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event HF47

It’s A Girl Thing

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Three fabulous queens of teen, Sarah Webb, Sophia Bennett and Luisa Plaja, talk about why they love to write for girls and how they develop their stories.

9+ years

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Event HF48

Jez Alborough

Venue: The Cube
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The creator of the Eddy And The Bear stories, which became a Bafta Award-winning television series, is here to bring you Nat The Cat’s Sunny Smile.

4+ years

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Event HF46

Roger McGough

An Imaginary Menagerie

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The nation’s favourite poet is back with a brilliant, warm and witty performance of poetry old and new.

Duration 60 mins.

7+ years

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Event 196

Rowan Williams and Neil MacGregor

Images of Faith – Help or Hindrance?

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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A conversation about religion and imagery with the former Archbishop and Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and the Director of the British Museum, author of A History of the World in 100 Objects and Shakespeare’s Restless World.

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Event 197

David Horspool, David Blakeley, Damien Lewis and Paul Conroy

War Stories: Reports From The Front Line Of Modern Military History Writing

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The TLS history editor chairs this elite unit of award-winning war reporters and authors of new books – Zero Six Bravo, Maverick One and Under The Wire. In an age of mobile-phone footage, embedded journalists and instant disinformations, the values of deep research, personal experience and intelligent analysis are more essential than ever to lend authority and understanding to writing about war.

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Event 198

Simon Horobin

Does Spelling Matter?

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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The history of English spelling from the Anglo-Saxons to the present-day – and how tradition, modernity and technology have made our language.


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Event 199

Rebecca Miller talks to Gaby Wood

Fictions – Past And Present

Venue: Digital Stage
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The author of The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee and Personal Velocity introduces the twin tales of C18th Paris and C21st New York in her new novel Jacob’s Folly, to consider the hold of the past on the present, the power of private hopes and dreams, and the collision of fate and free will.

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Event 200

Dragons’ Playground

Sustainable Communities

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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Five organisations shortlisted for the Green Dragons’ Den will be telling their stories, practising their pitches and sharing ideas on how they’d use the £10,000 prize if they won the Den. Today focuses on how we can create innovative, connected and healthy communities using our land and resources.

 

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Event HF50

Eleanor Updale & Geraldine McCaughrean

The Last Minute & The Last Performance

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Updale writes about the last minute of life for hundreds of people, and McCaughrean about a seaside theatre’s very last performance. Find out what is so absorbing about the end of things.

11+ years

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Event HF51

Emma Dodd

I Love You

Venue: The Cube
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A warm and joyful look at a child’s world and all the things they love. Follow on from the Booktrust Early Years Award-winner I Love My Mummy.

4+ years

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Event W13

Kitchen Academy Workshop 13

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 HF49

Skulduggery Pleasant

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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Derek Landy flies in specially from Dublin to bring some awesome to Hay and share his Skulduggery genius. Sneak peek from Book 8 a definite maybe…

10+ years

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Event W44

Creative Computer Recording

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Sound like the stars. Learn how to use your computer to record and put down a track in this hands-on session.

 

12–18 years

Hands-on workshops from Cool Fossil Music Foundation

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Event 201

John Sutherland and John Crace

The Two Johnnies Do Sex And Marriage: From Austen To McEwan

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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Can literature show us how to have a good sex life and a successful marriage? The SuperProf and the Digested Reads satirist romp through the bedrooms and letters where less is more. And where more is sometimes more too.

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Event 202

Con Coughlin

Churchill’s First War: Young Winston And The Fight Against The Taliban

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The young cavalry lieutenant wrote a vivid account of his experiences fighting Pashtun tribesmen – the great-great-grandfathers of today’s insurgents – on the North West Frontier. The Telegraph’s defence editor gives an insight into C19th military history that also throws light on a modern conflict that has lasted longer than WWII. Chaired by Mark Skipworth.

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Event 203

Jenny Uglow

The Pinecone

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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The story of Sarah Losh – forgotten Romantic heroine, antiquarian, architect and visionary. In the church in Wreay, her masterpiece, there are carvings of ammonites, scarabs and poppies; an arrow pierces the wall as if shot from a bow; a tortoise-gargoyle launches itself into the air. And everywhere there are pinecones, her signature in stone. The church is a dramatic rendering of the power of myth and the great natural cycles of life and death and rebirth. Chaired by Simon Mundy.

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Event 204

Rick Gekoski

Lost, Stolen or Shredded: Stories Of Missing Works Of Art And Literature

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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Gekoski tells the very human stories that lie behind some of the greatest losses to artistic culture and explores the greater questions these tremendous losses raise – the rights artists and authors have over their own work, the importance of the search for perfection in creativity, and what motivated people to queue to see the empty space where the Mona Lisa once hung in the Louvre. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.

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Event 205

Green Dragons’ Den Final 1

Sustainable Communities

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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Five participants, four Dragons and three minutes to tell a story that will capture the Dragons’ hearts, minds and cheque books for a chance to win a grant of £10,000. Today focuses on how we can create innovative, connected and healthy communities using our land and resources.


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Event W14

Kitchen Academy Workshop 14

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 HF53

Laura Dockrill

Darcy Burdock

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Voted one of the top ten literary talents by The Times, this uniquely gifted young artist who ‘writes, draws and talks’ is here to perform and read from her first book for young readers.

9+ years

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