Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event HF52

Simon Scarrow

Gladiator: Son of Spartacus

Venue: Digital Stage
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Roman history through the eyes of Marcus, newly freed from slavery, whom Julius Caesar tasks with overthrowing a rebel army. Third in the series from the Number 1 bestselling author.

10+ years

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Event W45

Synths, Sound And Software

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Creating synth sounds and effects using synths, samples and software.

12–18 years

Hands-on workshops from Cool Fossil Music Foundation

 
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Event 206

Simon Thurley

Men From The Ministry

Venue: Digital Stage
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Between 1900 and 1950, Britain amassed a huge collection of over 800 historic buildings, monuments and sites and opened them to the public – a programme that established a modern state on deep historical and rural foundations.

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Event 207

James Holland

World War II: Busting The Myths

Venue: Google's Big Tent
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The historian, author of Dam Busters, Battle of Britain and Together We Stand, unpacks the myths, misinformations and spin of Second World War history.

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Event 208

Paula Byrne: The Real Jane Austen

Austen Bicentenary Series 4

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The biographer re-examines Austen’s family context and finds a far tougher, more socially and politically aware, and altogether more modern woman than the conventional picture of ‘dear Aunt Jane’ would allow.

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Event 209

Lloyd Jones and Cynan Jones talk to Gwen Davies

New Tales From The Mabinogion

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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The new stories adapting the classical Welsh myth-tales into modern idioms engage with rugby, mental health and male identity in Lloyd Jones’ See How They Run and Scritture Giovani fellow Cynan Jones’ Blood, Bird, Snow. Cynan’s The Dig was shortlisted for the EFG Short Story Award.

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Event HF54

Will Hill & Richard Kurti

Total Warfare

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Two epic and violent stories. Two brutal wars. Two very different worlds. Will Hill and Richard Kurti will talk about the complex worlds they have created and why they don’t flinch from violence.

Battle Lines is the third instalment in Will Hill’s Dept 19 series – a fantastic mix of sci-fi, horror and sheer action adventure, set in a complex and deeply imagined world. Dept 19 exists to hunt and kill demons and vampires. In Battle Lines, the very existence of humanity is at stake. War is unavoidable.

Monkey Wars is a challenging and unflinching look at the politics of power from screenwriter Richard Kurti. As the Langur monkeys rise to power, there is a brutal masscacre of Rhesus monkeys which drives them out of their homes. One young Langur stands up against the corrupt regime, but when monkeys turn on each other, there can be no survivors.

Find out how these writers create such believable worlds and why they embrace extremes.

13+ years

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Event 210

The Mid Wales Chamber Orchestra

The Soldier’s Tale

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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MWCO is producing a new animated version of Stravinsky’s classic work with imagery and animated sequences created by one of Wales’ most celebrated visual artists, Clive Hicks-Jenkins. The narrator will be Lisa DwanThe Soldier’s Tale by Igor Stravinsky has a libretto by CF Ramuz that was translated by Michael Flanders. His daughter Stephanie Flanders joins the animator and the conductor James Slater for an after-show conversation, chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.

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Event W46

Guitar Effects 1

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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How to get the sounds you want. Creating the right effects for musical styles.

 

12–18 years

Hands-on workshops from Cool Fossil Music Foundation

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Event W15

Kitchen Academy Workshop 15

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.

13–16 years

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Event 211

Jo Cartwright, Vanessa Griffiths and Trystan Edwards chaired by Justin Albert

National Trust: Off The Record

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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Three experts from Wales’ largest charity debate the pressing conservation issues of the day: low cost housing in green space; hydro-electric generation in Snowdonia and solar panels on our castles; heritage or hospitals in deprived areas.

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Event 212

Jonathan Steinberg

Bismarck - Man and Myth

Venue: Digital Stage
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A portrait of Prussia’s charismatic and domineering Iron Chancellor, who dominated C19th Europe, and who caused Kaiser Wilhelm to observe that ‘it was hard being Emperor under a man like Bismarck’.

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Event 213

Andrew Edgar

Cardiff University Series 3: A Moral Conception Of The NHS

Venue: The Cube
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An exclusive emphasis upon efficiency leads to a fundamental misunderstanding of the true nature of a national health service. Viewed as a ‘civil association’, it is through the NHS that we, as a community, express and put into practice our sense of morality.

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Event 214

John Mitchinson and guests

Unbound Live 2

Venue: Starlight Stage
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A second chance to choose what gets published by the award-winning crowd-funded Unbound publishing house as authors pitch their ideas direct to the audience in a real-life, literary Dragons’ Den. Meet comedian Katy Brand and her hilarious alter-ego Brenda Monk, hear Adrian Teal tell how utterly scandalous the C18th really was, join David Bramwell on his quest to find Utopia, and learn how everything is connected to everything else with Steve Colgan. Light poetic and extremely humorous relief from performance poet, George Chopping.

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Event 215

Matthew Francis and Tiffany Atkinson

Poetry Reading

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Francis reads from his new collection, Muscovy, which explores a world of marvels, real and fantastic. A man takes off for the moon in an engine drawn by geese, a poltergeist moves into a remote Welsh village, and a party of seventeenth-century Englishmen encounter the wonders of Russia. Atkinson previews her 2014 poems So Many Moving Parts. Chaired by Simon Mundy.

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Event 216

Hay2Timbuktu

What Happens When Your Twin Goes AWOL?

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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Please come and join members of the Welsh twinning team and representatives from Mali to hear about the challenges of the last year and to explore the possibilities of the future. All welcome.

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

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Event 217

Amadou & Mariam

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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The legendary Malian duo and their band bring their ‘exquisite, intergalactic Afro-pop’ (Time Out) to Hay. Their recent albums have been Folila, Dimanche à Bamako and Welcome to Mali.


 

See more at www.amadou-mariam.com
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Amadou & Mariam

Event 218

John Sweeney talks to Guto Harri

The Church Of Fear

Venue: Digital Stage
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The investigative journalist looks Inside The Weird World Of Scientology and paints a devastating picture of this strange organisation – from former Scientologists who tell heartbreaking stories of families torn apart and lives ruined to its current followers who say it is the solution to many of mankind’s problems.

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Event 446

Stephen Cottrell

Christ In The Wilderness: Reflecting On The Paintings By Stanley Spencer

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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The Christ In The Wilderness paintings bring together the human, sexual and spiritual themes that appear in many of Spencer’s paintings, though they are of course more explicit in their dealing of faith and vocation. An illustrated lecture.

 

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Event 219

Cat Weatherill

Ariadne And The Minotaur

Venue: Starlight Stage
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A world première from one of Europe’s leading performance storytellers. Ariadne is a bold re-imagining of the Theseus myth, which challenges the notion of Ariadne as lovelorn victim. Beautifully balancing strength and vulnerability, passion and pain, this promises to be a mesmerising performance.

This show contains adult themes

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