Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 220

Seth Lakeman

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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A joyful return to Hay for the captivating and inspiring singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. The spirit of rock meets the timeless and heartfelt subject matter of folk in an energetic blend of fiddle, acoustic guitar and foot-stomping rhythms, with Seth’s trademark, soaring vocals riding the wave. His latest album is Tales From The Barrel House



See more at sethlakeman.co.uk
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Seth Lakeman

Event HF123

Maesllwch Farm

Farm Visit

Venue: Meet at Box Office
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Andrew and Rachel Giles’ farm has a herd of 350 dairy cows. Visitors will have the opportunity to enter the milking parlour and help to milk some of the cows, as well as see the young calves. Watch how the cows are fed and learn how their four stomachs enable them to digest grass. Samples of whole milk and other dairy products will be provided for tasting.


9am–1pm

A minimum age of 8 years is required to take part in this expedition.

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Event 221

Simon Horobin

Chaucer’s Language

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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Assuming no previous linguistic knowledge or familiarity with Middle English, Horobin introduces us to the wonders of Chaucer’s language and the importance of reading him in the original, rather than modern translation.

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Event 222

Mary Fulbrook talks to Philippe Sands

A Small Town Near Auschwitz

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The Silesian town of Bedzin lies 25 miles from Auschwitz. The principal civilian administrator there, Udo Klausa, was a happily married, family man. He was also responsible for implementing Nazi policies towards the Jews in his area – inhumane processes that were the precursors of genocide. He later claimed, like so many other Germans after the war, that he had ‘known nothing about it’. Klausa’s case is so important because it is in many ways so typical.

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Event 223

Mike Robinson

As Readers We Tour The World

Venue: Digital Stage
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Drawing upon various literary genres, Mike will explore how our readings and imaginings of place, absorbed from the world of fiction, shape our ongoing agendas as tourists to the point where not only can we consider notions of genuine desire for imagined worlds, but it becomes almost impossible to be wholly ‘innocent’ of places. His latest book is Innocence, Desire And Loathing: Visiting The Book.

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Event 224

Maggie O’Farrell and Rupert Thomson talk to Stephanie Merritt

Fictions – Secrets And Lies

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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The stunning new book from Costa Novel Award-winning novelist O’Farrell Instructions For A Heatwave is a mystery portrait of an Irish family in crisis in the legendary heatwave of 1976. Thomson’s Secrecy is set in Florence in 1691. It is a love story, a murder mystery, a portrait of a famous city in an age of austerity, an exercise in concealment and revelation, but above all it is a trapdoor narrative, one story dropping unexpectedly into another.

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Event 225

Landmarc 100 Workshops

Resilient Communities – Fit For The Next Forty Years: Workshop 1

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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Making radical changes to the way business works with communities to bridge the gap between public, private and voluntary sectors. As part of the Landmarc 100 Innovations Scheme, this is the second in a series of open invitation workshops, conversations and presentations designed to inspire applicants, tackle the big issues of sustainability, and take the great ideas you’ve jotted on the back of beer mats or napkins and make them real.

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Event HF56

Animal Adventures

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Sarah Lean’s debut A Dog Called Homeless went down a storm with Morpurgo fans. Learn how she creates her stories and join in with some ideas of your own.

8+ years

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Event HF55

Anthony Browne

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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Picture book legend, multiple award-winner and former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne will share the magic of his art and show us how to play the Shape Game.

5+ years

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Event W16

Kitchen Academy Workshop 16

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 485

A Summer Hamlet

Screening

Venue: Richard Booth's Bookshop Cinema, 44 Lion Street
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In April 2011, eight actors, two stage managers and one wardrobe manager set out to tour a production of Hamlet around the UK and Europe. This is their story.

Following the company and their director, Dominic Dromgoole (Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe), we glimpse rehearsal room mayhem, pre-show high jinx and backstage nerves. A Summer Hamlet tours Europe from Margate to Malta, from London to Hamlet's own home in Elsinore. Battling with the elements and a temperamental Ford Escort, a company of actors become friends.

A rare and hilarious insight into acting, touring and the highs and lows of life on tour. Directed by Helen Lawson.


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 455

Hay Castle Tour 6

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 Will Davies, Cadw Archaeologist, 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 464

Hedgerow Foraging Walk 2

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 W47

Royal Shakespeare Company Workshop 2: Romeo And Juliet

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Melanie Whitehead leads this participatory workshop exploring key scenes and characters in Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Ideal for GCSE students.

 

14+ years

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Event 226

Peter Furtado talks to Oliver Balch

Histories Of Nations: How Their Identities Were Forged

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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An extraordinary illustrated synthesis of essays by the world’s leading historians about their own countries’ forging of identities. Each one attempts to define the characteristics that embody its sense of nationhood. The countries, large and small, have been selected to represent every continent and every type of state, and range from mature democracies to religious autocracies and one-party states.

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Event 227

Mark Rowlands

Running With The Pack: Thoughts From The Road On Meaning And Mortality

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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Our memories make us who we are. But what is memory? What is it to remember a person or a place? Author Mark Rowlands grew up not far from Hay-on-Wye, but has lived much of his adult life in America. Returning to a place that is full of memories, he examines the idea of remembering through the medium of two of his books, the international bestseller The Philosopher And The Wolf, and his new book Running With The Pack.

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Event 228

Alex Jeffrey talks to Ed Vulliamy

Cambridge University Series 9: Justice And Recovery In Bosnia

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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The process of establishing justice after the war in Bosnia has been orientated around retributive concepts – identifying individuals as perpetrators of crime and seeking to punish them accordingly. But this approach has overlooked more collective and restorative initiatives, which have been taking place in Bosnia on a small-scale and voluntary basis.

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Event 229

Kevin Maher, Taiye Selasi and Gavin Extence chaired by Chris White

Fictions – Debuts

Venue: Digital Stage
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Three of the debut novels selected for the 2013 Waterstones Eleven: Maher’s lyrical and funny The Fields tells of an interrupted adolescence in 1984 Dublin. Selasi’s Ghana Must Go is the story of the simple, devastating ways in which families tear themselves apart, and of the incredible lengths to which a family will go to put itself back together. Extence’s The Universe Versus Alex Woods is a funny and heartbreaking tale of an unexpected friendship, an unlikely hero and an improbable journey.

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Event 230

Landmarc 100 Workshops

Resilient Communities – Fit For The Next Forty Years: Workshop 2

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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Making radical changes to the way business works with communities to bridge the gap between public, private and voluntary sectors. Join us to take the great ideas you’ve jotted on the back of beer mats or napkins and make them real.

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

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Event HF57

Judith Kerr & Michael Morpurgo

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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Judith and Michael celebrate their 90th and 70th birthdays respectively this year. Be part of a magical event as they reminisce and share Judith’s new book, Creatures.

9+ years (not for young children)

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