Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event W17

Kitchen Academy Workshop 17

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 HF58

The History Keepers

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Time-travelling adventures and evil plots abound with Damian Dibben’s The History Keepers – a secret society that travels through the centuries to prevent history being changed.

9+ years

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Event HF59

Tracey Corderoy

Granny Trouble

Venue: The Cube
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The author of Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble and Whizz, Pop, Granny Stop! will share Granny’s adventures in a lively fun-packed session.

4+ years

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Event 231

Diarmaid MacCulloch

Silence In Christian History

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The author of A History Of Christianity examines prayer, mystical contemplation, shame, evasion, and careless and purposeful forgetting. He describes the early Church’s attitude to the competing claims of silence and noise, shows how monasticism came to dominate Christian worship, and looks at the sudden eruption of noise in the Protestant reformation.

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Event 232

Ian Cobain

Cruel Britannia: A Secret History Of Torture

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The official line is clear: the UK does not ‘participate in, solicit, encourage or condone’ torture. And yet, the evidence is irrefutable: when it comes to dealing with potential threats to our national security, the gloves always come off. Chaired by Philippe Sands.

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Event 233

Kathleen Taylor

The Brain Supremacy: Notes From The Frontiers Of Neuroscience

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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Funds are pouring into brain research, but what does this relatively new science mean for us? Taylor looks at the promise of drugs that could boost our brain-power, at the potential for more subtle marketing techniques and even at the prospect of machines that could read our minds. She looks at the science behind these claims and at how scientists look inside the human brain.

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Event 234

Simon Scarrow

Fictions – Medieval History

Venue: Digital Stage
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Sword And Scimitar is set in 1565, Malta: a vital outpost between the divided nations of Europe and the relentlessly expanding Ottoman Empire. Faced with ferocious attack by a vast Turkish fleet, the knights of the Order of St John fear annihilation.

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Event 235

Paul Matthews and Hywel Lloyd

Slipstream Wales – Resilient Communities

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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How business, government and community could collaborate and drive country-scale change to make Wales’ communities net-positive. Paul Matthews, Chief Executive of Monmouthshire County Council, and Hywel Lloyd, advisor to energy self-sufficient Stoke-on-Trent, discuss with TYF’s Andy Middleton.

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Event 236

The Gould Piano Trio

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 2

Venue: St Mary’s Church
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The trio play Mozart – Trio in B flat, K502 and Arensky – Piano Trio no.1 in D minor, op.32.

Recorded for broadcast on Radio 3

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Event HF60

Chris Riddell

Alienography 2: Tips For Tiny Tyrants

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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Colin The Alien explains his top tips for intergalactic domination with the help of the award-winning illustrator and political cartoonist.

Duration 45 mins.

5+ years

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Event HF61

Geekhood And Geek Girl

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Former actor Andy Robb and former model Holly Smale are seriously geeky at heart. Hear about their books Geekhood and Geek Girl and discover where you figure on the geek spectrum.

9+ years

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Event HF62

Rainbow Magic

Venue: The Cube
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Get out your wings and come dressed as a fairy for storytelling and lots of activities with the fairy queen.

6+ years

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Event 470

Hay From Cusop Hill

Hay Walking Festival Walks

Venue: MEET AT HAY MAIN CAR PARK, OXFORD ROAD BY THE BUS STOP
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A lovely circular walk climbing steeply to the top of Cusop Hill, with stunning views back down to Hay.

6.5 miles. One steep ascent. A couple of stiles. Walking boots essential.

To book, visit haywalking.org/hayfestival or call 01544 327 121.

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Event 237

Andrew Williams talks to Ed Vulliamy

In Our Name

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The journalists who exposed A Very British Killing: The Death Of Baha Mousa and Bosnia: The Reckoning investigate the grotesque misconduct of war and the insidious moral corruption of everyone involved, the decay of public life, and the endemic parallels that exist with Britain’s current institutional structures.

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Event 238

David Parker

The World’s Oldest Bible: How Technology Shapes Belief

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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Codex Sinaiticus, copied in the middle of the C4th, is both the oldest surviving Christian Bible and one of the first to be made. Parker describes this beautiful and remarkable manuscript, discussing the religious significance of the technological revolution from which it emerged and suggests parallels with other momentous happenings in the history of the book, which have shaped belief.

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Event 239

James Daunt, Rodric Braithwaite, Douglas Smith and Rachel Polonsky

The Pushkin House Waterstones Russian Book Prize

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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The Waterstones chief James Daunt and the chair of judges Sir Rodric Braithwaite host a discussion on writing about Russia with Douglas Smith (shortlisted author of Former People) and author and judge Rachel Polonsky. The shortlist was announced on 25 April.

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Event 240

Calling All Social Entrepreneurs

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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Want some guidance, mentoring or financial support? Whether you are just starting out or needing to grow, drop in to meet the people who can help you out and to network with other like-minded souls.

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Event HF64

CJ Skuse & Matt Whyman

Zombies AND Cannibals

Venue: Digital Stage
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Two blackly comic writers talk about a zombie romcom, Dead Romantic, and a family where it’s really weird if you are not a cannibal, The Savages. Fans of Charlie Brooker and Warm Bodies, this is one for you.

Supposing you’re fed up of romantic rejection and you happen to have a chemistry genius friend? Would you think about making your own dead boyfriend? In Dead Romantic, two friends decide to have a go. Cue the best ZomRomCom around. CJ Skuse has a black and biting streak of comedy in all her fiction – Pretty Bad Things was great and Rockoholic was even better. Dead Romantic is her best yet.

Also on stage is Matt Whyman, author of the highly acclaimed Boy Kills Man, among other books. Matt is an agony uncle for Bliss and Radio 1, and he has written a darkly comic novel called The Savages. If your family were cannibals, would you really bring home a vegetarian boyfriend? Even one as handsome and charming as Jack? Probably not. Is this the first Cannibal RomCom?

CJ and Matt are bound to have a lot in common. If you like your comedy black, you’ll enjoy this one.

12+ years

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Event W18

Kitchen Academy Workshop 18

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 HF63

Michael Morpurgo

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The master storyteller and creator of War Horse tells us how true stories and real life secrets inspire his fiction, including his latest novel A Medal for Leroy.

9+ years

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