Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event HF65

Steve Cole

Magic Ink

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Hear all about Magic Ink, the brand-new comic strip adventure from the madcap mind of Steve Cole, bestselling author of Astrosaurs, Cows In Action and Slime Squad.

8+ years

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Event HF66

Tracey Corderoy

I Want My Mummy

Venue: The Cube
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Not even Arthur’s dragon suit and favourite toy can cheer him up when he is separated from his mummy for the first time. Luckily help is at hand…

4+ years 

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Event W48

Rock Riffs 1

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Techniques and tricks of playing lead guitar. Simple solos to shredding.

12–18 years

Hands-on workshops from Cool Fossil Music Foundation

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Event 241

Dianne Edwards talks to Francine Stock

From Ancient Hay To Gardens Today

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Plants changed the face of the planet – and fossils from Hay and around the world have revealed how this happened. Edwards tells the story of these ancient plants, which led to the gardens, forests and landscapes we know today.

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Event 242

Mark Price talks to Kamal Ahmed

Super Markets

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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Come and quiz the Waitrose MD on food and farming, ethical and essential consumption, competition, partnership and price. Chaired by the business editor of The Telegraph.

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Event 243

John Guy

The Children Of Henry VIII

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Henry fathered four living children, Henry Fitzroy, Edward, Mary and Elizabeth, each by a different mother. Their interrelationships were often scarred by jealousy, mutual distrust, sibling rivalry, even hatred. Possessed of quick wits and strong wills, their characters were defined partly by the educations they received, and partly by events over which they had no control. Introduced by SJ Parris.

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Event 244

Grahame Davies and Tony Curtis

The Alchemy Of Water

Venue: Digital Stage
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This multi-media event delights in the transformational and magical quality of an element that is abundant in Wales. This alchemy is observed and fixed by the breathtaking landscape photography of Mari Owen and Carl Ryan, and is crystallized further by the pithy poems of award-winning authors Curtis and Davies.

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Event 245

Green Dragons’ Den Final 2

Build It

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 £15,000 cash award and one-to-one support from UnLtd.

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Event 474

Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory

The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour - The Romantics

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The husband and wife actors read a programme of Byron, Keats and Shelley. McCrory’s credits include Charles II: The Power And The Passion, The Queen,the Harry Potter movies and Skyfall. Lewis’ screen work includes Band of Brothers, The Forsyte Saga and Homeland. Josephine’s commentary will be read by Lisa Dwan.

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Event W19

Kitchen Academy Workshop 19

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 HF68

Liz Kessler & Hilary McKay

Seaside Stories

Venue: Make and Take Tent
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North of Nowhere and Binny For Short are both set in seaside towns. These two acclaimed writers discuss the differences and similarities in their stories.

9+ years

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Event HF67

Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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Wyrmeweald is a land where fabulous dragon-like beasts roam wild and man is both hunter and hunted. Immersive epic fantasy from the incredibly talented duo behind The Edge Chronicles.

9+ years

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Event HF69

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 W49

Basic Bass

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Basic techniques for different styles. From single note to slap.

12–18 years

Hands-on workshops from Cool Fossil Music Foundation

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Event 246

Sue Roberts

Writing For Radio Masterclass

Venue: The Cube
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The BBC Radio Drama Executive leads this workshop seminar in writing for radio. Numbers are limited.

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Event 247

Kate Humble talks to Carolyn Hitt

Humble By Nature

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The broadcaster and farmer tells the story of her relocation to a Welsh farm, chasing the good life dream and her struggle to establish a sustainable business and a school for rural skills and animal husbandry.

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Event 248

Gillian Clarke

The 2013 Housman Lecture

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The National Poet of Wales gives this year’s lecture addressing AE Housman’s own original subject of The Name And Nature Of Poetry. Chaired by Guto Harri.

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Event 249

Robin Waterfield

Dividing The Spoils

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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The war for Alexander The Great’s empire among his successors lasted forty brutal, destructive years and also saw an astonishing cultural boom. A new world emerged from the dust and haze of battle – the world of Hellenistic Greece. Hosted by Oliver Balch.

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Event 250

Saci Lloyd chairs

The Concern Universal Debate; Who Cares About Climate Change?

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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The final of a national youth public speaking competition is chaired by the author of The Carbon Diaries, Quantum Drop and Momentum.


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

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Event 251

Mike Goldsmith

Discord: The Story Of Noise

Venue: Digital Stage
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An intriguing journey of dissonance in science, in nature and in music: how composers have employed it from Baroque music to Rock feedback; how medicine harnesses it to shatter kidney stones and treat cancer; and even how the military uses it in (real and rumoured) weapons. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.

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