Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 20

Robin Hanbury-Tenison

Echoes Of A Vanished World: A Traveller’s Lifetime In Pictures

Venue: Digital Stage
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The great explorer, one of the founders of Survival International, has been a tireless champion of tribal peoples and a photographer of their homelands as they have been eroded by the modern world.

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Event 21

Ma Jian and Yan Lianke talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions – China

Venue: Starlight Stage
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If a panda gets pregnant, the entire nation celebrates. But if a woman gets pregnant she’s treated like a criminal. What kind of country is this? The author of Red Dust and Beijing Coma introduces his new novel The Dark Road. He is joined by the brilliant satirical author of Serve The People and Lenin’s Kisses, who is shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. Flora Drew interprets. 

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Event 22

Justine Roberts, Paul Staines, David Prescott and Jesse Norman

The Internet And The New Constituencies

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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How are social media, blogging and Twitter changing the way 'consumer voters' connect with politicians? The Mumsnet founder is joined by right-wing Westminster blogger Guido Fawkes, the Labour digital campaigner and the Parliamentarian of the Year to discuss the new political powers.

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Event 23

John Whaite, Tom & Henry Herbert

Bake On

Venue: Digital Stage
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The 2012 Great British Bake Off champion is joined by The Fabulous Baker Brothers to celebrate the national obsession, and to design a 26th birthday cake for the festival. 

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Event 25

Barbara Adam, Chris Groves, Elen Stokes, Catherine Butler

Cardiff University Series 1: Futures In The Making

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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How do we take care of a future world we decisively shape but may not live to see? A panel discussion on futures in the context of energy, new technologies and law. Adam and Groves from the Social Sciences Dept discuss with psychologist Butler and property lawyer Stokes.

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Event 472

Lydia Davis, Marie N’Diaye, Intizar Husain

The Man Booker International Readings

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Three of the writers shortlisted for this year’s prize read from their work. Davis (USA) will read from her Collected Stories. N’Diaye (France) reads from Three Strong Women. Husain (Pakistan) reads from his novel Basti.

 

Intizar Husain was born before Partition in Uttar Pradesh, India, on 21 December 1925. He emigrated to Pakistan in 1947 and now lives in Lahore.
He gained a Master’s degree in Urdu and another in English literature. An author of short stories and novels, he worked for the Urdu daily, Imroze, and for the Urdu daily Mashriq for many years. He now writes a weekly column for the Karachi-based English language newspaper Dawn.

A chronicler of change, Husain has written five novels and published seven collections of short stories. Only one of his novels is translated into English and there are five volumes of his short stories published in English translations.
Naya Gar (The New House) paints a picture of Pakistan during the ten-year dictatorship of General Zia-ul-Haq. Agay Sumandar Hai (Beyond is the Sea) contrasts the spiralling urban violence of contemporary Karachi with a vision of the lost Islamic realm of al-Andalus, in modern Spain.
Basti, his 1979 novel, which traces the psychic history of Pakistan through the life of one man, Zakir, has just been republished as one of the New York Review of Books Classics. Keki Daruwalla, writing in The Hindu in 2003, said ‘Intizar Husain’s stories often tread that twilight zone between fable and parable. And the narrative is spun on an oriental loom.’

Marie N’Diaye, born on 4 June 1967, is a French novelist and playwright. Her father, who was Senegalese, returned to Africa when she was a baby, and she was raised by her French mother, a secondary-school science teacher, in a town called Pithiviers, south of Paris.
She began writing at the age of 12. Her first novel, Quant au Riche Avenir (Regarding the Rich Future) was published when she was 18 by Jérôme Lindon, who had been Samuel Beckett’s great champion. Rosie Carpe (2001) won the Prix Femina, and Papa Doit Manger (Daddy’s Got To Eat), a play she wrote ten years ago, was only the second play by a woman to be taken into the repertoire of the Comédie Française.
Her most recent novel, translated into English as Three Strong Women and published in the summer of 2012, won France’s most respected literary prize, the Prix Goncourt in 2009. Fernanda Eberstadt in the New York Times described it as ‘the poised creation of a novelist unafraid to explore the extremes of human suffering’, and said that N’Diaye is ‘a hypnotic storyteller with an unflinching understanding of the rock-bottom reality of most people’s lives.’

Lydia Davis is an American writer who was born in Massachusetts in 1947 and is now a professor of creative writing at the University at Albany, the capital of New York State.
She is best known for two contrasting accomplishments: translating from the French, to great acclaim, Marcel Proust’s complex Du Côté de Chez Swann (Swann’s Way) and Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, and writing short stories, a number of them among the shortest stories ever written. Much of her fiction may be viewed under the heading of philosophy, poetry or short story, and even her longer creations may be as succinct as two or three pages.
She has been described by the critic James Wood in his latest collection, The Fun Stuff and Other Essays, as ‘a tempestuous Thomas Bernhard’. Most of all, as Craig Morgan Teicher of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote in 2009, the year that Davis’s Collected Stories appeared as a single volume: ‘She is the master of a literary form largely of her own invention.’

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Event 26

Rokia Traore

Beautiful Africa

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The vibrant Malian world music superstar performs in Hay before playing Glastonbury and WOMAD. This is the first of three Hay Festival concerts honouring the people of Hay’s twin town of Timbuktu.

Rokia Traore’s new album Beautiful Africa is produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, Eels, Sparklehorse), and has received countless 5 star reviews. Rokia was the first artist announced for Glastonbury in 2013, and she was one of the highlights of the recent Africa Express tour, at which she performed alongside greats such as Damon Albarn, John Paul Jones and Sir Paul McCartney.

Find out more at www.rokiatraore.net

See Rokia Traore on Later With Jools Holland

Hear Rokia Traore on Radio 4 Woman’s Hour

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Rokia Traore

Event 27

Christy Moore

in concert

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The singer and songwriter plays Hay and celebrates the Folk Tale album, the latest in his long and fruitful musical collaboration with Declan Sinnott, which features his now classic rendering of the heart-rending song 'Morecambe Bay'.


 

See more at www.christymoore.com
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Christy Moore

Event 28

Alex Lifschutz and Miriam Robinson talk to Philip Jones

The Future Of Bookselling

Venue: Digital Stage
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In 2014 the great bookshop Foyles will move down Charing Cross Road into the building formerly occupied by Central St Martins. The architect and Foyles’ Marketing chief will discuss their ideas for re-imagining C21st bookselling and invite our suggestions and requests for the physical environment and retail experience. Chaired by Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller.

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Event 29

Fiammetta Rocco interviews Lydia Davis

The 2013 International Man Booker Prize Winner

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The first public interview with Lydia Davis, winner of the 2013 Prize, which was awarded in London on 22 May. Previous winners have been Ismail Kadare, Chinua Achebe, Alice Munro and Philip Roth.

Lydia Davis is an American writer who was born in Massachusetts in 1947 and is now a professor of creative writing at the University at Albany, the capital of New York State.
She is best known for two contrasting accomplishments: translating from the French, to great acclaim, Marcel Proust’s complex Du Côté de Chez Swann (Swann’s Way) and Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, and writing short stories, a number of them among the shortest stories ever written. Much of her fiction may be viewed under the heading of philosophy, poetry or short story, and even her longer creations may be as succinct as two or three pages.
She has been described by the critic James Wood in his latest collection, The Fun Stuff and Other Essays, as ‘a tempestuous Thomas Bernhard’. Most of all, as Craig Morgan Teicher of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote in 2009, the year that Davis’s Collected Stories appeared as a single volume: ‘She is the master of a literary form largely of her own invention.’

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Event 30

Elizabeth Chapman

The LSE Lecture: 100 Years And Counting

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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In 2013 the collections of the Women’s Library move to join those at the Library of the London School of Economics to create a powerful resource for discovering the history of campaigning women. The Library Director explores some of the stories revealed in the collections. Chaired by Gaby Wood.

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Event 31

Rebecca Solnit

The Faraway Nearby

Venue: Digital Stage
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One summer, the author was bequeathed a hundred pounds of ripening apricots, which lay on her bedroom floor – a windfall, a riddle, an emergency to be dealt with. The fruit came from a neglected tree that her mother, gradually succumbing to memory loss, could no longer tend to. From this unexpected inheritance came stories, invitations and adventures; in a library of water in Iceland, in the basin of the Grand Canyon, in the imagined emptiness of the Arctic. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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Event 32

Lucy Hughes-Hallet

The Pike

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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The story of Gabriele D’Annunzio: poet, daredevil and Fascist, who in 1919 declared himself Commandante of the city of Fiume in modern-day Croatia to establish a utopia based on his fascist and artistic ideals. It was the dramatic pinnacle to an outrageous career. Chaired by Sarah Crompton.

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Event 447

Hay Castle Medieval Day 1

Venue: Hay Castle
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Medieval-themed games, gifts, songs and stories, nestled in the heart of Hay Castle. Step back into Hay’s medieval past with hands-on history, archery and good ales, presented by Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre.  
 

Tickets also available on the gate

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Event HF1

Adventure Writing Workshop

Venue: The Cube
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Write your own adventure. Suspense, settings, plot and character will be covered in a masterclass with Josh Lacey. Pencils and paper provided. Places limited.


Duration 60 mins.


9+ years
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Event HF2

Julia Donaldson

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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With singing and performance, Julia’s exuberant show brings to life characters from The Highway Rat, The Singing Mermaid and, of course, The Gruffalo.

Duration 60 mins.

3+ years

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Event HF4

Princess Evie And Her Magical Pony Pals

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Join Princess Evie and her lovable pony pals as they whisk her off to faraway magical lands in every story.

Duration 45 mins.

4+ years

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Event 481

Andrew Ruhemann introduces

Screening: Searching for Sugar Man

Venue: Richard Booth's Bookshop Cinema, 44 Lion Street
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We start this special documentary series with the 2013 Oscar-winning documentary by Malik Bendjelloul.

In the late ‘60s, a musician was discovered in a Detroit bar by two celebrated producers who were struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics. They recorded an album that they believed was going to secure his reputation as one of the greatest recording artists of his generation. Despite overwhelming critical acclaim, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, it became a phenomenon. Two South African fans then set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation led them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez. This is a film about hope, inspiration and the resonating power of music.  

Click here to view trailer.

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Event 33

Mariella Frostrup and guests

Mariella’s Book Show At Hay – Filming 1

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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Mariella Frostrup interviews an exciting line-up of authors and special guests at the festival in this exclusive recording by Sky Arts.

Guests include Lionel Shriver and Jon Ronson


Watch Mariella’s Book Show on Sky Arts 1 HD 8pm 30 May
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Event 451

Hay Castle Tour 2

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 architectural historian Richard Suggett of the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales, 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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