Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 252

Paul Silk, Graham Allen, Richard Wyn Jones

Constitutional Reform

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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Is the UK on the verge of breaking up? Scotland has its referendum in 2014, Wales is seeking further powers from Westminster, and local government in England is being strengthened. Silk, Commission on Devolution in Wales, Allen, Chair of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee, and Wyn Jones, Director of the Wales Governance Centre, discuss. Chaired by the BBC's Brian Meechan.

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Event HF70

Happy Ever After

Sally Gardner, Nick Lake and Alexia Casale

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Sally Gardner and Nick Lake have won major awards for fiction – the Costa and the Printz. They are joined by newcomer Alexia Casale to talk about themes in YA fiction and whether readers need happy endings.

Sally Gardner is a highly acclaimed writer of award winning fiction such as I, Coriander, The Red Necklace and most recently the Costa-winning Maggot Moon, currently shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

Alexia Casale’s debut The Bone Dragon is a blend of psychological thriller and fairytale in which the boundaries between fact and fantasy are very fragile.

Nick Lake has just won the prestigious Printz award for In Darkness, also shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and has a highly acclaimed new novel out called Hostage Three.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear three extremely talented writers answer questions about their work, and to ask some questions of your own.

13+ years

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Event W50

Bass And Guitar

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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How the rhythm section works together.

12–18 years

Hands-on workshops from Cool Fossil Music Foundation

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Event W20

Kitchen Academy Workshop 20

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 253

Neil Oliver

Vikings

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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As the Vikings did not write their history, we have to discover it for ourselves. The historian and broadcaster examines the myths and truths about the Scandinavian adventurers and raiders who travelled the world to build a vast empire that lasted 200 years.

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Event 254

Lee Mack in conversation with Jasper Rees

Mack The Life

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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Why is it that one person is a funny bloke down the pub while another actually makes a living by standing up in front of an audience telling jokes? His hilarious and acute autobiography gives an intriguing insight into the mind and life of one of Britain’s most popular comedians.

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Event 255

RS Thomas Centenary Series 2: Poems For RS

Gillian Clarke, Menna Elfyn, Mererid Hopwood, Emyr Lewis, Anna Lewis, Owen Sheers, Damian Walford Davies, Glyn Maxwell, Grahame Davies and Simon Armitage

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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To celebrate the centenary of the birth of RS Thomas, eleven poets have written poems in response to works of his, which will be published as a limited edition by Hay Festival Press. The gala reading is chaired by the Hay Festival International Fellow for 2012–2013 Eurig Salisbury.

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Event 256

Nikki Gemmell, Brooke Magnanti, Jojo Moyes and Linda Kelsey

The Good Housekeeping Debate; Sex Changes Everything

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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Is erotica changing the literary landscape? Gemmell (The Bride Stripped Bare), Magnanti (Belle de Jour series, televised as Secret Diary of a Call Girl) and Moyes (Me Before You) talk to Kelsey, GH contributor and ex-editor of Cosmopolitan. We’ve been going to bed with them for years. Isn’t it time we were seen together in public?

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Event 257

Chris Anderson and David Sally

The Numbers Game

Venue: Digital Stage
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Football has always been a numbers game: 4-4-2, the big number 9 and 3 points for a win. But what if up until now we’ve been focusing on the wrong numbers? What if the numbers that really matter, the ones that hold the key to winning matches, are actually 2.66, 53.4, 50/50, and 0 > 1? What if managers only make a 15% difference? What if Chelsea should have bought Darren Bent? Chaired by Gooner Clemency Burton-Hill.

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Event 258

Tom Bullough, Jay Griffiths, Toby Litt

Beacons: Stories From Our Not So Distant Future

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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Throughout history, writers have been spokespeople for social change, and with climate change a real threat to our society, now is no different. Chaired by Andy Fryers.

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Event 259

David Moore and Peter Wakelin

A Taste Of The Avant-Garde: 56 Group Wales, 56 years

Venue: Digital Stage
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The creation, growth and influence of this still-thriving major grouping of Welsh artists, founded in 1956. Illustrated with images by the artists.

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Event 260

Bob Heath

‘You Say Goodbye…And I Say Hello’

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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The music therapist specialises in working with people at the end of their lives; he presents and discusses work created by his clients over the last 10 years. Chaired by David Barnard.

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Event 261

Dara Ó Briain

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The comedian and science champion brings his fabulous Craic Dealer show to Hay. JOY.

See also event 302
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Event 262

Wara

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The band has concocted an epic and rapturous new musical genre of their own with strong Cuban roots. A hot melting pot of identities with backgrounds from all over the world: Cuba, Argentina, Venezuela, Chile, Ghana, Congo, Spain and the UK. With contagious, in-your-face vocals from Congolese-Argentinean lead Juanita Euka (niece of legendary Congolese musician Franco), inspired keyboard flourishes from MD Eliane Correa, MC Murmur quick on the rhymes and a super-tight Latin/UK mix on the rhythm section, their musical energy is palpable.



See more at http://www.movimientos.org.uk/index.php?section=22&artistid=9
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Event 263

Robin Waterfield

Why Socrates Died

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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Socrates’ trial and death together form an iconic moment in Western civilization. The picture we have of it – created by his immediate followers and perpetuated in countless works of literature and art ever since – is that a noble man was put to death in a fit of folly by the ancient Athenian democracy. But an icon, an image, is not reality.

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Event HF124

The Welsh Venison Centre

Farm Visit

Venue: Meet at Box Office
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Andrew and Elaine Morgan kindly welcome us to their deer farm, where the does will be calving. We will be travelling by tractor and trailer, and there will be opportunity to visit the farm shop. Venison rolls will be provided at the end of the visit.


9am–1pm

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Event 461

River Walk 2

Venue: Meet at Box Office
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Join the Wye & Usk Foundation trip around the Wye and its tributaries near Hay to see the rare and unusual creatures that live in the river, and to see what progress is being made to restore the run of salmon.

For all outdoors events and walks we recommend walking boots and warm and waterproof clothing. Please bring packed lunches.

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Event 471

Disgwylfa Hill And Huntington

Hay Walking Festival Walks

Venue: MEET AT NEWCHURCH, BY CHAPEL/PHONE BOX
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A stunning walk up Disgwylfa Hill on Offa’s Dyke path and time to stop at the tiny Huntington church.

7 miles. One gradual ascent. A couple of stiles. Walking boots essential.

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

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Event W51

National Grid Workshop 1

Powering YOUR Future: Gas Tiny Town

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Your chance to plan and design an entire gas network using scale models and expert advice. You’ll need to think about where the gas comes from, how it is moved around, who uses it, and how it is used. Are you up for the challenge?

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Event 264

Brian Gambles, Patrick Arends and Ian Ward

Rewriting The Book: The Library Of Birmingham

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The £189m Library of Birmingham opens in September this year, and will be the largest public library in Europe. It will provide a showcase for the city’s internationally important collections of archives, photography and rare books, a gallery space, a new flexible studio theatre, an outdoor amphitheatre and two garden terraces. The Project Director, architect and the Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council will discuss bringing this ambitious project to fruition.

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