Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event W53

National Grid Workshop 3

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 274

Michael Vaughan

Blowing On The Ashes

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The batsman, former England Test captain, Telegraph columnist and author of Calling The Shots and Time To Declare previews this summer’s Ashes series. Chaired by Tom Holland.

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Event 275

Gill Bennett talks to Nik Gowing

Six Moments Of Crisis: Inside British Foreign Policy

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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The former Whitehall insider unravels the stories of several crucial and controversial British foreign policy challenges since the Second World War, from the Korean War to the Falklands conflict.

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Event 276

Alison Rust, Zita Martins, Nicole Grobert, Jenny Nelson

The Royal Society Platform 2: The Next Big Thing

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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From volcanoes to nanotechnology, four researchers talk about what we are only just finding out. Chaired and introduced by Nobel Prize-winning geneticist, John Sulston FRS.

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Event 277

Paul Roberts

Life And Death In Pompeii And Herculaneum

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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An exploration of the lives of the ordinary people of Pompeii and Herculaneum, the two cities on the Bay of Naples that were buried by the catastrophic volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. The plaster-cast bodies of the victims are the most vivid and shocking reminders of the horrific event that made Pompeii famous, but who were these men, women and children so cruelly frozen in time?

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Event 278

Colin Mayer

Firm Commitment

Venue: Digital Stage
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The Professor of Management Studies at the SaïdBusinessSchool at the University of Oxford offers a lucid and revelatory analysis of Why The Corporation Is Failing Us And How To Restore Trust In It.

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Event 279

Jane Davidson, Steve Evans and Mat Roberts

Slipstream Wales – Professionals: Delivery and Innovation

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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How do we take the individual professionals’ ideas and innovations and raise them to a country-wide scale across Wales? How could we measure the benefits, join the dots and really get organisations working together? Jane Davidson, INSPIRE Director at University of Wales, Steve Evans, Industrial Sustainability Research Director at Cambridge University, and Mat Roberts, Head of Sustainability at Landmarc Support Services, discuss with TYF’s Andy Middleton.

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Event 280

The Lendvai Trio

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 3

Venue: St Mary’s Church
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The trio play Beethoven – String Trio op.9 no.1 and Taneyev – String Trio in E flat, op.31.
                       

Recorded for broadcast on Radio 3
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Event HF77

The National Museum of Wales presents Sounds Of The Dinosaurs

Venue: The Cube
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Children get to handle dinosaur bones and other fossils, and then play with the noises dinosaurs might have made before joining in the soundtrack for an interactive reading of the museum’s Albie The Dinosaur story.

6–8 years

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Event HF76

Wings & Co: The Fairy Detective Agency

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Sally Gardner and David Roberts talk and draw their way through the latest case, Operation Bunny.

6+ years

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Event W54

National Grid Workshop 4

Powering YOUR Future: The Future Of Energy

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Where is your energy going to come from – gas, nuclear, wind, coal, oil, hydro or solar? These are the questions facing some of the best brains in the country right now. This is your chance to see if you can provide the answer. Take part in this hands-on, interactive workshop, which includes quizzes and competitions.

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Event 281

Kate Humble, Richard Smith, Marcus du Sautoy and Mark Watson

Powering The Country: Kate, Richard, Marcus And Mark Try To Keep The Lights On

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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What would you do if you had to power the UK? Kate, Marcus and Mark get to grips with how to generate enough energy to keep the lights on and power their appliances. Dependency on overseas supplies, volatile fossil fuel prices and the need for a low-carbon economy makes this one of the biggest challenges facing the country. Chaired by Mark Lynas and using the 2050 calculator.

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Event 282

Dannie Abse reads, and talks to Owen Sheers

Speak, Old Parrot

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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Please come and join us to celebrate the 90th birthday of the great Welsh writer, and the publication of his latest poetry collection. In Speak, Old Parrot he returns to themes of loss, love, medicine and its moral implications, the nature of creativity, Jewish folk tradition and the passing of time.

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Event 283

Anthony Sinclair

Serengeti Story: Life And Science In The World’s Greatest Wildlife Region

Venue: Digital Stage
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What happens in this great World Heritage Site biologically? How did it become a protected area? What are the historical events that have shaped its present dynamics? What will happen to it in future?

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Event 284

Amit Chaudhuri talks to Oliver Balch

Calcutta: Two Years In The City

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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A personal account of two years spent in one of the least-known but greatest cities on Earth. Using the historic elections of 2011 as a fulcrum, Chaudhuri looks back to the C19th, when the city burst with a new vitality, and towards the C21st when – utterly changed – it seems to be on the verge of another turn.

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Event 285

Alison Weir

Mary Boleyn: ‘The Great And Infamous Whore’

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Sister to Anne Boleyn and seduced by two kings, Mary Boleyn has long been the subject of scandal and myth. Her affair with Henry VIII fuelled the shocking annulment of his marriage to Anne, and Mary is rumoured to have borne his child in secret. Chaired by SJ Parris.

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Event HF78

Dragon Frontier

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Dan Abnett, who has written some of the most famous superhero comics in the world, introduces a fantasy adventure series set in the wild west – with added dragons!

8+ years

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Event W23

Kitchen Academy Workshop 23

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 HF79

Saci Lloyd

Quantum Drop

Venue: The Cube
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Writer and activist Saci Lloyd’s acclaimed Carbon Diaries is in development with the BBC. Quantum Drop lurches between a shadowy urban sprawl and a dangerous cyberworld. Which is real?

13+ years

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Event W55

Electric Drumming & Percussion Workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Join this session and start your journey to become a world-class drum-hero.
The rudiments of professional drumming, for beginners and the more experienced player.

 

12–18 years

Hands-on workshops from Cool Fossil Music Foundation

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