Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 286

Simon Schama and teachers

Our Children, Our History

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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What kind of past is it that Michael Gove’s proposed history curriculum offers to schoolchildren and their teachers? Can it be taught? Should it be taught? And what are the consequences for our national culture and identity? The historian leads the conversation and welcomes contributions from primary and secondary school teachers.

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Event 287

Owen Sheers and Carolyn Hitt

Calon: A Journey To The Heart Of Welsh Rugby

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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This year’s Hay Festival International Fellow spent the last year as Artist in Residence with the WRU and has produced this astonishing book about sport, about myth, about nationhood and identity. He is joined by the rugby columnist, author of Wales Play In Red. Chaired by Jasper Rees, author of Bred Of Heaven.

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Event 288

TJ Clark talks to Francine Stock

Picasso And Truth: From Cubism To Guernica

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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The eminent art historian explores the role of space and the interior, and the battle between intimacy and monstrosity, in Picasso’s art of the 1920s and 1930s, from the Blue Room to Guernica.

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Event 289

Charles Emmerson

1913: The World Before The Great War – Second Acts In A New World

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Told through the stories of 23 cities – Europe’s capitals at the height of their global reach, the emerging metropolises of America, the imperial cities of Asia and Africa, the boomtowns of Australia and the Americas – the historian presents a panoramic view of a world crackling with possibilities, from St Petersburg to Shanghai and from Los Angeles to Jerusalem.

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Event 290

Alannah Weston, Steve Trent and Lily Cole

Sharks And Beauty

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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There is a largely unknown and unseen use of sharks in the beauty trade. Addressing this issue is vital to stopping the rapid decline in shark populations and also why this is crucial in a broader context for the health of our oceans. Weston, Creative Director of Selfridges, the Environmental Justice Foundation’s Trent and model and campaigner Cole discuss.

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Event HF80

Charlie Higson

The Sacrifice

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The fourth in the nail-biting series described as ‘Lord Of The Flies With Zombies’ is every bit as tense, bloody and action-packed as fans could wish.

13+ years

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Event W24

Kitchen Academy Workshop 24

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 HF81

Olivia And The Great Escape

Venue: The Cube
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Lyn Gardner’s popular series set in the Swan Academy is perfect for theatre and circus lovers and aspiring performers.

9+ years
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Event 291

Suzy Klein and guests

In Tune

Venue: Make and Take Tent
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The Radio 3 drive-time show will feature an eclectic mix of live music, plus interviews with some of the featured writers at the festival.


Broadcast live from Hay


Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
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Event W56

Drums & Bass

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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How to hold it all together and lock in with the beat, with guest bassist Pedro Kirk.

12–18 years

Hands-on workshops from Cool Fossil Music Foundation

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Event 292

John Sulston

The Royal Society Lecture; The People And The Planet

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The Nobel Laureate discusses the links between global population, consumption and the environment, and the implications for sustainable development. How can we all live and flourish on a finite Earth?

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Event 293

Ed Stourton talks to Guto Harri

Cruel Crossing: Escaping Hitler Across The Pyrenees

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The shocking, dramatic and intensely moving history of the hundreds who made the arduous and desperate climb through the Pyrenees during the Second World War. Chaired by Guto Harri.

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Event 294

The Earl of March talks to Mark Skipworth

The Goodwood Festival Of Speed

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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A celebration of the first 20 years of the world’s premier classic performance car event – a story of cars, stars and the reinvention of a stately home.

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Event 295

Jonathan Jones

The Loves Of The Artists

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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A sweeping, epic history of the Renaissance artists, seen through the lens of something that perhaps occupied their thoughts and influenced their art the most…sex. Taking Donatello’s provocative reinvention of the nude as his starting point, Jones shows how the story of the Renaissance is the story of a sexual revolution. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.

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Event 296

Simon Mundy and Deryn Rees-Jones

Seren Poetry Reading

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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Mundy’s new collection More For Helen Of Troy is suffused with the atmosphere of the landscapes that inspire him and is also deeply involved with many questions of desire: for the ideal of a beautiful woman; for the hope of a good state; and for the vision of a pristine country and seaside. Rees-Jones’ Burying The Wren (shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize) is an intensely lyrical collection of poems of the body, which are alive to the world and the transformative qualities of love.

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Event HF82

Question Time For Young Adult Fiction Fans

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust, is joined by Malorie Blackman, Melvin Burgess and Hayley Long to ask and answer all the big questions about YA.

Jonathan Douglas leads a provocative discussion around the idea of whether there are certain books that teenagers ought to read, and certain books they ought not to. He is joined by Melvin Burgess, whose multiple-award-winning novel JUNK is the seminal novel of teen addition and a modern classic. Melvin continues to attract both praise and blame with each new work, most recently The Hit.

Malorie Blackman tackles big themes in her fiction but often from an unexpected viewpoint as with the phenomenally successful Noughts & Crosses series and more recently Boys Don't Cry, a story of teenage fatherhood. Her new novel, Noble Conflict, will be published shortly.

Hayley Long, whose novel What's Up With Jody Barton has readers questioning their assumptions and their attitudes about gender, relationships and sexuality.

13+ years

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Event W57

Creating A Band

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Working together. Improvised session creating a track with guitar, bass, drums and more.

12–18 years

Hands-on workshops from Cool Fossil Music Foundation

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Event W25

Kitchen Academy Workshop 25

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 297

Marcus du Sautoy

The Irrational, The Chaotic And The Incomplete

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The brilliantly entertaining and inspiring Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science explores The Mathematical Limits Of Science.

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Event 298

Oliver James

Office Politics

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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The psychologist cuts a fascinating exposé of modern office life and suggests How To Thrive In A World Of Lying, Backstabbing And Dirty Tricks.

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