Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 487

Kon-Tiki

Screening

Venue: Richard Booth's Bookshop Cinema, 44 Lion Street
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The story of legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300 miles crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times. Directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, and produced by Jeremy Thomas (see event 476). 118'. Norway, 2012.

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Please arrive in good time for the start of this event; we regret that latecomers may not be permitted entry.

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Event 457

Hay Castle Tour 8

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 Justin Albert, Director of National Trust 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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Event 466

Hedgerow Foraging Walk 4

Venue: Meet at Box Office
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Join Adele Nozedar, author of The Hedgerow Handbook, for a foraging walk around Hay. Families and children welcome. 

For all outdoors events and walks we recommend walking boots and warm and waterproof clothing.

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

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Event W58

Royal Shakespeare Company Workshop 3: Romeo And Juliet

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Melanie Whitehead leads this participatory workshop exploring key scenes and characters in Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Ideal for GCSE students.

14+ years

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Event 313

Tom Holland

The London Library Lecture; Decline And Fall?

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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In AD 476, Romulus Augustulus, Emperor in line to Augustus, Trajan and Constantine, was deposed by a German chieftain. It is an event that in most history books is identified as marking the end of the Roman Empire. But did it? The historian explores whether the Romans themselves had any comprehension that their empire could possibly fall. He traces the surprisingly obdurate survival of a Roman imperial identity across the centuries, and attempts to identify a moment in history when the Roman Empire could be said definitively to have come to an end.

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Event 314

Sebastian Faulks talks to Gaby Wood

The British Council Series 3: Fictions – A Possible Life

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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Provocative and profound, Faulks’ dazzling new novel journeys across continents and time to explore the chaos created by love, separation and missed opportunities. In this open workshop he describes how he came to write it this way, building the structure of the stories and his search for the language and form of his narratives.

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Event 315

Rhianna Pratchett

BAFTA presents Writing Games

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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The representation of women both in games and the games industry has been changing over the last few years. Come and meet Pratchett, the lead writer on Tomb Raider who specialises in developing the narrative structure, humour and characterisation in games and played a key role in the reinvention of the legendary Lara Croft.

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Event 316

Lucy Delap

Cambridge University Series 11; Not Just Downton

Venue: Digital Stage
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The reality behind the myth of domestic service in C20th Britain. How changes in technologies and ideas about what makes a ‘home’ have changed the nature of domestic labour, but not our need for other people to do it for us, be they cleaners, au pairs or ‘the help’.

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Event 317

Landmarc 100 Workshops

Data, Data Everywhere But Not A Byte In Sight: Workshop 2

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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How can we use omnipresent data to drive behaviour change, improve performance and make radical the new normal? Join us to take the great ideas you’ve jotted on the back of beer mats or napkins and make them real.

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Event HF87

Jackie Morris

I Am Cat

Venue: The Cube
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Ten wild habitats, ten wild cats are dramatically and beautifully illustrated in this unique celebration of the cat.

Duration 60 mins.

5+ years

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Event HF85

John Boyne

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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The creator of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas talks about his whimsical, funny and uplifting The Terrible Thing That Happened To Barnaby Brocket.

Duration 45 mins.

8+ years

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Event HF86

Keeper of the Realms: The Dark Army

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The second instalment of Marcus Alexander’s action-packed contemporary fantasy adventure starring Charlie Keeper.

Duration 45 mins.

10+ years

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Event W27

Kitchen Academy Workshop 27

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 318

Peter Sawyer

Vikings

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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In this sumptuously illustrated lecture the historian asks: were the Vikings, as contemporary description had it, a ‘valiant, wrathful and purely pagan people’ who swept in from the sea to plunder and slaughter? Or, in the words of a Manx folksong, ‘ware-wolves keen in hungry quest’, who lived and died by the sea and the sword? Or were they unusually successful merchants, extortionists and pioneer explorers?

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Event 319

Timothy Brook

The Troubled Empire

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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The author of Vermeer’s Hat uses environmental crises to re-narrate China’s history from the time of Khubilai Khan down to the collapse of the Ming dynasty. His unique environmental indicator? Dragon sightings! Just because the Chinese saw dragons, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t. Chaired by Horatio Clare.

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Event 320

Nick Harkaway talks to Georgina Godwin

The Blind Giant

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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An age of isolation, warped communication, disintegrating community, where unfiltered and unregulated information pours relentlessly into our lives, destroying what it means to be human; or an age of marvels, where there is a world of wonder at our fingertips? Ultimately, the choice is ours – engage with the machines that we have created, or risk creating a world designed for corporations and computers rather than people.

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Event 321

Chris Morgan Jones talks to Marcel Berlins

Fictions – Spying And Thrilling

Venue: Digital Stage
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The new thriller writer tipped as one of le Carré’s heirs discusses his Iranian industrial espionage story The Jackal’s Share.

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Event 322

Andy Middleton, Ben Southworth and Chris Parker

Slipstream Wales – Data Future

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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How can data be used to help drive behaviour change, increase performance and make radical the new normal? With speakers from the world of technology and smart data analysis. Ben Southworth, Deputy Chief Exec at Tech City Investment Organisation, Chris Parker, Head of Geovation, Ordnance Survey and chaired by TYF’s Director Andy Middleton.

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Event 323

Anthony Goldstone and Caroline Clemmow

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 4

Venue: St Mary’s Church
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The piano duo plays Mozart – Sonata in C K521 and Rimsky-Korsakov arr. Purgold – Antar, op.9.

Recorded for broadcast on Radio 3

See more at www.divine-art.com/AS/goldstoneclemmow.htm

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Event HF88

Malorie Blackman

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The multiple-award-winning creator of the classic YA series Noughts And Crosses is here to give us a preview of Noble Conflict, her powerful new thriller.

Duration 60 mins.

12+ years

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