Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event W60

Guitar Effects 2

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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How to get the sounds you want. Creating the right effects for musical styles.

 

12–18 years

Hands-on workshops from Cool Fossil Music Foundation

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Event 334

Alexander McCall Smith talks to Paul Blezard

Happy Birthday Precious Ramotswe

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Please join us to celebrate fifteen years of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and catch up with favourite characters from Botswana, Scotland and beyond.

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Event 335

Frank Close

Nothing

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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The particle physicist explores the science and the history of the elusive void: from Aristotle, who insisted that the vacuum was impossible, via the theories of Newton and Einstein, to our very latest discoveries and why they can tell us extraordinary things about the cosmos.

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Event 337

Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran

From Screen To Stage

Venue: Digital Stage
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Eight years ago the creators of TV hits Shine On Harvey Moon and Birds Of A Feather had supper with Alan Ayckbourn at Kilvert’s Hotel after their festival sessions. He suggested they write for the theatre. They currently have two musicals running in the West End – Dreamboats And Petticoats and Save The Last Dance For Me – and an adaptation of their Goodnight Sweetheart on the way. They talk to Peter Florence.

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Event 338

Wendy Sadler, Fiona Wylie, Jonathon Harrington

Communicating Science

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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Science is used and abused to support or debunk theories. Contributors to Science Made Simple and Sense About Science sift the sense from the nonsense around global warming, organic farming, vaccines, GMOs and food supplements. Chaired by Hay-on-Earth Director Andy Fryers.

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Event 339

Ben Crystal

Springboard Shakespeare – Macbeth

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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The actor and writer conducts a workshop masterclass working with Shakespeare’s Scottish play. Ideal for students and teachers. Numbers limited.

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Event 476

Jeremy Thomas talks to Francine Stock

Kon-Tiki

Venue: The Cube
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The great Oscar-winning producer (The Last Emperor, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, Crash, Bad Timing) discusses and screens clips from his new film based on Thor Heyerdahl’s epic 1947 journey across the Pacific Ocean on a balsa-wood raft.

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Event HF96

The Demention Blog

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Teri Terry, Claire Merle and Julie Bertagna are Demention bloggers and writers of a particular kind of book – dark, chilling, questioning of the future. Get ready for a fascinating talk for YA fans.

Claire Merle’s The Glimpse was welcomed as a grippingly readable and deeply unsettling British dystopian thriller. Her new book The Fall will be out in June.

Teri Terry’s Slated, a dark psychological thriller, was published to great acclaim last year and has now been followed by the engrossing, fast paced Fractured.

Julie Bertagna’s award-winning Exodus is a brilliantly imagined story of love and survival in a climate-changed world. Zenith and Aurora complete this highly-acclaimed, classic dystopian trilogy.

Together, they are the Demention Bloggers. They write stories set in near futures, or different worlds. They like to unsettle and disturb their readers. They’d like to know what you think.

Duration 60 mins.

13+ years

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Event W61

Looping Techniques: A Roland Special For All Ages

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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With loop mania sweeping the globe, find out how to create a one-man band, and the power of looping for practice and performance.

 

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Event W30

Kitchen Academy Workshop 30

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 340

The ENO presents: Philip Glass

The Perfect American

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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Please join us for an evening celebrating the UK premiere of a new opera by Philip Glass. The Perfect American imagines the final years of Walt Disney’s life, including mythical imaginings of Abraham Lincoln and Andy Warhol. In Part 1 the composer will discuss this groundbreaking new work and will be joined by ENO Artistic Director John Berry and members of the production team. The opera is directed by Phelim McDermott, designed by Dan Potra and with video design by 59 Ltd. Chaired by Clemency Burton Hill. In Part 2 Philip Glass will give a solo piano recital featuring music from his classic repertoire.




See more at www.philipglass.com/
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Event 341

Mary Beard talks to Tom Holland

Confronting The Classics: Traditions, Adventures And Innovations

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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From Greek drama to Roman jokes, from government and slavery to pottery and food, the classicist captures the world of antiquity and its modern significance with wit, verve and scholarly expertise.

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Event 342

Razia Iqbal, Godfrey Smith, DW Wilson and guests

Commonwealth Book Prize and Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2013

Venue: Digital Stage
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We are delighted to host the announcement of the winners of the Commonwealth Book Prize and Commonwealth Short Story Prize, which will be presented by John le Carré. Judges Godfrey Smith, author of prize-winning biography George Price: A Life Revealedand Canadian short story writer DW Wilson will talk about the process of judging, and the winning writers will be in conversation with Razia Iqbal.

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

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Event 343

Ben Cooper, Hilary Boulding, Sarah Dennehy, John Rostron

Music Industry Question Time

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Come and ask about working in the music industry, what gets airtime, music and social networking, great gigs, favourite genres, playlists and what’s going to be hot in the next few months. With the Controller of Radio 1, the Principal of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, the Music Programmer of Perth Festival and Hay Festival’s music advisor and the CEO of the Welsh Music Foundation and Director of Cerdd Cymru, who will be delivering WOMEX in Cardiff this year. Chaired by 6 Music’s Gideon Coe
 
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Event 344

Simon Hoggart

Life’s Too Short To Drink Bad Wine

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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A delightful tasting of wines for the discerning drinker.

Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine, Sur Lie, Domaine Fief de la Brie 2011
Mosel Riesling 2011
French Rosé, IGP des Côtes de Gascogne 2012
Chénas, Rémi & Paola Benon 2011

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Event 345

Mark Watson

The Knot

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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The comedian and novelist reads from his pitch-perfect tragicomedy of ordinary – and not so ordinary – family life.

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Event 346

Richard Wyn Jones, Guy Lodge and Charlie Jeffery

Cardiff University Series 4; England And Its Two Unions

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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With an increasingly distinct English identity and growing demand for the political recognition of Englishness, this conversation examines English views about both the unions – UK and EU – and considers whether either or both remain sustainable. Wyn Jones, Director of Wales Governance Centre, leads a discussion with IPPR’s Guy Lodge and Charlie Jeffery, Director of Academy of Government at Edinburgh University.

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Event 347

Tony Hawks

From Page To Screen With A Fridge

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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The year is 2000 and Tony is contacted by Hollywood, who want to buy the rights to Round Ireland With A Fridge. Unbeknownst to him, this moment is the high point, as the journey henceforth is one of frustration and duplicity. That is, until he decides they should forget Hollywood and adopt the ‘do-it-yourself’ approach. The rest is cinema…

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Event 349

Mark Thompson

A Down To Earth Guide To The Cosmos

Venue: Digital Stage
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The Stargazing Live presenter takes us on a journey through space, tackling the key concepts of astronomy and unlocking the secrets of the sky, from the origins of our Universe to the ever-evolving techniques used to explore deep space. Chaired by Horatio Clare.

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Event 350

Felicity Ward

Stand-up: The Hedgehog Dilemma

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The Hedgehog Dilemma – what is it? Trying to wear tiny jackets over your spikes? Or every time you get close to somebody, you might get hurt? After discovering this analogy for human intimacy, Felicity pondered, ‘What kind of hedgehog am I?’…and then she wrote this show. ‘Tremendously entertaining and charmingly funny’ – Time Out.

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