Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 365

Kevin Powers talks to Jenny Valentine

Fictions – The Yellow Birds

Venue: Digital Stage
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The poet and Iraq veteran Kevin Powers has composed an unforgettable account of friendship and loss. It vividly captures the desperation and brutality of war, and its terrible after-effects. But it is also a story of love, of great courage, and of extraordinary human survival.

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Event 366

Tony Juniper and Jim Robbins

Does Money Really Grow On Trees?

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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Nature’s uses and abuses, physical, social and psychological, and one man’s quest to help save the world’s oldest and greatest tree specimens. One of Britiain’s best-known environmental campaigners joins New York Times journalist and author Jim Robbins.

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Event HF101

Guinea Pigs Online

Venue: The Cube
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Jennifer Gray and Amanda Swift introduce you to the antics of a cast of fun-loving guinea pigs and their latest adventure Viking Victory.

Duration 45 mins.

6+ years

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Event W32

Kitchen Academy Workshop 32

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 HF100

Tony Ross

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Tony Ross takes a line for a walk to reveal how he created many of the characters you know and love, including Little Princess, Horrid Henry and Dr Xargle. Pick up some drawing tips from an expert.

Duration 45 mins.

5+ years

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Event 367

Steve Jones

The Joy Of Sects

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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In The Serpent’s Promise: The Bible Retold As Science the geneticist explores the shared mysteries of religion and science, from the origins of life and humankind to sex, age, death and the end of the universe. He steps aside from the noisy debate between believers and unbelievers to show how the same questions preoccupy us today as in biblical times. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.

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Event 368

Richard Holmes

Falling Upwards: How We Took To The Air

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The Romantic biographer floats across the world following the pioneer generation of balloon aeronauts, from the first heroic experiments of the Montgolfiers in the 1780s to the tragic attempt to fly a balloon to the North Pole in the 1890s.

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Event 369

Sheila Hale talks to Georgina Godwin

Titian

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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A portrait of the great Venetian artist of the Renaissance, his life and times and context.

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Event 370

Peter Sawyer

The Wealth Of Anglo-Saxon England

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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How did the Anglo-Saxons obtain the treasure that tempted Vikings to raid England frequently in the C9th and again between 980 and 1018? The historian traces the trade routes across Europe for silver, and reveals a highly urbanised, wealthy Anglia. Chaired by Jasper Rees.

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Event 371

Michelle de Kretser and Amy Sackville talk to Lisa Dwan

Fictions – Boy Meets Girl

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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De Kretser’s Questions Of Travel conjures people displaced by love and longing, and by disaster. It is infused with wit, imagination, and a deep understanding. Sackville’s Orkney plays out a curiously-matched honeymoon couple on a remote island in the north.

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Event 372

Julia Hailes, Ben Law, Janet Cotterell

Greening Buildings

Venue: Digital Stage
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Grand Designs icon Ben Law discusses a more sustainable approach to buildings with Passivhaus expert Janet Cotterell and Green Consumer guru, Julia Hailes. Chaired by Hay-on-Earth Director Andy Fryers.

 

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Event HF103

My Big World

Venue: The Cube
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Join the team from OKIDO for a mixture of crafts and games taken from My Big World. Encounter different plants and animals, explore exciting locations around the world and even visit outer space! A fun and interactive first look at geography and science.

Duration 45 mins. 

4+ years

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Event HF102

Sarah McIntyre

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Superkid is the brilliant Sarah McIntyre’s latest creation – the cartoon kid with superspeed, x-ray vision and bravery by the bagload. Find out if you have special secret powers too…

Duration 45 mins.

5+ years

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Event W62

Ordnance Survey Workshop 5

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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An introduction to the map layout, symbols and scales on paper and digital devices; the Ordnance Survey grid system, including being able to take four figure and six figure grid references; how to use a compass effectively and how to take compass bearings.

Suitable for all ages 7+ years

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Event 373

Robert Lindsay talks to Fiona Lindsay (no relation)

Other People

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The actor discusses the influences that have shaped his craft from sitcom to Broadway, from Citizen Smith to My Family to Me And My Girl, and from Alan Bleasdale’s GHB to Shakespeare’s Richard III.

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Event 374

Rolf Heuer

The John Maddox Lecture; A Year At CERN

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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This year’s keynote science lecture is given by the Director General of CERN on the last 12 months that has seen the laboratory receiving accolades around the world for the ‘discovery of the year’, with some pundits even renaming the American national holiday Higgsdependence Day, in honour of the particle whose identification was announced to the world on 4 July 2012. Followed by a discussion with physicists Frank Close and Tara Shears.

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Event 375

Jerry Brotton and Adam Lowe

The Mappa Mundi In 3D

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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Using cutting-edge digital scanning and routing technology Factum Arte, the Mappa Mundi Trust and Hereford Cathedral have created a 3D reproduction of the 700-year-old map that is radically changing scholarship of the medieval masterpiece. Come and join us for the unveiling of the new work with its maker and his collaborator, the author of A History Of The World In Twelve Maps.

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Event 376

Roy Strong talks to Peter Florence

Self Portrait As A Young Man

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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The makings of the man from a North London suburb into one of the most charismatic, voluptuary sensibilities of the C20th arts world. Strong has a revolutionary style of museum directing, ahead-of-trend fashion elegance, a wicked diary style and an inspiring way with history.

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Event 377

Mohsin Hamid and Owen Martell talk to Jon Gower

Fictions – Metropolis

Venue: Digital Stage
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Hamid follows The Reluctant Fundamentalist with How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia – a vivid and emotionally absorbing tale of a man’s journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon. It steals its shape from the business self-help books devoured by youths all over ‘rising Asia’. Martell’s new novel is set in New York, June 1961. The Bill Evans Trio, featuring twenty-five year old Scott LaFaro on bass, play a series of concerts at the Village Vanguard that will go down in musical history. Shortly afterwards, LaFaro is killed in a car accident and Evans disappears. Intermission tells the story of what happens next.

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Event 378

Jill Piercy and Peter Lord talk to Damian Walford Davies

From Bardsey To Hydra

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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Brenda Chamberlain’s iconic book The Watercastle is just published in the Library Of Wales series. Her biographer Jill Piercy discusses her life and work with art historian Peter Lord, who is trying to preserve Chamberlain’s murals on Bardsey, and poet Damian Walford Davies, who has just edited her play The Protagonists, set on Hydra during the time of the Colonels.

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