Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 34

Jeremy Bowen talks to Tom Fletcher

The Arab Uprisings: The People Want The Fall Of The Regime

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The Middle East correspondent analyses the state of the region, the response of the international powers and the feelings of the people on the ground. Chaired by the British Ambassador to Lebanon.

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Event 35

Sarah Churchwell talks to Sarah Crompton

Careless People: Murder, Mayhem And The Invention Of The Great Gatsby

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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The inside story of F Scott Fitzgerald’s New York of 1922 with its speakeasies, high society and organised crime that was the context for the creation of his great American novel.

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Event 36

Barbara Sahakian

Cambridge University Series 3 - Bad Moves: How Decision-Making Goes Wrong

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The Professor of Neuroscience discusses the process of normal decision-making – our strategies, biases that affect us and influential factors. She will describe the abnormal patterns found in patients with conditions such as severe depression, Alzheimer’s and accidental brain damage. Examining how the brain can be manipulated to improve cognitive function in these patients, she will consider the use and the ethical questions of ‘smart drugs’.

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Event 37

Suzanne Rindell and Francesca Segal talk to Sameer Rahim

Fictions – Fatales?

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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In The Other Typist the captivating and mysterious Odalie starts working at an NYC police precinct at the height of Prohibition in 1924. In the Costa First Novel-winning The Innocents the bride-to-be’s beautiful and reckless cousin Rachel returns to disrupt the wedding plans.

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Event 38

Emyr Roberts talks to Geoffrey Lean

All Change For Wales’ Countryside And Environment

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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On 1 April 2013 a new organisation, Natural Resources Wales, came into being, merging three existing bodies. With responsibility for ecosystems management including forestry, waterways, grants legislation, enforcement and much more, what does the new director see as the opportunities and challenges facing him? He talks to The Telegraph’s Environment Editor.

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Event HF6

Jon Klassen

This Is Not My Hat

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The creator of the indubitably hip New York Times #1 bestseller I Want My Hat Back is here on tour to share his latest, This Is Not My Hat. Hat-wearers especially welcome.

4+ years

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Event HF5

Korky Paul

Winnie’s Dinosaur Day

Venue: Digital Stage
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Winnie The Witch gets involved in a prehistoric adventure with a rather surprised Triceratops, brought to life with Korky Paul’s high-energy live drawing.

5+ years

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Event HF7

Thinking Mathematically

Venue: The Cube
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Exploring, questioning, visualising, conjecturing, explaining, generalising, justifying…are all at the heart of mathematical thinking. Come and take part in some stimulating activities designed to develop your capacity to work as a mathematician, with Cambridge University’s Charlie Gilderdale.

9+ years

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Event 39

Eric Schmidt

The New Digital Age: Reshaping The Future Of People, Nations And Business

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The Google Executive Chairman examines the future of a connected world with its extraordinary potential for education, medical tech, communication and translations and the huge global challenges to privacy and security. Chaired by Marcus du Sautoy.

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Event 40

Will Self talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

The British Council Series 1: Fictions – Experiment

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The super-verbal and brilliantly inventive journalist and author discusses his Booker-shortlisted novel Umbrella, films of his work and the possibilities of digital form.

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Event 41

Lionel Shriver talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions – Big Brother

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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The new, savagely funny novel from the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need To Talk About Kevin. When Pandora picks up her older brother Edison at her local Iowa airport, she literally doesn’t recognize him. The once slim, hip New York jazz pianist has gained hundreds of pounds. What happened?

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Event 42

Raymond Tallis

Has Physics Killed Philosophy?

Venue: Digital Stage
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Steven Hawking famously declared philosophy dead because it had not kept up with developments in modern physics. While acknowledging the spectacular achievements of contemporary science, the author of Reflections Of A Metaphysical Flaneur will argue that physics and the human race need philosophy more than ever.

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Event 43

Ben Dyson

Modernising Money

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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Why is the current monetary system broken and how can it be fixed? At the heart of the ongoing economic crisis is the fact that governments across the world have given the power to create money to the private corporations that we know as banks. It doesn’t need to be this way – the founder and director of Positive Money explains.

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Event HF10

Chris Judge

The Brave Beast

Venue: The Cube
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The star of the award-winning The Lonely Beast is back and on a mission to restore peace to an island threatened by a scary monster.

Duration 45 mins.

4+ years

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Event HF8

Gillian Cross

After Tomorrow

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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The Carnegie Medal-winning author talks to Camilla Knox Peebles about After Tomorrow, a thrilling adventure which explores what it would be like if children had to flee the UK as refugees.

Duration 45 mins.

10+ years

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Event HF9

The Horror Panel

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Chris Priestley and Jon Mayhew join newcomer Emerald Fennell to discuss why ghost stories and horror are so appealing. Chills, thrills, no frills. Bring your most horrifying questions.

11+ years

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Event 44

Mariella Frostrup and guests

Mariella’s Book Show At Hay – Filming 2

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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Mariella Frostrup interviews an exciting line-up of authors and special guests at the festival in this exclusive recording by Sky Arts.

Guests include John Banville, Hugh Dennis and a performance by KT Tunstall



Watch Mariella’s Book Show on Sky Arts 1 HD 8pm 6 June

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Event 45

Melvyn Bragg

Fictions – Grace And Mary

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Visiting his ageing mother Mary in her nursing home by the sea, the protagonist of this new novel sets out to recreate their buried family history, delving into the secrets and silences of Mary’s fractured childhood as he imagines the life of her spirited mother, Grace.

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Event 46

Anne Applebaum

Iron Curtain: The Crushing Of Eastern Europe 1944–56

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gulag mines new archive material to chronicle Stalin’s brutal evisceration of the civil societies newly liberated from Nazi occupation as his secret police set out to convert a dozen radically different countries to a completely new political and moral system: communism. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

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Event 47

Geoff Mulgan

The Locust And The Bee: Predators And Creators In Capitalism’s Future

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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The economic crisis offers an opportunity for capitalism to re-imagine itself again, to maximise efficiency, entrepreneurship and new sectors for growth. Chaired by Jesse Norman.

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