Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event W33

Kitchen Academy Workshop 33

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.

 
5–8 years – children must be accompanied

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Event HF104

Louise Rennison

A Midsummer Tights Dream

Venue: Starlight Stage
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They say she has been banned in Bognor and censored in Solihull. Here to hellraise in Hay for one day only, the creator of the world-conquering Georgia Nicholson and Tallulah books and Queen of Comedy – Louise Rennison – will give you a sneak preview of The Taming of the Tights.

Duration 60 mins.

11+ years

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Event HF105

Mark Lowery

Socks Are Not Enough

Venue: The Cube
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In this hilarious tale of teen angst, discovering his parents are secret nudists is just one of the cringe-making events Mike Swarbrick has to deal with. A very funny new writer for teens.

Duration 45 mins.

13+ years

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Event 379

William Dalrymple

The Return Of A King

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The historian tells the story of the British forces as they invade Afghanistan in 1839 and re-establish Shah Shuia ul-Mulk on the throne. The British faced little opposition to the invasion but, two years later, the Afghans rose in answer to the call for jihad and ultimately consigned the British to their most humiliating military defeat of the C19th.

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Event 380

Rose Tremain talks to John Mullan

The British Council Series 4; Fictions – Merivel

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The novelist brings back her hero of Restoration: Robert Merivel, physician and courtier to Charles II, loved for his gift to turn sorrow into laughter, now faces the agitations and anxieties of middle age.

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Event 381

Simon Mitton

Heart Of Darkness

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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Why is there something rather than nothing? Over the past thirty years, scientists have learned that two little-understood components – dark matter and dark energy – comprise most of the known cosmos, explain the growth of all cosmic structure, and hold the key to the universe’s fate. (This is way beyond rocket science – but riveting and really entertaining.)

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Event 382

George Monbiot

Feral: Rewilding The Land, The Sea And Human Life

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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The campaigning journalist argues for the mass restoration of damaged ecosystems, the reintroduction of wolves, lynx, beavers, moose and boar to Britain, and a life richer in adventure and surprise. Chaired by Horatio Clare.

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Event 383

Mark Hix talks to Dylan Jones

On Baking

Venue: Digital Stage
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The chef patron of Hix Oyster and Chop House and Hix Oyster and Fish House in Dorset, conjures anything that can be cooked in the dry heat of an oven, from a honey-baked ham to a sophisticated saffron custard tart.

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Event 384

Mark Watson, Louise Gray and Jim Robbins

Today On Earth

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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What’s been happening in the environmental world during Festival week? We pick through the best and worst, sort the bizarre from the banal and generally sift the global media. The comedian and the journalists discuss. Chaired by Andy Fryers.

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Event HF107

Awesome Animals: Koala Calamity

Venue: The Cube
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Koala brothers Dude, Bro and Squirt love doing…nothing. They can do nothing all day. But their little sister has other ideas and soon leads them into another Koala Calamity.

Duration 45 mins.

7+ years

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Event HF106

Jennifer Gray

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Meet Atticus Grammatticus Cattypus Claw, the world’s greatest cat burglar. This tabby spells trouble. Find out all about his latest adventure Atticus Claw Settles a Score.

Duration 45 mins.

6+ years

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Event W34

Kitchen Academy Workshop 34

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 W63

Ordnance Survey Workshop 6

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 385

Antonia Fraser talks to Simon Jenkins

Perilous Question

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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A two-year revolution saw reforming heroes of the richest and most landed Cabinet in history, against their own interests, determined to bring liberty to the country in The Drama Of The Great Reform Bill 1832.

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Event 386

Geoffrey Robertson

Mullahs Without Mercy: Human Rights And Nuclear Weapons

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The lawyer examines the options that the world faces as it stumbles like a sleepwalker into the perils of a new nuclear age, while Iran, Israel and America face-off over nuclear capability. Chaired by Nik Gowing.

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Event 387

Artemis Cooper talks to Robert Macfarlane

An Adventure

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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A conversation about the nature of travelling and stories between the biographer of Patrick Leigh Fermor and the man many would acclaim as his successor as the greatest living travel writer, the author of The Old Ways.

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Event 388

Michael Pollan talks to Rosie Boycott

Cooked: A Natural History Of Transformation

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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A rare opportunity to meet the Californian food superstar, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defence Of Food and Food Rules, as he champions the fundamentals of cooking – a defining human activity which sits at the heart of our cultures and shapes family life.

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Event 389

Alicia Foster, Francesca Rhydderch and Joanna Rossiter

Fictions – In The War

Venue: Digital Stage
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Warpaint by Alicia Foster is a compelling tale of truth and lies, tragedy and black comedy, loosely based on the lives of four painters of the time. The Sea Change by Joanna Rossiter is a haunting and moving novel about a mother and a daughter, caught between a tsunami and a war. In Francesca Rhydderch’s The Rice Paper Diaries, four interweaving accounts relate the intimate havoc wrought by military conflict on individual lives. Chaired by Lisa Dwan.

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Event 390

Patrick Ness and Matt Haig

Fictions – Transformations

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Wise, romantic, magical and funny, Ness’ The Crane Wife is a hymn to the creative imagination and a celebration of the disruptive and redemptive power of love. In Haig’s The Humans Professor Andrew Martin of CambridgeUniversity solves the world’s greatest mathematical riddle. Then he disappears. When he is found walking naked along the motorway, Professor Martin seems different. Chaired by Tanya Seghatchian.

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Event 391

Rebbecca Ray and Rachel Trezise chaired by Richard Davies

Fictions – Stories, Dreams And Yearnings

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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Readings of stories from new collections by two of Wales’ most inventive and powerful novelists: Trezise’s Cosmic Latte and Ray’s The Answer And Other Love Stories.

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