Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event HF108

Everything Will Be Fine (and other lies I tell myself)

Venue: The Cube
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Cathy Brett’s stylish, funny and thought-provoking graphic novels include Verity Fibbs and Scarlett Dedd. The design lecturer and former fashion illustrator will tell you how she does it.

Duration 60 mins.

13+ years
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Event W35

Kitchen Academy Workshop 35

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 392

Rupert Everett

Vanished Years

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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Rupert Everett’s first memoir – Red Carpets And Other Banana Skins – was an international bestseller and an instant classic on publication in 2006. Reviewers compared him to Evelyn Waugh, David Niven, Noel Coward and Lord Byron.

Mischievous, touching and nothing less than brilliant, his new memoir is filled with brand-new stories, from childhood to the present. Astonishing encounters; tragedy and comedy; vivid portraits of friends and rivals; razor-sharp observations of the celebrity circus from LA to London and beyond... there is something extraordinary on every page.

A pilgrimage to Lourdes with his father is both hilarious and moving. A misguided step into reality TV goes horribly wrong. From New York to Moscow to Berlin to Phnom Penh, Vanished Years takes the reader on a wild and wonderful new journey with a charming (and rather disreputable) companion.

He talks to Paul Blezard.
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Event 393

Jay Rayner

A Greedy Man In A Hungry World

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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The doctrine of local food is dead. Farmers’ markets are merely a lifestyle choice for the affluent middle classes. And ‘organic’ has become little more than a marketing label that is way past its sell-by date. The celebrated food writer ‘brings it on’.

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Event 394

Paul Theroux talks to Gaby Wood

The Last Train To Zona Verde: Overland From Cape Town To Angola

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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Journeying alone through the greenest continent in what he feels will be his last African journey, Theroux encounters a world increasingly removed from both the itineraries of tourists and the hopes of post-colonial independence movements. Leaving the Cape Town townships, traversing the Namibian bush, passing the browsing cattle of the great sun-baked heartland of the savannah, he crosses the ‘Red Line’ into a different Africa.

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Event 395

Jude England

The British Library Lecture; Propaganda: Power And Persuasion

Venue: Digital Stage
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The Curator of the new BL show examines C20th and C21st propaganda. What have the Olympics, Chairman Mao and matchboxes got in common? Who portrayed Margaret Thatcher as Napoleon, and why? Chaired by Georgina Godwin.

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Event 396

Robin Lustig talks to Philippe Sands

Sign-Off

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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The veteran broadcaster, anchor of The World Tonight, reflects on his 23 years at the BBC, the management of news, and the Corporation in crisis.

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Event 398

Alex Valentine

Lover’s Leap

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The singer-songwriter launches his seventh album of melodic and beautifully-crafted pop music. The band features John Firth, Al Cooper and Linda Lamb. ‘Stunning, absolutely beautiful’ – Harry Belafonte; ‘The voice of an angel’ – Mariella Frostrup. 



See more at http://alexvalentine.com/
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Alex Valentine

Event 399

Irvine Welsh talks to Stephanie Merritt

Trainspotting At 20

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The Scottish novelist celebrates the 20th anniversary of his iconic book, and discusses his recently-published prequel Skagboys.

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Event 400

Ned Boulting and William Fotheringham talk to Rob Penn

Two Wheels Good?

Venue: Digital Stage
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We review an extraordinary year for cycling – from the Olympic Velodrome to the heroes and villains of the Tour de France – with the authors of On The Road Bike: The Search For A Nation’s Cycling Soul, Merckx: Half Man, Half Bike and It’s All About The Bike: The Pursuit Of Happiness On Two Wheels.

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Event 401

Jo Caulfield

Better The Devil You Know

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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The ‘wonderfully sharp and bitchy’ comedian brings the last night of her 2013 tour to the festival. What constitutes an airtight alibi? Which hotel has the best porn? And is friendliness overrated?

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Event 402

Menna Elfyn and Fflur Dafydd

Murmur

Venue: The Cube
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The internationally renowned and ‘exhilaratingly dangerous’ poet teams up with her singer-songwriter daughter Fflur Dafydd in a memorable evening of poetry and song to celebrate her new bilingual collection.






See more at www.fflurdafydd.com/  and    www.mennaelfyn.co.uk/
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Event 403

Robert Bowman

Diary Of A Madman

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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1830s Russia. Poprishchin is in his forties, a low-ranking civil servant for the Government, struggling to make his mark on life, but one day he makes an amazing discovery. Could he really be the next King of Spain? Driven insane by government bureaucracy and hierarchy, this one-man-show adapted from Gogol’s dark comedy exposes one man’s reality spiralling ever deeper into a surreal fantasy world. Directed by Sinéad Rushe and presented by Living Pictures.

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Event 477

Jeremy Irons

The Four Quartets

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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The actor reads TS Eliot’s great masterpiece comprising Burnt Norton, East Coker, The Dry Salvages and Little Gidding. 

 
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Event 404

Jo Brand

Stand-up

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The festival favourite – live, and hilarious. Always.

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Event 405

Quantic and Frente Cumbiero

ONDATRÓPICA

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Mario Galeano’s tropical hot Colombian band was the runaway hit of last year’s festival. Here they mix with Will Holland’s ultra-cool South London jazz sound on a collaborative project that will set you soaring. Come and dance the weekend away.



[Trailer] Ondatropica: The Making of - Un Viaje Sonoro de 7 meses from Frente Cumbiero on Vimeo.

See more at http://ondatropica.com/en/
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Quantic and Frente Cumbiero

Event 478

James Cracknell and Beverley Turner talk to Mark Skipworth

Touching Distance

Venue: Digital Stage
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In October 2011 James Cracknell, two-time Olympic gold-medal rower and one of the greatest endurance athletes the world has ever known, suffered a seizure at home as his young son looked on in horror. A man who had known no limits, a man who had practically achieved the impossible, was now struggling to master life’s simple challenges.

A year earlier, as James undertook yet another endurance challenge in Arizona, he was knocked off his bike by the wing mirror of a petrol tanker. It had smashed into the back of his head at high speed, causing severe frontal lobe damage. The doctors weren’t sure if he would recover and, if he did, whether he would ever be the same again.

Touching Distance is an extraordinary, honest and powerful account as James and his wife Bev confront for the first time the lasting effects that the accident has had on their lives. It is the story of a marriage, of a family and of one man’s fight back to be the best husband and father he can be.

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Event 490

Janet Todd

Jane Austen and Money

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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Jane Austen knew the value of money, what it could and could not buy. ‘A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of,’ says a charming but tainted character.  Austen marketed herself as a solitary writer, but great wealth could only come from the professions, trade and speculation-- from which women were barred.  The books display bitterness at women’s dependence on men but also ambivalence over any female control of money. 

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Event 406

Jonathan Dimbleby

Destiny In The Desert: The Road To El Alamein, The Battle That Turned The Tide

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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Dimbleby describes the political and strategic realities that lay behind the battle of November 1942 which inspired one of Churchill’s most famous aphorisms – ‘This is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end, but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning’.

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Event 407

Caroline Shenton

The Day Parliament Burned Down

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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In the early evening of 16 October 1834 a huge ball of fire exploded through the roof of the Houses of Parliament, creating a blaze so enormous that it could be seen by the King and Queen at Windsor. Rumours as to the fire’s cause were rife. Was it arson, terrorism, the work of foreign operatives, a kitchen accident, careless builders, or even divine judgement on politicians? Chaired by Jesse Norman.

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