Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 408

Mark Miodownik talks to Georgina Godwin

Stuff Matters

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? How come concrete pours? The broadcaster and UCL Professor of Materials and Society introduces The Strange Stories Of The Marvellous Materials That Shape Our Man-made World.

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Event 409

Rob Penn

The Wild Woods

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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A year ago, Rob took over the management of Strawberry Cottage Wood, 50 acres of abandoned broadleaf woodland at the entrance to the LlanthonyValley. Is man good for woods? Can woodlands pay? How can we value them in non-economic ways?

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Event 410

Samar Yazbek talks to Jo Glanville

The View From Here

Venue: Digital Stage
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A conversation about new writing in the Arab world with the PEN Award-winning and Beirut 39 writer Samar Yazbek, author of A Woman In The Crossfire: Diaries Of The Syrian Revolution.

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Event 411

John Bird in conversation with Marcel Berlins

The Necessity Of Poverty

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The founder of The Big Issue mounts a blistering attack on orthodox thinking around the gap between rich and poor, sparing neither himself nor others in identifying what needs to be done to end poverty.

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Event 492

Christopher Rowlatt

LONG STITCH BOOKMAKING WORKSHOP

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Spend a morning making books; just folding, cutting, sewing, creating.  You will concentrate on the Long Stitch form of binding.  The sections are sewn on to the cover through an accurately cut slit or set of holes.  Tools and materials will be provided.

FREE BUT TICKETED (numbers limited)
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Event HF109

Jonathan Meres

The World of Norm: May Require Batteries

Venue: Starlight Stage
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With overdue homework, overdue pocket money and a bag full of overdue newspapers, can life get any more unfair for Norm? Abso-flipping-lutely.

Duration 45 mins.

9+ years

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Event HF110

Lara Faraway

Fairythorn Tales

Venue: The Cube
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If you believe in fairies, this is the event for you. Find out more about how to spot a fairy, join in a potion-making session and design and make your own fairy wings.

Duration 45 mins. Places limited.

6+ years

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Event 489

Jeremy Irons introduces

Screening: Trashed

Venue: Richard Booth's Bookshop Cinema, 44 Lion Street
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In the new docu-feature Trashed, a Blenheim Films production, produced and directed by British filmmaker Candida Brady (Madam and the Dying Swan), which was selected to receive a Special Screening at the Cannes Film Festival, Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution. This is a meticulous, brave investigative journey that takes Irons (and us) from scepticism to sorrow and from horror to hope. Brady's narrative is vividly propelled by an original score created by Academy Award winning composer Vangelis.

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Please arrive in good time for the start of this event; we regret that latecomers may not be permitted entry.

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Event 459

Hay Castle Tour 10

Venue: Hay Castle Main Hall
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Hay Castle, once a great medieval stronghold, is alive with possibilities once again. Find out more with Mary Morgan, head of Hay Castle Friends, on a guided tour of the 12th Century keep, Jacobean mansion and Victorian service buildings. Includes tea and a bun.

Please note: There are two tours, one starting at 10am and one starting at 11am. Please book for the tour you wish to attend, using the variant boxes below. 

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Event 412

Jody Williams talks to Francine Stock

A Vermont Girl

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The dynamic and inspiring activist, advocate and hero won the Nobel Peace Prize for her International Campaign To Ban Landmines. She describes her life and work in My Name Is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl’s Winding Path To The Nobel Peace Prize.

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Event 413

Austen Bicentenary Series 5

John Mullan: What Matters In Jane Austen

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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Is there any sex in Austen? What do the characters call each other, and why? What are the right and wrong ways to propose marriage? And why is it risky to go to the seaside? Mullan shows that you can best appreciate Austen’s brilliance by looking at the intriguing quirks and intricacies of her fiction.

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Event 414

Mary Ginsberg

The Art Of Influence: Asian Propaganda

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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Where the majority of a population is illiterate, art is the most effective way to communicate the message. The curator of the new BritishMuseum show examines propaganda ‘art’ as political communication, social cohesion and absolute control.

 

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Event 415

Tim Minshall

Cambridge University Series 13: Building The Future

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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Engineers are fantastic – they are the people who change the world. Engineers put a man on the moon, develop the internet, build skyscrapers, rebuild bodies…and so much more. Yet not many people know what engineers actually do. This talk will reveal – in just ten words – the secrets of what engineers really get up to as they work hard to build a better future for us all.

Please note this event is aimed at secondary school age children

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Event 416

NoViolet Bulawayo and Meike Ziervogel talk to Gaby Wood

Fictions – Elsewhere

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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The Zimbabwean novelist’s We Need New Names plays with the dreams and realities of leaving a terrible place of hunger and things falling apart for the paradise of the West. Ziervogel’s Magda is an uncompromising rendering of the mother-daughter relationships of the wife of Hitler’s propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels.

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Event 417

Abigail Brundin

Cambridge University Series 14: Only A Pen Can Ease My Pain

Venue: Digital Stage
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In C17th Italy, the number of girls and young women entering convents rose rapidly as dowries became increasingly expensive. Not all the girls went willingly and some left powerful written accounts of their experiences.


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Event HF112

CJ Busby

Frogspell

Venue: The Cube
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Discover more about Max and Olivia and their pet dragon Adolphus as they help protect King Arthur from dastardly plots. Find out how to create a spell using ‘magical’ words.

Duration 45 mins.

6+ years

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Event HF111

Patrick Ness

The Future

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The double Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls and the Chaos Walking trilogy talks with writer and critic Damian Kelleher about the appeal of the dystopian and the fantastical in YA fiction. He also brings a sneak preview of his next YA novel, due out in the autumn.

Duration 60 mins.

11+ years

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Event 418

Monty Don

The Road To Le Tholonet: A French Garden Journey

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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From historical gardens like Versailles and Vaux le Vicomte to the kitchen gardens of the Michelin chef Alain Passard. There are grand potagers, like Villandry and La Prieure D’Orsan, and allotments and back gardens spotted on the way.

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Event 419

Mark Urban

The Tank War: The Men, The Machines And The Long Road To Victory

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The 5th Royal Tank Regiment were on the front line throughout WW2 in Africa as part of the Desert Rats, before returning to Europe for the Normandy landings. Wherever they went, the notoriety of the ‘Filthy Fifth’ grew – they revelled in their reputation for fighting by their own rules.

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Event 420

Sarah Dunant in conversation with SJ Parris

Fictions – Blood And Beauty

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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The acclaimed novelist of the Italian Renaissance takes on the era’s most infamous family – the Borgias.

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