Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 48

Tan Twan Eng and Jachym Topol talk to Jo Glanville

Fictions – Ghosts

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The sublime Man Asian Prize-winner and Booker-shortlisted The Garden Of Evening Mists explores Japanese atrocity and beauty in Malaya in 1949. The blackly comic The Devil’s Workshop tells the story of how a town in Belarus commemorates its concentration camp past.

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Event 49

Susy Smith and guests

Country Living Magazine Women in Business Forum 1

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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What does it take to start a small rural business? Discover how to turn talent into turnover with advice from three successful entrepreneurs: Business Manager at Women in Rural Enterprise (WiRE) Fiona Davies, home textile designer Jan Constantine and Hay’s own Athene English of The Great English Outdoors.

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Event HF13

Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks

Wild Weather

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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 Wild ideas for things to do outdoors on wet, windy and snowy days, including painting with wet mud and making a fire in the rain.

 

Duration 60 mins.

7+ years

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Event HF12

Josh Lacey

The Dragonsitter

Venue: The Cube
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Josh Lacey packs a huge amount of fun and adventure into his stories, including the latest – The Dragonsitter Takes Off.

6+ years

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Event HF11

Simon Mayo

Venue: Digital Stage
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One of Britain’s best-loved BBC radio presenters returns with his second children’s book Itch Rocks. With elements as his gadgets, Itch has to use all his wits to escape unscrupulous enemies.


10+ years

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Event 50

Hugh Dennis talks to Marcus Brigstocke

Britty Britty Bang Bang

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The Now Show and Outnumbered star muses on a self-confident, pluralist Olympic Britain – a country where a major politician can dangle helplessly from a zip wire like a discarded straw dolly and gain in popularity, and whose Jubilee Queen can send herself up and then descend by parachute.

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Event 51

Nicholas Stern

The British Academy Lecture

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Six years on from his landmark Climate Change Report, Lord Stern thinks he underestimated the predictions of global temperature rise and that we may now be looking not at 2/3° but at 4/5°. On the up side, he sees potential for economic growth in green industries. Chaired by Nik Gowing.

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Event 52

Alice Rawsthorn

Hello World: Where Design Meets Life

Venue: Digital Stage
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The pre-eminent design critic explores the history of design’s influence on our lives – from the macabre symbol invented by C18th pirates and one woman’s quest for the best possible prosthetic legs to the evolution of the World Cup ball. Chaired by Suzy Klein.

 

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Event 53

Andrew Solomon talks to Rosie Boycott

Far From The Tree: A Dozen Kinds Of Love

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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An introduction to families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down’s syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, disability, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. While each of these characteristics is potentially isolating, Solomon documents repeated triumphs of human love and compassion to show that the shared experience of difference is what unites us.

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Andrew Solomon talks to Rosie Boycott

Event 54

Huw Bowen, Martin Johnes, Chris Evans, Madeleine Gray, Paul O’Leary, Helen Nicholson, Ceri Gould and Leighton Andrews

A Place In Welsh History

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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From castles to coastlines, pit heads to pubs, ruins to rugby clubs. Which is the most important place in Welsh history? Our historians make their pitches. You decide!

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Event 55

Colum McCann and Shani Boianjiu

Fictions – Beyond Borders

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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McCann’s masterpiece Transatlantic is a bravura weft of stories crossing between Ireland and the New World over 200 years. Boianjiu’s contemporary novel The People Of Forever Are Not Afraid conjures three Israeli girlfriends guarding physical and personal borders. Chaired by Ted Hodgkinson.

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Event HF14

Sophie McKenzie Talks Thrillers

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The author of the bestselling Missing trilogy and winner of the Red House Children’s Book Award for Hit Squad shares her top tips on thriller writing and tells us what’s coming next.

11+ years

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Event W36

Charlie Gilderdale

Thinking Mathematically

Venue: The Cube
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Exploring, questioning, working systematically, visualising, conjecturing, explaining, generalising, justifying, proving…all are at the heart of mathematical thinking. Come and take part in some stimulating activities designed to develop your capacity to work as a mathematician. Parents and teachers will enjoy this too!

9+ years

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Event 56

Caitlin Moran talks to India Knight

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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Talk-time with the author of the fabulous How To Be A Woman and the Moranthology collection, which are both politically brilliant and outrageously funny.

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Event 57

Oscar Guardiola Rivera, Joanna Bourke and Costas Douzinas

The Eric Hobsbawm Lecture: The Age Of Anxieties

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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In this first lecture honouring our late President, three legal scholars, historians and political thinkers discuss the nature of his legacy, and the writing of modern history.

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Event 58

Gavin Francis

Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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One man, fourteen months, the world’s loneliest continent, minus 50°C, and the magnificent Emperor Penguins for company through a summer of perpetual sunshine into winter months of darkness.

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Event 59

Mukesh Kapila talks to Philippe Sands

Against A Tide Of Evil

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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The former head of the UN in Sudan reveals the shocking depths of evil plumbed by those who designed and orchestrated ‘the final solution’ in Darfur – How One Man Became The Whistleblower To The First Mass Murder Of The Twenty-First Century.

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Event 60

Edney Silvestre and Lavanya Sankaran talk to Jo Glanville

Fictions – Hope

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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Silvestre’s If I Close My Eyes Now is a prize-winning mystery set in 1960s Brazil. Sankaran’s The Hope Factory, set in Bangalore, captures the vitality and danger of a newly industrialized city and how it shapes the dreams and aspirations of two very different families.

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Event 61

Chris Goodall

Sustainability: All That Matters

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Building a sustainable society is perhaps the greatest test that the world’s population has ever faced. Today we have borrowed from the future by grabbing prosperity now and imposing the cost on the next generation.

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Event HF15

The Etherington Brothers

Venue: Digital Stage
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The high-energy duo are back to share their comic book genius. Discover all the secrets you need to create your own adventures in words and pictures.

9+ years

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