Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 62

Carl Bernstein, Jaime Abello, William Sieghart and Perihan Magden chaired by John Kampfner

The Google Debates 1: The Future Of The Free Press

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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With Leveson on hold in the UK, what does press regulation look like in the rest of the world? Abello is Director of Gabriel García Márquez’s Latin American Journalism Foundation, Sieghart is the Chair of Forward Thinking, and Magden is a columnist for the newspaper Taraf who was tried and acquitted of ‘threatening Turkey’s unity or the integrity of the state.’

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Event 63

Mark Haddon

The Missing Square

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Mark will probably but not necessarily be talking about some or all of these things: giant tortoises, nuclear war, bats, glaciers, Benjamin Britten and the naming of craters on the moon.

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Event 64

John Browne

Seven Elements

Venue: Digital Stage
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The former BP chief examines the current and future use of the Earth’s natural resources in his fascinating survey, Seven Elements That Have Changed The World: Iron, Carbon, Gold, Silver, Uranium, Titanium, Silicon. Chaired by The Telegraph’s business editor Kamal Ahmed.

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Event 65

Trevor Robbins, Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, Paul Howard-Jones and Barbara Sahakian

The Royal Society Platform 1: Learning And The Brain

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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How could what we know about the brain influence how we learn and teach? What are the challenges and opportunities?

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Event 66

Tony Brown: The Gwyn Jones Lecture

RS Thomas Centenary Series: The Uncollected Poems Of RS Thomas

Venue: Starlight Stage
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To celebrate the centenary of the great poet’s birth, the editor talks about the work involved in bringing together a selection of his uncollected work – often elusively published in obscure magazines, journals, newspapers and limited editions. This substantial volume spans the whole of RS Thomas’s career, from an early sonnet to his first wife and several Iago Prytherch poems to the powerful metaphysical meditations of his later years.

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Event 67

Carwyn Jones

The Sustainability Bill

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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The Welsh Government’s First Minister discusses how the groundbreaking Sustainability Bill, due to be ratified later this year, will affect both the public and private sectors in Wales. How will the high-level policies filter down to the day-to-day activities such as procurement and infrastructure? He talks to The Telegraph’s Environment Editor, Geoffrey Lean.

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Event 68

Sandi Toksvig

My Valentine

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The new show of stand-up, stories and fascinating facts from the Hay sweetheart and international treasure.

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Event 69

Jon Ronson

Lost At Sea

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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In his latest curious adventures into human eccentricity the humorist investigator goes on patrol with America’s real-life superheroes, nerds a UFO convention in the Nevada Desert with Robbie Williams, and asks a robot whether it has a soul. 

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Event 70

Cornelia Parker talks to Jacky Klein

Matter

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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A conversation with the artist whose sculpture and installation touches on the fragility of human experience and is rich with visual and literary allusions. Projects which have included blowing up a shed, steamrolling musical instruments and sending meteorites back into space have captured the public imagination since she first came to prominence in the 1990s.

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Event 71

Phill Jupitus

You’re Probably Wondering Why I’ve Asked You Here

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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U-boat captain, Welsh pornstar, Dutch roadie or noted broadcaster and comedian? Like Camberwick Green, you’re never sure who’s coming out of the box. Adult content delivered childishly.

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Event 72

Tony Campbell

Cardiff University Series 2: A Life That Sparkles

Venue: Starlight Stage
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A stunning illustrated talk about how bioluminescence has revolutionised biomedical research and clinical diagnosis. It has led to major discoveries about the biggest ecosystem on the planet, and how cells switch on and off in health and disease. Quite surprisingly, it has also created several billion dollar markets – the pharmacy prof reveals all.

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Event 73

Faction Theatre Presents

Are You Surprised My Blood Is The Same Colour As Yours?

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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A preacher. A politician. A man. A place where to be who you are is a matter of life and death. Taking its title from graffiti on a wall in Kampala, this provocative play written by Patrick Jones and directed by Chris Durnall explores the life and untimely death of gay rights activist David Kato in the context of a Uganda that slowly slipped into homophobia and human rights abuses.

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Event 74

KT Tunstall

Invisible Empire/Crescent Moon

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The singer and songwriter celebrates the launch of her new, fourth album with her first solo gig in Hay. Invisible Empire/Crescent Moon represents a return to the delicate simplicity of the singer’s early work and an evolution of her sound, with its country-folk tinged undercurrents. Travelling to Tucson, Arizona, to record her new album with alt-country leading light Howe Gelb (aka Giant Sand), KT describes the stunning album as ‘full of songs from the heart’.

Since scoring a worldwide hit with her debut album Eye To The Telescope in 2005, which went on to sell more than 4 million copies worldwide and over 1.8 million in the UK alone (and 1 million plus in the US), KT Tunstall has remained at the forefront of UK singer-songwriter talent. Two critically acclaimed albums, Drastic Fantastic and Tiger Suit, followed in 2007 and 2010 respectively, keeping the platinum sales rolling and cementing the Scottish songstress’ reputation as a major recording talent, as well as a mesmerizing live artist. 




See more at http://www.kttunstall.com/
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KT Tunstall

Event 75

Ed Byrne

Stand-up

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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It’ll have been a heavy day. You’ll need laughter and delight and wry, charming brilliance. And this is your man. 

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Event 76

Stuart Prebble talks to Tam Dalyell

Secrets Of The Conqueror: The Untold Story Of Britain’s Most Famous Submarine

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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As a young TV producer Prebble scooped the story of how HMS Conqueror came to sink the Belgrano. He has waited thirty years to reveal what else he discovered about the sub’s secret activities.

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Event 77

Jonathan Coe and Catherine O’Flynn

The Penguin Readers VIP Breakfast Club – PREVIEW

Venue: Digital Stage
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Come and meet two star novelists reading from their new novels Expo 58 and Mr Lynch’s Holiday months before they are published. Hear about them before the reviewers do!

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Event 78

William Sieghart talks to Rosie Boycott

The Poetry Pharmacy

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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The poetry champion, force behind National Poetry Day and founder of the Forward Prize introduces his prescription poems clinic – connecting festival-goers with poems to heal and sustain them.

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Event 467

On The Black Hill

Hay Walking Festival Walks

Venue: MEET AT THE BULL’S HEAD, CRASWALL
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A wonderful walk up the Black Hill, taking a stretch of the Offa’s Dyke path, returning to Craswall via fields and woods.

8 miles. Can be muddy. One steep ascent. Walking boots essential.

To book, visit haywalking.org/hayfestival or call 01544 327 121.

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On The Black Hill

Event 79

Jenny Abramsky, Joan Bakewell, Katy Brand and Allison Pearson talk to Sarah Crompton

The Telegraph Question Time

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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Join the Telegraph panel of experts to debate politics, culture, national identity and the roles that women (and men) play. Our all-star team is ready to tackle your questions about the burning issues of the day.

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Event 80

Austen Bicentenary Series 1

Charlotte Brewer: Extraordinary Jane

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Walter Scott praised Austen for her ordinariness. But according to the OED she was a linguistic innovator, the earliest printed source for nearly 300 words and senses, including ‘of the moment’ and ‘nice-looking’. What does this tell us about Austen – and the OED?

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