Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 81

Simon Blackburn and Chris Blackhurst

Cambridge University Series 4: Do Nice Guys Finish Last – Or First?

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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Trust in British public life has now reached catastrophically low levels for parliament, the press, the banks, the police and the NHS. Just as the National Rifle Association in the USA claims that the solution to gun crime lies in more guns, our government preaches that the cure for decline in trust lies in less public service and more profit motive...

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Event 82

Peter Stothard talks to Francine Stock

Alexandria: The Last Nights Of Cleopatra

Venue: Digital Stage
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Stranded in Alexandria in 2010, the TLS editor explores his lifelong fascination with Cleopatra, amid the fracturing police state of Hosni Mubarak, before the uprising in Tahrir Square changed everything.

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Event 83

Santiago Gamboa and Kishwar Desai talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions – Secrets And Lies

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Gamboa’s Necropolis investigates the murder of an evangelical pastor at a literary conference in Jerusalem; Desai’s Sea Of Innocence investigates the disappearance of a British teenager on the paradise beaches of Goa.

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Event 448

Hay Castle Medieval Day 2

Venue: Hay Castle
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Medieval-themed games, gifts, songs and stories, nestled in the heart of Hay Castle. Step back into Hay’s medieval past with hands-on history, archery and good ales, presented by Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre.
  

Tickets also available on the gate

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Event HF17

Clara Vulliamy

Bubble & Squeak

Venue: The Cube
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Our wonderful festival illustrator Clara introduces two unlikely companions who find friendship and fun together.

Duration 45 mins.

4+ years 

See also event HF25

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Event HF16

Jonny Duddle

The King of Space

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The Pirates Next Door creator is back with a new bestseller in which Rex plots to be the King of Space. Luckily, when he goes too far with his dung-blasters, Mum is nearby…

5+ years

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Event W1

Kitchen Academy Workshop 1

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 HF18

Thinking Mathematically

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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Exploring, questioning, visualising, conjecturing, explaining, generalising, justifying…are all at the heart of mathematical thinking. Come and take part in some stimulating activities designed to develop your capacity to work as a mathematician, with Cambridge University’s Charlie Gilderdale.

9+ years

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Event 482

The Gatekeepers

Screening

Venue: Richard Booth's Bookshop Cinema, 44 Lion Street
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For the first time ever, in Dror Moreh’s Oscar-nominated documentary, six former heads of Israel’s domestic secret service agency, the Shin Bet, share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions.

Since the Six Day War in 1967, Israel has failed to transform its crushing military victory into a lasting peace. Throughout that entire period, these heads of the Shin Bet stood at the center of Israel's decision-making process in all matters pertaining to security. They worked closely with every Israeli prime minister, and their assessments and insights had – and continue to have – a profound impact on Israeli policy.

The Gatekeepers offers an exclusive account of the sum of their successes and failures. In the process it sheds light on the controversy surrounding the Occupation in the aftermath of the Six Day War.

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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 84

Mariella Frostrup and guests

Mariella’s Book Show At Hay – Filming 3

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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Mariella Frostrup interviews an exciting line-up of authors and special guests at the festival in this exclusive recording by Sky Arts.

Guests include Howard Jacobson, Sandi Toksvig and Colm Toibin



Watch Mariella’s Book Show on Sky Arts 1 HD 8pm 13 June

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Event 452

Hay Castle Tour 3

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 85

AC Grayling

The God Argument

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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What is the alternative to religion as a view of the world and foundation for morality?

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Event 86

Audrey Niffenegger talks to Sarah Crompton

Raven Girl

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The new dark fairytale by the author of The Time Traveler’s Wife is being produced as a Royal Ballet show by legendary choreographer Wayne McGregor. The work premièred on 24 May.

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Event 87

Maggie Shipstead talks to Allison Pearson

Fictions – Crimes And Misdemeanours

Venue: Digital Stage
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A conversation with the winner of the 2012 Dylan Thomas Prize for her elegant East Coast social satire Seating Arrangements – praised as a perfectly-realised world of exquisite comic savagery.

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Event 88

Anna Lewis and Chris Meredith

Poetry Reading

Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage
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A reading from two new collections. A Scritture Giovani fellow, Lewis introduces Other Harbours; Meredith reads from Air Histories, commissioned partly about the Black Mountains for the Woollen Lines project. Chaired by Simon Mundy.

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Event HF20

Andrew Hammond

Another Case For CRYPT

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The elite teenage agents who use their extra-sensory perception and high-tech gadgets to investigate unsolvable crimes are back in Traitor’s Revenge.

10+ years

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Event HF21

Jo Hodgkinson

My Friend Nigel

Venue: The Cube
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Billy’s best friend is a snail called Nigel, which has hilarious repercussions. From the award-winning creator of The Talent Show.

4+ years

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Event W2

Kitchen Academy Workshop 2

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 HF19

What is Contemporary Art? A Children’s Guide

Venue: Google’s Big Tent
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Jacky and Suzy Klein invite children and adults alike to question, explore and understand some of the most dynamic and exciting art of our times.

8+ years

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Event 89

Hans Blix talks to Jon Snow

The Joseph Rotblat Lecture 2013

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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This year’s lecture is given by the Swedish politician and diplomat. As Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency he led the Western inspection and response to the Chernobyl disaster. As head of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission he led the search for Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq between 2000 and 2003, finding none. Chaired by Jon Snow.

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