Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event HF31

Story Stew Kitchen

Venue: The Cube
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Cook up some super stories with writer Mary Evans in a wacky writing workshop. Using the Story Stew recipe, a platter of fun creativity exercises and lashings of imagination, we’ll create a whole menu of stories together.
6+ years
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Story Stew Kitchen

Event 529

Imagine...Philip Roth Unleashed

BBC One

Venue: BBC Tent
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A special screening of this BBC ONE Imagine documentary on the acclaimed American author Philip Roth as he turns 80, introduced by its series editor and presenter Alan Yentob. Not for broadcast.


Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18.


FREE BUT TICKETED

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Imagine...Philip Roth Unleashed

Event 117

Simon Schama

The Story of the Jews

Venue: The Tata Tent
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The historian presents his magisterial study of the Jewish people with previews of the themes, stories and arguments that inform the second and final volume of his epic When Words Fail including the persistence of anti-semitism, even after the Holocaust and, disturbingly with gathering force, into our own times.

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Simon Schama

Event 118

John Julius Norwich and Patricia Hodge

Darling Monster

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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Lady Diana Cooper was an aristocrat, Jazz Age society darling and actress of stage and screen. Sharing the letters she wrote to her only son, John Julius Norwich discusses the dazzling life his mother led as the original ‘It’ girl. He’s joined by the actress who played Lady Diana in the original 1970s TV drama, to bring to life some of the most moving and entertaining of the letters.

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John Julius Norwich and Patricia Hodge

Event 119

David Aaronovitch, Rachael Jolley, Leanne Green and Alan Maryon Davis

The Index on Censorship Magazine Platform

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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War and Propaganda

What happens to the truth in a time of war? What’s the first obligation for the media? How do you win a propaganda war? Who controls the images, the headlines and the poetry?

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David Aaronovitch, Rachael Jolley, Leanne Green and Alan Maryon Davis

Event 120

Julien Macdonald talks to Dylan Jones

The GQ Platform

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Made in Merthyr

The iconic and multi-award-winning Welsh fashion designer started at Chanel and Lagerfeld before succeeding Alexander McQueen at Givenchy and then establishing his own deeply glamorous label. He has created work for English National Ballet, British Airways and Macmillan Cancer as well as designing show costumes for many of the world’s greatest stars including Beyoncé, Kylie and Shakira.
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Julien Macdonald talks to Dylan Jones

Event 121

Holly Baxter

The Vagenda: A Zero Tolerance Guide to the Media

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The creator of the famous blog issues a brilliantly bolshy and raucously funny rallying call to girls and women of all ages: The Vagenda asks real women everywhere to demand a media that reflects who we actually are.

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Holly Baxter

Event HF32

Picture Book in Progress

With Seven Stories – The National Centre for Children’s Books

Venue: The Cube
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Join Alison Gwynn and Carey Fluker Hunt for an illustrated journey through the creative process involved in making a picture book. Take a look ‘behind the scenes’ to find out how illustrators develop their ideas, and explore materials from Seven Stories’ fantastic literary archive, including work by Edward Ardizzone, John Lawrence and Polly Dunbar. With special guest Yasmeen Ismail, the Waterstone’s Prize shortlisted illustrator of Time for Bed, Fred.

12+ years (YA)
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Picture Book in Progress

Event 122

Marcus du Sautoy and Victoria Gould

X and Y – First performance

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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In their new show Marcus du Sautoy and Victoria Gould use theatre, mathematics and humour to navigate the known and unknown reaches of the universe. The show is directed by Dermot Keaney and was developed in association with the Science Museum and the award-winning theatre company Complicité. Also see event 176

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Marcus du Sautoy and Victoria Gould

Event 123

Evan Harris, Joan Smith and Marcus Brigstocke vs Jo Glanville and Catherine Bennett

Press Regulation

Venue: Starlight Stage
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In the light of what we know from part 1 of the Leveson Inquiry and from the trial of Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, Hacked-Off campaigners debate the issue of how to regulate the press with the CEO of English PEN and the Observer columnist.

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Event 124

Susan Calman

Lady Like

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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A sneak preview of the new stand-up show from the Scottish comedian and News Quiz favourite. ‘She’ll make you chuckle your pants off.’ Time Out

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Event 125

Phyllida Law

Three Mothers (and a Camel)

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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The actress spins stories from her two tender and funny volumes of memoirs, Notes To My Mother-in-Law and How Many Camels Are There in Holland?, newly reissued with added material from her daughters Emma and Sophie Thompson.

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Event 126

Philippe Sands, Laurent Naouri (bass-baritone) and Guillaume de Chassy (piano)

The Great Crimes

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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Nuremberg, 1946. Hersch Lauterpacht and Rafael Lemkin, prosecuting ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘genocide’; Hans Frank, Hitler’s lawyer, the defendant. Three lives, connected to events in Poland, and music that offered solace and hope. A drama about the origins of modern justice, in images, and in words and music by Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Louis Aragon and Leonard Cohen.

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Event 127

Frank Skinner

Stand Up – Man in a Suit

Venue: The Tata Tent
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The new show from one of Britain’s sharpest comedians. ‘Provocative, remorseless, and very, very funny.’ The Times

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Frank Skinner

Event 128

Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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The legendary Malian kora player returns to Hay with his son Sidiki, celebrating the release of their new album Toumani & Sidiki. The concert is a dazzling dialogue – between father and son; past and future; power and restraint – conducted through the kora, the 21-string West African harp which the Diabaté dynasty has over centuries transformed into the most iconic of African instruments. Watch a preview here.

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Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté

Event 129

Lavinia Meijer

Metamorphosis

Venue: St Mary's Church
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The harpist transcribed and recorded some of Philip Glass’s music, and saw the result rise to the top of the Dutch rock charts. In a perfect complement to the Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté concert at 9.45pm, Meijer plays a meditative, candle-lit, acoustic concert. Watch a preview here.

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Lavinia Meijer

Event 551

Stephen Moss

The Dawn Chorus

Venue: Meet at Box Office
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Join the Tweet of the Day author for a birdsong walk around Hay.
 
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Stephen Moss

Event 130

Nina Stibbe and Gary Kemp

Despatches From Family Life

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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In 1982 Nina Stibbe, a 20-year-old from Leicester, moved to London to work as a nanny for a very particular family. It was a perfect match: Nina had no idea how to cook, look after children, or who the weirdos who called round were. And the family, busy discussing such arcane subjects as how to swear in German or the merits (or otherwise) of turkey mince, were delighted by her lack of skills. Love, Nina is the collection of letters she wrote home gloriously describing her ‘domestic’ life, the unpredictable house-guests and the cat everyone loved to hate. Nina talks to the Spandau Ballet star and actor Gary Kemp, author of I Know This Much.
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Event 131

Sigrid Rausing, Oliver Bullough and Nick Butler talk to Bronwen Maddox

Prospect Platform 1

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Ukraine: What Should The West Do?

150 years on, Crimea is again the centre of a geo-political crisis that threatens to destabilize East–West relations. How should the West react to Putin’s decisive intervention? Rausing works in the human rights field around the Caucasus, Butler is an energy expert, frontline journalist Bullough has newly returned from Ukraine. They talk to the editor of Prospect.

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Event 132

Julia Hobsbawm

Networking for Shy People

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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The founder of Editorial Intelligence and Professor of Networking at the Cass Business School conducts an open workshop to help develop this essential business skill. Her latest publication is Fully Connected – A Look Ahead to Working and Networking in 2020.

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