Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 133

Stephen Moss

Tweet of the Day

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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Imagine a jazz musician, improvising on a theme. Then imagine that he is able to play half a dozen instruments – not one after another, but almost simultaneously, switching effortlessly between instruments and musical styles with hardly a pause for breath. If you can countenance that, you are halfway towards appreciating the extraordinary song of the nightingale…

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Event 134

Diane Coyle

GDP: A Brief But Affectionate History

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Why did the size of the US economy increase by three percent on one day in mid-2013? Or Ghana’s balloon by 60 percent overnight in 2010? Why did the UK financial industry show its fastest expansion ever at the end of 2008 – just as the world’s financial system went into meltdown? The answers to all these questions lie in the way we define and measure national economies around the world: Gross Domestic Product.

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Event 135

Trevithel Court Farm

Venue: Meet at Box Office
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Agronomist Jonathon Harrington and vet Barney Sampson lead a walk through David and Catherine James’s cider orchards. See how the trees are managed and the apples harvested to make the cider. The fruit is purchased by Bulmers and Gaymers for their premium brands, some of which are available for tasting! The trees are fertilised by the bees, which produce delicious honey. Look inside the beehives, and learn how honey is made. We will also see crops of peas and wheat together with an impressive range of farm machinery. Also see events 182, 230, 276, 322

This is a visit to a real working farm and is suitable for anyone interested in learning more about food and farming. Families are welcome, children must be supervised at all times. Coaches will return to the festival site in time for events starting at 1pm.

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Event 473

Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones

In Spies We Trust

Venue: The Cube
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This History Of Western Intelligence reveals the full story of the Anglo-American intelligence relationship, ranging from the deceits of World War I to the mendacities of 9/11.

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Event 502

Hay Castle Tour 7

Venue: Hay Castle Main Hall
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Tour led by Mark Baker, author of Lost Houses of Wales.
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Hay Castle Tour 7

Event HF33

Story Stew Show

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Writer Mary Evans presents an interactive and downright daft creative writing show for primary school children and grown-ups. What are the ingredients for a great story? Is there a recipe we can follow to make our stories taste even better? Bring a big dollop of imagination along and find out the answers.
7+ years

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Story Stew Show

Event 476

Telegraph Editors

What The Paper Said 100 Years Ago

Venue: The Scribblers Hut
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A daily series hosted by senior Telegraph journalists discussing the day’s stories from exactly 100 years ago taken from the paper’s unique archive (republished each morning at telegraph.co.uk/ww1archive). In early summer 1914, the concerns of British readers were Home Rule for Ireland, the campaign of the Suffragettes, the exciting new worlds of motoring and aviation, the season’s new fashions and Jack Hobbs’s batting. The Great War was only weeks away – here, in fascinating detail, is the world the troops left behind.
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Event 491

The Prince's Drawing School

Venue: The Summer House
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Spend a morning drawing and change the way you see! Come to the Pop Up Studio and learn to draw with The Prince's Drawing School, the only art school dedicated to drawing from observation. Suitable for all ages and abilities. All equipment provided.
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The Prince's Drawing School

Event 136

Steve Jones

Did God Evolve?

Venue: The Tata Tent
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The author of The Serpent’s Promise, Almost Like A Whale, The Language of the Genes and In the Blood conducts an evolutionist’s exploration.

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Steve Jones

Event 137

Bronwen Maddox, Peter Kellner and guests

The European Elections: The Morning After

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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The Prospect editor and her panel of expert psephologists analyse election results across Europe. Britain votes on 22 May. The final results from around the continent will come in overnight on 25 May.

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Bronwen Maddox, Peter Kellner and guests

Event 138

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

Story of a Death Foretold

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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On 11 September 1973, President Salvador Allende of Chile, Latin America’s first democratically elected Marxist president, was deposed in a violent coup d’état. The Colombian historian explains why and how business leaders in Chile, extreme right-wing groups, high-ranking officers in the Chilean military and the US administration, and the CIA worked together to secure a prompt and dramatic end to his progressive social programme.

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Event 139

Pen Vogler

Dinner With Mr Darcy

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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Food is an important theme in Jane Austen’s novels: it is used as a commodity for showing off, as a way of showing kindliness among neighbours, as part of the dynamics of family life, and – of course – for comic effect. Dinner With Mr Darcy takes authentic recipes from the period, inspired by the food that features in Austen’s novels and letters, and adapts them for contemporary cooks.

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Event 140

Jemma King, Florian Kessler and Luca Giordano

Scritture Giovani 2014: Sarajevo

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Three international writers chosen with our festival partners in Italy and Germany have written stories on the theme of Sarajevo. They discuss their stories and the translations with Daniel Hahn of the British Centre for Literary Translation.

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Event 503

Hay Castle Tour 8

Venue: Hay Castle Main Hall
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Tour led by Mark Baker, author of Lost Houses of Wales.
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Hay Castle Tour 8

Event HF35

Gill Lewis and Julia Green

Animal Adventures

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Join Gill Lewis, bestselling author of Skyhawk and Moonbear, and novelist Julia Green as they talk about their new books, Scarlet Ibis and Seal Island. They share lots of interesting animal facts and stories about how animals bring people together in some very special places.
7+ years

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Gill Lewis and Julia Green

Event HF34

Korky Paul

Winnie’s Pirate Adventure

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Have some piratical fun with Winnie the Witch and her illustrator, the one and only Korky Paul. Join him for an energy-filled event of quick sketching, storybook adventure and plenty of audience participation.

5+ years

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Korky Paul

Event W57

Learn To Draw

Venue: The Mess Tent
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Come and join illustrator Alexia Tucker to draw your own fluffy Penguito figure and design him a new hat on a canvas to take home.

4+ years
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Event HF36

Philip Ardagh

The Grunts

Venue: The Cube
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Join giant and author Philip Ardagh…and his beard…and The Grunts. The latest adventure sees The Grunts All At Sea and on a mission to transport a Person of Great Importance (POGI) somewhere… Will the Grunts deliver their POGI? Will Mr Grunt get the silver coins he’s been promised? Will an audience member faint at the wonder of Philip’s beard?! There’s only one way to find out…
7+ years

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Philip Ardagh

Event W14

Traditional Stool-making Workshop

Venue: Traditional Building Skills Cruck
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An opportunity to try your hand at traditional craft skills with a three-hour workshop in which you will develop hand woodworking skills with an expert craftsperson. During the workshop you will mark out, construct and assemble a rustic oak stool to take home with you at the end of the session; all without the use of modern power tools or measuring devices. The design is marked out using the same principles of daisy wheel geometry used to build the great medieval cathedrals and the Tithe Barn at Cressing Temple.
Suitable for all abilities and ages, 12+ years
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Traditional Stool-making Workshop

Event 530

Lights Down, Listen

BBC Radio 4

Venue: BBC Tent
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A listening session and discussion based around the follow-up to Black Roses. Porcelain is a drama documentary written by Ian Kershaw about the trial following the 2007 fatal attack of Sophie Lancaster for her Goth style dressing in Bacup, Lancashire. Sophie’s mother, Sylvia Lancaster, will be joining the discussion panel. Not for broadcast.


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

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Lights Down, Listen

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