Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event W16

Electric Drumming

Venue: The Scribblers Hut
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Start your journey to become a world-class drum hero. The right rudiments for professional drumming. For beginners and the more experienced player.
12–17 years
Places Limited
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Electric Drumming

Event W17

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 154

Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

Think Like A Freak

Venue: The Tata Tent
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The Freakonomics books have come to stand for something: challenging conventional wisdom; using data rather than emotion to answer questions; and learning to think differently about how the world works. Now Levitt and Dubner have gathered up what they’ve learned and turned it into a readable and practical toolkit for thinking smarter, harder, and different – thinking, that is, like a Freak.

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Event 155

John Gurdon

Cambridge University Series 6: Cloning Stem Cells – A Modern Medicine Revolution

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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The Nobel Prize-winning developmental biologist was among the first to challenge the idea that a cell’s fate was irreversibly determined. His demonstration that the nuclei of differentiated cells could be ‘reprogrammed’ has ultimately led to successful cloning of mammals, and has provided the basis for much of modern stem cell research.

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John Gurdon

Event 156

David Owen

The Hidden Perspective: The Military Conversations, 1906–1914

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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Within weeks of taking office in December 1905, British Prime Minister Henry Campbell-Bannerman and his Foreign Minister Edward Grey agreed to allow the General Staff to enter into detailed talks with their French counterparts about sending an expeditionary force to France in the event of a German attack. Neither the Cabinet nor Parliament were informed…

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David Owen

Event 157

Geordie Greig talks to Hannah Rothschild

Breakfast With Lucian

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The newspaper editor was among a group of friends who regularly met Freud for breakfast over a ten-year period. He recalls Freud’s stories of death threats, escaping the Nazis, falling out with his brother Clement, hating his mother, escaping the Krays and painting the Queen. And he recounts how Freud spoke candidly about dancing with Garbo and painting Kate Moss naked. An intimate portrait of one of the great British artists.

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Event 158

Karl Ove Knausgård talks to Razia Iqbal

Fictions – Boyhood Island

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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The Norwegian writer’s six-volume autobiographical novel My Struggle is one of the great masterpieces of contemporary literature. He discusses volume 3, Boyhood Island. ‘It’s unbelievable. I need the next volume like crack. It’s completely blown my mind.’ – Zadie Smith. He is the winner of the 2014 Hay Festival Medal for Prose.

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Karl Ove Knausgård talks to Razia Iqbal

Event 159

Lauren Owen and Marcus Sedgwick

Fictions – Gothic

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Owen’s The Quick is a macabre gothic mystery set in Yorkshire and fin de siècle London. Sedgwick’s A Love Like Blood is a dark, compelling thriller about how a man’s life can change in a moment; about where the desire for truth – and for revenge – can lead; about love and fear and hatred. And it is also about the question of blood. They talk to Sameer Rahim.

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Event HF43

Dave Cousins

Writing, Comics and Charlie Merrick’s Misfits

Venue: The Cube
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Join award-winning author/illustrator Dave Cousins on his journey from failed astronaut and rock star to writer. Get some top tips for creating your own stories with words and pictures in a fun-packed event for all the family. Laugh, gasp, grab a pen!
9+ years         
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Dave Cousins

Event HF42

Korky Paul

Sir Scallywag and the Deadly Dragon Poo

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Fans of Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants will be delighted to hear that it is time for a brand new crazy adventure. Sir Scallywag and the Deadly Dragon Poo, from the inspired team of Giles Andreae and Korky Paul, is guaranteed high-octane fun.
5+ years
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Korky Paul

Event W18

Drums and Bass

Venue: The Scribblers Hut
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How to hold it all together and lock in with the beat. Places limited.

12–17 years

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Drums and Bass

Event 160

PJ O’Rourke talks to David Aaronovitch

The Annual Hamlin Lecture

Venue: The Tata Tent
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The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way (And It Wasn’t My Fault) (And I’ll Never Do It Again)

The American satirist rips up the generation that said with a straight face, ‘We are the world’. What’s so funny about peace, love and understanding? Ask the generation responsible for the fall of the Berlin Wall and their knickers. Those who put their faith in the Kyoto Accord and disco. Who dropped out of the capitalist system and popped back again in time to cause a global financial crisis.

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PJ O’Rourke talks to David Aaronovitch

Event 161

Ffion Hague, John Kampfner and Kenneth O Morgan

Lloyd George in 1914

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The author of The Pain and the Privilege: The Women in Lloyd George’s Life recounts Lloyd George’s turbulent time as Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1914, preparing Britain for war and discusses Britain's political, diplomatic and industrial reactions to the beginning of the Great War with the journalist John Kampfner and the historian Kenneth O Morgan, author of The Age of Lloyd George, The Oxford History of Britain, Rebirth of a Nation and the forthcoming Revolution to Devolution. Chaired by Guto Harri.

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Ffion Hague, John Kampfner and Kenneth O Morgan

Event 162

Paul Dolan

Happiness by Design

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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Most of us would like to be happier. Dolan defines this as experiencing more pleasure and/or purpose for longer. He describes how being happier means allocating attention more efficiently; towards those things that bring us pleasure and purpose and away from those that generate pain and pointlessness. Easier said than done, of course, and certainly easier said than thought about. But behavioural science tells us that most of what we do is not so much thought about; rather, it simply comes about. So by clever use of priming, defaults, commitments and social norms, you can become a whole lot happier without actually having to think very hard about it. You will be happier by design.

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Event 163

Gruff Rhys talks to Jon Gower

American Interior

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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The quixotic journey of John Evans, his search for a lost tribe and how, fuelled by fantasy and (possibly) booze, he accidentally annexed a third of North America. See also event 178.

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Event 164

Archie Brown talks to David Lammy

The Myth of the Strong Leader

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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The Emeritus Professor of Politics at Oxford introduces his masterly and authoritative survey of political leadership over the last hundred years – from Churchill and Hitler to Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair – and debunks the myth that it is only the strong, single-minded leader who makes a difference. Chaired by the Labour candidate for London Mayor.

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Event 165

Rhidian Brook talks to Peter Florence

The Aftermath

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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The novelist discusses his superbly controlled emotional thriller – a tale of passion, betrayal and conscience set in post-war Germany. Perfect for anyone who loved Atonement, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin or Anna Karenina.

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Event 166

Social Enterprise Series: Kyla da Cunha

Inspiring Girls (Morgan’s Journey)

Venue: Landmarc Innovation Hub
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An inspirational story of how a local Hereford girl aged 8 dared to dream big and make it onto the podium in Australia representing Team GB in rowing ten years later. It was a test of physical and mental strength.


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Social Enterprise Series: Kyla da Cunha

Event HF45

Adam Stower

Troll and the Oliver

Venue: The Cube
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Join Adam Stower as he shows us one story and tells us another in an hilarious case of mistaken identity which will delight young readers.
5+ years

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Adam Stower

Event HF44

Francesca Simon

The Lost Gods

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The Lost Gods takes up where The Sleeping Army left off, transporting us back to Francesca Simon’s brilliantly-imagined modern Norse England. Freya has been to Hel and back but the gods are looking for celebrity…
9+ years

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Francesca Simon

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