Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event W19

Creating a Band

Venue: The Scribblers Hut
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Working together – an improvised session creating a track with guitar, bass, drums and more.
12–17 years
Places Limited
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Creating a Band

Event 167

Steven Moffat talks to Alan Yentob

The Showrunner

Venue: The Tata Tent
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The screenwriter discusses his work. He is the co-creator with Mark Gatiss of Sherlock and the lead writer on Doctor Who. He’s been Executive Producer in the David Tennant and Matt Smith eras and wrote the fiftieth birthday episode The Day of the Doctor

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Event 168

Philip Hook

Breakfast at Sotheby’s: An A–Z of the Art World

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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When you stand in front of a work of art in a museum or exhibition, the first two questions you normally ask yourself are 1) do I like it? and 2) who’s it by? When you stand in front of a work of art in an auction room or dealer’s gallery, you ask these two questions followed by others: how much is it worth? how much will it be worth in five or ten years’ time? and what will people think of me if they see it hanging on my wall? A wry, intimate, and revealing exploration of how art acquires its financial value, from a senior director at Sotheby’s. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.

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Event 169

Mark Cocker talks to Rosie Boycott

Birds and People

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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There are 10,500 species of birds worldwide and wherever they occur people marvel at their glorious colours and their beautiful songs. Part natural history and part cultural study, Cocker’s study describes and maps the entire spectrum of our engagements with birds, drawing in themes of history, literature, art, cuisine, language, lore, politics and the environment.

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Event 170

Jacqueline Mitton

The John Maddox Lecture – From Dust to Life

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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The origin and evolution of our solar system is a tantalizing mystery that may one day provide answers to the question of human origins. The astronomer explains how the celestial objects that make up the solar system arose from common beginnings billions of years ago, and how scientists and philosophers have sought to unravel this mystery, piecing together the clues that enabled them to deduce the solar system’s layout, its age, and the most likely way it formed.

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Event 171

Tracey Thorn talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Bedsit Disco Queen

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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Everything But The Girl made nine albums and sold nine million records. One half of the band (with her husband Ben Watt), Thorn gives a wry look at the realities of a pop career. There are thrills and wonders to be experienced, yes, but also moments of doubt, mistakes, violent lifestyle changes from luxury to squalor and back again, sometimes within minutes. Also see event 67

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Event 556

Simon Schama, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Jennifer Clement, Andrés Neuman, Cristina Fuentes

Gabriel García Márquez, 1927–2014

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Celebrating the life and work of the Colombian writer, founder of the Foundation for New Journalism, author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Autumn of the Patriarch, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, News of a Kidnapping and Love in the Time of Cholera. He won the Nobel Prize in 1982 and was the Patron of Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias.

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Simon Schama, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Jennifer Clement, Andrés Neuman, Cristina Fuentes

Event HF46

Anne Cassidy, Keren David and Sally Nicholls

Secrets, Dreams and Stolen Lives

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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An unmissable line-up of award-winning YA talent, including Anne Cassidy whose new book Finding Jennifer Jones is the long-awaited sequel to the sensational Looking for JJ, Keren David, whose novel Salvage is receiving rave reviews, and Sally Nicholls, author of the award-winning bestseller Ways To Live Forever, whose new book Close Your Pretty Eyes, a dark psychological thriller, is out now. A lively conversation ranging across themes of identity, belonging, and social and personal responsibility in YA fiction.

12+ years (YA)
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Anne Cassidy, Keren David and Sally Nicholls

Event HF47

Oliver Jeffers, Rachel Bright and Chris Haughton

Art & Illustration

Venue: The Cube
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Chris Haughton, Oliver Jeffers and Rachel Bright make art. Rachel is a picture book maker and commercial illustrator – and our Hay Festival illustrator this year. Oliver is an award-winning picture book maker and painter who has recently collaborated on projects with TED and U2. Chris Haughton is a rising star in art and design. Join them for a fascinating conversation about their working lives. For all design, illustration and art fans.

12+ years (YA)

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Oliver Jeffers, Rachel Bright and Chris Haughton

Event 532

Free Thinking

BBC Radio 3

Venue: BBC Tent
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The ideas shaping our lives today – with leading artists and thinkers. Presenter Rana Mitter will be joined by guests including PJ O’Rourke and the Freakonomics authors Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner to discuss decision-making, the balance of power between baby boomers and the Y generation, and whether rationality is overrated. Broadcast Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10pm. This recording will be broadcast at 10pm on Wednesday 28 May.


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


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Free Thinking

Event 173

Ray Davies talks to Dylan Jones

Americana: The Kinks, the Road and the Perfect Riff

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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As lead singer and songwriter of The Kinks, the iconic rock legend inspired generations of musicians, from The Who and The Clash to The Ramones and Black Sabbath. Since The Kinks disbanded, he has embarked on a solo career and continues to tour and record.

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Ray Davies talks to Dylan Jones

Event 174

Peter Oborne talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Wounded Tiger: The History of Cricket in Pakistan

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Since the early days of the Raj, cricket has been entwined with national identity and Pakistan’s successes helped to define its status in the world. In recent years its cricketers have been a prey to problems which have threatened Pakistan’s very existence: fall out from the ‘war on terror’, sectarian violence, gangsterism and corruption, deep-seated crises in education, health and the environment, and a shortage of effective leaders. For twenty years, Pakistani cricket has been stained by the scandalous behaviour of the players involved in match-fixing.

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Event 175

Tim Butcher

The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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On a summer morning in Sarajevo a hundred years ago, a teenage assassin named Gavrilo Princip fired not just the opening shots of the First World War but the starting gun for modern history, when he killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Yet the events Princip triggered were so monumental that his own story has been largely overlooked, his role garbled and motivations misrepresented. Chaired by Liz Thomson.

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Event 176

Marcus du Sautoy and Victoria Gould

X and Y – Second 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 122

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Marcus du Sautoy and Victoria Gould

Event 177

Archie Miles

The British Oak

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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The British oak is the iconic tree of Britain and its people. The specialist tree writer and photographer explores the environmental, cultural and economic aspects of oak, and reveals remarkable images and anecdotes of our greatest trees past and present.

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Event HF48

Marcus and Julian Sedgwick

Dark Satanic Mills

Venue: The Cube
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Award-winning writer Marcus Sedgwick has joined forces with his brother Julian to produce a brilliant new graphic novel. Join them for a conversation about creative quarrels, coincidences, escapology and fearless female courier riders. Set in a near-future Britain, Dark Satanic Mills tracks a young woman’s journey from the flooded landmarks of London to the vast, scorched and abandoned hills of the North. Framed for a murder she did not commit, the innocent yet resourceful Christy has no other choice but to run for her life. Drawn by internationally renowned comics artists John Higgins and Marc Olivent.
12+ years (YA)
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Marcus and Julian Sedgwick

Event 178

Gruff Rhys in concert

American Interior

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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The Super Furry Animals founder plays his new album – drawn from his investigative concert tour of the American Interior, retracing the steps and looking for the grave of a relative called John Evans. Evans left Wales for Baltimore in 1792 and walked into the wilderness of the Allegheny Mountains in search of a lost tribe of Welsh-speaking Native Americans, believed to be the descendants of Prince Madog. ‘I took his cue and travelled through the Midwest playing gigs and writing songs. In St Louis I picked up Kliph Scurlock from The Flaming Lips, who joined me on drums.’ See a preview here Also see event 163

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Gruff Rhys in concert

Event 179

Greg Proops

The Smartest Man in the World

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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The comic from San Francisco, known here for his unpredictable improvisations on Whose Line Is It Anyway? brings his comedy proopcast to Hay for one night only. ‘Some of the boldest comedy on the podcasting frontier right now.’ Rolling Stone Magazine

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Greg Proops

Event 180

Rachel Trezise, Dan Tyte, Carly Holmes, Holly Müller, Sion Tomos Owen, Jemma L King, Tyler Keevil

Parthian Rarebit

Venue: The Cube
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Come and celebrate the 21st birthday of the dynamic Welsh indie publishing house with a gala reading party featuring its award-winning writers and hosted by Lewis Davies and Susie Wild.

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Event 181

Hugh Masekela

Venue: The Tata Tent
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Hugh Masekela has come to be known as a living legend in the decades since he first picked up a trumpet, and luckily for us he shows no sign of putting it down yet.
His voice has long spoken out in his country’s struggle for civil rights, while his soaring, joyful trumpet sound brims with warmth and bristles with elements of township jazz, hip-hop and funk. Universally considered one of the world’s all-time greatest horn players, he remains ‘a musician of phenomenal grace and power…still blessed with a voice that can strip the leaves from the trees.’ The Independent
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Hugh Masekela

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