Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event W24

Royal Shakespeare Company

Introducing Shakespeare’s Histories

Venue: The Scribblers Hut
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A practical, fun workshop for all the family. You’ll work together as actors do during RSC rehearsals but no previous experience or knowledge is required as you’ll be introduced to characters and themes from Shakespeare’s History plays on the day. This workshop is for all members of the family to join in with.

Most suitable for 7+ years


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Royal Shakespeare Company

Event W25

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 200

Sebastian Faulks

Birdsong

Venue: The Tata Tent
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The novelist revisits his classic Great War novel, first published in 1993. He describes the genesis, research and resonance of the book. Chaired by Stephanie Merritt.

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Sebastian Faulks

Event 201

Tom Holland

Herodotus: The Histories

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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The classicist introduces his translation of the first work of history, a work that tells us much of what we know about the ancient world. Herodotus was an endlessly curious man, and gathered information about the world around him from as many people and places as he could investigate. Whether it was the pyramids of Egypt, the cannabis habit of the Scythians, the flora and fauna of Arabia or the table dancing of the Athenian aristocracy, he was fascinated by them all. His accounts of the great battles of Marathon and Thermopylae, of Salamis and Plataea, retain to this day a matchless epic quality.

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Tom Holland

Event 202

John Lewis-Stempel

Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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What really goes on in the long grass? Lewis-Stempel offers a hymn to pastoral beauty with an intimate account of an English meadow’s life from January to December. He records the passage of the seasons from cowslips in spring to the hay-making of summer and grazing in autumn, and the lives of the animals that inhabit the grass and the soil beneath: the badger clan, the fox family, the rabbit warren, the skylark brood and the curlew pair.

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Event 203

John Griffiths, Rachel Trezise and Dai Smith

Culture and Poverty

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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What part do culture and the arts play in tackling poverty in Wales? Do tough times lead to greater artistic expression and increased participation in cultural activities? The Welsh Government’s Minister for Culture & Sport discusses what role government has in widening opportunities across Wales with the Chair of Arts Council Wales. The Minister is in conversation with Dai Smith, an historian, biographer, novelist and chair of the Arts Council of Wales and the award-winning novelist and playwright Rachel Trezise.

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Event 204

Future Dragons’ Playground

Venue: The Summer House
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204] 2.30pm, the summerhouse, Five organisations shortlisted for the Future Dragons’ Den will tell their stories, practise their pitches and share ideas on how they’d use the £10,000 grant if they won the Den. Also see events 209, 253, 258, 299, 303

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Event HF61

Chris Riddell and Paul Stewart

The Edge Chronicles: The Nameless One

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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Stewart and Riddell return to the world of The Edge Chronicles with the first in a brand new series of adventures starring Cade Quarter. Over three million copies have been sold, and this is a must-see event for fans of the series, including live drawing throughout.
9+ years

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Chris Riddell and Paul Stewart

Event HF63

Ed Vere

Max the Brave

Venue: The Cube
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The highly-acclaimed author and illustrator reads from his brand new book and demonstrates how to draw Max the Brave and some of his other favourite characters in this interactive drawing workshop.
3–7 years
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Ed Vere

Event HF62

Megan Rix and Damian Kelleher

True Stories of Animals in War

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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There are hundreds of stories about the bravery and loyalty of dogs in wartime. Rix and Kelleher discuss the inspiration for their books, A Soldier’s Friend and A Dog in No Man’s Land. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.
7+ years

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Megan Rix and Damian Kelleher

Event HF60

Michelle Paver

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Following the conclusion of her Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series, Michelle Paver is here to introduce you to The Burning Shadow, the second book in her thrilling new Gods and Warriors series. Set during the Bronze Age in the Mediterranean, it promises exciting adventures against the backdrop of a vividly-imagined prehistoric setting. Come and hear all about Michelle’s inspiration for the books and her extensive research, including diving with dolphins.
9+ years
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Michelle Paver

Event 494

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 205

William Dalrymple

The JLF Lecture

Venue: The Tata Tent
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Princes and Painters in Mughal Delhi, 1707–1857

This turbulent epoch when the Mughal Empire waned and the East India Company boomed witnessed a burst of artistic innovation and experimentation. Delhi’s artists became adept at improvising with a variety of techniques, creating traditional miniatures while continually experimenting with new European styles. Dalrymple shows the masterpieces created and tells their stories.

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William Dalrymple

Event 206

Anthony Giddens

Turbulent and Mighty Continent: What Future for Europe?

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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Reform in Europe for its 500 million citizens must go far beyond stabilising the euro, formidable and fraught though that task may be. Introducing an array of new ideas, Giddens suggests this is the time for a far-reaching rethink of the European project as a whole.

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Event 207

Hugh Johnson

Wine Writer

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The peerless connoisseur and wine writer, author of Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book and co-author of The World Atlas of Wine,savours his craft and tastes and introduces Royal Tokaji.

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Event 208

Jennifer Clement and Cristina Henríquez

The PEN International Fiction Platform

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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Jennifer Clement (former president of PEN Mexico) and Cristina Henríquez discuss their work.

‘The theme of Prayers for the Stolen is the wanton violence inflicted on women and the destruction of communities as a result of the drug trade in Mexico, but Clement’s eye for the revealing detail, the simple poetry of her language and the visceral authenticity of her characters turn that deadening reality into a compelling, tragically beautiful novel’ – Yann Martel. Henríquez tells the passionate and powerful love story of a Panamanian boy and Mexican girl living the brutal reality of the immigrant’s American dream.

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Jennifer Clement and Cristina Henríquez

Event 209

Future Dragons’ Den Final 1

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Five participants, four Dragons and three minutes to tell a story that will capture the Dragons’ hearts, minds and cheque books for a chance to win a grant of £10,000. See also events 204, 253, 258, 299, 303

FREE BUT TICKETED

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Event 210

Social Enterprise Series: Tony Brown

Opportunity Changes Everything

Venue: Landmarc Innovation Hub
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Taking up one simple opportunity can open up multiple doors and set up an exciting journey and amazing career path. How to grab every opportunity and also provide opportunities to others when you have the power to do so.

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Social Enterprise Series: Tony Brown

Event 535

In Tune

BBC Radio 3

Venue: BBC Tent
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News, views and an eclectic choice of live and recorded music – including Mercury Prize-nominated folk starSam Lee, comedian and author Ruby Wax, National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke, historian William Dalrymple, best-selling author of Birdsong Sebastian Faulks and an interview with pianist Alfred Brendel on music and poetry. Presented by Sean RaffertyBroadcast live, Mondays to Fridays 4.30pm–6.30pm.

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

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In Tune

Event HF65

Meg Rosoff

Venue: Starlight Stage
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How I Live Now was published in 2004 to huge critical acclaim and has been made into a major feature film, starring Saoirse Ronan. Since then, the novelist has produced a spectacular body of work for teenagers and adults, and won numerous awards. She will talk about her writing including her latest novel, the highly acclaimed Picture Me Gone.
12+ years (YA)

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Meg Rosoff

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