Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event HF66

Moshi Monsters

Venue: The Cube
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Join in the new Moshi Monsters quiz and meet a Moshi Monster. Challenge your powers of perception with The All-New Moshlings Collector’s Guide – packed with more than 70 brand-new Moshlings and bursting with facts. There’ll be lots of prizes, so come prepared to tell your best monster jokes.
5–11 years
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Moshi Monsters

Event HF64

Tove Jansson Centenary

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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Tove Jansson’s niece Sophia Jansson and Moomin superfan Philip Ardagh join Julia Eccleshare for a celebratory event on Tove’s centenary exploring the lasting appeal of the Moomins.
11+ years
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Tove Jansson Centenary

Event W26

Royal Shakespeare Company

Romeo and Juliet for GCSE

Venue: The Scribblers Hut
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Participants will work in practical ways as actors and directors to build their confidence and enjoyment and gain a deeper understanding of the play Romeo and Juliet. Using tried and tested RSC methods this workshop will help develop knowledge and understanding of characters, plot, language and themes in some key scenes studied at Key Stage 4. 

15+ years 

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Royal Shakespeare Company

Event 211

Toni Morrison talks to Peter Florence

Fictions – Beloved

Venue: The Tata Tent
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The novelist discusses her classic 1987 novel of slavery and racism in America. Also see events 235 and 260

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Event 212

Marcus Brigstocke talks to Andrew Simms

Changing the System: Crossing Planetary Boundaries

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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The comedian and broadcaster, who has witnessed the impact of climate change in the Arctic, is joined by Simms, author and campaigner with Global Witness, to discuss how close we are to crossing planetary environmental thresholds, how we got into this mess and what we need to do to get out of it.

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Event 213

Roy Strong and Clive Boursnell

Remaking a Garden: The Laskett Transformed

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The great formal garden at The Laskett was made by Strong and his late wife, the designer Julia Trevelyan Oman. Since her death, he has remade the garden completely, a process recorded over many years by the photographer Clive Boursnell.

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Event 214

Peter James talks to Marcel Berlins

Roy Grace is 10

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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We celebrate ten years of Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, the hero of Peter James’ mega-selling crime thriller novels, and launch his latest adventure Want You Dead.

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Event 215

Justin Gregg

Are Dolphins Really Smart?

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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A clear-headed look at the mammal behind the myth. How intelligent are dolphins in comparison with crows, apes or chickens? Is their communication system really as complex as human language? And are they as friendly and peaceful as they are made out to be?

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Event 216

Tishani Doshi and Fflur Dafydd

The Women in the Mabinogion

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Two contributors to the magnificent Seren Press project of commissioning contemporary writers to reimagine the tales of The Mabinogion talk about the women of the stories. Doshi’s book in the series is Fountainville and Dafydd’s The White Trail.

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Tishani Doshi and Fflur Dafydd

Event HF69

Jackie Morris

Illustration Master Class

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Find out about the techniques and materials that Jackie Morris uses to create her beautiful books, including the stunningly beautiful Song of the Golden Hare, in this illustration master class for adults and children.
12+ years (YA)

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Jackie Morris

Event HF68

Marcus Sedgwick

Venue: The Cube
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Marcus Sedgwick has won or been nominated for over thirty awards, including the prestigious Carnegie Medal (four times), the Edgar Allan Poe Award (twice) and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize (four times). He recently won the prestigious Printz Award for Midwinterblood. He joins Daniel Hahn for a conversation about his work, in particular his latest novel, the highly acclaimed She Is Not Invisible.

12+ years (YA)
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Marcus Sedgwick

Event 217

Alfred Brendel

A Pianist’s A–Z: A Piano Lover’s Reader

Venue: The Tata Tent
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The legendary musician shares the insights and experience of his sixty-year career with Clemency Burton-Hill. ‘This book distils what, at my advanced age, I feel able to say about music, musicians, and matters of my pianistic profession.’

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Event 218

Marcus Brigstocke and Libby Purves

Powering The Country: Marcus and Libby Try To Keep The Lights On

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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What would you do if you had to power the UK? Marcus Brigstocke and Libby Purves get to grips with how to generate enough energy to keep the lights on and power their appliances. Dependency on overseas supplies, volatile fossil fuel prices and the need for a low-carbon economy makes this one of the biggest challenges facing the country. Richard Smith of National Grid and David MacKay of the DECC are our expert advisors. Chaired by Mark Lynas and using the 2050 calculator.

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Marcus Brigstocke and Libby Purves

Event 219

Katherine Quarmby and Damian Le Bas

Challenging Romaphobia

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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The award-winning non-fiction writer Quarmby introduces her book No Place to Call Home – Inside the Real Lives of Gypsies & Travellers. Le Bas is editor of the national magazine and website for Gypsies, Roma and Travellers, Travellers’ Times, and author of All Change: Romani Studies through Romani Eyes. They talk to Guto Harri.

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Katherine Quarmby and Damian Le Bas

Event 220

Tim Pears and Sadie Jones talk to Stephanie Merritt

Fictions – Damage

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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Pears’ In The Light of Morning is a war story and a love story. Three British soldiers are parachuted into Slovenia in 1944 and are hunted through the mountains with a rag-tag group of partisans. Jones’ Fallout sees the balance of relationships between three theatre friends in London disturbed by the arrival of a fragile young actress.

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Tim Pears and Sadie Jones talk to Stephanie Merritt

Event 221

Martin Parr talks to Dylan Jones

The Non-Conformist

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Martin Parr is a key figure in the world of photography, recognised as a brilliant satirist of contemporary life. He’s recently published two photographic books that span his long career, Martin Parr and The Non-Conformists, which includes his portrayal of the community of Hebden Bridge.

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Event 222

Louise Welsh and Sophie Hannah talk to Marcel Berlins

Fictions – Crimes

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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A pandemic called ‘The Sweats’ is sweeping the globe. London is a city in crisis. Hospitals begin to fill with the dead and dying, but Stevie Flint is convinced that the sudden death of her boyfriend Dr Simon Sharkey was not from natural causes. Welsh introduces A Lovely Way To Burn, the first outbreak in her Plague Times trilogy. Hannah reveals The Telling Error, the latest in her Culver Valley Crime series of novels.

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Event HF70

Paranormal Activity

Venue: The Cube
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CJ Daugherty, author of the bestselling Night School series, and Ruth Warburton, author of the acclaimed Witch Finder, are joined by newcomer Sally Green, author of sensational debut Half Bad, for an unmissable talk on the subject of witchcraft, the paranormal and achieving the extraordinary without special powers.

12+ years (YA)

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Paranormal Activity

Event 223

The Friends Charity Gala Quiz Night

Venue: Relish Festival Restaurant
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Please come and join us for a light supper and some lighter competitive quizzing with rounds on vice and virtue, passion and progress. Bring your own team of four, or come and scratch together with new friends. There are sumptuous prizes, scrummy food and the (really not so fiendish) questions set by Peter Florence.

* Price includes 2 courses. Pay bar. All profits to fund our Schools Programme.
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Event 224

Rachel Sermanni and Sam Lee

Double Bill Folk Night

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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Rising folk star Rachel Sermanni is a Scottish singer-songwriter whose beautiful, fluent sound is a perfect match for eloquent lyrics and a captivating stage presence. Her four-track EP Everything Changes was released in January. See a preview here.

Award-winning folk singer and song-collector Sam Lee brings his unique acoustic sound to Hay. His debut album Ground Of Its Own was nominated for the 2012 Mercury Prize and won Roots Album of the Year in the same year. Widely recognised as pioneering, Lee’s work redefines contemporary folksong using homemade and mongrelised instrumentation with unconventional and contemporary arrangements that challenge perceptions of what ‘traditional folk’ should sound like.
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Rachel Sermanni and Sam Lee

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