Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event W2

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 8

Helena Attlee

The Land Where Lemons Grow

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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The gardening historian and travel writer embarks on extraordinary journeys through Italy, exploring the curious past and present of citrus fruit, uncovering the origins of the Mafia among Sicily’s lemon groves and meeting Orthodox Jewish citron merchants in Calabria.

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Helena Attlee

Event 9

Jonathan Boff

Sleepwalking to War? Britain in 1914 and 1939

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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Did Britain stumble blindly into two world wars? The war historian compares preparations for both conflicts and argues that the lessons learned from the First were crucial to survival in the Second.

 

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Jonathan Boff

Event 10

Live Greener: The Difference Education Makes

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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An open workshop to challenge and engage. Hosted by the Welsh university achieving the greatest levels of student engagement and energy reduction as part of the NUS Wales Live Greener programme 2014. The winning university was Swansea University.

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Live Greener: The Difference Education Makes

Event 553

The Value of Culture Debate

With contributions from Jesse Norman MP, the BBC, Sadler's Wells and The Green Man Festival

Venue: BBC Tent
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Join national arts movement What Next? and leading figures from politics, media and the arts to discuss the role of culture in society. From the books we read to the music on the radio, from the games on our smartphones to the scripts of our favourite soaps, the arts impact our lives on a daily basis – but how much do we realise it, and what can we do to protect it? Audience participation vital! Not for broadcast.

FREE BUT TICKETED

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The Value of Culture Debate

Event 7

Michael Rosen

The Hay Library Lecture

Venue: The Tata Tent
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This year's lecture is given by the poet, children's writer and campaigner for literature, whose works include We're Going on a Bear Hunt and most recently Alphabetical - How Every Letter Tells a Story.

* Free to library card holders on the day.
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Michael Rosen

Event HF166

Malcolm Pein, Sarah Kett and Robert Chandler

Chess in Schools and Communities

Venue: The Scribblers Hut
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Join the Telegraph's Chess Correspondent and International Master Malcolm Pein and Chess trainer from Chess in Schools and Communities for a chess extravaganza especially for children who are either new to chess or have played before.

Sessions will include simultaneous exhibitions, Yes2Chess internet chess matches, and a giant outdoor chess set. 

6-15 years

duration 45 mins

Free but ticketed

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Malcolm Pein, Sarah Kett and Robert Chandler

Event 11

Alison Weir

Elizabeth of York

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The eldest daughter of Edward IV would have ruled England but for the fact that she was a woman. At seventeen she was relegated from pampered princess to bastard fugitive, but the probable murders of her brothers, the Princes in the Tower, left Elizabeth heiress to the royal House of York, and in 1486 Henry VII, first sovereign of the House of Tudor, married her, thus uniting the red and white roses of Lancaster and York. Chaired by Peter Florence.

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Alison Weir

Event 12

Philip Lymbery

Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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The chief executive of Compassion in World Farming uncovers the trend towards global mega-farming that he says is threatening our countryside, farms and food. The horsemeat scandal demonstrates that we no longer know for certain what is entering the food chain. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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Philip Lymbery

Event 13

David Pountney and Mona Siddiqui

How Do You Communicate the Divine?

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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On the eve of the opening night of Schoenberg’s masterpiece Moses und Aron in Cardiff, WNO Artistic Director David Pountney develops a discussion with the academic and broadcaster Mona Siddiqui about the opera’s central theme – the inadequacy of language when communicating the absolutely spiritual.

Part of the One World Many Faiths series of events on faith and culture presented by Welsh National Opera and the Maimonides Interfaith Foundation.

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David Pountney and Mona Siddiqui

Event HF167

Malcolm Pein, Sarah Kett and Robert Chandler

Chess in Schools and Communities

Venue: The Scribblers Hut
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Join the Telegraph's Chess Correspondent and International Master Malcolm Pein and Chess trainer from Chess in Schools and Communities for a chess extravaganza especially for children who are either new to chess or have played before.

Sessions will include simultaneous exhibitions, Yes2Chess internet chess matches, and a giant outdoor chess set. 

6-15 years

duration 45 mins

Free but ticketed

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Malcolm Pein, Sarah Kett and Robert Chandler

Event 14

Mary Berry

Recipe for Life

Venue: The Tata Tent
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The Great British Bake Off star introduces her delicious home-cooking recipe trove Mary Berry Cooks and discusses her autobiography Recipe for Life in conversation with Sarah Crompton.

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Mary Berry

Event 15

Johnny Vegas

Becoming Johnny Vegas

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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How did an eleven-year-old Catholic trainee priest from St Helens grow up to become the North West of England’s answer to Lenny Bruce? From Dickens adaptations to Benidorm and Ideal to the PG Tips ads, Vegas has become one of Britain’s best-loved comic actors.

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Johnny Vegas

Event 17

Toby Wilkinson

The Nile: A Journey Downriver Through Egypt’s Past and Present

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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The award-winning Egyptologist tells a story of ancient gods, pharaohs, emperors, adventurers, archaeologists and historians whose fates were all entwined with the river. Chaired by Paul Greatbatch.

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Toby Wilkinson

Event 18

Nick Dearden and Kathryn Llewellyn

International Development: The Case for, in a Time of Austerity

Venue: The Cube
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With an ever-tightening public purse, how do we prioritise international development aid? The Director of the World Development Movement and the new CEO of Concern Universal talk to Andy Fryers.

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Nick Dearden and Kathryn Llewellyn

Event 19

Brian May and Denis Pellerin

Diableries: 3D Stereoscopy

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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The astrophysicist, Queen guitarist and songwriter presents the astonishing results of his collaboration with Denis Pellerin and Paula Fleming with a sensational 3D screening of the C19th French visionary dioramas depicting life in a strange parallel universe called Enfer – Hell.

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Brian May and Denis Pellerin

Event 20

Antonio Carluccio

Pasta

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The Italian chef celebrates his love of the great kitchen staple, with an exquisite understanding of food history and culture. He offers recipes and tips for the simplest home supper and the most sophisticated feast. He talks to Helena Attlee.

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Antonio Carluccio

Event 21

Barbara Erskine

The Darkest Hour

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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The best-selling novelist launches her compelling thriller – an art historian investigates the secrets of her life that are entwined with a passionate Battle of Britain romance.

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Barbara Erskine

Event 22

Alan Watson

The Science of the Singing Voice

Venue: Starlight Stage
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How does the larynx produce sound? How does it control the pitch of the voice? And how are the throat and mouth manipulated to alter vocal register and quality? The wonders of the human voice – from the lost sound of the castrato voice and the ethereal tones of Mongolian throat singers to Bryn Terfel shaking the rafters of St David’s Hall. With sound recordings, video clips, animations and images. 

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Alan Watson

Event 23

Juan José Ibarretxe

How To Change a Country: An Exclusive Hay Masterclass by the Basque President

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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The Basque Country in the early 1980s was a nation beset by conflict, its economy in ruins. Three decades later and it’s a nation at peace and second only to Luxembourg in Europe’s prosperity stakes. And all this with an equality index on a par with Scandinavia. Come and hear how they did it from the man who led the country from the opening of the Guggenheim to the eve of ETA’s lasting ceasefire. What are the lessons for other countries? You may be surprised… Chaired by Adam Price.

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Juan José Ibarretxe

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