Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 225

Nick Mansfield

Buildings of the Labour Movement

Venue: The Cube
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This fascinating survey ranges from the communal buildings of the early nineteenth-century political radicals, Owenites and Chartists, through Arts and Crafts influenced socialist structures of the late Victorian and Edwardian periods to the grand union ‘castles’ of the mid-twentieth century.

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Event 226

Damian Walford Davies, Mererid Hopwood and Paul White

The Poets’ Graves / Beddau yr Beirdd

Venue: Starlight Stage
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A multi-media performance presenting a striking record of Welsh gravestones coupled with prose and poetry responses by two prominent writers from Wales, Hopwood and Walford Davies, and photographed by White.

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Event 227

David Boyle

Broke: How to Survive the Middle-Class Crisis

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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For the first time ever, today’s middle classes will struggle to enjoy the same privileges of security and comfort that their grandparents did. Sidelined by the mega-rich, the middle classes really are under severe threat. How did this situation come about? To survive, they will have to carve a new niche for themselves.

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Event 228

Ruby Wax

Sane New World

Venue: The Tata Tent
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This show is based on her critically-acclaimed book, which helps us understand why we sabotage our sanity with our own thinking. Sane New World shows us how to rewire our thinking to find calm in a frenetic world and how to become the master, not the slave, of our own minds. This show is your passport to saner living. She might not be sane herself but she does a pretty good imitation.

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Ruby Wax

Event 229

North Herefordshire Archive Film Group & The Rural Media Company

Five Years in the Fifties

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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Frank Dale bought a 16mm cine camera in 1953 and for the next five years filled 111 reels with film stretching 11 miles. He looked closely at all aspects of his everyday life in North Herefordshire – the horses, country shows, farming, ploughing matches, carnivals and civic events – to create one of the finest film archive collections of the period. This is a short film of the best of this unique collection, enhanced by specially-composed music to be performed live. Followed by a Q&A about the archive and film.

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North Herefordshire Archive Film Group & The Rural Media Company

Event 536

Midweek

BBC Radio 4

Venue: BBC Tent
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Lively and diverse conversation, presented by Libby Purves.   Guests include Roy Strong, horse trainer, Venetia Williams and Polly Bolton.

Broadcast live, 9am–9.45am, and repeated the same evening at 9.30pm–10

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

FREE BUT TICKETED

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Midweek

Event 230

Llwynberried Farm

Venue: Meet at Box Office
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Agronomist Jonathon Harrington and vet Barney Sampson lead a visit to John and Helen Price’s farm, which specialises in producing top quality beef from their single suckler herd. See how a family farm copes with the real life challenges of modern agriculture. Llwynberried also produces all its own fodder and feed crops and supplies both local and national retailers. Crops include wheat, barley, oilseed rape and forage maize. A short walk to see the herd grazing will take place if the weather permits. Beef from the farm will be served in bread rolls at the end of the visit. Also see events 135, 182, 276, 322

This is a visit to a real working farm and is suitable for anyone interested in learning more about food and farming. Families are welcome, children must be accompanied at all times. Coaches will return to the festival site in time for events starting at 1pm.

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Event 506

Hay Castle Tour 11

Venue: Hay Castle Main Hall
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Tour led by Edward Holland, Senior Projects Advisor for the Prince’s Regeneration Trust.

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Hay Castle Tour 11

Event 478

Telegraph Editors

What The Paper Said 100 Years Ago

Venue: The Scribblers Hut
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A daily series hosted by senior Telegraph journalists discussing the day’s stories from exactly 100 years ago taken from the paper’s unique archive (republished each morning at telegraph.co.uk/ww1archive). In early summer 1914, the concerns of British readers were Home Rule for Ireland, the campaign of the Suffragettes, the exciting new worlds of motoring and aviation, the season’s new fashions and Jack Hobbs’s batting. The Great War was only weeks away – here, in fascinating detail, is the world the troops left behind.
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Event 231

John Lewis-Stempel

The War Behind the Wire: The Life, Death and Glory of British Prisoners of War, 1914–18

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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In the camps the war was eternal. There was the war against the German military, fought with everything from taunting humour to outright sabotage. British POWs also fought a valiant war against the conditions in which they were mired. They battled starvation, disease, Prussian cruelties, boredom, and their own inner demons. And, of course, they escaped.

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Event 232

John Harvey talks to Marcel Berlins

Darkness, Darkness

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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We are thrilled to launch the final DI Charlie Resnick novel, by the Cartier Diamond Dagger-winning crime novelist, which brings Harvey’s hero face to face with his past in the miners’ strike of thirty years ago.

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Event 233

Ken Thompson

Where Do Camels Belong?

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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Where do camels belong? ‘In the Arab world’ may seem the obvious answer, but they are relative newcomers there. They evolved in North America, retain their greatest diversity in South America, and the only remaining wild dromedaries are in Australia. Thompson examines The Story and Science of Invasive Species.

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Ken Thompson

Event 234

Jo Bell, Libby Purves and Geraint Coles talk to Mark Skipworth

The Book that Saved the Canals

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Seventy years ago Tom Rolt published the book Narrowboat and sparked one of Britain’s greatest conservation movements and rescued the nation’s canals from destruction. The Daily Telegraph’sMark Skipworth discusses with journalist Libby Purves, poet Jo Bell and industrial archaeologist Geraint Coles.

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Event 495

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 507

Hay Castle Tour 12

Venue: Hay Castle Main Hall
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Tour led by Edward Holland, Senior Projects Advisor for the Prince’s Regeneration Trust.

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Hay Castle Tour 12

Event HF74

Anneliese Emmans Dean

Buzzing!

Venue: The Cube
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Discover the poetry in garden mini-beasts with the poet and performer whose acclaimed book Buzzing! was written for all young nature lovers. Buzzing! was shortlisted for the 2013 Royal Society of Young People’s book prize and endorsed by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

6+ years

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Anneliese Emmans Dean

Event HF72

Daniel Morden

Tales From Troy

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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We all know how the Trojan War ended. But how did it begin? Award-winning storyteller and author Daniel Morden tells timeless tales from long ago, featuring such legendary characters as Helen, Paris and Achilles…
8+ years

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Daniel Morden

Event HF156

Jasper Fforde

The Last Dragonslayer

Venue: Starlight Stage
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One of the UK’s most imaginative and entertaining authors creates hilarious, often absurd but always compelling adventures within bizarre and zany worlds. Find out all about The Eye of Zoltar, the third novel in his hugely popular Last Dragonslayer series, packed with Jasper’s trademark magic and invention. 

11+ years

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Jasper Fforde

Event W58

Learn To Draw

Venue: The Mess Tent
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Come and join illustrator Alexia Tucker to draw your own fluffy Penguito figure and design him a new hat on a canvas to take home.

4+ years
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Event W28

Muddy Writing Trail For Families

Venue: Meet at St Marys Church
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Bring your wellies and join us for a Muddy Writing Trail along the River Wye. We will be learning to look carefully and notice as we enjoy nature. We will collect words and objects, learn about the River Wye and write and perform a group poem. Younger children will create a Wild Wye Web collage.

4–12 years

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Muddy Writing Trail For Families

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