Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event HF71

Robert Winston

Utterly Amazing Science

Venue: The Tata Tent
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The professor unravels the mysteries of science and explains exactly what makes the world go round. From rocket launches to erupting volcanoes, with fun facts and mind-blowing information, Utterly Amazing Science will capture the imagination of children (and grown-ups) of all ages.
8+ years

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Robert Winston

Event W27

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 W29

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 W30

RSPB Kids Wildlife Photography Workshop

Venue: The Mess Tent
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Young wildlife photographer in the making? Take the RSPB photography challenge, discover what lives in the Hay Festival garden and get creative! Learn new skills and discover nature with Photography Jnr and RSPB Cymru. 
4–12 years

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RSPB Kids Wildlife Photography Workshop

Event 235

Toni Morrison talks to Jerry Brotton

Shakespeare 450 – Desdemona

Venue: The Tata Tent
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The novelist talks about her play written in response to Shakespeare’s Othello. Her workis an intimate dialogue of words and music between Desdemona and her African nurse Barbary. Morrison gives voice and depth to the female characters, letting them speak and sing in the fullness of their hearts.

Other events in the Shakespeare 450 series - 34, 55 and 446.

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Event 236

Robin Hesketh

Cambridge University Series 8

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Demystifying Cancer

The biochemist explains how the behaviour of cells is controlled and what goes wrong when they begin to proliferate in an abnormal manner – the basic cause of cancers. He then enters an amazing new world, revealed by astonishing technical advances that are revolutionising how we think about and treat cancers. Advances and alternatives that suggest a cautious optimism for the future of mankind’s battle against these fascinating diseases. His Betrayed by Nature and The Secret of Life are published this year.

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Event 237

Franny Armstrong, Liz Crow and Jasvinder Sanghera talk to Rosie Boycott

Here We Stand

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Contributors to Honno’s new anthology about women campaigners discuss how they became politicised, and how they were personally changed by the process of changing the world. Armstrong is director of the climate change blockbuster Age of Stupid, and is now working on a TV drama series based on the true story of the police spies who infiltrated British activist groups and the women who unwittingly had relationships and even children with them. Crow is a disability rights activist and performance artist. Sanghera has won many awards and accolades for her work against honour-based abuse and forced marriage.

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Event 238

Miranda Seymour

Noble Endeavours: The Life of Two Countries, England and Germany, in Many Stories

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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In 1613 a beautiful Stuart princess married a handsome young German prince. This was a love match, but it was also an alliance that aimed to weld together Europe’s two great Protestant powers. Before Elizabeth and Frederick left London for the court in Heidelberg, they watched a performance of The Winter’s Tale. In 1943, a group of British POWs gave a performance of that same play to a group of enthusiastic Nazi guards in Bavaria. When the amateur actors suggested doing a version of The Merchant of Venice that showed Shylock as the hero, the guards brought in the costumes and helped create the sets. Nothing about the story of England and Germany is as simple as we might expect. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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Miranda Seymour

Event 239

Sabrina Mahfouz, Owen Sheers, Marcus Brigstocke, David Buckland and Mark Shorrock

Art in the Environment

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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Art is not always just for art’s sake: it has long been used as way of exploring, communicating and engaging people as well as bringing people together. Writers Mahfouz, Sheers and Brigstocke, and Cape Farewell director Buckland, discuss vision, ethics, imagination and integrity. They are joined by Mark Shorrock from the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, who is unveiling the first of two international art commissions.

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Event 240

Social Enterprise Series: Nick Temple

The Magnificent Seven

Venue: Landmarc Innovation Hub
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Seven key tips for making a success in social enterprise. Nick Temple is the Director of Business & Enterprise at Social Enterprise UK.

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Social Enterprise Series: Nick Temple

Event HF75

Cathy Cassidy

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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The much-loved author introduces the newest delicious addition to The Chocolate Box Girls series: Sweet Honey. Cathy is an award-winning author who writes about difficult subjects in a touching yet humorous way – and offers tips on friendship, daydreaming and chocolate.
8+ years
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Cathy Cassidy

Event HF76

Dragons, Heroes and Assassins

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Charlie Fletcher, Justin Somper and Philip Womack share a love of dragons and heroes, evil assassins and high-octane escapades. What makes a great fantasy adventure? Join Julia Eccleshare in finding out as they discuss their three brand new fantasy adventure series, Dragon Shield, Allies & Assassins and The Broken King respectively.
10+ years

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Dragons, Heroes and Assassins

Event HF77

Sue Hendra

Wanda and the Alien

Venue: The Cube
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Join Sue for a fun-filled event packed with storytelling and crafts. Children will have the chance to get creative and make their own alien finger puppets!
3–6 years
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Sue Hendra

Event 537

Radcliffe & Maconie

BBC Radio 6 Music

Venue: BBC Tent
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It’s Hay-on-Wireless! BBC 6 Music’s Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie present a show live from the BBC Arts Tent at Hay Festival, with special guests Marcus Brigstocke, Kirsty Wark, festival founder Peter Florence and 6 Music’s very own Cerys Matthews.

Expect witty badinage and even a spot of live music on this show as Mark and Stuart hold court in front of a live festival audience! Plus chats with broadcaster, presenter and writer Kirsty Wark, comedian and Hay Festival regular Marcus Brigstocke and festival founder Peter Florence, who tells us more about the background to the festival.

There’ll be live music from singer-songwriter and 6 Music presenter Cerys Matthews who performs a brand new track, and even a dash of audience participation with a special version of the regular Radcliffe and Maconie Show feature, Teatime Themetime.

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

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Radcliffe & Maconie

Event 241

John Harvey, Louise Welsh, Peter James and Phil Rickman chaired by SJ Parris

OxCrimes 1

Venue:  Elmley Foundation Stage
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Following the success of OxTales and OxTravels we are thrilled to launch our third collaboration with Profile Books with a reading of three stories from this collection of short crime fictions donated by some of the greatest crime-writers in the English language.

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Event 243

Philip Parker

The Northmen’s Fury: A History of the Viking World

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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One summer’s day in 793, death arrived from the sea. The raiders who sacked the island monastery of Lindisfarne were the first Vikings – sea-borne attackers, adventurers and traders who brought two centuries of terror to northern Europe and North America. Chaired by Katrin Bennhold.

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Event 244

Kirsty Wark talks to Sarah Crompton

Fictions – The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle

Venue: The Tata Tent
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The broadcaster discusses her first novel. When Elizabeth Pringle, an inspirational teacher on the island of Arran dies, her will contains a surprise. She has left her home and her belongings to someone who is all but a stranger, a young mother she watched pushing a pram down the road more than thirty years ago. Now it falls to Martha, the baby in that pram, to find out how her mother inherited the house in such strange circumstances.

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Kirsty Wark talks to Sarah Crompton

Event 245

Jay Griffiths talks to Horatio Clare

A Love Letter to a Stray Moon

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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Frida Kahlo transformed the emotional and physical pain of her life into art. Her paintings make visible the invisible, interior experiences of many women. They speak of loss, loneliness, her struggle to have children, her lovers, a bus accident that shattered her body and spirit. But they are also full of passion and warmth, each canvas a defiant celebration of what it is to be human. The author of Pip Pip – A Sideways Look at Time, Wild ­– An Elemental Journey and Kith – The Riddle of the Childscape reimagines Kahlo’s life and art in a passionate prose poem.

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Jay Griffiths talks to Horatio Clare

Event 246

Steve Eales

Casting the Net: The Way Science is Really Done

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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The standard description of the scientific method is that it is primarily a negative activity, with scientists setting out to disprove the latest hypothesis. But very few real scientists have ever set out with this aim in mind. The astronomer shows that real science is often a matter of casting a net.

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Event 247

The Doric String Quartet

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 2

Venue: St Mary's Church
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The quartet play Haydn’s String Quartet in B flat major Op.76 No.4 and

Janácek’s String Quartet No.2 ‘Intimate Letters’.

Recorded for broadcast on Radio 3

See also events 198, 292 and 337.

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