Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 274

Lewis Pugh

21 Yaks and a Speedo

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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What does it feel like to stand on the edge of the sea ice at the North Pole in nothing more than a Speedo swimming costume? What kind of man dives into that freezing ocean and swims a full kilometre? And why? The intrepid environmentalist, endurance swimmer and inspirational UN Patron of the Oceans has swum as far north and as far south as a body can get, as well as on the earth's highest mountain. He's learned a few things about the extremes of human nature, and our fragile blue planet, along the way. Chaired by Paul Blezard.
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Lewis Pugh

Event 275

Shani Rhys James, Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke and Francesca Rhydderch

Florilingua

Venue: Starlight Stage
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A celebration of art and poetry. The poets read work that responds to the characteristic wild wallpapers and menacing chandeliers of Rhys James’ new touring exhibition of paintings.

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Event 276

Brobury Farm: Bredwardine

Venue: Meet at Box Office
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Agronomist Jonathon Harrington and vet Barney Sampson lead a walk to Charlie and David Blandford’s farm alongside the River Wye, producing top quality lamb and potatoes, among other foods. Our visit includes a farm walk of up to a mile followed by demonstrations of sheepdog working, sheep shearing and wool spinning. Please bring suitable footwear and clothing. Also see events 135, 182, 230, 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 508

Hay Castle Tour 13

Venue: Hay Castle Main Hall
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Tour led by Maria Carreras of the Friends of Hay Castle.

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Hay Castle Tour 13

Event 479

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 471

River Walk 2

Venue: Meet at Box Office
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Join the Wye & Usk Foundation trip around the Wye and its tributaries near Hay to see the rare and unusual creatures that live in the river, and to see what progress is being made to restore the run of salmon.

Please bring packed lunches.

9.30am - 2pm
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Event 277

Rupert Isaacson talks to John Mitchinson

The Long Ride Home

Venue: The Tata Tent
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Heart-breaking, uplifting and full of adventure, The Long Ride Home is the long-awaited sequel to the international bestseller The Horse Boy.

Rowan came back from the shamans in Mongolia a changed boy. The three most debilitating effects of his autism - his incontinence, his endless tantruming, and his inability to make friends - were gone.But a year almost to the day since Rowan's improvement he started regressing: the accidents and tantrums reappeared, terrifying his father Rupert. Something had to be done.Father and son embarked on a new quest, journeying from the bushmen of Namibia to the coastal rainforests of Queensland, Australia and finally to the Navajo reservations of the American southwest, where Rowan was transformed - they had begun the Long Ride Home.

 'It is probably only once in a critical lifetime that one will be moved almost to tears ... a triumph of the human spiritTelegraph (on The Horse Boy)
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Event 278

Mike Snook

Beyond the Reach of Empire: Wolseley’s Failed Campaign to Save Gordon and Khartoum

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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In the early 1880s the Mahdi unleashed a spectacularly successful jihadist uprising against Egyptian colonial rule in the Sudan. Major General Charles Gordon was despatched to evacuate Khartoum and turn the Sudan over to self-rule. The mission backfired and Sir Garnet Wolseley was sent to relieve him…

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Event 279

Lucy Carpenter

Our Oceans and Atmosphere: A Strained Relationship

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The earth’s oceans and atmosphere have been intimately linked since they were formed, with one compartment helping to sustain life in the other. Now, changes in climate are perturbing the natural exchanges and threaten life in both. The oceanographer examines the scientific understanding of chemical exchanges between the sea and air that impact on the Earth’s heat balance and underpin future projections of climate change.

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Event 280

Gareth Williams

Paralysed With Fear

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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Polio: a nightmare that terrified 1950s America almost as much as the atom bomb. Williams tells its story, from ancient Egypt to the iron lung and the cut-throat race to develop a vaccine. Today, we are on the brink of exterminating polio – but is this a battle we can ever win?

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Event 281

Charlotte Hill, Justin Davis-Smith, Chloe Donovan and Caroline Killeavy

Bridging the Volunteer Age Gap

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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The younger generation often gets a bad rap and yet around a third of young people volunteer regularly. What does society need to do to make use of its greatest asset – its youth – to inspire the next generation of community activists? Charlotte Hill (Step Up To Serve), Justin Davis-Smith (NCVO) and Chloe Donovan (Chair of the Canal and River Trust's youth advisory panel) discuss with Caroline Killeavy from the Canal and River Trust.

FREE BUT TICKETED

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Event 509

Hay Castle Tour 14

Venue: Hay Castle Main Hall
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Tour led by Maria Carreras of the Friends of Hay Castle.

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Hay Castle Tour 14

Event W43

Barclays LifeSkills Workshop 1

Personal Impact Workshop

Venue: The Scribblers Hut
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Personal Impact Workshop
LifeSkills created with Barclays are running a series of fun, developmental workshops to help you move effectively from school into the world of work.

Activity 1: Workplace behaviour
Helps students understand that the right way to behave at work may be different to what is appropriate at school or with their peers. Duration 30 minutes

Activity 2: Communications and body language
Helps students understand how to effectively communicate using their body language and tone of voice. Duration 30 minutes

11–19 years

FREE BUT TICKETED

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Event HF90

Fairytale Hairdressing

Venue: The Cube
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Author Abie Longstaff and illustrator Lauren Beard will draw you in to a modern fairy tale world where the Big Bad Wolf runs the opticians (all the better to see you with…) and Red Riding Hood has a skateboard shop.
4–6 years
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Fairytale Hairdressing

Event HF89

Family History: War Stories

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Sarah Ridley and Rebecca Stevens were both inspired by real stories in their families, including letters sent home from soldiers away at war. Find out how their research inspired their books, Dear Jelly and Valentine Joe.

8+ years

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Family History: War Stories

Event HF88

Nicola Davies

Wildlife Adventures

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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The zoologist, Really Wild Show presenter and award-winning writer combines heart-stopping adventure stories with real-life conservation projects in an entertaining and informative session for all the family.
8+ years

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Nicola Davies

Event W66

Phoenix Comics Workshop 4

Venue: The Mess Tent
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Join The Phoenix comic artist Karen Rubins for her comic-creation sessions! As the scribbler of all things creepy and spooky, Karen will guide you through a world of comic monsters. Learn some top comic-creating tips while she helps you to draw your own ghosts, mythical beasts and of course…some pie!

7+ years

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Phoenix Comics Workshop 4

Event W33

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 W44

Barclays LifeSkills Workshop 2

Networking Workshop

Venue: The Scribblers Hut
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LifeSkills created with Barclays are running a series of fun, developmental workshops to help you move effectively from school into the world of work.

Activity 1: What is networking?
Helps students understand that the majority of jobs are not advertised and introduces networking as a way to find out about ‘hidden jobs’. Duration 20 minutes

Activity 2: How do I network?
Helps students practise simple face to face networking through finding out about others and ensuring they listen, speak and remember information. Duration 25 minutes

11–19 years

FREE BUT TICKETED

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Event W67

Phoenix Comics Workshop 5

Venue: The Mess Tent
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Join The Phoenix comic artist Karen Rubins for her comic-creation sessions! As the scribbler of all things creepy and spooky, Karen will guide you through a world of comic monsters. Learn some top comic-creating tips while she helps you to draw your own ghosts, mythical beasts and of course…some pie!

7+ years

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Phoenix Comics Workshop 5

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