Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 282

Richard Evans

Cambridge University Series 10

Venue: The Tata Tent
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The History of Conspiracy Theories

How far do conspiracy theories undermine trust in government and shape history? From 9/11 to the rise of Holocaust denial, conspiracy theories have fascinated us. The historian best known for his work on C19th and C20th German history is Principal Investigator and overall director of a new project: Conspiracy and Democracy – History, Political Theory and Internet Research.

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Event 283

David Gange

Dialogues with the Dead: Egyptology in British Culture and Religion

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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In the century that followed the deciphering of hieroglyphic script in 1822, Egypt became a focal point in disputes over the nature of human origins, the patterns underlying human history, the status and purpose of the Bible, and the cultural role of the classics.

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Event 284

Peter Atkins

What is Chemistry?

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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A wonderfully accessible introduction to chemistry’s central concepts that shows how it contributes not only towards our material comfort, but also to human culture. Atkins shows how chemistry provides the infrastructure of our world, through the chemical industry, the fuels of heating, power generation and transport, as well as the fabrics of our clothing and furnishings.

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Event 285

Xiaolu Guo and Tash Aw talk to Daniel Hahn

Fictions – China

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Guo’s love story I Am China explores ideas of translation and exile and the role of the artist. Longlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize, Aw’s Five Star Billionaire maps the overlapping lives of five newcomers to Shanghai.

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Event 286

Social Enterprise Series: Chris Worsey

Tackling Youth Unemployment in the C21st

Venue: Landmarc Innovation Hub
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Almost one million young people are unemployed in the UK and 75 million worldwide. One of the ways in which we can mitigate this problem is by building soft skills such as work ethic and communication at schools, and through better teaching of entrepreneurship as a potential career choice.

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Social Enterprise Series: Chris Worsey

Event HF94

Louise Yates

Dog Loves…

Venue: The Cube
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The author of the wonderful – and Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winning – Dog Loves series shares her inspiration and encourages young children to join in the story and do some drawing.
3+ years
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Louise Yates

Event HF92

Matt Dickinson

The Everest Files: A Short (and Turbulent!) Trip to the Top of the World

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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Is chaos descending on Mount Everest? Why are Sherpas and Westerners fighting on the slopes? How come the Nepalese authorities have had to put an army post at base camp? And what about the ever-younger age of climbers? Do 13-year-olds really belong in this lethal place? Everest Summiteer Matt Dickinson discusses these dramatic changes and presents a fact-filled journey to the top of the world’s highest mountain. He also discusses his new teen novel The Everest Files, which follows an Everest expedition from the point of view of a 16-year-old Sherpa climber.
8+ years

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Matt Dickinson

Event HF93

Steve Cole

Special Agent Mummy

Venue: Starlight Stage
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In a fun-filled, frantic session, Steve will reveal the loopy origins of his many creations, give story-writing tips and make plenty of atrocious jokes… It’s everything you wanted to know about space-dinosaurs, monster superheroes and time-travelling Egyptian mummies but were too afraid to ask!
7+ years
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Steve Cole

Event HF91

The Big Draw

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Enjoy a high-energy and high-speed blast of cartooning magic with a line-up of cartoon geniuses including Martin Brown, Sarah McIntyre, Philip Reeve and Phoenix comic cartoonists. Challenge them to draw your cartoon ideas. Noisy fun for all the family. 

6+ years
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The Big Draw

Event W45

Barclays LifeSkills Workshop 3

Interview Skills 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: Get ready for an interview
Helps students understand that interviews help the employer and employee assess their match for one another. Duration 20 minutes

Activity 2: Questions and answers
Students understand and practise using the STAR (situation, task, activity, result) model for answering questions. Duration 25 minutes

11–19 years

FREE BUT TICKETED

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Event W68

Phoenix Comics Workshop 6

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 6

Event 287

HRH Princess Michael of Kent and SJ Parris

The Hay Castle Trust Historical Fiction Lunch

Venue: Relish Festival Restaurant
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A delicious light lunch will be served to celebrate the latest phase of the restoration at Hay Castle. The lunch will be hosted by Nancy Lavin Albert and Trustees of the Hay Castle Trust.

Princess Michael will talk about her novel The Queen of Four Kingdoms. Yolande of Aragon is sent away from her family, her friends and everything she knows, to marry the young Duke of Anjou, King Charles VI’s cousin. SJ Parris talks about the latest of her Bruno Giordano crime novels set in Elizabethan England, Treachery.

* Price includes food and talk and a donation to the Hay Castle Trust. There is a pay bar.
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HRH Princess Michael of Kent and SJ Parris

Event 289

Hew Strachan talks to Richard Norton-Taylor

The Direction of War: Contemporary Strategy in Historical Perspective

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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The wars since 9/11, both in Iraq and Afghanistan, have generated frustration and an increasing sense of failure in the West and the blame has been attributed to poor strategy. Strachan, one of the world’s leading military historians, reveals how these failures resulted from a fundamental misreading and misapplication of strategy itself. He argues that the wars since 2001 have not in reality been as ‘new’ as has been widely assumed and that we need to adopt a more historical approach to contemporary strategy in order to identify what is really changing in how we wage war.

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Event 290

Philip Walling

Counting Sheep: A Celebration of the Pastoral Heritage of Britain

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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Sheep are the thread that runs through the history of the British countryside. Our fortunes were once founded on sheep, and this book tells a story of wool and money and history, of merchants and farmers and shepherds, of English yeomen and how they got their freedom and, above all, of the soil. He talks to Kitty Corrigan.

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Event 291

Diana McCaulay, Michael Mendis and Maggie Gee

A Commonwealth Writers Conversation

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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The Untold Story: The Environment in Fiction 

The impact of global warming is likely to be, ‘severe, pervasive and irreversible’, according to a recent UN report. Diana McCaulay, environmental activist and author from Jamaica, Michael Mendis, blogger and short story writer from Sri Lanka, and UK novelist Maggie Gee explore what happens when science and fiction meet, with Daniel Hahn.
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Event 292

Tom Poster

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 3

Venue: St Mary's Church
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The pianist plays Gluck/Sgambati – Dance of the Blessed Spirits from Orfeo and Eurydice; Beethoven – Sonata in D major Op28, Pastorale; Grieg – Slatter Op72 (selection of Norwegian Dances); Chopin – Polonaise-Fantasy in A flat major Op61; and Gershwin – Songs (arr).

Recorded for broadcast on Radio 3

See also events 198, 247, and 337.
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Event 293

Social Enterprise Series: Mike Mackenzie

What lessons can the entrepreneur learn from the military?

Venue: Landmarc Innovation Hub
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Mike is a former RN Officer (Submarine Service) and has helped set up three businesses – his military training and experience has been crucial to their success.

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Social Enterprise Series: Mike Mackenzie

Event HF97

Martin Brown

Horrible Histories

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The illustrator brings in an action-packed show full of jokes, stories and live drawing. Find out fabulous facts from history and see drawings leap from his pen, with suggestions from the audience adding to the fun. The first Horrible History book, written by Terry Deary and illustrated by Brown, was published in 1993. The series went on to become a BAFTA award-winning CBBC show and stage show and there are now almost 100 books ranging from histories of the Romans and Greeks to the Stuarts and the First World War.
8+ years
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Martin Brown

Event HF96

Mitchell Symons

Happily Never After: Modern Cautionary Tales

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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Mitchell has won the Blue Peter Best Book with Facts Awards twice, for Why Eating Bogeys Is Good For You and Do Igloos Have Loos? Here, the revolting rhymes expert treats his audience to a wickedly funny retelling of Hilaire Belloc’s Cautionary Tales for Children.

9+ years

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Mitchell Symons

Event HF99

Nicola Davies

The Promise

Venue: The Cube
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Nicola is a marvellous writer, speaker, and observer of the natural world. She reads from her beautiful new picture book The Promise, which reminds us all that the smallest actions can change our world for the better.
5+ years

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Nicola Davies

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