Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event HF98

Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve

Oliver and the Seawigs

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Set sail for an adventure with these story legends as they introduce Oliver and the Seawigs, full of giggly-but-dangerous monkeys, a near-sighted mermaid and some very BIG WIGS. Learn how to draw your own Sea Monkey and join in with the silly sea shanty chorus.
6+ years

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Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve

Event HF95

Salvatore Rubbino

Venue: The Scribblers Hut
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Join popular illustrator Salvatore Rubbino, creator of A Walk in London and A Walk in New York and his new A Walk in Paris for an interactive storytelling session about the French capital.

6+ years

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Salvatore Rubbino

Event W69

Phoenix Comics Workshop 7

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 7

Event W34

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 294

Geoff Hurst, Osvaldo Ardiles, Ricardo Villa and Alan Smith

The Telegraph Question Time

Venue: The Tata Tent
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As the World Cup in Brazil approaches, The Telegraph gathers a stellar team of footballing greats including Sir Geoff Hurst, Argentinian superstars Osvaldo Ardiles and Ricardo Villa, and Alan Smith, to debate the world’s most high-profile sport. Have your say – or just come along to cheer. Refereed by Sarah Crompton, TheTelegraph’s Arts Editor-in-Chief and Sports Columnist.

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Geoff Hurst, Osvaldo Ardiles, Ricardo Villa and Alan Smith

Event 295

Simon Pearson

The Great Escaper

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Roger Bushell was ‘Big X’, mastermind of the mass breakout from Stalag Luft III in March 1944, immortalised in the Hollywood film The Great Escape. Through exclusive access to his private papers – as well as fascinating new research from other sources – journalist Pearson has now written the first biography of this iconic figure. Chaired by Katrin Bennhold.

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Event 296

Matthew Haley

Tomorrow’s Treasures: Are Rare Books A Good Investment?

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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Bonhams’ Head of Books and Manuscripts talks about the collectors who have made and lost fortunes in rare books. He gives a summary of price trends in the book market, and considers whether rare books are a good investment.

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Event 297

Margaret Drabble talks to Peter Florence

The Pure Gold Baby

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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The author discusses her first novel for seven years, the story of a motherhood and neighbourhood and society in North London over several decades. The book is rich with the combination of acute observation and insight and the beautiful economy of prose familiar to her readers.

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Margaret Drabble talks to Peter Florence

Event 298

Liz Tunbridge, Alexandra Brand, Lucie Green and Ana Cavalcanti

The Royal Society Platform

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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The Next Big Things

From solar science to fungi sensing, four Royal Society Research Fellows discuss their research in cutting edge science. Chaired by Lucy Carpenter.

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Event 299

Future Dragons’ Playground

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Five organisations shortlisted for the Future Dragons’ Den will tell their stories, practise their pitches and share ideas on how they’d use the £15,000 cash award from Social Enterprise funders UnLtd, if they won the Den.

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Future Dragons’ Playground

Event HF101

Steve Antony

The Queen’s Hat

Venue: The Cube
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A sudden gust of wind sets off a marvellous London adventure for the Queen, the Queen’s men and one very special hat. Follow one determined, daredevil Queen through the zoo, over Tower Bridge and up Big Ben…just where will that hat land?
3+ years

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Steve Antony

Event HF100

Tommy Donbavand

Fangs

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The creator of Scream Street introduces his new series Fangs, with games, stories and a lot of laughs as vampire agent Fangs Enigma tries to save the world.
8+ years
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Tommy Donbavand

Event W62

Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen

Creative Writing Workshop

Venue: The Scribblers Hut
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Join Lucy and Tom for a creative writing session. What is embarrassment? Examine your physical and emotional responses, exaggerate and embellish, and by the end of the workshop you will have learned how to turn your most embarrassing moments into a creative writing goldmine.

12+ years
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Event 300

Emile Simpson talks to Richard Norton-Taylor

War From The Ground Up

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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As a former Gurkha officer, Simpson completed three tours in southern Afghanistan, which informed his first book War From the Ground Up – Twenty-First Century Combat as Politics. He talks about people, perception and persuasion in contemporary armed conflict.

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Event 301

Henry Nicholls

The Galapagos

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The Galapagos were once known to the sailors and pirates who encountered them as Las Encantadas: the enchanted islands, home to marvellous creatures and dramatic volcanic scenery. This captivating history of the world’s most famous islands charts their evolution from deserted wilderness to profoundly important scientific resource and now global tourist destination. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

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Event 302

Raymond Tallis

Tetchy Interludes

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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The medic/philosopher takes a wry look at a variety of topics such as stupidity (including the author’s own), fashions in academe, and the human propensity for mission drift. His latest book of essays is Epithemean Imaginings.

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Event 303

Future Dragons’ Den Final 3

Build It

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Five participants, four Dragons and three minutes to tell a story that will capture the Dragons’ hearts, minds and cheque books for a chance to win a £15,000 cash award and one-to-one support from UnLtd.

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Future Dragons’ Den Final 3

Event 304

Social Enterprise Series: Mat Roberts

Date Night: Innovation and Sustainability

Venue: Landmarc Innovation Hub
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We need new ideas to solve old problems. The world is full of amazing minds: how can we bring them together to solve these challenges and have some fun? Mat Roberts is Head of Sustainability at Landmarc Support Services.

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Social Enterprise Series: Mat Roberts

Event HF103

Hilary McKay, Jane Elson and Natasha Farrant

Friends and Families in Fiction

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Clever, optimistic, beautifully written and very amusing, these three writers’ books explore the relationships within families and between close friends with great insight and humour. The multiple-award-winning Hilary McKay whose new book is Binny For Short, is joined by Natasha Farrant, author of The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby series, and newcomer Jane Elson, author of A Room Full of Chocolate, for a lively session about the highs and lows of family life and how it inspires their fiction.
9
+ years

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Hilary McKay, Jane Elson and Natasha Farrant

Event HF104

Katy Cannon

Pooch Parlour

Venue: The Cube
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Welcome to Pooch Parlour, where every dog gets star treatment. Whether your favourite adorable pup is a Bichon Frise, a Pomeranian or a cute little Yorkshire Terrier, you’ll meet them all here in these fun adventures with author Katy Cannon.
6+ years

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Katy Cannon

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