Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 318

Suzanne Matheson, William Gibbs and Peter Wakelin

Sites of Inspiration: Tintern Abbey & Llanthony Priory

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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Two unique exhibitions of world-renowned artworks devoted to Llanthony Priory (at Abergavenny Museum) and Tintern Abbey (at Chepstow Museum) have just opened. Windsor University’s Suzanne Matheson and William Gibbs, of Brecknock Art Trust, discuss the compelling power of these ruins and their landscapes for artists and writers from the C18th onwards. Peter Wakelin, Director of Collections and Research at National Museum of Wales, chairs.

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Event 319

Sol Campbell talks to Jasper Rees

Not a Normal Memoir

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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The authorised biography of the Tottenham, Arsenal and England defender is a frank and often blistering account of a life lived between the soaring heights of celebrity football and the despairing depths of personal trauma. He talks to the author of Wenger.

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Sol Campbell talks to Jasper Rees

Event 320

GF Newman

Heart of Darkness

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The creator of Judge John Deed screens the last episode of the last series, an episode that was withdrawn from broadcast after public complaint. He discusses the controversy and the drama.

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GF Newman

Event 321

Richard Kerridge, Jane Davidson and guests

The 2014 INSPIRE Lecture: Literature and Sustainability

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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This year’s INSPIRE/ASLE-UKI Literature and Sustainability lecture is given by Richard Kerridge, nature writer, critic and author of Cold Blood. The lecture is followed by a discussion with the 2013 INSPIRE winners, Dr Jayne Archer and Prof Richard Marggraff Turley, and the chair of ASLE-UKI, Adeline Johns-Putra, chaired by the director of INSPIRE, Jane Davidson. 

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Event 486

Emma Towersey

Pilates Class

Venue: Richard Booths Bookshop Yoga Studio
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Pilates is a method of exercise designed to strengthen and balance the body and mind. It is practised through a series of controlled and precise movements linking the breath with every movement. Pilates focuses on developing muscle strength as well as mobilising our spine and joints, which in turn is highly effective in improving our posture and core muscles, as well as keeping the body flexible and agile.  This morning class is suitable for all, whether experienced practitioners or beginners.
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Emma Towersey

Event 322

The Welsh Venison Centre

Venue: Meet at Box Office
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Agronomist Jonathon Harrington and vet Barney Sampson lead a visit to the Welsh Venison Centre. Andrew and Elaine Morgan welcome us to their deer farm where the does will be calving, possibly while we are there! We will travel by tractor and trailer, and there will be opportunity to visit the farm shop. Venison rolls will be provided at the end of the visit. Please bring suitable clothing in case of inclement weather. Also see events 135, 182, 230, 276

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 but children must be supervised at all times. Coaches will return to the festival site in time for events starting at 1pm.

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Event 472

Paul Benham

Primrose Earth Awareness Trust: Site Visit

Venue: Meet at Box Office
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The permaculture pioneer guides us around his sustainable food centre, which has won 12 True Taste of Wales awards in three years – including gold for Sustainable Development – and as the most productive acre and a half in the UK is a blueprint model for future food security.

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Event 510

Hay Castle Tour 15

Venue: Hay Castle Main Hall
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Tour led by Mark Baker, author of Lost Houses of Wales.
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Hay Castle Tour 15

Event 480

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 323

James Evans

Merchant Adventurers

Venue: The Tata Tent
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In the spring of 1553 three ships sailed north-east from London into uncharted waters. The scale of their ambition was breathtaking. Drawing on the latest navigational science and the new spirit of enterprise and discovery sweeping the Tudor capital, they sought a northern passage to Asia and its riches. When their ships became separated in a storm, each ship had to fend for itself. Their fates were sharply divided. One returned to England, to recount extraordinary tales of the imperial court of Tsar Ivan The Terrible. The tragic, mysterious story of the other two ships has to be pieced together through the surviving captain’s log book, after he and his crew became lost and trapped by the advancing Arctic winter.

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Event 324

Clive Aslet

War Memorial: The Story of One Village’s Sacrifice from 1914 to 2003

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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In an intimate portrait of a single countryside community, the historian traces in vivid detail the lives of the twenty-two men and one woman from the Dartmoor village of Lydford who made the supreme sacrifice fighting for Britain in the two World Wars, the Falklands and Iraq.

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Event 325

Andrew Hussey

The French Intifada: The Long War Between France and its Arabs

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The strange and complex story of the relationship between secular, republican France and the Muslim world of North Africa: a guerrilla war between the French state and the former subjects of its Empire, for whom the mantra of ‘liberty, equality, fraternity’ conceals a bitter history of domination, oppression and brutality.

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Event 326

Tristan Gooley

The Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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As well as being the most comprehensive guide to natural navigation for walkers ever compiled, Gooley’s book also contains clues for weather forecasting, tracking, city walks, coast walks and night walks.

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Event 327

Guto Harri, Benedict Brogan, Fiona Phillips

Why Choose Journalism?

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Of the wealth of choices available to young people, one of the oldest – and often most disreputable – professions should still be in the mix. Newspaper circulations may be falling, tougher regulation has just kicked in, professional abuses have brought shame: but if seeking adventure, intellectual stimulation and the chance to write the first draft of history, this could be the life for you. The panel will talk about why young people should sign up, and give tips on how get a foot in the door. With The Telegraph’s Benedict Brogan, Guto Harri from News UK and Fiona Philips, editor of The Hereford Times. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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Event 511

Hay Castle Tour 16

Venue: Hay Castle Main Hall
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Tour led by Mark Baker, author of Lost Houses of Wales.
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Hay Castle Tour 16

Event HF112

Alison Brown

Eddie and Dog

Venue: The Cube
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Eddie is looking for a friend – a friend who likes adventure. Then Eddie meets Dog. And the fun really begins… Meet the author and illustrator and get a sneak peek of her new book Mighty Mo!
4–6 years

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Alison Brown

Event W46

Barclays LifeSkills Workshop 4

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

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Event W54

Bottle Your Own Cordial

Venue: The Mess Tent
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Join illustrator Alexia Tucker and Benjamin Pryor, chief of drinks at Observer Food Monthly’s Best Ethical Restaurant, Poco in Bristol, to celebrate the start of summer by making a batch of delicious seasonal elderflower cordial, designing your own label and filling your own bottle to take away.

6+ years

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Event HF110

Kristina Stephenson

Sir Charlie Stinkysocks

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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Sir Charlie is off on his most fearsome quest yet, along a treacherous track, through a spooky-wooky wood and into a deep, dark cave to…well, come along to find out. Storytelling at its best with songs, music and sound effects.
5+ years
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Kristina Stephenson

Event HF111

Miffy and Friends

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Share stories, songs and games with everyone’s favourite bunny, Miffy, making a rare appearance in Hay. The Miffy books have sold over 85 million copies worldwide!
3+ years

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Miffy and Friends

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