Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 24

Al Murray/The Pub Landlord Double Bill

Venue: The Tata Tent
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Listen to an evening with the phenomenal comedian.

Part 1: Watching War Films With My Dad

In the first part Al discusses his passion for history with James Holland. Growing up in the 1970s, Al, with the help of his dad, became fascinated with the history of World War Two. They didn’t go to football; they went to battlefields. Because like so many of his generation whose childhood was all about Airfix, Action Man and Where Eagles Dare, he grew up in the cultural wake of the Second World War…

Part 2: The Pub Landlord – The Only Way Is Epic

In the second part Al brings his legendary stand-up character to Hay Festival. Britain’s most irrepressible inn-keeper will be serving up his premier brew of ale-inspired acumen and bar-room buffoonery.

“An exceptional balancing act. Performing in his short-sleeved white shirt, with a working beer pump behind him, Murray’s interaction with his crowd remains one of the wonders of the comedy world…satire with scope and a real sting.” The Times

“It’s wickedly witty stuff, and the knowledge that Murray is in fact a staunch, rather high-born Europhile with an MA in modern history makes this outwardly boorish satire on British provincialism more seductive still – right down, in fact, to the occasional guilt-ridden moment of doubt as to exactly what it is you’re laughing at.” The Telegraph

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Al Murray/The Pub Landlord Double Bill

Event 25

Harry Collins and Mark Hannam

Are We All Scientific Experts Now?

Venue: Starlight Stage
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How do we identify the true scientific experts? And how do we avoid false scientific‘controversies’ like the MMR debacle and Climategate? The two Cardiff University professors draw on work from Collins’ provocative new book.

 

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Harry Collins and Mark Hannam

Event 26

Roy Bailey, Billy Bragg and friends

A Concert for Tony Benn: The Writing on the Wall

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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A tribute to the politician, diarist and orator recreates one of his great Hay evenings with a rallying anthology of great songs and speeches of dissent and protest.

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Roy Bailey, Billy Bragg and friends

Event 484

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 27

The Winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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The winning author of the £10,000 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for the best work of contemporary fiction in translation, Arab writer Hassan Blasim, discusses his book with judge Boyd Tonkin, The Independent’s Senior Writer and Columnist. Hassan Blasim won the prize for his second short story collection The Iraqi Christ, translated by Jonathan Wright and published by Comma Press.

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The Winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize

Event 483

Justin Albert

Heritage and Climate Change

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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The old adage of 'conservation not preservation' is an oft-heard mantra, but how are heritage managers dealing with the big issues of climate change? From insulating historic houses to being self-sufficient in energy production and managing historic landscapes under attack from increasing temperatures and new devastating pests and diseases, the Director of National Trust Wales discusses with The Telegraph's Geoff Lean.
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Event 498

Hay Castle Tour 3

Venue: Hay Castle Main Hall
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Tour led by Paul Belford, Director of Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust.

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Hay Castle Tour 3

Event 474

Richard Preston, Mark Skipworth and Benedict Brogan

What The Paper Said 100 Years Ago

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The first of 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 518

Behind Broadcasting House

BBC Radio 4

Venue: BBC Tent
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Come and share your thoughts about Radio 4’s Sunday morning current affairs magazine programme with presenter, Paddy O’Connell and hear how the show is put together ahead of Sunday’s broadcast.   Not for broadcast.


Broadcasting House goes out every Sunday at 9am – 10am on BBC Radio 4


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


FREE BUT TICKETED

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Behind Broadcasting House

Event 28

Stephen Marsh-Smith

The Migratory Fish of the River Wye

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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World Fish Migration Day 2014 is a one-day global initiative to create awareness of the importance of open rivers and migratory fish. The talk may be followed by a trip to the rivers Lugg and Arrow to see some of the 33 fish passes that are allowing salmon to recolonise this important Wye tributary. 

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Event 29

Chris Bryant talks to Jesse Norman

Parliament, The Biography: Ancestral Voices

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The Rhondda MP discusses his wonderful, wry view of the history of parliament from the C13th to 1801. Bracing for anyone who ever thought that modern MPs were more corrupt or worse behaved than their predecessors.

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Event 30

Adam Nicolson talks to Paul Cartledge

The Mighty Dead

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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Where does Homer come from? And why does Homer matter? His epic poems of war and suffering can still speak to us of the role of destiny in life, of cruelty, of humanity and its frailty; but why they do is a mystery. How can we be so intimate with something so distant? The author ‘travels in the realms of gold’ with the Leventis Professor of Greek Culture.

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Event 31

Edward St Aubyn talks to William Sieghart

Fictions – Lost for Words

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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WINNER OF THE 2014 BOLLINGER EVERYMAN WODEHOUSE AWARD FOR COMIC FICTION

A fabulous comedy from the bestselling author of the Patrick Melrose novels, who presents a wickedly entertaining insight into a sniping world of literature, celebrity culture and ambition, explored through the judges and contenders of the Elysian Prize for Literature.

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Edward St Aubyn talks to William Sieghart

Event 32

Emma Healey and Tiffany Murray

Fictions – Memory

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Two novels explore the disturbance of the past. Healey’s Elizabeth is Missing is both a detective story and a haunting depiction of dementia. The characters in Murray’s Sugar Hall probe the secret history of a Forest of Dean mansion. Chaired by Sameer Rahim.

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Emma Healey and Tiffany Murray

Event 499

Hay Castle Tour 4

Venue: Hay Castle Main Hall
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Tour led by Paul Belford, Director of Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust.

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Hay Castle Tour 4

Event HF1

Cressida Cowell

How To Train Your Dragon

Venue: The Tata Tent
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Join the bestselling author and illustrator of the wildly popular series, How To Train Your Dragon, as she talks to Peter Florence. With the second DreamWorks movie out this summer, get the scoop on how Hiccup became a ‘hottie’ and be the first to hear about The Incomplete Book of Dragons, a beautifully illustrated guide to the dragon world Cressida has created. Unmissable!         
8+ years

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Cressida Cowell

Event HF3

Kipper’s Birthday

Venue: The Cube
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Fans of the loveable little puppy are in for a treat as he celebrates his birthday. Come along for games, activities and fun with professional storyteller Liz Fost and, of course, Kipper himself.
3+ years

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Kipper’s Birthday

Event HF2

Robert Rigby

The Eagle Trail

Venue: Starlight Stage
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This new book from the co-writer with Andy McNab of SAS series Boy Soldier is a compelling action adventure story of bravery, betrayal and first love during wartime.
10+ years

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Robert Rigby

Event W3

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 W4

Wild Garden Safari with the RSPB

Venue: The Scribblers Hut
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Come and discover the secret world that lives in your garden with the RSPB. Grab a net and see what amazing creatures are hiding in the leaves and lurking underwater. Make a Bee and Bug B&B to take home and give nature a home in your garden.

4–12 years

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Wild Garden Safari with the RSPB

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