Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 364

Francesca Martinez talks to Jasper Rees

What the **** is Normal?

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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What do you do when you’re labelled abnormal in a world obsessed with normality? If you grow up in a world where wrinkles are practically illegal, cellulite is cause for a mental breakdown and women over a size ten are encouraged to shoot themselves (immediately), what the **** do you do if you’re, gasp, disabled? The comedian discusses her memoir of growing up with cerebral palsy.

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Francesca Martinez talks to Jasper Rees

Event 365

Richard Harries

The Image of Christ in Modern Art

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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The former bishop of Oxford looks at the work of David Jones, Jacob Epstein, George Rouault, Stanley Spencer, Marc Chagall, Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland and suggests that the modern movement in art has turned out to be a friend, not a foe, of Christian art.

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Event 366

Alan McGee talks to Dylan Jones

Creation Stories: Riots, Raves and Running a Label

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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The charismatic Glaswegian co-founded the Creation label at the age of 23 and brought us acts like My Bloody Valentine, House of Love, Ride and, of course, Primal Scream. In Manchester the label leapt into the big time with Screamadelica and then went global with Oasis.

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Alan McGee talks to Dylan Jones

Event 367

Adriana Ocampo

Cosmic Collision and the End of the Dinosaurs

Venue: Starlight Stage
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How and why did the dinosaurs die? In the 1980s a team of Berkeley researchers proposed the controversial theory of asteroid impact, though the key evidence – the location of the crater – eluded them. It was a detective story that took 10 years to unravel. Today, the evidence is conclusive that a biospheric disaster of colossal magnitude took place. The NASA geologist takes us back 65 million years to explore what happened and why it happened. And – crucially – could it happen again?

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Adriana Ocampo

Event 368

Geoff Dyer talks to Horatio Clare

Another Great Day At Sea: On Board the USS George Bush

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Meeting the captain, the F-18 pilots and the dentists, experiencing everything from a man-overboard alert to the Steel Beach Party, Dyer guides us through the most AIE (acronym intensive environment) imaginable. Underlying Dyer’s efforts to overcome the disadvantages of being the oldest, tallest (actually, second tallest), and most self-conscious person on the boat is an intense fascination with the military world. 


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Event 369

Helen Walsh

The Lemon Grove

Venue: The Cube
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A reading from Walsh’s sultry tale of transgressive passion on the island of Deia. Chaired by SJ Parris.

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Helen Walsh

Event 370

Afro Celt Sound System

In concert

Venue: The Tata Tent
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When Afro Celt Sound System burst onto the music scene some 15 years ago their impact was so instant, so astounding, that it hit like a thunder crack. Here was a band unlike any other, a band whose fusion of West African rhythms, Irish traditional music and cutting-edge dance grooves battered the senses and unleashed a wellspring of joy and liberation. When they added diverse new touches – Indian bhangra, Arabic influences, dub reggae and more – they did so seamlessly, in ways that only enhanced their sound and emphasised their openness. A supergroup whose line-up expanded and evolved around four core members (Simon Emmerson, James McNally, Iarla O’Lionaird, Martin Russell), the Afro Celts’ pan-global sound redefined dance music and stumped music critics. They remain defiantly, enigmatically uncategorisable.

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Afro Celt Sound System

Event 487

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 371

Jim Saunders

Hay: Landscape, Literature and the Town of Books

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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Jim Saunders has lived and worked for 25 years in the border country around Hay. In this, his third book, he homes in on the town itself, along with the landscapes, literature and people of this most beautiful part of Britain.

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Event 372

Howard Johns, Juliet Davenport, Mark Shorrock and Gareth Williams

Energy Revolution

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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We need a revolution in the way we both use and generate energy. Howard Johns puts forward the case for community energy systems with Mark Shorrock, founder and CEO of Swansea’s Tidal Lagoon Power scheme, Good Energy's CEO Juliet Davenport and Caplor Energy’s Gareth Williams. They discuss with Andy Fryers.

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Event 512

Hay Castle Tour 17

Venue: Hay Castle Main Hall
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Tour led by architectural historian Richard Suggett of the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales.

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Hay Castle Tour 17

Event 481

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 373

John Crace and John Sutherland

A Century is a Long Time in Literature

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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Looking back on the period between 1900 and 1913 there was Kim, Wizard of Oz, Heart of Darkness and Howard’s End. Which of the books published so far this century will still be read in a hundred years’ time?

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Event 374

Justin Marozzi

Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Over thirteen centuries, Baghdad has enjoyed both cultural and commercial pre-eminence, boasting artistic and intellectual sophistication and an economy once the envy of the world. It was here, in the time of the Caliphs, that the Thousand and One Nights were set. Yet it has also been a city of great hardships, beset by epidemics, famines, floods, and numerous foreign invasions that have brought terrible bloodshed. This is the history of its storytellers and its tyrants, of its philosophers and conquerors. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

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Event 375

Chris Stewart talks to Rosie Boycott

Last Days of the Bus Club

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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It’s two decades since the author of Driving Over Lemons moved to his farm on the wrong side of a river in the mountains of southern Spain. In this latest, typically hilarious dispatch from El Valero we find Chris, now a local literary celebrity, using his fame to help his old sheep-shearing partner find work on a raucous road trip; cooking a TV lunch for visiting British chef, Rick Stein; discovering the pitfalls of Spanish public speaking; and, most movingly, visiting famine-stricken Niger for Oxfam.

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Chris Stewart talks to Rosie Boycott

Event 376

Chris Parry

Super Highway: Sea Power in the 21st Century

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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The maritime strategist and former Rear Admiral argues that in the second decade of the 21st century, the sea is set to reclaim its status as the world’s pre-eminent strategic medium. Parry makes the case that the next decade will witness a ‘scramble’ for the sea, involving competition for oceanic resources and the attempted political and economic colonisation of large tracts of what have, until now, been considered international waters and shipping routes. Chaired by Horatio Clare.

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Event 377

Sarah Harper

The End of Population Growth?

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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While it is common to hear about the problems of overpopulation, might there be unexplored benefits of increasing numbers of people in the world? How can we both consider and harness the potential benefits brought by a healthier, wealthier and larger population? May more people mean more scientists to discover how our world works, more inventors and thinkers to help solve the world’s problems, more skilled people to put these ideas into practice? 

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Event 513

Hay Castle Tour 18

Venue: Hay Castle Main Hall
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Tour led by architectural historian Richard Suggett of the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales.

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Hay Castle Tour 18

Event HF129

Go Adventuring with the Famous Five

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Join 'Julian' from the Famous Five as he demonstrates some mystery-solving techniques and tips. Learn how to question suspects, crack codes, and stretch your memory. Bring along your thinking caps and a sense of adventure. Suitable for all the family.
Duration 45 minutes
7+ years

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Go Adventuring with the Famous Five

Event HF130

Guy Bass

The Legend of Frog

Venue: The Cube
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Prince Frog ventures beyond the End of the World to claim his throne, armed with not much more than a pair of Catastrophe Pants, to find that Princess Rainbow is already wearing his crown… Join author Guy Bass for a laugh-out-loud tale of royal rivalry.
Duration 45 minutes
7+ years

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