Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 390

Social Enterprise Series: Helly Barber

Fumbling Our Way: Sex Education For Today

Venue: Landmarc Innovation Hub
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Helly talks about her one-woman battle to revolutionise the delivery of sex education in primary and secondary schools in the UK. Armed with Mike the Sperm, Helly will bring sex education into the 21st century.

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Social Enterprise Series: Helly Barber

Event HF135

Funny Fingers

Venue: The Cube
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The Funny Fingers are an unusual family but they love to have fun. Join them for storytelling, giggles, adventure and the chance to make your own Funny Finger!
Duration 45 minutes
4+ years

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Funny Fingers

Event HF134

Lydia Monks and Alex T Smith

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Mungo, a cheeky monkey, and Claude, a rather stylish dog, are brought to life alongside a host of colourful characters in this live drawing session with two of our favourite illustrators. Paper and pencils provided so everyone can join in.
5+ years

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Lydia Monks and Alex T Smith

Event W40

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 W39

Wild Garden Safari with the RSPB

Venue: The Mess Tent
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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

Event 391

Bear Grylls

Venue: The Tata Tent
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An audience with the adventurer, survival master, chief scout, author and hero of the great outdoors.
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Bear Grylls

Event 392

Kate Adie

Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in World War One

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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The journalist and historian examines the ways in which women’s lives changed during WWI and what the impact has been for women in the hundred years since. Chaired by Jesse Norman.

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Kate Adie

Event 393

Tim Hunt talks to Roger Highfield

The Royal Society Lecture

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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A Life in Biology

In 2001 Sir Tim Hunt FRS was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Paul Nurse and Leland H Hartwell for their discoveries of protein molecules that control the division of cells. He talks with Roger Highfield about his Nobel Prize-winning work and his life in biology.

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Event 394

Suzanne Franks and Mark Goldring

Reporting Disasters: Famine, Aid, Politics and the Media

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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The media reporting of the Ethiopian Famine in 1984–5 was an iconic news event. It is widely believed to have had an unprecedented impact, challenging perceptions of Africa and mobilising public opinion and philanthropic action in a dramatic new way. The Professor of Journalism scrutinises and challenges the facts and the impacts, in discussion with the Head of Oxfam. Chaired by Nik Gowing.

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Event 395

Siri Hustvedt talks to Stephanie Merritt

Fictions – The Blazing World

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Artist Harriet Burden, consumed by fury at the lack of recognition she has received from the New York art establishment, embarks on an experiment: she hides her identity behind three male fronts, who exhibit her work as their own. And yet, even after she has unmasked herself, there are those who refuse to believe she is the woman behind the men. The author of What I Loved introduces her new novel – an intricately conceived, diabolical puzzle that explores the way prejudice, fame, money and desire influence our perceptions of one another.

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Siri Hustvedt talks to Stephanie Merritt

Event 396

Patrick Bishop talks to Con Coughlin

The Reckoning: How the Killing of One Man Changed the Fate of the Promised Land

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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The mesmerising true story of two ruthless adversaries and the wartime killing by a British policeman of Avraham Stern, leader of The Stern Gang – an event that shook the modern world.

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Event HF138

Barroux: Mr Leon’s Paris

Illustration Workshop

Venue: The Mess Tent
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Come to an interactive drawing workshop with the one and only Barroux, fresh from Paris! Explore Paris with his taxi driver character Mr Leon, watch him draw live, and learn how you can draw like Barroux.
8+ years

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Barroux: Mr Leon’s Paris

Event HF136

Irving Finkel

The Lewis Chessmen & Other Board Games

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Irving Finkel is an expert in the history of board games and an Assistant Keeper at the British Museum where he specialises in cuneiform inscriptions. He will share the amazing story of the 12th-century Lewis Chessmen, from their discovery on a Scottish beach long ago to the present day.
Duration 45 minutes
9+ years

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Irving Finkel

Event HF137

Peter Bently

Knightmare

Venue: The Cube
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Meet Cedric Thatchbottom, knight in training, serving Sir Percival the Proud – a knight famed throughout the land for his glorious deeds. But life at Castle Bombast isn’t quite what Cedric was expecting.
Duration 45 minutes
7+ years

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Peter Bently

Event 543

With Great Pleasure

BBC Radio 4

Venue: BBC Tent
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Occasional series bringing fresh insight into lives through literature, in which guest presenters pick readings from their favourite pieces of poetry and prose. Broadcast Monday at 4pm.


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

FREE BUT TICKETED

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With Great Pleasure

Event 397

AC Grayling

'Friendship' Among Friends

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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A central bond, a cherished value, a unique relationship, a profound human need, a type of love. What is the nature of friendship, and what is its significance in our lives? How has friendship changed since the ancient Greeks began to analyse it, and how has modern technology altered its very definition?

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AC Grayling

Event 398

John Mitchinson, John Lloyd and James Harkin

1,339 QI Facts To Make Your Jaw Drop

Venue: The Tata Tent
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At QI’s very core is ‘the astonishing fact’: painstakingly researched and distilled to a brilliant and shocking clarity. Pigs suffer from anorexia. Wagner always wore pink silk underwear. Rugby School’s first official rugby kit in 1871 included a bow tie. Lord Kitchener had four spaniels called Shot, Bang, Miss and Damn. It is impossible to whistle in a spacesuit. Join in the fun with the QI writing team.

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Event 399

Barbara Stocking

Cambridge University Series 12

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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Women Today, Women Tomorrow
Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, a college for women, recently surveyed its alumnae over its 60-year existence. The 1,000 respondents were women from all backgrounds but with a common University experience. The women described the biggest challenge in their careers, whether they were in their twenties or fifties, to be an unsupportive work environment. The college President and several alumnae will explore what women are experiencing, and most of all what changes are needed and what young women need to face the challenges in the workplace. She is joined by Telegraph fashion journalist Ellie Pithers (matriculated 2008), singer-songwriter Polly Paulusma (1994) and the author and comms expert Frances Edmonds (1970).

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Event 400

Dinaw Mengestu and Akhil Sharma

Fictions – New Worlds

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Mengestu’s All Our Names switches back and forth between Uganda and America: it is a taut, searing novel that blazes with insights about the physical and emotional geographies that circumscribe our lives. It is also a transfixing portrait of love and grace, of self-determination, of the names we are given and the names we earn. Sharma’s Family Life is a vivid and wrenching portrait of sibling relationships and the impact of tragedy on one family displaced from Delhi to America. They talk to Gaby Wood.

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Dinaw Mengestu and Akhil Sharma

Event 402

Social Enterprise Series: Charlotte Brennan

Am I An Entrepreneur?

Venue: Landmarc Innovation Hub
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What happens when you find yourself being taken seriously as an entrepreneur and how does our culture perceive entrepreneurialism?

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Social Enterprise Series: Charlotte Brennan

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