Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 431

Patrick McGuinness talks to Tiffany Murray

Other People’s Countries

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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The writer introduces his beautiful memoir that evolved out of stories the author told his children: stories about the Belgian border town of Bouillon, where his mother came from, and where he has been going three times a year since he was a child. This town of eccentrics, of charm, menace and wonder, is recreated beautifully – ‘Most of my childhood,’ he says, ‘feels more real to me now than it did then’.

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Event 515

Hay Castle Tour 20

Venue: Hay Castle Main Hall
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Tour led by Maria Carreras of the Friends of Hay Castle.

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Hay Castle Tour 20

Event HF144

Dragon Gold and Flying Bedrooms

Venue: The Cube
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Celebrated illustrator and writer Shoo Rayner, whose drawing tips are a big hit on YouTube, and prize-winning author Heather Dyer, introduce their new books, Dragon Gold and The Flying Bedroom, at a stories-and-pictures event to celebrate the launch of brand new children’s publisher Firefly Press.

6+ years

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Dragon Gold and Flying Bedrooms

Event W60

Drawing with Emer Stamp

Venue: The Scribblers Hut
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Join Emer Stamp, author of The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig, as she runs a fun-packed workshop on character drawing and creating your own top secret diary. Complete with cartoons, silliness and of course Pig, the event is sure to get your child drawing and laughing.

8+ years
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Event HF157

Julia Donaldson

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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With the help of her husband Malcolm on guitar, Julia brings her much-loved characters to life and celebrates the Gruffalo’s 15th birthday. Stories, singing and lots of fun! 

6+ years

See also event HF128.

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Julia Donaldson

Event HF145

Penelope Harper

Lollipop and Grandpa

Venue: Make & Take Tent
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Little Lollipop and her Grandpa are intrepid explorers, often on safari round their back garden. Join the author, broadcaster and storyteller for stories, then help her with some lovely craft activity.
Duration 45 minutes
3+ years

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Penelope Harper

Event W41

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 W52

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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Event 432

Heidi Thomas, Pippa Harris and Jenny Agutter

Call The Midwife

Venue: The Tata Tent
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The writer, producer and one of the stars of the television adaptation of Jennifer Worth’s East End nursing memoir share the pleasures of working on the stories.

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Heidi Thomas, Pippa Harris and Jenny Agutter

Event 433

Gareth Williams

The Viking Ship

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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The newly-conserved Roskilde 6 ship from Denmark measures over 37 metres. It is the longest Viking ship ever discovered and forms the core of the British Museum exhibition Vikings: Life and Legend. The Vikings used their shipbuilding skills to command the sea; their famous ships permitted the exploration, the colonisation and the raids with which they built their wealth. The curator explores the evolution of their sea-going vessels and celebrates this outstanding feature of the Viking Age.

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Gareth Williams

Event 434

Terri Apter and Zoe Strimpel

Cambridge University Series 14

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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Beyond The Script

Psychologist and writer Dr Terri Apter will address common myths about women and how to overcome them, with author Zoe Strimpel. They discuss why women’s lives are analysed in such detail, why their choices are so subject to scrutiny, and how they can resist and play with the stereotypes that define them.

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Event 435

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks to Ted Hodgkinson

Fictions – Americanah

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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As teenagers in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country if they can. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America. There she suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Thirteen years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly-democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a blogger. But after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face? From the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, this is a powerful story of love, race and identity spanning three continents and filling numerous lives.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks to Ted Hodgkinson

Event 436

Patrick Barkham

Badgerlands

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Barkham delves into the fascinating natural and rich cultural history of the animal – from their prehistoric arrival in Britain to their savage persecution over the centuries, the cuddliness of Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows character and the incompetent cull of 2013.

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Event 437

James Naughtie talks to Corisande Albert

The Madness of July

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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The broadcaster introduces his first novel, a riveting espionage thriller set in 1970s Westminster at the height of the Cold War. Can’t give away much about the plot, but it’s horribly plausible and absolutely outrageous!

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Event 438

Social Enterprise Series: Robert Thomas

The Responsibility Revolution

Venue: Landmarc Innovation Hub
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The Welfare State ebbs away with the falling tide of public expenditure. Public services diminish yet individual, family and community needs remain: personal debt is at its highest; the costs of family breakdown are rising and many communities now lack publicly funded services that they once relied upon. There are no longer gaps in services – there are chasms. Robert Thomas is Lead Executive Officer for Herefordshire Venture.

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Social Enterprise Series: Robert Thomas

Event HF147

Cow Girl

Venue: The Cube
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Home is where the herd is. Cow Girl is a dairy-inspired debut set in Wales, from Giancarlo Gemin. A heartwarming tale of friendship, community, family…and cows. You won’t see the bovine beasts in quite the same way ever again.
9+ years

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Cow Girl

Event 439

Steve Coogan and Stephen Frears

Philomena

Venue: The Tata Tent
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Martin Sixsmith’s book Philomena has been made into a multi-award-winning film by screenwriter and actor Steve Coogan (Alan Partridge, The Trip, Despicable Me) and the director Stephen Frears (The Queen, Dirty Pretty Things). They talk to Alan Yentob.

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Steve Coogan and Stephen Frears

Event 440

Helen Fielding talks to Peter Florence

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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What do you do when a girlfriend’s 60th birthday party is the same day as your boyfriend’s 30th? Does the Dalai Lama actually Tweet or is it his assistant? Is sleeping with someone after 2 dates and 6 weeks of texting the same as getting married after 2 meetings and 6 months of letter writing in Jane Austen’s day? Pondering these, and other modern dilemmas, Bridget Jones stumbles through the challenges of single-motherhood, Tweeting, texting and rediscovering her sexuality in what SOME people rudely and out-datedly call ‘middle age’.

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Helen Fielding talks to Peter Florence

Event 441

Alain de Botton

News – A User’s Manual

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Mixing current affairs with philosophical reflections, de Botton offers a brilliant illustrated guide to the precautions we should take before venturing anywhere near the news and the ‘noise’ it generates. Witty and global in reach, The News will ensure you’ll never look at reports of a celebrity story or political scandal in quite the same way again. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

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Alain de Botton

Event 442

Colin McDowell talks to Jeremy Langmead

The Anatomy of Fashion: Why We Dress The Way We Do

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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The esteemed fashion commentator has produced a sumptuous and comprehensive study of clothing design that explains from head to toe why and how we wear what we wear. He pays brilliant and fascinating attention to how the great couturiers work with human anatomy. Come and enjoy the clothes – and his conversation with the editor-in-chief of Mr Porter.

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Colin McDowell talks to Jeremy Langmead

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