Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 443

Julian Thomas

The Dorstone Dig

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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Digging on Dorstone Hill over the last couple of summers, the archaeological team have uncovered two 6,000-year-old burial mounds and the remains of two huge halls that appear to have been ritually burned down. Thomas, who leads the excavations, talks about what they’ve found and the Neolithic traditions of houses for the living and houses for the dead.

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Julian Thomas

Event 444

Atef Abu Saif and Abdallah Tayeh

Fictions – The Book of Gaza

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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The novelist Atef Abu Saif introduces his groundbreaking anthology of ten Palestinian writers who have been translated into English for the first time. Each story takes place in a different part of the Strip and provides a ‘literary map’, navigating its readers around the cities. He is joined by one of the contributing short story writers, Abdallah Tayeh. They talk to Georgina Godwin.

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Event 445

Social Enterprise Series: Katie Millard

Ordinary Woman To Entrepreneur

Venue: Landmarc Innovation Hub
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An ordinary woman, part-time Local Authority employee and full-time mum describes the start of her journey to set up her own family-focused Community Interest Café.

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Social Enterprise Series: Katie Millard

Event HF149

Emer Stamp

The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig

Venue: The Cube
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Join Emer Stamp for a glimpse inside The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig. Crammed with cartoons, evil chickens, a plot to send Pig to Pluto, and Farmer, who is feeding Pig suspiciously well. Thank goodness for Duck, his reliable friend. With live drawing and lots of laughs.
Duration 45 minutes
6+ years

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Emer Stamp

Event HF148

Judy Blume

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The legendary author of Forever makes a rare trip to the UK. Her ground-breaking novels for children and young adults were amongst the first to tackle racism, divorce, bullying and teen sex and have provoked controversy for decades.
Duration 45 minutes
13+ years (YA)

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Judy Blume

Event 547

Gideon Coe & Chris Hawkins

BBC Radio 6 Music

Venue: BBC Tent
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Gideon Coe and Chris Hawkins come live from Brecon Beacons as part of '6Music at Hay Festival'. They'll be joined by author and musician Bob Stanley talking about his recent book Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop. Plus, performance poet John Hegley will be dropping by, mandolin in hand to give us a number or two from his recent spud themed collections. 

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

FREE BUT TICKETED

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Gideon Coe & Chris Hawkins

Event W42

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 W53

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 446

Richard Eyre

Shakespeare 450 – The Hollow Crown

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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The theatre and film director discusses his film versions of Shakespeare’s History plays, and their role both in Shakespeare’s canon and in our understanding of Britain’s identity.

Other events in the Shakespeare 450 series - 34, 55 and 235

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Richard Eyre

Event 447

Chris Lintott and Jon Culshaw

The Cosmic Tourist

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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We are surrounded by an astronomical zoo of familiar and curious objects, from asteroids and zodiacal dust to Alpha Centauri and the centre of the Milky Way. Chris Lintott discusses the many marvels of the cosmos with comedian and impressionist Jon Culshaw, and takes us on a tour of the universe.

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Event 448

Daisy Goodwin talks to Peter Florence

The Fortune Hunter

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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The bestselling author of My Last Duchess introduces her new novel. In 1875 Sisi, the Empress of Austria, is the woman that every man desires and every woman envies. Beautiful, athletic and intelligent, Sisi has everything – except happiness. Bored with the stultifying etiquette of the Hapsburg Court and her dutiful but unexciting husband, Franz Joseph, Sisi comes to England to hunt. She comes looking for excitement and she finds it in the dashing form of Captain Bay Middleton, the only man in Europe who can outride her…

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Daisy Goodwin talks to Peter Florence

Event 449

Edwina Ehrman

The V&A Lecture: The Wedding Dress

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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The curator of the latest V&A exhibition traces the development of the fashionable white wedding dress and its treatment by key fashion designers such as Charles Frederick Worth, Norman Hartnell, Charles James, Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang in this sumptuously illustrated lecture. Chaired by Corisande Albert.

The exhibition Wedding Dresses, 1775–2014 is at the Victoria & Albert Museum until 15 March 2015.
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Event 450

John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge

The Fourth Revolution

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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In response to earlier crises in government, there have been three great revolutions, which have brought about the nation-state, the liberal state and the welfare state. In each, Europe and America have set the example. The Economist writers suggest we are now in the midst of a fourth revolution in the history of the nation-state, but this time the Western way is in danger of being left behind. The race is not just one of efficiency, but a race to see which political values will triumph in the C21st: the liberal values of democracy and freedom or the authoritarian values of command and control. 

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Event HF150

Comedy with Justin Fletcher

Venue: The Tata Tent
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The Bafta-winning comic genius and television star who was awarded an MBE for services to children’s broadcasting gets you singing, Makaton signing and most of all laughing at jokes from his many books including Rhyme Time and Chuckle Time. Book quickly!

Duration 45 minutes

Family event

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Comedy with Justin Fletcher

Event HF152

Penny Dreadful

Venue: The Cube
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Penelope Treadwell, millionaire orphan heiress, runs bestselling Victorian magazine Penny Dreadful while managing some detective work on the side. Join Christopher Edge as he introduces Penny’s latest adventure The Black Crow Conspiracy, in which she battles the dark forces behind an alternative World War I.
Duration 45 minutes
9+ years

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Penny Dreadful

Event HF151

Sophia McDougall

Mars Evacuees

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Imagine being evacuated to Mars, from the war zone of Earth, and having to join an army to fight aliens in a last-ditch attempt to save the galaxy. What would your life be like? Sophia McDougall introduces her new adventure sci-fi series, perfect for fans of Percy Jackson and Artemis Fowl.
9+ years

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Sophia McDougall

Event 451

John Bishop talks to Dylan Jones

How Did All This Happen?

Venue: The Tata Tent
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The late-onset superstar and stadium-rocking comedian discusses his extraordinarily happy memoir How Did All This Happen?

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Event 452

Ben Macintyre

A Spy Among Friends

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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Kim Philby was the most notorious British defector and Soviet mole in history. Agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, he betrayed every secret of Allied operations to the Russians in the early years of the Cold War. Philby’s two closest friends in the intelligence world, Nicholas Elliott of MI6 and James Jesus Angleton, the CIA intelligence chief, thought they knew Philby better than anyone, and then discovered they had not known him at all.

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Event 453

Katie Campbell

British Gardens in Time: The Greatest Gardens and the People Who Shaped Them

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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A fascinating comparison of four iconic gardens – Stowe, Biddulph Grange, Nymans and Great Dixter – each a product of its age. The stories of their creation include obsession, escape, social ambition, political intrigue, heartbreak, bankruptcy and disaster.

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Event 454

Danny Dorling

All That Is Solid

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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Housing was at the heart of the financial collapse, and our economy is now precariously reliant on the housing market. Tracing how we got to our current crisis and how housing has come to reflect class and wealth in Britain, All That Is Solid radically shows that the solution to our problems – rising homelessness, a generation priced out of home ownership – is not, as is widely assumed, building more homes. Inequality, Dorling argues, is what we really need to overcome. Chaired by Andy Fryers.

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