Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 519

Simon Armitage On Writing Poetry about the Great War

BBC Two

Venue: BBC Tent
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Poet Simon Armitage talks about his new commission for the BBC and the challenge of writing seven poems about the Great War. He will be in conversation with the BBC’s director of Arts, Jonty Claypole, and will be showing clips from his forthcoming documentary. Not for broadcast. The Great War: An Elegy will go out on BBC TWO in the autumn.


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


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Simon Armitage On Writing Poetry about the Great War

Event 33

Peter Snow

When Britain Burned The White House

Venue: The Tata Tent
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In August 1814 the United States’ army is defeated in battle by an invading force just outside Washington DC. The US president and his wife have just enough time to pack their belongings and escape from the White House before the enemy enters. The invaders tuck into the dinner they find still sitting on the dining-room table and then set fire to the place.

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Peter Snow

Event 34

Jerry Brotton

Shakespeare 450 – ‘Was Mohammed inspiréd with a dove?’

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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In this first of Hay Festival's 2014 sessions celebrating the 450th birthday of the playwright, the Renaissance scholar explores Shakespeare’s relationship with the Islamic world in the history plays and in his tragedies.

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Jerry Brotton

Event 35

Ian Goldin

Is the Planet Full?

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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Can our planet support the demands of the ten billion people anticipated to be the world’s population by the middle of this century? The Oxford Professor of Globalization and Development examines the intended and unintended consequences of population and economic growth.

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Ian Goldin

Event 36

Nick Harkaway and Zia Haider Rahman

Fictions – Interesting Times

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Harkaway’s Tigerman and Haider Rahman’s In The Light of What We Know are superb novels of huge scale and imagination that range across the turbulent contemporary world, exploring loyalties, friendship and redemption. They discuss their stories with Olivia Cole.

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Nick Harkaway and Zia Haider Rahman

Event 37

Michael Wood

Found in Translation

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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One of the translators of this encyclopedic philosophical lexicon – The Dictionary of Untranslatables – examines some of the philosophical, literary and political terms and concepts that defy easy – or any – translation from one language and culture to another. He talks to Daniel Hahn, the national programme director of the British Centre for Literary Translation.

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Event 38

Social Enterprise Series: Grace Quantock

Building Resilience

Venue: Landmarc Innovation Hub
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The ‘Trail Blazing Wellness’ advocate suggests strategies for building resilience and flexibility for strong sustainable social enterprises. She focuses on creating business that supports founders rather than drains them and responds to change in the midst of crisis.

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Social Enterprise Series: Grace Quantock

Event HF5

Guy Parker-Rees

Giraffes Can’t Dance

Venue: Starlight Stage
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It’s the 15th anniversary of the worldwide picture book classic. To celebrate, the illustrator will be storytelling and giving behind-the-scenes peeks into his sketchbook.
5+ years 

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Guy Parker-Rees

Event HF4

Henry Winkler

The My Way! Tour

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Famous as ‘the Fonz’ in Happy Days, Henry Winkler overcame dyslexia to act, write and direct. The author of the Hank Zipzer series is on a mission to inspire children and show them how everyone can succeed in their own way. In association with First News, the children’s newspaper.
8+ years

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Henry Winkler

Event HF6

Holly Goldberg Sloan

Counting by 7s

Venue: The Cube
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Fans of Wonder and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will enjoy this heartfelt story of human connections in which a 12-year-old child, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, finds it comforting to count by 7s. Join bestselling Holly Goldberg Sloan over from the USA as she discusses the themes and inspiration behind this highly acclaimed book.
9+ years

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Holly Goldberg Sloan

Event W5

Tweeting Verses with the RSPB

Venue: The Scribblers Hut
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Inspired by nature? Join a poetry workshop hosted by Ty Newydd Writers’ Centre. Birds and wildlife have been a predominant theme throughout the history of poetry, as well as exerting a powerful influence on the literature of Wales. Through a series of writing exercises and discussion, this workshop explores the central role of birds and wilderness in both contemporary verse and legendary tales.

16+ years
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Tweeting Verses with the RSPB

Event 520

How to Break into the Media

BBC

Venue: BBC Tent
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A master class on how to get started. Francine Stock chairs a discussion with young researchers, producers and journalists from Television, Radio and Online on how to break into, and climb, the media career ladder. Not for broadcast.


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


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How to Break into the Media

Event 39

Richard Dawkins talks to Joan Bakewell

An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist

Venue: The Tata Tent
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An intimate and personal decoding of the nature and nurture of the famous and infamous geneticist, author of The Selfish Gene, Unweaving the Rainbow, The God Delusion and The Blind Watchmaker.

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Richard Dawkins talks to Joan Bakewell

Event 40

Matthew d’Ancona and guests

In It Together

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Two days after the European elections and a year from the next UK General Election, the journalist gives us the skinny on the state of the coalition government. Will Boris get a seat? Will Dave’s set club together with Nigel? Will Nick be Deputy PM forever?

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Event 41

Robert Mair

What’s Going On Underground: Tunnelling into the Future for our Cities

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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The world authority on civil and environmental engineering examines the most challenging aspects of underground work faced by the world’s most ambitious construction projects.

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Event 42

Edmund White talks to Damian Barr

Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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The American novelist tells the tales of his fifteen years in France, where he wrote lives of Genet, Rimbaud and Proust and met le tout Paris – from Yves St Laurent and Catherine Deneuve to Michel Foucault.

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Event 43

Cynan Jones talks to Tiffany Murray

The Dig

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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The author reads from and discusses his searing short novel, weaving the interlocking fates of a badger-baiter and a disconsolate farmer. The story unfolds in a stark rural setting where man, animal, land and weather are at loggerheads. 

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Event 44

Social Enterprise Series: Andrew Holcroft

Grub: A Food Business for the Future

Venue: Landmarc Innovation Hub
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Grub is an interactive food experience introducing the concept of entomophagy (eating insects) as well as other alternative protein sources. Everything is cooked in a sustainable, low-carbon kitchen using Pembrokeshire’s finest produce.

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Social Enterprise Series: Andrew Holcroft

Event HF7

Cassandra Clare

The Mortal Instruments

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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An interview with the creator of the hit YA series The Mortal Instruments. City of Bones was adapted into a blockbuster movie in 2013.

12+ years

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Cassandra Clare

Event HF9

Polarbear

Venue: The Cube
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Come and play with rhyme. Steven Camden (aka spoken word artist Polarbear) leads a fun and informal session sharing his fascination with rap and rhyming words meant to be spoken out loud. Get some rhyming tips and have a go yourself.
11+ years

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Polarbear

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