Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event HF8

The Tale of King Harald

The Last Viking Adventure

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Thomas Williams, Project Curator for the Vikings exhibition at the British Museum, shares the excitement of one of the great Viking tales and answers your questions about Viking life and legend.
8+ years

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The Tale of King Harald

Event W7

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 W6

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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Wild Garden Safari with the RSPB

Event 521

Amanda Vickery

BBC Two

Venue: BBC Tent
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Amanda Vickery talks about her new series The Story of Women and Art which explores the hidden journey of female creativity in Western Art. She will be in conversation with the BBC’s Arts Commissioner, Mark Bell, and will be showing clips from the series. Not for broadcast. The Story of Women and Art will be going out on BBC TWO in May.


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


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Amanda Vickery

Event 45

Tony Fadell talks to Stephen Fry

The Podfather

Venue: The Tata Tent
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The founder of Nest and creator of Apple’s iconic iPod talks with the writer, actor and renowned technophile about the future of technology, design, unloved devices and staying comfortable. 

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Tony Fadell talks to Stephen Fry

Event 46

Tristram Hunt

Ten Cities That Made an Empire

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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Citing Boston, Bridgetown, Dublin, Cape Town, Calcutta, Hong Kong, Bombay, Melbourne, New Delhi and Liverpool, the historian charts the processes of exchange and adaptation that shaped the colonial experience and, in turn, transformed the culture, economy and identity of the British Isles.

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Tristram Hunt

Event 47

Cherie Booth and Hilary Heilbron

Rose Heilbron

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The daughter of the celebrated and glass-Bar-breaking QC and judge discusses her mother’s career and legacy, detailed in her biography Rose Heilbron, Legal Pioneer of the 20th Century – Inspiring Advocate who became England’s First Woman Judge.

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Cherie Booth and Hilary Heilbron

Event 48

Heather Widdows

Perfect Me!

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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The Professor of Global Ethics explores the idea of perfection as exhibited in contemporary ideals of beauty. She questions the ways the aspiration can be read: as an individual’s aspiration to perfect themselves (‘I want to be perfect’), as assertion of what being perfect is (‘this is what I would be if I were perfect’), and as a command which a woman feels she should obey (‘you should be perfect’).

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Heather Widdows

Event 49

Joseph O’Connor and Maggie Shipstead

Fictions – Performers

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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O’Connor’s The Thrill Of It All charts twenty-five years of friendship and music for the members of the band The Ships in the Night. Shipstead’s Astonish Me is the story of Joan, a young American dancer who helps a Soviet ballet star to defect in 1975. It’s a fiercely compelling glimpse into the demanding world of professional ballet and its magnetic hold over two generations. They read and talk to the actress and writer Lisa Dwan.

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Joseph O’Connor and Maggie Shipstead

Event 50

Sonia Montecino

Rapa Nui – Easter Island

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The Chilean anthropologist introduces the colonial history and culture of the Polynesian island, and the islanders’ relationship with food, language and the renowned stone sculptures.

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Sonia Montecino

Event HF10

Lauren Child

Clarice Bean and Ruby Redfort

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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Lauren Child is the brilliant talent behind the much-loved characters Clarice Bean and Ruby Redfort. In an illustrated talk, she shares her thoughts about how your worries as a child can inspire your stories, the reason she finds sibling relationships so fascinating, and why watching too much TV isn’t always such a bad thing.
8+ years

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Lauren Child

Event HF11

Ted Dewan

It’s a Bing Thing

Venue: The Cube
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Stop tearing your hair out and, instead, thrive in the tumultuous space between parents and toddlers; and when things go wrong, it’s no big thing, it’s a Bing Thing. Coming to TV soon.     
3–5 years
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Ted Dewan

Event 51

Jennifer Saunders talks to Francine Stock

Bonkers – My Life in Laughs

Venue: The Tata Tent
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The writer and actor’s life is full of riotous adventures: accidentally enrolling on a teacher training course with a young Dawn French, bluffing her way to each BBC series, shooting Lulu, trading wild faxes with Joanna Lumley, and touring India with Ruby Wax and Goldie Hawn.

 

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Jennifer Saunders talks to Francine Stock

Event 52

Charles Moore talks to Damian Barr

Margaret Thatcher

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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Moore’s first volume covers the Prime Minister’s early life and her political journey to power, drawing on unrestricted access to unpublished material. It is hailed as a masterpiece of biography. He talks with the author of the fabulous, award-winning memoir Maggie and Me.

 

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Charles Moore talks to Damian Barr

Event 53

James Holland

Normandy ’44

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The historian looks at both D-Day itself and the wider 77-day campaign and challenges some of the many myths that have arisen. In the 70th anniversary year, he draws on the perspectives and experiences of those who were there, as well as the latest academic thinking and his practical knowledge of the battlefield and the equipment used.

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Event 54

Timothy Brook talks to Jerry Brotton

Mr Selden’s Map of China

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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The author of Vermeer’s Hat discusses his picaresque adventure to decode an ancient map: a journey through Chinese science and folklore, the globalized spice trade, the tides of international exchange, and the disputes of the South China Sea.

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Event 55

Abigail Rokison

Shakespeare 450 – Romeo and Juliet, Interpretation and Adaptation

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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The eponymous lovers have become synonymous with intense young love, and the image of a young man wooing his love at a balcony is now iconic. The Shakespeare scholar will explore a range of stage productions and adaptations of Romeo and Juliet, aimed specifically at young people.

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Abigail Rokison

Event 56

Kamila Shamsie and Louisa Young

Fictions – After The War

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Shamsie’s epic story A God In Every Stone starts in 1914 and carries us across the globe, into the heart of empires fallen and conquered, from Ypres to Peshawar. Young’s The Heroes’ Welcome is a sequel to My Dear, I Wanted To Tell You. For those who fought, those who healed and those left behind, 1919 is a year freighted with perilous beginnings, unavoidable realities and gleams of indestructible hope. The authors talk to Ted Hodgkinson.

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Kamila Shamsie and Louisa Young

Event 57

Social Enterprise Series: Mike Mackenzie

Can Enterprise Work For You?

Venue: Landmarc Innovation Hub
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What you do and don’t need to succeed. Mike Mackenzie is a former RN Officer (Submarine Service) and has helped set up three businesses.

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Social Enterprise Series: Mike Mackenzie

Event HF12

The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Jonny Duddle, creator of the hugely successful The Pirates Next Door is back with a brand new and equally crazy adventure. Noise, laughs and piratical roars coming your way…
5+ years

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The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon

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