Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 72

Suggs

That Close

Venue: The Tata Tent
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One of pop music’s most enduring figures talks about his life, through the heady early days of Punk and 2-Tone, to the Eighties, where Madness became the biggest selling singles band of the decade. Along the way he tells us what it’s like to grow up in sixties Soho, go globetrotting with your best mates, make a dead pigeon fly and cause an earthquake in Finsbury Park. He talks to Martin Chilton.

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Suggs

Event 73

Hans Rosenfeldt talks to Tim Marlow

Bron/Broen/The Bridge

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The creator of the iconic Danish-Swedish television thriller takes time out from writing the third series to discuss Saga, Martin and the long-form drama.

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Hans Rosenfeldt talks to Tim Marlow

Event 74

Katherine Ryan

Stand Up – Glam Role Model

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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Ryan’s had a phenomenally successful couple of years, popping up regularly on the telly, from Mock the Week to QI, from 8 Out of 10 Cats to Live at the Apollo. Her new solo show explores the murky world of glamour modelling. ‘Warped wit…striking presence…killer lines…calm confidence.’ The Scotsman

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Katherine Ryan

Event 75

Tom Maschler talks to Francine Stock

John Lennon: In His Own Write

Venue: Starlight Stage
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On 4 June 2014 in New York the legendary Cape publisher auctions the drawings given to him by John Lennon when they were published 50 years ago. He shows the Beatle’s artwork and tells the story of their collaboration.

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Event 76

Robin Ince

Stand Up – In and Out of His Mind

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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After dabbling in Darwin and cleaning out Schrodinger’s Cat, the star of The Infinite Monkey Cage now delves into his mind and possibly your mind too. From Freud and Jung to Laing and Milgram, from rats after rewards to insanity cured by ink spots, Robin looks at the last 100 years of psychiatry, psychology and skewiff brain dabblings.

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Robin Ince

Event 77

Paul Kingsnorth and Mark Rylance

The Wake

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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The actor takes an evening off from filming Wolf Hall to read from Kingsnorth’s extraordinary ‘shadow tongue’ novel. Set in the three years after the Norman invasion of 1066, The Wake tells the story of a fractured band of guerilla fighters who take up arms against the invaders.

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Paul Kingsnorth and Mark Rylance

Event 548

Lee Mack

Hit The Road Mack

Venue: The Tata Tent
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The multi-award-winning star of Not Going Out and Would I Lie To You? returns to Hay Festival with his new stand-up show. Expect his trademark brand of high-energy banter, well-crafted gags and sharp one-liners in one of the most hotly anticipated shows of the year. ‘Gut-bustingly funny’ – The Sunday Times.

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Lee Mack

Event 552

Ben Watt in concert

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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After twenty years in Everything But The Girl, and ten years as a DJ and label boss at Buzzin’ Fly, this year saw Ben Watt return to the solo career he put to one side back in 1983. With a newly released album Hendra – his first in thirty-one years – to accompany his recently published memoir, Romany and Tom, he performs a special free solo show, playing songs new and old.

All donations on the night go towards Books for Prisons.

You can see him read and talk about Romany and Tom with Sarfraz Manzoor earlier in the evening too at an 'in conversation' event at 7pm.

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Ben Watt in concert

Event 485

Emma Towersey

Pilates Class

Venue: Richard Booths Bookshop Yoga Studio
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Pilates is a method of exercise designed to strengthen and balance the body and mind. It is practised through a series of controlled and precise movements linking the breath with every movement. Pilates focuses on developing muscle strength as well as mobilising our spine and joints, which in turn is highly effective in improving our posture and core muscles, as well as keeping the body flexible and agile.  This morning class is suitable for all, whether experienced practitioners or beginners.
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Emma Towersey

Event 524

Broadcasting House

BBC Radio 4

Venue: BBC Tent
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Come and watch Paddy O’Connell present Broadcasting House live on Radio 4. Debate and features on the week’s big stories, plus a lively panel review the Sunday papers.


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


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Broadcasting House

Event 78

Karen Usher, Eric Thomas, David Landsman and David Willetts

The New University

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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Britain needs more scientists and engineers, but can our universities deliver? Current proposals for a new university in Hereford focus on employability and economic growth via a highly innovative ‘Liberal Sciences’ approach. If you’re a parent, a teacher, an employer or just interested in the future of education, jump start your day with this lively discussion. Usher is leading the campaign for the New University, Thomas is Vice Chancellor of Bristol University, Landsman is Executive Director of Tata and Willetts is Minister for Universities.
Chaired by Hereford MP Jesse Norman.

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Karen Usher, Eric Thomas, David Landsman and David Willetts

Event 79

Ian Goldin

The Butterfly Defect

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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The repercussions of local events now cascade over national borders, and the fall-out of financial meltdowns and environmental disasters affects everyone. Goldin analyses how globalization creates systemic risks, and suggests what to do about it.

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Ian Goldin

Event 80

ShaoLan Hsueh

Chineasy

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Come and enjoy your first lesson in Mandarin with the teacher who has developed an extraordinary accessible method of learning the Chinese language.

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ShaoLan Hsueh

Event 500

Hay Castle Tour 5

Venue: Hay Castle Main Hall
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Tour led by Justin Albert, Director of National Trust Wales.

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Hay Castle Tour 5

Event 550

Martin Rees

Gravitational Waves for Breakfast

Venue: Starlight Stage
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News that the Dark Sector Lab near the South Pole had detected indirect evidence of Gravitational Waves caused huge excitement throughout the scientific world. Gravitational Waves are ripples in space-time from the first trillionth of a second of the universe when the universe was squeezed smaller than a tennis ball, and were predicted in 1916 by Albert Einstein in his theory of general relativity.
 
The Astronomer Royal explains what's been observed, how it's interpreted, why it may be wrong, and why cosmologists are so excited.

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Martin Rees

Event 475

Telegraph Editors

What The Paper Said 100 Years Ago

Venue: The Cube
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A daily series hosted by senior Telegraph journalists discussing the day’s stories from exactly 100 years ago taken from the paper’s unique archive (republished each morning at telegraph.co.uk/ww1archive). In early summer 1914, the concerns of British readers were Home Rule for Ireland, the campaign of the Suffragettes, the exciting new worlds of motoring and aviation, the season’s new fashions and Jack Hobbs’s batting. The Great War was only weeks away – here, in fascinating detail, is the world the troops left behind. 
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Event 81

Alan Johnson talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

This Boy

Venue: The Tata Tent
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The former Home Secretary’s marvellous memoir plays out against the background of a vanishing community living in condemned housing. The story moves from post-war austerity in pre-gentrified Notting Hill, through the race riots, school on the Kings Road, Chelsea in the Swinging Sixties, and on to the rock-and-roll years, making a record in Denmark Street and becoming a husband and father while still in his teens.

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Event 82

Alexander Monro

The Paper Trail

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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This is the story of how paper, a simple Chinese invention, has wrapped itself around our world, with history’s most momentous ideas etched upon its surface. The author discusses An Unexpected History of the World’s Greatest Invention with Liz Thomson.

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Alexander Monro

Event 83

Helen Fulton

Troy in Wales: Commemorating the Past in Medieval Britain

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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In medieval Wales, the Trojan legend became a symbol of Wales’ independent past before its colonisation by the Norman and English kings. This illustrated lecture by one of Britain’s leading medievalists reveals the nationalist agenda behind the Welsh version of the Troy story.

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Event 84

Anthony King

The Blunders of Our Governments

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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There are a handful of cock-ups that we remember all too well, from the Poll Tax to the Millennium Dome. However, the list is longer than most of us realize and it is growing. King explains why the British political system is quite so prone to appalling mistakes. Chaired by Martin Chilton.

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Anthony King

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