HAY FESTIVAL 2018 PROGRAMME

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Event 91

Mervyn King

The British Academy Lecture: Crises, 1914–2014

Venue: The Tata Tent

1914 is the subject of many war books published in 2014. But 1914 also saw the biggest financial crisis in Britain until the events of 2008. The former Governor of the Bank of England compares 1914, 1931 and 2008 before joining Nick Stern in conversation, followed by an open Q&A.

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Mervyn King

Event 92

John Eliot Gardiner

Music in the Castle of Heaven

Venue: The Telegraph Stage

One of the world’s leading conductors presents his portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach. How can such sublime work have been produced by a man who seems so ordinary, so opaque – and occasionally so intemperate? Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.

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John Eliot Gardiner

Event 93

Helen Dunmore talks to Alex Clark

Fictions – The Lie

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage

Behind Daniel lie the mud, barbed-wire entanglements and terror of the trenches. Behind him is also the most intense relationship of his life. Set during and just after the First World War, The Lie is an enthralling, heart-wrenching novel of love, memory and devastating loss.

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Helen Dunmore talks to Alex Clark

Event 94

Josh Cohen

The Private Life

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The war over private life spreads inexorably. Some seek to expose, invade and steal it, others to protect, conceal and withhold it. But what if what we call ‘private life’ is the one element in us that we can’t possess? Could it be that we’re so intent on taking hold of the privacy of others or keeping hold of our own only because we’re powerless to do either? Cohen is a psychoanalyst and professor of literature.

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Event 95

Daniel M Davis

The Compatibility Gene

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

We each possess a similar set of around 25,000 human genes. Yet a tiny, distinctive cluster of these genes plays a disproportionately large part in how our bodies work. The immunologist argues that these few genes hold the key to who we are as individuals and our relationship to the world: how we combat disease; how our brains are wired; how attractive we are; even how likely we are to reproduce. Chaired by Liz Hunt.

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Event 96

Philippa Semper

Who Wants to Live Forever? Mortals, Immortals and the Undead

Venue: The Oxfam Moot

The Medievalist and Fantasy scholar considers our interest in life without death – as vampires, zombies or in other forms, and as it appears in myth, folklore, literary novels and popular culture. What can these stories tell us about the desire for immortality?

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Philippa Semper

Event 97

Social Enterprise Series: Ren Kapur

From Brewer to Plumber to Pagan Memorabilia

Venue: Landmarc Innovation Hub

Ren Kapur is a serial entrepreneur with a focus on social-values-driven enterprise. He has set up and delivered a number of businesses and innovative business solutions.

FREE BUT TICKETED

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Social Enterprise Series: Ren Kapur

Event HF24

Dinosaur Cove

Venue: Starlight Stage

Step into the late Cretaceous period with intrepid dinosaur expert Chris Jarvis from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Examine fossils and find out how palaeontologists interpret their finds.
6+ years

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Dinosaur Cove

Event HF25

Petr Horáček

Venue: The Cube

The award-winning Czech illustrator will tell stories and share drawings from his many books including Puffin Peter, Silly Suzy Goose, and A New House for Mouse.
3–5 years

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Petr Horáček

Event W11

Traditional Stool-making Workshop

Venue: Traditional Building Skills Cruck
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 W10

Wild Garden Safari with the RSPB

Venue: The Scribblers Hut
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 527

Original British Dramatists on Radio 4: A New Writing Master Class

BBC Radio 4

Venue: BBC Tent

Jeremy Howe, BBC Radio 4 Commissioning Editor for Drama, chairs a discussion with new writers Caroline Horton and Rose Heiney and BBC Wales producer Helen Perry. Not for broadcast.


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


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Original British Dramatists on Radio 4: A New Writing Master Class

Event 98

Jeremy Paxman

Great Britain’s Great War

Venue: The Tata Tent

Traditional images reinforce the view that the Great War was a pointless waste of life. So why did the nation fight so willingly and endure suffering for so long? The journalist uses a wealth of first-hand source material to explain how life and identity in Britain were completely transformed by the experience, often for the better.

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Event 99

Owen Sheers

The Raymond Williams Lecture 2014: Singing in Chains: His Sullen Art – The Poetry of Dylan Thomas

Venue: The Telegraph Stage

To celebrate Dylan's centenary, Owen Sheers explores the evolution of Thomas's poetic voice, from its early manifestation in his teenage notebooks, to his great mature poems of mortality and nostalgia. What is it about Thomas' poems that so caught, and continues to catch, the world's imagination? Why do so many cite classics like ‘Fern Hill’ and ‘Do Not Go Gentle’ as their favourite poems? And how did Dylan Thomas, alone at the page, go about composing these hymns of humanity which still, 100 years later, are so imbued with a timeless and universal resonance?

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Owen Sheers

Event 100

Hans-Ulrich Obrist

Ways of Curating

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The co-director of the Serpentine Gallery is one of the art world’s most colourful characters, with an encyclopedic knowledge of art practice and history. He offers a riveting and inspiring understanding of the role of the curator in shaping culture. He talks to Hannah Rothschild.

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Event 101

Michael Wolff talks to Dylan Jones

Tabletalk

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The Vanity Fair journalist and biographer of Rupert Murdoch discusses and updates his classic work The Man Who Owns The News.

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Event 102

Carlos Acosta talks to Sarah Crompton

Pig’s Foot

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage

The Cuban dancer introduces his novel: as Oscar sets out to find his ancestral village of Pata de Puerco and the meaning of the magical pig’s-foot amulet he has inherited, the search for his country’s hidden history becomes entangled with his search for the truth about himself.

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Carlos Acosta talks to Sarah Crompton

Event 103

John Tusa, David Lammy, Jesse Norman, John Kampfner

Politics and the Arts

Venue: The Oxfam Moot

How should culture be valued by politicians? What does it contribute to the GDP and Britain’s sense of identity? Tusa, the former Barbican chief, is the author of Pain in the Arts. Norman, a director of Hay Festival and the Roundhouse, is writing Soul Food – The Conservative Case for the Arts. Lammy was Minister for the Arts in the last Labour government and is a prospective candidate for London Mayor. Kampfner is Director of the Creative Industries Federation. Chaired by Liz Hunt.

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John Tusa, David Lammy, Jesse Norman, John Kampfner

Event HF26

Babette Cole

Venue: Starlight Stage

The brilliant Babette Cole will delight parents and children with her pictures and stories while letting you in on the secrets of how she puts a book together.
5+ years

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Babette Cole

Event W61

Crafting with Yasmeen Ismail

Venue: The Mess Tent
Prepare to get crafty with Yasmeen Ismail, award-winning author and illustrator of Time for Bed, Fred! Make your very own paper dog and then decorate him with pompoms, stickers, wiggly eyes and paper fur.

4+ years
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