Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 2

Nick Robinson talks to Peter Florence – Live from Downing Street

Venue: The Swan Ballroom
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The BBC star political editor tells of the battles for the right to tell the public about the decisions taken on their behalf.
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Event 3

Emma Jones, Liz Daniel, Emily Penrose – Women in Business Forum

Venue: The Swan Drawing Room
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Want to start your own business in the New Year? Meet two local successful entrepreneurs from Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages and Hay Baby childrenswear, and get the low-down on finance, marketing and social media from Enterprise Nation’s Emma Jones, author of Country Living book Turn Your Talent Into A Business. Chaired by Kitty Corrigan.
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Event 4

Christmas Crafts

Venue: Richard Booth’s Bookshop
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From finger-print robins to glittering garlands, Booth’s will be bursting with all kinds of fun and festive things to make and do. Pop in at any time during the morning for face-painting and competitions too!

£2 Donation for materials.

Families, all ages. Drop in
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Event 5

Make a Book in a Day

Venue: Richard Booth’s Bookshop
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Acclaimed author Jenny Valentine will explore the writing and crafting of short stories, before Paul Thomas (BWA Design) steps in to get hands-on with formatting and style. You’ll leave having created a completely unique book from start to finish. Bring a packed lunch.

(11-16 YEARS)
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Event 6

Charity Quiz of The Year

Venue: The Swan Ballroom
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Who won the Booker? The Heptathlon? Ohio? Come and tour the year's hot stories from Leveson to Greggs. Teams of four, and crazy prizes.... 
All proceeds to fund the Festival's writers in schools projects.
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Event 7

James Marriott – The Oil Road: Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London

Venue: The Swan Ballroom
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BP’s oil line from Russia to the West via Iran is one of the most ambitious and contentious adventures in the scramble of global powers in the energy wars. Over a thousand miles long, it weaves a route around the Russian and Iranian borders, transporting oil and gas to hungry Western markets. The authors look at the reality behind the pipeline’s gleaming façade and reveal the hidden history of an iconic project that is also a metaphor for our age.
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Event 8

Michael Davies & Sean Davies – The Last King of Wales

Venue: The Swan Drawing Room
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Revealing the King in all his glory, this first biography of one of Wales’ greatest figures explores the life and legacy of Gruffudd ap Llywelyn’s rule 1013-1063.
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Event 9

Skye Meredith – The Nutcracker

Venue: Richard Booth’s Bookshop
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It is Christmas Eve and a young girl is given a nutcracker doll by her mysterious godfather, Drosselmeyer. Come and join storyteller Skye Meredith on a journey into the magical world of The Nutcracker.

Duration 30 minutes.

(7+ years)
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Event 12

Skye Meredith – The Nutcracker Felt-making Workshop

Venue: Richard Booth’s Bookshop
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Following the story (event 9) there will be the chance for a limited number of children to take part in a workshop with Skye, where we will make felt pictures from the story. 

(7+ years)
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Event 10

Kevin Jackson – The Constellation of Genius

Venue: The Swan Ballroom
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A glorious study of the remarkable year 1922 and the passing of an old world: the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the end of British Liberalism, the thwarting of Marcus Garvey's dreams for a new Africa. Ulysses was published, Proust died and Hollywood transformed the nature of fame, making Charlie Chaplin the most recognisable man on the planet. Hitchcock directed his first feature, Kandinsky and Klee joined the Bauhaus and Louis Armstrong took the train from New Orleans to Chicago, heralding the beginning of modern jazz.
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Event 11

Jenny Valentine – Iggy & Me

Venue: The Swan Drawing Room
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A wonderful series of family stories featuring the mishaps and shenanigans of the irrepressible 5-year-old Iggy, as seen through the eyes of her big sister Flo. 

(5 Years+ )
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Event 13

Ben Fogle – The Accidental Naturalist

Venue: The Swan Ballroom
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For as long as he can remember, Ben Fogle has been surrounded by creatures great and small. Beginning with Liberty and Lexington, the family dogs, Milly the puma-sized cat, Jaws the goldfish and three very ‘charismatic’ parrots, he was destined for a life among animals.
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Event 15

Gavin Francis – Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins

Venue: The Swan Ballroom
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One man, fourteen months, the world’s loneliest continent, minus 50°C, and the magnificent Emperor Penguins for company through a summer of perpetual sunshine into winter months of darkness.
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Event 16

Mark Watson – Stand Up

Venue: The Swan Ballroom
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The Hay favourite novelist, activist and comedian is inspiring, exacting and very, very funny.
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