Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 536

Midweek

BBC Radio 4

Venue: BBC Tent
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Lively and diverse conversation, presented by Libby Purves.   Guests include Roy Strong, horse trainer, Venetia Williams and Polly Bolton.

Broadcast live, 9am–9.45am, and repeated the same evening at 9.30pm–10

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

FREE BUT TICKETED

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Midweek

Event 230

Llwynberried Farm

Venue: Meet at Box Office
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Agronomist Jonathon Harrington and vet Barney Sampson lead a visit to John and Helen Price’s farm, which specialises in producing top quality beef from their single suckler herd. See how a family farm copes with the real life challenges of modern agriculture. Llwynberried also produces all its own fodder and feed crops and supplies both local and national retailers. Crops include wheat, barley, oilseed rape and forage maize. A short walk to see the herd grazing will take place if the weather permits. Beef from the farm will be served in bread rolls at the end of the visit. Also see events 135, 182, 276, 322

This is a visit to a real working farm and is suitable for anyone interested in learning more about food and farming. Families are welcome, children must be accompanied at all times. Coaches will return to the festival site in time for events starting at 1pm.

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Event 506

Hay Castle Tour 11

Venue: Hay Castle Main Hall
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Tour led by Edward Holland, Senior Projects Advisor for the Prince’s Regeneration Trust.

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Hay Castle Tour 11

Event 478

Telegraph Editors

What The Paper Said 100 Years Ago

Venue: The Scribblers Hut
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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 231

John Lewis-Stempel

The War Behind the Wire: The Life, Death and Glory of British Prisoners of War, 1914–18

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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In the camps the war was eternal. There was the war against the German military, fought with everything from taunting humour to outright sabotage. British POWs also fought a valiant war against the conditions in which they were mired. They battled starvation, disease, Prussian cruelties, boredom, and their own inner demons. And, of course, they escaped.

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Event 232

John Harvey talks to Marcel Berlins

Darkness, Darkness

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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We are thrilled to launch the final DI Charlie Resnick novel, by the Cartier Diamond Dagger-winning crime novelist, which brings Harvey’s hero face to face with his past in the miners’ strike of thirty years ago.

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Event 233

Ken Thompson

Where Do Camels Belong?

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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Where do camels belong? ‘In the Arab world’ may seem the obvious answer, but they are relative newcomers there. They evolved in North America, retain their greatest diversity in South America, and the only remaining wild dromedaries are in Australia. Thompson examines The Story and Science of Invasive Species.

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Event 234

Jo Bell, Libby Purves and Geraint Coles talk to Mark Skipworth

The Book that Saved the Canals

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Seventy years ago Tom Rolt published the book Narrowboat and sparked one of Britain’s greatest conservation movements and rescued the nation’s canals from destruction. The Daily Telegraph’sMark Skipworth discusses with journalist Libby Purves, poet Jo Bell and industrial archaeologist Geraint Coles.

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Event 495

The Prince's Drawing School

Venue: The Summer House
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Spend a morning drawing and change the way you see! Come to the Pop Up Studio and learn to draw with The Prince's Drawing School, the only art school dedicated to drawing from observation. Suitable for all ages and abilities. All equipment provided.
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The Prince's Drawing School

Event 507

Hay Castle Tour 12

Venue: Hay Castle Main Hall
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Tour led by Edward Holland, Senior Projects Advisor for the Prince’s Regeneration Trust.

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Hay Castle Tour 12

Event HF74

Anneliese Emmans Dean

Buzzing!

Venue: The Cube
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Discover the poetry in garden mini-beasts with the poet and performer whose acclaimed book Buzzing! was written for all young nature lovers. Buzzing! was shortlisted for the 2013 Royal Society of Young People’s book prize and endorsed by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

6+ years

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Anneliese Emmans Dean

Event HF72

Daniel Morden

Tales From Troy

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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We all know how the Trojan War ended. But how did it begin? Award-winning storyteller and author Daniel Morden tells timeless tales from long ago, featuring such legendary characters as Helen, Paris and Achilles…
8+ years

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Daniel Morden

Event HF156

Jasper Fforde

The Last Dragonslayer

Venue: Starlight Stage
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One of the UK’s most imaginative and entertaining authors creates hilarious, often absurd but always compelling adventures within bizarre and zany worlds. Find out all about The Eye of Zoltar, the third novel in his hugely popular Last Dragonslayer series, packed with Jasper’s trademark magic and invention. 

11+ years

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Jasper Fforde

Event W28

Muddy Writing Trail For Families

Venue: Meet at St Marys Church
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Bring your wellies and join us for a Muddy Writing Trail along the River Wye. We will be learning to look carefully and notice as we enjoy nature. We will collect words and objects, learn about the River Wye and write and perform a group poem. Younger children will create a Wild Wye Web collage.

4–12 years

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Muddy Writing Trail For Families

Event HF71

Robert Winston

Utterly Amazing Science

Venue: The Tata Tent
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The professor unravels the mysteries of science and explains exactly what makes the world go round. From rocket launches to erupting volcanoes, with fun facts and mind-blowing information, Utterly Amazing Science will capture the imagination of children (and grown-ups) of all ages.
8+ years

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Robert Winston

Event W27

Royal Shakespeare Company

Introducing Shakespeare’s Histories

Venue: The Scribblers Hut
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A practical, fun workshop for all the family. You’ll work together as actors do during RSC rehearsals but no previous experience or knowledge is required as you’ll be introduced to characters and themes from Shakespeare’s History plays on the day. This workshop is for all members of the family to join in with.

Most suitable for 7+ years

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Royal Shakespeare Company

Event W29

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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Event W30

RSPB Kids Wildlife Photography Workshop

Venue: The Mess Tent
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Young wildlife photographer in the making? Take the RSPB photography challenge, discover what lives in the Hay Festival garden and get creative! Learn new skills and discover nature with Photography Jnr and RSPB Cymru. 
4–12 years

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RSPB Kids Wildlife Photography Workshop

Event 235

Toni Morrison talks to Jerry Brotton

Shakespeare 450 – Desdemona

Venue: The Tata Tent
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The novelist talks about her play written in response to Shakespeare’s Othello. Her workis an intimate dialogue of words and music between Desdemona and her African nurse Barbary. Morrison gives voice and depth to the female characters, letting them speak and sing in the fullness of their hearts.

Other events in the Shakespeare 450 series - 34, 55 and 446.

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Event 236

Robin Hesketh

Cambridge University Series 8

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Demystifying Cancer

The biochemist explains how the behaviour of cells is controlled and what goes wrong when they begin to proliferate in an abnormal manner – the basic cause of cancers. He then enters an amazing new world, revealed by astonishing technical advances that are revolutionising how we think about and treat cancers. Advances and alternatives that suggest a cautious optimism for the future of mankind’s battle against these fascinating diseases. His Betrayed by Nature and The Secret of Life are published this year.

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Event 237

Franny Armstrong, Liz Crow and Jasvinder Sanghera talk to Rosie Boycott

Here We Stand

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Contributors to Honno’s new anthology about women campaigners discuss how they became politicised, and how they were personally changed by the process of changing the world. Armstrong is director of the climate change blockbuster Age of Stupid, and is now working on a TV drama series based on the true story of the police spies who infiltrated British activist groups and the women who unwittingly had relationships and even children with them. Crow is a disability rights activist and performance artist. Sanghera has won many awards and accolades for her work against honour-based abuse and forced marriage.

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Event 238

Miranda Seymour

Noble Endeavours: The Life of Two Countries, England and Germany, in Many Stories

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
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In 1613 a beautiful Stuart princess married a handsome young German prince. This was a love match, but it was also an alliance that aimed to weld together Europe’s two great Protestant powers. Before Elizabeth and Frederick left London for the court in Heidelberg, they watched a performance of The Winter’s Tale. In 1943, a group of British POWs gave a performance of that same play to a group of enthusiastic Nazi guards in Bavaria. When the amateur actors suggested doing a version of The Merchant of Venice that showed Shylock as the hero, the guards brought in the costumes and helped create the sets. Nothing about the story of England and Germany is as simple as we might expect. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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Miranda Seymour

Event 239

Sabrina Mahfouz, Owen Sheers, Marcus Brigstocke, David Buckland and Mark Shorrock

Art in the Environment

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
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Art is not always just for art’s sake: it has long been used as way of exploring, communicating and engaging people as well as bringing people together. Writers Mahfouz, Sheers and Brigstocke, and Cape Farewell director Buckland, discuss vision, ethics, imagination and integrity. They are joined by Mark Shorrock from the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, who is unveiling the first of two international art commissions.

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Event 240

Social Enterprise Series: Nick Temple

The Magnificent Seven

Venue: Landmarc Innovation Hub
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Seven key tips for making a success in social enterprise. Nick Temple is the Director of Business & Enterprise at Social Enterprise UK.

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Event HF75

Cathy Cassidy

Venue: The Telegraph Stage
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The much-loved author introduces the newest delicious addition to The Chocolate Box Girls series: Sweet Honey. Cathy is an award-winning author who writes about difficult subjects in a touching yet humorous way – and offers tips on friendship, daydreaming and chocolate.
8+ years
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