Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 4

Make a Book in a Day

Venue: Hay Parish Hall
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Back by popular demand, in this workshop award-winning author Jenny Valentine will explore the writing and crafting of short stories, before Paul Thomas (of Bwtîc – bwtic.co.uk) 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.

12+ years

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Make a Book in a Day

Event 5

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 throughout the morning for face-painting and competitions too!

 

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Christmas Crafts

Event 6

Romina Chiappa, Alex Gooch and Liam Burgess

Food, Glorious Food

Venue: The Swan Ballroom
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Bread, chocolate and pasta are year-round comfort foods. Meet an artisan baker, a chocolatier and a Welsh-Italian cook who set up family food businesses, and learn how you can do the same from your kitchen table. Chaired by former Country Living Deputy Editor Kitty Corrigan.

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Romina Chiappa, Alex Gooch and Liam Burgess

Event 7

John Dougherty

Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face

Venue: The Swan Dining Room
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The funniest, craziest book featuring bananas that you’ll ever read. Anarchic, fun and clever – a proper, funny story for children to get their teeth into. 

7+ years

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John Dougherty

Event 8

Alexia Tucker

Let’s Start The Countdown to Christmas Day!

Venue: Hay Castle – Landmarc Stage
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Come and join local illustrator Alexia to make your very own Advent Calendar. Fill it with goodies when you get home and you will be all set for the Christmas season. There will be lots of cutting and sticking, so make sure you have your creative Christmas hats on!

5+ years

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Alexia Tucker

Event 9

Laura Bates talks to Francine Stock

Everyday Sexism

Venue: The Swan Ballroom
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It seems to be increasingly difficult to talk about sexism, equality and women’s rights in a modern society that perceives itself to have achieved gender equality. Laura Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, a collection of over 10,000 women’s daily experiences of gender inequality. 

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Laura Bates talks to Francine Stock

Event 10

Atinuke – Storytelling

The No.1 Car Spotter

Venue: The Swan Dining Room
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Join traditional storyteller Atinuke, author of the No.1 Car Spotter and Anna Hibiscus series, as she conjures up the sights, sounds and hustle and bustle of life in Africa. 

6+ years

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Atinuke – Storytelling

Event 11

Innes Bowen talks to Abdul-Rehman Malik

Medina in Birmingham, Najaf in Brent: Inside British Islam

Venue: Hay Castle – Landmarc Stage
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The fruit of 80 interviews carried out over seven years by the respected BBC editor Innes Bowen, Inside British Islam details the anatomy of the (British) Muslim scene, with all its intricate subdivisions. Neither hostile to nor defensive of Islam, it offers a nuanced picture reflecting diligent investigation. She talks to journalist and educator Abdul-Rehman Malik.

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Innes Bowen talks to Abdul-Rehman Malik

Event 50

*LIVE STREAM* Laura Bates talks to Francine Stock

Everyday Sexism

Venue: From the comfort of your home
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It seems to be increasingly difficult to talk about sexism, equality and women’s rights in a modern society that perceives itself to have achieved gender equality. Laura Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, a collection of over 10,000 women’s daily experiences of gender inequality. 

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*LIVE STREAM* Laura Bates talks to Francine Stock

Event 13

Jenni Desmond

The Zebra Who Ran Too Fast

Venue: The Swan Dining Room
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Zebra, Elephant and Bird are three best friends together: then one day they all fall out because Zebra runs TOO fast and doesn’t listen to his friends.

Join Jenni for a storytelling session and hands-on art workshop. She’ll also show you how she made the book, and you will be making your very own zebra mask to take home.

3+ years

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Jenni Desmond

Event 14

Peter Hennessy talks to Susie Symes

Establishment and Meritocracy

Venue: The Swan Ballroom
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The interlocking themes of Establishment and Meritocracy form a crucial part of the intellectual compost that made Hennessy’s generation of post-war Britons. The Establishment and the concept of a growing and eventually self-propelling meritocracy were always at odds, and the policies that brought it about dramatically altered British society. He talks to economist Susie Symes, Chair of 19 Princelet Street.

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Peter Hennessy talks to Susie Symes

Event 16

Tope Folarin, Chibundu Onuzo and Nii Ayikwei Parkes

Africa39

Venue: Hay Castle – Landmarc Stage
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The Hay Festival project Africa39 has selected and now celebrates the most 39 promising writers under 40 from Africa, south of the Sahara and the diaspora, bringing them together in an anthology published by Bloomsbury. Three of these leading writers discuss their work and amazing new writing from Africa with the book's editor, Ellah Wakatama Allfrey.

The Africa39 anthology is also available to buy online.

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Tope Folarin, Chibundu Onuzo and Nii Ayikwei Parkes

Event 12

Graham Swift talks to Peter Florence

England and Other Stories

Venue: The Swan Ballroom
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Through the 25 stories in Graham Swift's most recent anthology, we are steered effortlessly from the Civil War to the present day, from world-shaking events to the secret dramas lived out in rooms, workplaces, homes. With his remarkable sense of place, he charts an intimate human geography and, in doing so, he moves us profoundly, but with a constant eye for comedy. Graham will read from the collection and discuss his work with Peter Florence.

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Graham Swift talks to Peter Florence

Event 15

Danny Dorling and Mary O’Hara

Inequality and Austerity

Venue: The Swan Dining Room
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Few would dispute that we live in an unequal and unjust world, but what causes this inequality to persist? Dorling, author of Inequality and the 1%, examines who is most harmed by these injustices and why, and what happens to those who most benefit. O’Hara, author of Austerity Bites, takes us on a journey to the sharp end of the cuts in the UK. Hard-hitting and uncompromising in their call to action, this event is essential for everyone concerned with social justice.

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Danny Dorling and Mary O’Hara

Event 17

Gordon Corrigan: Waterloo – A New History of the Battle and its Armies

The Annual Smith-Soldat Memorial Lecture

Venue: Hay Castle – Landmarc Stage
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Fought on Sunday 18 June 1815 by some 220,000 men over rain-sodden ground in what is now Belgium, the Battle of Waterloo brought an end to twenty-three years of almost continual war between revolutionary and later imperial France and her enemies. Corrigan explores in fascinating detail the relative strengths and frailties of the very different armies involved (French, British, Dutch, Prussian and German), of their various arms (infantry, artillery and cavalry), and of their men – officers and, above all, their commanders. 

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Gordon Corrigan: Waterloo – A New History of the Battle and its Armies

Event 18

David and Ben Crystal

You Say Potato: A Book About Accents

Venue: The Swan Ballroom
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From reconstructing Shakespeare’s accent to the rise and fall of Received Pronunciation, actor Ben Crystal and his linguist father David travel the world in search of the stories of spoken English. Witty, authoritative and jam-packed full of fascinating facts, You Say Potato is a celebration of the myriad ways in which the English language is spoken – and how our accents, in so many ways, speak louder than words.

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David and Ben Crystal

Event 19

Dan Conley talks to Chris Parry

Cold War Command: The Dramatic Story of a Nuclear Submariner

Venue: Hay Castle - Landmarc Stage
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One of the most gripping accounts of the Cold War contest, with a hitherto untold story of undersea confrontation with the Soviet Navy. Conley brings us as close as possible to the realities of commanding nuclear hunter-killer submarines and the demands placed upon the crew. He talks to ex-Rear Admiral Chris Parry.

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Dan Conley talks to Chris Parry

Event 20

Tim Telling and Sam Barcroft in conversation with Matt Stadlen

The Media: Power and Responsibilities – Is Anything Off Limits?

Venue: The Swan Dining Room
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We examine the behaviour of our print media closely, but do we overlook online media sources? Are there any lines online that can’t be crossed? Editor of satirical website The Daily Mash Tim Telling talks to the owner of Barcroft Media, providers of international media content ‘specialising in covering the amazing side of life’ with the Telegraph's Matt Stadlen in the chair.

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Tim Telling and Sam Barcroft in conversation with Matt Stadlen

Event 51

*LIVE STREAM* Tim Telling and Sam Barcroft in conversation with Matt Stadlen

The Media: Power and Responsibilities – Is Anything Off Limits?

Venue: From the comfort of your home
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We examine the behaviour of our print media closely, but do we overlook online media sources? Are there any lines online that can’t be crossed? Editor of satirical website The Daily Mash Tim Telling talks to the owner of Barcroft Media, providers of international media content ‘specialising in covering the amazing side of life’, with the Telegraph's Matt Stadlen in the chair.

PLEASE NOTE - THIS WILL NOT GAIN YOU ENTRY TO THE EVENT. WE WILL EMAIL ALL CUSTOMERS SHORTLY BEFORE THE EVENT WITH A LINK TO FOLLOW IN ORDER TO WATCH THE LIVE STREAM.

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*LIVE STREAM* Tim Telling and Sam Barcroft in conversation with Matt Stadlen

Event 21

Eleanor Catton

The Luminaries

Venue: The Swan Ballroom
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The 2013 Booker Prize-winner brings to Hay her richly evocative, mid-19th century world of shipping, banking and gold-rush boom and bust. A network of fates and fortunes, it is also a ghost story and a gripping mystery.

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Eleanor Catton

Event 22

James Ward

Adventures in Stationery: A Journey Through Your Pencil Case

Venue: The Swan Dining Room
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Who said stationery is boring? Half-chewed Cristal Bics and bent paper clips, rubber bands to fiddle with or ping, blunt pencils, rubbers and Tipp-ex. Exploring these everyday objects, Ward reveals tales of invention – accidental and brilliant – and bitter rivalry. He also asks the difficult questions, like who is Mr Pritt? And what are the thousands of uses claimed for Blu-Tack?

 

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James Ward

Event 48

Wales PEN Cymru with Menna Elfyn, Fflur Dafydd, Jon Gower, Owen Sheers and friends

Only connect...

Venue: Hay Castle – Landmarc Stage
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Celebrate the establishment of a PEN Centre in Wales by joining Menna Elfyn, Fflur Dafydd, Jon Gower, Owen Sheers and invited guests as they read and discuss in response to Forster's famous epigraph of empathy and understanding.

Wales PEN Cymru is one of 145 PEN centres in more than 100 countries across the world. It is affiliated to PEN International which is the leading voice of literature worldwide.

PEN promotes literature and defends freedom of expression. It campaigns on behalf of writers around the world who are persecuted, imprisoned, harassed and attacked for what they have written. It has committees representing writers in prison, translation and linguistic rights, women writers and a peace committee.

Non-PEN members are asked to make a donation to the Writers in Prison initiative – collections on the door.

PEN promotes access to literature and campaigns for freedom of expression.

Free but ticketed


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Wales PEN Cymru with Menna Elfyn, Fflur Dafydd, Jon Gower, Owen Sheers and friends

Event 23

René Griffiths talks to Oliver Balch

Ramblings of a Patagonian

Venue: Hay Castle – Landmarc Stage
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The fascinating anecdotal and geographical ramblings of one of Wales’ best-loved guitarists, singers and actors. Full of emotion and passion, it’s the revelation of one-man’s unrelenting love for his own Andean desert. René talks to Oliver Balch and performs some of his favourite songs.

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René Griffiths talks to Oliver Balch

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