Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 327

Con Coughlin

What the Paper Said: The Telegraph Archive

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Hosted by senior Telegraph journalists, stories from 30 May at key historical moments over the past 150 years are brought to life using the paper’s unique archive. From World War One and D-Day to the rise of the Suffragettes and the birth of the nuclear age; not to mention fashion through the decades and legendary stars of sport. Here is a past world documented in fascinating and revealing detail by daily reporting.

30 mins
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Con Coughlin

Event 328

Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan, Andre Vincent and Tim Telling

The Early Edition

Venue: Tata Tent
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Sub-editors and journos beware…the comedians mock facts and folly in today’s papers. The home team is joined by Daily Mash editor Tim Telling.

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Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan, Andre Vincent and Tim Telling

Event 329

Laura Bates

Everyday Sexism 2015

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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The online Everyday Sexism Project exists to catalogue instances of sexism experienced by women on a day-to-day basis. It shares stories from women around the world. The founder reports on the last year’s work.

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Laura Bates

Event 330

Suzanne O’Sullivan

It’s All in Your Head: True Stories of Imaginary Illness

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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A third of men and women visiting their GP have symptoms that are medically unexplained. In most, an emotional root is suspected and yet, when it comes to a diagnosis, this is the very last thing we want to hear, and the last thing doctors want to say. The consultant neurologist takes us on a journey through the very real world of psychosomatic illness.

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Suzanne O’Sullivan

Event 331

Polly Samson and Kate Hamer

Fictions – Truths

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Lyrical, haunting and exquisitely rendered, Samson’s second novel The Kindness explores a deception that comes wrapped as a gift, a betrayal clothed in kindness, and asks if we can ever truly trust another. The result is an unforgettable story of love, grief, betrayal and reconciliation, masterfully plotted and beautifully told. In Hamer’s The Girl in the Red Coat Carmel Wakeford becomes separated from her mother at a local children’s festival, and is found by a man who claims to be her estranged grandfather. He tells her that her mother has had an accident and that she is to live with him for now. The authors talk to Georgina Godwin.

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Polly Samson and Kate Hamer

Event 416

Blue Peter Book Awards

A CBBC Event at Hay

Venue: BBC Tent
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Join Blue Peter and Book Trust to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Blue Peter Book Awards. CBBC presenter and former Awards judge Katie Thistleton will host this special event, with appearances from this year’s winners Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham (The Spy Who Loved School Dinners) and Andy Seed (The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff).

Not for broadcast.

Blue Peter Book Awards
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour
Free but ticketed
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Blue Peter Book Awards

Event HF131

Alice in Wonderland

Storytelling with the Mad Hatter

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is celebrating its 150th anniversary and it’s time for you to join the party! Meet the Mad Hatter, who will take you on a fun adventure through Wonderland to find the White Rabbit, with an imaginative story-trail retelling of the classic novel and creative craft activities. Why not come dressed as your favourite character and make the Cheshire Cat smile?
5+ years
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Alice in Wonderland

Event W52

Chess Workshop with Malcolm Pein and Timothy Kett

Chess in Schools and Communities

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Join The Telegraph’s Chess Correspondent and International Master Malcolm Pein and 2014–2015 Welsh Chess Champion Timothy Kett as well as trainers from Chess in Schools and Communities, for a chess extravaganza especially for families who are either new to the game or have played before. 

The session will include a brief introduction to the chess pieces, a simultaneous exhibition and players playing against the champions, Yes2Chess internet chess matches, and games on a giant outdoor chess set. 

6–106 years
free but ticketed
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Chess Workshop with Malcolm Pein and Timothy Kett

Event HF130

Chris Riddell

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Wildly inventive and richly entertaining, Chris Riddell is the genius behind a vast range of children’s books that children and adults revisit time and time again. There’s Alienography, the Ottoline and Goth Girl series, and for older readers The Graveyard Book, and The Sleeper and the Spindle, written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Chris. He also illustrated The Edge Chronicles and Russell Brand’s Pied Piper of Hamelin. He has twice won the coveted Greenaway Medal and still manages to produce political cartoons for The Observer. See him in action in a live drawing tour around the wonderful world of Chris Riddell.
8+ years
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Chris Riddell

Event W30

Drawing the Circus

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio
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Join the circus for a morning! From acrobats to clowns, this is your chance to get involved and draw all the life of the circus. Students are encouraged to use colour and a variety of media.

Suitable for under 12s

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Event W76

Rocket Making with AstroCymru

Drop-in Workshop

Venue: Mess Tent
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Create, decorate and launch your own rocket, aided by the AstroCymru groundcrew and University of South Wales Astronomers. See if you can achieve a Low Earth or Geosynchronous Orbit.  The sky is your limit!

4+ years
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Rocket Making with AstroCymru

Event HF132

Sophy Henn

Pom Pom Gets the Grumps

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
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Meet Pom Pom the panda, he’s a bit of a grump! Enjoy a fun, interactive storytelling and arts and crafts session with author and illustrator Sophy Henn as she teaches you how to create your own Pom Pom and some of her other bear characters.
4+ years
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Sophy Henn

Event 332

Shashi Tharoor and Sonia Faleiro

India’s Hard Truths

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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Tharoor is a renowned politician and author of The Great Indian Novel, Pax Indica and From Midnight to the Millennium. His latest collection of essays, written during Narendra Modi’s premiership, is India Shastra: Reflections on the Nation in Our Time. Faleiro is author of Beautiful Thing and 13 Men – a report on gang rape in West Bengal. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

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Shashi Tharoor and Sonia Faleiro

Event 333

Srđa Popović

Blueprint for Revolution: How To Use Rice Pudding, Lego Men, and Other Non-violent Techniques to Galvanise Communities, Overthrow Dictators, or Simply Change the World

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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How do ordinary people become revolutionaries? In 2000, too-cool-to-care Belgrade rock kid Srđa Popović found himself at the centre of a movement which was about to change the world. Popović was one of the unexpected leaders of the student movement Otpor! that overthrew dictator Slobodan Milošević and established democracy in Serbia all by avoiding violence and opting for something far more powerful: a sense of humour.

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Srđa Popović

Event 334

Rosamond McKitterick

Cambridge University Series 17: Charlemagne, Rome and the Management of Sacred Space

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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In the age of Charlemagne, Rome gained a prominent position in the cultural memory of the Frankish elites. This city was not just associated with the glory of classical and late antique empire, but above all with an authentic Christianity represented by the apostles and the martyrs. North of the Alps, rulers and aristocrats created a virtual Rome by importing relics as well as liturgical practices that were thought of as typically Roman. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

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Rosamond McKitterick

Event 335

Sarah Hall talks to Sarah Crown

Fictions – The Wolf Border

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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For almost a decade Rachel Caine has turned her back on home, kept distant by family disputes and her work monitoring wolves on an Idaho reservation. But now, summoned by the eccentric Earl of Annerdale and his controversial scheme to reintroduce the Grey Wolf to the English countryside, she is back in the peat and wet light of the Lake District. Hall investigates the fundamental nature of wilderness and wildness, both animal and human. The novel seeks to understand the most obsessive aspects of humanity: sex, love, and conflict; the desire to find answers to the question of our existence; those complex systems that govern the most superior creature on earth. Hall’s other novels include The Electric Michelangelo, The Beautiful Indifference and Mrs Fox.

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Sarah Hall talks to Sarah Crown

Event HF135

Catherine Rayner

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
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Have fun counting with Abigail and search for new smells with Smelly Louie in this friendly interactive event with an award-winning writer and illustrator. There is live drawing between storytelling, and children get the chance to create their own masterpieces with Catherine’s help.
5+ years
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Catherine Rayner

Event W53

Chess Workshop with Malcolm Pein and Timothy Kett

Chess in Schools and Communities

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Join The Telegraph’s Chess Correspondent and International Master Malcolm Pein and 2014–2015 Welsh Chess Champion Timothy Kett as well as trainers from Chess in Schools and Communities, for a chess extravaganza especially for families who are either new to the game or have played before. 

The session will include a brief introduction to the chess pieces, a simultaneous exhibition and players playing against the champions, Yes2Chess internet chess matches, and games on a giant outdoor chess set. 

45 mins
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Chess Workshop with Malcolm Pein and Timothy Kett

Event HF133

Michael Morpurgo

Listen to the Moon

Venue: Tata Tent
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Michael Morpurgo’s much praised novel Listen to the Moon was inspired by a gruesome medal commemorating the sinking of the Lusitania 100 years ago off the coast of Co. Cork, and a newspaper report he came across during his research about a small child being spotted on top of a piano floating among the wreckage. Michael shares this extraordinary story and answers questions from the audience. He also talks about Dreams of Freedom – In Words and Pictures, for which he wrote the introduction. The book combines the words of human rights heroes with illustrations by acclaimed artists. All royalties go to Amnesty International.
9+ years
There won’t be a signing after this talk but printed bookplates will be available in the bookshop.
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Michael Morpurgo

Event HF134

Nicholas Allan

My Dad’s the Best

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Nicholas Allan, author and illustrator of The Queen’s Knickers and Father Christmas Needs a Wee, reads from his latest book, My Dad’s the Best. This warm and witty story is a celebration of dads everywhere. Nicholas also performs magic tricks… Don’t forget to bring your dad.
4+ years
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Nicholas Allan

Event 336

Behind the Scenes: Broadcasting House

A BBC Radio 4 Event at Hay

Venue: BBC Tent
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Presenter Paddy O’Connell talks about life behind the scenes at the BBC and programme-making. Plus he’ll give the audience a chance to contribute and influence the running orders of future editions of Broadcasting House.

Not for broadcast.

BBC Radio 4
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour
Free but ticketed
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Behind the Scenes: Broadcasting House

Event W31

Drawing a Story

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio
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Myth and storytelling open up the imaginative mind. In this session participants will take part in reading chosen texts and will then draw scenes inspired by them, with props and models used to aid us. With particular reference to William Morris and his belief in the connection between storytelling and making.

Suitable for all ages and abilities

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Drawing a Story

Event 337

Steve Punt, Will Smith and Marcus Brigstocke

Talking Funny

Venue: Tata Tent
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Just because you can say funny things doesn’t mean you can write funny things. Three of the best comedy writers spill the beans on what makes a good script. The writers Will Smith (The Thick of It and Veep) and Steve Punt (The Now Show, The Mary Whitehouse Experience) talk to Marcus Brigstocke.

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Steve Punt, Will Smith and Marcus Brigstocke

Event 338

Polly Vernon talks to Bryony Gordon

Hot Feminist

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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A trip through feminism, fashion, the righteous pursuit of a sexy vibe, and what it means to be a woman when you’re on the receiving end of modern media’s hilariously/bizarrely/insanely contradictory/restrictive/reductive/sometimes just straightforward revolting notions of womanhood. This isn’t about what women can’t do, this is a new-age guide to what you can do, what you can think, what you can wear and what you can wax. Gordon is the author of The Wrong Knickers.

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Polly Vernon talks to Bryony Gordon

Event 339

Paul Dolan

Happiness by Design

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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Following on the success of last year, the Professor of Behavioural Science at the LSE is back for part two of his now published and bestselling book Happiness by Design. Through ‘Decide, Design and Do’, he reveals the ways in which we can actually become happier without having to think too hard about it. Change what you do, not how you think, to get more pleasure and purpose in everyday life.

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Paul Dolan

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