Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 4

Make a Book in a Day

Venue: Richard Booth’s Yoga Room
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A traditional annual event, in this workshop award-winning author Saci Lloyd 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 unique book from start to finish. Bring a packed lunch.

12 - 18 years
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Event 5

Christmas Crafts

Venue: Richard Booth’s Bookshop
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From robins to glittering garlands, Richard Booth’s will be bursting with all kinds of fun and festive things to make and do.

Families, all ages.
£2 Donation for materials
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Event 6

Helen Pickersgill, Illtud Llyr Dunsford and Luke Manifold

Eat, Drink and be Merry

Venue: The Swan Drawing Room
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Meet three artisan producers who are reconnecting with traditional methods. Weobley Ash is reviving a taste for mutton, Charcutier Ltd draws from a farming background and research trips abroad to make a superb range of cured meats from rare breed pigs and Lucky 7 Beer Company is an exciting new entry into the craft beer revoloution. Sample each and give us your verdict. Chaired by Country Living Magazine’s Kitty Corrigan.

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Helen Pickersgill, Illtud Llyr Dunsford and Luke Manifold

Event 7

Peter Frankopan

The Silk Roads - A New History of the World

Venue: The Swan Ballroom
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From the rise and fall of empires in China, Persia, and Rome to the spread of the great religions and the wars of the twentieth century, this epic work illuminates how the Silk Roads shaped global history, the axis of East and West. Peter Frankopan is the Director of the Centre for Byzantine Research at Oxford University. Chaired by Peter Florence.

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Peter Frankopan

Event 8

Ben Stewart and Frank Hewetson talk to Matthew Stadlen

Don't Trust, Don't Fear, Don't Beg – The Extraordinary Story of the Arctic Thirty

Venue: Hay Castle
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Melting ice, a military arms race, the rush to exploit resources at any cost—the Arctic is now the stage on which our future will be decided. But one early September morning in 2013, 30 men and women from 18 countries - the crew of Greenpeace’s Arctic Sunrise - decided to draw a line in the ice and protest the drilling in the Arctic. Ben Stewart is Greenpeace's Head of Media and Frank Hewetson is one of the arrested Arctic 30.

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Ben Stewart and Frank Hewetson talk to Matthew Stadlen

Event 9

Paul Mason

PostCapitalism - A Guide to Our Future

Venue: The Swan Ballroom
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Over the past two centuries or so, capitalism has undergone economic cycles that veer from boom to bust. The Economics Editor for Channel 4 News argues that we are on the brink of a change so big and profound that this time capitalism itself will mutate into something wholly new.

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Paul Mason

Event 10

Catherine Barr

Elliot’s Arctic Surprise

Venue: The Swan Drawing Room
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When one little boy discovers a message from Father Christmas asking for help to save his home from the oil drillers, he sets off on a big adventure into the frozen North. Listen to the story and find out what it’s like in the Arctic, who lives there and why it matters if the ice melts, with ex Greenpeace campaigner and author Catherine Barr.

4 – 8 years
45 minutes
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Catherine Barr

Event 11

Richard Greatrex, Jose Quiros & Jonathan Paulus talk to Rob Penn

Working Wales – The Bike

Venue: Hay Castle
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Jonathan and Jose are custom bike builders from Burry Port. Photographer Richard Greatrex has chronicled their journey to complete a unique and magnificent bike, documenting the joys and difficulties of small-scale manufacturing. In conversation with Rob Penn, author, journalist, TV presenter and inveterate cyclist. The Working Wales project celebrates makers and the things they make.

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Richard Greatrex, Jose Quiros & Jonathan Paulus talk to Rob Penn

Event 12

Hay Railway Tour

Venue: Meet at Hay Cheese Market
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Hay Railway provided a vibrancy to life and trade in the town from 1864-1962. The tour includes a visit to the working model of Hay Railway Station, local stories, information about Hay Bridge, the barge-building yard, the former ferry jetty and the Eye Well. Wear suitable clothing as footpaths that can be muddy.

Children under 16 free, but must be accompanied by an adult
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Event 13

Flora Fraser

The Washingtons: George and Martha

Venue: The Swan Ballroom
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A full-scale portrait of the marriage of the father and mother of the USA - and of the struggle for independence that they led. The historian provides us with a brilliant account of the public President and of the war he waged, and introduces us to the couple’s domestic lives. In conversation with Corisande Albert.

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Flora Fraser

Event 14

Jenny Valentine

Fictions: Fire Colour One

Venue: The Swan Drawing Room
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Iris's father, Ernest, is at the end of his life and she hasn't even met him. Her best friend, Thurston, is somewhere on the other side of the world. Everything she thought she knew is up in flames. Now her mother has declared war and means to get her hands on Ernest's priceless art collection. But Ernest has other ideas... The new novel from the award-winning children’s author.

12+ years
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Jenny Valentine

Event 15

Peter Hetherington

Whose Land is Our Land?

Venue: Hay Castle
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Food security and housing an expanding nation should be priorities for Britain. Both are being thwarted by record land prices. In the past 10 years, farmland value has risen by almost 200 per cent - with feeding the population secondary to speculators buying up thousands of acres to avoid tax. If planning permission is given for new housing, prices may rise 50-fold - making home ownership a distant dream for many. Journalist Peter Hetherington argues that Britain needs much stronger action by the government. Chaired by Andy Fryers.

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Peter Hetherington

Event 16

Andrew Miller

The Crossing

Venue: The Swan Drawing Room
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She is sailing. She is alone. Ahead of her is the world's curve and beyond that, everything else. The known, the imagined, the imagined known. Telling the story of the strange courtship between the young woman Maud Stamp and her fellow student Tim, The Crossing is Miller’s seventh novel and his first since winning the Costa Book Prize in 2011 with Pure. He talks to Peter Florence.

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Event 17

Paul Mason and Ben Stewart talk to Serena Kutchinsky

Money Grows on Trees

Venue: Hay Castle
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In the context of the Governor of the Bank of England's recent warnings about the financial risks from climate change and the increasing frequency of extreme weather events, the economics journalist Paul Mason and head of media for Greenpeace, Ben Stewart talk to Prospect Magazine's Serena Kutchinsky and previews the UN Climate Change Summit in Paris.

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Event 18

David Lovelace

Understanding the Herefordshire Landscape

Venue: The Swan Ballroom
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The Annual Smith-Soldat Memorial Lecture

Using digital mapping, aerial photography and LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging), landscape historian David Lovelace reveals the hidden history of Herefordshire's landscape. From ancient ridge and furrow ploughing, medieval heathlands to the Royal forests, Lovelace explains the complex areas of multiple land use.

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Event 19

Rob Penn

The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees

Venue: The Swan Ballroom
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Rob Penn cut down an ash tree to see how many things could be made from it. Journeying from Wales and Ireland across Europe to the USA, he finds that the ancient skills and knowledge of the properties of ash, developed over millennia making wheels and arrows, furniture and baseball bats, are far from dead. He chronicles how the urge to appreciate trees still runs through us like grain through wood.

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Event 20

Simon Bradley

The Railways: Nation, Network and People

Venue: Hay Castle
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Britain's railways have been a vital part of national life for nearly 200 years. Transforming lives and landscapes, they have left their mark on everything from timekeeping to tourism. From the classical grandeur of Newcastle station to the ceaseless traffic of Clapham Junction, from the mysteries of Brunel's atmospheric railway to the lost routines of the great marshalling yards, Simon Bradley explores the evolution of trains, and the changing experiences of passengers and workers. Chaired by Matthew Engel.

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Event 21

Linda Davies

Fictions: Longbow Girl

Venue: The Swan Drawing Room
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Join Linda Davies for an exploration of her new young adults novel – a rip-roaring time-slip adventure set in the Black Mountains of Wales. This is a must-read for anyone who loves strong heroines, history, ponies and captivating storytelling – and the author might even bring her longbow along…

11+ years
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Linda Davies

Event 22

Max Arthur

Churchill - The Life:  An Authorised Pictorial Biography

Venue: The Swan Ballroom
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Winston Spencer Churchill was never far from the world's attention. Acclaimed historian Max Arthur shares revealing photographs and stories from Churchill’s front-line experiences as a soldier and journalist in India, Sudan and Cuba, to the Boer War and World War I; through to his unparalleled political career and his ‘finest hour’, leading Britain during World War II. Chaired by Peter Florence.

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Max Arthur

Event 23

Ric Rawlins talks to Matthew Stadlen

Rise of the Super Furry Animals

Venue: The Swan Drawing Room
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Welsh speakers with a lust for global communication, Super Furry Animals shot to fame on Creation Records.  Wasting no time, they bought an army tank, equipped it with a techno sound-system, caused national security alerts with 60-foot inflatable monsters and went into the Colombian jungle with armed guerrilla fighters.  Written by renowned music journalist Ric Rawlins, with the band’s participation, this is the remarkable story of their ascent to celebrity status.

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Ric Rawlins talks to Matthew Stadlen

Event 24

Zareer Masani talks to Oliver Balch

Macaulay: Britain’s Liberal Imperialist

Venue: The Swan Drawing Room
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Thomas Macaulay is most famous for having introduced the English language as a medium for learning in India. Was this an act of cultural imperialism or a modernising move? Historian and biographer Masani gives an insight into how it felt to be at the centre of power in a global empire, ruling over millions of Indian subjects and shaping the destiny of a subcontinent.

 

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Zareer Masani talks to Oliver Balch

Event 25

Mark Simmons

Stand-up: Laugh Yourself Thin

Venue: The Swan Ballroom
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Puns, one-liners, prop gags, and with charm and idiocy in abundance, Mark Simmons takes you on a gentle jaunt through the meandering labyrinth of his consciousness with delightfully daft but carefully crafted jokes

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Mark Simmons

Event 26

Eirian Lewis

Guitar Recital

Venue: Hay Castle
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A candle-lit recital by the RCM guitarist in the beautiful setting of Hay Castle’s great hall. His programme includes: JS Bach - Prelude, Girolamo Frescobaldi - Aria con Variazioni, S.L Weiss - Passacaglia, Estudio Brilliante, Walton - Bagatelle II, Scarlatti - Sonata kp 322 and kp 208, Napoleon Coste - Introduction and Allegretto.

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