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HAY FESTIVAL 2019 EARLY BIRDS

The full programme will be available in March.

Event 504

Richard Parry and Penelope Corfield

Wordsworth, Coleridge and Thelwall at Llyswen

Venue: Relish Restaurant
Join ‘Coleridge in Wales’ founder Richard Parry and scholar of the C18th Penelope Corfield in their discussion before they set off to walk to Llyswen (seven miles from Hay), where Coleridge and Wordsworth came to visit the notorious radical John Thelwall in 1798. You are invited to join them on the walk. Breakfast will be available.

Variant option: There will be a shorter conducted walk from Glasbury to Llyswen along Wye Valley Walk (3.5 miles; or 5.6 km), off main roads, after taking 10.08 bus from Hay to Glasbury.
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Event 42

Steve Silberman

The Baillie Gifford Lecture: NeuroTribes

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage

What is autism? A lifelong disability, or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? In truth, it is both of these things and more,; and the future of our society depends on our understanding it. The winner of the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize talks about his research and investigations. Chaired by Stuart Proffitt.

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Steve Silberman

Event 43

Roberto Saviano talks to Ed Vulliamy

My Italians: True Stories of Crime and Courage

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The investigative journalist and author lives under police protection from the crime syndicates he exposed and denounced in Gomorrah and ZeroZeroZero. He offers a personal and candid portrait of Italy today: a place of trafficking and toxic waste, where democracy is bought and sold, and organised crime rules both north and south.  



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Roberto Saviano talks to Ed Vulliamy

Event 44

Angela Duckworth

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Venue: Telegraph Stage

Why do naturally talented people frequently fail to reach their potential while other far less gifted individuals go on to achieve amazing things? The secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a passionate persistence. In other words, grit. The MacArthur Genius Award-winning psychologist shares fascinating new revelations about who succeeds in life and why. Chaired by Corisande Albert.

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Angela Duckworth

Event 45

Ashley Moffett

Cambridge Series 3: A Journey into No Man’s Land

Venue: Oxfam Moot
Professor Moffett, a leading authority on immunity in pregnancy, explores the fascinating way the boundaries between mother and baby are regulated during this time. And she examines the risks involved when things go wrong.
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Ashley Moffett

Event 46

Click

Click: BBC News

Venue: BBC Tent

Join Spencer Kelly on an adventure into the future with Click, the BBC’s flagship science and technology TV show. From drones to self-driving cars, Spencer brings cutting-edge science to Hay with the help of virtual reality headsets and 360-degree video.

A Click Hay Festival special will be broadcast on the BBC News Channel and on BBC World News.

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

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Event 47

Alex Lifschutz, Siôn Hamilton and Philip Jones

The Bookshop is Back: Foyles and the Resurgence of British Bookselling

Venue: Starlight Stage

The designer Alex Lifschutz and Foyles Trading Director Siôn Hamilton will tell the inside story of a plan hatched in the book trade’s darkest hour to reimagine the iconic London bookshop on Charing Cross Road. Siôn and Alex opened their doors to the publishing industry, holding a series of workshops that provided the insight to inspire an innovative shop design that has caught the imagination of book lovers across the world. Chaired by the editor of The Bookseller.

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Alex Lifschutz, Siôn Hamilton and Philip Jones

Event 532

Ben Rowson

The Ghost Slug and Other Molluscs, Ancient and Modern

Venue: Hay Castle

The molluscs of Wales and the world matter to humanity in surprising ways. Expect slugs, snails, love-darts and lungworms, and evolution in landscapes from Newport to the Nile. Rowson is Senior Curator Mollusca, National Museum Cardiff.

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Julia Donaldson

The Detective Dog

Venue: Tata Tent

Julia Donaldson gives a first peek at Detective Dog Nell, her latest character, in a sensational all-singing, all-dancing performance. Join Julia and her friends as they introduce a dog who not only has super powers of smell but can also help children learn to read.

3+
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Julia Donaldson

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Gareth P Jones

Adventures of the Steampunk Pirates

Venue: Cube

All aboard The Leaky Battery! In Rise of the Slippery Sea Monster the ever-popular Steampunk Pirates are attacked by a sea monster hungry for gold. Will the pirates by able to defend themselves? The author reveals the amazing powers of these remarkable seafaring heroes with the help of his ukulele and accordion and the singing of some rousing sea shanties. Pirate dress optional.

6+
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Gareth P Jones

Event 553

Susan Gathercole

Subject Areas – Psychology, English Language, Biology, Maths

Venue: Compass

Please drop in to our new Compass venue, quiz leading academics about their subject and engage in some critical thinking. As part of Hay Festival 2016 and with help from the Welsh Government we have invited a range of university lecturers and speakers to drop in, talk about their subject areas and about university life.

Professor Gathercole is Unit Director at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge.

15+
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Event 48

Neil MacGregor and Richard J Evans

Germany and Memory

Venue: Tata Tent
A conversation with two of the world’s greatest historians. MacGregor is the former Director of the British Museum, author of the BBC Radio 4 series and books A History of the World in 100 Objects and Germany: Memories of a Nation. Evans, Regius Professor Emeritus of History at Cambridge University, is the leading authority on C20th Germany. His most recent book is The Third Reich in History and Memory.
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Neil MacGregor and Richard J Evans

Event 49

Laura Cumming

The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velázquez

Venue: Oxfam Moot
Described as “a riveting detective story and a brilliant reconstruction of an art controversy, it is also a homage to the art of Velázquez, written by a critic who remains spellbound by his genius.” Cumming’s previous Hay session discussed her brilliant study of self-portraiture, A Face to the World. Illustrated lecture.
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Laura Cumming

Event 50

Steve Hilton talks to John Kampfner

More Human: The Revolution Starts Here

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
The Stanford academic and former political advisor revisits his 2015 ideas about a more local, accountable and human society, and examines how this might drive political change. His commitment is given piquancy by the way the government he once advised is addressing public services and the state.
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Steve Hilton talks to John Kampfner

Event 51

Noel Fitzpatrick talks to Francine Stock

One Planet, One Medicine, One Love

Venue: Telegraph Stage
Pioneering surgeon Professor Fitzpatrick, Channel 4’s The Supervet, founder of Fitzpatrick Referrals and founding partner of Surrey University’s new school of veterinary medicine, has a radical vision: Humans and animals share genetic, physiological, environmental and even emotional bonds. For a sustainable future should they not share medicine, too? What are the practical and moral implications of being a ‘Humanimal’?


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Noel Fitzpatrick talks to Francine Stock

Event 52

Peter Hanington and Harry Parker talk to Alex Clark

Fictions: Talking About War

Venue: Cube
Parker’s hugely acclaimed debut Anatomy of a Soldier is the story of a man who is blown up, told by 45 objects involved in his story. Hanington’s A Dying Breed is a debut thriller that travels the shadowy corridors of the BBC, the perilous streets of Kabul and the dark chambers of Whitehall.
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Event 53

The Essay

BBC Radio 3

Venue: BBC Tent

For BBC Radio 3’s The Essay two writers consider the art of storytelling. Today’s session features artist Edmund de Waal, author of The Hare with Amber Eyes, who considers the idea of storytelling through objects and novelist and short story writer Jon Gower who reflects on lessons learned from a master storyteller - his grandfather.

Recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 from Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 May.

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

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Event 515

Hay Castle Tour 1

Dr Mark Baker, architectural historian

Venue: Meet inside Hay Castle
Discover a world of stories in Hay Castle’s thousand years of tempestuous history with a series of guided tours of the Medieval keep, Jacobean mansion and Victorian service buildings, led by a range of experts from Royal Commission of Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, Cadw, National Trust Wales, Hay History Group and Hay Castle Trust.
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Event 554

Monica Grady

Subject Areas - Physics, Astronomy, Maths, Cosmology

Venue: Compass

Please drop in to our new Compass venue, quiz leading academics about their subject and engage in some critical thinking. As part of Hay Festival 2016 and with help from the Welsh Government we have invited a range of university lecturers and speakers to drop in, talk about their subject areas and about university life.

Monica Grady is Professor of Planetary and Space Science at the Open University.

15+
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Monica Grady

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Juno Dawson, Eve Ainsworth, Martyn Bedford and Patrice Lawrence

Venue: Starlight Stage

Meet the authors of four of the most talked about YA books: Mind Your Head, CrushTwenty Questions for Gloria and Orange Boy and hear how their books explore the complex and high-octane dramas of adolescence – including aspects of love, hate and psychological pressure.

12+
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Juno Dawson, Eve Ainsworth, Martyn Bedford and Patrice Lawrence

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Dr Emily Grossman

Surprising Science

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Did you know that we share half of our DNA with a banana? Or that rattlesnakes can kill you even when they are dead? Or that we make better decisions when we need a wee? Test yourself on some of the weird and wonderful science facts explained by the scientist and TV expert best known for the TV series Duck Quacks Don’t Echo.

8+
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Dr Emily Grossman

Event W1

Drama Workshop with The Courtyard Theatre

Venue: Scribblers Hut

The Courtyard Theatre’s education department will be running ‘a play in a day’ workshop on Romeo and Juliet, designed to inspire and challenge 15- to 16-year-olds. The workshop will cover the whole play but break it down and give attendees the opportunity to explore new ways of bring the text to life –and take part in stage combat. It will end with a performance of the young people’s work. This session is aimed at a hands-on approach to Shakespeare, whether you have never had any interest in his work or are an ardent fan.

15 - 16 year-olds
6 hours
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Event 54

Shirin Ebadi talks to Helena Kennedy

The Annual Hamlin Lecture: Until We Are Free

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage

The Iranian human rights lawyer and activist tells of her fight for reform inside Iran, and the devastating backlash she faced after winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Having fought tirelessly for democracy, equality before the law and freedom of speech, Ebadi became a global voice of inspiration. Yet, inside her own country, her life has been plagued by surveillance, intimidation and violence

The event will be conducted in Farsi with consecutive translation
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Shirin Ebadi talks to Helena Kennedy

Event 55

Hannah Critchlow

Cambridge Series 4: Explore Your Mind

Venue: Tata Tent

Are you willing to venture into the depths of your brain? Dr Critchlow will shock your senses, read your mind and explore how current neuroscience is shaping how we see our lives. Suitable for intrepid adventurers of all ages.

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Hannah Critchlow

Event 57

Ian Goldin talks to Bronwen Maddox

Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of our New Renaissance

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The great names of Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Copernicus, Raphael and Michelangelo were the mark of an age that saw a rush of discovery, the breaking down of barriers of ignorance and a newly connected world both politically and economically. Today we have better education and resources, the rate of innovation is doubling every year and there are great leaps in science, trade, migration and technology. Goldin argues that the results this time could be greater, but the world faces many of the same dangers as Renaissance man: warring ideologies, fundamentalism, climate change and pandemic.

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