Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 268

Tony Juniper

What’s Really Happening to our Planet?

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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The acclaimed environmentalist and campaigner, author of What Has Nature Ever Done For Us? charts the dramatic explosion of human population and consumption and its impact on climate change and our planet.  He offers rigorous and clear analysis, and a fresh perspective on what we might do next.

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Event 269

Roberta Bivins

Contagious Communities: Medicine, Migration, and the NHS in Post-War Britain

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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It was only a coincidence that the NHS and the Empire Windrush, a ship carrying 492 migrants from Britain’s West Indian colonies, arrived together. On 22 June 1948, as the ship’s passengers disembarked, frantic preparations were already underway for 5 July, the Appointed Day when the nation’s new National Health Service would first open its doors. The relationship between immigration and the NHS rapidly attained, and has enduringly retained, huge political and cultural significance. The Warwick University historian interrogates and re-balances the political history of Britain’s response to immigration. Her current Wellcome Trust-funded work develops a People’s Encyclopaedia of the NHS and a Virtual Museum of the NHS. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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Event 270

David Green, Mick Donovan and Anne Hannaford

Universities in the C21st: More and Better? - University of Worcester Series

Venue: Summer House
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Universities have been so successful that every city wants at least one. But what are they for? Can they be engines of inclusion as well as intellect and excellence?  How should they work for the public good as well as personal progress? Will more for-profit, private Universities really lead to efficiency and fresh achievement? Green is the Vice Chancellor and CEO of the University of Worcester, Donovan is Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor & Head of Institute of Sport and Exercise Science and Hannaford is Director of Arts and Culture.

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Event 271

World at One

BBC Radio 4 LIVE

Venue: BBC Tent
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Join us behind the scenes to watch BBC Radio 4’s long-running lunchtime news analysis programme as we broadcast live from Hay every weekday in the BBC Tent. Presented by Martha Kearney with special guests.

Broadcasting live on BBC Radio 4 at 1pm. Please be seated by 12.50pm


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

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World at One

Event 562

Rosa Freedman and Nicolas Lemay-Hebert

Subject Areas - Law, Geography

Venue: Compass
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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.

Rosa Freedman is a Senior Lecturer at the Law School and Nicolas Lemay-Hebert is a Senior Lecturer at the International Development Department, both at the University of Birmingham.

15+
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Event HD46

M.G. Leonard and Sarah Beynon

Beetle Boy

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The author was terrified of beetles until she started to write Beetle Boy, when she discovered that they support the eco-system of the whole planet. As a result, she created Baxter the rhinoceros beetle, side-kick to Darkus, who needs all the help he can get to find his missing father, in this funny and heart-warming story. Dr Sarah Beynon is an expert entomologist and head of Beynon's Bug Farm, with some very cool beetles.

8+
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Event HD47

Janey Louise Jones

Super Fairies: Dancer the Wild Pony

Venue: Cube
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Brave, kind and always helpful, the Superfairies of Peaseblossom Wood love nothing more than solving a problem using their superskills and petal power to achieve fantastic results. Find out more about the magical talents of these tiny and resourceful helpers.

6+
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Event 583

Eric Wolff

Subject Areas – Earth Sciences, climate, glaciology, geochemistry.

Venue: Compass
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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.
Eric Wolff is Royal Society Research Professor at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge
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Event 524

Hay Castle Tour 10

Mari Fforde, Hay Castle Trust

Venue: Meet inside Hay Castle
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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 DT5

Ticket to Dine

Wednesday Late Lunch

Venue: Relish Festival Restaurant
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Book a seat in the Relish Festival Restaurant and receive a free drink on us.

 

Enjoy a delicious meal from our Festival Restaurant buffet. Choose from a wide selection of hot and cold dishes created fresh on site by our team of chefs using the best local seasonal produce. You can view the menu online here.

 

Come up to the buffet and choose as much as you like from all the dishes on offer for just £20. 

 

By booking online or by phone you will receive a complimentary glass of wine, bottle of beer or soft drink, and guarantee your seat in the restaurant where our team will be waiting to give you a warm welcome.

 

Alex Gooch breads and water are free for every customer, with a selection of desserts to choose from as well as a full bar and barista coffees.

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Event 272

Thomas Pakenham

The Company of Trees

Venue: Tata Tent
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The acclaimed historian shares his profound love of trees and reverence for nature, rooted in the family estate of Tullynally in Ireland. He travels to the Tibetan border in search of a particular magnolia, to Eastern Patagonia to see the last remaining giants of the Monkey Puzzle tree, while the first of the Chinese-inspired gardens at Tullynally was planted entirely with seeds from south-west China. An expedition to Tibet’s Tsangpo Gorge goes awry only to lead to a fruitful exploration of the Rongchu Valley, which yields more than 100 bags of seeds, including the Tibetan golden oak, the Tsangpo cypress and blue-stemmed maples.

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Thomas Pakenham

Event 273

Richard and Daniel Susskind

The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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In a digital society we will neither need nor want doctors, teachers, accountants, architects, the clergy, consultants, lawyers, and many others, to work as they did in the C20th.  The Oxford thinkers explain how “increasingly capable systems’, from tele-presence to artificial intelligence will bring fundamental change in the way that the practical expertise of specialists is made available in society. The authors argue that our current professions are antiquated, opaque and no longer affordable, and that the expertise of the best is enjoyed only by a few. In their place, they propose six new models for producing and distributing expertise in society. Chaired by Bronwen Maddox.

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Event 274

Richard Holmes

Hard Times: Writers and the Royal Literary Fund, 1790-2016

Venue: Cube
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The Royal Literary Fund was set up in 1790 to help professional authors. Past beneficiaries have included Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Joseph Conrad, D H Lawrence and Dylan Thomas.  Last year it helped 200 writers, though not all of them are quite so famous yet. In 1999 a Fellowship scheme was established to place writers in universities to help students with their writing skills.  Since it began it has placed 450 writers in posts at 120 higher education institutions. The inaugural RLF Lecture at Hay is given by the pre-eminent biographer of Shelley and Coleridge, author of The Age of Wonder, Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer and Sidetracks: Explorations of a Romantic Biographer.

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Richard Holmes

Event 275

Keith Small

Art, Theology and Formation: Three Trajectories of the Qur’an

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Small presents three trajectories of the Qur’an’s history that are featured in his book Qur’ans: Books of Divine Encounter. The first is the theological idea of the eternal word of God entering time and space as text, and the effect this idea has had on the decoration of the Qur’an. The second is the effect this theological idea has had on the uses of the Qur’an in recitation, medicine, and mediation with the unseen world. The third is how the Qur’an came to be in its present form with how it’s written and oral versions have always been inextricably intertwined. Small is a Manuscript Consultant to the Bodleian Library at Oxford University.

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Event 276

Fay Bound Alberti

This Mortal Coil

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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The way the body moves, feels, breathes, and engages with the world has been viewed very differently across times and cultures. For centuries, we were believed to be composed of souls that were part of the body and inseparable from it. Now we exist in our heads, and our bodies have become the vessels for that uncertain and elusive thing we call our true selves. The way we understand the material structure of the body has also changed radically over the centuries. From the bones to the skin, from the senses to the organs of sexual reproduction, every part of the body has an ever-changing history, dependent on time, culture, and place. Fay Bound Alberti is a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow and Senior Research Fellow in History at Queen Mary University of London.

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Fay Bound Alberti

Event 277

Martha Kearney: My Love Affair with the Brontës

A BBC event at Hay

Venue: BBC Tent
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For the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth, Martha Kearney travelled to Haworth Parsonage, the home of the Brontës, to discover the inspiration behind their classic novels for the BBC Two documentary Being the Brontës. She talks about her obsession with Jane Eyre, the insights she gained from her co-presenters, and the challenges of making a documentary about Britain’s most famous literary sisters.

Not for broadcast.

BBC2



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

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Martha Kearney: My Love Affair with the Brontës

Event HD48

The Word Wizards' Guide to Roald Dahl

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Calling all Roald Dahl fans, wordsmiths and wannabe writers! Don’t be biffsquiggled. Come and join our Word Wizards as they swashboggle their way through the wonderful writing of Roald Dahl. Through games and performance we’ll find how to gobblefunk with words and hear all about the amazing new Roald Dahl Dictionary.

6+
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Event HD49

Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Alwyn Hamilton

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Powerful girls, swirling adventures, fantasy worlds and a breathtaking love story – join the authors of The Girl of Ink and Stars and Rebel of the Sands, two of the most exciting first novels of 2016, as they reveal the inspiration behind their sensational debuts.

8+
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Event W11

Film-making workshop with Rural Media Company

The Only Way is Shakespeare

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Ever wondered what would happen if Richard III met Bottom? Or if Cleopatra met Falstaff?  Some of Shakespeare’s best known and loved characters will be the inspiration for this iPad filmmaking workshop, where you can create your very own stop motion animation.

12+
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Event 563

Ewan Fernie

Subject Areas – English Literature, English Language

Venue: Compass
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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.

Ewan Fernie is a Professor at the University of Birmingham’s Shakespeare Institute.

15+
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Event 278

Monty Don

Eighteenth Century Gardens and the Landscape Movement

Venue: Tata Tent
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The gardening writer celebrates the work of William Kent, Capability Brown and Humphrey Repton, the men who pioneered a gardening revolution and remade the English landscape.

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Monty Don

Event 279

James Holland

Burma ’44: The Battle That Turned Britain’s War in the East

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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In February 1944, a rag-tag collection of clerks, drivers, doctors, muleteers, and other base troops, stiffened by a few dogged Yorkshiremen and a handful of tank crews managed to hold out against some of the finest infantry in the Japanese Army, and then defeat them in what was one of the most astonishing battles of the Second World War. What became know as The Defence of the Admin Box, fought amongst the paddy fields and jungle of Northern Arakan over a fifteen-day period, turned the battle for Burma. Holland is the author of Fortress Malta, Battle of Britain, and Dam Busters and runs Chalke Valley History Festival.

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Event 280

Rose Tremain

The Gustav Sonata

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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Fierce, astringent, profoundly tender - and spanning the twentieth century, this beautifully orchestrated novel explores the big themes of betrayal and the struggle for happiness, and above all, the passionate love of a childhood friendship as it is tested over a lifetime. Tremain’s award-winning fiction includes Music and Silence, The Road Home, Sacred Country, Restoration and The Colour. She talks to Peter Florence.

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Rose Tremain

Event 281

John Heilbron

Physics: From Quintessence to Quarks

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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How does the physics we know today, a highly professionalised enterprise, inextricably linked to government and industry, link back to its origins as a liberal art in Ancient Greece? What is the path that leads from the old philosophy of nature and its concern with humankind’s place in the universe to modern massive international projects that hunt down fundamental particles and industrial laboratories that manufacture marvels? Heilbron is one of the most revered physicists in the world, and has written books about Galileo and Niels Bohr. Chaired by Dan Davis.

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Event 282

Stuart Franklin

The Documentary Impulse

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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The Magnum photographer took one of the most powerful photographs of the twentieth century - the “tank man” in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, 1989. From his insightful position as a photographer, Franklin explores why we are driven to visually document our experiences and the world around us. He focuses on photography but traces this universal need through art, literature and science. Looking at photojournalism, war photography and work recording our culture, Franklin identifies some of its driving impulses: curiosity, outrage, reform and ritual; the search for evidence, for beauty, for therapy; and the immortalisation of memory. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

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