Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 502

Brobury Farm

Farm Visit

Venue: Meet at Box Office
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Charlie and David Blandford’s farm lies alongside the River Wye, in the heart of Kilvert country, and produces top quality lamb and arable crops. Our visit includes a walk of up to a mile followed by demonstrations of working sheep-dogs, sheep shearing and wool spinning. There will also be the opportunity to taste lamb that has been produced on the farm.

Children must be eight years or over to take part in this event. Coaches will return to the festival site in time for events starting at 1pm.
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Event 349

Hay Festival Guitar Jam for BBC Music Day

BBC RADIO 3 LIVE

Venue: Friends Café
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Bring your guitar and join virtuoso Morgan Szymanski for a guitar jam as part of BBC Music Day.  Help create and perform a piece to be featured in BBC Radio 3’s Lunchtime Concert at 1pm today. Morgan will lead you through the process, whatever your level, from beginner to advanced.

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Free but ticketed
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Hay Festival Guitar Jam for BBC Music Day

Event 350

Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan, Andre Vincent and Anita Anand

The Early Edition

Venue: Tata Tent
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What’s hot? What’s not? How do you decode the quality papers’ agendas and how far can you trust the red tops? Why did this make the news and why did that get spiked? The comedians spend an hour in the human zoo of the daily papers, tearing up stories, making mad the guilty and appalling the free…

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Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan, Andre Vincent and Anita Anand

Event 351

Darian Leader

Hands: What We Do With Them, And Why

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Why do zombies walk with their arms outstretched? How can newborn babies grip an adult finger tightly enough to dangle unsupported from it? From early tools to machinery, from fists to knives to guns, from papyrus to QWERTY to a swipeable screen; the history of civilisation is a history of what humans do with their hands. Mankind’s story is marked out by profound changes in how we use our hands; and it is also marked by underlying patterns that never change. And as much as the things we do with our hands reflect our psychological state, they can also change that state profoundly…The psychoanalyst is the author of Why do Women Write More Letters Than They Post? and Promises Lovers Make When It Gets Late. Chaired by Daisy Leitch.

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Darian Leader

Event 352

Will Chase, Illtud Llyr Dunsford, Jane Scotter and Stephen Jones

Farming With A Difference

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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Meet four producers who have identified a specialist market and are making farming pay. Will Chase re-invented himself from potato grower to purveyor of posh crisps, Tyrrell’s, then sold the company to form Williams Chase Distillery, making gin and vodka. Illtud Llyr Dunsford of Charcuterie Ltd is a seventh-generation farmer flying the flag for home-cured meats and reviving a taste for veal. Jane Scotter of Fern Verrow farms fruit and veg biodynamically, and Stephen Jones is growing quinoa, the new superfood previously chalking up thousands of food miles from South America. Chaired by Dan Saladino of BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme.

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Event 353

Russell Jackson

Words, Words, Words: Speaking Shakespeare in the English-Speaking Cinema

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Birmingham University Series

Film-makers are often attracted to Shakespeare’s plays with their vivid characters, exciting stories and scope for new takes on familiar subjects. But ever since the pictures started talking, the language has been a challenge both in quality and quantity; there isn’t the need for so much dialogue in a medium where showing trumps telling. Jackson has been text consultant for several feature films – including all of Kenneth Branagh’s versions of Shakespeare’s plays – and many stage productions. His books include Shakespeare and the English-speaking Cinema, Shakespeare Films in the Making, and The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film.

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Event 354

BBC Writersroom: The Perfect Ten – Top Tips on Scriptwriting

A BBC event at Hay

Venue: BBC Tent
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Join BBC Writersroom for a session on 10 top tips to help you get your script right. Using examples from successful films and television dramas, you will be shown 10 ways to make your screenplay even better.  

Not for broadcast.


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

 

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Event 355

Heather Hurley, Nigel Baker, Chris Pullin

The Story of Hereford

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Three contributors to the new Logaston anthology charting the history of the Cathedral City recover stories from its past. Heather Hurley recounts the boatbuilding industry and the Wye river trade; archaeologist Nigel Baker introduces new discoveries about the Saxon period; Chris Pullin talks about Hereford as a C12th centre of learning with links to the Arab world. Chaired by Nicola Goodwin of BBC Hereford and Worcester.

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Event HD62

Martin Brown

Horrible Histories

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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Terrifying Tudor? No. Rotten Roman? No. It’s Martin Brown – the ever-popular illustrator of Horrible Histories. In Martin’s action-packed show full of jokes, drawing and fantastic facts, he will reveal secrets about illustrating the bestselling series and show why everyone can draw. With tons of activity and audience suggestions, all the family will enjoy this Horrible show.

8+
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Event HD63

Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

Supertato Veggies Assemble

Venue: Cube
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The author and illustrator of Barry, the Fish with Fingers and I Need a Wee! share their latest story about the amazing Supertato. Called in to save a supermarket from the reign of terror by the evil pea, Supertato must avert disaster – and he’ll need all your help!

3+
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Event W16

Sue Best, Phil Bowen

Have-a-go Shakespeare with The Willow Globe

Venue: Summer House
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No am-dram experience necessary. This workshop is open to adults who  fancy the opportunity to tread the boards and tackle the Bard. You will have the chance to read, explore, perform and have fun with Shakespeare. Sue Best and Phil Bowen  run The Willow Globe, a scaled- down, living version of the Globe in London, created with living willow, on an organic farm in mid-Wales. Their professional experience in theatre includes many years with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the English Shakespeare Company, the Royal Opera House and the Old Vic.

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Event 356

Kate Humble talks to Miles Jupp

Friend For Life: The Extraordinary Partnership Between Humans and Dogs

Venue: Tata Tent
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The wildlife broadcaster and smallholder uses her journey with her sheepdog puppy Teg to frame her examination of this very special relationship. Written with warmth and love, and packed full of stories about rescue dogs, guide dogs, service dogs and medical dogs, this event is a joy for anyone with a four-legged friend. In conversation with host of The News Quiz, Miles Jupp.

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Kate Humble talks to Miles Jupp

Event 357

Carol Adlam and Helen Cross

Soldiers’ Art: What’s it Like to Be a Woman in the Army?

Venue: Cube
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Most stories we hear about the army relate to the service of men. But one hundred years on from the formation of women’s units, front-line combat roles are made available to female soldiers. Join the National Army Museum with project partners artist Carol Adlam and writer Helen Cross, as they discuss the forgotten voices of women in the army, and how a new graphic anthology, made with female soldiers, will bring their stories to life.

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Event 358

Topun Austin

Cambridge Series 17: Becoming Human

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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What makes us human? We all start off as a single fertilised egg, but within nine months the newborn brain has more than 100 billion cells and has made over 100 trillion connections. How is our perception of the world already pre-programmed in the womb? This illustrated talk looks at key moments in brain development in order to understand what it is that makes us human. Dr Topun Austin is a Consultant Neonatologist at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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Event 359

Michael Tavinor

Shrines of the Saints in England and Wales

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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The Dean of Hereford Cathedral explores the history and present-day significance of the shrines to the saints that can be found in many cathedrals and abbeys, and in pilgrimage destinations. He traces their importance in the UK’s spiritual life from medieval times and considers how people and church buildings were influenced by shrines in their midst. He recounts their destruction during the Reformation and what was happening during the hidden years before the tide turned in both Anglican and Catholic churches in C19th.

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Michael Tavinor

Event 527

Hay Castle Tour 13

Will Davies - Archaeologist, Cadw

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 571

Laura Bates

Subject Areas – Gender Equality

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.

Laura Bates founded the Everyday Sexism Project and lectures widely.

15+
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Event HD64

Roger McGough and LiTTLe MACHiNe

Poetry Pie

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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For 6+ year-olds and their elders and betters and worsers, a morning of poems, songs, rhymes, drawings and jokes with ‘the patron saint of poetry’ and his band, the delightful masters of poetry and song. As always, his poems are full of wit and wisdom, with word play, puns and sharp observations on all aspects of life. Come and savour a slice of this brand new poetry pie!

6+
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Event HD65

Laura Dockrill

Star Cross’d

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The poet, writer and illustrator introduces Star Cross’d, her contemporary film version of Romeo and Juliet commissioned for the Shakespeare Lives programme by the British Council. She explores the continuing relevance of the story and its influence on her own writing including Lorali. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

12+
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Event HD66

Abi Elphinstone and Emma Carroll

Writing Danger

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Danger! Sometimes authors just have to be mean – characters in peril are an absolute must to drive the plot. The writers discuss the dangers faced by their characters in Strange Star and The Shadow Keeper, and why writing about danger is so thrilling.

8+
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Event W13

Creative writing workshop with British Library

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Would you like to write like Shakespeare?  Join Deborah Patterson, author of My Book of Stories: Write Your Own Shakespearean Tales, published by the British Library, for top tips on how to plan a Shakespearean plot, create the most effective insults and pen your own dramatic tale.

8 - 12 year-olds
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Event 572

Russell Jackson

Subject Areas – Art, Drama, Theatre and Film Studies

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.

Russell Jackson is a professor in the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham.

15+
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Event W17

Sue Best, Phil Bowen

Have-a-go Shakespeare with The Willow Globe

Venue: Summer House
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No am-dram experience necessary. This workshop is open to adults who  fancy the opportunity to tread the boards and tackle the Bard. You will have the chance to read, explore, perform and have fun with Shakespeare. Sue Best and Phil Bowen  run The Willow Globe, a scaled-down, living version of the Globe in London, created with living willow, on an organic farm in mid-Wales. Their professional experience in theatre includes many years with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the English Shakespeare Company, the Royal Opera House and the Old Vic.

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Event DT10

Ticket to Dine

Friday Early 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 360

The Cremona Quartet and Morgan Szymanski

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 4

Venue: St Mary’s Church
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The last of the recitals broadcast live from Hay this week. The quartet and guitarist play Haydn’s String Quartet in G major, Op.77 No.1; Fernando Sor’s Variations on a Theme of Mozart, Op.9; and Boccherini’s Guitar Quintet No.4 in D major, G448. The concert is introduced by Clemency Burton-Hill.

Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 – please arrive in good time.
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