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HAY FESTIVAL 2019 EARLY BIRDS

The full programme will be available in March.

Event 30

The Today Programme

BBC Radio 4 LIVE

Venue: BBC Tent
Join the audience of BBC Radio 4’s flagship news and current affairs programme as we broadcast live from Hay.
2 hours
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Morning Iyengar yoga session with Wye Valley Yoga

Venue: Cube

Wake up and re-energise with our morning yoga class. Iyengar yoga is characterised by precision, alignment and attention to detail and is an inclusive and accessible yoga practice. Mats are provided; wear comfortable clothing; all abilities welcome.

16+
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Morning Iyengar yoga session with Wye Valley Yoga

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Alastair Campbell talks to Dylan Jones

Breakfast Tabletalk

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
A conversation with the iconic journalist, whose diaries of his time in Downing Street during the Blair years established him as a best-seller. He has also written extensively about mental health and has just published a new thriller about football and terrorism set in the 1970s, co-written with Paul Fletcher - Saturday Bloody Saturday.
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Alastair Campbell talks to Dylan Jones

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Luke Harding talks to Nik Gowing

Collusion

Venue: Oxfam Moot

In December 2016 Harding meets former MI6 officer Christopher Steele to discuss the President-elect’s connections with Russia. Harding decides to follow the money and the sex. In Washington, January 2017, Steele’s explosive dossier alleges that the Kremlin has been "cultivating, supporting and assisting" Trump for years and that they have compromising information about him. Trump responds on Twitter, ‘FAKE NEWS’. Collusion is a gripping, alarming exposé about the biggest political scandal of the modern era, in which Harding reveals the true nature of Trump’s decades-long relationship with Russia and presents the gripping inside story of Steele’s dossier. 


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David Christian talks to Rosie Boycott

Origin Story: A Big History of Everything

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

A majestic distillation of our current understanding of the birth of the universe, of the solar system, of the oceans, of mountains and minerals, of all life on earth and of the driving dynamics of human culture and achievement. Christian is a Distinguished Professor in History at Macquarie University in Australia and the co-founder, with Bill Gates, of The Big History Project.

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Jaideep Prabhu

Cambridge Series 3: Frugal Innovation – How the Globe is Learning to do More (and Better) with Less

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

More than three billion people in the developing world live outside the formal economy and face unmet needs in areas such as health, education, energy, food and financial services. Meanwhile in the developed world, consumers are becoming both value- and values- conscious. The Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Business and Enterprise at the Judge Business School addresses how frugal innovation – the creation of faster, better and cheaper solutions that employ minimal resources – can help solve some of the big problems of poverty, climate change and inequality that stalk the planet.

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OLGA TOKARCZUK in conversation with Gaby Wood

The Winner of the 2018 Man Booker International Prize

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk wins for Flights - translated into English by Jennifer Croft, who will join her onstage.

The longlist for this year's international fiction prize consists of Laurent Binet, Javier Cercas, Virginie Despentes, Jenny Erpenbeck, Han Kang, Ariana Harwicz, László Krasznahorkai, Antonio Muñoz, Christoph Ransmayr, Ahmed Saadawi, Olga Tokarczuk, Wu Ming-Yi and Gabriela Ybarra. The shortlist will be released on 12 April, and the winner will be announced on 22 May.

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Horatio Clare

Wayfaring: Cwmdu Valley

Venue: Meet at Hay Festival main entrance for bus

The author of Icebreaker, Down to the Sea in Ships, A Single Swallow and Running for the Hills leads a walk from Tretower Court through the Cwmdu Valley looking at stories in his Myths and Legends of the Brecon Beacons. A member of the Brecon Beacons National Park team will join the walk.

The bus will take you to Tretower and returns to Hay Festival by 12.30pm
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Horatio Clare

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David Walliams

Ten years of Glorious Stories

Venue: Tata Tent

Since the publication of his first novel, The Boy in the Dress, David Walliams has seen ten years of global success as a children’s author. Hear about the inspiration for his best-loved characters, listen to him read excerpts from some of his books and get the chance to put your questions directly to him. David will be discussing his writing with Gemma Cairney.

6+
There will be a limited number of pre-signed books available in the Festival bookshop
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Julia Green and Natasha Farrant

Adventure Fiction

Venue: Starlight Stage

The authors of To the End of the World and The Children of Castle of Rock discuss the great tradition of adventure stories and the delights of writing modern tales to add to it with Jonathan Douglas, Director, National Literacy Trust.

9+
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Rachel Bright

The Squirrels who Squabbled

Venue: Compass

Join the author of The Lion Inside and The Koala Who Could for a fun-filled event packed with stories, drawing and games. Hear the tale of The Squirrels who Squabbled – a tale of two greedy mammals who must learn to share – before learning how to draw one of the iconic animal characters from Rachel’s books, illustrated by the talented Jim Field.

4 - 8
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Rachel Bright

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CATion Outreach Presents

Science Inklings Workshops

Venue: Mess Tent

Come to our extraordinary hand-writing workshop. Learn all there is to know about the science behind ink and quills, make your own colours from vegetables, follow the trail of ink on paper with chromatography and lose yourself in the realm of optical illusions and STEM.

Family
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Massive Monsters

Digital Animation and Video Mapping workshop with MASH Cinema

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Create the wildest creature you can imagine and make it come to life and run loose over the Hay Festival site in this exciting digital animation and projection workshop. You will design your own 2D digital creature on an iPad and animate it, then you’ll learn about video mapping and projection and have a chance to see your creations projected 30ft high. In the evening MASH Cinema will be in guerrilla mode, projecting your monsters all over the Festival site, and we'll make a film of the projections that will be available to watch later.

11-14
90 mins
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Rooted Forest School

Craft Workshop

Venue: Wild Garden

Come to this family and children's nature adventure session run by Rooted Forest School in the Hay Festival Wild Garden. Join in a range of outdoor, Forest School-inspired activities including nature games, natural crafts and making, fire skills, foraging and cooking.

4-6
Parents must attend but do not require a ticket
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Stemettes

Hack the Web

Venue: Cube

Come and 'hack the web' with Stemettes. Ever wondered what your favourite website would look like if you had control? Have you ever thought you have a better idea? Come and learn the basics of HTML coding – we’ll be ‘hacking’ our favourite websites – legally.  Stemettes app 'OtotheB'.

11-13
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Bettany Hughes

Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities

Venue: Tata Tent
Istanbul has always been a place where stories and histories collide and crackle, where the idea is as potent as the historical fact. From the Qur'an to Shakespeare, this city with three names – Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul – resonates as an idea and a place, and overspills its boundaries, real and imagined. Standing as the gateway between East and West, it has served as the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman Empires. For much of its history it was known simply as The City, but, as Bettany Hughes reveals, Istanbul is not just a city, but a story. Chaired by Sameer Rahim of Prospect magazine.
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Bettany Hughes

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James O’Brien talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

The Christopher Hitchens Lecture 2018

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The LBC talkshow host has become one of the most exacting and powerful voices calling out political lies and speaking truths to both power and prejudice. He discusses the weaponising of fake news and ignorance, the power of dialogue and the urgent need for journalistic vigilance and authority. O'Brien is writing a book on these issues entitled How to be Right, to be published by Penguin Random House in November 2018.

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James O’Brien talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Event 38

David Adam talks to Daniel Davis

The Genius Within: Smart Pills, Brain Hacks and Adventures in Intelligence

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Adam, an editor at Nature, explores the ground-breaking neuroscience of cognitive enhancement that is changing the way the brain and the mind works – to make it better, sharper, more focused and, yes, more intelligent. Sharing his own experiments with revolutionary smart drugs and electrical stimulation, he delves into the sinister history of intelligence tests, meets savants and brain hackers, and reveals how he boosted his own IQ to cheat his way into Mensa.

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David Adam talks to Daniel Davis

Event 39

Click

BBC World News

Venue: BBC Tent

Experience the BBC’s flagship science and technology TV show live on stage. Host Spencer Kelly has spent 15 years exploring the world of technology, returning to Hay for a third year with mind-bending live demos and tales of artificial intelligence, robotics and virtual reality.

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

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Liliana Colanzi, Felipe Restrepo Pombo and Carlos Fonseca

Fictions: Bogotà 39

Venue: Starlight Stage

This is the first of two sessions introducing the most exciting voices of Latin American fiction, stars of the 2018 selection for Bogotà 39 and launching the English-language edition of a globally published anthology. Colanzi is a Bolivian short story writer and editor whose work includes the collection Our Dead World. Restrepo Pombo is the editor of Gatopardo magazine and of the anthology The Sorrows of Mexico. His fiction appears in the Bogotà 39 Anthology. Fonseca was born in Costa Rica and grew up in Puerto Rico. His novel Colonel Lagrimas is available in English.  They read and talk to Daniel Hahn.

Event is in English
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