Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Cressida Cowell

The Wizards of Once and How to Train Your Dragon

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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The winner of the 2017 Hay Festival Medal for Fiction returns to launch the paperback of her new book. Best known for her world-conquering How to Train Your Dragon series, Cressida will talk about her inspiration, give tips on becoming an author or illustrator, and share amazing behind-the-scenes details about how the Dragon books became films. Cressida has been an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust for a decade and The Wizards of Once won the Blue Peter Book Award for Best Story this year.

9+
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Andy Stanton

Going to the Volcano

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Join the one and (thankfully) only, irrepressibly silly author in an event for younger readers and their families. He reads from Danny McGee Drinks the Sea and previews his latest picture-book, Going to the Volcano, featuring Jane-o, Dwayne-o, a Great Dane-o, a train-o… and, of course, a VOLCANO! Colourful, loud, energetic and hilarious – and that’s just Andy Stanton. Come along for an unforgettable journey and enjoy the fun. You’ll erupt with laughter.

3+
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Rooted Forest School

Craft and Fire Workshop

Venue: Wild Garden
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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.

6-8
Parents must attend but do not require a ticket
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Event W8

Massive Monsters

Digital Animation and Video Mapping workshop with MASH Cinema

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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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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Event W7

Stemettes

Hack the Web

Venue: Cube
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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'.

14-16
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Event 41

Antony Beevor

Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges 1944

Venue: Tata Tent
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Operation Market Garden, the plan to end the war by capturing the bridges leading to the Lower Rhine and beyond, was a bold concept: the Americans thought it unusually bold for Field Marshal Montgomery. But the cost of failure was horrendous, above all for the Dutch who risked everything to help. German reprisals were cruel and lasted until the end of the war. The pre-eminent war historian looks into the very heart of the conflict.

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Antony Beevor

Event 42

Laura Bates talks to Owen Sheers

Misogynation

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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The Everyday Sexism founder reflects on the true scale of the challenge to our aspirations to equality. From Weinstein to Westminster, from banter to consent, and from the President’s Club to equal pay, she makes a passionate argument for stepping back, opening our eyes and allowing ourselves to address the bigger picture.

She talks to the writer Owen Sheers, author of The Men You'll Meet.

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Laura Bates talks to Owen Sheers

Event 43

Ella McPherson

Cambridge Series 4: Digital Fakery and its Consequences

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Drawing on her research about human rights reporting in the digital age, the Co-Director of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights at the University of Cambridge argues that digital fakery’s consequences for democracy arise not because we are duped, but because of what we do to not be duped. Chaired by Rachael Jolley, editor of Index on Censorship.

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Event 44

Kayo Chingonyi talks to Dai Smith

The 2018 International Dylan Thomas Prize

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Join us to celebrate this prestigious literary prize for writers aged 39 and under, as the 2018 winner talks to Dai Smith, chair of the jury. The shortlist for the prize comprised Kayo Chingonyi, Carmen Maria Machado, Gwendoline Riley, Sally Rooney, Emily Ruskovich and Gabriel Tallent. 

The Zambian-born poet Kayo Chingonyi is announced as the winner of the 2018 Prize.

Guardian profile HERE

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Kayo Chingonyi talks to Dai Smith

Event 45

The Essay

BBC Radio 3

Venue: BBC Tent
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In this series, leading writers choose their favourite fictional female character and extract the lessons we could all learn from their lives on the page. Featuring Afua Hirsch, Bettany Hughes and Fiona Sampson

Broadcast from Monday 28 May to Friday 1 June at 10.45pm on BBC Radio 3.

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Sue Trevethan, Marcelle Palmer, Daniel Morgan

Resilience and Mortality

Venue: Compass
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A lively discussion on the varied approaches to education around illness, death and bereavement. Sue Trevethan is founder of the Hope Support Services; Marcelle Palmer is Hospice Outreach and Schools Project Lead at St Barnabas House Hospice and Daniel Morgan is drama teacher at Royal Grammar School, Worcester whose students have been working with St Richards Hospice. Chaired by Maggie Turner from The Open University.

Free but ticketed
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Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin, Giovanni Rigano

Illegal

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Join the authors and illustrator behind the Artemis Fowl graphic novels as they present their new book Illegal and take you on an epic and heart-breaking journey across continents. Hear how their graphic novel came to be, the real-life stories behind the headlines and what it takes to make a graphic novel.

9+
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Clara Vulliamy

Dotty Detective

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Come and meet the author and illustrator of the Dotty Detective series. Dot and her best friend Beans love cracking codes, poring over puzzles and solving mysteries. Hear all about them in this fun session, and you might pick up some top detective tips to take home, too.
6+
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Event W9

Rooted Forest School

Craft and Fire Workshop

Venue: Wild Garden
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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.

(parents may attend but do not require a ticket)

9-11
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Event 46

Melvyn Bragg

William Tyndale

Venue: Tata Tent
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On the morning of 6 October 1536, a frail scholar was taken from a dungeon in the castle at Vilvoorde, just north of Brussels. Armed guards kept the crowds at bay as he was led through the streets of the small town. He was to be burned. He was allowed a few moments of prayer. As a priest, prayer had been the keystone of his faith. After the brief pause, he walked up the steps to be tied to the cross. As he waited for the flames, he called out, “Lord, open the King of England’s eyes!” This was Willi Tyndale, the man whose translation of the New Testament and much of the Old Testament was to bring about more profound changes to the English-speaking world over the next five centuries than the works of any other man in its history.

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Melvyn Bragg

Event 47

Daniel Davis

The John Maddox 2018 Lecture: The Beautiful Cure

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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The author of The Compatibility Gene introduces the revolutionary new science of the immune system with its breakthrough medical cures. He discusses how stress, sleep and ageing affect our health. “As David Attenborough opens our goggling eyes to the natural world without, so Daniel Davis brings us face to face with the stunningly clever and, yes, beautiful world within” – Stephen Fry. Davis is Professor of Immunology at the University of Manchester.

Chaired by the Adam Rutherford, presenter of BBC Radio 4's Inside Science.

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Daniel Davis

Event 48

Dambisa Moyo

Edge of Chaos

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Facing economic stagnation, inequality and the vulnerability of liberal democracies to extremism, the economist proposes an aggressive and radical re-tooling of our political system with new constraints on both elected officials and voters. Moyo argues for extending politicians’ terms so as to match better the economic cycles; for increasing minimum qualifications for candidates; for introducing mandatory voting, and for implementing a weighted voting system. Moyo’s other books include Dead Aid, Winner Take All and How The West Was Lost. Chaired by Dharshini David.

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Andrew Davies, Laura Lankester, Bethan Jones

Les Miserables

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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The screenwriter (War and Peace, Bleak House, Dr Zhivago, Pride and Prejudice) is joined by his script editor and producer to discuss the challenges of adapting Victor Hugo’s masterpiece for the screen. The six-hour series will broadcast later this year with Dominic West as Valjean, David Oyelowo as Javert and Olivia Colman as Mme Thénardier. Chaired by Francine Stock.

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Event 50

Akala’s Odyssey

BBC Four

Venue: BBC Tent
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BAFTA and MOBO award-winning hip-hop artist, writer and social entrepreneur, as well as co-founder of The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company, Akala talks to the BBC’s Director of Arts, Jonty Claypole, about his recent documentary on Homer’s Odyssey.  He discusses why this 3,000-year-old epic poem has become the cornerstone of Western literature, how it would have sounded to contemporaneous audiences and how it has shaped his own experiences as an artist. Followed by Q&A.

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Event 51

Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir and Lina Meruane talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions: New Life

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Ólafsdóttir’s Hotel Silence won the Icelandic Literature Prize. Jónas feels his life is over. His wife has left him, his mother is slipping deeper into dementia, and his daughter is no longer the person he thought. He decides to buy a one-way ticket to a war-ravaged country and end to it all. But on arriving at Hotel Silence, his plans dissolve. Meruane is one of the most prominent voices in Chilean literature. In Seeing Red a Chilean writer moves to New York to pursue an academic career. While at a party her eyes haemorrhage. Blood floods her vision, rendering her all but blind. As she adjusts to a very different life, those who love her adjust to a very different woman – one who is angry, raw, funny, sinister, sexual and dizzyingly alive.

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