Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event HD8

David Almond

The Colour of the Sun

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Join the author of Skellig in conversation with Jonathan Douglas, Director, National Literacy Trust as he introduces his moving, funny and magical new novel,The Colour of the Sun.“The day is long, the world is wide, you're young and free.”One hot summer morning, Davie steps boldly out of his front door. The world he enters is very familiar – the little Tyneside town that has always been his home – but as the day passes, it becomes ever more mysterious. A boy has been killed, and Davie thinks he might know who is responsible. He turns away from the gossip and excitement and sets off roaming towards the sunlit hills above the town. As the day goes on, the real and the imaginary start to merge, and Davie knows that neither he nor his world will ever be the same again.

12+
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David Almond

Event HD97

Oscar’s Book Prize presents Rachel Bright

Venue: Compass
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A special story time with prize-winning children’s author Rachel Bright. Includes The Koala Who Could, her empowering tale of a koala called Kevin who learns that change can bring new and wonderful things, which was the 2017 winner of Oscar’s Book Prize. The best under-fives' book award is supported by Amazon and the National Literacy Trust.

Free but ticketed
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Oscar’s Book Prize presents Rachel Bright

Event W11

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.

14-16
90 mins
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Event W10

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'.

16-21
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Event W12

Rooted Forest School

Fire and Cooking 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 must attend but do not require a ticket)

4-6
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Rooted Forest School

Event 52

Bear Grylls talks to Dylan Jones

How to Stay Alive

Venue: Tata Tent
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Worldwide survival inspiration, best selling author and Chief Scout Bear Grylls talks to the editor of GQ magazine about a lifetime of adventure.

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Bear Grylls talks to Dylan Jones

Event 53

John Vidal, Patrick Kamzitu and Emma Taylor with Bettany Hughes

It Starts with a Book

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Following the drought of 2012, the community of Gumbi in rural Malawi decided they needed to diversify to protect their families from further famine and create a brighter future for their children. They decided that education was the key. Today, thanks to the support of the Gumbi Education Fund, Book Aid International and others, Gumbi has a small library, three villagers are qualified teachers, and three more are going to university. John Vidal, who covered the famine in the Guardian,and Patrick Kamzitu from Gumbi, will tell this inspiring story. They are joined by broadcaster and historian Bettany Hughes, a long-term supporter of the Gumbi Education Fund and Emma Taylor, Book Aid International’s Head of Communications.

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Event 54

Ferdia Gallagher

Cambridge Series 5: The Future of MRI

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Dr Gallagher from the Department of Radiology at the University of Cambridge discusses the basis of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), how it is currently used to image cancer and what the future of oncological imaging may entail.

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Ferdia Gallagher

Event 55

Tessa Dunlop talks to Claire Armitstead

The Century Girls

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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The author of The Bletchley Girls interviewed six centenarians for this wonderful collection of tales: The Final Word From the Women Who’ve Lived the Past Hundred Years of British History. Through the prism of their own experiences and memories, she tells the human story of how women gradually began to build independent lives for themselves in the modern world of post-Great War Britain, by re-telling what their actual day-to-day reality was like, through the decades.

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Event 56

Free Thinking

BBC Radio 3

Venue: BBC Tent
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BBC Radio 3’s arts and ideas programme explores our ideas of land in poetry from the inspiration of the British landscape to war territory with guests Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, now Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, patron of the Wilfred Owen Society and author of books including The Tragic Imagination and Simon Armitage, the current Oxford Professor of Poetry and the author of eleven poetry collections including his latest, The Unaccompanied and Flit, published by Yorkshire Sculpture Park.  Chaired by Rana Mitter, Professor of History and Politics of Modern China at the University of Oxford and presenter of documentaries for BBC Radio 3 and 4.

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Event HD9

Andy Stanton

'Natboff!' and the madcap world of Mr Gum

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Join the ridiculously funny writer for an hour of joyous nonsense as he talks about the amazingly successful Mr Gum series, as well as his new book, Natboff! One Million Years of Stupidity, which is just as epically surreal as it sounds. There’ll be plenty of laughter, silly voices and horrible, horrible singing – in short, business as usual. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face (or add an extra one if you were already smiling to begin with.)

9+
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Event HD10

Gemma Cairney and Jenny Valentine

Ask Us Anything

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The authors of Open Your Heart and Finding Violet Park, both teen ambassadors, will explore how important it is to talk, with expert advice from Hay Festival Youth Council members Gemma Elgar and Ceri-Anne Gatehouse. Gemma, Jenny, Gemma and Ceri-Anne will be here to discuss everything from self-expression to how to love your body, your friends and your family, with help and advice for times when things feel like they are going wrong.

14+
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Event 57

Hannah Critchlow and Rowan Williams

What is Consciousness?

Venue: Tata Tent
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A theologian and a neuroscientist explore the concept of consciousness: is it unique to humans? Are we all simply machines? Do we have free will? Can we invoke an enhanced collective consciousness? Bringing together findings from science and insights from religion they unpick what it means to be conscious. Williams is Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge and a former Archbishop of Canterbury.  Critchlow is named as a British Council's Top 100 UK Scientists for her work in communication and author of Consciousness: A LadyBird Expert book, which will be launched at Hay. 

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Event 58

Roddy Doyle talks to Stephanie Merritt

Fictions: Smile

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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The new novel from the Booker Prize-winning author of Paddy Clark Ha! Ha! Ha! has all the features for which Roddy Doyle has become famous: the razor-sharp dialogue, the humour, the superb evocation of adolescence, but this is a novel unlike any he has written before. When you finish the last page you will have been challenged to re-evaluate everything you think you remember so clearly.

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Roddy Doyle talks to Stephanie Merritt

Event 59

Afua Hirsch talks to Amy Ansell

Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Where are you really from? You’re British. Your parents are British. You were raised in Britain. Your partner, your children and most of your friends are British. So why do people keep asking you where you are from? Brit(ish) is about a search for identity. It is about the everyday racism that plagues British society. It is about our awkward, troubled relationship with our history. It is about why liberal attempts to be ‘colour-blind’ have caused more problems than they have solved. It is about why we continue to avoid talking about race.

Ansell is Dean of Liberal Arts at Emerson College, and author of New Right, New Racism: Race and Reaction in the United States and Britain.

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Afua Hirsch talks to Amy Ansell

Event 60

Matt Hancock talks to Amol Rajan

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: The Issues

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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An opportunity to discuss the immediate and longer-term challenges that range across his brief with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. He talks to the BBC's Media Editor Amol Rajan.
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Matt Hancock talks to Amol Rajan

Event 61

Jo Brandon, Aviva Dautch, Shazea Quraishi

Poetic Responses to Gustav Klimt

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Renowned painter of the exquisite and other-worldly The Kiss, Gustav Klimt is the crowning jewel in Austria’s symbolist movement. Join Brandon, Dautch and Quraishi as they present their poetic answers to Klimt’s masterpieces, specially commissioned by Bradford Literature Festival. The poets will discuss how Klimt’s work inspired their own, as well as the social and artistic context in which the paintings were created. This one-of-a-kind event marries the contemporary with the historical to mark the centenary of Klimt’s death.

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Event 62

Podcasts: Love to Listen

BBC Radio 3

Venue: BBC Tent
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From Serial to My Dad Wrote a Porno, a whole new generation is learning to love podcasts. Whether you are already hooked or wondering what all the fuss is about, come and find out what makes a great podcast from the people who make them.  Commissioning editor Rhian Roberts is joined by a panel that includes Georgia Catt, the maker of Fortunately with Fi Glover and Jane Garvey, Becky Ripley, who recently produced the award-winning Blue Planet II podcast, and Dale Shaw, producer of Unpopped, the new pop culture podcast.
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Event 63

Chris Haughton and Emily Shuckburgh

Trans.MISSION 1: Polar Science and Climate Change

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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What happens when you bring together two people at the top of their game but from different spheres? Shuckburgh is a climate scientist and deputy head of the Polar Oceans Team at the British Antarctic Survey. Haughton is a designer, author and illustrator of numerous publications including A Bit Lost, Oh No George! and Shh! We Have a Plan. They have collaborated to create an original piece of work that will explore the issues around polar science and climate change. The Trans.MISSION project was created to bring science and culture together with the aim of communicating cutting-edge science to new audiences through new methods. More information about the Trans.MISSION project can be found here.

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Event 64

Simon Schama

Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492-1900

Venue: Tata Tent
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In our own time of anxious arrivals and enforced departures, the Jews’ search for a home is more startlingly resonant than ever. Belonging is a magnificent cultural history abundantly alive with energy, character and colour. From the Jews’ expulsion from Spain in 1492 it navigates miracles and massacres, wandering, discrimination, harmony and tolerance; to the brink of the twentieth century and, it seems, a point of profound hope. Schama tells the stories not just of rabbis and philosophers but of a poetess in the ghetto of Venice; a boxer in Georgian England; a general in Ming China; an opera composer in 19th- century Germany. The story unfolds in Kerala and Mantua, the starlit hills of Galilee, the rivers of Colombia, the kitchens of Istanbul, the taverns of Ukraine and the mining camps of California.

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Simon Schama

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