Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event HD14

Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Meet the winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal whose dramatic story, set in 1945, tells of thousands of East Prussian refugees desperate to be saved by the ship the Wilhelm Gustloff. Among them are three children who, forced by circumstances to come together, find their strength, courage and trust in each other tested with each step nearer to safety. Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. American-Lithuanian Ruta Sepetys discusses her heritage, her experience of writing the novel and her delight at winning the Carnegie Medal with Jonathan Douglas, Director, National Literacy Trust.

12+
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Event W22

Katie Harnett

Make a Raincloud Friend

Venue: Cube
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The author's picture-book Ivy and the Lonely Raincloud is a heart-warming tale about finding friendship in unexpected places. Enjoy the story and help our magical paper-flower garden grow by making your very own raincloud friend.

 

3-6
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Event W23

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 must attend but do not require a ticket)

6-8
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Rooted Forest School

Event W24

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 93

Philip Ball

Beyond Weird: Why Everything You Thought You Knew About Quantum Physics is Different

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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“Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it.” Since Niels Bohr said this many years ago, quantum mechanics has only been getting more shocking. We now realise that it’s not really telling us that “weird” things happen out of sight, on the tiniest level, in the atomic world. Rather, we can now see that everything is quantum: our everyday world is simply what quantum becomes at the human scale. But if quantum mechanics is right, what seems obvious and right in our everyday world is built on foundations that don’t seems obvious or right – or even possible. The writer Philip Ball was formerly an editor at Nature.

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Philip Ball

Event 94

Sarah Nouwen

Cambridge Series 6: Peacemaking: What's Law Got To Do With It?

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Peace and justice: who could be against them? But as soon as we begin to unpack these much-invoked notions, tensions emerge. How does international law resolve these tensions? We'll discuss emerging international norms in light of the challenges facing mediators trying to end civil wars. Nouwen is Co-Deputy Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law. Chaired by Tom Clark of Prospect magazine.

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Event 95

Javier Cercas and Juan Gabriel Vasquez

Fictions: True Stories

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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A conversation about fiction and language with two of the greatest Spanish language writers. The Impostor is Cercas’ new novel about the notorious fake Holocaust survivor, Enric Marco. With profound compassion and lacerating honesty, Cercas takes the reader on a journey not only into one man’s gigantic lie, but also into the deepest, most flawed parts of our humanity. Cercas also publishes his book of essays on the novel The Blind Spot.  Gabriel Vasquez introduces his novel The Shape of the Ruins. It takes the form of personal and formal investigations into two political assassinations. Separated by more than 30 years, the two murders at first appear unconnected, but as the novel progresses Vásquez reveals how between them they contain the seeds of the violence that has bedevilled Colombia ever since. They talk, in English, to Daniel Hahn.

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Event 96

Between the Ears

BBC Radio 3

Venue: BBC Tent
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Join Helen Mort as she takes you on a climb up Langdale in the Lake District. Inspired by the amazing life of legendary climber Gwen Moffat, Helen weaves together poetry and music to give you the sensation of teetering in high winds on a rock face. “An atmospheric adventure in 3D sound...with every footfall etched on air” – The Spectator. Described as one of British poetry's brightest stars, Mort has published two collections of poetry, has won the Foyle Young Poet’s award five times and has been shortlisted for the Costa Prize and T.S. Eliot Prize.

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Event 454

Dr Vivien Norris

Parenting with Theraplay

Venue: Compass
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Theraplay is a child and family therapy for building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. It is based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction between parent and child and is personal, physical, and fun. Theraplay can be used in therapy for a wide range of ages and difficulties, and is specifically helpful for children who are Looked After and Adopted. Theraplay ideas can also be used in everyday parenting and in any setting where relationship connection is important.
Dr Vivien Norris is a Certified Theraplay Trainer and is Clinical Director of The Family Place and co-author of Parenting with Theraplay: Understanding Attachment and How to Nurture a Closer Relationship with Your Child.
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Event 476

Rupert Everett talks to Alan Yentob

Born to be Wilde

Venue: Tata Tent
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The actor previews clips from his forthcoming film about Oscar Wilde’s last days The Happy Prince and of Yentob's imagine… BBC documentary film about his life and work. One of Hollywood’s most wickedly gifted storytellers; Everett is the author of Vanished Years and Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins.
 
The Happy Prince is released on 15 June. Photo by Wilhelm Moser.
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Rupert Everett talks to Alan Yentob

Event HD15

Maggie Aderin-Pocock

StarFinder for Beginners

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Fascinated by the wonders of the night sky? Join the Space scientist and BBC 4’s The Sky at Night presenter as she speaks about her passion for the stars. Take a journey through the constellations and find out how to begin stargazing with her new bookA must for budding astronomers.

9+
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Event HD16

Joe Berger

Lyttle Lies: The Pudding Problem and The Stinky Truth

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Have you ever told a fib? Allow this author and illustrator to introduce you to Sam Lyttle, the boy who can’t stop telling porkies and the hero of two graphic novels Lyttle Lies: The Pudding Problem and The Stinky Truth. Sam’s fibbing gets him mixed up in some very twisty situations (rather like the younger Joe Berger himself). Armed with a pen and a flipchart, Joe draws audiences into Sam’s world and gives tips to budding cartoonists on how to draw comic strips.

9+
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Event W25

Joe Todd-Stanton

The Secret of Black Rock

Venue: Cube
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Discover the amazing creatures that live under the sea in a workshop with the illustrator based on his picture-book, a surreal, modern folktale about an adventurous little girl who must protect a peaceful living creature. Children can create sea creatures as part of a large-scale mural, then take them home.

3-6
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Event W26

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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Rooted Forest School

Event 97

Ian McEwan talks to Stig Abell

The Deborah Rogers Foundation Conversation

Venue: Tata Tent
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The novelist talks about his writing and reading, and the translation of his books into film. The movie of On Chesil Beach is released on 18 May. Towards the end of this event McEwan will introduce the winner of the 2018 Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers’ Award, Deepa Anappara. Her winning entry is a work of fiction called Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line.  

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Ian McEwan talks to Stig Abell

Event 98

Trevor Cox talks to Adam Rutherford

Now You’re Talking: Human Conversation from the Neanderthals to Artificial Intelligence

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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If you’ve ever felt the shock of listening to a recording of your own voice, you realise how important your voice is to your personal identity. We judge others not just by their words but by the way they talk: their intonation, their pitch, their accent. The Professor of Acoustic Engineering explores the full range of our voice – how we speak and how we sing; how our vocal anatomy works; what happens when things go wrong and how technology enables us to imitate and manipulate the human voice.

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Event 99

David Olusoga

Black and British: A Forgotten History

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Drawing on new genealogical research, original records and expert testimony, the historian and broadcaster reaches back to Roman Britain, the medieval imagination, Elizabethan ‘blackamoors’ and the global slave-trading empire. He shows that the great industrial boom of the 19th century was built on American slavery, and that black Britons fought at Trafalgar and in the trenches of both World Wars. Black British history is woven into the cultural and economic histories of the nation. Chaired by Amol Rajan.

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David Olusoga

Event 100

Diane Coyle

Cambridge Series 7: How Do We Know How Well Off We Are?

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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GDP is up – but whose GDP? (And what is it anyway?) There’s endless free stuff online but is it making anyone any happier? Are the cat videos on the internet distracting us from the prospect of jobs becoming automated and climate change ravaging food supplies? Behind this lies the challenge of how to measure economic progress. How can we tell if our society is becoming more prosperous or not? Coyle is Bennett Professor of Public Policy.

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Diane Coyle

Event 101

The Verb

BBC Radio 3

Venue: BBC Tent
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Ian McMillan presents Radio 3’s ‘cabaret of the word’, featuring award-winning writers alongside the most innovative up-and-coming performers. This year, guests include The Last Poets – legends in the world of spoken word performance in the U.S. Join us for our special Hay edition of the programme, “a linguistic leftfield joy that manages to be cosy and surreal, and which Ian McMillan presides over like a kindly pub landlord” – Radio Times.

Broadcast on Friday 1 June at 10pm on BBC Radio 3.

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Event 461

Nik Gowing, Didi Ogede and Chris Langdon

Thinking the Unthinkable

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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FaceBook’s data catastrophe; MeToo; Populism; Nationalism; Trump; Putin, Russia and the nerve agent attack; the impact of AI on work and skills; Brexit. The world affairs expert analyses why disruption and unthinkables are creating ever-greater uncertainty for corporate and political leaders. Why do they have trouble thinking unthinkables then leading as you expect? Gowing and Langdon reveal findings from extensive interviews with world leaders in a new book, launched today at the festival. Come and brainstorm unthinkables. They present their work wioth researcher Didi Ogede.
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