Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event W51

Travel in Space and Time

Illustration workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Work with Hereford College of Arts Illustration degree students to create exciting and inventive images based on space and time travel. Be prepared to explore ideas from another orbit and beyond this time frame.

(parents must attend but do not require a ticket)

6-8
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Event W52

Wildlife Safari and Treasure Hunt

RSPB Cymru Workshops

Venue: Wild Garden
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Come on a safari into the wild garden to find what creatures are hiding in and among the leaves, logs and long grass. Along the way you’ll discover the many shades of colours that nature takes, as you collect natural treasures and create a unique colour collage. Materials provided. Meet at the RSPB Cymru stand.

(parents must attend but do not require a ticket)

Family
Free but ticketed
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Wildlife Safari and Treasure Hunt

Event 184

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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We often joke that teenagers don’t have brains. For some reason, it’s socially acceptable to mock people in this stage of their lives. The need for intense friendships, the excessive risk taking and the development of many mental illnesses – depression, addiction, schizophrenia – begin during these formative years. Drawing upon cutting-edge research in her London laboratory, the neuroscientist explains what happens inside the adolescent brain, what her team’s experiments have revealed about our behaviour, and how we relate to each other and our environment as we go through this period of our lives. She shows that while adolescence is a period of vulnerability, it is also a time of enormous creativity – one that should be acknowledged, nurtured and celebrated. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

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Event 185

Thomas Harding talks to Philippe Sands

Blood on the Page

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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A ground-breaking examination of a terrifying murder and its aftermath by the bestselling author of Hanns and Rudolf and The House by the Lake. The trial of the Chinese dissident accused of murdering Allan Chappelow was the first in modern British history to be held ‘in camera’ – closed, carefully controlled, secret. Wang Yam was found guilty but has always protested his innocence. “Meticulous and gripping – a thriller that disturbs for revelations about a singular act of murder, and the national security state which we call home” –Philippe Sands.

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Thomas Harding talks to Philippe Sands

Event 186

Heather Widdows

A Duty To Be Beautiful?

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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It’s not surprising that how we look matters in an increasingly visual and virtual world. Whether you get 'likes' or make a good first impression matters and the pressure to be perfect is something which young men and women increasingly feel. Indeed body dissatisfaction and anxiety are so prevalent that we regard them as normal. The extent of such anxiety is in part explained by recognising the ethical nature of the beauty ideal. Individuals increasingly judge themselves and others according to whether they measure up in the beauty stakes, and feel like failures if they do not. The University of Birmingham’s John Ferguson Professor of Global Ethics explores the ethical nature of the beauty ideal to make sense of why such feelings run so deep.

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Event 187

Rosie Goldsmith with Burhan Sönmez, Ümit Hussein and Elizabeth Briggs

Crossing Cultures with Translation and the EBRD Prize

Venue: Compass
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This year a major new international Literature Prize was launched in the UK celebrating author and translator equally and with the goal of reaching parts of the world other prizes may not reach. The Turkish author Burhan Sönmez and translator Ümit Hussein – joint winners of the inaugural EBRD Literature Prize for the novel ISTANBUL ISTANBUL - join chair of judges Rosie Goldsmith and publisher Elizabeth Briggs to discuss the importance of literature in translation – and literary prizes - to the countries and cultures concerned. A rare opportunity to see two major players on the international literary scene.

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Event 188

Tom Poster (piano)

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 2

Venue: St Mary’s Church
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The second of four recitals broadcast from Hay this week. Felix Mendelssohn’s Lieder Ohne Worte; Maria Szymanowska’s Nocturne in B flat major; Fanny Hensel Nocturne in G major; Clara Schumann Nocturne in F major, Op.6 No.2; Robert Schumann Waldszenen, Op.82.

Recorded for Broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Please arrive in good time
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Event HD37

Kevin Crossley Holland and Francesca Simon

Norse Myths: Tales of Thor, Loki and Odin

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Join these master storytellers in their modern interpretations of the Norse myths. Kevin draws on his study of the mythology to bring together these great stories in a stunningly illustrated anthology. While equally well versed in the myths but taking greater liberties with them, Francesca's vibrant re-workings, including The Lost Gods and The Monstrous Child, and her picture-book Hack and Wack, show how resonant the old stories are today. Chaired by Sian Cain.

9+
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Event HD38

Jim Smith

Barry Loser is the best at football NOT

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Join the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and Lollies winner, for a session of stories, laughs and draw-alongs. Jim will teach you how to draw Barry Loser and his mates as well as drawing live portraits of the audience.

7+
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Event HD39

Jen Lunn

Read for Good: Secrets of the Storytelling Universe

Venue: Cube
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Unleash your inner Shakespeare by joining the professional storyteller to discover the secrets of telling a good tale. In this interactive creative session you'll put into practice techniques used by the greatest storytellers of all time, and develop the skills you need to keep your friends entertained. Plus, who knows? You might even find a bestseller up your sleeve. Jen Lunn works with Read for Good to bring the magic of storytelling to children in hospital and to develop bespoke story workshops for schools. She has collected more than 100 stories told by children to create performances, podcasts and digital books.

4+
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Event W53

Travel in Space and Time

Illustration workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Work with Hereford College of Arts Illustration degree students to create exciting and inventive images based on space and time travel. Be prepared to explore ideas from another orbit and beyond this time frame.

(parents may attend but do not require a ticket)

9-10
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Event 189

Margaret Atwood, Tishani Doshi, Mererid Hopwood, Ulrike Almut Sandig, Evelyn Schlag and friends

The Armistice Gala

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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To celebrate the centenary of the Armistice of 1918, we have commissioned poets from the main protagonist nations to respond to a Great War poem from their own culture. We have poems in French, Russian, German, Welsh and several forms of English. The new poems will be read today for the first time, in the original language and in English translation alongside the works that inspired them, and other poems of the time. The full cast list will be announced on 20 May.

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Event 190

Helen Castor

Cambridge Series 11: Elizabeth I

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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In the popular imagination, as in her portraits, Elizabeth is the image of monarchical power. The Virgin Queen ruled over a Golden Age: the Spanish Armada was defeated and England's enemies scattered; English explorers reached almost to the ends of the earth; a new Church of England rose from the ashes of past conflict, and the English Renaissance bloomed in the genius of Shakespeare, Spenser and Sidney. But the image is also armour. In her illuminating new account of Elizabeth’s reign, Castor shows how England’s iconic queen was shaped by profound and enduring insecurity – an insecurity which was both a matter of practical political reality and personal psychology. But, facing down her enemies with a compellingly inscrutable public persona, the last and greatest of the Tudor monarchs would become a timeless, fearless queen.

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Helen Castor

Event 191

Rose Tremain talks to Peter Florence

Rosie: Scenes from a Vanished Life

Venue: Tata Tent
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The novelist introduces her exquisitely written childhood memoir. Tremain grew up in post-war London, a city of grey austerity, still partly in ruins, where both food and affection were fiercely rationed. The girl known then as Rosie and her sister Jo spent their days longing for their grandparents’ farm, buried deep in the Hampshire countryside, a green paradise of feasts and freedom, where they could at last roam and dream. But when Rosie is ten years old, everything changes. She and Jo lose their father, their London house, their school, their friends and – most agonisingly of all – their beloved Nanny, Vera, the only adult to have shown them real love and affection. But slowly the teenage Rosie escapes from the cold world of the 1950s into a place of inspiration and mischief, of loving friendships and dedicated teachers, where a young writer is suddenly ready to be born.

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Rose Tremain talks to Peter Florence

Event 192

Philip Lymbery

Dead Zone: Where the Wild Things Were

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Climate change and poaching are not the only culprits behind so many animals facing extinction. The campaigning CEO of Compassion in World Farming argues that the impact of consumer demand for cheap meat is equally devastating and it is vital that we confront this problem if we are to stand a chance of reducing its effect on the world around us. He talks to Matt Stadlen.

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Philip Lymbery

Event 193

The Essay

BBC Radio 3

Venue: BBC Tent
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In this series, leading writers choose their favourite fictional female characters and extract the lessons we could all learn from their lives on the page. Featuring Francesca Rhydderch and Mab Jones.

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

FREE BUT TICKETED
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Event HD40

Chris Bradford

Bodyguard: Fugitive

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The author launches his new book, Fugitive, with a high-energy, immersive experience and live performance. Teen bodyguards Charley and Connor protect the world’s high-profile figures in the most testing of situations. But when the bodyguard is the target, who protects him or her? Learn bodyguard skills from the author (trained in karate, kickboxing and samurai swordsmanship) before putting these skills to the test. Will you spot the killer in the crowd?

9+
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Event HD41

Katherine Rundell and Lauren St John

Storytelling and the Influences of Childhood

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Join these two brilliant writers as they discuss their titles The Girl Savage and The Explorer, and Kat Wolfe Investigates and The Snow Angel and the influence that their childhoods growing up in Zimbabwe had on their writing. Chaired by Georgina Godwin.

9+
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Event HD42

Jen Lunn

Read for Good: Secrets of the Storytelling Universe

Venue: Cube
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Unleash your inner Shakespeare by joining the professional storyteller to discover the secrets of telling a good tale. In this interactive creative session you'll put into practice techniques used by the greatest storytellers of all time, and develop the skills you need to keep your friends entertained. Plus, who knows? You might even find a bestseller up your sleeve. Jen Lunn works with Read for Good to bring the magic of storytelling to children in hospital and to develop bespoke story workshops for schools. She has collected more than 100 stories told by children to create performances, podcasts and digital books.

4+
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Event W54

Travel in Space and Time

Illustration workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Work with Hereford College of Arts Illustration degree students to create exciting and inventive images based on space and time travel. Be prepared to explore ideas from another orbit and beyond this time frame.

11-14
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