Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 194

Salman Rushdie and Tishani Doshi

In Conversation

Venue: Tata Tent
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The novelist discusses contemporary American culture, so presciently imagined in his latest novel The Golden House, freedom of speech, language, literature, love and death. Few writers have such a keen sense of human absurdity, and such a spectacular gift for telling its stories.

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Event 195

Rob Penhallurick

Why Dialect Fascinates Us: a Guide to What we Know About Varieties of English

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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What is an ennog? A jitty? A twitten? In fact, they are all the same thing. These are all regional names for ‘a narrow walkway running between or alongside buildings’. The English language has scores of different regional names for such an alleyway including drangway, ginnel, snicket and vennel. The English language throughout its history has been full of regional diversity – it is a language made up of dialects. The author of Studying Dialect will take us on an absorbing journey down the everyday drangways of the English language.

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Rob Penhallurick

Event 196

Cecilia Brassett, Emily Evans, Isla Fay

Cambridge Series 12: The Secret Language of Anatomy

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Where is the seahorse in our brain? What is a sesame seed doing in our knee? Come and find out through this illustrated talk on the mysteries of anatomical terminology. Cecilia Brassett is a University Clinical Anatomist; Emily Evans is a medical illustrator who is also a senior demonstrator of anatomy; Isla Fay is Human Anatomy Technical Coordinator in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience.

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Event 197

Tyler Keevil and Eluned Gramich talk to Dylan Moore

Fictions: Wales

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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A conversation about place and story, language and resilience. Keevil has two new books out. The first is a novel called No Good Brother – a high stakes Canadian adventure of love and morality, introducing two unlikely outlaws. Hometown Tales: Wales pairs two stories: Last Seen Leaving, a gripping account of the days following the disappearance of a local man by Keevil and The Lion and the Star by Eluned Gramich, a vivid retelling of the Welsh language protests that electrified Cardiganshire in the 1970s.

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Event 198

The Life After: UK Premiere Screening

BBC Two

Venue: BBC Tent
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The Life After is a filmed poetic response to The Troubles in Northern Ireland. Five people who lost loved ones in violent acts tell us their stories, parts of which have been turned into verse by poet Nick Laird. Directors Brian Hill and Niamh Kennedy combine testimony with archive and specially filmed poetic sequences to create a striking picture of life in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. Although dealing in tragedy, the film offers hope through the resilience of the characters. Chaired by writer and broadcaster Francine Stock
The screening is followed by a Q&A with Brian Hill and Niamh Kennedy

An exclusive opportunity to view this film before cinema release and broadcast on the BBC

2 hours
FREE BUT TICKETED
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Event 199

David Green, Jade Haley, Diana Beech and Jonathan Godfrey

What Price a Higher Education?

Venue: Compass
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Universities have long been hailed as one of the UK’s most successful attributes. But in a time of mounting negativity from politicians and the media, fuelled by rising anger over tuition fees and perceived value for money, as well as recent attacks on free speech, what is the future for our higher education system and that of our young people? David Green is Vice Chancellor and CEO of the University of Worcester, Jade Haley is President of the Students' Union and Diana Beech is Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI). Chaired by Jonathan Godfrey.

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Event HD43

Francesca Simon, Steven Butler, Gwen Lowe

Big, bad Characters for Big Adventures

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Horrid Henry and Dennis the Menace already have a great reputation for badness. Alice Dent is busy making one. Join broadcaster and author Zeb Soanes for a discussion with their creators about why these larger-than-life characters are so popular.

9+
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Event HD44

Kevin Crossley Holland, Beverley Naidoo, Will Hill, A. F. Harrold

Missing out on medals

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Previous CILIP Carnegie medal winners Kevin Crossley Holland and Beverley Naidoo join two authors who have been longlisted and shortlisted for the 2018 for a look at some of the classic titles which missed out on the coveted medal. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

12 +
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Event W55

Kiri Bloom Walden

Dissecting Vertigo

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Using a single scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo you can explore how a film-maker brings together camera technique, sound, mise en scene and script to tell a story. Dissecting a scene enables us to see how the director controls the flow of information and manipulates the cinema audience. Learning to ‘read’ a film in this way is the first step to a wider understanding of narrative film. Kiri Bloom Walden is a published film author and teaches film and cultural studies at the University of Oxford’s Department of Continuing Education.

16-18
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Kiri Bloom Walden

Event W143

Rufus Mufasa

Hip hop/rap workshops

Venue: Cube
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Keep it real with literary activist, pioneering participatory artist, rapper and hip hop educator Rufus Mufasa in this writing and spoken word workshop. Rufus has an infectious enthusiasm that inspires everyone she works with, whether it's prisoners and young offenders in Parc prison or young adults at Hay. Her new album Fur Coats From the Lion's Den was chosen as Wales Arts Review's album of the year.

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Event 200

Ruby Wax, Gelong Thubten, Ash Ranpura

How To Be Human

Venue: Tata Tent
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Comedian, writer and performer Ruby Wax, with some help from monk Gelong Thubten and neuroscientist Ash Ranpura, has delved deeply into what it means to be human in an age obsessed with the latest technology. She now provides a manual to upgrade our minds so that they don’t get left behind. In this event Ruby, Ash and Thubten talk about brains, bodies and mindfulness.

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Event 201

Jonathan Miles

St Petersburg: Three Centuries of Murderous Desire

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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In this lavishly illustrated talk, Miles presents his latest book, St Petersburg –Three Centuries of Murderous Desire, an epic tale of massacre, madness and murder played out against the splendour of a city risen from the frozen marshlands on the western edge of Russia – a city created to be a daring new capital of an old country.

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Event 202

Shazia Awan, Laura McAllister, Auriol Miller, Leanne Wood, Clare Critchley

Wales Women and Public Life

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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IWA Director Auriol Miller, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, equality activist Shazia Awan and politics professor Laura McAllister discuss with Clare Critchley the challenges, frustrations and joys of being a woman in Welsh public life. This event launches issue 60 of the welsh agenda, magazine of the Institute of Welsh Affairs.

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Event 203

Joe Studholme

Joseph Banks’ Florilegium: Botanical Treasures from Cook’s First Voyage

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Joseph Banks accompanied Captain Cook on his first voyage round the world from 1768-1771. A gifted and wealthy young naturalist, Banks collected exotic flora from Madeira, Brazil, Tierra del Fuego, the Society Islands, New Zealand, Australia and Java, bringing back over 1,300 species that had never been seen or studied by Europeans. On his return, Banks commissioned more than 700 superlative engravings between 1772-1784. Known collectively as Banks’ Florilegium, they are some of the most precise and exquisite examples of botanical illustration ever created. Studholme introduces a selection of the images and explains the process of producing them.

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Event 204

Jeannette Littlemore and Sarah Turner

How Do We Talk About Death Before Birth?

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Professor Littlemore and Dr Turner are co-investigators on the project ‘Death before Birth’. This examines how people who have experienced miscarriage, termination for foetal anomaly, and stillbirth, reach decisions concerning what happens to their babies after death, how their perceptions of the law impact on their decision-making, and how they communicate their experiences and choices to those there to support them. The project will also be examining the existing guidance on what happens to babies after they have died, investigating how it is interpreted in practice by professionals and the extent to which it takes account of the views, experiences and needs of the bereaved. Jeannette and Sarah will be talking about the ways in which people who have experienced pregnancy loss, and those who support, use language to make sense of and communicate their feelings about their loss.

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Event HD45

Cat Clarke and Juno Dawson

"We Are Young" and "Clean"

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Cat Clarke’s thriller We Are Young and Juno Dawson’s Clean – a novel of addiction, bullying and gender identity – are powerful examples of YA fiction. Join the writers and two members of the Hay Festival Youth Council, for a discussion of their books and the scope of YA fiction, why they are excited to write it and why it is so influential and popular with readers. Chaired by Julia Eccleshare.

14+
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Event W57

Kiri Bloom Walden

Dissecting Vertigo

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Using a single scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo you can explore how a film-maker brings together camera technique, sound, mise en scene and script to tell a story. Dissecting a scene enables us to see how the director controls the flow of information and manipulates the cinema audience. Learning to ‘read’ a film in this way is the first step to a wider understanding of narrative film. Kiri Bloom Walden is a published film author and teaches film and cultural studies at the University of Oxford’s Department of Continuing Education.

18+
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Kiri Bloom Walden

Event 205

Margaret Atwood and Gaby Wood

In conversation

Venue: Tata Tent
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In this extended session the Canadian writer discusses her poetry, short stories and novels, which include the Booker Prize winning The Blind Assassin, Alias Grace, Cat's Eye and her recent dystopian trilogy Oryx and Crake, Year of the Flood, and Maddaddam. Gaby Wood is director of the Man Booker Prize. See also event 189
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Margaret Atwood and Gaby Wood

Event 206

Wendy Cope

Poetry Reading: Anecdotal Evidence

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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In her first collection of new poetry since 2011's acclaimed Family Values, the captivating and brilliant poet celebrates 'the half-forgotten stories of our lives’ with compassion, wisdom and wit. In several of the poems she reimagines Shakespeare in unorthodox fashion; in others, she offers heartfelt tributes to friends and to public figures including Eric Morecambe and John Cage.

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Wendy Cope

Event 207

Wendy Mitchell talks to Decca Aitkenhead

Somebody I Used to Know

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Mitchell spent 20 years as a non-clinical team leader in the NHS before being diagnosed with young onset dementia in July 2014 at the age of 58. Shocked by the lack of awareness about the disease, both in the community and in hospitals, she vowed to spend her time raising awareness about dementia and encouraging others to see there is life after a diagnosis. She discusses her extraordinary book about her condition with the Guardian journalist.

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Wendy Mitchell talks to Decca Aitkenhead

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