Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 208

Ed Hawkins and Nicola Davies talk to Andy Fryers

Trans.MISSION 3: Extreme Weather Events

Venue: Cube
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What happens when you bring together two people at the top of their game but from different spheres? Ed Hawkins is a climate scientist and works for the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) and the University of Reading. Ed focuses on improving predictions of climate change and its impacts. Nicola Davies is the author of more than 50 books for children: fiction, non-fiction and poetry. They have collaborated to create an original piece of work that will explore the issues around extreme weather events.
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 209

How to Write a Hit Record, with Alan McGee and Jim Eliot

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Venue: BBC Tent
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BBC Music Introducing presenter Andrew Marston quizzes two of Hay's most prolific hit-makers about the science behind a No.1 record. Alan McGee was the founding father of Creation Records, responsible for signing bands such as Oasis, Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine and The Libertines. Alan was also behind a club night which saw appearances from The Killers, Kaiser Chiefs, Razorlight, Kasabian and The Darkness. Jim Eliot has had seven UK top 10 singles – that’s the same number as Adele. But just who is this one-man hit factory? Jim’s written and produced songs for Kylie Minogue, Will Young, Olly Murs, Ellie Goulding, Christina Perri, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Leona Lewis, James Morrison, Rae Morris, Sigma and Foxes – and does all of this tucked away in the shadows of the Black Mountains.

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Event 210

Daniel Mitchard

Me and My Lightning Machine

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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A brief tour of lightning research, from generating powerful lightning bolts in Europe’s only university-based lightning laboratory, to the role of new materials in protecting commercial aircraft in flight from direct strikes, and to whether increased lightning due to global warming affects tree mortality in the tropics. Mitchard will bring us lots of exciting images and videos, from exploding piggy banks to the Nigerian rainforest, live Tesla coil demonstrations with music and the appearance of a tree struck nine times that survived.

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Event 211

Mr Bingo

Alternative Ways to Make a Living

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Mr Bingo talks hilariously about his non-standard career, having worked as a commercial illustrator for 15 years for clients such as The New Yorker, the Guardian, TIME, CH4, The Mighty Boosh and the New York Times. In 2015 he launched a Kickstarter with a rap video to fund a book about his Hate Mail project. Three years later, it’s still the most successful UK crowdfunded publishing project ever. Now a self-titled artist, he’s said goodbye to the client world and makes a living from what he calls ‘silly art projects’ such as a nude Advent calendars and Brexit tea towels. Be warned, this event is not for the easily offended.

18+
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Mr Bingo

Event 212

Marcus Brigstocke, Rachel Parris, Pippa Evans, Paul Foxcroft

There Will Be Cake: All-star Improv

Venue: Tata Tent
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Four of the best improvisers in the country come together to play with ideas coming from the audience. Tonight will be a brilliant, one-off, never-to-be-repeated, dazzling, hilarious, silly, exciting, dangerous, innovative show featuring real fire (candles). And there will be cake. Actual cake.

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Marcus Brigstocke, Rachel Parris, Pippa Evans, Paul Foxcroft

Event 213

Sam Lee

Singing with Nightingales: Live

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Each year thousands of nightingales leave the forests of sub-Saharan Africa and take up temporary residence in the thickets of southern England, singing their much admired night song to lure the returning females. In admiration of these musical creatures, folk singer, song collector, and naturalist Sam Lee has created an enchanting, open-air experience that allows listeners to participate in a celebration of nature and nightingale. The event has captivated audiences through these meditative listening experiences held at special sites where the returning birds roost.

Singing With Nightingales: Live sees the nightingales’ courtship song broadcast live into the tent at Hay, where Sam and guest musicians will collaborate in this unique performance from the comfort of the auditiorium. This live broadcast concept focuses on Sam Lee’s spoken and sung narrative, surrounding the enduring myth of these birds as a symbol of our nation’s connection to nature; now under threat as the UK population declines. A guided imaginatory forest walk will draw audiences into the lore of the woods, with transporting folk songs, and guest musicians. This meditative journey is accompanied by immersive lighting and a live audio feed of the evening chorus as it fades to silence, followed by the signature duet as performers join with the birds’ after-dark song.

Guest artists Pete Judge & Georgia Ruth.
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Event 214

Martin Stockley talks to Andy Fryers

Stirling Work

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Britain’s infrastructure is creaking at the seams, its quality ranked recently by the World Economic Forum as 24th in the World, pushing it towards the bottom of the G7 nations. From congested, potholed roads and overcrowded trains to woefully inadequate cycle-ways and footpaths, travellers in Britain are struggling to get around. And it’s not just problems with transport infrastructure, our housing crisis is well documented, lacking in social housing, prices out of kilter with wages, and as fatally shown by the Grenfell Tower fire, poor, unsafe building standards and quality control. How do we get ourselves out of this mess? Martin Stockley is Deputy Chair of the HS2 Design Review Panel, Vice Chair of the Highways England Design Review Panel and a CABE Built Environment Expert.

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Martin Stockley talks to Andy Fryers

Event 215

Meltem Arikan, Menna Elfyn, George Gumisiriza, Rebecca John, Eric Ngalle Charles, Ben Rawlence

Wales PEN Cymru: Speaking for Ourselves

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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The focus of the PEN chapter this year is to defend and support minority languages within ethnic communities in Wales. When we are given the confidence and liberty to speak for ourselves in our mother tongues as much as in our acquired speech, we demonstrate the diversity, persistence and vitality of language. Three Welsh and three refugee writers are here to speak for themselves and to invite you into the local and global PEN alliance of writers working to promote international freedom of expression and linguistic equality.

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