Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 30

Front Row Late

BBC Two

Venue: BBC Tent
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Mary Beard hosts an episode of BBC Two’s flagship topical arts show. Mary and her guests debate the big questions in the arts and culture.

Pre-recorded for broadcast at 23:05 later in the evening on BBC2.

Free but ticketed
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Event 31

Mae Martin talks to Stephanie Merritt

Can Everyone Please Calm Down? A Guide to 21st Century Sexuality

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Covering everything from the pros and cons of labels to coming out and the joys of sexual fluidity, the award-winning comedian ponders all the stuff we get hung up about – and then a bit more. Mae’s mission is to ensure that in a world full of things to worry about, who we choose to kiss should not be one of them.

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Mae Martin talks to Stephanie Merritt

Event 32

Michael Fuller talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Kill the Black One First

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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Fuller was born to Windrush-generation Jamaican immigrants in 1959 and experienced a meteoric career in policing, from the beat to the Brixton inferno, through cutting-edge detective work and the frontline of drug-related crime and violence on London’s most volatile estates. He took a pivotal role in the formation of Operation Trident, which tackled gun crime and gang warfare in the London community, and was later appointed Chief Constable of Kent. His memoir Kill the Black One First is a raw and unflinching account of a life in policing during a tumultuous period of race relations throughout the UK, from Britain’s first black Chief Constable.

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Michael Fuller talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Event 33

Guy Leschziner talks to Daniel Davis

The Nocturnal Brain

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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What happens to our brain at night? Are we really fully asleep and if so how is it that some individuals end up doing what they do? Or can it be the case that perhaps the brain never fully goes to sleep and that in some individuals there is a disconnect between the sleeping part of their brain and the active part of their brain, so that the two become confused? The world-renowned neurologist weaves wonderful stories that highlight how sleep disorders affect the lives and health of patients and their families.

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Guy Leschziner talks to Daniel Davis

Event 34

King Charles

King of the Road – Live at Hay

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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With a look that falls somewhere between Adam Ant and Prince and a sound that blends glam rock, psychedelic folk and indie pop, Charles Costa is one of the most compelling and exhilarating live performers in Britain. His 2012 album Loveblood launched the exuberant hit singles 'Mississippi Isabel', 'Bam Bam' and 'Lady Percy'. His Gamble for a Rose album appeared in 2016, and his new single Freak has just been released. Come. He’s fabulous.

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King Charles

Event 35

Marcus Brigstocke

Stand-up: Devil May Care

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Snowflake, Nazi, Remoaner, Trot, Libtard, Brextremist, Feminazi, Piers Morgan... As we divide each other up into more and more unpleasant categories of evil, it is time to establish, once and for all, what is good and what is bad. Who better to arbitrate in these challenging divisive times than Lucifer himself? Brigstocke is a master of satirical comedy with an impressive list of TV credits including his role as team captain on Argumental and as host of The Late Edition and BBC4’s I’ve Never Seen Star Wars. “Rare is the stand-up show that makes you laugh, think and then fight back the tears. This is it.” – Telegraph.

14+ (parental guidance; swearing and adult content likely)
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