Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 1

Bob the Builder

Storytimes and Sing-along

Venue: Oxfam Bookshop, 330 Byres Rd, Glasgow
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Come and hear tales from Sunflower Valley with wonderful storyteller Liz Fost, then join Bob in a good sing-song and pick up lots of activities to carry on the fun at home. This incredibly jolly event is suitable for 3+ years.

Tickets £5 per child – accompanying adults free but must reserve a ticket.
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Event 10

Ian Rankin

Meet the Author

Venue: Oxfam Bookshop, 330 Byres Rd, Glasgow
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Come and celebrate the master novelist's 50th birthday with this special meet the author event. Rankin is the creator of Inspector Rebus, and one of the world's great tweeters.
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Event 2

Cressida Cowell

Hiccup Hits Hollywood

Venue: French Institute, 17 Queensberry Place, London
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The stupendous writer of How To Train Your Dragon, which just so happens to be the best-received movie of the year thus far, on her star creation Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, dragons and Dreamworks. This wonderful event will include film clips and is suitable for everyone aged 7 to 107.

Tickets £5 per child – accompanying adults free but must reserve a ticket.
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Event 11

David Shukman

Reporting Live From the End of the World

Venue: French Institute, 17 Queensberry Place, London
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The BBC Environment and Science Correspondent's extraordinary broadcasting adventures provide a fascinating eyewitness account of the state of the planet.
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Event 9

Ben Okri

The Famished Road, Revisited

Venue: French Institute, 17 Queensberry Place, London
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The novelist discusses his Booker-winning masterpiece, the story of Azaro, the spirit child who chooses to stay in the land of the living.
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Event 4

Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex

Venue: Bristol Old Vic
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Join the hysterically funny and utterly brilliant number one bestselling author Eoin (pronounced ‘Owen’, by the way) Colfer, as he makes his only public appearance in England in a very exclusive adrenaline-fuelled exposé of teenage criminal mastermind, Artemis Fowl. Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex, the eagerly-anticipated seventh book in the series is out on 20 July (but we have special advance copies just for the Bookfest!)

This hilarious one-man show is suitable for 9+ years.

Tickets £5 per child – accompanying adults free but must reserve a ticket.
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Event 5

William Dalrymple with the Bauls of Bengal

Nine Lives: Sacred Music from Modern India

Venue: Bristol Old Vic
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The writer provides an insight into some of the fascinating spiritual and musical traditions that still thrive in the subcontinent, including the Bauls of Bengal – a group of itinerant mystic minstrels whose beliefs draw on Vaishnavite Hindu and Sufi Muslim thought.
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Event 6

Joss Ackland

My Better Half and Me

Venue: Bristol Old Vic
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The actor’s wife died of Motor Neurone Disease. He discusses the book they wrote about their life together – family, career, romance, better and worse.
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Event 7

Simon Singh

The Hay Festival Lecture

Venue: Bristol Old Vic
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The brilliantly entertaining science writer and Freedom of Speech hero talks about alternative medicine, chiropractic, his infamous libel case and the campaign for libel reform. He is the author of Trick or Treatment, The Code Book, Big Bang and Fermat's Last Theorem.
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