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HAY FESTIVAL 2019 EARLY BIRDS

The full programme will be available in March.

Poetry

Event 58

Simon Armitage

Walking Home

Venue: Big Tent
The poet travels south down the Pennine Way to Yorkshire as a troubadour without a penny in his pocket.
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Event 122

Simon Armitage

The Death of King Arthur

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
Our poet-in-residence reads from his astounding new version of the great medieval epic of warfare and politics.
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Event 130

Tishani Doshi, Rhian Edwards, Arundhathi Subramaniam

Poetry Reading

Venue: Starlight Stage
Three of the emerging generation of poetry superstars read from their new collections - Everything Begins Elsewhere, Clueless Dogs, and Where I Live.
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Event 134

John Cooper Clarke

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
The legendary punk poet, king of the performance stage, brings his show to Hay. Greatest Hits and new stuff.
 
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Event 228

Damian Walford Davies and Samantha Wynne Rhydderch

Icebound/Spellbound - from Antarctica to East Anglia

Venue: Digital Stage
The two poets locate you in the bootprints of Captain Scott, then at the black heart of the witch trials of Civil War Suffolk. Reading from Banjo and Witch they bring trial, defiance and trauma to life in dramatic form, taking you into terra incognita – one physical, the other psychological, both deadly.
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Event 275

Huw Morris

What We Know About Dementia

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
Dr Huw Morris is a Neurologist and Geneticist at Cardiff University and the Royal Gwent Hospital, Aneurin Bevan Health Board. In his talk he will discuss the personal and social impact of dementia, how different types of dementia affect the brain and various aspects of behaviour and thinking. He will describe some recent new discoveries and the prospects for new treatments in dementia He works on a range of dementias and movement disorders.
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Event 305

Dannie Abse talks to Dai Smith

Goodbye Twentieth Century

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
The great Welsh and Jewish poet and doctor discusses his remarkable autobiography.
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Event 382

Ben Okri

Wild

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
The Booker Prize-winning author of The Famished Road presents his first book of poems for 13 years. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
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Event 392

Philip Gross

Deep Field

Venue: Digital Stage
The TS Eliot Prize-winning poet introduces his new collection. In his nineties, Gross’s father, a wartime refugee, began to lose his several languages, first to deafness, then to profound aphasia. Deeply thought as well as deeply felt, these poems reach into that gulf to find him - through recovery of histories both spoken and unspoken as well as an excavation of the spoken word itself. Chaired by Kathryn Gray.
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Event 491

Fiona Shaw

Artichoke Presents – Peace Camp 2012

Venue: Starlight Stage
The actor talks about her personal relationship with poetry and introduces the most romantic project in the Cultural Olympiad, which she has created with the director Deborah Warner. Peace Camp is a poignant exploration of love poetry and will take the form of a series of installations at extraordinary locations encircling the coast of the UK this summer.
 
Shaw invites you to bring along your favourite love poems and join her in a conversation about love poetry in all its many forms. Your nomination may even be included in the soundscape being specially created for Peace Camp.
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Event 500

Fiona Shaw, Tom Hollander, Simon Callow and friends

The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour

Venue: Big Tent
We celebrate the novelist, Festival Vice-President and poetry champion who died last year with this reading of her beloved TS Eliot.
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