Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 284

William Cohan

Money and Power

Venue: Oxfam Stage
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The skinny on Goldman Sachs – heavily embargoed until publication. Hmmm.

Duration 45 minutes.
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Event 285

Henry Worsley

In Shackleton’s Footsteps

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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A homage in travel and spirit to Ernest Shackleton one hundred years after the peerless leader and explorer ventured to the South Pole and returned. Chaired by Paul Blezard.

Duration 45 minutes.
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Event 286

Myrrha Stanford-Smith talks to David Crystal

The Great Lie

Venue: The Moot
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The octogenarian novelist’s first novel features a young buck getting tangled in webs of spies, actors, intrigue and adventure in Christopher Marlowe’s London.

Duration 45 minutes.
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Event 287

Jane Shilling talks to Sarah Crompton

The Stranger in the Mirror

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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‘I looked in the mirror one morning, and saw the face of a stranger. Who was she, this haggard, bun-faced woman with the softening jawline, the downturned mouth, the world-weary air of a woman who hasn’t had what she wanted from life, and knows she isn’t going to get it now? Why, it was no one else but me, myself and I.’

Duration 45 minutes.
 
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Event 891

Paul Benham

Primrose Earth Awareness Trust: Site Visit

Venue: Meet at Box Office for bus
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The permaculture pioneer and PEAT Centre Director guides us around the Centre for Sustainable Food – the most productive acre and a half in the UK, and a blueprint for future food security.

For all outdoors events and walks we recommend walking boots and warm and waterproof clothing.
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Event HF125

Maesllwch Farm

Farm Visit

Venue: Meet at Box Office for bus
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Join local agronomist Jonathon Harrington and vet Barney Sampson as they explore farms in the local area. Expedition parties meet at 9am at the box office on the day of their excursion, to return at around 1pm. Limited numbers of self-drive tickets are available too, please contact the box office on 01497 822 629 for more information. On the day please wear suitable footwear and waterproof clothing in case of inclement weather.

Andrew and Rachel Giles’ farm has a purely organic dairy herd of 350 cows producing milk for Yeo Valley, who make it into yoghurt and cheese. Visitors will have the opportunity to enter the milking parlour and help to milk some of the cows, as well as see the young calves. Watch how the cows are fed and learn how their four stomachs enable them to digest grass. Samples of whole milk and other dairy products will be provided for tasting. 

With thanks to Andrew and Rachel Giles of Maesllwch Farm.

A minimum age of 8 years is required to take part in this expedition.
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Event 288

James Holland

The Battle of Britain

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The historian tells the stories of the few who did so much for the many in the five months in 1940 that saved Britain.
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Event 289

Clive Aslet

Villages of Britain: The Five Hundred Villages That Made The Countryside

Venue: Oxfam Stage
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The history of the countryside, told through some of its most noteworthy settlements.
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Event 290

Hector Abad Faciolince talks to Rosie Boycott

Oblivion

Venue: The Moot
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A heartrending, exquisitely-written memorial to the author’s father, Hector Abad Gomez, whose criticism of the Colombian regime led to his murder by paramilitaries in 1987.
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Event 291

Brenda Maddox, Peter J Conradi, Tom Bullough

At the Bright Hem of God

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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The authors discuss how the wild, rural landscape of Radnorshire inspires their work and that of others before them, from Gerald of Wales to Vaughan and Traherne, Francis Kilvert, Eric Gill, David Jones and Bruce Chatwin.
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Event 892

Rob Dingle

From Bluff to Book Town Along the Offa's Dyke Path

Venue: Meet at Box Office
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Join the National Trail Officer and National Park leaders on this lovely 7-mile walk to the top of Hay Bluff for stunning views of the surrounding countryside before returning to the town along a pretty section of the Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

For all outdoors events and walks we recommend walking boots and warm and waterproof clothing. Please bring packed lunches.
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Event HF82

Andy Stanton, Jeremy Strong, Tamsyn Murray

Punny Flannel

Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion
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Three of the world’s (yes, we said world’s!) funniest children’s writers come together in a wonderfully random mish-mash look at laughs. Chaired by the hilarious James Campbell.
 
7+ years & families Rib Ticklers 
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Event HF165

Easy Peasy Cookery School

Workshop

Venue: Mess Tent
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Join us in making mouth-watering Strawberry Shortcake with Cream, delicious! 

Duration 60 mins. 

5–9 years. Children must be accompanied.
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Event HF83

Jonny Duddle

Pirate Cruncher

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Ahoy there me hearties! Join this salty sea dog of an illustrator as he tells monsterish tales inspired by his role as an artist for Pirates of the Caribbean. Don’t forget to dress the part, or you may have to walk the plank!
 
5–7 years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer 
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Event HF84

Thomas Docherty

Travelling Tales

Venue: The Hexagon
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Whisk away on a flight of fancy to sand dunes and high seas with this talented writer and illustrator. Packed full of giant props and lots of imagination, this is perfect for daydreamers and their families.

3–5 years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer 
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Event 292

David Edgerton

Britain’s War Machine

Venue: Oxfam Stage
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The compelling new history shows WWII in a new light, showing Britain as far from the plucky underdog, but as a wealthy country, formidable in arms, ruthless in pursuit of its interests and sitting at the heart of a global production system.
 
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Event 293

Andrew Davies Masterclass

South Riding

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The screenwriter analyses key scenes in his adaptation of Winifred Holtby’s great Virago classic in conversation with Peter Florence.
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Event 294

John Lister-Kaye

At The Water’s Edge: A Personal Quest for Wildness

Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre
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The nature writer’s close observation of his Scottish home also forges wonderful connections between the most unlikely subjects, from photosynthesis and the energy cycle to Norse mythology, to weasels and perfume and to the over-population of our planet. Chaired by Corisande Albert.
 
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Event 295

John Carey, Judy Golding and Tobias Hill

William Golding Centenary

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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Join the Nobel Laureate’s daughter and biographer and the poet and author of The Love of Stones and The Cryptographer to celebrate the novelist whose work included Lord of the Flies, Rites of Passage, To The Ends of the Earth and The Spire.
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Event 296

Simon Thirsk and Tessa Hadley

Fictions: Dragons

Venue: The Moot
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Hadley’s The London Train is a remarkable portrayal of a man and woman whose lives collide on the Cardiff to London train. In Thirsk’s Not Quite White, the young Jon Bull is sent by Westminster to Wales’ last remaining Welsh-speaking town to see why all attempts to bring it into the twenty-first century have failed. Chaired by Anita Sethi.
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Event T63

Nominet Trust

Tech Session: We Are What We Do

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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How could you use the internet to change the world? Come along and be inspired! 
 
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Event HF166

Easy Peasy Cookery School

Workshop

Venue: Mess Tent
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Join us in making freshly baked herby flowerpot bread.

Duration 60 mins. 

5–9 years. Children must be accompanied.
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Event HF86

Ed Vere

Bedtime for Monsters

Venue: Starlight Stage
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What if a monster were looking for a you-shaped bedtime snack? GULP! Fear not, the brilliant creator of Chick, Mr Big and Banana! returns to Hay with so much energy even the biggest of tummy rumbles will be silenced.
 
3–5 years Goosebumps 
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Event HF85

Jacqueline Wilson

Lily Alone

Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion
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An enchanting visit from the most borrowed author in Britain’s libraries. 
 
Limited signing.
 
9+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer 
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Event HF87

Mat Head

Warduff And The Corncob Caper

Venue: The Hexagon
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There’s mischief down on the farm and there’s only one cat you can call. Come and help outwit the wiliest of foxes and hear all about the joys of napping and fish cakes.

5–7 years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer 
 
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