Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 405

Hanif Kureishi

Collected

Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre
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We celebrate the publication of the novelist and screenwriter’s Collected Essays and Collected Stories. Chaired by Ariane Koek.
 
More about Hanif Kureishi www.contemporarywriters.com/authors/
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Event 406

Francis Pryor

The Birth of Modern Britain

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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Ranging over topics as diverse as the birth of modern agriculture, the growth of towns and cities, and the development of roads, canals and railways, the historian takes us on A Journey into Britain’s Archaeological Past: 1550 to the Present. Chaired by Michael Prodger.
 
Read an article about Francis Pryor www.telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/
 
 
 
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Event 407

Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

Early Edition 2

Venue: Oxfam Stage
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The satirists rip up the Sunday papers.
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Event 408

Onora O’Neill

Cambridge Series 18: Is Toleration Still A Virtue?

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The philosopher is an exacting examiner of great issues such as freedom of speech, assisted suicide and stem cell research. Here she explores one of the fundamental assumptions of liberal societies.
 
Profile of Onora O'Neill www.guardian.co.uk/books/
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Event 409

Jo Shapcott

Of Mutability

Venue: Summer House
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The poet’s new collection won the Costa Book of the Year Award. In a series of poems that explore the nature of change – in the body and the natural world, and in the shifting relationships between people – Shapcott looks freshly but squarely at mortality.
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Event HF112

Lynne Chapman

Dragon’s Dinner

Venue: The Hexagon
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Join in the rhymes, as Dragon searches for snacks in the woods.

Duration 40 mins.

3–5 years
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Event 410

Bob Geldof in conversation

Bob Geldof talks to Peter Florence …and rock ’n’ roll

Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion
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The sixth in a series of conversations over the last twenty years with the musician, campaigner and businessman focuses on song-writing, the environment and African trade.
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Event 412

Katherine Swift and Mirabel Osler

The Morville Hours, The Rain Tree

Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre
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Swift’s The Morville Hours is a history of all the people who’ve lived in a special Shropshire house, and an exploratory journey through the seasons and the self in the form of a medieval book of hours. Osler’s The Rain Tree is a graceful and profoundly affecting meditation on the pleasures of writing, gardens, travel and food.
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Event 413

Jonathon Harrington, Rosie Boycott, Colin Spedding, Christie Peacock, Denis Murphy

Food Security

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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What can we do? Encourage organic farming? Eat less meat? Reduce food waste? Support GM plant breeding? Grow our own?
 
A little further reading... articles by Jonathon Harrington and Christie Peacock:
 
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Event 414

Mansur Rajih, Pegah Ahmadi and Basim Mardan talk to Shenaz Kedar

People Power in the Middle East

Venue: Oxfam Stage
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Exiled writers from Yemen, Iran and Iraq discuss their work and the upheavals in the Middle East with the director of the Writers' Centre Norwich Shahrazad project.

Decades of silence, self-censorship and repression have been confronted by an explosion of social demands and movements for change by the people for the people stretching from Tunisia across the Middle East. What kind of reforms are needed to satisfy the dreams and demands of the people? Join Shenaz Kedar in a panel discussion with exiled International Cities of Refuge writers Mansur Rajih (Yemen), Pegah Ahmadi (Iran) and Basim Mardan (Iraq) for a discussion on these issues and their hopes for the future. 

This is a Writers’ Centre Norwich Shahrazad event organised as part of our Norwich City of Refuge scheme and supported by the EU Culture programme.

Writers’ Centre Norwich is a literature development organisation focused on the artistic and social power of creative writing. www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk

Norwich City of Refuge
Under the auspices of WCN, Norwich joined the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) In July 2006 and remains the only UK City of Refuge. We use literature to raise awareness of issues faced by asylum seekers and refugees in imaginative and engaging ways through a varied arts education programme.

Shahrazad is a Europe-wide collaboration between five International Cities of Refuge that spreads the stories of refugee and exiled writers who have found sanctuary in Europe through the Cities of Refuge Network (www.icorn.org). It is run by literary organizations in Barcelona, Brussels, Frankfurt, Stavanger, Stockholm and Norwich. www.shahrazadeu.org

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Event 621

Claudine Parrish

The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Documentary: A Portrait of Liu Xiaobo – Screening

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The producer of the official 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Documentary, Claudine Parrish from Blakeway Productions, introduces the screening of a potrait of the life and work of Liu Xiaobo, the imprisoned Chinese Nobel Peace Laureate. Claudine will participate in a Q&A. The documentary is provided by courtesy of Nobel Media, the media company for the Nobel Foundation.
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Claudine Parrish

Event HF113

Alexis Deacon & Viv Schwarz

A Place To Call Home

Venue: The Hexagon
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A band of hamster brothers embark on a quest, but will they find what they’re looking for? Meet their writer and illustrator to discover how the biggest of worlds can exist in the smallest of spaces.
 
5–7 years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer
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Event 415

Jonathon Porritt in conversation with Andy Fryers

The World Wildlife Fund at 50

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The WWF ambassador examines the evolution of conservation. What have we learnt, and how do we address the challenges facing us for a sustainable future where people and nature thrive?
 
Read more by and about Jonathon Porritt www.guardian.co.uk/profile/jonathonporritt
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Event 416

Roy Strong

Visions of England

Venue: Oxfam Stage
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This is England seen not through its warring monarchs and global traders, but as conceived as a nation in the cultural imagination – through the works of Shakespeare and Turner and Elgar and Wordsworth.

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Event 417

Paul Nieuwenhuis

Cardiff Series 4: The Car of the Future

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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The car is clearly not sustainable now, but can it adapt or evolve, or will it have to go, as some have suggested? How will we use it and how will it be made? Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
 
For further information and video content, visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/hayfestival
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Event 418

Raymond Tallis talks to David Papineau

Aping Mankind: Neuromania, Darwinitis and the Misrepresentation of Mankind

Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre
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Welcome to an all-out assault on the ‘Neuromythology’ and pseudo-Darwinian thought that is increasingly dominating discussion of human nature. Tallis pulls the rug from under neuro-aesthetics, evolutionary economics, neuro-theology and other fashionable pseudo-disciplines.
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Event 419

Dermot Healy talks to Glenn Patterson

Long Time, No See

Venue: Summer House
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An epic in miniature peopled by a cast of innocents and broken misfits; the lyrical power of Healy’s new novel casts a miraculous literary spell.
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Event 420

Roy Strong, Peter Florence, Ian Charlesworth

Revelations, conclusion

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The full reading of the King James Authorised Version that’s been running through the week comes to an end.

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Event 421

Julie Grigg, Roger Hammond, Jonathon Harrington, Barney Sampson

Two Towns, One World – From Hay to Timbuktu and Back Again

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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Motorbikes for midwives, linking schools, improving access to ante-natal care – just some of the successful twinning projects to date. Now the twinning story of Hay-on-Wye and Timbuktu takes a new turn.

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Event 422

Iain M Banks talks to Paul Blezard

Surface Detail

Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre
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The ninth book in the acclaimed Culture series is a huge sci-fi highlight.
Surface Detail - Iain M. Banks
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Event 423

Bob Geldof’s last night party

Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion
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The house band return from their tour of Hay Festivals in Mexico, Colombia and Kerala to play a joyful celebration concert to end the festival. Geldof's new album How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell is fantastic.

Listen to sample tracks at www.bobgeldof.com
 

All proceeds will fund Hay Festival's work in Kenya and South Africa.
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Bob Geldof’s last night party

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