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Catherine Fisher

Shahidha Bari and Anna Murphy talk to Rosie Goldsmith

The Clockwork Crow Join award-winning fantasy author Catherine Fisher as she shares the secrets of her writing. The Clockwork Crow is a gripping tale of enchantment and belonging, set in a frost-bound mansion in snowy mid-Wales. The winner of Wales Arts Review’s Welsh Books for Young People 2018 award, it has been shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2019. 9+

Talking About Clothes


We are all dressed. But how often do we pause to think about the place of our clothes in our lives? What unconscious thoughts do we express when we dress every day? Can memories, meaning and ideas be wrapped up in a winter coat? A conversation about fashion. Bari is author of Dressed: The Secret Life of Clothes. Murphy is Fashion Director of The Times and author of How Not to Wear Black: Find your Style, Create your Forever Wardrobe.

[366] 11.30am BAILLIE GIFFORD STAGE £10


Matt Haig

A.C. Grayling

Evie and the Animals

The History of Philosophy We are delighted to launch the philosopher’s magnum opus. With his characteristic clarity and elegance, Grayling takes the reader from the world-views and moralities before the age of the Buddha, Confucius and Socrates, through Christianity’s capture of the European mind, to the Renaissance and Enlightenment, and on to Mill, Nietzsche, Sartre and, finally, philosophy today. Bringing together these many threads that all too often run parallel, he surveys in tandem the great philosophical traditions of India, China and the PersianArabic world.

Join bestselling author Matt Haig as he talks about his new children’s book Evie and the Animals, illustrated by Emily Gravett. It’s a heartwarming story about daring to be different, growing up and staying true to yourself. Evie is a girl with a Special Talent who is different from her friends. In fact, she seems to have an actual, secret superpower: she can understand and talk to animals. 6+ [HD84] 11:30am STARLIGHT STAGE £8

Dapo Adeola and Nathan Byron

Look Up!

[367] 11.30am OXFAM MOOT £10

Lindsey Hilsum talks to Rosie Boycott

In Extremis: The Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin Marie Colvin was glamorous, hard-drinking, braver than the boys, with a troubled and rackety personal life. She reported from the most dangerous places in the world, going in further and staying longer than anyone else. Marie covered the major conflicts of our time: Israel and Palestine, Chechnya, East Timor, Sri Lanka (where she was hit by a grenade and lost sight in her left eye, resulting in her trademark eye-patch), Iraq and Afghanistan. Her anecdotes about encounters with dictators and presidents – including Colonel Gaddafi and Yasser Arafat, whom she knew well – were incomparable. She was much admired, and as famous for her wild parties as for the extraordinary lengths to which she went to tell the story, including being smuggled into Syria where she was killed in 2012.

Join author and illustrator Nathan and Dapo for an out-of-this-world event! Enjoy a lively hour full of storytelling, fun facts and top drawing tips from this exciting debut duo. 3+ [HD85] 11.30am COMPASS STUDIO £8

Ross Welford

The Dog Who Saved the World Time travel, invisibility, immortality, and brave mongrel dogs saving the world. Ross Welford has covered them all in his much-loved and highly-acclaimed books. Join Ross for this interactive, energetic session and there might even be a little bit of magic! 9+

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Profile for Hay Festival

Hay Festival 2019 Programme  

Hay Festival celebrates its 32nd festival in Wales, 23 May–2 June 2019.

Hay Festival 2019 Programme  

Hay Festival celebrates its 32nd festival in Wales, 23 May–2 June 2019.