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TUESDAY 28 MAY 2.30pm




Professor Robert Winston

Anthony Shillito and Neil Davies

Ask a Scientist

Cambridge Series 8: A Path Well-trodden

Do you have a puzzling science question that you have always wanted to know the answer to? In his new book Ask a Scientist, Professor Robert Winston answers over 100 curious questions from children around the world, such as ‘How do dogs cry?’, ‘Why do the stars twinkle?’ and ‘Why don’t jellyfish get their tentacles in a tangle?’ Join Robert as he explains the science behind some of the most bizarre and intriguing questions he’s ever been asked – you can even send in your own question for Robert to answer on the day! See online listing to submit a question. 6+

The two geologists from the Department of Earth Sciences at Cambridge University follow the footprints of fearsome beasts from Britain’s deep past. Throughout its ancient history, the UK has been home to many amazing creatures that are now long extinct. From dinosaurs to giant millipedes, discover how these animals shaped the land around them and what secrets are held within their prehistoric footprints. In association with Cambridge University

[HD35] 2.30pm STARLIGHT STAGE £8

CLiPPA Poetry Award

Shortlist announcement A poetry celebration as the shortlist for the CLiPPA (the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award) is announced. Join AF Harrold, poet, author and the 2019 CLiPPA Chair of Judges along with some of the poets shortlisted for the award for a conversation about the magic and power of poetry for all. 9+ [HD36] 2.30pm CUBE £8

Discover Story Building

Perfectly Norman Join Story Builders from Discover Children’s Story Centre ( to explore picture book Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival. In this interactive event children will hear all about Norman, a boy with an extraordinary secret. Explore why Norman feels the way he does, and reflect on what makes us all unique. The event includes a craft activity for each child to complete and take home. 4–7

4pm [184] 4pm BAILLIE GIFFORD STAGE £10

John Simpson talks to Oliver Bullough

Moscow, Midnight The legendary BBC World Affairs Editor discusses his new thriller and the way in which, in fact as in fiction, so many of the most improbable or extraordinary stories and trails all lead back to Moscow.


Thomas J Bollyky

Plagues and the Paradox of Progress: Why the World Is Getting Healthier in Worrisome Ways For the first time in recorded history viruses, bacteria and other infectious diseases are not the leading cause of death or disability in any region of the world. People are living longer, and fewer mothers are giving birth to many children in the hope that some might survive. And yet, the news is not all good. Recent reductions in infectious disease have not been accompanied by the same improvements in income, job opportunities and governance that occurred with these changes in wealthier countries decades ago. There have also been unintended consequences. Whether the peril or promise of that progress prevails, Bollyky explains, depends on what we do next. Bollyky is the Director of the Global Health Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Chaired by Isaac Florence. [187] 4pm OXFAM MOOT £8

Catherine Hanley

Matilda: Empress, Queen, Warrior A life of Matilda – empress, skilled military leader and one of the greatest figures of the English Middle Ages. Matilda was a daughter, wife and mother. But she was also empress, heir to the English crown and the first woman ever to hold the position; and she was an extremely able military general. Hanley’s new biography explores Matilda’s achievements as military and political leader, and sets her 12th-century life and career in full context. Chaired by Sameer Rahim of Prospect.

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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.