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[295] 2.30pm BAILLIE GIFFORD STAGE £10

Alison Weir

David Crystal

Fictions: Anna of Kleve, Queen of Secrets

The Future of Englishes

The historian introduces the fourth book in her Six Tudor Queens novel series, in which she transforms Henry VIII’s much-maligned fourth wife into a woman of passion, courage and mystery. The King is in love with Anna, the German princess’s portrait, but she has none of the accomplishments he seeks in a new bride. She prays she will please Henry, for the balance of power in Europe rests on this marriage alliance. But Anna’s past is never far from her thoughts, and the rumours rife at court could be her downfall…

A third of the seven billion people in the world speak English, with just 400 million of them as a first language. There have been 60 to 70 new Englishes that have emerged in the past 50 years alone, and the ‘lingua franca’ in Europe is emerging as another English too. For sure. Can the world’s most acquisitive and adaptable communications tool just keep growing? The linguistics guru plays with the cultural misunderstandings and the huge gains that come in internationally when people from different cultures communicate fluently in the global language. Sponsored by The Society of Indexers

[294] 1pm COMPASS STUDIO £8

Tyler Shores

Cambridge Series 12: Reading in an Age of Digital Distraction

[296] 2.30pm OXFAM MOOT £8

What is the difference between reading in print and onscreen? How is our reading experience affected in a digital age where we are prone to endless distractions? Writer, editor and researcher Tyler Shores explores his latest research. In association with Cambridge University

From Raiders to Rulers: The Vikings in Anglo-Saxon England

Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough


Greg James, Chris Smith and Dave Cribb

Kid Normal and the Shadow Machine Calling all members of the Heroes’ Alliance! There’s been a dramatic jailbreak at a top secret prison and the planet’s most dangerous supervillains are on the loose. Luckily Kid Normal and the Super Zeroes are on hand to chase them down, but will they find Magpie and his dastardly shadow machine in time, before they bring about the end of the Heroes’ world as we know it? Join award-winning broadcasters Greg James and Chris Smith for an action-packed Kid Normal event with musical accompaniment from Dave Cribb. Help create a brand-new superhero story and prepare for lots of games, singing and audience fun. 9+ [HD65] 1pm STARLIGHT STAGE £8

Jessica French

What a Waste Our poor Earth is drowning in plastic. But it’s not too late to save it. Join conservationist, author and vet Jessica French to learn all about waste and how we can revolutionise our relationship with it to help make our planet a nicer place for everyone. Find out what is being done to fix the problem and how the smallest, simplest change can make a world of difference. 6+

“Never before has such a terror appeared in Britain as we have suffered from a pagan race, nor was it thought that such an inroad from the sea could be made,” wrote the Anglo-Saxon scholar Alcuin, in response to the first major Viking raid on Lindisfarne. From these notorious early attacks at the end of the 8th century to all-out war in the time of Alfred; from the extortion of ‘Danegeld’ in the reign of Æthelstan to two decades of rule under Cnut, the Scandinavian impact on Anglo-Saxon culture and politics was enormous. In a wide-ranging overview, Eleanor Barraclough explores some of the truths behind the Vikings’ lurid reputation, and shows the evidence to be found in the rare documents on display in the British Library. In association with The British Library [297] 2.30pm LLWYFAN CYMRU – WALES STAGE £8

Markus Zusak talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: Bridge of Clay The new novel by the author of The Book Thief is about a boy caught in a current, a boy intent on destroying everything he has in order to become everything he needs to be. Ahead of him lies the bridge, the vision that will save both his family and himself. It will be a miracle and nothing less. At once an existential riddle and a search for redemption, this tale of five brothers coming of age in a house with no rules brims with energy, joy and pathos. Written in Markus Zusak’s distinctive style, it is a tour de force from a master storyteller of the heart.

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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.