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Winter Weekend Welcome to Hay Festival Winter Weekend 2019 At the end of a volatile year, it’s good to get together and talk about it all, to celebrate the joys and learn from the alarms. Welcome to a weekend of stories about mothers and fathers, about the state of the nation, and about the planet in crisis. We have storytellers and dreamers, visionaries and jesters, and we have the makings of a really great party. Special thanks, as always, to our fabulous volunteer stewards and to all the guests and hosts who make this weekend such a happy one. Hay is a joy throughout the year, but there is something magical about Advent, about the gatherings around the fireside or under the stars in these Dark Skies. The town is ready to throw open its doors. All we need is you. Welcome to Hay.

PETER FLORENCE DIRECTOR, HAY FESTIVAL


WINTER WEEKEND PRINCIPAL PARTNER

Investment managers

WINTER WEEKEND PROJECT PARTNERS

GLOBAL PARTNERS

Sponsors: Bartrums Stationery and Fine Pens, FW Golesworthy & Sons, Gabbs Solicitors, Hay Deli, Hay Thursday Market, Hay-on-Wye Tourist Information Bureau, Hereford Cathedral Perpetual Trust, Oriel Mimosa Gallery, Red Indigo, Shepherds Ice Cream, The Hay Makers, The Poetry Bookshop, Tomatitos Tapas Bar Supporters: Addyman Books, Haywain Antiques, Hay Artisan Market, Hay Castle Trust, Hay Cinema Bookshop, Mostly Maps, Plan International, Rohan Hay-on-Wye, The Granary, The Old Black Lion, The Old Electric Bookshop, The Rhydspence Inn, The Science Museum, TooFar Media

Exhibitors, Food and Drink: Cambrian Mountains Wool, Celtic Spirit Co, Coffee Cart Co, Farmers’ Welsh Lavender, Hay Festival Shop & Bookshop, Literati & Light, Riverbank Bars, Serious Readers, The Beefy Boys, Woodland Trust


THURSDAY 28 NOVEMBER

Hay Festival Winter Weekend 2019 All events last one hour unless otherwise stated 5pm [1] 5-5.45pm BAILLIE GIFFORD STAGE FREE BUT TICKETED

Nancy Lavin Albert

Hay Castle Update When will it open? What’s inside? What will it look like? The MD of Hay Castle Trust will report on the restoration project, recounting the low points and highlights of the journey so far, with bats, medieval arches, roof tiles – and 90,000 metres of scaffolding thrown in for good measure. A glimpse into the inner workings of a large-scale heritage conservation project and some of the lessons learned along the way.

6pm [2] 6-6.45pm BAILLIE GIFFORD STAGE £5

Derek Addyman, Ollie Cooke, Greg Coombs, Aubrey Fry, Ros Fry, Pat Thornton and friends

Long Live the King! Booksellers and friends, courtiers and admirers remember the maverick visionary Richard Booth, King of Hay and founder of the international Book Town movement, who died this year at the age of 80. Come and celebrate the life and times of King Richard. Sponsored by Tomatitos Tapas Bar

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THURSDAY 28 NOVEMBER 7pm [3] 7-9pm ST MARY’S CHURCH £14

Mid Wales Opera presents

Mrs Peachum’s Guide to Love and Marriage MWO’s SmallStages team romps onto stage with a radical reworking of John Gay’s 1728 work The Beggar’s Opera. Join Mrs Peachum, her daughter Polly and the Beggar himself in their bawdy, ballsy take on relationships and the relative virtues of virginity. Horrified to learn of Polly’s illicit marriage to an errant highwayman, Mrs P contrives to get the rascal hanged so that Polly can claim the reward. Loyalty and love are put to the test as murder, rage and fury drive this rumbustious tragicomedy towards its conclusion. Will things really be left so unhappily and will Polly remain true to her man and abandon her mother to the lure of London Gin? MWO are delighted to premiere this new one-act opera, adapted by Richard Studer, in a new musical version by Jonathan Lyness, accompanied by MWO’s SmallStages Ensemble of four musicians and starring Northern Irish mezzo Carolyn Dobbin as Mrs Peachum and Welsh soprano Alys Mererid Roberts as her feckless daughter. Sponsored by The Hay Makers

8pm [4] 8pm BAILLIE GIFFORD STAGE £10

Russell Kane talks to Oliver Bullough

Son of a Silverback “Dads: we become like them or we become their opposite. If they are absent, we pour energy into that void and it takes on any old random shape, like Terminator 2. Mind you, their over-presence can also be somewhat challenging. Maybe I do overplay the ‘Dad thing’, but I saw life through a big Dad-sized lens (probably meat-coloured, given the man’s brawn and his addiction to roasted proteins). I know, I know, the self-centred me generation – but it’s my honest experience of the world.” From one of Britain’s most popular and prolific comedians comes a hilarious and deeply moving memoir of life lived under the rule of a Silverback dad...


FRIDAY 29 NOVEMBER

Hay Festival Winter Weekend 2019 11am [5] 11am MEET AT WOODLAND TRUST STAND AT FESTIVAL £7

Woodland Trust Walk 1: Mouse Castle Join our Woodland Trust tree expert Derek Wright on a four-mile circular walk from Hay to the motte and bailey castle on top of Mouse Castle Wood. The walk involves some strenuous uphill sections; stout shoes are required.

1pm [6] 1pm BAILLIE GIFFORD STAGE £10

Tilly Blyth

The Art of Innovation: From Enlightenment to Dark Matter Based on the landmark BBC Radio 4 series and Science Museum exhibition, the curator discusses the connections between science and art, revealing a new perspective on their contribution to the world around us. Through fascinating stories that explore the sometimes unexpected relationships between famous artworks and significant scientific and technological objects – from Constable’s cloudscapes and the chemist who first measured changes in air pressure, to the introduction of photography and the representation of natural history in print – she offers a different way of seeing, studying and interpreting the world. Supported by The Science Museum

2pm [7] 2pm MEET AT WOODLAND TRUST STAND AT FESTIVAL £7

Woodland Trust Walk 2: Tree ID Walk A gentle walk around Hay town, identifying the trees growing among the houses and streets, with Woodland Trust expert Derek Wright.

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FRIDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2.15pm [8] 2.15pm BAILLIE GIFFORD STAGE £10

Thomas Waters

Cursed Britain: A History of Witchcraft and Black Magic in Modern Times This is a tale of cynical quacks and sincere magical healers, depressed people and furious vigilantes, innocent victims and rogues who claimed to possess evil abilities. Their spellbinding stories raise important questions about the State’s role in regulating radical spiritualities, the fragility of secularism and the true nature of magic. Thomas Waters, who teaches at Imperial College London and for the Workers Educational Association, explores the enduring power of primeval fears. He shows how witchcraft has become as diverse as modern Britain itself, and reveals why it is currently on the rise.

3.30pm [9] 3.30pm BAILLIE GIFFORD STAGE £10

Max Hastings

Chastise: The Dambusters Story 1943 Max Hastings grew up embracing the story of Operation Chastise, the classic 1955 movie, and the memory of Guy Gibson, the 24-year-old wing commander who led the raid and won the VC. The historian sets the dams raid within the big picture of the bomber offensive of the Second World War, with moving portraits of the young airmen, so many of whom died: of Barnes Wallis; the monstrous Harris; and of the tragic Guy Gibson. He offers a superb narrative of the action of one of the most extraordinary episodes in British history. Sponsored by F W Golesworthy & Sons

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FRIDAY 29 NOVEMBER 3.30pm [10] 3.30-5.30pm HAY PUBLIC LIBRARY DROP IN, DONATIONS WELCOME

Children’s Lantern Decorating Workshop Create your own decorated lantern and then take part in a procession to the switching on of the Christmas lights, leaving Hay Public Library at 5.30pm to make your way to the Market Square. Parents must be in attendance during the workshop and for the procession.

5pm [11] 5pm BAILLIE GIFFORD STAGE £10

Bernardine Evaristo in conversation with Peter Florence

Girl, Woman, Other The 2019 Booker Prize winner discusses her joyous and brilliantly inventive polyphonic novel that explores the lives of 12 black British women of different generations. Sponsored by Serious Readers

6.15pm [12] 6.15pm MARKET SQUARE FREE - ALL WELCOME

The Town of Hay and Friends

The Christmas Lights Come and join the party as Hay welcomes everyone to the beginning of the festive season with music and food and good cheer, and the turning on of the Christmas Lights.

7pm [13] 7pm BAILLIE GIFFORD STAGE £10

Cerys Matthews talks to John Mitchinson

Wayfaring: Where the Wild Cooks Go: Recipes, Music, Poetry, Cocktails Song-loving cook or food-loving musician? Either way, Cerys Matthews has been experimenting with music and food ever since she can remember. From foraging and chewing on knotweed to cooking flapjacks and nettle soup as a young child, her interest in this planet’s edibles has never waned. A life of touring guaranteed further culinary exploration: thousand-hole pancakes, amlou, roasted artichokes, vermouth with anchovy-filled green olives, death by chocolate, za’atar sprinkled on fresh tomatoes, hot baked soda bread, pineapple with chilli, crispy sage leaves and vegan haggis are just a few of the recipes she’ll be celebrating. Sponsored by Shepherds Ice Cream


FRIDAY 29 NOVEMBER 8.30pm [14] 8.30-10.30pm ST MARY’S CHURCH £10

Richard Williams plays

Metropolis – Screening with live organ accompaniment Fr Richard Williams, the extraordinary gifted organist, composer and Vicar of St Mary’s Church in Hay, performs a stunning live accompaniment to Fritz Lang’s classic 1927 film ‘Metropolis’ using the outstanding Bevington organ. This early science fiction film presents a highly stylized futuristic city where a cultured Utopian society exists above a bleak underworld populated by mistreated workers. The love interest is provided by a privileged youth who befriends a rebellious teacher putting him at odds with his authoritarian father. There will be a second screening on Saturday night, due to popular demand. See Event [30]. Sponsored by Hay Deli

9.45pm [15] 9.45pm BAILLIE GIFFORD STAGE £14

Chainska Brassika

Play Hay Since their foundation, Chainska Brassika have travelled far and wide, igniting crowds and setting countless venues a light with their fast and infectious Ska anthems. The eight-piece outfit are a truly unique and energetic squad of young South Londoners; presenting a tantalizing blend of authentic Ska rhythms, exquisite brass, and melodic vocals, making it impossible to deny your feet a chance to dance! Chainska Brassika have performed and created in a diverse range of venues and spaces, from completing stadium tours with Madness to rubbing shoulders with Toots & the Maytals, both in the studio and at London’s famous Alexandra Palace, the World Reggae Contest Champions are duly making a name for themselves on a global level, having had the crowds rocking from Glastonbury to Notting Hill Carnival, Rototom Sunsplash European Reggae Festival in Spain to Outlook Festival in Croatia, and even the shores of Jamaica - it’s safe to say their headline tours are notorious! Following the release of the albums Skinna and Harry J Business - the latter produced by double Grammy Award winning producer Stephen Stewart at the legendary Harry J Studios in Kingston, Jamaica - the band is armed with new material to inject yet more life into the re-emerging Ska scene. Sponsored by Bartrums Stationery & Fine Pens

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SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER

Hay Festival Winter Weekend 2019 10am [16] 10am BAILLIE GIFFORD STAGE ADULT £10, UNDER 16s £5

Jackie Morris and Mererid Hopwood

Live Painting, Spells and Poetry The Kate Greenaway Medal-winning artist revisits her masterpiece The Lost Words and discusses the new collaboration on Geiriau Diflanedig – a Welsh-language version of Robert Macfarlane’s original text with the multi-award-winning poet Mererid Hopwood. She also introduces the ‘lost classic’ of nature writing, The House Without Windows by Barbara Newhall Follett, a fearless odyssey into a dreamtime of wildness and enchantment. The book is gloriously illuminated by Jackie Morris’s moving art; this is a work of strange power for our bewildering times. Jackie will be painting a red fox on stage. Chaired by Peter Florence. Sponsored by The Poetry Bookshop [17] 10-10.45am HAY PRIMARY SCHOOL £5

Impelo Dance

Creative/Contemporary Dance workshop Join Miriam from Impelo in a fun, creative dance workshop with a winter theme. Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to dance in bare feet. Impelo is a charitable organisation that seeks to share the transformational power of dance. Age 4-8 (children must be accompanied by an adult, but no adult ticket is required) [18] 10am ST MARY’S CHURCH HAY COMMUNITY CHOIR MEMBERS £10, STANDARD TICKET £20

Fiona Evans

Come and sing Messiah – choir rehearsal 1 Have you always wanted to sing Handel’s Messiah but thought it was too difficult? Then join in our scratch ‘Come and Sing Messiah’ project. A professional concert singer with over 20 years’ experience of working with community choirs, Fiona Evans has rearranged this iconic work to make it more accessible for amateur/timid voices. Following rehearsals today and tomorrow, there will be a public performance in the evening of Sunday 1 December. All welcome. See also Events [38] and [43]. * £10 for Hay Community Choir members, plus cost of score if required. Normal ticket price is for two rehearsals and includes a copy of the score.

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SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER 11am [19] 11am MEET AT WOODLAND TRUST STAND AT FESTIVAL £7

Woodland Trust Walk 3: Mouse Castle Join our Woodland Trust tree expert Derek Wright on a four-mile circular walk from Hay to the motte and bailey castle on top of Mouse Castle Wood. The walk involves some strenuous uphill sections; stout shoes are required

11.30am [20] 11.30am BAILLIE GIFFORD STAGE ADULT £10, UNDER 16s £5

Lindsay McCrae

My Penguin Year: Living with the Emperors When the BBC asked BAFTA-winning cameraman Lindsay McCrae to go to Antarctica to film emperor penguins he was thrilled. After discussing it with his wife Becky they agreed that, although it would mean him being away for 11 months, he should do it. But then she became pregnant and it seemed like the worst idea in the world. My Penguin Year recounts Lindsay’s adventure to the end of the Earth, filming the most resilient creatures in nature, while coping with being over 15,000km away from Becky and home – something that almost proved too much. Out of that experience he has written an unprecedented portrait of Antarctica’s most extraordinary residents, the emperor penguins. They march up to 100 miles over solid ice to reach their breeding grounds. They choose to breed in the depths of the worst winter on the planet; and in an unusual role reversal, the males incubate the eggs, fasting for over 100 days to ensure they introduce their chicks safely into their new frozen world. And they are uniquely vulnerable to the unprecedented melting of the polar ice cap. In weaving their story with his epic journey, McCrae has created a masterpiece of natural observation – and a deeply moving tale of human endeavour in the harshest environment on the planet. [21] 11.30am HAY PRIMARY SCHOOL £5

Impelo Dance

Creative/Contemporary Dance workshop 2 Join Miriam from Impelo in a fun, creative dance workshop with a winter theme. Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to dance in bare feet. Impelo is a charitable organisation that seeks to share the transformational power of dance. Age 9-11. Children may be accompanied by an adult, but no adult ticket required; unaccompanied children need to be signed in and out


SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER 1pm [22] 1pm BAILLIE GIFFORD STAGE £10

Laura Cumming talks to John Mitchinson

On Chapel Sands: My Mother and Other Missing Persons In the autumn of 1929, a small child was kidnapped from a Lincolnshire beach. Five agonising days went by before she was found in a nearby village. The child remembered nothing of these events and nobody ever spoke of them at home. It was another 50 years before she even learned of the kidnap. The girl became an artist and had a daughter, arts writer Laura Cumming. Cumming grew up enthralled by her mother’s strange tales of life in a seaside hamlet of the 1930s, and of the secrets and lies perpetuated by a whole community. So many puzzles remained to be solved. Cumming began with a few criss-crossing lives in this fraction of English coast – the postman, the grocer, the elusive baker – but soon her search spread right out across the globe as she discovered just how many lives – including her own – were affected by what happened that day on the beach. On Chapel Sands is a book of mystery and memoir. Two narratives run through it: the mother’s childhood tale, and Cumming’s own pursuit of the truth. Humble objects light up the story: a pie dish, a carved box, an old Vicks jar. Letters, tickets, recipe books, even the particular slant of a copperplate hand give vital clues. And pictures of all kinds, from paintings to photographs, open up like doors to the truth. Above all, Cumming discovers how to look more closely at the family album – with its curious gaps and missing persons – finding crucial answers, captured in plain sight at the click of a shutter. [23] 1pm HAY PRIMARY SCHOOL £5

Impelo Dance

Family Dancing Get your whole family moving in this winter-themed dance workshop. Wear comfortable clothing and footwear that you can dance in. Impelo is a charitable organisation that seeks to share the transformational power of dance. Family, everyone attending requires a ticket

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SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2.30pm [24] 2.30pm BAILLIE GIFFORD STAGE £10

Tom Holland

Dominion – The Making of the Western Mind Christianity is the most enduring and influential legacy of the ancient world, and its emergence the single most transformative development in Western history. Even the increasing number in the West today who dismiss all religion as pointless superstition, remain its heirs. Seen close-up, the division between a sceptic and a believer may seem unbridgeable. Widen the focus, though, and Christianity’s enduring impact upon the West can be seen in the emergence of much that has traditionally been cast as its nemesis: in science, in secularism, and yes, even in atheism. Ranging in time from Nebuchadnezzar to the Beatles, the historian explores what made Christianity so revolutionary and why, in the West, so many instincts remain irredeemably Christian. [25] 2.30pm MEET AT WOODLAND TRUST STAND AT FESTIVAL £7

Woodland Trust Walk 4: Tree ID A gentle walk around Hay town, identifying the trees growing among the houses and streets, with Woodland Trust expert Derek Wright.

4pm [26] 4pm BAILLIE GIFFORD STAGE £10

Jess Phillips talks to Rosie Boycott

Truth to Power “You have more power than you think. Don’t give it away to people who don’t deserve it. Let’s use it.” Entertaining and empowering, Truth to Power: 7 Ways to Call Time on B.S. will help you find the courage you need to speak up and make a difference. A conversation with the politician, writer and superhero.

5.30pm [27] 5.30pm BAILLIE GIFFORD STAGE £10

John Sentamu talks to Rhidian Brook

Wake up to Advent! ‘This is the hour of crisis: it is high time for you to wake out of sleep, for deliverance is nearer to us now than it was when first we believed.’ St Paul’s encouraging words to the Christians in Rome are the springboard for the Archbishop of York’s Advent book for 2019. Chaired by the novelist (The Aftermath, The Killing of Butterfly Joe) and Thought for the Day speaker Rhidian Brook. Sponsored by Hereford Cathedral Perpetual Trust


SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER 7pm [28] 7pm BAILLIE GIFFORD STAGE £10

Emma Barnett talks to Rosie Boycott

Period – It’s About Bloody Time At a time when women around the world are raising their voices in the fight for equality, there is still one taboo that attracts a deafening silence: periods. Emma loathes her period. Really, she does. But there’s something she loathes even more: not being able to talk about it. Freely, funnily and honestly. Without men and women wrinkling their noses as if she’s pulled her tampon out and offered it as an hors d’oeuvre. Emma draws on female experiences that will make you laugh, weep (and, most probably, squirm), in a fierce and funny rallying cry to smash this ridiculous taboo once and for all. Because it’s about bloody time. Emma presents The Emma Barnett Show on BBC Radio 5 Live and Newsnight on BBC2. In association with Plan International

8.30pm [29] 8.30pm BAILLIE GIFFORD STAGE £18

Jason Byrne

Stand Up: Wrecked but Ready The sublimely gifted comedian returns with his brand-new show, Wrecked but Ready. After 23 consecutive years Jason is wrecked but he is as ever ready (which is a battery, but he’s more Duracell than Eveready). In particular the past year has been extremely testing for the wrecked Jason, but despite all this is he’s waiting to spill it out on stage. No one show is the same, expect all the usual spontaneous fun; come along and witness ‘the outright King of live comedy’ - The Times. Please note the show includes a 20-minute interval Suitable for age 14+ [30] 8.30pm ST MARY’S CHURCH £10

Richard Williams

Metropolis 2 – second screening Father Richard Williams, the extraordinary gifted organist, composer and vicar of St Mary’s Church in Hay, performs a stunning live accompaniment to Fritz Lang’s classic 1927 film Metropolis, playing the outstanding Bevington organ. This early science fiction film presents a highly stylised futuristic city where a cultured Utopian society exists above a bleak underworld populated by mistreated workers. The love interest is provided by a privileged youth who befriends a rebellious teacher, putting him at odds with his authoritarian father. See Event [14]. Sponsored by Red Indigo

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SUNDAY 1 DECEMBER

Hay Festival Winter Weekend 2019 10am [31] 10am BAILLIE GIFFORD STAGE £5

Afua Hirsch and Henny Beaumont

Equal to Everything: Judge Brenda and the Supreme Court Equal to Everything is a beautifully illustrated, fictionalised tale based on the life of Lady Hale, President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. It tells the story of Ama, a girl from Richmond in Yorkshire, who visits the Supreme Court on a school trip and learns all about the work of the court and how another little girl from her town went on to become its president. Throughout the story we learn about Brenda Hale’s life – from State school to university and on to becoming the most important judge in the land. The story highlights some interesting cases that Judge Brenda has been faced with and explains how judges make difficult decisions. It teaches children about fairness, justice and how the law can be used for good and to protect us all. Equal to Everything is an inspiring story of a little girl who worked hard at school and went on to be extraordinary. It aims to empower children to believe that they can achieve their dreams and never let other people tell them they are not good enough. Afua Hirsch is a journalist and lawyer, author of Brit(ish). Henny Beaumont is a cartoonist for the Guardian and the creator of the acclaimed graphic story Hole in the Heart. HAYDAYS family event, age 6+ [32] 10am HAY PRIMARY SCHOOL £5

Flying Pig Cookery School

Mexican Street Food Workshop 1 Learn how to make Mexican quesadillas using a range of skills to create this delicious street food in a hands-on cookery workshop. All ingredients, packaging and recipe cards are included. Age 6-8 (children must be accompanied by an adult, but no adult ticket is required) Sponsored by Hay Thursday Market [33] 10am MEET AT WOODLAND TRUST STAND AT FESTIVAL £7

Woodland Trust Walk 5: Tree ID A gentle walk around Hay town, identifying the trees growing among the houses and streets, with Woodland Trust expert Derek Wright.

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SUNDAY 1 DECEMBER 11.30am [34] 11.30am BAILLIE GIFFORD STAGE £10

Mike Pitts

Digging up Britain: Ten Discoveries, a Million Years of History Britain has long been obsessed with its own history and identity, an island nation besieged by invaders from beyond the seas. The long saga of prehistory is often forgotten, but our understanding of our past is changing. In the past decade, astounding archaeological discoveries have shed new light on those who have gone before us, radically altering the way we think about our history. Mike Pitts presents some of the most exciting and surprising of these discoveries – from Stonehenge to the Staffordshire Hoard and the bones of Richard III. [35] 11.30am HAY PRIMARY SCHOOL £5

Flying Pig Cookery School

Mexican Street Food Workshop 2 Learn how to make Mexican quesadillas using a range of skills to create this delicious street food in a hands-on cookery workshop. All ingredients, packaging and recipe cards are included. Age 9-12 (children may be accompanied by an adult, but no adult ticket is required). Unaccompanied children need to be signed in and out. Sponsored by Hay Thursday Market

1pm [36] 1pm BAILLIE GIFFORD STAGE ADULT £10, UNDER 16s £5

Rupert Read talks to Rosie Boycott

Your Money and/or Your Life As the London protests continue, the UEA philosopher and Extinction Rebellion spokesman discusses the extent of the climate emergency, the principles and risks of direct action and disruptive protest, and the current state of the worldwide campaign for action. To focus the generational energy of the XR movement, in the latter part of the event he is joined by Elsie Usherwood and Alice Spearman, who convene the Herefordshire climate action campaign. [37] 1pm HAY PRIMARY SCHOOL £5

Flying Pig Cookery School

Mexican Street Food Workshop 3 Learn how to make Mexican quesadillas using a range of skills to create this delicious street food in a hands-on cookery workshop. All ingredients, packaging and recipe cards are included. Age 6-8 (children must be accompanied by an adult, but no adult ticket is required) Sponsored by Hay Thursday Market


SUNDAY 1 DECEMBER 2pm [38] 2pm ST MARY’S CHURCH SEPARATE TICKET NOT REQUIRED

Fiona Evans

Come and sing Messiah – choir rehearsal 2 The second rehearsal for a performance of Handel’s Messiah this evening at 7.15pm. See Events [18] and [43].

2.30pm [39] 2.30pm BAILLIE GIFFORD STAGE ADULT £10, UNDER 16s £5

Allie Esiri with Diana Quick and Paapa Essiedu

A Journey Through a Year of Shakespeare (or What You Will) Take a journey through the year with Shakespeare, and join curator Allie Esiri and acclaimed actors for this illuminating celebration of the greatest writer in the English language. The show will include insights into Shakespeare’s work and times alongside dazzling readings of some of his best-loved – and lesser known – scenes, soliloquies and sonnets. Curated by Allie Esiri, editor of Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year. Diana Quick, whose screen credits include Brideshead Revisited, The Missing, and The Death of Stalin, has played Shakespeare’s Cressida at the National Theatre and Gertrude at the RSC. Paapa Essiedu has played Hamlet and Edmund at the RSC. His screen credits include Black Earth Rising, Press and The Miniaturist. Sponsored by Gabbs Solicitors

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SUNDAY 1 DECEMBER 2.30pm [40] 2.30pm HAY PRIMARY SCHOOL £5

Flying Pig Cookery School

Mexican Street Food Workshop 4 Learn how to make Mexican quesadillas using a range of skills to create this delicious street food in a hands-on cookery workshop. All ingredients, packaging and recipe cards are included. Age 9-12 (children may be accompanied by an adult, no adult ticket is required). Unaccompanied children need to be signed in and out. Sponsored by Hay Thursday Market

4pm [41] 4pm BAILLIE GIFFORD STAGE £10

Sarah Churchwell

How the White Anglo-Saxon Protestant was Invented - and Led to Donald Trump One year out from the 2020 Presidential election, Churchwell examines the emergence of the idea of White Anglo-Saxon American Protestantism in 20th-century America, and the unlikely roots of the Ku Klux Klan. She is the author of Behold, America: A History of America First and the American Dream, The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe, and Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby. Chaired by Oliver Bullough

5.45pm [42] 5.45pm BAILLIE GIFFORD STAGE £10

Dan Krikler as Keith Douglas, with John Retallack and Owen Sheers

Unicorns Almost – Live Theatre with Q&A After successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and Bristol Old Vic, Owen Sheers’ play returns to Hay for a one-off show. Unicorns, Almost tells the story of Keith Douglas from his childhood idolising an absent father, through four engagements to marry, his fighting in the Western desert as a tank commander, his accelerated education as a poet to his early death three days after the D-Day landings in Normandy at the age of just 24. It is the story of Douglas’ Faustian pact with a war that would both gift him his unique poetic voice, and then also take it away. It is also the story of his desperate race to see his poems in the permanence of print before his limited time on earth ran out. Let an immersive soundscape and an intimate theatrical experience take you into the world of the finest poet of the Second World War. Directed by John Retallack, Dan Krikler gives a ‘luminous’ (Guardian), ‘wonderful’ (Margaret Atwood) performance as Keith Douglas. They will be joined on stage by the playwright after the show for a Q&A. Produced by Emma Balch for The Story of Books. Sponsored by Oriel Mimosa Gallery


SUNDAY 1 DECEMBER 7.15pm [43] 7.15pm ST MARY’S CHURCH ADULT £10, UNDER 16s £5

Fiona Evans and the Hay Festival Chorus

The Hay 2019 Messiah A performance of Handel’s Messiah Part 1 and the Hallelujah Chorus, following two rehearsals. Susie Allan will accompany on the piano and Robert Evans will be the bass soloist. The choir will perform newly arranged solo movements and there will be a humanitarian slant in line with the texts’ subject. If you love Handel’s Messiah then this new version will delight and enthral you. Sponsored by Hay-on-Wye Tourist Information Bureau

9pm [44] 9pm BAILLIE GIFFORD STAGE £10

Sarah-Louise Young

An Evening Without Kate Bush The chaotic cabaret cult is here! Enter Strange Phenomena, howl with The Hounds Of Love and dance on the moors with Wuthering Heights. Kate’s not there, but you are. From the makers of Julie Madly Deeply. But completely different. Performer Sarah-Louise Young (Cabaret Whore, The Showstoppers, La Soiree) has teamed up with director Russell Lucas (Warped at VAULT Festival) to explore the music and mythology of one of the most influential voices in British music. From releasing Wuthering Heights at the age of 19 to selling out the Hammersmith Apollo nearly 40 years later, Bush has always surprised and confounded her critics. Through it all her fans have stayed strong. Young invites you to celebrate her songs with this unique and mind-blowing show.

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Hay Festival Winter Weekend 2019 Programme  

Hay Festival Winter Weekend has been running for twenty years, and is a smaller version of the main Hay Festival, with events taking place i...

Hay Festival Winter Weekend 2019 Programme  

Hay Festival Winter Weekend has been running for twenty years, and is a smaller version of the main Hay Festival, with events taking place i...

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