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  • Robin Todd, Rosie Boycott and Patrick Mulvany

    Earth – A Secure Food Supply

    Robin Todd, Rosie Boycott and Patrick MulvanyHow can we provide a sustainable food supply sufficient to meet the needs of a growing population facing climate change? Robin Todd, Trustee of Concern Universal, Patrick Mulvany, Chair of the UK Food Group, and journalist, smallholder and Chair of London Food, Rosie Boycott.

    Hay Festival 2009, Thursday 21 May 2009, 1pm - Sony Screenaudio available

  • Khalid Koser, Sue Miller and Chikondi Mpokosa

    Wind – Adapting to Change

    Khalid Koser, Sue Miller and Chikondi MpokosaHow do communities adapt to change and migration? Khalid Koser from the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Sue Miller, Baroness of Chilthorne Dorner, Member, UNESCO North Devon's Biosphere Reserve Partnership, and Chikondi Mpokosa, Oxfam’s Global Education Advisor.

    Hay Festival 2009, Thursday 21 May 2009, 2.30pm - Sony Screenaudio available

  • David Mackay, Jane Davidson AM, Malini Mehra and Anthony Giddens

    Fire – Securing Energy Supplies

    David Mackay, Jane Davidson AM, Malini Mehra and Anthony GiddensWhat are the implications of climate change on energy supply and security? Founder and CEO of Centre for Social Markets Malini Mehra, Jane Davidson AM, David Mackay, author of Sustainable Energy, and Anthony Giddens, author of The Politics of Climate Change.

    Hay Festival 2009, Thursday 21 May 2009, 4pm - Sony Screenaudio available

  • David Tickner, Homero Aridjis, Lyla Mehta and Daniela Schmidt

    Water – The Basics of Life

    David Tickner, Homero Aridjis, Lyla Mehta and Daniela SchmidtHow will climate change affect biodiversity and the way we manage freshwater supplies and the oceans as a resource? David Tickner, Head of WWF’s Freshwater Programme, Homero Aridjis, poet, Head of the Group of 100 and Mexico's Ambassador to UNESCO, Lyla Mehta of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, and Daniela Schmidt, Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Bristol.

    Hay Festival 2009, Thursday 21 May 2009, 5.30pm - Sony Screenaudio available

  • Jill Evans MEP, Lisa Stevens, Kay Swinburne, John Bufton, Alan Butt Philip

    European Election Question Time

    Jill Evans MEP, Lisa Stevens, Kay Swinburne, John Bufton, Alan Butt PhilipPeter Florence chairs a hustings for the leading candidates (Plaid Cymru, Labour, Conservative, UKIP and Lib Dem) for the four Welsh seats voted for on 4 June. Questions welcome in advance via hayfestival.com/forum/europe.

    Entry to this event is free, but you must book a ticket. There will be a collection for charity at the event.

    Hay Festival 2009, Thursday 21 May 2009, 7.30pm - Oxfam Studioaudio available

  • Rt Hon Rhodri Morgan AM

    One Wales: One Planet

    Rt Hon Rhodri Morgan AMLaunch of the Welsh Assembly Government’s new Sustainable Development Scheme – One Wales: One Planet – by Rt Hon Rhodri Morgan AM, First Minister of Wales.

    Entry to this event is free, but you must book a ticket.

    Hay Festival 2009, Friday 22 May 2009, 10.30am - Oxfam Studioaudio available

  • Harriet Lamb talks to Rosie Boycott

    Fighting the Banana Wars and Other Fairtrade Battles

    Harriet Lamb talks to Rosie BoycottThe stirring story of a burgeoning global family, tenaciously pushing big business to trade more fairly with some of the world’s poorest farmers.

    Hay Festival 2009, Friday 22 May 2009, 1pm - Oxfam Studioaudio available

  • Anthony Giddens

    The Politics of Climate Change

    Anthony Giddens‘Politics-as-usual won’t deal with the problems we face, while the recipes of the green movement are flawed at source.’ The eminent sociologist introduces a range of new concepts and proposals to fill in the gap, and examines in depth the connections between climate change and energy security.

    Hay Festival 2009, Friday 22 May 2009, 2.30pm - Sony Screenaudio available

  • Emma Bridgewater, Hugh Peachey, Mike Moody and Daniel Butler

    The 2009 Country Living Magazine Discussion: Thatcher, Farrier, Cooper…Call Centre Worker?

    Emma Bridgewater, Hugh Peachey, Mike Moody and Daniel ButlerRural skills are under threat, and without training for a new generation of craftspeople, the traditions we treasure will exist only in tales of days gone by. Chaired by countryside writer Daniel Butler, who talks to Hugh Peachey, gypsy wagon restorer and stonemason, Mike Moody, chair of the National Heritage Training Group, and entrepreneur Emma Bridgewater. Followed by a single malt whisky sampling by The Balvenie.

    Hay Festival 2009, Friday 22 May 2009, 4pm - Oxfam Studioaudio available

  • Roger Crowley

    Empires of the Sea

    Roger CrowleyIn the sixteenth century the Mediterranean became the battleground for a titanic maritime struggle between Islam and Christianity. Roger Crowley brings to life this extraordinary confrontation, which set frontiers that hold to this day.

    Hay Festival 2009, Friday 22 May 2009, 4pm - Sony Screenaudio available

  • Antony Worrall Thompson, John Vidal, Steve Trent and Jeremy Ryland Langley

    Save the Sea

    Antony Worrall Thompson, John Vidal, Steve Trent and Jeremy Ryland LangleyThe Environmental Justice Team take on pirate fishing.

    Hay Festival 2009, Friday 22 May 2009, 5.15pm - Dream Stageaudio available

  • Julian Orbach talks to Simon Jenkins

    Gwynedd: Pevsner Buildings of Wales

    Julian Orbach talks to Simon JenkinsThe architectural survey examines the treasures of north-west Wales.

    Hay Festival 2009, Friday 22 May 2009, 5.15pm - Sony Screenaudio available

  • Nicholas Stern

    The Guardian Sessions: Blueprint for a Safer Planet

    Nicholas SternWhat is the problem? What are the dangers? What can be done to reduce emissions? At what cost? How can the world adapt? And, what does all this mean for corporations, governments and individuals? Chaired by Ian Katz.


    The Guardian Sessions at Hay
    For the eighth year, the Guardian is proud to be the headline sponsor of the Hay Festival. 

    Over the past year, the world has seen momentous change – a deepening economic crisis; the dawn of a new era in America; environmental concerns moving higher up the agenda; and increased challenges to our civil liberties... As the world's leading liberal voice, the Guardian is committed to the exploration and debate of these issues. 

    At this year's festival, the Guardian Sessions, with insight from leading individuals in their fields, will further examine and debate the most pressing concerns facing us today.

    Come and join us.

    Hay Festival 2009, Friday 22 May 2009, 6.30pm - Guardian Stageaudio available

  • Adrian Lambert

    The Rural Media Company presents: Still Life

    Adrian LambertEleven-year-old Lauren has almost come to terms with her parents splitting up when a school history project rekindles some very painful memories and a violent and dangerous jealousy. Set in Herefordshire, the film wrestles with isolation and identity in a rural market town, where people quickly learn how to move on rather than move away. Still Life is the Rural Media Company’s latest ambitious community film production created over the course of a year with the people of Bromyard.

    Hay Festival 2009, Friday 22 May 2009, 6.30pm - Sony Screenaudio available

  • Chris Blackwell talks to Chris Salewicz

    Island Records

    Chris Blackwell talks to Chris SalewiczWe celebrate the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking label as the founder selects his jubilee tracks and stories.

    Hay Festival 2009, Friday 22 May 2009, 6.30pm - Oxfam Studioaudio available

  • Rick Wakeman talks to Phil Rickman

    Grumpy Old Rock Star

    Rick Wakeman talks to Phil RickmanThe legendary Yes keyboard player is one of the great rock storytellers.

    Hay Festival 2009, Friday 22 May 2009, 8pm - Oxfam Studioaudio available

  • Patricia Fara

    The Cambridge 800 Series: Science – A Four Thousand Year History

    Patricia FaraWhen did science begin? Who did science? How does science change?

    Hay Festival 2009, Saturday 23 May 2009, 9am - Guardian Stageaudio available

  • Philip Delves Broughton

    What They Teach You at Harvard Business School

    Philip Delves BroughtonAn insider’s account from the Cauldron of Capitalism.

    Hay Festival 2009, Saturday 23 May 2009, 9am - Oxfam Studioaudio available

  • Martin Rees

    The World in 2050

    Martin ReesThe Astronomer Royal looks to the future and what we don’t yet know.

    Hay Festival 2009, Saturday 23 May 2009, 10am - Guardian Stageaudio available

  • Howard Davies and Danny Quah

    LSE Lecture: Banks, Booms and Busts – Where Next for the Global Economy?

    Howard Davies and Danny QuahThe London School of Economics academics debate the financial crisis and give their views on when and how the world economy will emerge from the current collapse. Chaired by Adam Austerfield.

    Hay Festival 2009, Saturday 23 May 2009, 10am - Sony Screenaudio available

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