Hay Player

Harriet Lamb talks to Rosie Boycott

Fighting the Banana Wars and Other Fairtrade Battles

Hay Festival 2009, 
The stirring story of a burgeoning global family, tenaciously pushing big business to trade more fairly with some of the world’s poorest farmers.

Hay Player

Anthony Giddens

The Politics of Climate Change

Hay Festival 2009, 
‘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 Player

Emma Bridgewater, Hugh Peachey, Mike Moody and Daniel Butler

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

Hay Festival 2009, 
Rural 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 Player

Roger Crowley

Empires of the Sea

Hay Festival 2009, 
In 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 Player

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

Save the Sea

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Environmental Justice Team take on pirate fishing.

Hay Player

Julian Orbach talks to Simon Jenkins

Gwynedd: Pevsner Buildings of Wales

Hay Festival 2009, 
The architectural survey examines the treasures of north-west Wales.

Hay Player

Nicholas Stern

The Guardian Sessions: Blueprint for a Safer Planet

Hay Festival 2009, 
What 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 Player

Adrian Lambert

The Rural Media Company presents: Still Life

Hay Festival 2009, 
Eleven-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 Player

Chris Blackwell talks to Chris Salewicz

Island Records

Hay Festival 2009, 
We celebrate the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking label as the founder selects his jubilee tracks and stories.

Hay Player

Rick Wakeman talks to Phil Rickman

Grumpy Old Rock Star

Hay Festival 2009, 
The legendary Yes keyboard player is one of the great rock storytellers.

Hay Player

Patricia Fara

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

Hay Festival 2009, 
When did science begin? Who did science? How does science change?

Hay Player

Philip Delves Broughton

What They Teach You at Harvard Business School

Hay Festival 2009, 
An insider’s account from the Cauldron of Capitalism.

Hay Player

Martin Rees

The World in 2050

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Astronomer Royal looks to the future and what we don’t yet know.

Hay Player

Howard Davies and Danny Quah

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

Hay Festival 2009, 
The 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 Player

Jay Rayner

The Man Who Ate the World: In Search of the Perfect Dinner

Hay Festival 2009, 
Breakfast with the great gourmet and food writer. Cafédirect coffee will be served.

Hay Player

Michael O’Brien talks to Duncan Campbell

The Death of Justice

Hay Festival 2009, 
O’Brien’s murder conviction was overturned after he’d spent 11 years in prison. He is now a vociferous campaigner against miscarriages of justice.

Hay Player

Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

The Gruffalo LIVE

Hay Festival 2009, 
Join in the Gruffalo’s 10th birthday party in this interactive, lively celebration with the author and illustrator. Jam-packed with songs, music, fun and rhyme.

Family Event

Hay Player

Heston Blumenthal talks to Jay Rayner

The Fat Duck Cookbook

Hay Festival 2009, 
The great culinary alchemist, whose Fat Duck at Bray has enjoyed three Michelin stars since 2004, talks to the Observer restaurant critic.

Hay Player

Gillian Beer

Cambridge 800 Series: Cultures of Extinction – Darwin and the Present

Hay Festival 2009, 
We view extinction now with alarm and even horror, and are encouraged to do so by specialist commentators and popular media alike. Darwin saw extinction as humdrum, inevitable and important for his theory. What does this transformation reveal about Darwin and ourselves?

Hay Player

John O’Farrell

An Utterly Impartial History of Britain

Hay Festival 2009, 
The satirist spins the story of our realm when you get 2000 Years of Upper Class Idiots in Charge.

Hay Player

Bernard Beckett and Xiaolu Guo talk to Stephanie Merritt

Story: Futures

Hay Festival 2009, 
Beckett’s Genesis creates a world where just what it means to be human is up for debate. Guo’s bracingly funny dystopia UFO in Her Eyes, a startling parable of change, imagines an uneasy future for rural China.

Hay Player

Hallie Rubenhold and Ian Kelly talk to Corisande Albert

Libertines

Hay Festival 2009, 
The authors of Lady Worsley’s Whim and Casanova expose the lusts and lives of the C18th’s sexiest players.

Hay Player

Simon Jenkins

The National Trust Lecture: Wales – Churches, Houses and Castles

Hay Festival 2009, 
The journalist and National Trust chairman surveys the monuments and masterpieces of Wales.

Hay Player

Marcus Brigstocke, Andre Vincent and Carrie Quinlan

The Early Edition 1

Hay Festival 2009, 
The comedians analyse the news. No headline is safe...

Hay Player

Andrew Robinson

Lost Languages

Hay Festival 2009, 
Genius, obsession, delusion and rivalry in the race to unlock The Enigma of the World’s Undeciphered Scripts.

Explore All Genres