An evening to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Welsh passage to Argentina aboard the Mimosa. Gower sets the scene with his Gwalia Patagonia – a tale of legendary giants and Andean condors, devil spirits and chapel-worshippers. He is joined by Argentinian writer Jorge Fondebrider, author of The Spaces Between. The evening is completed with the fascinating anecdotal and geographical ramblings of one of Wales’ best-loved guitarists, singers and actors, René Griffiths. Full of emotion and passion, Ramblings of a Patagonian is the revelation of one-man’s unrelenting love for his own Andean desert. Chaired by Oliver Balch.
We celebrate the republication of Renault’s fabulous Greek historical novels – The Bull from the Sea, The King Must Die, Fire From Heaven, Funeral Games, Lion in the Gateway and The Persian Boy. Chaired by Stephanie Merritt.
The internet, and in particular social networks, have become an essential means for promoting new works for writers. Writers Javier Sierra and Agustín Paz, author of Me Gusta Leer (Random House Mondadori), discuss how the Spanish publishing industry is facing this phenomenon. Chaired by Pedrode Andrés, President of CEDRO.
Co-organised with Centro Español de Derechos Reprográficos (CEDRO).
The Welsh Government Minister for Natural Resources and Food is proposing to increase the focus on green growth as an alternative economic model for Wales. What does this mean in reality? And what will Wales look like in 20 years if this vision is realised, and how does this fit with the wider global economy? In conversation with the Festival’s Sustainability Director Andy Fryers.
Bernard Hinault is one of the greatest cyclists of all time. He is a five-time winner of the Tour de France and the only man to have won each of the Grand Tours on more than one occasion. Hinault is the last ‘old-school’ champion: a larger-than-life character from a working-class background, capable of winning on all terrains, in major Tours and one-day Classics. Nicknamed ‘The Badger’ for his combative style, he led a cyclists’ strike in his first Tour and instigated a legendary punch-up with demonstrators in 1982 while in the middle of a race. Hinault’s battles with teammates Laurent Fignon and Greg LeMond provide some of the greatest moments in Tour history.
Sports writer and journalist William Fotheringham is the Guardian's cycling correspondent and author of a number of books about the cycling world, including the number one bestseller Merckx: Half Man Half Bike and biographies of Fausto Coppi and Tom Simpson.
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Science is used and abused to support or debunk theories. Contributors to Science Made Simple and Sense About Science sift the sense from the nonsense around global warming, organic farming, vaccines, GMOs and food supplements. Chaired by Hay-on-Earth Director Andy Fryers.
Chris Haughton, Oliver Jeffers and Rachel Bright make art. Rachel is a picture book maker and commercial illustrator – and our Hay Festival illustrator this year. Oliver is an award-winning picture book maker and painter who has recently collaborated on projects with TED and U2. Chris Haughton is a rising star in art and design. Join them for a fascinating conversation about their working lives. For all design, illustration and art fans.
12+ years (YA)
As you grow up, you are told to renounce most of the hopes and dreams of your youth, and resign yourself to a life that will be a pale dilution of the adventurous, important and enjoyable life you once expected. But who wants to do any of that? No wonder we live in a culture of rampant immaturity, when maturity looks so boring. The moral philosopher discusses childhood, adolescence, sex, and culture, and asks how the idea of travel can help us build a model of maturity that makes growing up a good option and leaves space in our culture for grown-ups. Chaired by Sarah Crompton.
If we’re going to win the climate war, the battle cry has to be positive. “Pain now or apocalypse later” just doesn’t cut it, and nor does “save the planet”. The climate scientist and strategist argues that it’s time to stop focusing on disaster and start pouring our energy into imagining – and creating – the promised land. Because fundamentally the planet doesn’t care what we do. This is about saving ourselves. Chaired by Jim Al-Khalili.