Time’s Legacy explores the legend that the young Jesus Christ came to Glastonbury to study with the Druids. The Bones of Avalon has Elizabethan astrologer John Dee dispatched to the mystical West Country town to find the alleged bones of King Arthur, missing since the Reformation.
The average age of farmers in the UK is 58. Cantilupe Projects presents extracts from a documentary in progress following Herefordshire Young Farmers over a year, introducing the new generation bringing food to our tables. Farmers featured will join the Director for the Q&A.
The author of A Short History of Nearly Everything and editor of the magnificent anniversary anthology Seeing Further is joined by the President of the Royal Society to celebrate 350 Years of the Royal Society and Scientific Endeavour. They talk to the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science.
The Country Living Debate: What’s Behind the Logo?
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With a plethora of labelling but a woeful lack of consistent information, how are we to understand how and where our food is produced and the ethics of the companies involved? Featuring the Fairtrade Foundation, Green & Blacks and Cafédirect.
We are delighted to launch the first book in seven years from one of the world's great humourists, examining human life through a domestic lens.
It struck Bill Bryson one day that we devote a lot more time to the Wars of the Roses or the Normandy Landings than considering what most of history really consists of: centuries upon centuries of people quietly going about their daily business – eating, sleeping, having sex, endeavouring to be amused. So he started a journey around his house, an old rectory in Norfolk, wandering from room to room considering how the ordinary things in life came to be. Along the way he allowed himself delightful digressions on the history of everything from architecture to epidemics, from food preservation to the discovery of electricity, and from crinolines to toilets. And to his dismay, he also encountered a terrifying variety of dangers to our health and happiness. Where the prizewinning A Short History of Nearly Everything was a sweeping survey of Earth, the universe and everything, At Home is an inwards look at all human life through a domestic telescope. Because, as Bryson says, our homes aren't refuges from history. They are where history begins and ends.
In a specially convened Hay outing for the London short lecture series, a star cast deliver five provocative and inspirational essays. The expenses scandal investigative hero Heather Brooke asks Is There Hope for Politics?; philosopher AC Grayling talks about Walking With Hazlitt; dazzlingly witty QI writer John Mitchinson introduces the QI Book of the Dead; Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, President of the Royal Society and this year's BBC Reith Lecturer wonders at What We Still Don't Know; and Rory Stewart – writer, diplomat , former Director of the Kennedy School, at Harvard and newly elected MP for Penrith talks about The Rhetoric of War in the Twenty-first Century. Introduced by Daisy Leitch.
We are honoured to inaugurate Rose Gray’s Tabletalk, an annual conversation about food and cooking in the name of the great chef and friend of Hay who died this year. Her River Café partner and her former colleague will discuss their work and their books The River Café Classic Italian Cookbook and River Cottage Everyday with John Mitchinson.