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2017 Earlybird tickets

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Here is our first batch of Earlybird tickets. The full programme will be available in April.

Hay on Earth 2016 Forum

Event 1 Venue: Good Energy Stage

Hay on Earth 2016 Forum

This year’s Forum, programmed by Andy Fryers, covers a swathe of sustainability topics from Fair Tax to Re-wilding, Permaculture to the importance of artisan crafts. Full day ticket allows entry to all five sessions: events 2,3,4,5,6.

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Minette Batters, Sophie Wynne-Jones, Julia Aglionby, Rob Yorke

Elements of Re-wilding: Perceptions and Prejudices

Event 2 Venue: Oxfam Moot

How can we ensure there is public benefit from re-wilding the countryside? Rural commentator Rob Yorke discusses big cats and beavers, food production and flood prevention with Minette Batters, NFU Deputy President; Julia Aglionby, Executive Director of the Foundation for Common Land; and Sophie Wynne-Jones, trustee of the Wales Wild Land Foundation.

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Maddy Harland and Thomas Henfrey talk to Andy Fryers

Permaculture and Climate Change Adaptation

Event 3 Venue: Cube

Maddy Harland and Thomas Henfrey talk to Andy Fryers

Permaculture is an agricultural practice based on natural eco-systems and is the basis of a worldwide citizen-led movement in more than 100 countries. For decades, practitioners have devised creative responses to changes in local climatic conditions. In doing so, they have developed a collective knowledge and experience invaluable to global efforts to address climate change. Harland is the Editor of Permaculture Magazine, Henfrey is Research Fellow at the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Change at Lisbon University. They talk to Hay Festival’s Sustainability Director.

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Joe O’Mahoney and guests

The Fair Tax Debate

Event 4 Venue: Starlight Stage

The tax avoidance practices of multinational companies have recently been at the forefront of political and economic news. To highlight the unfairness of the current situation, a group of small businesses in Crickhowell, Wales, decided to adopt the offshore tax avoidance tactics of large companies. They have branded this movement the ‘Fair Tax Town’ and now intend to export it to other small businesses all over the UK. We explore the rise of algorithm-based companies such as Facebook, Uber and Deliveroo, and show how their offshore status allows them to extract value from countries in a similar manner to the East India Company in the C17th.

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Alan Moore and Jen Goss

Beauty in Utility

Event 5 Venue: Starlight Stage

Discovering a new craft or skill, and doing it well, can give untold satisfaction. Two speakers on two very different topics are connected by a desire to drive positive change in everyday life. Join designer Alan Moore, author of Do Design: Why beauty is key to everything and local caterer/smallholder Jen Goss, co-author of Do Preserve: Make your own jams, chutneys, pickles and cordials, as they urge you to consider beauty and function in everything you produce. Introduced by Andy Fryers.

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Caroline Ingraham

Help Your Dog Heal Itself

Event 6 Venue: Oxfam Moot

Caroline Ingraham

"From the humble caterpillar to the mighty elephant, animals have an innate ability to forage for plant and mineral extracts in order to look after their own emotional and physical health. Domestic dogs are no different. Many canine behavioural problems are not rooted in past emotional trauma but in physical discomfort. You can enrich their lives by offering many of these naturally foraged extracts for self-selection." The "zoopharmacognosy" practitioner explains her ideas.

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Steve Herington talks to Mathew Engel

Bob Cole The Runner

Event 7 Venue: Starlight Stage

Bob Cole from Herefordshire was the long-distance Olympian who never got the chance to prove it. Eccentric and solitary, he competed on the professional circuit and was proclaimed world champion, but forever banned from the Olympics. Herington, author of a new biography, discusses the amazing story of a forgotten hero from the Chariots of Fire era.

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Erica Whyman talks to Francine Stock

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation

Event 8 Venue: Starlight Stage

Erica Whyman talks to Francine Stock

The Deputy Artistic Director of the RSC discusses her current production. As a celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and his great legacy, the production features local amateur companies in all 12 regions and nations of the UK playing Shakespeare’s Mechanicals alongside the professional cast. Erica shares her thoughts as the tour concludes in Cardiff and Belfast, and the company prepares to return to Stratford-upon-Avon for a final run featuring performances from all the amateur companies.

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Dara Ó Briain

Crowd Tickler

Event 9 Venue: Tata Tent

Dara Ó Briain

The great Irish comedian returns to Hay to start the festival with a night of mercurial, joyful humour. He’s brilliant, quicksilver-smart and absolutely hilarious. 

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Battle of the Bands

Jim Eliot and Musicians

Event 503 Venue: Telegraph Stage

Up-and-coming local bands and solo artists battle it out to be crowned Best Band of Hay 2016. An evening of live, original music where you and the judges get to decide who is worthy of the crown. Chair of the judges is Jim Eliot, international song-writer and music producer who has worked with Kylie Minogue, Ellie Goulding, Olly Murs and Will Young.

Free but ticketed
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Richard Parry & Elsa Hammond

Coleridge in Wales: Walk from Pandy to Hay

Event 505 Venue: The Mountain

Samuel Taylor Coleridge dropped out of Cambridge University in 1794 and walked around Wales. Richard Parry and award winning travel writer Elsa Hammond walk the 16 miles across Hay Bluff from Pandy to Hay, part of an 80 day journey around Wales exploring Coleridge’s voice as a contemporary vision for global sustainable development, as the Coleridge in Wales festival arrives at the Hay Festival.

Stay the night before in the Old Pandy Inn
The touring party are staying the night before at the Old Pandy Inn.
Elsa Hammond will be giving a talk at 8.00pm details. Join us.
Bed and breakfast is available at the Old Pandy Inn on Thurs 26th May @ £26.50 per person.

Book this accommodation now by phoning 01873 890208 
quoting ref: COLERIDGE 26


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Dr Mark Redknap

Treasures: Adventures in Archaeology

Event 531 Venue: Hay Castle

Archaeology and its discovery of early civilisations is full of real-life adventure, and has consistently inspired popular culture, from Rider Haggard to Indiana Jones. Hear about some of these treasures and their surprising tales. Redknap is Head of Collections and Research, History and Archaeology Department, National Museum Cardiff.

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Wynne Evans

BBC Radio Wales LIVE

Event 506 Venue: BBC Radio Wales Hub

Wynne Evans

Wynne Evans brings his energetic mixture of music and interviews to the Festival. Expect big name guests, laughs and live music.

BBC Radio Wales

Broadcast live on BBC Radio Wales daily from 11am-1pm.

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Barbara Erskine talks to Peter Florence

Sleeper's Castle

Event 10 Venue: Oxfam Moot

Barbara Erskine talks to Peter Florence

We are thrilled to launch the new novel by the bestselling author, who returns to Hay in the year that marks the 30th anniversary of her sensational debut bestseller, Lady of Hay.

Hay-On-Wye, 1400 – War is brewing in the Welsh borders, Catrin is on the brink of womanhood and falling in love for the first time. Her father is a soothsayer, playing a dangerous game manipulating the mixed loyalties and furious rivalries between Welsh princes and English lords. For two hundred years, the Welsh people have lain under the English yoke, dreaming of independence. And finally it looks as though the charismatic Owain Glyndwr may be the man legend talks of. In the walls of Sleeper’s Castle, Catrin finds herself caught in the middle of a doomed war as she is called upon to foretell Wales’s destiny… And what she sees, is blood and war coming closer…

Hay, 2015. Miranda has moved to Sleeper’s Castle to escape and grieve. Slowly she feels herself coming to life in the solitude of the mountains. But every time she closes her eyes her dreams become more vivid. And she makes a connection with a young girl, who’s screaming, who’s reaching out… who only Miranda can help. Is she losing herself to time?

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Sinclair McKay and Thomas Briggs

Bletchley and Enigma

Event 11 Venue: Telegraph Stage

Sinclair McKay and Thomas Briggs

The historians reveal unknown secrets of Bletchley’s wartime operation and the Enigma, and discuss the code-breaking challenges we face in today’s rapidly changing and technologically complex world. McKay is the author of the bestselling The Lost World of Bletchley Park and Bletchley Park - The Secret Archives. Bletchley Park’s Enigma expert, Thomas Briggs, brings a genuine, working Enigma machine to the Festival.

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Tracey Evans, Warren Fauvel, Andy Middleton

Adventures in Health

Event 12 Venue: Good Energy Stage

The costs of preventable physical and mental health challenges in Wales are already unmanageable and getting worse. The gross cost to the NHS of treating mental health is £7.2bn a year. There are multiple, proven links between the benefits of active time outdoors, increased wellbeing and reductions in the social cost of health solutions. Wales’ outdoor industry is poised to become a Natural Health Service that improves health with active time in nature. Evans is the CEO of The Outdoor Partnership, Fauvel is co-founder of Nudjed, which works with public health bodies aiming to effect change. Chaired by entrepreneur and adventurer Andy Middleton.

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Michael Marriott

English Roses

Event 13 Venue: Oxfam Moot

Michael Marriott

A huge breeding programme is needed to produce the new varieties of English Roses. The Rosarian talks about the work involved and gives a behind-the-scenes look at making the David Austin Roses garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. Join us to launch the Roald Dahl Rose, in celebration of the writer’s centenary year.

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Emma Bridgewater

Pattern & The Secrets of Lasting Design

Event 14 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage

Emma Bridgewater

Emma Bridgewater’s patterns are as quintessentially British as marmalade on toast – and they have made her distinctive homewares best-sellers across the world. Her inspiration is often deeply personal – a plate of belonging to her mother’s, a favourite children’s book – and as she tells the stories of each pattern’s creation, she reveals the intricate processes of research and collaboration behind the familiar designs she has stamped on our kitchenware – and our hearts – for the past 30 years. Chaired by Kitty Corrigan.

Emma Bridgewater Hay Festival Collector’s Mugs are available from the Bookshop
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Helen Margetts

Political Turbulence: How Social Media Shape Collective Action

Event 15 Venue: Good Energy Stage

Helen Margetts

As people spend increasing proportions of their daily lives using social media such as Twitter and Facebook, they are being invited to support myriad political causes by sharing, liking, endorsing or downloading. Chain reactions caused by these tiny acts of participation form a growing part of collective action today, from neighbourhood campaigns to global political movements. Margetts is the Director of the Oxford Internet Institute and co-author of Political Turbulence: How Social Media Shape Collective Action.

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Dan Richards talks to Andrew St George

Climbing Days

Event 16 Venue: Oxfam Moot

Dan Richards talks to Andrew St George

Following in the footholds of his great-great-aunt, the early C20th pioneering mountaineer, Dorothy Pilley, Richards begins to travel and climb across Europe. Learning the ropes in Wales and Scotland, scrambling in the Lake District, scaling summits in Spain and Switzerland, he closes in on the serrate pinnacle of Dorothy’s climbing life, the mighty Dent Blanche in the high Alps of Valais. Richards is the co-author, with Stanley Donwood and Robert Macfarlane, of Holloway.

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