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The full programme is available for this year’s festival, 26 May to 4 June. We very much look forward to seeing you in May.

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Hay on Earth 2017 Forum

Event 1 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Hay on Earth 2017 Forum

For this year’s Forum we bring you inspirational entrepreneurs who have found, and are developing, innovative ways of growing food, using waste, transporting goods and people. 

Full Day ticket allows entry to all five sessions. Events: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 9

Price: £33.30 
 

George Marshall talks to Oliver Balch

Talking Climate – From Research to Practice

Event 2 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

A fresh approach to climate change communication: five core principles for public engagement that can propel climate change discourse out of the margins and into the mainstream. Marshall is the author of Don’t Even Think About It: Why our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change.

Price: £7.30 
 

Kresse Wesling talks to Andy Fryers

Firehoses to Fashion – Elvis & Kresse

Event 3 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Kresse Wesling talks to Andy Fryers

Elvis & Kresse was founded after co-owner Kresse Wesling fell in love with a fire hose. When she found out that the London Fire Brigade threw tons of damaged fire hoses into landfill, she knew there must be a use for them. From bags and belts, purses to phone covers, the business now creates lifestyle accessories by re-engineering seemingly useless waste. It has seen phenomenal growth, saving tonnes of waste from landfill and opening outlets in ten countries.

Price: £7.30 
 

Kate Hofman and Steve Dring talk to Kitty Corrigan

Growing Underground and GrowUp Urban Farms

Event 4 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

With an increasing population, climate change and concerns about food (in)security, new and innovative farming methods are required. Steve Dring started the UK’s first underground farm based in disused air raid shelters, growing herbs and salad plants. Kate Hofman runs GrowUp Urban Farms, the UK’s first commercial aquaponics urban-farming business, cultivating both fish and salad plants in one integrated system from a warehouse in London.

Price: £7.30 
 

Hugo Spowers, Fiona Clancy and Will Vaughan talk to Andy Fryers

Transport Futures

Event 5 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Hugo Spowers, Fiona Clancy and Will Vaughan talk to Andy Fryers

Spowers is the Chief Engineer and Founder of Riversimple, whose goal is simple – to pursue, systematically, the elimination of the environmental impact of personal transport. Spowers, Clancy and their team have created Rasa, a super-efficient, hydrogen-powered car. They are joined by Will Vaughan, CEO of Hereford Pedicabs and Cargo, who provide financially and environmentally sustainable services by bike – including parcel delivery, trade waste recycling, inner city advertising and pedicab hire.

Price: £7.30 
 

Morgan & West

Morgan & West’s Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show For Kids (And Childish Grown-ups!)

Event 6 Venue: Oxfam Moot

Morgan & West

Time travelling magicians Morgan & West present a jaw dropping, heart-stopping, brain-busting, opinion-adjusting, death-defying, mind-frying, spirit-lifting, paradigm-shifting, outlook-changing, furniture-rearranging magic extravaganza! Witness a mountain of mysterious magic, a hatful of hyper-reality, and of course a truck full of tricks and tea. Mixing brain boggling illusion and good old-fashioned tom-foolery, Morgan & West present a show for all the family, where magic and silliness abound! Fun for ages five to 105! ‘Hilarious” - Primary Times.

Price: £5.30 
 

Helen Browning, David Speller and Jake Freestone talk to Rob Yorke

Green-tech tinted glasses: how smarter agriculture can reduce farming’s footprint

Event 7 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Helen Browning, David Speller and Jake Freestone talk to Rob Yorke

Crop drones, precision pesticides, earthworm management, poultry software and GPS- directed tractors are just some of the new technologies that are revolutionising agriculture. The panel discusses agri-tech innovation helping farmers to become more efficient by using fewer resources. Browning is CEO of the Soil Association, Speller is an award-winning poultry farmer, Freestone a Linking Environment and Farming accredited farm manager.

Price: £7.30 
 

Sarah Thomas, Darragh Martin, Justina Hart and David Thorpe talk to Mark Goldthorpe

Realistic Utopias: Imagining The World Changed by Climate

Event 8 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

What can the worlds of fiction, poetry, non-fiction and drama contribute to how we understand and respond to climate change? Do humans respond to stories more than facts? The work stems from a project called Weatherfronts: climate change and the stories we tell.

Price: £7.30 
 

Lisa Bortolotti

Optimism and Success

Event 9 Venue: Starlight Stage

Can delusional beliefs and distorted memories have redeeming features? Psychologists have consistently found that we are more optimistic than is warranted by the evidence. This form of ‘unrealistic optimism’ leads to mild distortions of reality but it has been shown to contribute to good mental health, motivation and productivity. Bortolotti is Professor of Philosophy at University of Birmingham.

Price: £7.30 
 

Morgan & West

Magic Show: Parlour Tricks!

Event 10 Venue: Oxfam Moot

Time travelling magic duo Morgan & West present an evening chock full of jaw-dropping, brain-bursting, gasp-eliciting feats of magic. The dashing chaps offer up a plateful of illusion and impossibility, all served with wit, charm and no small amount of panache. Be sure to wear a hat – Morgan & West might just blow your mind. ‘Dazzlingly clever and very funny! Superb!’

Price: £8.30 
 

Eddie Izzard

Force Majeure

Event 11 Venue: Tata Tent

Eddie Izzard

Force majeure: “superior force”, “chance occurrence, unavoidable accident”. The sublimely gifted comedian returns to Hay after 20 years, with his global tour show. “King of the universe.  Comic Genius. Entertainment incarnate” – Telegraph.

Price: £33.30 
 

BEBRAS Workshop

Event HD1 Venue: Scribblers Hut

The UK BEBRAS Computational Thinking Challenge is designed to engage students in tasks that are fun and based on problems that computer scientists often meet and enjoy solving. They can be solved without prior knowledge but do require logical thinking. At Hay you can meet the BEBRAS team and see how well you do. Please bring your own laptop if you can.

Age 14-16
Price: £8.30 
 

Ticket to Dine

Early Lunch

Event DT1 Venue: Relish Festival Restaurant

  • Ticket to Dine
  • Ticket to Dine

Book a seat in the Relish Festival Restaurant and receive a complimentary drink on us. 

Enjoy a delicious meal from our Festival Restaurant buffet. Choose from a wide selection of hot and cold dishes created fresh onsite by our team of chefs using the best local seasonal produce.

Come up to the buffet and choose as much as like from all the dishes on offer for just £20, by booking online you will received a complimentary glass of wine, bottle of beer or soft drink. By booking online you will guarantee your seat in the restaurant where our team will be waiting to give you a warm welcome.

Alex Gooch breads and water are free for every customer.

A selection of desserts and local cheeses from Neil's Yard Creamery are also available to buy, as well as a full bar and baristas coffees.

See a Sample Menu Here

If you have any dietary requirements please state these in the notes at the Checkout stage.
Price: £20.00 
 

Digby Jones

Fixing Business

Event 13 Venue: Good Energy Stage

Digby Jones

The entrepreneur examines the relationship between business, government and society. He discusses Britain in a post-Brexit world, Donald Trump’s America, and the ‘elephant in the boardroom’ – executive pay.  Lord Jones was Director General of the CBI. In 2007 he was appointed Minister of State for UK Trade and Investment. He talks to Jesse Norman.

Price: £9.30 
 

George Brinley Evans, Phil Steele and Mark Taubert talk to Hywel Francis

Before the End – Telling Your Story in Time

Event 14 Venue: Starlight Stage

Two authors discuss how bereavement encouraged them to tell their own life stories against all the odds, in a society where men still often suffer silently. Historian and Professor Hywel Francis chairs Byw Nawr/Live Now, the end-of-life-care coalition in Wales. He talks to ex-miner George Brinley Evans and broadcaster Phil Steele. Taubert is a palliative and end-of-life-care consultant at Velindre Cancer Centre. They offer a clinical perspective on male depression and grief.

Price: £7.30 
 

BEBRAS Workshop

Event HD2 Venue: Scribblers Hut

The UK BEBRAS Computational Thinking Challenge is designed to engage students in tasks that are fun and based on problems that computer scientists often meet and enjoy solving. They can be solved without prior knowledge but do require logical thinking. At Hay you can meet the BEBRAS team and see how well you do. Please bring your own laptop if you can.

#HAYYA

Age 16-18
Price: £8.30 
 

Ticket to Dine

Late Lunch

Event DT2 Venue: Relish Festival Restaurant

  • Ticket to Dine
  • Ticket to Dine

Book a seat in the Relish Festival Restaurant and receive a complimentary drink on us. 

Enjoy a delicious meal from our Festival Restaurant buffet. Choose from a wide selection of hot and cold dishes created fresh onsite by our team of chefs using the best local seasonal produce.

Come up to the buffet and choose as much as like from all the dishes on offer for just £20, by booking online you will received a complimentary glass of wine, bottle of beer or soft drink. By booking online you will guarantee your seat in the restaurant where our team will be waiting to give you a warm welcome.

Alex Gooch breads and water are free for every customer. A selection of desserts and local cheeses from Neil's Yard Creamery are also available to buy, as well as a full bar and baristas coffees.

See a Sample Menu Here

If you have any dietary requirements please state these in the notes at the Checkout stage.
Price: £20.00 
 

Stephen Moss

Wonderland: A Year of Britain’s Wildlife, Day by Day

Event 15 Venue: Oxfam Moot

Stephen Moss

From blackbirds, beavers and beetles to tawny owls, natterjack toads and lemon slugs,  every  day of the year, winter or summer, in every corner of the British Isles, there's plenty to see if you know where -- and how -- to look. The Springwatch star’s books include The Bumper Book of Nature and Tweet of the Day.

Price: £7.30 
 

Katie Hill, Gareth Jones and Nick Davies talk to Andy Middleton

The Best for Wales Project

Event 16 Venue: Good Energy Stage

Katie Hill, Gareth Jones and Nick Davies talk to Andy Middleton

How can we shift from ‘doing better’ to ‘doing what’s needed’ and doing it now across Wales? Best for Wales will celebrate and inspire sustainable innovation. Hill is CEO of B Lab UK; Jones is Founder of Welsh ICE and Davies is founder of Neighbourly. Chaired by maverick thinker Andy Middleton from TYF.

The event will be followed by a free Best for Wales workshop (see event 26).
Price: £7.30 
 

Miriam González Durántez

Made In Spain

Event 17 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Miriam González Durántez

The lawyer and Inspiring Girls champion introduces her delicious “recipes and stories from my country and beyond” in a glorious celebration of Spanish culture and cooking.

Price: £7.30