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HAY FESTIVAL 2019 EARLY BIRDS

The full programme will be available in March.

Education

Event 53

John Vidal, Patrick Kamzitu and Emma Taylor with Bettany Hughes

It Starts with a Book

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Following the drought of 2012, the community of Gumbi in rural Malawi decided they needed to diversify to protect their families from further famine and create a brighter future for their children. They decided that education was the key. Today, thanks to the support of the Gumbi Education Fund, Book Aid International and others, Gumbi has a small library, three villagers are qualified teachers, and three more are going to university. John Vidal, who covered the famine in the Guardian,and Patrick Kamzitu from Gumbi, will tell this inspiring story. They are joined by broadcaster and historian Bettany Hughes, a long-term supporter of the Gumbi Education Fund and Emma Taylor, Book Aid International’s Head of Communications.

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Dr Vivien Norris

Parenting with Theraplay

Venue: Compass
Theraplay is a child and family therapy for building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. It is based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction between parent and child and is personal, physical, and fun. Theraplay can be used in therapy for a wide range of ages and difficulties, and is specifically helpful for children who are Looked After and Adopted. Theraplay ideas can also be used in everyday parenting and in any setting where relationship connection is important.
Dr Vivien Norris is a Certified Theraplay Trainer and is Clinical Director of The Family Place and co-author of Parenting with Theraplay: Understanding Attachment and How to Nurture a Closer Relationship with Your Child.
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Event 143

Tara Westover talks to David Runciman

Educated

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Westover’s memoir Educated is fast achieving the status of a contemporary classic. She grew up in a remote corner of the American West preparing for the End of Days, watching for the sun to darken, for the moon to drip as if with blood. She hadn’t been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because she’d never set foot in a classroom, and no medical records because her father didn’t believe in doctors or hospitals. According to the state and federal government she didn’t exist. As she grew older, her father became more radical and her brother more violent. At 16 Tara decided to educate herself. Her struggle for knowledge would take her far from the Idaho mountains, over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d travelled too far. If there was still a way home.

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Tara Westover talks to David Runciman

Event 176

Diane Reay, Alex Beard, Margaret White

Every Child: Access, Miseducation

Venue: Oxfam Moot

What constitutes a good education? Why are less advantaged children still faring so much worse than more affluent pupils? And what we can do to achieve a fairer system? Diane Reay, author of Miseducation, grew up in a working class, coal mining community before becoming an inner city, primary school teacher for 20 years. She is now emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge and visiting Professor of Sociology at the LSE. In his Natural Born Learners the Teach for All pioneer Alex Beard leads us from the crowded corridors of a London comprehensive to the high-tech halls of Silicon Valley, through the exam factories of South Korea and the inclusive classrooms of Finland to reveal that today we stand on the cusp of a learning revolution. Margaret White has distilled a lifetime of teaching experience into A Good Education – a study that keeps the individual child at the heart of the discussion, focusing on every pupil’s worth, identity, interactions and development. Chaired by Dylan Moore, Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow / Cymrawd Rhyngwladol Cymru Greadigol – Gwyl y Gelli for 2018.

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David Green, Jade Haley, Diana Beech and Jonathan Godfrey

What Price a Higher Education?

Venue: Compass

Universities have long been hailed as one of the UK’s most successful attributes. But in a time of mounting negativity from politicians and the media, fuelled by rising anger over tuition fees and perceived value for money, as well as recent attacks on free speech, what is the future for our higher education system and that of our young people? David Green is Vice Chancellor and CEO of the University of Worcester, Jade Haley is President of the Students' Union and Diana Beech is Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI). Chaired by Jonathan Godfrey.

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Event 220

David Shaw, Marc Scriven, Ruth Jones, Jan Frances, Frances Howie

Breaking the Cycle of Abuse

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Growing up in a violent household is one of the most traumatic experiences a child can go through. It can leave a lifetime of problems affecting education, relationships and everyday activities. Survivors and experts talk about how they used their experiences for positive change and how society can help lead transformation for the future. Frances Howie, Director of Public Health at Worcestershire County Council, is in the chair.

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Event 222

Amanda Spielman talks to Ann Mroz

OFSTED, inspected

Venue: Good Energy Stage
The chief inspector of OFSTED discusses her work heading the regulatory body for education, children’s services and skills. She looks at the opportunities for schooling at a time when Britain needs to launch our children into the world fully prepared for a very challenging future. Chaired by the editor of TES.
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Event 227

Alex Beard, Ben Rawlence, Kirsty Williams

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

From schools to universities to industry, the voices calling for more creativity in UK classrooms are getting louder. Research is conclusive that creative activities have outsize impacts on well-being, self-esteem and other cognitive abilities. In a new book, Natural Born Learners, Alex Beard examines the frontline of 21st century schools from Silicon Valley and learning with robots to his own experience in an inner-city London school. He offers suggestions of a different way forward. Black Mountains College is a project to create a new kind of liberal arts university and teacher training college in Powys to meet the challenges of future generations and a warming planet. It proposes a radically different kind of undergraduate experience – its director, Ben Rawlence, will explain. They are joined by Kirsty Williams, Minister for Education in the Welsh Government. Chaired by Rosie Boycott. 

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Ursula Martin

Ada Lovelace: The Making of a Computer Scientist

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Ada, Countess of Lovelace, daughter of romantic poet Lord Byron and his highly educated wife, Anne Isabella, is sometimes called the world’s first computer programmer and has become an icon for women in technology. But how did a young woman in the 19th century, without access to formal school or university education, acquire the knowledge and expertise to become a pioneer of computer science? Ursula Martin is a professor at the University of Oxford whose research interests span mathematics, computer science and the humanities.

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Ursula Martin

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RELEASING THE RAINBOW INSIDE: Young People, LGBT+ and Mental Health

Venue: Compass

Research shows that mental health problems such as depression and anxiety are more common in the LGBT+ community owing to a variety of factors and issues. Come and join our Strong Young Minds Champions as they discuss and debate how best to support young people struggling with their sexuality, gender and identity and those wanting to ‘come out’. How this affects their mental health and relationships with family and friends and where they can go for the best advice, support and resources. Find out what parents can do to support their young people and how professionals and teachers can provide a safe space for discussion.

90 mins
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RELEASING THE RAINBOW INSIDE: Young People, LGBT+ and Mental Health

Event 358

David Willetts talks to Owen Sheers

A University Education

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Drawing on his experience as UK Minister for Universities and Science from 2010 to 2014, Willetts offers a powerful account of the value of higher education and the case for more expansion. He discusses access for disadvantaged students, tuition fees, the potential for business and universities to work together in promoting innovation, and envisions how globalisation and technological progress may change the university significantly.   He talks to Owen Sheers, Professor in Creativity at Swansea University.

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David Willetts talks to Owen Sheers

Event 471

Everything Starts With an Egg...

Venue: Scribblers Hut
Petra Publishing is an innovative collaborative venture developed by The Parent Network (Caerphilly), supported by Head4Arts. It has enabled groups of parents and carers from across the Eastern Valleys area to create high quality storybooks nurturing reading skills and family learning. "Supporting literacy in our earliest years builds the foundation for our children and young people to achieve throughout their lives." Join writer Mike Church and the Petra team to find out how they did it… and how a small penguin saved the world.
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Geoff Mulgan and Anthony Seldon

Artificial Intelligence and Our Future

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Two of the most creative innovators in Britain discuss the impacts and opportunities of new technologies. Mulgan, CEO of NESTA, is the author of Big Mind: How Collective Intelligence can Change our World, which posits that this “bigger mind” – human and machine capabilities working together – has the potential to solve the great challenges of our time. Seldon is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham and the author of The Fourth Education Revolution: How Artificial Intelligence is Changing the Face of Learning.

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TwLetteratura & Betwyll: Making Children and Grown-ups Fall in Love With Reading

Venue: Scribblers Hut
When Head4Arts community arts manager Kate Strudwick met Pierluigi Vaccaneo and Micol Doppia from Italy’s Associazione Culturale Twitteratura, a partnership was formed with the aim of re-imagining the way in which readers engage with books. Kate, Pierluigi and Micol will be joined by Louise Richards, Dan Anthony and Meirion Davies to deliver this session, which offers an opportunity to explore an exciting new method and app for promoting Social Reading – a practice combining traditional reading skills with the potential of social networking. Come and try the Betwyll experience and discover how this Italian initiative is working to support literature projects in schools and libraries across Wales.
Adult
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