Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Offsite Adventures

Event 36

Bryony Gordon

Wayfaring: Mental Health Mates

Venue: Meeting Place on site
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Bryony Gordon was inspired by her reading of Carson McCullers, and her understanding of the support of fellowship, to set up Mental Health Mates, a network of peer support groups run by people with mental health issues and their friends who meet regularly to walk and talk. This is now a nationwide organisation. You do not need to have a diagnosed mental health issue to join the walks – everyone has mental health. Walk alongside Bryony Gordon, journalist, campaigner and author of Mad Girl, who will talk about the inspiration of McCullers and writing that can provide solace.

Please wear appropriate footwear. Numbers are limited. Return to Festival site by 11.30am.

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Free but ticketed.  Please wear appropriate footwear. Numbers are limited.
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Bryony Gordon

Event 41

Fiona McBain

Mountain Warehouse Walk 1: Ancient Oaks and Countryside

Venue: Meeting Place on site
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From Hay we climb to atmospheric Mouse Castle Wood, home to ancient oaks and site of an unfinished motte-and-bailey earthwork, consisting of a rock boss with an artificially scarped vertical side. The castle was held by the de Clanowe family in the 14th century. We continue across undulating fields, returning to Hay along the Wye Valley Walk. Distance 8 miles. Ascent 250 metres.

Strong boots and all weather clothing recommended. Bring a packed lunch.

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Event 77

Ifor ap Glyn

Wayfaring: These Hills Sing in Welsh

Venue: Meeting Place on site
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How does language shape our perception of landscape? Ifor ap Glyn, National Poet of Wales, leads a walk to the valley where in 1939 TJ Morgan, a young academic (and father of the late First Minister Rhodri Morgan), made field recordings of the last native speakers of Welsh in this part of Breconshire. Morgan wrote movingly of his experience – he realised he was witnessing the end of a world. And yet, Welsh lives on the area and Morgan’s recordings, now held in St Fagan’s, took on a new life recently in the work of singer Twm Morys. The event will be in English, introducing the Welsh language poetry of Waldo Williams, Twm Morys and others in translation.

Please wear appropriate footwear. Numbers are limited. There will be a bus journey to and from the walk location; return to Festival site by 12.30pm.

Please wear appropriate footwear. Numbers are limited.
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Ifor ap Glyn

Event 97

Alan Nicholls

Mountain Warehouse Walk 2: The Town of Books Walk

Venue: Meeting Place on site
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Sunday’s walk explores the history of the bookshops of Hay, with their many architectural quirks and gems. The guide explains the development of the secondhand book trade in the town, with colourful anecdotes about Hay’s book culture, its dealers and its myths. Distance 2.5 miles.

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Event 123

Jonathon Harrington, Catherine and David James

Trevithel Court Farm Walk

Venue: Meeting Place on site
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David and Catherine James’s cider orchards are carefully managed to produce a range of cider apples for the Bulmers and Magners premium brands, some of which will be available for tasting. In a happily synergistic relationship with a local beekeeper, the trees are pollinated by bees, the nectar making delicious honey. Look inside a beehive and learn how bees make honey and store it for the winter. Trevithel Court is a traditional mixed farm, so there will also be the opportunity to see beef cattle and arable crops at various stages of production. Agronomist Jonathon Harrington leads the tour.

With thanks to Catherine and David James

Please wear walking boots or wellingtons and waterproof clothing in case of inclement weather. These are visits to real working farms and are suitable for anyone interested in learning more about food and farming. Families are welcome but children must be supervised at all times.
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Event 124

Fiona Stafford

Wayfaring: The Brief Life of Flowers

Venue: Meeting Place on site
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The Professor of English at the University of Oxford leads a walk through an old English garden, talking about her book The Brief Life of Flowers. Their beauty has inspired some of the greatest works of art and literature, captivating creative minds from Ovid to O’Keeffe, Wordsworth to Van Gogh, Botticelli to Beatrix Potter. While the poppy is often associated with WWI, it was the elderflower that treated the wounded horses, joining a long line of healing flowers, including lavender and foxgloves. From the personal to the political, flowers play a part in all aspects of life: the right rose, according to the Victorian language of flowers, might mend a broken heart, while sunflowers may just save our planet. 

Please wear appropriate footwear. Numbers are limited. Return to Festival site by 12pm.

The garden is 15 minutes’ walk from the Festival site. Please wear appropriate footwear. Numbers are limited.
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Event 129

Martin Wibberley

Mountain Warehouse Walk 3: A Glimpse of Hay Past

Venue: Meeting Place on site
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Did you know what a busy place Hay was in bygone days? As we walk up Cusop Dingle, you’ll learn how water powered corn mills, a paper mill and early hydroelectricity. It’s not just about industry, though, for as well as a brick kiln and a tram road, Cusop Dingle was also home to the poisoner Herbert Armstrong, the only English solicitor ever hanged for murder. We’ll cover geology, landscape, industrial archeology and history. Walking boots and all-weather clothing required. Bring a packed lunch. Distance 7 miles. Ascent 200 metres.

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Event 165

Alan Bowring

Wayfaring: A Brief History of Time in the Black Mountains

Venue: Meeting Place on site
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On a walk in the some of the most spectacular mountainscape, the geopark expert for Brecon Beacons National Park will share some of the geological wonders of the National Park and the stories behind the landscape of the Black Mountains between Hay and the Usk Valley. The walk will be abouut 3.7 miles long, with a 250 metre ascent.

Please wear appropriate footwear. Numbers are limited. There will be a bus journey to and from the walk location; return to Festival site by 12.30pm.

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Event 206

Barney Sampson and Jonathon Harrington

Cabalva Farm Walk

Venue: Meeting Place on site
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Visit the pure-bred Aberdeen Angus herd and flock of Texel/Lleyn sheep at Cabalva. Learn about sustainable grassland management and the production of prime 28-day aged beef solely from grass. The farm has also diversified into agro-forestry and holiday lets. There will be the opportunity to sample some farm produce during the visit. The bus will bring you back to the festival site for 12.30pm.

With thanks to Corisande Albert and Angus Grahame. www.cabalva.co.uk 

Please wear walking boots or wellingtons and waterproof clothing in case of inclement weather. These are visits to real working farms and are suitable for anyone interested in learning more about food and farming. Families are welcome but children must be supervised at all times.
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Event 207

Jackie Morris

Wayfaring: River Life

Venue: Meeting Place on site
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The artist and illustrator of The Lost Words, written by Robert Macfarlane, The Ice Bear, Tell Me a Dragon and Song of the Golden Hare leads an art workshop in the landscape, for adults. Please bring sketchbooks, pencils, ink and brushes. The workshop will be by the River Wye, learning to listen as well as to look, capturing movement and river wildlife.

Please wear appropriate footwear. Numbers are limited. Return to Festival site by 12pm.

Please wear appropriate footwear. Numbers are limited.
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Jackie Morris

Event 212

Alan Nicholls

Mountain Warehouse Walk 4: Bounds and History of Hay

Venue: Meeting Place on site
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A walk around the bounds of Hay Parish with local historian Alan Nicholls. Starting in the centre of Hay-on-Wye, the walk will wind its way up to Henallt Common and then on towards Hay Bluff before descending towards Cusop Dingle. It is quite strenuous in places and may be wet and boggy. Walking boots and all-weather clothing required, and bring a packed lunch. Well behaved dogs are welcome – bring a lead. Distance 12 miles. Ascent 916 metres.

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Event 244

Will Bullough, Dermot Doyne and Nick Smith

Woodland Heritage Timber Tour

Venue: Meeting Place on site
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From tree to timber – a chance to see up close how a small-scale, sustainable wood is managed. The tour visits planting, ecosystem care and tree grading, and goes into the sawmill to see the log being converted into timber. Find out what the challenges and opportunities are for the timber industry.

Please note that there is uneven ground and steep paths onsite so please wear sturdy footwear. 
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Event 245

Richard King

Wayfaring: Music of the British Landscape

Venue: Meeting Place on site
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Richard King’s new book The Lark Ascending: Music of the British Landscape explores how Britain’s history and identity have been shaped by the relationship between music and nature. The Lark Ascending, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ pastoral romance for orchestra, was premièred in 1921 and has worked its way into the collective consciousness to define a mythical concept of the English countryside: babbling brooks and skylarks. But the birth and legacy of the composition are much more complex than this simplified pastoral vision suggests. The landscape we celebrate as unsullied and ripe with mystique is a living, working and occasionally rancorous environment that forged a nation’s musical personality and its dissenting traditions. The walk will include a discussion of our place in the landscape, both as individuals and as a society, the role of hedonism and celebration in our enjoyment of the countryside and will feature elements of both local and national rural history, breathtaking views, and pauses for rest and conversation.

Please wear appropriate footwear. Numbers are limited. There will be a bus journey to and from the walk location; return to Festival site by 12.30pm.

Please wear appropriate footwear. Numbers are limited.
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Richard King

Event 280

Barney Sampson and Jonathon Harrington join Andrew and Rachel Giles

Maesllwch Farm Walk

Venue: Meeting Place on site
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Come and see how the Giles’ herd of dairy cows produce most of their milk from grass. Visitors can enter the milking parlour, help to milk some of the cows and see the young calves. Learn how the cows are fed and find out how their four stomachs enable them to digest grass. Samples of dairy products will be provided for tasting and a cheese maker will explain the art and science beneath the rind.

With thanks to Rachel and Andrew Giles

Please wear walking boots or wellingtons and waterproof clothing in case of inclement weather. These are visits to real working farms and are suitable for anyone interested in learning more about food and farming. Families are welcome but children must be supervised at all times.
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Event 281

Erling Kagge

Wayfaring: Walking and Silence

Venue: Meeting Place on site
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International bestseller Erling Kagge leads a walk exploring his books Silence in the Age of Noise and Walking: One Step at a Time, a life-changing celebration of the love of exploration, the delight of discovery and the equilibrium that can be found in this most simple of activities. “Everything moves more slowly when I walk, the world seems softer.”

Please wear appropriate footwear. Numbers are limited. There will be a bus journey to and from the walk location; return to Festival site by 12.30pm.

Please wear appropriate footwear. Numbers are limited.
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Erling Kagge

Event 286

Catherine Hughes

Mountain Warehouse Walk 5: The Ruins of Craswall Priory

Venue: Meeting Place on site
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A lovely walk with panoramic views, starting with a steep climb over Cusop Hill, then through woods and open moorland before descending to the ruined Craswall Priory where we will stop for lunch. Having explored the Grandmontine monastery, we return by contouring around the base of Hay Bluff, and follow the Offa’s Dyke Path back down to Hay. Strong boots and all-weather clothing recommended for this strenuous walk. Bring a packed lunch. Distance 11 miles. Ascent 450 metres.

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Event 322

Horatio Clare

Wayfaring: Writing and Walking

Venue: Meeting Place on site
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Horatio Clare, author of Something of His Art: Walking to Lübeck with JS Bach, The Light in the Dark: A Winter Journal and Running for the Hills, will look at writers inspired by the Welsh border landscape including Coleridge, the Wordsworths, Bruce Chatwin and David Jones, and will explore what it means to walk in the footsteps of writers and walkers. 

Please wear appropriate footwear. Numbers are limited. There will be a bus journey to and from the walk location; return to Festival site by 1pm.

Please wear appropriate footwear. Numbers are limited.
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Horatio Clare

Event 328

Doreen Miccio

Mountain Warehouse Walk 6: Wye Valley Wander to Walkers Cottage

Venue: Meeting Place on site
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A circular walk from Hay, heading along the Wye Valley Walk, passing a former golf course, to Pool Pardon and a delightful garden tea room cottage with artisan produce. After refreshments, we continue our loop back via Priory Farm and across fields to Mouse Castle Woods and Cusop Church before our descent into Hay. Strong boots and all-weather clothing recommended. Distance 9 miles. Ascent 300 metres.

5 hours 30 mins
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