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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 152

Fiona Stafford

The Brief Life of Flowers

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Come rain or shine, flowers feature perennially in the landscape of human history. Their beauty has inspired some of the greatest works of art and literature, captivating creative minds from Wordsworth to Van Gogh, Botticelli to Beatrix Potter. Flowers have also played a key part in forming the past, and may even shape our future. Some have served as symbols of monarchs, dynasties and nations – from the Wars of the Roses to the Order of the Thistle. And while the poppy is often associated with WWI, it was the elderflower that treated its wounded soldiers, joining a long line of healing flowers that have developed modern medicine, including lavender and foxgloves. The right rose, according to the Victorian language of flowers, might mend a broken heart, while sunflowers may just save our planet. Stafford is Professor of English at the University of Oxford. 

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Event 197

Tracy Chevalier and Deborah Moggach

Fictions: Going Dutch

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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The two friends celebrate the 20th anniversary of publication of their global bestselling novels Girl With a Pearl Earring and Tulip Fever. They discuss the resonance of the Dutch Golden Age, the gift of Amsterdam and the power of story with Georgina Godwin.

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Event 308

Monty Don and Derry Moore

Japanese Gardens

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Traditional Japanese gardens combine aesthetics with ethics, beauty with philosophy in a perfectly curated celebration of the natural world. A Japanese garden is the world in miniature: rocks represent mountains, ponds represent seas. Natural and man-made elements combine to create a garden that, while natural, is not wild. The gardener and photographer look at the traditions and culture which inform some of the most beautiful and famous gardens from all over Japan, from Kenroku-en to the Zen gardens of Tokyo and the historic beauty of Kyoto, and from the famous cherry blossom celebration hanami to the autumnal crimson magnificence of momijigari.

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