Hay Festival Digital #Imaginetheworld

To watch Hay Festival Digital 2020 please subscribe to Hay Player.

Wales

Event 1

Jane Davidson, Mark Drakeford, Sophie Howe and Eluned Morgan

#Futuregen - Wales and the World

Virtual venue: Llwyfan Cymru Digidol – Wales Digital Stage
Read more

Jane Davidson explains how, as Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing in Wales, she helped create the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015—the first piece of legislation on Earth to place regenerative and sustainable practice at the heart of government. Unparalleled in its scope and vision, the Act connects environmental and social health and looks to solve complex issues such as poverty, education and unemployment. She is joined by the First Minister for Wales, the Minister for International Affairs, and the Future Generations Commissioner.

#futuregen is the inspiring story of a small, pioneering nation discovering prosperity through its vast natural beauty, renewable energy resources and resilient communities. It’s a living, breathing prototype for local and global leaders as proof of what is possible in the fight for a sustainable future. Chaired by Guto Harri.

Buy the book at Waterstones

This event is live and there will be a Q&A afterwards.
This event has taken place

Event 31

Mererid Hopwood

The Anthea Bell Lecture: What's Wales in Welsh?

Virtual venue: Llwyfan Cymru Digidol – Wales Digital Stage
Read more

What is Language? It’s not just words. That much we know. It’s grammar. It’s context. It’s meaning. It’s communication. It transacts. It conveys. It imagines. It thinks ... Is it an external frame or an internal engine? And what is it then to live in a bilingual mind and a multilingual world? Hopwood is the only woman to have won the three main prizes for poetry and prose in the Eisteddfod - Wales’ national cultural festival. She has been Children Laureate for Wales and was awarded the Glyndwr prize for her contribution to literature. Her collection Nes Draw won the poetry section of the Welsh language Book of the Year Awards, 2016. She writes mainly in Welsh and has degrees in Spanish and German language and literature. Mererid has taught throughout her career and is now at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David. Chaired by Guto Harri

Buy Singing in Chains at Waterstones

Buy Nes Draw at Waterstones

This event is live and there will be a Q&A afterwards.
This event has taken place

Event 46

Eric Ngalle Charles talks to Peter Florence

I, Eric Ngalle: One Man's Journey Crossing Continents from Africa to Europe

Virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage
Read more

We celebrate the extraordinary autobiography of the Wales-based playwright and poet. Eric Ngalle thought he was leaving Cameroon for a better life... Instead of arriving in Belgium to study for a degree in economics he ended up in one of the last countries he would have chosen to visit - Russia. Having seen his passport stolen, Eric endured nearly two years battling a hostile environment as an illegal immigrant while struggling with the betrayal that tore his family apart and prompted his exit. This painfully honest and often brutal account of being trapped in a subculture of deceit and crime gives a rare glimpse behind the headlines of a global concern.

Buy the book at Waterstones

This event is live and there will be a Q&A afterwards.
This event has taken place

Event 48

Jackie Morris

Painting The Lost Words

Virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage
Read more
Join the Kate Greenaway Medal-winning artist as she paints images from the contemporary classic The Lost Words, her collaboration with Robert Macfarlane from her studio in Pembrokeshire.

Haymakers may also have attended the sublime Spell Songs concert at Hay last May and you can revisit her wonderful conversation with the poet, Mererid Hopwood at the Winter Weekend on Hay Player here.

T
he painting she creates, a gilt hare, will be auctioned at the end of the week for the Hay Festival Foundation.

Jackie Morris grew up in the Vale of Evesham, dreaming of becoming an artist and living by the sea. She studied at Hereford College of Arts and at Bath Academy, and went on to illustrate for the New Statesman, Independent and Guardian among many other publications. As a children's author and artist, she has created over forty books, including beloved classics such as Song of the Golden Hare, Tell Me A Dragon, East of the Sun, West of the Moon and The Wild Swans. She collaborated with Ted Hughes, and her books have sold more than a million copies worldwide. Jackie now lives in a cottage on the cliffs of Pembrokeshire, which she shares with a small pride of cats and various other gentle creatures.
This event has taken place

Event 65

David Crystal

Let's Talk

Virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage
Read more

Banter, chit-chat, gossip, natter, tête-a-tête: these are just a few of the terms for the varied ways in which we interact with one another through conversation. We take informal conversation for granted because it's so natural and everyday; but if we analyse it we can discover surprising features. The spectacular linguistics prof explores some of the findings he reports in his latest book, Let's Talk: How English Conversation Works, from the first recorded instances a thousand years ago to the latest trends taking place online.

Buy the book at Waterstones

This event is live and there will be a Q&A afterwards.
This event has taken place

Event 71

Rhidian Brook talks to Dylan Moore

Godbothering: A spiritual commentary on our lives and times

Virtual venue: Llwyfan Cymru Digidol – Wales Digital Stage
Read more

Why bother with God?

Do you know what matters in life?
What are the limits of kindness? 
Why doesn’t God intervene? 
What are you worth?

For 20 years, bestselling novelist Rhidian Brook has pondered such questions on Radio 4's Thought for the Day, encouraging, nudging, sometimes provoking millions into thinking about the possibility of a God who is intimately and cosmically involved in the human story. Over 100 of his Thoughts are collected in his new anthology, forming a kind of alternative history of the 21st century, and inviting us to reflect on the deeper spiritual dimensions of our lives and times.

Buy the book at Waterstones

This event is live and there will be a Q&A afterwards.
This event has taken place

Event 81

Jane Davidson, Jonathan Boston, Becky Ricketts and Caroline Lucas

#futuregen: Lessons from a Small Country, Wales and the World

Virtual venue: Llwyfan Cymru Digidol – Wales Digital Stage
Read more

In #futuregen, Jane Davidson explains how, as Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing in Wales, she helped create the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015—the first piece of legislation on Earth to place regenerative and sustainable practice at the heart of government. Unparalleled in its scope and vision, the Act connects environmental and social health and looks to solve complex issues such as poverty, education and unemployment.

It’s a living, breathing prototype for local and global leaders as proof of what is possible in the fight for a sustainable future. Davidson is joined by Caroline Lucas MP, Becky Ricketts, President of the Students’ Union UWTSD and incoming President of the National Union for Students in Wales, and Jonathan Boston, Professor in the Wellington School of Business and Government, who advises the New Zealand government on their policy for future generations. 

Chaired by Andy Fryers.

This event is live and there will be a Q&A afterwards.
This event has taken place

Event 82

Diana Beresford-Kroeger

Black Mountains College Lecture 2020

Virtual venue: Llwyfan Cymru Digidol – Wales Digital Stage
Read more

The renowned Canadian botanist, biochemist and visionary has underpinned a quiet revolution in the way that we see trees. Her research includes the discovery of mother trees at the heart of a forest; the fact that trees are a living library, have a chemical language and communicate in a quantum world; the major idea that trees heal living creatures through the aerosols they release and that they carry a great wealth of natural antibiotics and other healing substances; and, perhaps most significantly, that planting trees can actively regulate the atmosphere and the oceans, and even stabilize our climate. In this talk she tells the story of how she came to uncover these startling insights of tree function and behaviour and explains why healthy intact forests are essential to the survival of humans on planet earth.

Black Mountains College asks: What is an education for the future? We know that the way we live our lives is broken and BMC  has designed an undergraduate degree dedicated to changing it.  Underpinned by neuroscience, the teaching methods, contextual learning, the collaborative culture and interdisciplinary curriculum will maximise the potential of students to re-engineer our society and systems for the better. Diana Beresford-Kroeger embodies exactly the kind of maverick inter-disciplinary thinking that BMC aims to foster.

Chaired by Owen Sheers and introduced by Ben Rawlence.

Text subtitles Access subtitles for this event

This event has taken place

Explore All Genres