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Hay Festival 2022

We are delighted to announce the full programme of events for Hay Festival 2022.

Please note: tickets on sale are for live events, to attend in person. You can buy a pass to watch the festival online here.

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ConversationNikita Gill

Event F34

Nikita Gill

Animal Tales From India

–  Spring Stage
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Journey back in time with author and poet Nikita Gill for an incredible, evocative event and discover the ancient Indian animal fables of the Panchatantra, which have been told and retold for thousands of years. You’ll meet mighty elephants and courageous mice, cunning crocodiles and clever monkeys, talkative tortoises and little lapwing birds – and each one imparts a different message that can inspire you in different ways. An event celebrating friendship, cleverness, love and wisdom.

5+ years
Price: £7.00
WorkshopOops Rabbit Workshop

Event W32

Oops Rabbit Workshop

With Jo Ham

–  Creative Hub
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Craft your own original Rabbit artwork in this creative workshop for all the family. Enter the joyful world of Jo Ham’s Rabbit – select your favourite HAM print featuring the iconic character and then let your imagination soar to create your own Yippee!, Uh-Oh! or Oops! moment. You can add landscapes, new characters, colourful props and more using paint, pens, stickers and craft materials, with help on hand from Jo and the HAM team.

3+ years
Parents/carers must attend but do not need a ticket
Price: £10.00
ActivityMake & Take Crafting

Event MT11

Make & Take Crafting

Tuesday Lunchtime Session

–  Make & Take Hub
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An opportunity to get crafting! Activities differ every day, including everything from print-making to junk modelling with recycled materials. Get messy and creative: your imagination is the limit.

Book for the session and you can drop in at any point during the 1.5 hour duration. Accompanying adults: please stay in attendance at all times, but you do not require a ticket.

3–11 years
Price: £5.00
PerformanceA Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Musical

Event F35

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Musical

Hereford College of Arts

–  Bookshop Garden
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Drop in and watch aspiring performers from Hereford College of Arts come together to create a joyous short outdoor performance celebrating Shakespeare’s popular comedy. A Midsummer Night’s Dream OR Four Weddings and a Fairy is a mini-version of Shakespeare’s classic – complete with puppets, aerial dance, song, and knock-about comedy, it’s the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for those encountering his work for the first time.

BA Acting students from Hereford College of Arts bring this fantastical 400-year-old tale to life. Gasp at the magical exploits of the fairies, chuckle at the antics of the four young lovers as they get lost in an enchanted forest, and laugh at the calamitous acting of Bottom and his theatre company as they desperately try to entertain the Duke on his wedding day.

Family, 3+ years
Free – drop in
PanelTom Burgis and Carole Cadwalladr talk to Oliver Bullough

Event 154

Tom Burgis and Carole Cadwalladr talk to Oliver Bullough

The Law You Can Afford

–  Global Stage
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Journalism is the pursuit of the truth, and that’s what Tom Burgis and Carole Cadwalladr have spent their careers working towards. But what happens when people don’t want the truth to get out? Burgis and Cadwalladr talk to writer Oliver Bullough about the society-changing work they have done, and how strategic lawsuits against public participation (known as SLAPPS) are increasingly being used to tie up journalists’ time and funds to stop their work.

For three years, Burgis followed a lead that produced his new book Cuckooland: Where the Rich Own the Truth. He hunted down oligarchs and traced vast sums of money flowing between multinational corporations, ex-Soviet dictators and the West’s ruling élites. Guardian writer Cadwalladr exposed Cambridge Analytica’s role in mass-harvesting data to influence elections in the UK and US. Bullough is author of Butler to the World: How Britain Became the Servant of Tycoons, Tax Dodgers, Kleptocrats and Criminals.

Price: £15.00
ConversationJeffrey Boakye, George the Poet and Aleema Gray in conversation with Mykaell Riley

Event 155

Jeffrey Boakye, George the Poet and Aleema Gray in conversation with Mykaell Riley

Making Music, Making History

–  Discovery Stage
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What do Billie Holiday, Irish fiddle music and reggae have in common? Which iconic pubs, clubs, community centres and record shops across the UK have inspired Black musical genres? What political and economic moments in history have shaped Black identity and experience in the UK and how, in turn, have these shaped contemporary British culture? At this event marking the publication of Boakye’s Musical World, George the Poet’s Track Record: Me, Music and the War on Blackness, and a major British Library exhibition, Beyond the Bassline: Black British Music, curated by Dr Gray and Dr Riley, our expert panel reflect on personal encounters with music as a political and shaping force, and on six centuries of African musical contribution to the UK and the world.

Price: £11.00
ConversationJhumpa Lahiri

Event 156

Jhumpa Lahiri

Roman Stories

–  Meadow Stage
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Steep yourself in the lives of characters living against the beauty, magic and history of Rome, as Jhumpa Lahiri takes you into her new collection of short stories. In Roman Stories, we meet a man who recalls a summer party that awakens an alternative version of himself, a couple haunted by a tragic loss who return for consolation, and an outsider family who is pushed out of the block where they hoped to settle.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lahiri discusses the collection, her love of Italy and her work as a bilingual writer and translator. She has been writing fiction, essays, and poetry in Italian since 2015 and is the editor of The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories. Lahiri talks to Creative Producer Heather Marks.

Price: £11.00
PerformanceCharles Owen

Event 157

Charles Owen

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert 2

–  St Mary’s Church
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A BBC Radio 3 lunchtime concert series marking the centenary of Gabriel Fauré’s death. In this second of four recitals recorded for broadcast, Charles Owen (piano) performs a programme including Fauré, Chopin, Chaminade and Ravel.

Recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Please arrive in good time.
Price: £15.00
Last few remaining tickets
ConversationHolly Jackson talks to Samantha Soar

Event F36

Holly Jackson talks to Samantha Soar

The Reappearance of Rachel Price

–  Wye Stage
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Holly Jackson discusses her new novel The Reappearance of Rachel Price with TikToker Samantha Soar, giving us clues on how she crafts such fiendishly compelling crime thrillers. Holly is the UK’s Number One YA author of 2023 and the mastermind behind the bestselling series A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder (soon to be a major BBC 3 series).

14+ years
Price: £7.00
PerformanceAbout Face Theatre Company

Event F37

About Face Theatre Company

The Red Dress

–  Spring Stage
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Based in the traditions of fairy tale, The Red Dress is a story about a young girl’s journey into adulthood and her changing relationship with her mother. This magical story is brought to life as the pages of a giant book unfold, performed by actors working beautiful, small-scale puppets and props. An intimate piece of theatre featuring a stunning set and choreographed to an evocative soundtrack, The Red Dress is a timeless tale of growing up with a surprise on every page.

About Face Theatre Company devises original work, often using puppets and masks, which tours to festivals and theatres in the region. The actors in About Face all have learning disabilities and bring a unique view of the world into the work they do.

Family, 6+ years
Price: £7.00
WorkshopOops Rabbit Workshop

Event W33

Oops Rabbit Workshop

With Jo Ham

–  Creative Hub
Read more

Craft your own original Rabbit artwork in this creative workshop for all the family. Enter the joyful world of Jo Ham’s Rabbit – select your favourite HAM print featuring the iconic character and then let your imagination soar to create your own Yippee!, Uh-Oh! or Oops! moment. You can add landscapes, new characters, colourful props and more using paint, pens, stickers and craft materials, with help on hand from Jo and the HAM team.

3+ years
Parents/carers must attend but do not need a ticket
Price: £10.00
ConversationStephen Fry

Event 158

Stephen Fry

Homes fit for Heroes?

–  Global Stage
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Troy has fallen. After ten years of war, the Greeks make their way back to their own lands – but what homes now await them? Hay Festival President Stephen Fry is well known for his retellings of Greek myths – Mythos, Heroes and Troy are all bestsellers. Join him as he now directs his gaze to Odysseus, Agamemnon, Helen and Aeneas on their return from the Trojan War. The award-winning comedian, actor, presenter and director gives a pre-publication preview of the subjects of his next book.

Price: £18.00
ConversationDavid Runciman

Event 159

David Runciman

How We Gave Control of Our Lives to Corporations, States and AIs

–  Discovery Stage
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‘The Singularity’ is how Silicon Valley likes to describe the ultimate break point in human history: when we will come face to face with machines that have minds of their own. But what if this has already happened? Hundred of years ago, human beings started building the artificial entities that now rule our world. They are called states and corporations: immensely powerful robots, able to take decisions and act for themselves. They have made us richer, safer, healthier and more capable – and they may yet destroy us. David Runciman distils for us over 300 years of thinking about how to live with artificial agency in The Handover: How We Gave Control of Our Lives to Corporations, States and AIs. Runciman is Professor of Politics at Cambridge University and host of the Past Present Future podcast. He talks to writer and journalist Sarfraz Manzoor.

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ConversationDerek Gow and Hugh Warwick

Event 160

Derek Gow and Hugh Warwick

Culling and Conservation

–  Meadow Stage
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The rewilder and the ecologist discuss the rival demands of reintroducing extinct species and of managing invasive ones. Britain’s favourite maverick rewilder Gow (Bringing Back the Beaver) has played a significant role in the reintroduction of the Eurasian beaver, the water vole and the white stork in England. He’s currently working on a reintroduction project for the wildcat, and in Hunt for the Shadow Wolf makes the case for the return of the wolf. Ecologist and environmental writer Warwick is well-known for his role as spokesperson for the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. In Cull of the Wild he investigates the ethical and practical challenges of one of the greatest threats to biodiversity: invasive species, which the UN Convention on Biological Diversity ranks as a major threat on a par with habitat loss, climate change and pollution. In conversation with Nicola Cutcher, investigative journalist, documentary maker, and freelance writer.

Price: £11.00
PerformanceMC Grammar

Event F38

MC Grammar

–  Wye Stage
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Wowza! The nation’s favourite rapping teacher and the star of the Sky Kids’ smash Wonder Raps is back. So grab your hats, shades, chains and raps and get ready to read and rhyme with MC Grammar LIVE! MC Grammar uses rap to teach kids cool facts about the world. Set to earworm tunes, his fun, comedic raps help you learn by stealth.

Family, 6+ years
Price: £7.00
ConversationPreet Chandi

Event F39

Preet Chandi

The Explorer’s Guide to Going Wild: Find Adventure Anywhere

–  Spring Stage
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Prepare for excitement with World Record-breaking adventurer ‘Polar’ Preet Chandi, who was named 2023 Explorer of the Year by the Scientific Exploration Society. Her first book for young people is a must-read if you love to explore. Preet shares tales of her own expeditions around the world, giving practical advice on how to plan your own exploits (even on your own doorstep). She covers everything from how to camp in the wild, navigate through a new landscape and master bushcraft skills – it’s guaranteed to inspire you to a half term full of activity!

Please bring your own notebook and pen or pencil to this event.

9+ years
Price: £7.00
WorkshopThe Cheat Book Cartoon Workshop

Event W34

The Cheat Book Cartoon Workshop

With Ramzee

–  Creative Hub
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Do you have lots of creative ideas, but you're not sure how to get them down on paper? Join award-winning storyteller, cartoonist and author/illustrator of The Cheat Book, Ramzee, in this interactive draw-along where he'll guide you step-by-step through the process of taking ideas and turning them into your own unique creations. Learn how Ramzee created his main character, Kamal, who is on a hilarious journey from invisible to invincible at school. Can Kamal successfully cheat his way onto the cool table?

Please bring your own sketchbook and pencils to draw along in this event.

9–11 years
Parents/carers may attend (no ticket required), or sign children in/out.
Sold out
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ActivityMake & Take Crafting

Event MT12

Make & Take Crafting

Tuesday Afternoon Session

–  Make & Take Hub
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An opportunity to get crafting! Activities differ every day, including everything from print-making to junk modelling with recycled materials. Get messy and creative: your imagination is the limit.

Book for the session and you can drop in at any point during the 1.5 hour duration. Accompanying adults: please stay in attendance at all times, but you do not require a ticket.

3–11 years
Price: £5.00
WorkshopPizza-making Workshop

Event W35

Pizza-making Workshop

Kitchen Garden Pizza

–  Family Garden
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Come to the Family Garden for a pizza masterclass with Kitchen Garden Pizza. In this one-hour session your imagination and creativity will be fed along with your belly! You’ll get your hands messy with freshly grown and foraged ingredients, make and top your own dough and observe the pizzaioli at work at the wood-fired oven. And while you wait for your pizza to cook, you can decorate your own pizza box!
Dairy-free and gluten-free options available

4+ years
Parents/carers must attend but do not need a ticket.
Price: £16.00
ConversationMendez, Irenosen Okojie, David Olusoga and Colm Tóibín

Event 161

Mendez, Irenosen Okojie, David Olusoga and Colm Tóibín

James Baldwin: Still Resonating

–  Global Stage
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American novelist James Baldwin is often called one of the best writers of the 20th century, and his writing, from essays to fiction to critiques, is still popular. But why is Baldwin still so well-read? And what makes his work – much of it rooted in his own experiences as a gay Black man who grew up in poverty in New York’s Harlem – so relevant still, to so many people? Our panel of experts take a look at Baldwin’s life and work, and address why his voice still resonates.

Mendez’s debut novel Rainbow Milk was shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize and the Polari Prize, among others. Irenosen Okojie’s novel Butterfly Fish and her short story collections, Speak Gigantular and Nudibranch, have won and been nominated for multiple awards. David Olusoga is a historian and the author of Black and British: A Forgotten History. Colm Tóibín’s most recent novel is The Magician, and he is the current Laureate for Irish Fiction. They talk to Creative Producer Heather Marks.

Price: £13.00
TalkMerlin Sheldrake

Event 162

Merlin Sheldrake

Imagine… Science: Entangled Life

–  Discovery Stage
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Fungi can change our minds, heal our bodies – and help us avoid environmental disaster. They are key players in most of nature’s processes. Biologist Merlin Sheldrake, author of the award-winning Entangled Life, takes us on a mind-altering journey into their spectacular world, and reveals how these extraordinary organisms transform our understanding of our planet and life itself. Sheldrake is a research associate of Vrije University, Amsterdam, and sits on the advisory board of the Fungi Foundation and the Society for the Protection of Underground Networks.

Price: £13.00
Last few remaining tickets
ConversationLisa Jewell and Alex Michaelides talk to Stephanie Merritt

Event 163

Lisa Jewell and Alex Michaelides talk to Stephanie Merritt

Fictions: Friends and Enemies

–  Wye Stage
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When do friends become enemies? And how intertwined are love and murder? Authors Lisa Jewell and Alex Michaelides discuss these questions and more as they celebrate their latest books. Jewell’s None of This is True follows podcaster Alix Summers, who meets her birthday twin Josie at her local pub, and soon discovers that Josie has a story to tell. As Alix records Josie’s strange and complicated life for a podcast, Alix begins to uncover some deeply hidden secrets. In Michaelides’ The Fury, reclusive ex-movie star Lana Farrar invites a small group of her closest friends for a weekend away on her small private island. There, old friendships conceal violent passions and resentments, and in 48 hours, one of the party will be dead.

Price: £11.00
ConversationAnwen Elias talks to Jennifer Wolowic

Event 164

Anwen Elias talks to Jennifer Wolowic

Doing Democracy Differently

–  Meadow Stage
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In a world where trust in leaders falters and difficult conversations seem dangerous, Dr Anwen Elias, Co-director of the Centre for Welsh Politics and Society, and Dr Jennifer Wolowic, Principal Lead of Aberystwyth University Dialogue Centre, are launching ‘Doing Democracy Differently’. This project builds on current trends in participatory democracy and asks us to embrace our greatest resource – human creativity. Imagine community-led photography, collage and art shaping policies and institutions directly. Doing Democracy Differently aims to become a rallying call to transform the landscape of democracy, weaving together active citizenship, artistic expression and public policy. Join Elias and Wolowic as they embark on a journey to redefine how democracy unfolds.

Price: £11.00
ConversationBenjamin Dean talks to Jack Edwards

Event F40

Benjamin Dean talks to Jack Edwards

How to Die Famous

–  Spring Stage
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Peep through the lens of an undercover teen journalist following the lives of Gen Z’s rich and famous… In conversation with the internet’s resident librarian Jack Edwards, award-winning author Benjamin Dean (The King is Dead) draws on his previous career as a celebrity journalist, examining the dark underbelly of showbiz. Come and get the low-down on his deliciously dark and addictive thriller.

On the face of things, Abel is Hollywood’s latest teen star, but in fact he’s on a mission to expose the entertainment industry and the part it played in his brother’s ‘accidental’ death. He soon discovers that beneath the glittering surface of fame lies a darker world of secrecy, scandal and murder.

14+ years
Price: £7.00
WorkshopThe Cheat Book Cartoon Workshop

Event W36

The Cheat Book Cartoon Workshop

With Ramzee

–  Creative Hub
Read more

Do you have lots of creative ideas, but you're not sure how to get them down on paper? Join award-winning storyteller, cartoonist and author/illustrator of The Cheat Book, Ramzee, in this interactive draw-along where he'll guide you step-by-step through the process of taking ideas and turning them into your own unique creations. Learn how Ramzee created his main character, Kamal, who is on a hilarious journey from invisible to invincible at school. Can Kamal successfully cheat his way onto the cool table?

Please bring your own sketchbook and pencils to draw along in this event.

9–11 years
Parents/carers may attend (no ticket required), or sign children in/out.
Sold out
Please log in to add this event to your wish list so we can notify you in case of further availability
WorkshopPizza-making Workshop

Event W37

Pizza-making Workshop

Kitchen Garden Pizza

–  Family Garden
Read more

Come to the Family Garden for a pizza masterclass with Kitchen Garden Pizza. In this one-hour session your imagination and creativity will be fed along with your belly! You’ll get your hands messy with freshly grown and foraged ingredients, make and top your own dough and observe the pizzaioli at work at the wood-fired oven. And while you wait for your pizza to cook, you can decorate your own pizza box!
Dairy-free and gluten-free options available.

4+ years
Parents/carers must attend but do not need a ticket.
Sold out
Please log in to add this event to your wish list so we can notify you in case of further availability
PanelCarole Cadwalladr, Sarah Churchwell and Matt Frei talk to Matthew D’Ancona

Event 165

Carole Cadwalladr, Sarah Churchwell and Matt Frei talk to Matthew D’Ancona

UK and US Elections

–  Global Stage
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It’s election year in both the UK and the US, which means politicians trying to win our vote, endless scandals and arguments, and a search for the people and parties we think are going to work for us. Join the Observer’s Carole Cadwalladr, US historian Sarah Churchwell and television journalist Matt Frei for a round table discussion with journalist Matthew D’Ancona. They look at the contenders on both sides of the Atlantic, the challenges facing the new governments and what the implications of the elections are at home and abroad.

Price: £15.00
ConversationSam Cooper, Huw Richards and Peter Wohlleben

Event 166

Sam Cooper, Huw Richards and Peter Wohlleben

Self-sufficiency Made Simple

–  Discovery Stage
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Want to grow your own food but have no idea where to start? Or perhaps you think you don’t have enough space? Whatever your concern, this panel will help you take the first steps in your journey to become more self-sufficient. Chef Sam Cooper and gardener Huw Richards share practical advice on growing your own, discussing DIY projects, growing skills and ideas for how to make the most of homegrown fruit and vegetables. Peter Wohlleben draws on his experiences of moving with his wife, Miriam, from the city to a remote forest lodge in the early 1990s, where they learnt how to plant and rotate crops and tend to the needs of their animals and environment. Their experiences are recounted in their book Our Little Farm.

Price: £13.00
ConversationCathy Newman talks to Jude Kelly

Event 167

Cathy Newman talks to Jude Kelly

Life Lessons from Women

–  Wye Stage
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Learn lessons in life, work, love and more with Channel 4’s Cathy Newman, as she shares inspiration and wisdom from some of the world’s most acclaimed and influential women. Newman’s latest book The Ladder: Life Lessons from Women Who Scaled the Heights & Dodged the Snakes is inspired by her show on Times Radio, and brings together discussions between women, from politician Nicola Sturgeon to scientist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell and filmmaker Waad Al-Kateab.

Price: £13.00
ConversationRobert Gildea, Amanda Powell and Richard Williams

Event 168

Robert Gildea, Amanda Powell and Richard Williams

Coal and Community

–  Meadow Stage
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It’s been 40 years since Arthur Scargill led the National Union of Mineworkers on one of the largest strikes in British history. Vilified by Margaret Thatcher’s government and eventually broken, Britain’s mining communities were changed forever. Academic Robert Gildea and husband-and-wife team Amanda Powell and Richard Williams reflect on the strike and its lasting impacts. Gildea’s Backbone of the Nation: Mining Communities and the Great Strike of 1984–85 explores mining communities from South Wales to Fife, drawing on interviews with miners and their families for this groundbreaking new history. Gildea is Professor Emeritus of Modern History at the University of Oxford. Powell and Williams both reported on the strike when it happened, and revisit it in their book Coal and Community in Wales. Award-winning journalist Powell’s account of key events and press photographer Williams’ striking images offer an in-depth look at life in the South Wales coalfield before and after the strikes.

Price: £11.00
ConversationNathan Newman talks to Jack Edwards

Event 169

Nathan Newman talks to Jack Edwards

Debut Discoveries: How to Leave the House

–  Spring Stage
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A middle-aged dentist with dreams of being an artist can’t stop painting mouths; a tortured Imam is in a romantic entanglement with a local vicar; an octogenarian mourns the death of the husband she thought she knew and a troubled teenager’s nudes have been leaked on the internet. Hear Nathan Newman discuss their book How to Leave the House, in which tenderness, wit and humour are found in the stories of a disparate group of characters, centred around a young man waiting for the extremely embarrassing package he ordered to arrive. Newman is a writer and filmmaker based in London whose short stories have been published in literary journals in the US and university anthologies in the UK. They talk to the internet’s resident librarian, Jack Edwards.

Price: £11.00
WorkshopPlanet Assembly 4: Community Health for the Future

Event 170

Planet Assembly 4: Community Health for the Future

A Thought Laboratory

–  Creative Hub
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Bring your best ideas to this solutions-focused workshop session. Facilitated by sustainability entrepreneur Andy Middleton and joined by key speakers to be announced, we’ll look at the key issue of health, discussing the scale of the issue and a range of solutions.

Speakers include remarkable individuals leading climate and biodiversity resilience projects, igniting hope and progress in their neighbourhoods and the wider community. We want you to share your ideas and to be inspired by those making a difference. Be part of the change in this two-hour thought laboratory.

Price: £11.00
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