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Jeremy Knight

CADW: The Three Castles Tour

Event 885 Venue: Meet at Box Office for bus

The three castles of Grosmont, Skenfrith and White are a fascinating trio of historic sites. Join the author of CADW’s official guidebook to these border castles, for a memorable day out.

For all outdoors events and walks we recommend walking boots and warm and waterproof clothing. Please bring packed lunches.
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Stephen Marsh Smith

River Walk 2

Event 886 Venue: Meet at Box Office for bus

Join the Wye & Usk Foundation trip around the Wye and its tributaries near Hay to see the rare and unusual creatures that live in the river, and to see what progress is being made to restore the run of salmon.

For all outdoors events and walks we recommend walking boots and warm and waterproof clothing. Please bring packed lunches.
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Daniel Swift

Bomber County

Event 247 Venue: Sky Arts Studio

In early June 1943, James Eric Swift, a pilot with 83 Squadron of the Royal Air Force, boarded his Lancaster bomber for a night raid on Münster and disappeared. Searching for his grandfather, the author examines the relationship between the bombing campaigns of the Second World War and poetry.
 
Read a review of Bomber County www.guardian.co.uk/books/
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Edward Docx and Rahul Bhattacharya talk to Anita Sethi

Fictions: Hearts of Darkness

Event 248 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

Docx's scientist finds extremes of love and horror deep in the South American jungle in his novel The Devil's Garden. In Bhattacharya's The Sly Company of People Who Care an Indian journalist ventures into the dark rainforest interior of Guyana.
The Devil's Garden - Edward Docx
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Andrew Simms, Caroline Lucas and Charlie McConnell

Is Small Still Beautiful?

Event 249 Venue: Oxfam Stage

On the 100th anniversary of the birth of EF Schumacher, author of the landmark book Small Is Beautiful, Caroline Lucas MP, leader of the Green Party, is joined by Andrew Simms, author and Fellow of nef (the new economics foundation) and Charlie McConnell, director of Schumacher College, to ask if the message of the book is more relevant today than ever. With a personal message from Schumacher’s former colleague George McRobie. Chaired by Andy Fryers.
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Milling Around Talgarth

Event 887 Venue: Meet at Box Office

A linear 8-mile walk across the tops of the Black Mountains to visit a restored flour mill and water wheel in the heart of Talgarth.
 
Bus provided for return.

For all outdoors events and walks we recommend walking boots and warm and waterproof clothing. Please bring packed lunches.
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The King James Bible and Other Treasures

Event 888 Venue: Meet at Box Office for bus

A trip to the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth to see their first edition King James Authorised Version Bible and a wealth of other unique highlights of the collection in this exclusive guided tour hosted by senior curators.

For all outdoors events and walks we recommend walking boots and warm and waterproof clothing. Please bring packed lunches.
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Dan Cruickshank

The Country House Revealed

Event 250 Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion

The scholar and broadcaster examines the nation’s most spectacular piles in A Secret History of the British Ancestral Home. Chaired by Paul Blezard.
The Secret History of Georgian London - Dan Cruickshank
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Justin Lewis

Cardiff Series 3: Climate Change and the Media

Event 251 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

How have the media informed – or failed to inform – our understanding of climate change? Ranging from news coverage of the environment to the role of advertising in shaping a consumer culture. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
 
More about Prof. Justin Lewis' research www.cardiff.ac.uk
 
For further information and video content, visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/hayfestival
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David Acheson

Mathematics, Magic and the Electric Guitar

Event 252 Venue: Sky Arts Studio

Why are so many people scared of maths? It’s full of wonderful surprises that anyone can enjoy, from mind-reading tricks with the number 1089 to helping to play the electric guitar.
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Simon Garfield

Just My Type: A Book About Fonts

Event 253 Venue: Oxfam Stage

About how Helvetica and Comic Sans took over the world. About why Barack Obama opted for Gotham. About the great originators of type, from Baskerville to Zapf, and about Margaret Calvert, who invented the motorway signs that are used from Watford Gap to Abu Dhabi.
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Ulinka Rublack

Cambridge Series 14: Dressing Up – Cultural identity in Renaissance Europe

Event 254 Venue: Oxfam Stage

The historian will show why clothes made history and history can be about clothes. Her research imagines the Renaissance afresh by considering people’s appearances: what they wore, how this made them move, what images they created, and how all this made people feel about themselves.
 
Read a review of Dressing Up www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/
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Ted Nield

Incoming! Or, Why We Should Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Meteorite

Event 255 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

470 million years ago, a stupendous collision in the Asteroid Belt bombarded the Earth with meteorites of all sizes. A revolutionary idea is emerging that the resulting ecological disturbance may have been responsible for the single greatest increase in biological diversity since the origin of complex life.
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Anthony Kenny

A New History of Western Philosophy

Event 256 Venue: Sky Arts Studio

Reflecting on the history of philosophy from Thales to Derrida, the philosopher considers the enduring influence, for good or ill, that Aristotle exercised not only on philosophy but also on science.
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Paul Henry & Patrick Jones

The Brittle Sea, Hafan Cymru

Event 257 Venue: True Taste

The poet reads and discusses his New and Selected Poems. The individual human voice, the ragged vagaries of the heart and soul, the joys and sorrows of family life feature here but this poetry is personal without being confessional, preferring tender observation to sensationalism or didacticism. Jones reads writing arising from his work with victims of domestic abuse. Chaired by Benna Waites.
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Elias String Quartet and Xuefei Yang

Swansongs 3

Event 258 Venue: St Mary’s Church

In the third of four lunchtime concerts, the BBC R3 New Generation artists are joined by the Chinese guitarist to play Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in F Minor, opus 80, solo guitar works by Bach and Poulenc, and the fireworks of Boccherini’s ‘Fandango’ Guitar Quintet.

The concerts will be recorded as part of BBC Radio 3’s Lunchtime Concert series.
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Dragons’ Playground

Home and Hearth

Event 259 Venue: Summer House

Five organisations shortlisted for the Green Dragons’ Den will be telling their stories, practising their pitches and sharing ideas on how they’d use the £10,000 prize if they win in the Den. Today focuses on scaling up the good practices that save money and energy while reducing impact on the environment.

Free – drop in
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Martin Harper, Stuart Etherington, Justin Davis Smith, Jesse Norman

Volunteering and The Big Society

Event 260 Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion

What can you do? How can you make a difference? How will the Government’s plans for a Big Society work? Chaired by Andy Fryers.
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Peter Atkins

On Being

Event 261 Venue: Oxfam Stage

While acknowledging the comfort some find in belief, and with his usual economy, wit and elegance, unswerving before awkward realities, the Professor of Chemistry presents A Scientist’s Exploration of the Great Questions of Existence.
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Alison Smith

Tate Lecture 2: Watercolours

Event 262 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The curator of the blockbuster Watercolours exhibition explores the medium with illustrations from C12th illuminated manuscripts to the work of Kapoor and Emin. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.
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