Jim Saunders has lived and worked for 25 years in the border country around Hay. In this, his third book, he homes in on the town itself, along with the landscapes, literature and people of this most beautiful part of Britain.
We need a revolution in the way we both use and generate energy. Howard Johns puts forward the case for community energy systems with Mark Shorrock, founder and CEO of Swansea’s Tidal Lagoon Power scheme, Good Energy's CEO Juliet Davenport and Caplor Energy’s Gareth Williams. They discuss with Andy Fryers.
Looking back on the period between 1900 and 1913 there was Kim, Wizard of Oz, Heart of Darkness and Howard’s End. Which of the books published so far this century will still be read in a hundred years’ time?
Over thirteen centuries, Baghdad has enjoyed both cultural and commercial pre-eminence, boasting artistic and intellectual sophistication and an economy once the envy of the world. It was here, in the time of the Caliphs, that the Thousand and One Nights were set. Yet it has also been a city of great hardships, beset by epidemics, famines, floods, and numerous foreign invasions that have brought terrible bloodshed. This is the history of its storytellers and its tyrants, of its philosophers and conquerors. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.
It’s two decades since the author of Driving Over Lemons moved to his farm on the wrong side of a river in the mountains of southern Spain. In this latest, typically hilarious dispatch from El Valero we find Chris, now a local literary celebrity, using his fame to help his old sheep-shearing partner find work on a raucous road trip; cooking a TV lunch for visiting British chef, Rick Stein; discovering the pitfalls of Spanish public speaking; and, most movingly, visiting famine-stricken Niger for Oxfam.
The maritime strategist and former Rear Admiral argues that in the second decade of the 21st century, the sea is set to reclaim its status as the world’s pre-eminent strategic medium. Parry makes the case that the next decade will witness a ‘scramble’ for the sea, involving competition for oceanic resources and the attempted political and economic colonisation of large tracts of what have, until now, been considered international waters and shipping routes. Chaired by Horatio Clare.
While it is common to hear about the problems of overpopulation, might there be unexplored benefits of increasing numbers of people in the world? How can we both consider and harness the potential benefits brought by a healthier, wealthier and larger population? May more people mean more scientists to discover how our world works, more inventors and thinkers to help solve the world’s problems, more skilled people to put these ideas into practice?
Join 'Julian' from the Famous Five as he demonstrates some mystery-solving techniques and tips. Learn how to question suspects, crack codes, and stretch your memory. Bring along your thinking caps and a sense of adventure. Suitable for all the family.
Duration 45 minutes
Prince Frog ventures beyond the End of the World to claim his throne, armed with not much more than a pair of Catastrophe Pants, to find that Princess Rainbow is already wearing his crown… Join author Guy Bass for a laugh-out-loud tale of royal rivalry.
Duration 45 minutes
With the help of her husband Malcolm on guitar, Julia brings her much-loved characters to life and celebrates the Gruffalo’s 15th birthday. Stories, singing and lots of fun! Special apperance by Lydia Monks, illustrator of The Singing Mermaid.
See also event HF157.
An opportunity to try your hand at traditional craft skills with a three-hour workshop in which you will develop hand woodworking skills with an expert craftsperson. During the workshop you will mark out, construct and assemble a rustic oak stool to take home with you at the end of the session; all without the use of modern power tools or measuring devices. The design is marked out using the same principles of daisy wheel geometry used to build the great medieval cathedrals and the Tithe Barn at Cressing Temple.
Suitable for all abilities and ages, 12+ years
Come and discover the secret world that lives in your garden with the RSPB. Grab a net and see what amazing creatures are hiding in the leaves and lurking underwater. Make a Bee and Bug B&B to take home and give nature a home in your garden.
The historian analyses the Great War and asks: was the sacrifice worth it? Was it all really an inevitable cataclysm and were the Germans a genuine threat? Was the war, as is often asserted, greeted with popular enthusiasm? Why did men keep on fighting when conditions were so wretched? Was there in fact a death wish, driving soldiers to their own destruction? In the Great War’s centenary year, the historian offers a provocative analysis: that going to war in 1914 was the biggest mistake in British history.
One day in 2008 a member of the public brought a cuneiform tablet into the British Museum. Flood expert Dr Irving Finkel reveals how decoding the symbols on this 4,000-year-old piece of clay enable a radical new interpretation of the Noah’s Ark myth.
The Pike: Gabriele D’Annunzio, Poet, Seducer and Preacher of War
The biographer talks about her riveting, genre-breaking and multi-award-winning portrait of the Italian poet, fascist and utopian. Introduced by Stuart Proffitt.
Like Carrie Bradshaw, Gordon may have had a column in a national newspaper, but her twenties weren’t one long episode of Sex and the City. They were a decade of hangovers, heartbreak, and hideously awkward mornings-after, all over her overdraft limit. She tells the tales to Georgina Godwin.
Two of the contributors to Ian Goldin’s overview of the world’s population and resources address key issues. Malhi takes a metabolic perspective on our human-dominated planet in Bigger Than The Biosphere? Godfray examines the practicality of food production in Can the World Feed 10 Billion People (Sustainably & Equitably)?
How can a business facilitate the involvement of young people to regain their self-esteem? And at the same time emphasise the skills they might gain and use in working for co-operative or social enterprise organisations and in ultimately setting up their own companies using similar skills.
Join the author on a quest to hi-tech modern-day Japan, where watermelons are square and mobile phones are waterproof because people use them in the shower. But there’s an ancient prophesy to be fulfilled… Hi-tech meets ancient myth in this exciting debut.
Duration 45 minutes
Kjartan introduces you to the people who really did put the Murder into Maths. He’ll also show off some amazing tricks and weird facts but NO NASTY SUMS – guaranteed! ‘A stand-up maths routine has children and teachers in fits of laughter.’ – The Times Educational Supplement.
Duration 45 minutes