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Event 505

Richard Parry & Elsa Hammond

Coleridge in Wales: Walk from Pandy to Hay

Venue: The Mountain
Samuel Taylor Coleridge dropped out of Cambridge University in 1794 and walked around Wales. Richard Parry and award winning travel writer Elsa Hammond walk the 16 miles across Hay Bluff from Pandy to Hay, part of an 80 day journey around Wales exploring Coleridge’s voice as a contemporary vision for global sustainable development, as the Coleridge in Wales festival arrives at the Hay Festival.

Stay the night before in the Old Pandy Inn
The touring party are staying the night before at the Old Pandy Inn.
Elsa Hammond will be giving a talk at 8.00pm details. Join us.
Bed and breakfast is available at the Old Pandy Inn on Thurs 26th May @ £26.50 per person.

Book this accommodation now by phoning 01873 890208 
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Event 531

Dr Mark Redknap

Treasures: Adventures in Archaeology

Venue: Hay Castle

Archaeology and its discovery of early civilisations is full of real-life adventure, and has consistently inspired popular culture, from Rider Haggard to Indiana Jones. Hear about some of these treasures and their surprising tales. Redknap is Head of Collections and Research, History and Archaeology Department, National Museum Cardiff.

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Event 506

Wynne Evans

BBC Radio Wales LIVE

Venue: BBC Radio Wales Hub

Wynne Evans brings his energetic mixture of music and interviews to the Festival. Expect big name guests, laughs and live music.

BBC Radio Wales

Broadcast live on BBC Radio Wales daily from 11am-1pm.

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Wynne Evans

Event 10

Barbara Erskine talks to Peter Florence

Sleeper's Castle

Venue: Oxfam Moot

We are thrilled to launch the new novel by the bestselling author, who returns to Hay in the year that marks the 30th anniversary of her sensational debut bestseller, Lady of Hay.

Hay-On-Wye, 1400 – War is brewing in the Welsh borders, Catrin is on the brink of womanhood and falling in love for the first time. Her father is a soothsayer, playing a dangerous game manipulating the mixed loyalties and furious rivalries between Welsh princes and English lords. For two hundred years, the Welsh people have lain under the English yoke, dreaming of independence. And finally it looks as though the charismatic Owain Glyndwr may be the man legend talks of. In the walls of Sleeper’s Castle, Catrin finds herself caught in the middle of a doomed war as she is called upon to foretell Wales’s destiny… And what she sees, is blood and war coming closer…

Hay, 2015. Miranda has moved to Sleeper’s Castle to escape and grieve. Slowly she feels herself coming to life in the solitude of the mountains. But every time she closes her eyes her dreams become more vivid. And she makes a connection with a young girl, who’s screaming, who’s reaching out… who only Miranda can help. Is she losing herself to time?

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Barbara Erskine talks to Peter Florence

Event 11

Sinclair McKay and Thomas Briggs

Bletchley and Enigma

Venue: Telegraph Stage

The historians reveal unknown secrets of Bletchley’s wartime operation and the Enigma, and discuss the code-breaking challenges we face in today’s rapidly changing and technologically complex world. McKay is the author of the bestselling The Lost World of Bletchley Park and Bletchley Park - The Secret Archives. Bletchley Park’s Enigma expert, Thomas Briggs, brings a genuine, working Enigma machine to the Festival.

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Sinclair McKay and Thomas Briggs

Event 12

Tracey Evans, Warren Fauvel, Andy Middleton

Adventures in Health

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The costs of preventable physical and mental health challenges in Wales are already unmanageable and getting worse. The gross cost to the NHS of treating mental health is £7.2bn a year. There are multiple, proven links between the benefits of active time outdoors, increased wellbeing and reductions in the social cost of health solutions. Wales’ outdoor industry is poised to become a Natural Health Service that improves health with active time in nature. Evans is the CEO of The Outdoor Partnership, Fauvel is co-founder of Nudjed, which works with public health bodies aiming to effect change. Chaired by entrepreneur and adventurer Andy Middleton.

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Event 13

Michael Marriott

English Roses

Venue: Oxfam Moot

A huge breeding programme is needed to produce the new varieties of English Roses. The Rosarian talks about the work involved and gives a behind-the-scenes look at making the David Austin Roses garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. Join us to launch the Roald Dahl Rose, in celebration of the writer’s centenary year.

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Michael Marriott

Event 14

Emma Bridgewater

Pattern & The Secrets of Lasting Design

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage

Emma Bridgewater’s patterns are as quintessentially British as marmalade on toast – and they have made her distinctive homewares best-sellers across the world. Her inspiration is often deeply personal – a plate of belonging to her mother’s, a favourite children’s book – and as she tells the stories of each pattern’s creation, she reveals the intricate processes of research and collaboration behind the familiar designs she has stamped on our kitchenware – and our hearts – for the past 30 years. Chaired by Kitty Corrigan.

Emma Bridgewater Hay Festival Collector’s Mugs are available from the Bookshop
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Emma Bridgewater

Event 15

Helen Margetts

Political Turbulence: How Social Media Shape Collective Action

Venue: Good Energy Stage

As people spend increasing proportions of their daily lives using social media such as Twitter and Facebook, they are being invited to support myriad political causes by sharing, liking, endorsing or downloading. Chain reactions caused by these tiny acts of participation form a growing part of collective action today, from neighbourhood campaigns to global political movements. Margetts is the Director of the Oxford Internet Institute and co-author of Political Turbulence: How Social Media Shape Collective Action.

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Helen Margetts

Event 16

Dan Richards talks to Andrew St George

Climbing Days

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Following in the footholds of his great-great-aunt, the early C20th pioneering mountaineer, Dorothy Pilley, Richards begins to travel and climb across Europe. Learning the ropes in Wales and Scotland, scrambling in the Lake District, scaling summits in Spain and Switzerland, he closes in on the serrate pinnacle of Dorothy’s climbing life, the mighty Dent Blanche in the high Alps of Valais. Richards is the co-author, with Stanley Donwood and Robert Macfarlane, of Holloway.

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Dan Richards talks to Andrew St George

Event 17

Jon Anderson

Establishing a Digital Literary Atlas of Wales and its Borderlands – Cardiff University Series

Venue: Starlight Stage

Introducing a new literary geography based on the assumption that novels and stories cannot be confined by the covers of a book, but through the reader’s imagination become part of the lived experience of the world around us. Explaining how this new cartography of page and place will be developed is Jon Anderson from the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University.

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Event 18

Robert Service

The End of the Cold War 1985-1991

Venue: Telegraph Stage

The dismantling of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the spread of perestroika throughout the former Soviet bloc was a sea change in world history, and two years later resulted in the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The acclaimed Russian historian examines precisely how that change came about and analyses the role of the leaders who held power: Gorbachev and Reagan, Walesa, Havel, and the Pope.

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Robert Service

Event 19

Ursula Martin

The Scientific Life of Ada Lovelace, a Victorian Computing Visionary

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage

Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) is famous as  “The first programmer” for her prescient writings about Charles Babbage’s unbuilt mechanical computer, the Analytical Engine. Biographers have focused on her tragically short life and her supposed poetic approach – in this talk we unpick the myths and look at her scientific education, what she really did, and why it is important, placing her in the rich context of nineteenth century science, and the contemporary misremembering of  female scientists.

Ursula Martin CBE is a Professor in Mathematics and Computer Science in the University of Oxford, and leads Oxford’s project to digitize Lovelace’s mathematics.

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Ursula Martin

Event 20

David Whitebread, Jenny Gibson and Sara Baker

Cambridge Series 1: All Work and No Play…?

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Could the consequences of curtailing play in schools, at home and in the outdoors be catastrophic in terms of healthy child development? Join experts from the PEDAL Centre to explore the role of play in learning, development and wellbeing.  

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Event 21

Ilora Finlay, Hywel Francis and Gwyneth Lewis

Leaving a Legacy with Storytelling

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Knowing they are about to die often prompts people to become creative, telling their story, leaving a legacy through the arts, whether it be writing, painting or recording. The panel explores how death is viewed in society today and how we can all help lay down a legacy, purely by listening, talking and sharing our stories, hopes and wishes.

Finlay is a Life Peer and former BMA President, Francis is an historian and former MP and Lewis is one of Wales’ greatest poets.

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Event 22

Dai Smith and Guests

Talking About Port Talbot

Venue: Cube
The historian hosts a conversation about the past and future of the industrial town, home to the steel works. Further details about the content of the event will be published on 16 May, as we learn more about the situation.
 
 
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Event 23

Frank Gardner talks to Peter Florence

Crisis

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage

The renowned BBC Security Correspondent, author of Blood and Sand, launches his debut novel, a hi-tech thriller that involves South American drug cartels and a terrorist attack on London.

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Frank Gardner talks to Peter Florence

Event 24

Frank Uekötter talks to Mark Lynas

Chernobyl 30 Years On: Making Sense of a Nuclear Disaster – University of Birmingham Series

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Chernobyl is as much a symbol of nuclear risks as a distraction from other problems: some 70 years into the age of nuclear power, we do not have a single reactor that would have a chance without huge public subsidies. Nor do we have words for, or even a proper picture of, those who suffered most from Chernobyl and Fukushima: the people who clean up. Now that Britain is banking on a nuclear revival we need to learn about the long path to a new generation of reactors. Uekötter is a Reader in Environmental Humanities at University of Birmingham. He talks to journalist and author Mark Lynas.

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Frank Uekötter talks to Mark Lynas

Event 25

Sharath Srinivasan, Mariéme Jamme and Rob Burnet

Cambridge Series 2: Africa’s Digital Revolution: Power to the People?

Venue: Cube

Can new technology bring greater democracy and allow a wider range of voices to be heard? With Dr Sharath Srinivasan, Director, Centre of Governance and Human Rights at the University of Cambridge; Mariéme Jamme, CEO, blogger, technologist and social entrepreneur; and Rob Burnet, CEO and Founder of Well Told Story.

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Event 26

Sabrina Ghayour and Oliver Rowe

Talking About Food

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Two great international chefs discuss their taste and imagination with John Mitchinson. Ghayour follows her iconic cookbook Persiana with Sirocco: Fabulous Flavours from the East. Rowe, who trained at Moro and later opened Konstam, has written Food for All Seasons - a touching and informative culinary journey exploring the way our lives and our food are intertwined.

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Event 27

Joanna Yarrow and Juliet Davenport talk to Andy Fryers

Good Business-Sustainable Business – Good Energy Series

Venue: Starlight Stage

Are businesses better able to address environmental issues than governments and NGOs? Where does genuine motivation to act responsibly need to be backed up by regulation? And how do we ensure that businesses ensure that sustainability isn't just another PR exercise from profit-hungry executives? IKEA’s Sustainability Director, the broadcaster and author Joanna Yarrow, and Good Energy CEO Juliet Davenport, talk to the Festival's Sustainability Director.

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Event 28

Richard Parry and Douglas Hedley

Coleridge in Wales

Venue: Summer House

Does Wales understand Coleridge in a unique way? An exploration of hidden Welsh treasure.  Classical baritone and activist Richard Parry uncovers how R.S. Thomas, leading 20th century artist/poet David Jones and Welsh literary wizard Iolo Morganwg found Coleridge a compelling travelling companion, and Coleridge scholar and author Douglas Hedley explores why Coleridge’s significance as a philosopher, theologian and public intellectual is often overlooked in this event marking the arrival of the travelling.


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Event 29

David Gilmour and Polly Samson

Rattle That Lock

Venue: Tata Tent

The guitarist and writer discuss their songwriting partnership, the writing process between lyricist and musician. They have collaborated on four No. 1 albums: Pink Floyd’s The Division Bell and The Endless River, David Gilmour’s On An Island, and the recent Rattle That Lock. Hosted by Rosie Boycott.

See also event 86.

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David Gilmour and Polly Samson

Event 30

Ben Miller

The Aliens Are Coming!

Venue: Telegraph Stage

Ben Miller is, like you, a mutant ape living through an Ice Age on a ball of molten iron, orbiting a supermassive black hole. He is also an actor, comedian and approximately one half of Armstrong and Miller. He explores The Exciting and Extraordinary Science Behind Our Search for Life in the Universe.

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Ben Miller

Event 31

Andrew Davies

War and Peace

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage

The legendary screenwriter talks to Peter Florence about the craft of screenplay and the challenges of scale and intimacy in his six-part BBC television adaptation of Tolstoy’s classic novel.

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Andrew Davies

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