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Event 1

Hay on Earth 2017 Forum

Venue: Cube

For this year’s Forum we bring you inspirational entrepreneurs who have found, and are developing, innovative ways of growing food, using waste, transporting goods and people. 

Full Day ticket allows entry to all five sessions. Events: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8

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Hay on Earth 2017 Forum

Event 2

George Marshall talks to Oliver Balch

Talking Climate – From Research to Practice

Venue: Cube

A fresh approach to climate change communication: five core principles for public engagement that can propel climate change discourse out of the margins and into the mainstream. Marshall is the author of Don’t Even Think About It: Why our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change.

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Event 3

Kresse Wesling talks to Andy Fryers

Firehoses to Fashion – Elvis & Kresse

Venue: Cube

Elvis & Kresse was founded after co-owner Kresse Wesling fell in love with a fire hose. When she found out that the London Fire Brigade threw tons of damaged fire hoses into landfill, she knew there must be a use for them. From bags and belts, purses to phone covers, the business now creates lifestyle accessories by re-engineering seemingly useless waste. It has seen phenomenal growth, saving tonnes of waste from landfill and opening outlets in ten countries.

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Kresse Wesling talks to Andy Fryers

Event 4

Steve Dring talks to Kitty Corrigan

Growing Underground

Venue: Cube

With an increasing population, climate change and concerns about food (in)security, new and innovative farming methods are required. Steve Dring started the UK’s first underground farm based in disused air raid shelters, growing herbs and salad plants.

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Steve Dring talks to Kitty Corrigan

Event 5

Hugo Spowers, Fiona Clancy and Will Vaughan talk to Andy Fryers

Transport Futures

Venue: Cube

Spowers is the Chief Engineer and Founder of Riversimple, whose goal is simple – to pursue, systematically, the elimination of the environmental impact of personal transport. Spowers, Clancy and their team have created Rasa, a super-efficient, hydrogen-powered car. They are joined by Will Vaughan, CEO of Hereford Pedicabs and Cargo, who provide financially and environmentally sustainable services by bike – including parcel delivery, trade waste recycling, inner city advertising and pedicab hire.

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Hugo Spowers, Fiona Clancy and Will Vaughan talk to Andy Fryers

Event 6

Morgan & West

Morgan & West’s Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show For Kids (And Childish Grown-ups!)

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Time travelling magicians Morgan & West present a jaw dropping, heart-stopping, brain-busting, opinion-adjusting, death-defying, mind-frying, spirit-lifting, paradigm-shifting, outlook-changing, furniture-rearranging magic extravaganza! Witness a mountain of mysterious magic, a hatful of hyper-reality, and of course a truck full of tricks and tea. Mixing brain boggling illusion and good old-fashioned tom-foolery, Morgan & West present a show for all the family, where magic and silliness abound! Fun for ages five to 105! ‘Hilarious” - Primary Times.

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Morgan & West

Event 7

Helen Browning, David Speller and Jake Freestone talk to Rob Yorke

Green-tech tinted glasses: how smarter agriculture can reduce farming’s footprint

Venue: Cube

Crop drones, precision pesticides, earthworm management, poultry software and GPS- directed tractors are just some of the new technologies that are revolutionising agriculture. The panel discusses agri-tech innovation helping farmers to become more efficient by using fewer resources. Browning is CEO of the Soil Association, Speller is an award-winning poultry farmer, Freestone a Linking Environment and Farming accredited farm manager.

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Helen Browning, David Speller and Jake Freestone talk to Rob Yorke

Event 520

Chris Davies (Con), James Gibson-Watt (Lib Dem), Kate Heneghan (Plaid), Dan Lodge (Lab)

The Brecon & Radnor Constituency Hustings

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
An election Question Time for candidates in the 8 June poll, chaired by Festival Director Peter Florence. Davies (Con) is defending a 5,000 majority in this traditionally marginal Lib Dem/Con rural seat where school provision, broadband access, public transport and post-Brexit farming subsidy are among the key issues for voters.
Free but ticketed
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Event 8

Sarah Thomas, Darragh Martin, Justina Hart and David Thorpe talk to Mark Goldthorpe

Realistic Utopias: Imagining The World Changed by Climate

Venue: Cube

What can the worlds of fiction, poetry, non-fiction and drama contribute to how we understand and respond to climate change? Do humans respond to stories more than facts? The work stems from a project called Weatherfronts: climate change and the stories we tell. The pieces referenced here were commissioned by TippingPoint, Free Word and partners 2014-2016. Weatherfronts brought together writers and leading climate change experts to inspire new writing that would encourage people to act to help our environment. 

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Event 9

Lisa Bortolotti

Optimism and Success

Venue: Starlight Stage

Can delusional beliefs and distorted memories have redeeming features? Psychologists have consistently found that we are more optimistic than is warranted by the evidence. This form of ‘unrealistic optimism’ leads to mild distortions of reality but it has been shown to contribute to good mental health, motivation and productivity. Bortolotti is Professor of Philosophy at University of Birmingham.

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Lisa Bortolotti

Event 10

Morgan & West

Magic Show: Parlour Tricks!

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Time travelling magic duo Morgan & West present an evening chock full of jaw-dropping, brain-bursting, gasp-eliciting feats of magic. The dashing chaps offer up a plateful of illusion and impossibility, all served with wit, charm and no small amount of panache. Be sure to wear a hat – Morgan & West might just blow your mind. ‘Dazzlingly clever and very funny! Superb!’

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Event 11

Eddie Izzard

Force Majeure

Venue: Tata Tent

Force majeure: “superior force”, “chance occurrence, unavoidable accident”. The sublimely gifted comedian returns to Hay after 20 years, with his global tour show. “King of the universe.  Comic Genius. Entertainment incarnate” – Telegraph.

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Eddie Izzard

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