Helen and John Price and the next generation, Rhiannon and Humphrey Wells open the gates to their farm for a visit led by agronomist Jonathon Harrington and vet Barney Sampson. This traditional family farm is adapting to meet the challenges of a new era to build a sustainable future for food production. Learn about the choices they face relating to soil and the environment, livestock and climate change, and their plans to be carbon negative within the next 3 to 5 years. See cattle and sheep and the crops that are grown to feed them. Beef from the farm will be served in bread rolls at the end of the visit.
With thanks to Helen and John Price and Rhiannon and Humphrey Wells
Please wear walking boots or Wellingtons and waterproof clothing in case of inclement weather. These are visits to real working farms and are suitable for anyone interested in learning more about food and farming. Families are welcome but children must be supervised at all times.
Loss and adversity are part of the human condition, but an imperfect past isn’t always an indicator of what’s to come. Often the people with the hardest beginnings in life – children who experience displacement, financial ruin, abandonment or bereavement – become the most high achieving adults. From world leaders to CEOs, actors to archbishops, Olympic sports stars to Nobel Prize-winning scientists, many have overcome immense challenges, tragedies and difficulties in early life before going on to achieve extraordinary success and fame.
Rachel Sylvester and Alice Thomson (What I Wish I’d Known When I Was Young) consider why this is and how the psychological impact of trauma propels people to strive harder, commit more fully and not give up. They bring together the latest psychological research with interviews with the likes of Marcus Rashford, Russell Brand, Brian Cox, Andy Murray, Lemn Sissay, Grayson Perry, Sajid Javid and Hilary Mantel, to help us better understand the art of resilience, motivation, perspective and courage.
The acclaimed historian, Professor of History at Harvard University and a leading authority on the Cold War and nuclear history, tells the tale of the six nuclear disasters that shook the world: Bikini Atoll, Kyshtym, Windscale, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima. Based on wide-ranging research and witness testimony, Plokhy traces the arc of each crisis, exploring in depth the confused decision-making on the ground and the panicked responses of governments to contain the crises and often cover up the scale of the catastrophe. He talks to writer and journalist Oliver Balch.
Dublin, 7 October 2019. One day, one city, two women: Ruth and Pen. Neither known to the other, but both asking themselves the same questions: how to be with others and how, when the world doesn't seem willing to make space for them, to be with themselves? Ruth’s marriage to Aidan is in crisis. Today she needs to make a choice – to stay or not to stay, to take the risk of reaching out, or to pull up the drawbridge. For teenage Pen, today is the day the words will flow, and she will speak her truth to Alice, to ask for what she so desperately wants.
Deeply involving, Ruth & Pen is a portrait of the limits of grief and love, of how we navigate our inner and outer landscapes, and the tender courage demanded by the simple, daily quest of living.
Emilie Pine is Professor of Modern Drama at University College Dublin, Ireland. Her first collection of personal essays Notes to Self won the Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year Award, and Book of the Year 2018 at the Irish Book Awards.
Guides from Brecon Beacons National Park lead a gentle walk through the beautiful surrounds of Hay-on-Wye. The National Park is also home to a UNESCO geopark. During this walk, the Park’s Geopark Officer offers a journey through deep time, exploring the geology of the hills.
Please wear appropriate footwear and come prepared for the weather. The walk returns to the Festival site by midday.
Discover how to train your brain and become the best you can be with the nation’s favourite doctor. Dr Ranj not only tells you how it works but also shows you how to train it to get better at stuff you find difficult. Following Dr Ranj’s advice will help you learn how to make the most of your brain and to keep your mind happy and healthy.
Pencils at the ready in this interactive event with the award-winning picture book illustrator, creator of Puffin Peter, Blue Penguin and Silly Suzy Goose. In Petr’s new book A Best Friend for Bear, finding a best friend isn’t easy, especially when you’re a bear. How lonely Black Bear meets Brown Bear and how together they decide to search for a friend for them both is a touching story that everyone can relate to.
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 2.5 hour duration. An accompanying adult must attend at all times but does not require a ticket.
The St Matthew Passion is one of the greatest pieces of music ever written. But what was it like to play and sing and hear it for the first time? James Runcie, author of The Grantchester Mysteries, talks about the imaginative research involved in writing his new novel The Great Passion, the story behind the composition, rehearsal and first performance of Bach’s masterpiece in April 1727. This event is interspersed with Bach’s D minor partita performed by brilliant young French violinist Irène Duval.
The Last King Of Scotland author’s latest novel Freight Dogs explores the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide and the individual consequences of Africa’s ‘Great War’, distilling a world-shaking conflict into the spellbinding story of one man’s life. In a 1996 Ugandan dive bar, an anarchic group of mercenary pilots from Texas, Russia, Kenya and Belgium find a new recruit – a 19-year-old cowherd fleeing Congo’s bloody war. Taken in by this band of unlikely brothers, Manu’s soon seeing his vast country from above and falling in love with flying. But no matter how fast he flies, trouble follows closely behind. And when the past erupts back into this new life, he is forced to leave behind African skies for the chilly embrace of northern Europe. With Rwanda in the news, Giles Foden discusses why he wrote the book, the genocide, its legacy, and why the story of those like Manu is so important.
Despite remarkable recent advances, Artificial Intelligence systems are still heavily task-focused, still obsessively following a (usually) single goal. Even Deep Learning has to be trained on very specific data for a given problem. But AI systems should be more perceptive, animated, and responsive – more like humans and less like computers, more social than machine-like, and more playful and less programmed.
A new developmental paradigm offers a way forward in which models of infant learning show how computers and robots can learn from their own experience, develop a sense of ‘self’ and eventually become great social conversationalists.
Imagining a new path towards human-centred technology, Mark Lee shows how this truly significant step-change in human-computer interactions will influence and shape all future digital technology. Lee is an Emeritus Professor of Computer Science who has researched AI and robotics for 40 years and is author of How to Grow a Robot: Developing Human-Friendly, Social AI.
A special edition of the BBC Radio Wales Arts Show from the Hay Festival. Carolyn Hitt is joined by novelists Julie Owen Moylan and Caryl Lloyd, George Hinchliffe from the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain, Craig Graham and Mike Stirling from The Beano.
Join Onjali Q Raúf as she talks about the inspirations behind her bestselling books, what she loved to read as a child, her work with refugees – and all the wonderful people everywhere who help others, whenever they can, wherever they are. Learn how you, too, can use empathy to help make the world a better place.
No school. No THANKS. No. NO. NO! This punk rocker poodle is full of attitude. All she wants to do is stomp and stamp and pout, romping through the house and round and round at playgroup. That is, until naptime, when all she really wants is a… CUDDLE! Join Laura Dockrill for a funky, musical event full of anarchy, fun and a whole lot of attitude.
The 2021 World Happiness Report ranked Finland, for the fourth year running, the world’s happiest country. The ‘Nordic Model’ has long been touted as the aspiration for social and public policy in Europe and North America, but what is it about Finland that makes the country so successful and seemingly such a great place to live? Is it simply the level of government spending on health, education and welfare? Is it that Finland has one of the lowest rates of social inequality and childhood poverty, and highest levels of literacy and education?
Finland clearly has problems of its own – for example, a high level of gun ownership and high rates of suicide – which can make Finns sceptical of their ranking, but its consistently high performance across a range of wellbeing indicators raises fascinating questions. In the quest for the best of all possible societies, Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford and co-author of Finntopia, explores what we might learn from Finnish success and Nordic wellbeing with Katja Pantzar, journalist and author of Finding Sisu and the recently published Everyday Sisu: Tapping Into Finnish Fortitude for a Happier, More Resilient Life, and Finnish Ambassador Jukka Siukosaari. In conversation with Andy Fryers.
A diary by its very nature is an intensely personal thing. In early March 2020, the CoronaDiaries project was launched to record people’s everyday experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic. Drawing on these personal accounts – the everyday voices of the coronavirus pandemic – Michael Ward shows that this pandemic has been experienced in very different ways across society.
Lively discussion with Jude Rogers and a selection of the best fiction and non-fiction writers at Hay. Today she’s joined by the nation’s favourite doctor, the TV presenter and writer, Dr Ranj, the author and broadcaster, Natalie Haynes, and the investigative journalist and writer, Oliver Bullough.
The first of four recitals broadcast from Hay this week, presented by BBC Radio 3 presenter Sarah Walker. Aleksey Semenenko (violin) and Sam Haywood (piano) perform a programme featuring Dvořák's Sonatina for violin and piano in G, Op 100, Maria Theresia von Paradis' Sicilenne, Amanda Maier's Violin Sonata in B minor and Sarasate's Introduction and Tarantella.
Bad Wolf’s adaptation of Philip Pullman’s award-winning trilogy for HBO/BBC One has become a global sensation. Ahead of the highly-anticipated launch of Series Three this autumn, join cast members including Amir Wilson (Will Parry) and Simone Kirby (Mary Malone), along with film producer and co-founder of Bad Wolf Jane Tranter, for a discussion about the joys and challenges of bringing the series to life. The event will be interspersed with readings from Philip Pullman’s recent companion novel The Imagination Chamber. The cast will also be joined by the puppets and puppetry team who brought Pullman’s daemons and armoured Panserbjørn bears to life. This event is chaired by Sameer Rahim.
Come and join the fun in this interactive session with Editorial Director Craig Graham and Creative Director Mike Stirling from the Beano Studios. Together they are in charge of making sure that everything in the Beano is as funny and naughty as it can possibly be. They will also tell some favourite jokes from IP Daley’s latest boomic, Attack of the Evil Veg!