WELCOME TO HAY

The full programme is available for this year’s festival, 25 May to 4 June. We very much look forward to seeing you in Hay.

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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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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. All welcome.
 
Please email any questions proposed for the panel to angharad@hayfestival.org and say whether or not you will be in the audience to ask them in person.
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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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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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Event HD1

BEBRAS Workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut

The UK BEBRAS Computational Thinking Challenge is designed to engage students in tasks that are fun and based on problems that computer scientists often meet and enjoy solving. They can be solved without prior knowledge but do require logical thinking. At Hay you can meet the BEBRAS team and see how well you do. Please bring your own laptop if you can.

Age 14-16
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Event DT1

Ticket to Dine

Early Lunch

Venue: Relish Festival Restaurant

Book a seat in the Relish Festival Restaurant and receive a complimentary drink on us. 

Enjoy a delicious meal from our Festival Restaurant buffet. Choose from a wide selection of hot and cold dishes created fresh onsite by our team of chefs using the best local seasonal produce.

Come up to the buffet and choose as much as you like from all the dishes on offer for just £20 per person. By booking online you will receive a complimentary glass of wine, bottle of beer or soft drink. You will also be able to reserve a seat in the restaurant where our team will be waiting to give you a warm welcome.

Award-winning Alex Gooch breads and water are free for every customer.

A selection of desserts and local cheeses from Neal's Yard Creamery is also available, plus a full bar and barista coffees.

See a Sample Menu Here

If you have any dietary requirements please state these in the notes at the Checkout stage.
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Event 13

Digby Jones

Fixing Business

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The entrepreneur examines the relationship between business, government and society. He discusses Britain in a post-Brexit world, Donald Trump’s America, and the ‘elephant in the boardroom’ – executive pay.  Lord Jones was Director General of the CBI. In 2007 he was appointed Minister of State for UK Trade and Investment. He talks to Jesse Norman.

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Event 14

George Brinley Evans, Phil Steele and Mark Taubert talk to Hywel Francis

Before the End – Telling Your Story in Time

Venue: Starlight Stage

Two authors discuss how bereavement encouraged them to tell their own life stories against all the odds, in a society where men still often suffer silently. Historian and Professor Hywel Francis chairs Byw Nawr/Live Now, the end-of-life-care coalition in Wales. He talks to ex-miner George Brinley Evans and broadcaster Phil Steele. Taubert is a palliative and end-of-life-care consultant at Velindre Cancer Centre. They offer a clinical perspective on male depression and grief.

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Event HD2

BEBRAS Workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut

The UK BEBRAS Computational Thinking Challenge is designed to engage students in tasks that are fun and based on problems that computer scientists often meet and enjoy solving. They can be solved without prior knowledge but do require logical thinking. At Hay you can meet the BEBRAS team and see how well you do. Please bring your own laptop if you can.

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Age 14+
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Event DT2

Ticket to Dine

Late Lunch

Venue: Relish Festival Restaurant

Book a seat in the Relish Festival Restaurant and receive a complimentary drink on us. 

Enjoy a delicious meal from our Festival Restaurant buffet. Choose from a wide selection of hot and cold dishes created fresh onsite by our team of chefs using the best local seasonal produce.

Come up to the buffet and choose as much as you like from all the dishes on offer for just £20 per person. By booking online you will receive a complimentary glass of wine, bottle of beer or soft drink. You will also be able to reserve a seat in the restaurant where our team will be waiting to give you a warm welcome.

Award-winning Alex Gooch breads and water are free for every customer.

A selection of desserts and local cheeses from Neal's Yard Creamery is also available, plus a full bar and barista coffees.

See a Sample Menu Here

If you have any dietary requirements please state these in the notes at the Checkout stage.
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Event 15

Stephen Moss

Wonderland: A Year of Britain’s Wildlife, Day by Day

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

From blackbirds, beavers and beetles to tawny owls, natterjack toads and lemon slugs,  every  day of the year, winter or summer, in every corner of the British Isles, there's plenty to see if you know where -- and how -- to look. The Springwatch star’s books include The Bumper Book of Nature and Tweet of the Day.

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Stephen Moss

Event 16

Katie Hill, Gareth Jones and Nick Davies talk to Andy Middleton

The Best for Wales Project

Venue: Cube

How can we shift from ‘doing better’ to ‘doing what’s needed’ and doing it now across Wales? Best for Wales will celebrate and inspire sustainable innovation. Hill is CEO of B Lab UK; Jones is Founder of Welsh ICE and Davies is founder of Neighbourly. Chaired by maverick thinker Andy Middleton from TYF.

The event will be followed by a free Best for Wales workshop (see event 26).
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Katie Hill, Gareth Jones and Nick Davies talk to Andy Middleton

Event 17

Miriam González Durántez

Made In Spain

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The lawyer and Inspiring Girls champion introduces her delicious “recipes and stories from my country and beyond” in a glorious celebration of Spanish culture and cooking.

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Miriam González Durántez

Event 18

The Art of the Box Set

BBC Radio Drama

Venue: BBC Tent

How do you create unmissable cliffhangers and characters that listeners both love and love to hate? Alison Hindell, Head of Audio Drama for the BBC, will discuss the art and technique of writing serials and long-running series with two leading writers of radio drama.

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The Art of the Box Set

Event 19

Linde Wester

The Solace of Quantum

Venue: Oxfam Moot

What is the multiverse theory? What is Entanglement? Superposition? What is quantum computing, and how does it help? You don’t have to be a quantum physicist to understand these things if you have one who can explain them to you.  And we have Linde Wester.

The Dutch quantum mechanic Linde Wester is selected for Hay 30 – celebrating a new generation of thinkers, supported by the CASE Foundation
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Event 20

Nick Clegg talks to Matthew d’Ancona

Politics: Between the Extremes

Venue: Tata Tent

The former Deputy Prime Minister lifts the lid on the workings and failings of the 2010--2015 coalition government, analyses the 2017 European electoral cycle, and assesses the opportunities for the liberal centre ground of politics.

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Nick Clegg talks to Matthew d’Ancona

Event 21

Alec Ryrie

Protestants: The Faith that Made the Modern World

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

500 years ago, Martin Luther challenged the authority of the Pope with a radical new vision of what Christianity could be. The revolution he set in motion has toppled governments, upended social norms, and transformed millions of people’s understanding of their relationship with God. In his dazzling global history charting five centuries of innovation and change, Ryrie makes the case that the world we live in was indelibly shaped by Protestants.

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Alec Ryrie

Event 22

Mark Purcell

What I Found in the Library

Venue: Good Energy Stage

For 600 years, exquisitely produced volumes stored everything we know – from Gutenberg’s bibles to Newton’s Principia and Austen’s Persuasion. Purcell tells a rollicking tale of discoveries and bibliophile treasures from some of Britain’s greatest private library collections that are now saved for the nation. Purcell was formerly Libraries Curator for the National Trust and is now Deputy Director of Research Collections at Cambridge University Library.

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Mark Purcell

Event 23

Simone Cuff

Could Viruses Be Good For You? - Cardiff University Series 1

Venue: Starlight Stage

We all know that ’flu is bad for you. And Ebola. And Zika.  Why on earth are there so many viruses that cause such terrible diseases? And what does current research teach us about the fascinating rabbit-hole that is the world of virology?

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Event 24

Ellie Sømme

Another Man’s Shoes

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Ellie’s father Sven and uncle Jacob, both leading scientists, led the XU Norwegian Resistance movement against the Nazi occupation in WW2. She tells a mesmerising story of espionage and heroism illustrated with artefacts and documents as she traces the survival of the XU all the way through the Cold War until 1988.

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Event 25

Dan Haworth-Salter, Sue Bell and Conrad Feather talk to Diana Toynbee

The Size of Herefordshire

Venue: Cube

Among the bravest fighters for the Amazon rainforest are the Wampis people from Peru.  They’re supported by the Size of Herefordshire, a local group, who are just back from visiting them and join us with photographs, films and stories.

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Dan Haworth-Salter, Sue Bell and Conrad Feather talk to Diana Toynbee

Event 26

Andy Middleton, Anne Meikle and Alan Netherwood

Workshop – Best for Wales

Venue: Compass

What are the actions required that can improve the integration of the third sector, business and public sector together to be best for Wales? How is Wellbeing of Future Generations Act 2015 being used to stimulate change to the way we govern and do business in Wales helping to create a future fit for generations to come? Anne Meikle of WWF Cymru and sustainability consultant Dr Alan Netherwood will report back on the first year of implementation by the Welsh Government. A discussion will follow on participants experiences, how the Act can be used to help Wales fulfill its potential and what role we can take in this.

 

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