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Hay on Earth 2017 Forum

Event 1 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Hay on Earth 2017 Forum

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 9

Price: £33.30

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

The Best for Wales Project

Event 16 Venue: Good Energy Stage

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

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).
Price: £7.30

Simone Cuff

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

Event 23 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales 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?

Price: £7.30

Bonnie Greer, Leanne Wood, Merryn Williams, Daniel Williams and Stefan Collini

The May Day Manifesto

Event 29 Venue: Good Energy Stage

It is 50 years since the publication of the May Day Manifesto, edited by Raymond Williams. The manifesto reflected the growing disillusionment on the Left with what the authors argued to be the surrendering of socialist principles by the Labour Party. The panel explores the making of the manifesto and examines its relevance today.

Stefan Collini is Professor of Intellectual History and English Literature at the University of Cambridge, Bonnie Greer is a playwright, author and judge for this year’s Orwell Prize, Leanne Wood AM is the Leader of Plaid Cymru, Merryn Williams is a critic, poet, and daughter of Raymond Williams and Daniel G. Williams is Professor of English Literature at Swansea University.

Price: £7.30

Ifor ap Glyn

The Empty Chair: The National Poet of Wales on Hedd Wyn

Event 202 Venue: Cube

Ifor ap Glyn

2017 marks 100 years since the Third Battle of Ypres, also known as Passchendaele. One of those who fell in battle was Ellis Humphrey Evans, the poet from Meirionnydd whose Bardic name was Hedd Wyn. He died before being announced winner of the Chair at the National Eisteddfod in Birkenhead. The empty chair was draped in black, and Hedd Wyn is still remembered throughout Wales, as he is in Flanders, as a potent symbol of bloodshed and loss. Ifor ap Glyn will talk about the life, work and remarkable legacy of Hedd Wyn.

Price: £7.30

Matthew Francis


Event 243 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Francis’ re-telling of the first four stories of the Welsh classic is the first to situate it in poetry, and captures the magic and strangeness of this medieval Celtic world: a baby is kidnapped by a monstrous claw, a giant wades across the Irish Sea to do battle, a wizard makes a woman out of flowers, only to find she is less biddable than he expected. Permeating the whole sequence is a delight in the power of the imagination to transform human experience into works of tragedy, comedy and wonder. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

Price: £7.30

Ed Thomas, Ed Talfan and David Wilson


Event 257 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The producers of the cult noir film thriller are joined by photographer David Wilson to talk about the silent character in the hit TV show: the landscapes of Ceredigion. Wilson has captured these landscapes for the new book Hinterland Landscapes and the panel will reflect on what the settings have brought to the show, and the impact the show has had on this quiet part of Wales.

Price: £7.30

Srijato Bandopadhyay, Natalie Holborow, Arunhava Sinha, Sophie McKeand, Aniesha Brahma and Sion Tomos Owen

Hay Mela 1: And Suddenly You Find Yourself in India

Event 292 Venue: Starlight Stage

The first of four events this afternoon and evening that celebrate the vibrant cultural exchange between Wales and India. The poets relate and perform their experience of the India Wales project 2017, Valley City Village: with words and pictures introduced by Gary Raymond.

Price: £7.30

Mamta Sagar, Sian Melangell Dafydd, Anitha Thampi and Nia Davies

Hay Mela 2: Literature Across Frontiers

Event 298 Venue: Starlight Stage

Sagar is a performance poet in the Kannada language, the Keralan poet Thampi writes in Malayalam. They’ve created a multi-lingual performance translating and writing together with the Cymraeg (Dafydd) and English-language (Davies) poets from Wales.

Price: £6.30

Matthew Stevens, Louise Miskell and Sam Blaxland talk with Martin Johnes

Welsh Legends…Or Are They Myths?

Event 309 Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The panel questions three of the big legends in Wales. They start with the image of medieval Wales as a nation conquered by England and then briefly set free by Owain Glyndwr. Stevens argues that the Welsh were a people rather than a single nation and that Glyndwr was no national redeemer. The second legend is modern Wales as a land made by coal. Miskell looks at how Welsh industry was far more diverse than this in the late 19th century. The third legend is the idea of Wales as a victim of Conservative oppression. Blaxland shows how the Tories have always enjoyed a strong base of Welsh support and argues that they were key architects of the devolved Welsh state.

Price: £7.30