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    Earlybird tickets available now

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    Here are the details of our 2016 Hay Festival earlybird events. These are just a few highlights, and we will release more throughout the spring.

    Richard Benyon MP, Peter Duncan, Andy Hickman and Guests

    Greenprint Forum: Fighting for a Sensible Fish Future

    Event 1 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

    With half of all the fish caught in the North Sea thrown back dead, parasites in farmed fish and raising ocean temperatures all causing problems, what is the future for fish? Fisheries minister Richard Benyon joins Peter Duncan of the Marine Conservation Society, Andy Hickman, fisheries campaigner for the Environmental Justice Foundation and other guests. Chaired by Geoffrey Lean.

     
    The Greenprint Forum
    Greenprint is the Festival’s sustainability project. The Greenprint Forum forms part of the programme of managing and mitigating our environmental impact and has been running for five years. Please join in and contribute to the sessions and the debate at hayfestival.org/greenprint.
     
    To book a full day ticket to all 6 Greenprint sessions for £15, please call the box office.
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    Nicholas Lowton, Rhoda Lewis, Peter Florence and Friends

    Genesis

    Event 2 Venue: The Moot

    We begin a 96-hour reading of the King James Authorised Version of the Bible that will run in two 4-hour sessions daily in parish churches on either side of the border. Full listings will be online at hayfestival.org/bible. All welcome.

    Entry to this event is free but you must obtain a ticket
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    Bob Fiddaman (SCIMAC), Molly Conisbee (Soil Association), Jonathon Harrington and Herbert Mwalukomo (Concern Universal)

    Greenprint Forum: Food for Thought

    Event 3 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

    Genetically modified food has been on the agenda for years and the argument rages over the benefits versus the risks. With climate change comes the increased occurrence of extreme weather events from droughts to floods, salination to big freezes. Is GM part of the answer to ensuring food supplies in these conditions or can traditional agriculture cope? Chaired by Louise Gray.

    Greenprint is the Festival's sustainability project. Since 2005 we have been working to minimise carbon emissions, reduce waste and study the causes and effects of climate change. Please join in and contribute to the sessions and the debate at hayfestival.org/greenprint.


    To book a full day ticket to all 6 Greenprint sessions for £15, please call the box office
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    Deborah Doane (World Development Movement) and Mike Verdin (Agrimoney)

    Greenprint Forum: Bread and Circuses

    Event 4 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

    With the steady abolition of regulations on commodity markets during the mid-1990s, food staples such as wheat, cocoa, sugar, meat and coffee are all now global commodities. Has this freedom to speculate in food prices enabled new investment into traditional agriculture, or has it led to unsustainable food price spikes which have little or no bearing on the real cost of food? Chaired by Geoffrey Lean.

    Greenprint is the Festival's sustainability project. Since 2005 we have been working to minimise carbon emissions, reduce waste and study the causes and effects of climate change. Please join in and contribute to the sessions and the debate at hayfestival.org/greenprint.

    To book a full day ticket to all 6 Greenprint sessions for £15, please call the box office.
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    Mark Lynas in conversation with Jane Davidson

    Greenprint Forum: The Planet’s Limits

    Event 5 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

    It is natural that we focus on individual issues within the environment; however, they are all interconnected and treating issues in isolation risks ignoring the larger impacts. Working within the ecological limits of the planet requires careful management of all resources and we have to prioritise: but what should those priorities be? Environmental campaigner and author Mark Lynas talks to Jane Davidson, former Minister for Environment (Wales) and the new Director of INSPIRE.Greenprint is the Festival's sustainability project. Since 2005 we have been working to minimise carbon emissions, reduce waste and study the causes and effects of climate change.

    Please join in and contribute to the sessions and the debate at hayfestival.org/greenprint.

    To book a full day ticket to all 6 Greenprint sessions for £15, please call the box office
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    Simon Weston talks to Steve Corry

    Life and Tales

    Event 6 Venue: Oxfam Stage

    In the first of a series of events with soldiers, politicians and journalists discussing conflict resolution, the distinguished Falklands War veteran and charity hero discusses his life and writing, choosing his desert island books, music and films.

    Find out more about Simon Weston and Steve Corry
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    Rupert Murray

    Greenprint Forum Screening: The End of the Line

    Event 7 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

    Can you imagine a world without fish? This compelling documentary looks at the devastating effect of over-fishing and the campaign for a sustainable marine environment. Followed by a Q&A with the Director.

    Greenprint is the Festival's sustainability project. Since 2005 we have been working to minimise carbon emissions, reduce waste and study the causes and effects of climate change. Please join in and contribute to the sessions and the debate at hayfestival.org/greenprint.


    To book a full day ticket to all 6 Greenprint sessions for £15, please call the box office
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    Russell Deacon

    The History of the Welsh Liberal Party

    Event 8 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

    An exploration of the development of Wales’ oldest political party, some of its heroes and villains and how its more prominent members have shaped Welsh and British history, with special reference to the late Festival Vice-President and President of the European Movement in Wales, Lord Richard Livsey of Talgarth.

    Find out more about Prof. Russell Deacon and read a recent article
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    The Massed Choirs

    A Concert for Richard Livsey

    Event 9 Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion

    The four male choirs – Cor Meibion Talgarth Male Choir, Builth Male Voice Choir, Cor Meibion Aberhonddu and Rhayader & District Male Voice Choir – join forces for a special tribute concert in honour of the much loved Brecon and Radnor MP and Festival Vice-President who died last year. Compèred by Glyn Powell.

    All proceeds will fund free tickets for local schools

    The programme will include the following (some items may change):
    SET 1 Conductor: David Hatton (musical director Rhayader); Accompanist: Bethan Rees
    Rachie / My Lord What A Mornin' / Softly as I leave You / An American Trilogy 

    SET 2 Conductor: Luned Jones (musical director Builth); Accompanist: Ann Bufton
    Soldiers' Chorus / Take Me Home / O Gymru / Gwahoddiad

    INTERVAL

    SET 3 Conductor: Lynnette Jones (musical Director Aberhonddu); Accompanist: Aled Hopton
    Audience participation in Cwm Rhondda. Comrades in Arms / Myfanwy / Hine e Hine / Hafan Gobaith 

    INTERLUDE

    SET 4 Conductor: Morwen Pugh (musical Director Talgarth); Accompanist: Val Whiston
    O Isis & Osiris / Speed Your Journey / Troyte's Chant / Amen
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    Stephen Corry, Toby Nicholas and Joanna Eede

    Greenprint Forum Screening: Mine – Story of a Sacred Mountain

    Event 10 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

    When a giant London-based mining company came to mine India’s Niyamgiri hills for aluminium ore, the only thing standing in their way was the Dongria Kondh tribe. How did the Dongria take the company on – and win back the mountain they revere as a God? Followed by a Q&A chaired by Greenprint Director Andy Fryers.

    Greenprint is the Festival's sustainability project. Since 2005 we have been working to minimise carbon emissions, reduce waste and study the causes and effects of climate change. Please join in and contribute to the sessions and the debate at hayfestival.org/greenprint.


    To book a full day ticket to all 6 Greenprint sessions for £15, please call the box office
     
    Further reading: An interview with Stephen Corry and an article by Joanna Eede.
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