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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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Hay on Earth Forum

Event 1 Venue: Digital Stage

Hay on Earth is the festival’s ongoing sustainability project and is part of our programme of managing and mitigating our environmental impacts, particularly as we stage more festivals around the world. The project has been running for six years. Please join us.
Full day ticket allows entry to all 6 sessions: events 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
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Ben Law talks to Andy Fryers

Green Architecture

Event 2 Venue: Digital Stage

The increasing costs of resources and knowledge about their use and impacts have led to dramatic improvements in sustainable building. The Grand Designs specialist eco-builder in conversation with the Hay on Earth Director.
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Rob Yorke, David Gardner, Caroline Drummond, Poul Christensen

Tough Decisions on Food, Flora and Fauna

Event 3 Venue: Digital Stage

Food security raises serious concerns but this government, aiming to be the greenest ever, proposes to reconnect us with the countryside through nature, not farming. Which sacred cows will be sacrificed in a modernized rural sector? The CEO's of The Royal Agricultural Society and LEAF and the Chair of Natural England talk to rural commentator Rob Yorke.
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Ed Gillespie, Steve Colling and Ackroyd & Harvey

The Art Response - Five images to change the world

Event 4 Venue: Digital Stage

From baby seals to flooding devastation, has the use of dramatic imagery lost its potency to inform the climate change debate? Despite our short attention span, can an incredible image in our increasingly visual world still make an impact?
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Molly Scott Cato and Brian Davey talk to Jane Davidson

Social Justice and Climate Change

Event 5 Venue: Digital Stage

Climate change has the greatest impact on people and places facing poverty. But there are real opportunities to develop policies and practices to narrow the gap.
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Safia Minney, Mariusz Stochaj and Philip Colbert

Fashion Activism

Event 6 Venue: Digital Stage

Fashion is seldom included in debates on sustainability, yet highlighting the sourcing of fabric, design of garments, and working conditions could drive change within the industry, and raising consumer awareness is key. Safia Minney, founder of People Tree, talks to Philip Colbert the designer behind The Rodnik Band and Mariusz Stochaj, who has a long history of sustainable supply chain management in the fashion industry. Chaired by Louise Gray.
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David Walliams talks to Chris Evans

Gangsta Granny

Event HF1 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The actor, comedian, talent judge and best selling children's author makes his debut at Hay to talk Scrabble, swimming and 500 words. 
Families.  9+ years
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Simon Rattle talks to Tom Service

Music as Alchemy

Event 8 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The conductor talks to the author of Music as Alchemy: Journeys with Great Conductors and their Orchestras about his work with the Berlin Philharmonic.
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Speak Out Challenge 2012

Event 536 Venue: Big Tent

Come and hear twelve local teens deliver their award-winning speeches, as the Four Acre Trust showcases the best public speaking students in the border counties.
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Andrew Collings, Paul Benham and Penelope Vogler talk to Andy Fryers

Forgotten Foods

Event 7 Venue: Hay on Earth Stage

Reporting on the fight back of heritage plants, animal breeding stock and the traditional recipes that used to use them. Carp pie and medlar tart for dinner anyone?
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Farah Faizal

Screening of The Island President

Event 9 Venue: Big Tent

After introducing democracy to Maldives, the lowest-lying region in the world, President Mohamed Nasheed fights to prevent his homeland from disappearing under the sea. Farah Faizal, former High Commissioner to Maldives, introduces the film and updates us on the current situation post-President Nasheed who was forced to resign after a military coup in February 2012.
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Tim Minchin

Event 10 Venue: Barclays Pavilion

The comedy rock superstar and his band open the festival with his hilarious, scathing and often unsettling lovely songs. 'A thing of jaw-dropping wonder' - Telegraph.
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RWCMD Jazz Time

Event SC1 Venue: The Sound Castle

The hugely successful RWCMD Jazz Time club will be in residence at The Sound Castle doing masterclasses with the mainstage musicians and playing a free concert every day at 12-1pm.
From stunning improvisations to highly charged ballads, reggae to contemporary world grooves Paula Gardiner presents some of the most exciting young musicians on the scene including Joe Webb Trio, Melly - Underneath The Umbrella Tree, Alex Haines, Lloyd Haines, Huw Williams with Greg Sterland, Margot Morgan - Your Voice, Dan Smith, Greg Cordez, The James Clark Quintet, P.C.'s Tribute to Ornette, Ben Treacher, Jasmine Power, Tom Ollendorf Quartet, Cat Wright Trio and Jonas Seetoh and Band.
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Terry Leahy

Management in 10 Words

Event 12 Venue: Barclays Pavilion

An exclusive preview of THE top book on business strategy and leadership, by the former Tesco CEO. Chaired by the Executive Editor of The Telegraph Mark Skipworth.
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Tiffany Murray

Creative Reading

Event 13 Venue: The Moot

A workshop seminar on reading literature which focuses on a novel by a writer appearing at the festival over the coming weekend – Tahmima Anam’s The Good Muslim. The Hay 2011-2012 International Fellow is the author of two novels – Happy Accidents and Diamond Star Halo. She is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Glamorgan. Numbers Limited. See events 66 and 206.
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Michael Morpurgo

The Hay Library Lecture

Event 14 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The novelist delivers the inaugural Library Lecture on children’s rights, readers’ rights and the importance of libraries. Entry by library card but places must be booked in advance.
There will be no signing after this event. However, Michael will be doing a 'meet and greet' in Pembertons with signed book plates after his evening event.
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Lucinda Dickens Hawksley

Charles Dickens 200

Event 15 Venue: Big Tent

The author presents an intimate portrait of her great-great-great-grandfather. Illustrated with personal memorabilia.
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David Bellos

Is that a fish in your ear?

Event 16 Venue: Big Tent

From foreign films to the UN Security Council, the pre-eminent multi-linguist interprets Translation and the Meaning of Everything. Chaired by Daniel Hahn of the British Centre for Literary Translation.
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Conor Woodman

Unfair Trade

Event 17 Venue: Digital Stage

The broadcaster and former City analyst looks at how Big Business Exploits the World’s Poor – and why it doesn’t have to.
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Ian Robertson

The Winner Effect

Event 18 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The Professor of Psychology analyses how and why success changes the chemistry of the brain, making us more focused, smarter, more confident – and aggressive.
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