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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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Malcolm Pein and Sarah Kett

Chess in Schools and Communities

Event HF158 Venue: The Scribblers Hut

Malcolm Pein and Sarah Kett

Join the Telegraph's Chess Correspondent and International Master Malcolm Pein and Chess trainer from Chess in Schools and Communities for a chess extravaganza especially for children who are either new to chess or have played before.

Sessions will include simultaneous exhibitions, players can play against the master, Yes2Chess internet chess matches, and a giant outdoor chess set. 

6-15 years

duration 45 mins

Free but ticketed

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Hay on Earth 2014 Forum

Food and Farming Futures

Event 1 Venue: Good Energy Stage

Hay on Earth 2014 Forum

Hay on Earth is our ongoing sustainability project. It is part of a programme of managing and mitigating our environmental impacts, both here in rural Hay and as we stage more festivals internationally. The project has now been running for eight years. Please join us.

Full day ticket allows entry to all 5 sessions. Events 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

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Timothy Walker

Plant Conservation: Why it Matters

Event 2 Venue: Good Energy Stage

Timothy Walker

Just how critical is plant conservation to our long-term survival? Plants under threat of extinction could be tomorrow’s fuels, foods or health cures. The Director of the University of Oxford Botanic Garden explains what we can all do to prevent this loss. Chaired by Louise Gray.

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Malcolm Pein and Sarah Kett

Chess in Schools and Communities

Event HF159 Venue: The Scribblers Hut

Malcolm Pein and Sarah Kett

Join the Telegraph's Chess Correspondent and International Master Malcolm Pein and Chess trainer from Chess in Schools and Communities for a chess extravaganza especially for children who are either new to chess or have played before.

Sessions will include simultaneous exhibitions, players can play against the master, Yes2Chess internet chess matches, and a giant outdoor chess set. 

6-15 years

duration 45 mins

Free but ticketed

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Guy Smith and Philip Lymbery

Does Farming, a Primary Industry, Require Factories?

Event 3 Venue: Good Energy Stage

Guy Smith and Philip Lymbery

With ever-pressing demands on our farmers to produce more good quality food at reasonable prices, is more factory farming the answer? The Vice-President of the NFU and the author of Farmaggedon debate with rural affairs commentator Rob Yorke.

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Malcolm Pein and Sarah Kett

Chess in Schools and Communities

Event HF160 Venue: The Scribblers Hut

Malcolm Pein and Sarah Kett

Join the Telegraph's Chess Correspondent and International Master Malcolm Pein and Chess trainer from Chess in Schools and Communities for a chess extravaganza especially for children who are either new to chess or have played before.

Sessions will include simultaneous exhibitions, players can play against the master, Yes2Chess internet chess matches, and a giant outdoor chess set. 

6-15 years

duration 45 mins

Free but ticketed

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Helen Browning, Eric Morgan and Kevin Thomas

Field Labs: A Grassroots Research Revolution

Event 4 Venue: Good Energy Stage

Helen Browning, Eric Morgan and Kevin Thomas

Agricultural research has for decades been driven by large multinational companies. The Soil Association’s Duchy Originals Future Farming Programme puts farmers in the driving seat. SA Director Helen Browning explains the thinking behind it and introduces a local Field Lab, where local Brecon farmers Kate and Kevin Thomas are teaming up with Bristol University researcher Eric Morgan to solve a knotty problem.

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Malcolm Pein and Sarah Kett

Chess in Schools and Communities

Event HF161 Venue: The Scribblers Hut

Malcolm Pein and Sarah Kett

Join the Telegraph's Chess Correspondent and International Master Malcolm Pein and Chess trainer from Chess in Schools and Communities for a chess extravaganza especially for children who are either new to chess or have played before.

Sessions will include simultaneous exhibitions, players can play against the master, Yes2Chess internet chess matches, and a giant outdoor chess set. 

6-15 years

duration 45 mins

Free but ticketed

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Patrick Dyke talks to Andy Fryers

Dioxin for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Event 5 Venue: Good Energy Stage

Patrick Dyke talks to Andy Fryers

Environmental consultant Patrick Dyke has been working on environmental issues for more than twenty years, and dioxin has been a recurring theme. One of the most toxic pollutants known to man, dioxin touches almost every aspect of life and human activity and is found everywhere in the world. The process of understanding and addressing dioxin gives insights that should help us deal with problems from food production to geo-engineering. Chaired by the festival’s Sustainability Director.

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Malcolm Pein and Sarah Kett

Chess in Schools and Communities

Event HF162 Venue: The Scribblers Hut

Malcolm Pein and Sarah Kett

Join the Telegraph's Chess Correspondent and International Master Malcolm Pein and Chess trainer from Chess in Schools and Communities for a chess extravaganza especially for children who are either new to chess or have played before.

Sessions will include simultaneous exhibitions, players can play against the master, Yes2Chess internet chess matches, and a giant outdoor chess set. 

6-15 years

duration 45 mins

Free but ticketed

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Tim Benton and Christine Tacon

Food Security and Self-Sufficiency

Event 6 Venue: Good Energy Stage

Tim Benton and Christine Tacon

What is food security and how self-sufficient should we aim to be? How does our diet influence supermarkets and farmers? The UK Champion for Global Food Security and the Groceries Code Adjudicator talk to Rob Yorke.

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Battle of the Bands

Event 488 Venue: The Telegraph Stage

Battle of the Bands

Up and coming local bands and solo artists battle it out to be crowned Best Band. An evening of live, original music where audience and judges get to decide who is worthy of the crown. Hosted by BBC Radio Wales' Bethan Elfyn.

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Hay Castle Tour 1

Event 496 Venue: Hay Castle Main Hall

Hay Castle Tour 1

Tour led by architectural historian Richard Suggett of the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales.

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Hay Castle Tour 2

Event 497 Venue: Hay Castle Main Hall

Hay Castle Tour 2
Tour led by architectural historian Richard Suggett of the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales.
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Bore Cothi

BBC Radio Cymru

Event 554 Venue: BBC Radio Wales/Horizons Airstream

Bore Cothi

Hay stories, chat and music, in the company of the classical singer and broadcaster Shan CothiBroadcast live, Monday to Friday 10am–12pm.

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Malcolm Pein, Sarah Kett and Robert Chandler

Chess in Schools and Communities

Event HF163 Venue: The Scribblers Hut

Malcolm Pein, Sarah Kett and Robert Chandler

Join the Telegraph's Chess Correspondent and International Master Malcolm Pein and Chess trainer from Chess in Schools and Communities for a chess extravaganza especially for children who are either new to chess or have played before.

Sessions will include simultaneous exhibitions, Yes2Chess internet chess matches, and a giant outdoor chess set. 

6-15 years

duration 45 mins

Free but ticketed

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Traditional Stool-making Workshop

Event W1 Venue: Traditional Building Skills Cruck

Traditional Stool-making Workshop

An opportunity to try your hand at traditional craft skills with a three-hour workshop in which you will develop hand woodworking skills with an expert craftsperson. During the workshop you will mark out, construct and assemble a rustic oak stool to take home with you at the end of the session; all without the use of modern power tools or measuring devices. The design is marked out using the same principles of daisy wheel geometry used to build the great medieval cathedrals and the Tithe Barn at Cressing Temple.
Suitable for all abilities and ages, 12+ years

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Malcolm Pein, Sarah Kett and Robert Chandler

Chess in Schools and Communities

Event HF164 Venue: The Scribblers Hut

Malcolm Pein, Sarah Kett and Robert Chandler

Join the Telegraph's Chess Correspondent and International Master Malcolm Pein and Chess trainer from Chess in Schools and Communities for a chess extravaganza especially for children who are either new to chess or have played before.

Sessions will include simultaneous exhibitions, Yes2Chess internet chess matches, and a giant outdoor chess set. 

6-15 years

duration 45 mins

Free but ticketed

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Wynne Evans Big Welsh Weekend

BBC Radio Wales

Event 516 Venue: BBC Radio Wales/Horizons Airstream

Wynne Evans Big Welsh Weekend

Carmarthen-born opera star Wynne Evans with music, chat and behind-the-scenes stories from the world of showbiz. Broadcast live, Fridays 1pm–4pm.

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Malcolm Pein, Sarah Kett and Robert Chandler

Chess in Schools and Communities

Event HF165 Venue: The Scribblers Hut

Malcolm Pein, Sarah Kett and Robert Chandler

Join the Telegraph's Chess Correspondent and International Master Malcolm Pein and Chess trainer from Chess in Schools and Communities for a chess extravaganza especially for children who are either new to chess or have played before.

Sessions will include simultaneous exhibitions, Yes2Chess internet chess matches, and a giant outdoor chess set. 

6-15 years

duration 45 mins

Free but ticketed

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