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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.

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    Jane Williams, Robert Hughes, Thomas Reynolds

    King James Authorised Version 1

    Event 11 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

    In this first Good Read event celebrating the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible, the distinguished panel discuss Exodus, Ruth and Lamentations.

    See profiles of Jane Williams, Robert Hughes
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    Taking Forward Sustainable Development in Wales

    Event 12 Venue: Friends Café

    Last year at Hay Festival, 22 organisations (including the Festival) signed the Assembly Government’s Sustainable Development Charter. Now numbering over 50 organisations, subscribers to the Charter will come together to share cutting edge approaches to sustainable development that can transform organisations and the communities that they are part of.

    Entry to this event is free but you must obtain a ticket
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    Christopher Cocksworth, Robert Hughes, Richard Harries, Angel F. Montoya, David Bentley Hart and Thomas Reynolds chaired by Jane Williams

    The Michael Ramsey Prize

    Event 13 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

    The theologian discusses the books shortlisted for this year’s Michael Ramsey Prize with the shortlisted authors. The books by those present are: Holding Together, Beloved Dust, The Re-enchantment of Morality, The Theology of FoodAtheist Delusions and Vulnerable Communion.

    Full details at
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    The Michael Ramsey Prize Lunch

    Event 616 Venue: Graze Restaurant, Festival Site

    Celebrate the award of The Michael Ramsey Prize for contemporary theological writing with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, and fellow judges Simon Russell Beale, Jane Williams, Professor Janet Soskice, Bishop John Inge, Professor Richard Bauckham and Reverend Lucy Winkett

    Full details of the shortlist can be found at

    Lunch Menu
    Pan-roasted free range breast of chicken on warm niçoise salad with fresh pesto
    Vegetarian – Carrot and cardamom pudding

    Vanilla bean Panna Cotta, berry compote, shortbread


    Lunch is served at 12.45pm
    Wine can be ordered on the day. 

    Please let the box office know if you would like the vegetarian option.
    Graze Restaurant is situated next to the food hall on the festival site.
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    Luke Gamble

    My Wild and Wonderful Friends

    Event 14 Venue: Oxfam Stage

    The vet tells the tales of his New Forest and Dorset practices.

    More about Luke Gamble
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    Simon Baker & Taryn Simon

    Tate Lecture 1: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters

    Event 15 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

    The Tate’s new Photography Curator discusses and shows work from the new exhibition with the featured artist Taryn Simon.

    For further details of the exhibition at Tate Modern see
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    Richard Harries, Christopher Cocksworth, John Inge

    King James Authorised Version 2

    Event 16 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

    The trinity of bishops (Oxford, Coventry and Worcester) discuss Philemon, 1 Corinthians and Jonah.
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    Rowan Williams and Simon Russell Beale

    Talking Shakespeare

    Event 17 Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion

    Rowan Williams and Simon Russell Beale
    As part of the day's programme of conversations celebrating this year's Michael Ramsey Prize the Archbishop of Canterbury discusses the work of the world's greatest writer with one of Britain's finest actors.
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    Gareth Malone

    Music for the People

    Event 18 Venue: Oxfam Stage

    The charismatic maestro of The Choir takes us on A Journey through the Pleasures and Pitfalls of Classical Music.

    Read the Independent's feature on Gareth Malone
    Music for the People - Gareth Malone
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    Peter Guest

    Cardiff Series 1: The Lost City of the Legion

    Event 19 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

    Find out about what has been uncovered at Caerleon from one the archaeologists investigating Isca’s ancient remains, how the discoveries were made, and why so many people have been inspired to explore one of Roman Britain’s most iconic sites for themselves.

    Read more about Peter Guest and Caerleon at

    For further information and video content, visit
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    Justin Hill

    Shield Wall

    Event 20 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

    Gripping fiction that reclaims the Saxon history of Ethelred, Edmund and Harold from the Norman conquerors by a multi-award-winning novelist.

    More about the author
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    Colin Humphreys

    Cambridge Series 1: The Mystery of The Last Supper

    Event 21 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

    Reconciling conflicting Gospel accounts and scientific evidence, the distinguished Cambridge physicist reveals the exact date of the Last Supper in a definitive new timeline of Holy Week.

    Professor Sir Colin Humphreys CBE FREng is Professor of Materials Science and Director of Research in the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge. He founded and directs the Cambridge Centre for Gallium Nitride. This Centre is developing energy-efficient lighting which is so efficient it will enable the UK to close (or not build) eight power stations. He is also researching a new way to purify water in the developing (and developed) world, which will save millions of lives, and to kill hospital superbugs. 

    He founded and directs the Cambridge/Rolls-Royce Centre for Aerospace Materials, which is developing next generation materials for Rolls-Royce jet engines to make them more energy efficient. He is involved in the public understanding of science, and has given public lectures on science throughout the world. He frequently appears on TV, radio and in the national and international press. He has received many national and international medals for his research. He has been the President of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and he is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. On 24 June, 2010 he became the Master of the Armourers and Brasiers’ Company in London. 

    In addition, he is interested in dating and reconstructing ancient historical events, particularly events recorded in the Bible. His latest book is The Mystery of the Last Supper: Reconstructing the Final Days of Jesus.
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    Rachel Campbell-Johnston

    Mysterious Wisdom

    Event 22 Venue: Starlight Stage

    The art critic introduces her biography of the Romantic artist and visionary Samuel Palmer.
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    Jeremy Davies, Steve Colling and Jane Davidson

    Changing Consumer: Changing Language

    Event 23 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

    Does the emerging language around the low carbon future and how we use energy capture our hearts and minds, convey meaning and drive change? Or leave us cold, cynical and disorientated? New research by E.ON and Onearth explores what turns on and turns off consumers when thinking about energy. Chaired by BBC environment correspondent David Shukman.
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    Gwernyfed Cluster Schools Showcase

    Event 24 Venue: Oxfam Stage

    Join pupils from a range of local schools as they sing their hearts out.

    Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
    Donations towards the Gwernyfed Cluster School Music Fund.
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    David Shukman in conversation with Andy Fryers

    Reporting Live From The End of the World

    Event 25 Venue: Starlight Stage

    The BBC’s Environment correspondent reports from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico and the epicentre of the Pacific earthquake.

    More about David Shukman here
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    John Barrow

    Cambridge Series 2: The Book of Universes

    Event 26 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

    The mathematician encounters universes where the laws of physics can change from time to time and from one region to another, universes that have extra hidden dimensions of space and time, universes that live inside black holes, colliding universes, inflationary universes, and universes that come into being from something else – or from nothing at all.

    Profile of John Barrow here 
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    Anthony Sattin

    Lifting The Veil

    Event 27 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

    The travel writer explores Two Centuries of Travellers, Traders and Tourists in Egypt. Chaired by Corisande Albert.
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    Simon Emmerson talks to Nigel Williamson

    Songlines Series 1

    Event 622 Venue: The Moot

    The Afro Celt Sound System co-founder talks about their music.
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    Rob Sykes, Jacquelin Magnay, Derek Casey and Christina Boxer

    The Ethics of Major Sporting Events

    Event 28 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

    As the nation builds to 2012, the panel asks:
    Why do cities bid? Are the legacies fact or fallicy? Gold medals or Fools Gold? Chaired by Jim White
    Christina Boxer is a middle distance athlete and former British & Commonwealth record holder, now retired. She competed in three consecutive Summer Olympics for Great Britain, starting in 1980, and has been a reporter for BBC Sport's athletics coverage, at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000. She currently holds the position of Sports Development Manager at Birmingham University and she is also a Hereford and Worcester ambassador for London 2012 Olympics.
    Jacquelin Magnay is Olympics Editor with The Telegraph, overseeing and coordinating all Olympic coverage for the Telegraph Media Group.
    Rob Sykes is the Director of the Centre for Ethical Leadership at The University of Worcester.

    Derek Casey recently led the successful Glasgow bid to stage the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and is currently Chair of the World Leisure Organisation. He also served on the organising committee of the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and was the Chief Executive of the Sports Council in the UK and of Sport Ireland from 1994–2001.
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