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SATURDAY 25 MAY 9.30am




free but ticketed

David Rowan

Bryony Gordon

Wayfaring: Mental Health Mates Bryony Gordon was inspired by her reading of Carson McCullers, and her understanding of the support of fellowship, to set up Mental Health Mates, a network of peer support groups run by people with mental health issues and their friends who meet regularly to walk and talk. This is now a nationwide organisation. You do not need to have a diagnosed mental health issue to join the walks – everyone has mental health. Walk alongside Bryony Gordon, journalist, campaigner and author of Mad Girl, who will talk about the inspiration of McCullers and writing that can provide solace. Please wear appropriate footwear. Numbers are limited. Return to Festival site by 11.30am. See also event [73] In association with Brecon Beacons National Parks

Non-Bullshit Innovation: Radical Ideas from the World’s Smartest Minds The founding Editor-in-chief of WIRED’s UK edition travels the globe in search of the most exciting and pioneering start-ups building the future, meeting ambitious entrepreneurs disrupting businesses in almost every sector. And yet too often the companies think they can innovate through jargon; with talk of change agents and co-creation gurus, ideas portals and webinars, paradigm shifts and pilgrimages to Silicon Valley. It’s mostly pointless innovation theatre – corporate nonsense that has little to do with delivering real change. But during this quest he’s also discovered some genuinely exciting and transformative approaches to innovation, often in places you might least expect…


[40] 10am BBC TENT


BBC World News

Lucy Cooke and Mark Miodownik

Experience the BBC’s flagship science and technology TV show LIVE on stage. Host Spencer Kelly has spent over 15 years exploring the world of technology, returning to Hay for a fourth year with mind-bending live demos of artificial intelligence, robotics and virtual reality. A Click Hay Festival special will be broadcast on the BBC News Channel and on BBC World News

free but ticketed


The Royal Society Platform 2: Natural World Wonders We profile two more extraordinary books shortlisted for the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize: Lucy Cooke’s The Truth about Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife and Mark Miodownik’s Liquid: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives. The authors discuss their work with Claudia Hammond. In association with The Royal Society


Fiona McBain

Mountain Warehouse Walk 1: Ancient Oaks and Countryside

[38] 10am OXFAM MOOT £8

Danny Dorling and Sally Tomlinson

Rule Britannia! Brexit and the End of Empire Dorling and Tomlinson argue that the 2016 vote to leave the EU was the last gasp of the old empire working its way out of the British psyche. In this wide-ranging and exacting analysis, they argue that if Britain can reconcile itself to a new beginning, there is the chance to carve out a new identity. Rule Britannia is a call to leave behind the jingoistic ignorance of the past and build a fairer Britain, eradicating the inequality that blights our society and embracing our true strengths. Dorling is Halford Mackinder Professor in geography at the University of Oxford. Tomlinson is Emeritus Professor at Goldsmiths University and Honorary Fellow of the Education Department at Oxford.

From Hay we climb to atmospheric Mouse Castle Wood, home to ancient oaks and site of an unfinished motte-and-bailey earthwork, consisting of a rock boss with an artificially scarped vertical side. The castle was held by the de Clanowe family in the 14th century. We continue across undulating fields, returning to Hay along the Wye Valley Walk. Distance 8 miles. Ascent 250 metres. Strong boots and all weather clothing recommended. Bring a packed lunch. Sponsored by Mountain Warehouse

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Profile for Hay Festival

Hay Festival 2019 Programme  

Hay Festival celebrates its 32nd festival in Wales, 23 May–2 June 2019.

Hay Festival 2019 Programme  

Hay Festival celebrates its 32nd festival in Wales, 23 May–2 June 2019.