THURSDAY 30 MAY
 4pm LLWYFAN CYMRU – WALES STAGE £8
 5.30pm OXFAM MOOT £10
Sarah Harper talks to Bronwen Maddox
Cara Courage, Nicola Headlam, Alison Hindell and Charlotte Martin
How Population Change Will Transform Our World Harper examines population trends by region to explode some myths and highlight the key issues facing us in the coming decades, including the demographic inertia in Europe, demographic dividend in Asia, high fertility and mortality in Africa, the youth bulge in the Middle East, and the balancing act of migration in the Americas. Harper analyses the global challenges we must plan for – the impact of climate change and urbanisation and the difficulty of feeding ten billion people – and considers ways in which we can prepare for and mitigate against these dangers. Harper is Professor of Gerontology at Oxford University and Director of the Oxford Institute of Ageing.
Gender, Sex and Gossip in Ambridge: Women in The Archers The intrepid team of researchers who brought you Custard, Culverts and Cake: Academics on Life in The Archers return with a hard-hitting exposé on the lives of the women of Ambridge. The Archers Academics are joined by former Archers editor Alison Hindell and actor and academic Charlotte Martin (a.k.a. Susan Carter) to examine the power of gossip in Ambridge, portrayals of love, marriage, and motherhood, female education and career expectations, women’s mental health and the hard-won right of women to play cricket. Sponsored by Fred’s Yurts  5.30pm LLWYFAN CYMRU – WALES STAGE £8
Erling Kagge talks to Dylan Moore
 4pm HAY FESTIVAL FOUNDATION STAGE £9
Walking: One Step at a Time
Ethelbert, King & Martyr: Hereford’s Patron Saint
From the bestselling author of Silence comes an illuminating examination of the joy of walking. From those perilous first steps as a toddler to great expeditions, from walking to work to trekking to the North Pole, the philosophical Norwegian adventurer explains that he who walks goes further and lives better. Kagge offers a meditation on the love of exploration, the delight of discovery and the equilibrium that can be found in this most simple of activities.
Hereford Cathedral is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Ethelbert the King. But who was St Ethelbert? He played a significant role in the development of the church in Mercia. Following his beheading by King Offa in 794 pilgrims flocked to his shrine in Hereford Cathedral, which became a place of healing. Medieval writers elaborated stories of the saint and, although there are no traces of his original shrine, his story lives on and says important things about life and faith today. Tavinor is Dean of Hereford Cathedral.
 5.30pm STARLIGHT STAGE £8
The 2019 INSPIRE/ASLE-UKI Lecture: Such a Pair – The Twin Lives of Humans and Trees
 4pm COMPASS STUDIO £8
Climate Change and Wetland Archaeology Historically often considered as worthless morasses, peat bogs cover three per cent of the world’s land surface. They are unique records of history and today they are recognised as beautiful habitats providing environmental benefits from biodiversity to climate regulation. However, they are threatened by drainage, land reclamation for agriculture and peat cutting for fuel, which has significantly reduced the extent and condition of these ecosystems on a global scale. Transforming the management of wetland, peatland and waterlogged sites is crucial. Henry Chapman is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Birmingham and is a regular guest on archaeological programmes including C4’s Time Team. In association with the University of Birmingham
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Tracing the twin lives and connected deaths of humans and trees in English verse, especially in the poetry of Thomas Hardy and Charlotte Mew, Charlwood explores the paralleling of plant and person, the way that tree-felling is represented in poetry, and moments when the distinction between the human body and the tree’s form starts to fade. Poetry records the passing of specific tree lives, borrowing aspects of the elegy – a form that traditionally records a human death – to lend importance to such losses. Catherine Charlwood is an emerging scholar in the environmental humanities at Oxford University. After speaking she will discuss the concepts further with Jane Davidson, Director of the award-winning Institute for Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE) programme, and Brycchan Carey, Professor of English at Northumbria University and Chair of ASLE-UKI. In association with INSPIRE and ASLE-UKI
Hay Festival celebrates its 32nd festival in Wales, 23 May–2 June 2019.