The University of Worcester at the Hay Festival

The University is hosting a fascinating series of talks and workshops at the world-renowned Hay Festival, which starts next week.

Widely regarded as one of the world’s top literary festivals, the Hay Festival takes place over 10 days and attracts over 250,000 visitors to the small Herefordshire town of Hay-on-Wye.

The University’s series of events includes:

  • Saturday, May 27 at 5.30pm – An illustration workshop with award-winning children’s illustrators Piet Grobler and Tobias Hickey. Children can have a go at creating their own character and learn about how illustrators bring life to children’s picture books by taking part in a choice of activities.
  • Monday, May 29 at 7pm‘Using the creative arts to help people with dementia to live well’. In this talk Dr Claire Garabedian, a trained music practitioner as well as a researcher within the Association of Dementia Studies (ADS) at the University of Worcester, and Laurence Gardiner, an expert with first-hand experience in living with dementia, will explore ways in which simple use of creative arts approaches can help people and their families to live well with dementia.
  • Tuesday, May 30 at 11.30am‘Enemies of the People: the role of the judiciary in a democracy’. Featuring former West Mercia Police Chief Constable, David Shaw, retired Hereford judge HH Toby Hooper QC, Chris Monaghan, Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Worcester, and Professor Penny Darbyshire, from Kingston School of Law, the event will consider the constitutional role of the courts in maintaining a proper balance of power in a modern democracy, following the recent judicial decision on the procedure by which the UK can trigger Brexit. Bill Davies, Head of Law at the University of Worcester will Chair the debate.
  • Wednesday, May 31, at 5.30pm‘Is teaching still a valued profession?’ Heavy workloads, constantly changing government policies, and ‘media bashing’ are just some of the reasons cited in a 2015 survey of new teachers, which showed that 73% have considered leaving the profession. A 2014 OECD survey also found that two thirds of teachers in the UK felt undervalued. This talk will explore how we turn the tide to make sure our teachers feel valued and supported to enable them to educate our children for the future? The panel will feature Professor David Green, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Worcester, Jonathan Godfrey, Principal of Hereford Sixth Form College, Sue Gaston, Headteacher of Fairfield High School in Peterchurch, and Taylor Cornes, a University of Worcester Teaching Graduate, and will be Chaired by Ed Dorrell, Head of Content at Times Educational Supplement.
  • Sunday, June 4 at 5.30pm –  ‘A new vision for our healthcare service’. This debate will explore whether, in a time of turmoil for the NHS, there is another way to deliver healthcare in the UK, innovating with new professions, like Physician Associates and Nurse Associates. The panel will be made up of Baroness Hollins, former president of the BMA, Professor Veronica Wilkie, GP and Professor of Primary Care, Charlotte Scott Taylor, a Physician Associate Graduate, and Dr Steven Thrush, a Consultant at Worcestershire Royal Hospital. It will be Chaired by Jane Perry, Associate Head of the University of Worcester’s Institute of Health and Society.

For tickets to any of the events please visit the Hay Festival website at

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