I went to the Hay Festival for the second time this year. It’s only an hour from my house, through fantastic countryside (which feeds the soul) and stimulating to the mind. Mark Stevenson was very interesting in his view of how things can change for the better, revealing, for example, how plants are being re-engineered to use less water so that we will have enough food to cope with another two billion people. The best bit is listening to the questions which are so insightful. I feel that we’re not the only ones who think about how the world can be better and are willing to debate this.
And it’s well organised too. 7 speaker venues arranged round two courtyards, interspersed with good quality refreshments and a few stalls. Talks start simultaneously, last an hour and there is a half hour gap until the next ones.