Ruskin Mill and the Hay Festival

February 27 2019

Ruskin Mill Trust and the Hay Festival are delighted to announce the second year of our collaboration – “Re-imagining Our Potential”. Ruskin Mill is a unique educational charity, with schools and colleges across England and in Wales. The Hay Festival needs no introduction, respected worldwide as a pre-eminent festival of ideas and literature.

Ruskin Mill and Hay are working together to widen the conversation about autism and neurodiversity. Ruskin Mill will exhibit at the Hay Festival in Hay on Wye on 30th and 31st May 2019. We then welcome Hay Festival to Ruskin Mill by hosting our Living Conference at our site in the beautiful Horsley Valley, near Nailsworth in the Cotswolds on 19th and 20th July. 

Aimed at parents and professionals, the two-day event in July will feature talks, panels, performances and workshops that offer new perspectives on the lived experience of autism. Delegates will also work alongside students to experience the therapeutic and productive aspects of craftwork.

Aonghus Gordon, founder and chief executive of Ruskin Mill Trust, said: “Our partnership with Hay Festival is not only an unparalleled opportunity to further research neurological differences but the recognition that there is a need to broaden the conversation. Hay Festival is in perfect harmony with the vision and values held by Ruskin Mill Trust.”

Andy Fryers, sustainability director at Hay Festival, said: “We are excited to build on our collaboration with Ruskin Mill Trust to put on a unique two-day event on the theme of neurodiversity. Having spent time working with the Trust to fine tune our own offer for neurodiversity at our events in Wales, we recognise a need for debate and discovery around best practice and new guidance, which we hope the conference will offer.”

View the full programme and book tickets online here.


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