Brenda Chamberlain’s iconic book The Watercastle is just published in the Library Of Wales series. Her biographer Jill Piercy discusses her life and work with art historian Peter Lord, who is trying to preserve Chamberlain’s murals on Bardsey, and poet Damian Walford Davies, who has just edited her play The Protagonists, set on Hydra during the time of the Colonels.
They say she has been banned in Bognor and censored in Solihull. Here to hellraise in Hay for one day only, the creator of the world-conquering Georgia Nicholson and Tallulah books and Queen of Comedy – Louise Rennison – will give you a sneak preview of The Taming of the Tights.
Duration 60 mins.
The historian tells the story of the British forces as they invade Afghanistan in 1839 and re-establish Shah Shuia ul-Mulk on the throne. The British faced little opposition to the invasion but, two years later, the Afghans rose in answer to the call for jihad and ultimately consigned the British to their most humiliating military defeat of the C19th.
Why is there something rather than nothing? Over the past thirty years, scientists have learned that two little-understood components – dark matter and dark energy – comprise most of the known cosmos, explain the growth of all cosmic structure, and hold the key to the universe’s fate. (This is way beyond rocket science – but riveting and really entertaining.)
Warpaint by Alicia Foster is a compelling tale of truth and lies, tragedy and black comedy, loosely based on the lives of four painters of the time. The Sea Change by Joanna Rossiter is a haunting and moving novel about a mother and a daughter, caught between a tsunami and a war. In Francesca Rhydderch’s The Rice Paper Diaries, four interweaving accounts relate the intimate havoc wrought by military conflict on individual lives. Chaired by Lisa Dwan.
Wise, romantic, magical and funny, Ness’ The Crane Wife is a hymn to the creative imagination and a celebration of the disruptive and redemptive power of love. In Haig’s The Humans Professor Andrew Martin of CambridgeUniversity solves the world’s greatest mathematical riddle. Then he disappears. When he is found walking naked along the motorway, Professor Martin seems different. Chaired by Tanya Seghatchian.
Journeying alone through the greenest continent in what he feels will be his last African journey, Theroux encounters a world increasingly removed from both the itineraries of tourists and the hopes of post-colonial independence movements. Leaving the Cape Town townships, traversing the Namibian bush, passing the browsing cattle of the great sun-baked heartland of the savannah, he crosses the ‘Red Line’ into a different Africa.