Cardiff University has been undertaking research into the methods by which visitors travel to Hay Festival. Here they discuss the results and ask - can similar transport strategies be used for different festivals and events? What are the key challenges in terms of influencing visitor travel behaviour, and delivering more sustainable events in Wales? In conversation with the Festival’s Sustainability Director.
Meet three artisan producers who are reconnecting with traditional methods. Weobley Ash is reviving a taste for mutton, Charcutier Ltd draws from a farming background and research trips abroad to make a superb range of cured meats from rare breed pigs and Lucky 7 Beer Company is an exciting new entry into the craft beer revoloution. Sample each and give us your verdict. Chaired by Country Living Magazine’s Kitty Corrigan.
From the rise and fall of empires in China, Persia, and Rome to the spread of the great religions and the wars of the twentieth century, this epic work illuminates how the Silk Roads shaped global history, the axis of East and West. Peter Frankopan is the Director of the Centre for Byzantine Research at Oxford University. Chaired by Peter Florence.
Melting ice, a military arms race, the rush to exploit resources at any cost—the Arctic is now the stage on which our future will be decided. But one early September morning in 2013, 30 men and women from 18 countries - the crew of Greenpeace’s Arctic Sunrise - decided to draw a line in the ice and protest the drilling in the Arctic. Ben Stewart is Greenpeace's Head of Media and Frank Hewetson is one of the arrested Arctic 30.
Over the past two centuries or so, capitalism has undergone economic cycles that veer from boom to bust. The Economics Editor for Channel 4 News argues that we are on the brink of a change so big and profound that this time capitalism itself will mutate into something wholly new.
When one little boy discovers a message from Father Christmas asking for help to save his home from the oil drillers, he sets off on a big adventure into the frozen North. Listen to the story and find out what it’s like in the Arctic, who lives there and why it matters if the ice melts, with ex Greenpeace campaigner and author Catherine Barr.
Jonathan and Jose are custom bike builders from Burry Port. Photographer Richard Greatrex has chronicled their journey to complete a unique and magnificent bike, documenting the joys and difficulties of small-scale manufacturing. In conversation with Rob Penn, author, journalist, TV presenter and inveterate cyclist. The Working Wales project celebrates makers and the things they make.
A full-scale portrait of the marriage of the father and mother of the USA - and of the struggle for independence that they led. The historian provides us with a brilliant account of the public President and of the war he waged, and introduces us to the couple’s domestic lives. In conversation with Corisande Albert.
Iris's father, Ernest, is at the end of his life and she hasn't even met him. Her best friend, Thurston, is somewhere on the other side of the world. Everything she thought she knew is up in flames. Now her mother has declared war and means to get her hands on Ernest's priceless art collection. But Ernest has other ideas... The new novel from the award-winning children’s author.
Food security and housing an expanding nation should be priorities for Britain. Both are being thwarted by record land prices. In the past 10 years, farmland value has risen by almost 200 per cent - with feeding the population secondary to speculators buying up thousands of acres to avoid tax. If planning permission is given for new housing, prices may rise 50-fold - making home ownership a distant dream for many. Journalist Peter Hetherington argues that Britain needs much stronger action by the government. Chaired by Andy Fryers.
In the context of the Governor of the Bank of England's recent warnings about the financial risks from climate change and the increasing frequency of extreme weather events, the economics journalist Paul Mason and head of media for Greenpeace, Ben Stewart talk to Prospect Magazine's Serena Kutchinsky and previews the UN Climate Change Summit in Paris.
The Annual Smith-Soldat Memorial Lecture
Using digital mapping, aerial photography and LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging), landscape historian David Lovelace reveals the hidden history of Herefordshire's landscape. From ancient ridge and furrow ploughing, medieval heathlands to the Royal forests, Lovelace explains the complex areas of multiple land use.
Rob Penn cut down an ash tree to see how many things could be made from it. Journeying from Wales and Ireland across Europe to the USA, he finds that the ancient skills and knowledge of the properties of ash, developed over millennia making wheels and arrows, furniture and baseball bats, are far from dead. He chronicles how the urge to appreciate trees still runs through us like grain through wood.
Britain's railways have been a vital part of national life for nearly 200 years. Transforming lives and landscapes, they have left their mark on everything from timekeeping to tourism. From the classical grandeur of Newcastle station to the ceaseless traffic of Clapham Junction, from the mysteries of Brunel's atmospheric railway to the lost routines of the great marshalling yards, Simon Bradley explores the evolution of trains, and the changing experiences of passengers and workers. Chaired by Matthew Engel.
Join Linda Davies for an exploration of her new young adults novel – a rip-roaring time-slip adventure set in the Black Mountains of Wales. This is a must-read for anyone who loves strong heroines, history, ponies and captivating storytelling – and the author might even bring her longbow along…
Winston Spencer Churchill was never far from the world's attention. Acclaimed historian Max Arthur shares revealing photographs and stories from Churchill’s front-line experiences as a soldier and journalist in India, Sudan and Cuba, to the Boer War and World War I; through to his unparalleled political career and his ‘finest hour’, leading Britain during World War II. Chaired by Peter Florence.
Welsh speakers with a lust for global communication, Super Furry Animals shot to fame on Creation Records. Wasting no time, they bought an army tank, equipped it with a techno sound-system, caused national security alerts with 60-foot inflatable monsters and went into the Colombian jungle with armed guerrilla fighters. Written by renowned music journalist Ric Rawlins, with the band’s participation, this is the remarkable story of their ascent to celebrity status.
Thomas Macaulay is most famous for having introduced the English language as a medium for learning in India. Was this an act of cultural imperialism or a modernising move? Historian and biographer Masani gives an insight into how it felt to be at the centre of power in a global empire, ruling over millions of Indian subjects and shaping the destiny of a subcontinent.
The best of contemporary Welsh short-story writing, New Welsh Short Stories offers a wide-ranging view of a country from new and established writers. Stories range from the personal to the universal; from the streets of urban south Wales to the wilder reaches of small town and countryside; from film sets to the limits of time and space.
The true story of an ordinary man who became the king of the largest slum in Rio, the head of a drug cartel and perhaps Brazil’s most wanted criminal; a man who tried to bring welfare and justice to a playground of gang culture and destitution, while everyone around him drew guns and partied. Misha Glenny is a distinguished investigative journalist and historian.
Aubrey is a rambunctious boy who tries to run before he can walk and has crashed two cars before he's old enough to drive one. But when his father, Jim, falls under an horrendous spell Aubrey is determined to break it. With the help of the animals of Rushing Wood, Aubrey will never surrender - even if he must fight the unkillable Spirit of Despair itself: the TERRIBLE YOOT! A new children’s tale from the award-winning writer. Chaired by Peter Florence.
Following the recent three-part ITV series starring Anna Maxwell Martin in Midwinter of the Spirit, find out about the latest Merrily Watkins mystery. When autumn storms blast Hereford, centuries-old human bones are found among the roots of a tree blown down on the city's Castle Green. But why have they been stolen? Chaired by Andy Fryers.
The film adaptation of Fflur Dafydd’s bestselling novel Y Llyfrgell, (The Library), starring Catrin Stewart (Doctor Who, Stella), is an offbeat thriller set in the National Library of Wales. The film, directed by Euros Lyn (Broadchurch, Happy Valley, Daredevil), explores the secrets and lies at the heart of storytelling. The author and actress discuss the film and show clips with journalist and writer Jon Gower.