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.
The hugely ambitious Parthian press project to gather in one imprint the greatest Welsh writing in English of the past 100 years has now reached 50 titles – from Raymond Williams and Margiad Evans to Rachel Trezise and Leonora Brito. Phil George leads a conversation about the scope and scale, impact and treasures of Welsh literature. What do we learn from these modern classics? What might the next 50 books be? And how might they be selected?
Join these two brilliant writers as they discuss their titles The Girl Savage and The Explorer, and Kat Wolfe Investigates and The Snow Angel and the influence that their childhoods growing up in Zimbabwe had on their writing. Chaired by Georgina Godwin.
From schools to universities to industry, the voices calling for more creativity in UK classrooms are getting louder. Research is conclusive that creative activities have outsize impacts on well-being, self-esteem and other cognitive abilities. In a new book, Natural Born Learners, Alex Beard examines the frontline of 21st century schools from Silicon Valley and learning with robots to his own experience in an inner-city London school. He offers suggestions of a different way forward. Black Mountains College is a project to create a new kind of liberal arts university and teacher training college in Powys to meet the challenges of future generations and a warming planet. It proposes a radically different kind of undergraduate experience – its director, Ben Rawlence, will explain. They are joined by Kirsty Williams, Minister for Education in the Welsh Government. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
A conversation with the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer about his comedic masterpiece, a great American novel for our times. Russo returns to North Bath, the Rust Belt town first brought to unforgettable life in Nobody’s Fool.
A performance of the new one-man play by the Cameroon-born playwright and actor, now a Creative Wales Fellow, is followed by a conversation with Owen Sheers about the work and Charles’ extraordinary life. The Last Ritual is based on the author’s last days in the village of Small Soppo in Buea, Cameroon. It looks at love and ultimate betrayal, exploring the theme of witchcraft and the practice of it.
The development of painting in London from the Second World War to the 1970s is the story of interlinking friendships, shared experiences and artistic concerns among a number of acclaimed artists, including Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Gillian Ayres, Frank Bowling and Howard Hodgkin. Drawing on extensive first-hand interviews, many previously unpublished, with important witnesses and participants, the art critic Martin Gayford teases out the thread connecting these individual lives and demonstrates how painting thrived in London against the backdrop of Soho bohemia in the 1940s and 1950s and ‘Swinging London’ in the 1960s.
The writer, director and co-creator with Dermot Morgan of satirical comedy radio programme Scrap Saturday, talks about his comic writing.
El conocido crítico literario Christopher Domínguez Michael ha presentado recientemente Octavio Paz en su siglo, una biografía intelectual en la que trata el pensamiento, las inquietudes y las obsesiones del Premio Nobel de Literatura mexicano. Christopher Domínguez Michael es además autor de otros libros que le han posicionado como uno de los críticos literarios hispanoamericanos de referencia, entre ellos, Antología de la narrativa mexicana del siglo XX, La sabiduría sin promesa. Vidas y letras del siglo XX y el Diccionario crítico de la literatura mexicana (1955-2005).
Con el apoyo del Instituto Caro y Cuervo
The destruction of cultural heritage has grabbed headlines worldwide. Does it matter? This talk will explore the dynamics of violence, reconstruction and repair that underlie these dramatic acts of destruction. Dr Viejo is a Lecturer in Heritage and the Politics of the Past.
El escritor colombiano Juan Gabriel Vásquez es uno de los novelistas latinoamericanos con mayor proyección internacional. Autor de novelas y relatos, fue galardonado con el premio Alfaguara de Novela 2011 por El ruido de las cosas al caer. Javier Cercas es uno de los escritores más destacados en España a día de hoy, autor de aclamados libros como Soldados de Salamina, La velocidad de la luz y El impostor, su última novela.
Now in his ninth decade, former Bishop of Edinburgh Richard Holloway has spent a lifetime at the bedsides of the dying, guiding countless men and women towards peaceful deaths. In Waiting for the Last Bus, he presents a positive, meditative and profound exploration of the many important lessons we can learn from death: facing up to the limitations of our bodies as they falter, reflecting on our failings, and forgiving ourselves and others. Holloway’s previous books include Leaving Alexandria and Looking in the Distance.