The editor of the Africa39 anthology, honouring 39 of the best writers from sub-Saharan Africa under the age of 40, talks to two of the writers celebrated in the project. Wanner, a South African now living in Kenya, is author of Men of the South, Maid in SA – 30 Ways to Leave Your Madam, and London Cape Town Joburg. Somalia-born Mohamed is the author of Black Mamba Boy and The Orchard of Lost Souls.
Come and share this extraordinary emotional journey over four concerts, Monday–Thursday. This second concert in the series features The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book One nos 12–24. BWV 858-869.
Laura McAllister, Chair of Sport Wales and Professor of Governance at the University of Liverpool’s School of Management delivers the fourth annual Welsh affairs lecture dedicated to the late BBC Wales broadcaster.
Broadcast live on BBC Radio Wales.
Please come and join us for a light supper and some lighter competitive quizzing with rounds on vice and virtue, passion and progress. Bring your own team of four, or come and scratch together with new friends. There are sumptuous prizes, scrummy food and the (really not so fiendish) questions spun by Peter Florence.
Main course – choice of:
Lamb Puttanesca with Puy Lentils, Wild Rice, Olives, Pine Nuts, Dried Tomatoes and Greens;
or Wye Valley Asparagus and Leek Tartlet with Neal’s Yard Peroche Goats Cheese (Vegetarian)
Dessert: Strawberry and Elderflower Eton Mess
How are wars conducted today? What happens when you only see your enemy onscreen or driving past an IED? And what effect does digital warfare have on the long-term security of the West? Woods is the author of Sudden Justice – America’s Secret Drone Wars. The investigative journalist charts the deployment of the CIA Predator drones for targeted counterterrorism killings in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan. He challenges with damning evidence the assertion that drones minimize civilian casualties and are ‘the most precise weapon ever invented’. Major Hunter is the author of Eight Lives Down and Extreme Risk. He was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal for his work in Iraq as a bomb disposal operative.
An hour of beer tasting with one of Britain’s most entertaining connoisseurs.
The author of Let Me Tell You About Beer is living the beer dream. Not only does she write extensively about the world's favourite drink, she also works with chefs to create beer and food extravaganzas in venues as diverse as Michelin-starred restaurants to local pubs, and is invited to judge at beer competitions from London to Brussels and Amsterdam to America.
Her reputation for having a fine palate and fun approach to all things brewed also translates to actually making beer, and some of her collaborative beers have gone on to become huge successes for the breweries Melissa made them with, never profiting herself.
Somewhere between song and story, and between fiction and truth, is the world of Terence Blacker, a place of secrets, surprises and humour. His songs have been compared to those of Jake Thackray, and his stories to those of Roald Dahl. Combining the two for this guided tour around his private village – developed from his successful Edinburgh Fringe show My Village and Other Aliens – he offers a view of our world that is sharp-eyed, funny and affectionate.
Maybe it was a viral pandemic, or an asteroid strike, or perhaps nuclear war. Whatever the cause, the world as we know it has ended and you and the other survivors must start again. What key knowledge would you need to start rebuilding civilisation from scratch? Dartnell is a UK Space Agency research fellow at the University of Leicester, in the field of astrobiology and the search for signs of life on Mars.
The world-renowned classical harpist, arranger and composer from Wales is hailed for her versatility and musical fearlessness. Her new album Tides marks the first time her own material has appeared as a body of work on stage and on record. It reveals a new side of an exceptional artist, driven to explore the possibilities of the harp and a lifetime of musical influences. As Catrin says, ‘All my musical life is here.’ Catrin plays harp and piano. She is joined on stage by a string section and other guest musicians.
Photo by Rhys Frampton
The Shakespeare Institute scholars examine the text, sources and context of Shakespeare’s most popular play, looking at how the earliest performances worked and how subsequent productions over the centuries have reflected its themes. In the Q&A they address the most commonly examined syllabus questions.
We are surrounded by stationery: half-chewed Cristal Bics and bent paper clips, rubber bands to fiddle with or ping, blunt pencils, rubbers and Tipp-ex. Exploring these everyday objects, Ward reveals tales of invention – accidental and brilliant – and bitter rivalry. He also asks the difficult questions, like who is Mr Pritt, and what are the thousands of uses claimed for Blu-Tack?
Britain faces extraordinary challenges, from climate change to growing inequality and global economics, but as a nation has no plan for the future. This unique book asks a simple question: how can it organise itself, not just for survival, but to build a fairer and more sustainable society? The Town and Country Planning Association’s Henderson and Ellis talk to the Hay on Earth Director.
Join Into Film for an intro to filmmaking workshop. You'll soon be showing off your filmmaking skills to friends – whatever your filmmaking background.
Bring your smart phone if you have one.
Not for broadcast.
How to animate the inanimate? This session will explore one of the artist’s oldest and most simple subjects: the still life. Infinitely varied, the still life can represent the nature of mortality and transformation, or simply provide the artist with the subject in the absence of a model. Students will have the opportunity to draw the figure in relation to a still life in colour and a variety of media.
Suitable for all ages and abilities
Come and draw with CORPSE TALK’S Adam Murphy. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a first time comic reader, Adam will help you dig up the best tips and tricks to help you put pencil to paper and create some AWESOME characters! Bring your imagination and prepare to be amazed!
PLUS join other Phoenix creators (some of the UK’s best comic artists) as they show how to construct a brilliant comic from even the craziest ideas – they’ll take you through some top character creation tips and send you away with your very own brilliant comic!
With award-winning illustrator Amy Husband, local authors Catherine Barr and Steve Williams will take children on the extraordinary journey of evolution. Inspired by readings from the book, children will explore the story of life and, working together, they will draw, cut and colour all kinds of creatures to create their own timeline of life on Earth.