Peter Finch is one of Britain’s leading poets. His blending of the avant-garde, concrete, visual, sound, performance and more conventional forms has placed him at the cutting edge of contemporary poetry. He probes tradition and experiment with author and presenter Jon Gower in this event celebrating his remarkable career.
Photographers John Bulmer and Billie Charity talk about their photo books, shot in the Marches. John’s A Very English Village was shot 50 years ago in Pembridge and Billie’s Lockdown Light captured lockdown in and around Hay. They discuss the changes five decades have wrought both in the subjects and the process of taking photographs and publishing them in book form.
Elizabeth and Mary take us through a new booklet on many of the smaller churches and chapels local to Hay-on-Wye. In its foreword Simon Jenkins describes them as ‘among the loveliest in Britain’. They house superb rood screens, magnificent fonts, a water-powered organ, a rare monolithic stone preaching cross and the only parish Dead House in Wales.
Join our firmament of Welsh stars for a sublime evening of Mozart, Handel, Vivaldi and haunting Welsh songs with the festival chamber orchestra conducted by Gareth Jones (Hallé, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Proms in the Park).
Soprano Rebecca Evans is a Grammy Award-winning artist whose concert appearances include the Salzburg, Edinburgh, Tanglewood and Ravinia Festivals and the BBC Proms. Tenor Trystan Llŷr Griffiths has sung with Opéra National de Lorraine, Zürich Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North and Welsh National Opera. Mezzo-soprano Leah-Marian Jones is long established on the stages of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera and Opera North. And bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel has established an extraordinary career, performing regularly on the prestigious concert stages and opera houses of the world.
BBC Radio Wales’ satirical panel show returns to Hay, as Tom Price and guests Jason Byrne, Konnie Huq and Ian Stone offer erudite analysis, interpretation and laughter as they look at the week's biggest news stories from Wales and the World.
May contain adult language, not suitable for children
Lively discussion with Jude Rogers and a selection of the best fiction and non-fiction writers at Hay. Today she’s joined by journalist and novelist Stephanie Merritt, public health expert Professor Devi Sridhar and writer and broadcaster Lemn Sissay.
A special edition of the BBC Radio Wales Arts Show from the Hay Festival. Carolyn Hitt is joined by novelists Julie Owen Moylan and Caryl Lloyd, George Hinchliffe from the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain, Craig Graham and Mike Stirling from The Beano.
Lively discussion with Jude Rogers and a selection of the best fiction and non-fiction writers at Hay. Today she’s joined by the nation’s favourite doctor, the TV presenter and writer, Dr Ranj, the author and broadcaster, Natalie Haynes, and the investigative journalist and writer, Oliver Bullough.
Max Boyce celebrates the publication of the best of his selected poems, songs and stories with award-winning journalist Carolyn Hitt. When ‘Hymns and Arias’ rang out at Cardiff Arms Park some fifty years ago, the great Welsh anthems had found a companion and the valleys of South Wales had produced a new folk hero. Max Boyce captures the spirit and the story of the people of Wales with a warmth and charm that has made his words and music resonate with a worldwide audience. There is only one Max. Join him as he discusses his remarkable career.
The true story of Major Herbert Armstrong, a Hay-on-Wye solicitor who was hanged in May 1922 for poisoning his wife with arsenic, was a celebrated murder case, which inspired works by Dorothy L Sayers and Agatha Christie in the golden age of crime writing. But was he really guilty? Or was it a terrible miscarriage of justice? Stephen Bates uncovers new evidence as he joins Brecon Beacons National Park guides on this walking tour around Hay, visiting some of the sites featured in his book.
Lively discussion with Jude Rogers and a selection of the best fiction and non-fiction writers at Hay. Today she’s joined by the comedian and actor, Marcus Brigstocke, the bestselling author, Sarah Vaughan, and the historian and TV presenter, Dr Tracy Borman.
In 1908, Sydney Curnow Vosper painted an elderly Welsh woman in national costume, standing inside a chapel. Purchased by Lord Leverhulme and bizarrely deployed to advertise ‘Sunlight Soap’, Salem achieved the status of a national icon in Wales. Widely distributed as a print, it came to symbolise the piety of the common people, and acquired a moralising mythic back story. However, in the last quarter of the twentieth century, against a background of bombings, the burning of holiday cottages and the language movement, it underwent a transformation, redeployed by activists as a token of political docility and colonial subservience.
Following the acquisition by the National Library of Wales of a second version of the original painting, art historian Peter Lord reviews how this simple image became the focus of complex political identities, and the wider question of iconic representations of nationhood in Wales.
The original Salem painting by Sydney Curnow Vosper will be on display during the event, offering a special opportunity to view one of Wales’ most iconic artworks.
Photo © Dylan Williams
Ym 1908, peintiodd Sydney Curnow Vosper lun o hen fenyw mewn gwisg Gymreig draddodiadol yn sefyll y tu mewn i gapel. Wedi iddo gael ei brynu gan yr Arglwydd Leverhulme a’i ddefnyddio, yn rhyfedd iawn, i hysbysebu ‘Sunlight Soap’, daeth Salem yn eicon cenedlaethol yng Nghymru. Cafodd ei rannu'n eang fel print gan ddod yn symbol o dduwioldeb y dyn cyffredin, a datblygodd stori foesegol chwedlonol amdano. Fodd bynnag, yn chwarter olaf yr ugeinfed ganrif, gyda bomio, llosgi tai haf a’r mudiad iaith yn gefnlen, fe'i trawsnewidwyd a chael ei ailgyflwyno gan actifyddion fel arwydd o waseidd-dra trefedigaethol ac o fod yn wleidyddol ddof.
Yn dilyn caffaeliad gan Lyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru o ail fersiwn o’r darlun gwreiddiol, mae hanesydd celf Peter Lord yn adolygu sut y daeth y darlun syml yma i fod yn ganolbwynt i hunaniaethau gwleidyddol cymhleth, gan edrych ar y cwestiwn ehangach ynghylch cynrychiolaeth eiconig o genedligrwydd yng Nghymru.
Yn ystod y cyflwyniad, bydd y llun gwreiddiol Salem gan Sydney Curnow Vosper yn cael ei arddangos ac yn cynnig cyfle arbennig i weld un o weithiau celf fwyaf eiconig Cymru.
Mewn partneriaeth gyda Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru a noddir gan Oriel Mimosa
Why view history through the lens of poetry? Which handful of poems best represent key elements in a nation’s past? How does one ensure a nation’s bicultural history is faithfully and effectively presented? And how can images enrich understanding? These are some of the questions considered during the course of this discussion between editor M Wynn Thomas and one of contemporary Wales’s most distinguished poets, Gwyneth Lewis. They address what poems can show us about our past that has eluded conventional history.
Come to Andrew and Rachel Giles’ farm with local vet Barney Sampson to see how their herd of dairy cows produces most of their milk from grass. Visitors can enter the milking parlour and help to milk the cows and see the calves. Find out how their four stomachs enable them to digest grass. Samples of dairy products will be provided for tasting and a local cheese maker will explain the art and science beneath the rind.
With thanks to Andrew and Rachel Giles
Join the author of Walking the Old Ways of East Breconshire and the Black Mountains and two guides from Brecon Beacons National Park on a gentle walk through the beautiful surrounds of Hay-on-Wye.
In 2022, S4C – the Welsh language television channel – is 40. A discussion on the past, present and future of the channel, from the dramatic campaigns that led to its establishment to its present-day form as a multiplatform broadcaster with an international reach. In the company of S4C Chief Executive Siân Doyle, prominent figures from the worlds of broadcasting and politics trace the challenges and successes of four decades, while interrogating the role and function of a minority language broadcaster in a globalised world. Cenwyn Edwards is Former Head of Factual Programmes at HTV and Former Head of Factual and Co-Productions at S4C; Siân Gwenllian AS/MS is a Member of the Senedd and Journalist; Angharad Mair is Chair of Tinopolis Cymru. Chaired by Sioned Wiliam, Comedy Commissioner for Radio 4 (2015 - 2022).
Dylan Huw works bilingually across criticism, fiction and collaborative projects, and is one of the Arts Council of Wales' Future Wales Fellows. Crystal Jeans, short story writer and novelist, won the Wales Book of the Year for her novel Light Switches Are My Kryptonite. David Llewellyn, novelist and scriptwriter, was shortlisted for the Polari Prize with A Simple Scale. Kirsti Bohata, Professor of English Literature and the Co-Director of the Centre for Research into the English Language and Literature at Swansea University, maps the importance of the short story form in the development and portrayal of queer culture to mark the publication of a groundbreaking anthology of queer writing from Wales.
Published in 2021, The Welsh Way: Essays on Neoliberalism and Devolution had an immediate impact on the understanding of Welsh politics and the discourse of radical politics in this country. Challenging the rhetoric of Welsh Labour and its record in power – and the broader perception of the British left – its wide range of author-activists, practitioners and academics dissect the narratives, policies and assumptions that structure perceptions of our politics, and tackle the myth that Welsh politics is somehow more progressive than that of its neighbours. To discuss are the author of The Story of Wales, Jon Gower; contributors Mabli Jones (Chair of Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg), Catrin Ashton (Communist Party); and Huw Williams, one of the editors.