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The historian argues for the predominance in any society of one of three broad value systems – that of the merchant (commercial and competitive); the soldier (aristocratic and militaristic); and the sage (bureaucratic or creative). These ‘castes’ struggle alongside the worker (egalitarian and artisanal) for power. Then comes a point of drastic change and the result is economic crisis, war or revolution, and eventually a new caste takes over.
The poet celebrates the work of the canonical poets and discusses his literary philosophy: that the greatest verse arises from a harmony of mind and body, and that poetic forms originate in human necessities – breath, heartbeat, footstep, posture.
The architectural historian and Pevsner Guide author gives an illustrated talk about these most workaday public spaces. Followed by an update on the Heritage Lottery-supported Hay Cheesemarket project by Director Juliet Noble and Heritage Activities Manager Clare Purcell.
A concert to celebrate the centenary of the great Welsh Poet features William Matthias’ setting of The Seven Poems Of RS Thomas and Henry Purcell’s Abdelazer Suite performed by the WNO Ensemble, directed by David Adams, with tenor Mark le Brocq and with narration by the National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke.
A journey through Britain’s radical tradition of utopian art and politics. The performance of music and readings spans 350 years from The Diggers to Bruce Springsteen, and captures the spirit of hope and vision that once transformed the nation. Music performed by Chris Ellis and Rosie Toll.
Why a systematic music education should be at the heart of every child’s early educational experience. Examples from contemporary approaches to music education will be shared, and recent political events that have threatened these approaches will be analysed. Chaired by Martin Chilton.
Sky Rainforest Rescue ambassador Lily Cole features in a short film about her journey to the Brazilian Amazon to explore how people are making a sustainable income living from the rainforest. Join Lily to hear how she is supporting Sky and WWF to help protect 1 billion trees in the Amazon rainforest. Chaired by Andy Fryers.
The Creative Director of Selfridges discusses the state of the rag trade with the editor of GQ.
What was it like to be ill in medieval Wales? What remedies did people use and to whom did they turn for treatment? Chaired by Jasper Rees.
Jasper Rees is author of Bred Of Heaven.
The permaculture pioneer guides us around his sustainable food centre, which has won 12 True Taste of Wales awards in three years – including gold for Sustainable Development – and as the most productive acre and a half in the UK is a blueprint model for future food security.
Come and learn about a shepherd’s year at a local sheep farm and see a flock of ewes with lambs at foot. There will be demonstrations of sheep dogs at work and of sheep shearing followed by a chance to see how a fleece is spun into knitting wool. Lamb rolls made from farm produce will be served at the end of a short farm walk.
Why is there an ‘h’ in ghost? William Caxton, inventor of the printing press, and his Flemish employees are to blame. Without a dictionary or style guide to hand in C15th Bruges, the typesetters simply spelled it the way it sounded to their foreign ears, and it stuck. The linguistics prof unearths the stories behind the rogue words that confound us, in an epic journey taking in C6th monks, French and Latin upstarts, the Industrial Revolution and the internet.
Twenty-five years after a bomb brought Pan Am Flight 103 down on the town, the novelist James Robertson, author of The Professor Of Truth, and Dr Swire, whose daughter Flora was killed in the bombing and who is a member of the Justice For Megrahi group, reflect on the tragedy.
We kick off this day devoted to espionage with two revealed stories that changed the course of the C20th – The Greatest Traitor: The Secret Lives Of Agent George Blake and The Secret Listeners: How The Y Service Intercepted The German Codes For Bletchley Park.
Love Bombing is the psychologist’s very simple technique, which helps most children from three years to early teenage. Because so many parents have periods of living very busy or miserable or complicated lives, most of us need to reconnect with our children from time to time. Love Bombing does the job. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
How can we use omnipresent data to drive behaviour change, improve performance and make radical the new normal? This is the last in a series of open invitation workshops, conversations and presentations designed to inspire applicants, tackle the big issues of sustainability, and take the great ideas you’ve jotted on the back of beer mats or napkins and make them real.
Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
The Carnegie Medal-shortlisted creator of Good Dog, Bad Dog, a children’s comic strip featuring film-noir-style dog detectives Kirk Bergman and Duncan McBoo, will show you how to create your own. Paper and pens provided.
Duration 60 mins. Places limited.
Join us in making Mini Spanish Omelettes, Welsh Sushi, Giant Chocolate Waffles, Sicilian Chicken and No Bake Cheesecakes. The menu will be rotated between sessions on a daily basis.
5–8 years – children must be accompanied