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Can we look beyond party politics to improve literacy and enhance the lives of generations? Join Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust, for a lively conversation about literacy in Wales and England in the light of new research results.
13+ years (YA)
The broadcaster discusses his memoir: a profoundly moving and heartfelt tribute to a much-loved father who was involved in some of WWII’s most significant campaigns, including the Dunkirk evacuation and the D-Day landings; and a sincere and humble commemoration of the bravery and sacrifice of the soldiers of WWII.
The author made plans to cycle the legendary Via Heraklea. It was an ancient path that took him deep into the world of the Celts: their gods, their art, and, most of all, their sophisticated knowledge of science. Gradually, a lost map revealed itself, of an empire constructed with precision and beauty across vast tracts of Europe. Oriented according to the movements of the Celtic sun god, the map had been forgotten for almost two millennia.
Wales’ inaugural National Poet Gwyneth Lewis’ latest memoir is Two in a Boat – A Marital Voyage. John Harrison is the author of the Wales Book of the Year winner Cloud Road – A Journey Through the Inca Heartland; he recently recovered from throat cancer. Chaired by New Welsh Review editor Gwen Davies.
The lawyer who took giant US oil company Chevron to court and had them found guilty and fined billions of dollars, and who was himself successfully taken to court by Chevron under a civil racketeering suit, is joined by Patrick Alley, director of Global Witness, to discuss how tackling corporate power is a vital step to saving the environment and creating an economy that benefits everyone. Chaired by Anthea Lawson.
Imagine you’re a sausage. You are in a frying pan, happily sizzling away with other like-minded sausages. Then one of them starts to tell you about tomato ketchup. You refuse to believe your friend’s stories but later you find yourself being dipped head first into that tangy, tomatoey joy. And then you realise that yes – ketchup is true. Watching James Campbell is a bit like that. But there aren’t any sausages involved. Or ketchup.
Meet Jamie Thomson, author of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winning Dark Lord series, as he talks about his latest book Dark Lord: Eternal Detention. Jamie will teach the audience how to laugh like a Dark Lord.
Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison are the co-authors of hilarious teen debut Lobsters. Sam and Hannah only have the holidays to find The One. Their ‘lobster’. But instead of being epic, their summer is looking awkward. They must navigate social misunderstandings, the plotting of well-meaning friends, and their own fears of being virgins forever, to find happiness. But fate is at work to bring them together. And in the end, it all boils down to love. Tom and Lucy met in the sixth form and have been friends ever since. Lucy runs online teen magazine Whatever After, as well as teaching in girls’ schools across London specialising in building confidence and creativity. Tom is a journalist and has written for ShortList, TimeOut, Vice, TalkSPORT, ESPN and Viz. Are they lobsters? You’ll have to come along to find out…
13+ years (YA)
When the winter floods receded, they left behind a changed political landscape: one in which we began at last to discuss the treatment of the land and how that affects us. In Feral Monbiot explored the destruction of the uplands and the astonishing, restorative potential of rewilding. Now he extends that analysis, explaining how disastrous agricultural policies strip the soil and exacerbate flooding, and arguing that they can be reversed.
The Brecon Beacons range across upland Wales and create a varied landscape of extensive cave systems, limestone crags and rich meadows. This variety supports thousands of species, some of which are found nowhere else on Earth.
A conversation about the penal system. Pryce served time for perverting the course of justice. She is the author of Prisonomics: Behind Bars in Britain’s Failing Prisons. Both former Prison Governors and now criminologists, Wilson is the author of Out of Sight Out of Mind and Pain and Retribution. They talk to Erwin James, author of A Life Inside and The Home Stretch.
A reading of work written by and for the poet Nigel Jenkins who died in January this year. You can hear his beautiful evocation of the Gower coast in the Festival audio archive.
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The Hay Festival is one of the largest annual events in Wales, attracting in excess of 100,000 visitors. The Festival launched its Greenprint programme in 2006 in an attempt to manage and mitigate the direct and indirect environmental impacts of the Festival. What motivates visitors to attend, what are their consumption patterns and how can change be effected? Cardiff University’s Andrea Collins presents her study research and talks with the Sustainability Director.
How do you go about launching a new business? What are the essential steps you should take to maximise the chances of success?
Stephen Fear is the director The Fear Group and he is joined by Shazia Awan, director of Peachy Pink and NKD Aqua and voted Britain's top Asian female entrepreneur in 2010. They are both Entrepreneurial Ambassadors at The British Library.
Hosted by Barclays' Richard Heggie.
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Part 1: 10 Mewn Bws / 10 in a Bus
Gwilym Bowen Rhys, Ellen Jordan, Catrin O’Neill, Francesca Simmons, Mari Morgan, Huw Evans, Craig Chapman, Leon Ruscitto, Gwen Mairi Yorke, Angharad Jenkins
Ten talented young musicians from different backgrounds come together to reinterpret traditional Welsh music as you’ve never heard it before. Between them they bring together influences from rock, pop, classical and electronica in a fresh and unsullied view of what Welsh traditional music is to them.
Deg cerddor ifanc, talentog o gefndiroedd cerddorol gwahanol yn dod yngyd i rhoi gwedd newydd i gerddoriaeth traddodiadol Cymru. Heb unrhyw rhagbybiaethau ynglyn â beth yw cerddoriaeth traddodiadol, mae’r cerddorion – sy’n dod â dylanwadau o fyd roc a phop, clasurol ac electronica – yn cyflwyno cerddoriaeth gwerin Cymru mewn ffordd ffres a chyffrous.
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Part 2: Cerys MatthewsThe singer and songwriter reveals her new trio, performs her own songs and celebrates the centenary of Dylan Thomas.
Podium dancer, oil rig worker, food addict, musical theatre enthusiast, posh, eco-hypocrite, ex-Goth, muppet fan, award-winning comedian and chief beverages operator at the Little Chef – screw politics! Let’s talk about me…14+ years
Over the last twenty years, the vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton has developed the Alpha Course into one of Christianity’s biggest successes. He discusses his faith and mission with the editor of GQ.