'Being Human: Hopes and Fears'

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Festival of Humanities logo 2015Now in its third year, Being Human is led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and the British Academy (BA).  Following a successful application, Swansea University has been awarded funding to hold events during the 'Hopes and Fears' festival week, 17 – 25 November 2016.  During this year’s Festival, Swansea University’s hub ‘Dreams, Demons and Discovery’ will inspire you to express your hopes and fears in creative ways. Our programme will excite and challenge you to contemplate and reinterpret significant issues facing us today – from climate change and the changing face of energy, to our relationship with landscape.

Join us for a range of free events across the festival period, including: an evening with Michael Morpurgo, one of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers; a hands-on arts and crafts session at our special ‘demon stations’ with our Egyptian demons expert; photo walks to inspire photographic responses to the beautiful Swansea coastline; a chance to share your stories of hope and fear with our award winning Creative Writing team; and an evening of Welsh poetry and celebration with the chaired bard at the 2016 National Eisteddfod, Aneirin Karadog.

Watch out also for opportunities to log your hopes and fears at locations around Swansea and see them projected onto the spectacular National Waterfront Museum!

These events will be delivered by Swansea’s Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) in collaboration with the following partners: City and County of Swansea; Swansea Museum; National Waterfront Museum; Tidal Lagoon Power; DylanED; Clyne Farm Centre; Volcano Theatre Company; Coastal Housing; Trust New Art; The National Trust; Sound UK; and the Challenging Human Environments and Research Impact for a Sustainable and Healthy Digital Economy (CHERISH-DE) centre at Swansea University.

An Evening with Michael Morpurgo

An Evening with Michael Morpurgo

Thursday 17 November 2016, 7.30pm

Swansea University Centenary Lecture Series curated and introduced by Professor Owen Sheers.  

At this exclusive event Michael Morpurgo, one of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers reads from and discusses his new book Such Stuff:  A Story-maker’s Inspiration, a revealing and insightful mediation upon the wellsprings and sources of his many books and tales.

Followed by a Q & A and book-signing with Michael Morpurgo.

Venue:   Great Hall, Swansea Bay Campus.  

Booking required.  

Further details here.

‘The Changing Face of Energy’

‘The Changing Face of Energy'

Monday 21 November and Tuesday 22 November

Schools and Colleges in Swansea, 14-18 year olds

A series of cross art workshops will take place in schools and colleges within Swansea and its hinterlands.  

Creative writers, musicians, performers and pupils will come together to explore the changing face of energy and climate change. Combining Dylan Thomas’ words with discussions on energy and climate, creative outputs will take the form of poetry, stories and musical compositions.  

In partnership with Tidal Lagoon Power and the DylanED project (the educational strand of the International Dylan Thomas Prize).  

My One and All: My Swansea Coast

Tuesday 22 November, 7pm

This event brings together a screening of film-poem On The Seas Land (Ar-for-dir) and a unique exhibition of public response photography to Swansea’s coastline.  Originally exhibited at Somerset House, On The Seas Land captures poet and Swansea University's Professor in Creativity Owen Sheers’ poetic journey along the Gower Coast.  Inspired by this unique landscape with stunning footage by Benjamin Wigley (Artdocs), the film will be screened alongside an exhibition of photographic responses from the public.  Partners: Coastal Housing; Trust New Art; National Trust; Sound UK; Volcano Theatre Company

Venue:  Volcano Theatre, Iceland Building, Swansea.  For further information and to book your place click here.

‘Attitudes and Aspirations – Interpretations of Disability’

'Attitudes and Aspirations – Interpretations of Disability’

Thursday 24 Novmber 2016, 12 noon-2.30pm

This event will showcase artistic interpretations, attitudes and aspirations in relation to disability by adults with cerebral palsy and local school children with a range of physical disabilities. The art session will form part of the ‘The Legacy of Longfields Project’ that researches and celebrates the history and impact of the now closed Longfields Centre, Swansea. The centre supported local disabled people and embraced new attitudes toward treating those with physical and learning disabilities and set trends in approaches to treatments in centres elsewhere. 

Partners:  City and County of Swansea and National Waterfront Museum.

Venue:  Ocean Room, National Waterfront Museum.  Booking required.  For further information email k.spiller@swansea.ac.uk.

‘Heroes and villains: drawing your dreams and demons’

‘Heroes and villains: drawing your dreams and demons’

Saturday 19 November 2016, starting 11am or 12 noon (2 x 1 hour sessions)

Join us for ‘Demon Stations’, a hands-on arts and crafts event for all the family where you get to create your very own heroes and demons. Dress up as your favourite hero or villain and come along to Swansea Museum to make your own character based on your hopes, dreams or fears. You’ll also learn about Egyptian demons with Swansea University expert Dr Kasia Szpakowska and have a chance to compare your creations with some ancient wonders!  Let’s get creative and find the demon in the detail!

The Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project 2K at Swansea University was funded by the Leverhulme Trust.  

In partnership with Swansea Museum.  Suitable for all.  No booking required.  Venue:  Swansea Museum.  Further details here.

Gwres y gad a hedd yr eisteddfod

Dydd Llun 21 Tachwedd / Monday 21 November 2016, 7pm

Achlysur i ddathlu llwyddiant Aneirin Karadog yn cipio Cadair Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Sir Fynwy a’r Cyffiniau eleni gyda’i ddilyniant o gerddi cynganeddol ar y testun ‘Ffiniau’. Dyma gyfle gwych i wrando ar Aneirin, sy’n astudio ar gyfer PhD mewn Ysgrifennu Creadigol yn Adran y Gymraeg, Academi Hywel Teifi, yn darllen rhai o’i gerddi buddugol ac yn trafod cefndir eu cyfansoddi; i glywed un o feirniaid y gystadleuaeth, Tudur Dylan Jones, yn egluro pam y daeth gwaith Tad Diymadferth? i’r brig; aci gyfeillion gyflwyno eu llongyfarchion i’r prifardd newydd. A’r cwbl mewn awyrgylch anffurfiol a chynnes.  Darperir lluniaeth ysgafn, i gyfeiliant nodau melfedaidd sacsoffon Daniel Williams.

Ble:  Tŷ’r Gwrhyd, Stryd Holly, Pontardawe, Abertawe SA8 4ET

(A Welsh-medium event celebrating Aneirin Karadog’s success in winning the coveted Chair prize at this year’s National Eisteddfod held at Abergavenny.)

Booking required.  Further information here.

Is the Light at the End of the Tunnel an Oncoming Train?

Wednesday 23 November, 2pm

Fact, Fiction, Fear and Fantasy in contemporary storytelling.

Swansea University’s Creative Writing team present a public workshop on how the tension between fear and hope informs the 21st Century author. A panel including Alan Bilton, Jasmine Donahaye and  Anne-Lauppe Dunbar talk about the place of research in the creation of fiction and non-fiction. Dr Donahaye’s Losing Israel was the non-fiction winner of this year’s Wales Book of the Year Award, and Dr Lauppe-Dunbar’s Dark Mermaids, based on research into East German sports doping practices in the 1970s, was shortlisted for a UK sports book of the year award. Dr Bilton has just released a new collection of funny and fear-laden short stories, Anywhere Out of the World.  The session will be chaired by Director of  Creative Writing, Professor D.J.Britton, who will invite the audience to share their own stories of hope and fear.

Venue:  Clyne Farm Centre.

Book your place here.

... Hopes and Fears ...

Watch out also for opportunities to log your hopes and fears at locations around Swansea and see them projected onto the spectacular National Waterfront Museum!