Being Human 2018

 The Being Human LogoSwansea University’s Cultural Institute has been chosen as one of six hubs for Being Human 2018, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities.

Now in its fifth year, Being Human is led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. This partnership draws together the three major bodies dedicated to supporting and promoting humanities research in the UK and internationally.

With a theme of Origins and Endings, this year's celebration of the humanities is taking place nationally between 15 - 24 November 2018, with a series of free events taking place across Swansea. 

Under a hub theme of Once Upon a Time, the End, audiences can participate in creative activities (including 'literary windows'), performances, discussions and an exhibition that will take you from fairy tales to Shakespeare, Martin Luther King to the NHS at 70. 

These events will be delivered by the Cultural Institute at Swansea University in collaboration with a range of partners from the Swansea Bay area.

Dr Elaine Canning, the Cultural Institute's Head of Cultural Engagement and Development, said: “We are delighted to be hosting a festival hub as part of Being Human 2018 and wish to thank the festival organisers for giving us this exciting opportunity to bring our research into the community once more."

Programme Listing

15 November:  18:00 -19:00:  'Pembrokeshire, Passchendaele and Perth: my family in the Great War'

Join Professor Curtis for an illustrated talk on his family in the Great War.

Venue:  Volcano Theatre.                                 Event Partners:  Volcano Theatre; Jeff Phillips Art

16 November:  18:00-19:45:  'To Provide All People'

Join Owen Sheers, Swansea University's Professor in Creativity, for a conversation about his recent film-poem To Provide All People

Venue:  Venue: Cinema & Co.      Event Partners:  Cinema & Co.; Vox Productions; BBC Wales; Cover to Cover Bookshop

17 November:  12:00–16:00:  ‘The end crowns all’: Shakespeare’s stories and surprises

A family day of Being Human festival fun on Shakespeare! This event is kindly sponsored by the British Shakespeare Association.

Venue:  National Waterfront Museum.     Event Partner:  National Waterfront Museum; Fluellen Theatre Company

20 November:  19:00-20:00:  Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King, and civil rights

Join Swansea University’s Dr Regina Poertner for an illustrated talk on this fascinating, complex couple.  (Audience: 16+)

Venue: Swansea Museum.        Event Partners:  Swansea Museum

21 November:  19:00-20:30:  'Edward Thomas and Wales'

Jeff Towns explores the profound influence Wales and Welsh culture had on Edward Thomas’s prose.

Event Partners: Cinema & Co.; Parthian Books; Dylans Mobile Bookstore

22 November:  19:30-21:00:  Kamila Shamsie - 'Home Fire'

Venue:  Great Hall, Swansea University.   Event Partners: Swansea Building Society; Cover to Cover Bookshop

23 November:  13:00-14:00:  Origins and evolution of a theory: Alfred Russel Wallace

Actor Ioan Hefin and scientist and broadcaster, Elin Rhys, discuss how the work and life of pioneering naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, a self-taught man, still inspire and astound the world.

Venue:  Glynn Vivian Art Gallery.  Event Partners:  Academi Hywel Teifi; Theatr na nÓg; Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

24 November:  13:30-14:30 and 16:30-17:30:  Once Upon a Time, the End

A family-friendly Creative Writing workshop.

Venue: Taliesin Create, Taliesin Arts Centre

24 November:  15:00-16:00 and 18:00-19:00:  Arthur Ransome's 'Old Peter's Russian Tales'

Come along to an afternoon / evening of folktales and magic as Swansea University’s Professor D.J. Britton and Theatr Cadair bring Arthur Ransome’s ‘Old Peter’s Russian Tales’ to life on stage!

Venue: Taliesin Arts Centre.  Event Partners: Taliesin Arts Centre; Theatr Cadair; Arthur Ransome Estate.

The NHS is Born! - week long exhibition 15-24 November

Venue:  South Wales Miners' Library

Fringe Events

20 November:  3:00pm-14:00:  'Dan Brown and the Origins of Fake News'

Talk by Professor Martin Stringer.

Venue: Faraday Lecture Theatre, Singleton Campus, Swansea University

22 November:  13:00-14:00:  Celebrating our humanity: Exploring what it means to be human

Kev Childs, Director of Student Services and Mandy Williams, University Chaplain in conversation about what it means to them to be human. 

Venue: Taliesin Create, Singleton Campus, Swansea University 

24 November:  13.30-17:00:  Animal Tales/Tails from China

Join Dr Yan Wu and Dr Dongyan Chen for a fun storytelling session followed by drop-in sessions featuring traditional Chinese folk arts and crafts.

Venue: Taliesin Create (Studio), Singleton Campus, Swansea University