Swansea University presented a series of events at this year’s Hay Festival in Wales (23 May – 2 June) as part of their on-going partnership with the global arts festival.

Featuring 600 speakers in events held across 11 days, the festival held a vibrant schedule of late-night music, comedy and entertainment. Swansea University presented a series of events, including: The Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize, Emyr Humphreys at 100 - An Unrivalled Writer, and Licence to Kill? Assassinations in International Politics.

Academics and Student Interns with author, Guy GunaratnePhoto: Academics and student interns with author, Guy Gunaratne, at the Hay Festival's Summer House.

The Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize 2019

On Saturday 25th May the recipient of the 2019 Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize, Guy Gunaratne, read at the festival’s ‘writers at work’ session and then spoke at a very special celebration of this year’s outreach and engagement work conducted under the banner of the world renowned prize in the beautiful setting of the festival’s Summer House. This was before he took to the Starlight Stage to answer the questions of the Chair of the Prize’s judging panel Professor Dai Smith and those of the large, gathered audience. The Neasden author offered great insight into how his local inner-city urban culture had a direct effect on the creation of his award-winning debut novel In Our Mad and Furious City.

Guy Gunaratne winning the Dylan Thomas Prize
the Emyr Humphreys at 100 – An unrivalled Writer talk

Emyr Humphreys at 100 – An unrivalled Writer

Bank Holiday Monday (27th May) held a treat for fans of a Welsh literary great as the beautiful Starlight Stage saw Professor M. Wynn Thomas chair a panel consisting of Professor Daniel Williams and Welsh poet Menna Elfyn as they discussed and celebrated the life, works, and legacy of Emyr Humphreys in this, his centenary year.

Here's a recent article by Professor M. Wynn Thomas on the centenary of Emyr Humphreys from Nation Cymru

‘Licence to Kill? Assassination in International Politics’

An intrigued audience of over 800 people packed the Oxfam Moot stage on Thursday 30th May as Swansea University's Luca Trenta and the University of Nottingham's Rory Cormac offered  an enthralling look at the dark, disturbing, intriguing and complex subject of political assassinations. The session was wonderfully chaired by Oliver Bullough.

Dr Luca Trenta has written more about assassination for The Conversation, read his article ‘The US has blurred the lines on assassination for decades’ here.

A full audience listening to the Licence to Kill talk
the Cambridge volume of Welsh Literature talk

The Cambridge History of Welsh Literature

In a Cambridge University Press event, the editors of The Cambridge History of Welsh Literature, Swansea University’s Geraint Evans and University of Bristol's Helen Fulton, examined the many different ages and faces of Welsh literature with poet Gillian Clarke and Swansea University’s Jon Gower.

The Cambridge History of Welsh Literature provides a comprehensive chronological guide to fifteen centuries of Welsh literature and Welsh writing in English against a backdrop of key historical and political events in Britain.