Swansea University will present a series of events at this year’s Hay Festival in Wales, 23 May to 2 June, as part of their ongoing partnership with the global arts festival.
Distinguished broadcaster and honorary fellow of Swansea University, Huw Edwards, will trace the history and cultural significance of London’s Welsh churches and examine the origins of the London Welsh, the pattern of Welsh migration to London past and present, and the influence of the Welsh religious figures and causes in London. The discussion, chaired by Professor M. Wynn Thomas of Swansea University’s Department of English Literature and Creative Writing, will be in Welsh, with simultaneous translation.
Dr Luca Trenta of the Department of Political and Cultural Studies will join Dr Rory Cormac, Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Nottingham, as they examine the history of assassination in international politics following a year where the assassinations of a Saudi journalist and a Russian spy have made the headlines.
The winner of this year’s Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize, to be announced on 16 May, will talk to Dai Smith, chair of the judging panel and Emeritus Raymond Williams Research Chair in the Cultural History of Wales at Swansea University. This year’s longlist comprises: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Michael Donkor, Clare Fisher, Zoe Gilbert, Emma Glass, Guy Gunaratne, Louisa Hall, Sarah Perry, Sally Rooney, Richard Scott, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma and Jenny Xie.
Featuring over 600 speakers in events across 11 days, the festival also offers a vibrant schedule of late-night music, comedy and entertainment for all ages alongside HAYDAYS and #HAYYA programmes encouraging younger readers to get creative.
Saturday 25 May 2019, 5.30pm Venue: Starlight Stage
Monday 27 May 2019, 2.30pm Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
Thursday 30 May 2019, 2.30pm Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
Professor John Spurr, Head of the College of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University, said: “The Hay Literary Festival is one of the international cultural highlights of the year. Swansea University is proud to be an Educational Partner of the Hay Festival and we are delighted to bring some of the best of Swansea to Hay each spring.”
Peter Florence, director of Hay Festival, said: “Hay Festival is a space to think, and to think again, and to put the great issues of the day in a context of global history. Empires fall, technology empowers and enslaves us, faiths are shaken, orthodoxies disrupted and still we come together and talk and sing and dance, break bread and tell stories. Minds change. Government is fiendishly hard, democracy is vulnerable, and living together, the ‘Convivencia' is a precious dream. The good news is that our potential is limitless, and friendship is our pleasure. Let’s talk. Let’s listen.”
Booking is open to Friends of Hay Festival online now or on 01497 822 629. Public booking opens Friday 29 March.
- Tuesday 26 March 2019 15.54 GMT
- Wednesday 27 March 2019 13.54 GMT
- Catrin Newman, Tel: 01792513454