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In the first in a series of special talks, audiences will be invited to share a century of farming stories and take part in a discussion of what entrepreneurship means to the Welsh.

Professor Kirsti Bohata and Dr Louisa Huxtable-Thomas, from Swansea University’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, are taking part in the seminars being hosted by the Wyeside Arts Centre in Builth Wells. 

Professor Bohata, co-director of CREW, the Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales, will be examining the farmer as an iconic figure in Welsh literary culture and how the family farm is a politically charged symbol in debates about land use, climate change and biodiversity loss.  

Her talk, Taking Stock: A Century of Farming Stories, reflects on the enormous changes farming has undergone.  A refuge and a place cultural regeneration, the farm and rural life are also connected with personal sacrifice and limitation. It will explore how farms and farmers have been represented and how these portrayals speak to us in the present. 

Book tickets for her talk which takes place at 2.30pm on Tuesday, November 29.

In the second talk in the series, Dr Huxtable-Thomas, associate professor in the School of Management, will be using her own experience of living in mid Wales as the basis for her interactive seminar, Leadership or Entrepreneurship – Ships that pass in the night.

She will share insights from her research and go on to discuss the audience’s feelings about the words entrepreneurship and leadership, whether real people can relate to them and whether policy making in Wales is targeting the right people.

Book tickets for her seminar at 2.30pm on Tuesday December 6

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