Tuesday 29 May 2012

Literature Wales at Hay Festival 31st May to 10th June 2012 - Events

The Gwyn Jones Lecture:
Between Caradoc and Rachel by Jon Gower

Thursday 7th June 2012, 1.00 pm
Digital Stage at Hay Festival
Tickets £5.25
[Event 319]

The Welsh Academy, the Society of Writers which forms part of Literature Wales, has organised the Gwyn Jones lecture series for over a decade. The organisers are delighted to bring you another important lecture in this series, this time by short story writer, historian, novelist and publisher Jon Gower, a Welsh Academy fellow who grew up in Llanelli. Jon will focus on what's been going on in the Welsh short story during his lecture at this year’s festival.

To book tickets call the Hay Festival box office: 01497 822 629
or visit the Hay Festival website: http://www.hayfestival.com.
Literature Wales’ Writing Squads
workshops at Hay Festival 2012

A day of activities for members of the Young People’s Writing Squads will also take place on Thursday 7th June at Hay Festival. Welsh Academy member, Elen Caldecott will lead two workshop sessions with the Powys and Merthyr Tydfil Writing Squads. Elen writes contemporary adventure stories for children and young people that see ordinary people do extraordinary things. Her new book, 'The Mystery of Wickworth Manor' will be available in bookshops from July 2012.

For more information on Young People’s Writing Squads contact Literature Wales:
029 2047 2266 / post@literaturewales.org

Hay Festival Wales
Imagine the world

Thursday 31st May – Sunday 10th June
Hay on Wye

For 25 years Hay Festival has brought together writers from around the world to debate and share stories at its festival in the staggering beauty of the Welsh Borders. Hay celebrates great writing from poets and scientists, lyricists and comedians, novelists and environmentalists, and the power of great ideas to transform our way of thinking. Hay now runs 13 festivals across five continents at which the re-imaginings of international writers gathered together, cross cultural and genre boundaries, and foster the exchange of understanding, mutual respect and ideas.

The Telegraph Hay Festival 2012 will host over 750 events, from literature to philosophy, music to science, history to humour and everything in between. Legendary conductor Simon Rattle will be in conversation with the BBC’s Tom Service; Tim Minchin talks to The Telegraph’s Sarah Crompton; Tom Watson and Martin Hickman discuss hacking with Helena Kennedy; and Maryam d'Abo and Hugh Hudson talk to Paul Broks about their film Rupture.

In celebration of the festival’s silver jubilee, festival director Peter Florence will launch Hay 25, a playful questionnaire for the festival audience set to reveal the way we live now.  Twenty five questions – ranging from ‘what makes you laugh?’ to ‘what piece of writing has most changed your heart and mind?’ – have been set by a panel including Stephen Fry, Margaret Atwood, Jung Chang, Eric Hobsbawm, Laura Restrepo and Jeanette Winterson.

Hay Fever, the Hay Festival's programme for children and families, is back with a bang and ready to party in the spring sunshine. With over 200 events and activities, children of all ages can fuel their imaginations for the whole nine days of the summer half-term. For younger children, Justin Fletcher star of CBeebies brings jokes and songs for his live show and Hay Fever are celebrating Fireman Sam's 25th birthday as well as their own. There are events with Matt Haig, Lauren St John, Marcus Sedgwick, Cressida Cowell and Tony Robinson. Hay’s teen programme HF2 features music, master classes, Melvin Burgess, Russell Kane and Maggie Stiefvater.

On Thursday 7th June festival goers will also have the chance to hear Young People’s Laureate for Wales, Catherine Fisher, discuss her bestselling novel Incarceron with fellow authors Lindsey Barraclough and Michelle Harrison [Event HF114].

For more information on the Hay Festival and to book tickets, visit the festival website: http://www.hayfestival.com.


Thursday 31st May - Sunday 10th June
Hay On Wye

HowTheLightGetsIn, the world’s largest philosophy and music festival, is back in the glorious setting of Hay on Wye.

Produced by the Institute of Art and Ideas and held annually, HowTheLightGetsIn brings together philosophers, writers, musicians, politicians, artists and commentators for thought-provoking debate, incisive solo talks, film screenings, live performance, infectiously danceable music and lively parties.

The talks programme this year will explore the 2012 theme 'Uncharted Territories: Progress for a new era', and the music programme, Festival Live, now covers six stages with bands, singers and acoustic artists along with comedy, cabaret, film showings and even live art.

This year’s festival is set to be bigger than ever before, with no fewer than 410 events, 6 stages, 165 speakers and 150 bands. The spectacular line up includes: Michael Eavis, Nigel Lawson, Luce Irigaray, Brian Eno, Michael Nyman, Tim Crane, David Blunket, Emmy the Great, Anne Pigalle, Gabby Young, Dan Le Sac, Polly Higgins, Bjorn Lomborg, James Lovelock, Man Like Me, Shona Foster, Kites and many more.

Hay Poetry Jamboree

Thursday 7th - Saturday 9th June
Oriel Gallery of Contemporary Arts
Salem Chapel, Bell Bank, Hay on Wye
Entrance to 7.30 pm events £5.00 / £3.00 concessions
All other events £2.00 / £1.00 concessions

The Hay Poetry Jamboree returns in 2012 with another packed programme of events:

Thursday 7th June

6.30 - 7.30 pm: Festival Launch Reception
7.30 - 9.15 pm: Andrea Brady and John Powell Ward

Friday 8th June

11.00 am - 12.00 noon: Jeremy Hilton, Steven Hitchins and Waterloo Press present Simon Jenner & David Pollard
2.00 - 4.00 pm: Caroline Goodwin, Harry Gilonis, Laurie Duggan and Philip Terry
5.00 - 6.00 pm: Andrew Duncan Lecture - "Port of Souls; or, Landscape, Inheritance, Myth"
7.30 - 9.15 pm: Harriet Tarlo and Peter Larkin

Saturday 9th June

11.00 am - 12.00 noon: David Greenslade and Keith Hackwood
2.00 - 4.00 pm: Nerys Williams, Tim Atkins, Sophie Robinson and Jeff Hilson
7.30 - 9.15 pm: Ulli Freer and Tony Lopez

Plus: Art in the chapel, Nervous Energy in collaboration with Elysium Gallery presents From Womb to Tomb, From Paradise to Purgatory.

For more information and bookings contact:
goodbard@yahoo.co.uk or goby-goodby@ntlworld.com

Supported by Literature Wales, Waterloo Press,  Poetry Wales,
Swansea University College of Arts & Humanities and CREW

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