Hosted by Dylan Moore
Dylan is a writer, teacher and Culture Editor of The Welsh Agenda, magazine of the Institute of Welsh Affairs; he is a prominent member of Wales PEN Cymru.
11.30am John Lewis-Stempel – Meadowland
Herefordshire historian, author and borderland farmer John Lewis-Stempel discusses his latest book Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field. Meadowland has just been awarded the Thwaites Wainwright Prize 2015
‘….his immense, patient powers of observation mean he is able to offer a portrait of animal life that’s rare in its colour and drama.’ Tom Cox Observer
12.15pm Tiffany Murray and Tom Anderson – Writing Across Borders
English-born, Welsh-published novelists Tiffany Murray and Tom Anderson read from and discuss their work.
Tiffany Murray’s Sugar Hall
‘Sugar Hall is a box of delights. With prose delicate as moth scales Tiffany Murray has written her best book to date, a simply delicious and creepy read.’ Jon Gower
Tom Anderson’s The Actaeon Tide
‘Twin Peaks come to the surfing coast of South Wales.’
2.15PM John Norton – Theatre Across Borders
Theatremaker John Norton discusses his Bordergame project, possibly the first theatrical production to span the Severn Bridge as well as digital and real space.
John is an actor, DJ, and producer. He has lived and worked in France and Spain before moving to Cardiff in 2002.
‘An inventive and thought provoking piece’ Karen Price Wales OnLine
3.00pm Colin Thomas – The Welsh in North America
Digital book The Dragon and the Eagle, explores the story of the Welsh in North America in great detail over 13 chapters using a combination of text, photographs, audio clips, interactive graphics, maps and videos narrated by Cerys Matthews.
‘… The name of Colin Thomas… a guarantee of intelligence and scrupulous integrity…’ The Financial Times
4.15pm Nia Davies and Jon Gower – The Welsh in South America
Nia Davies and Jon Gower discuss the 150th anniversary the Welsh settlement in Patagonia, and their recent publications which each mark the event.
In 2014 Nia Davies took over the editorship of the quarterly Poetry Wales. She also works with the international literary projects Literature Across Frontiers and Wales Literature Exchange.
Former BBC arts correspondent, Jon Gower is also a producer, presenter and public speaker. A prolific author, his 2010 novel Uncharted received widespread acclaim whilst his An Island Called Smith won the John Morgan Travel Award. His Welsh-language novel Y Stoiwr won the Wales Book of the Year in 2012
5.00pm Dylan Moore and Jenni Williams – The Welsh in Central America
Dylan discusses his experiences campaigning in Mexico, before being joined by Jenni Williams and members of Wales PEN Cymru, who will read from work focused on freedom of expression.
Dr Jenni Williams is Senior Lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing and Academic Director, Creative Writing MA and BA, at University of Wales Trinity St David.
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