2009 Event Archive

3rd Tuesdays, 10.30 am U3A Hay lectures 2009
January 20th Summerhill Stephen Johnson Can Music Tell Stories? Composer, writer, critic, lecturer, broadcaster, and a Presenter of BBC Radio 3’s Discovering Music, lowers the barriers.

February 17th Summerhill Robert Chitham. The History of the Classical Orders
An illustrated talk on Classical Architecture by former Directing Architect of English Heritage

March 17th Summerhill Golf Club
Sir Arnold Wesker FRSL
One of our greatest playwrights returns to Hay to read one of his acclaimed one-woman plays, Whatever Happened to Betty Lemon? and the beautiful
short story, Love Letters on Blue Paper.

April 21st Swan Hotel
A day of talks, films and discussions – everything explained!

May 19th Swan Hotel
MADRESFIELD – The real Brideshead (see Excursion)
Brian Jauncey
The story of a 12thC house - greater than its 160 rooms - interwoven with
the history of England which, as the home of the Lygon family inspired
Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, its priceless Book of Hours and Elgar.

June Summer Break

July 21st Swan Hotel
David Shepherd CBE, FRSA, FRGS
Recognised as one of the world’s leading wildlife artists, and dedicated to the conservation of the wild-life he loves, prolific and passionate about beauty
- in aircraft and steam engines (of which he owns two), he lives at a
dizzying pace: painting, promoting, travelling, making films & writing books.

August 18th Swan Hotel
CELESTIAL OBJECTS with Astro Cymru Exhibition
Janet & Mark Robinson
The essential astronomical handbook, Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes, published in 1859, was written in Hardwicke by T.W.Webb, the Patrick Moore of his day. Hear more from Janet and Mark who shared the house and his interest and wrote The Stargazer of Hardwicke.

September 15th Swan Hotel
Lyudmilla Skinner
The popular Don Cossack returns with another instalment of life in Cold War Moscow. Lyudmilla worked in Moscow and London as a professional linguist and educator and now, as a survivor of cancer, lectures in aid of charity.

October 20th Summerhill Golf Club 10.30-11am AGM
Paul Ferris
The biographer and novelist talks about his latest book, an unusual 1000-year history of Gower, written around episodes and people - including Dylan Thomas, whose Life he has written. One of his themes is the persistence, over the centuries, of an "English" and a "Welsh" Gower.

November 17th Summerhill Golf Club & End-of-Year Celebration
John Clark
Advisor to Kofi~Annan at UN, Manager of the World Bank’s NGO & Civil Society Unit, Advisor to Tony Blair, and from a background with Oxfam, John Clark looks at the
politics and economics of global change and its effect on the Civil Society movement.