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Hay Festival

06 May 2011

Credit: Finn BealesCredit: Finn Beales

Audiences at one of the world’s most famous literary festivals will be able to learn first-hand about some of the University’s world-leading research.

Four Cardiff academics – internationally recognised for their work- will speak at the 2011 Hay Festival as part of The Cardiff Series.

Running from 26 May – 5 June, the festival attracts the most exciting writers, filmmakers, comedians, politicians and musicians, amongst others, to inspire, delight and entertain.

This year, Professor John Bisson, School of Medicine, Dr Peter Guest, School of History, Archaeology and Religion, Professor Justin Lewis, School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, and Dr Paul Nieuwenhuis, Cardiff Business School will each discuss their area of work with audiences.

Roman archaeologist Dr Peter Guest will give the first talk on Friday 27th May at 4pm on the Wales Stage. In The Lost City of the Legion, Dr Guest will discuss how University archaeologists recently uncovered a suburb of massive monumental buildings on the banks of the River Usk in Caerleon, South Wales.

On 31st May, Professor John Bisson will explore post-traumatic stress disorder in combat veterans in his talk, challenging some widely held beliefs about the existence and prevalence of the disorder. Professor Bisson’s talk takes place at 11.30am in the Sky Arts Studio.

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Climate change and the media is the subject of Professor Justin Lewis’ talk on 2nd June. Starting at 11.30am on the Oxfam Stage, Professor Lewis will look at news coverage, the role of advertising and the way in which media and telecommunications epitomise wasteful consumerism.

The last talk in The Cardiff Series will be given by Dr Paul Nieuwenhuis on The Car of the Future. Taking place in the Sky Arts Studio at 5.30pm on 5 June, Dr Nieuwenhuis will ask will the car survive beyond oil supplies? If it does manage to survive what will it look like?

To book tickets for any of these talks and to watch a short film of each speaker introducing their topic visit The Cardiff Series has been organised by the University’s Community Engagement Team.

The Hay Festival was founded in 1987. It runs for 10 days every May and is set in the Welsh border town of Hay-on-Wye. Headline guests for the 2011 Festival include Nobel Laureates VS Naipaul, JMG le Clezio, Paul Nurse and Mohammed ElBaradei, historians Eric Hobsbawm and Bettany Hughes, broadcasters Chris Evans and Jenni Murray, actors Vanessa Redgrave, Ralph Fiennes, and writers Paul Theroux, Linda Grant, Malorie Blackman, Michael Morpurgo and Jacqueline Wilson.

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