Sunday, 5 August at the Eisteddfod

The National Trust presents… a vibrant programme of talks, music, objects and stories to reflect on our work across Wales.

Rhodri Evans - Wishing for a Revolution | 11.30am

Rhodri Evans is a doctorate student at Aberystwyth University in the Geography and Earth Sciences Department. His research focuses on ‘radical’ movements of the second half of the 20th century, examining civil participation on the fringes of society and why some forms of communication methods are more acceptable to society than others. As part of the project he collaborates with the Welsh Political Archive at the National Library of Wales.

Twm Elias - Place names in Wales | 2pm

During 35 years of organising and running courses at the Snowdonia National Park Centre, Plas Tan y Bwlch, Twm Elias has developed a broad range of interests in the environmental and cultural heritage fields. He is a prolific author and regular broadcaster on radio and TV on subjects such as wildlife, folklore and agricultural history. He has a deep interest in appreciating and protecting Welsh place-names.

Karl Francis a Jon Gower - Rebecca’s Daughters: The Making of the film | 4.30pm

Over the last 30 years, the director and producer Karl Francis, has been a leading figure in Welsh film and television. His films have been celebrated both at home and at festivals around the world. Yet Karl has always remained rooted firmly outside of the establishment. In this talk, he reflects on his adaptation of Dylan Thomas’s screenplay ‘Rebecca’s Daughter’s’ (c.1948) in his 1992 film starring Peter O’Toole, Joely Richardson, Paul Rhys and Keith Allen. Jon Gower grew up in Llanelli and studied English at Cambridge University. A former BBC Wales’ Arts and Media correspondent, Jon has been making documentary programmes for television and radio for over 30 years. He has several books to his name, in both Welsh and English. They include An Island Called Smith (2001) and Uncharted (2010). Jon is currently working on a book about the life and work of Karl Francis.

Music from The Gentle Good | 6pm

Performing under the stage name The Gentle Good for over a decade, Cardiff-based musician Gareth Bonello writes music that explores such themes as cultural identity, social justice and the joy of escapism. Having won the Welsh Music Prize in 2017 with the bilingual album ‘Ruins/Adfeilion’, Gareth is currently studying colonial and musical connections between Wales and the Khasi Hills, North East India as part of a PhD at the University of South Wales.

Peter Finnemore - Soundscapes I, II & III | 7pm - 9pm

Soundscapes I, II & III is a series of episodic audio chapters to convey different atmospheres and themes that have strong associations with Wales. These audio journeys revolve around landscape, weather, farming and industry, cultural and sporting icons, politics and language, art and folk memory. The soundscapes are an audio collage relevant to the spirit of the Eisteddfod, while playfully finding new ways to connect different generations and histories. Peter Finnemore is one of Wales’ leading figures in contemporary art. He is best known for his photographic and film work that explores generational memory through his family home in the Gwendraeth Valley; memories that remain topical as much as they are historical. In 2005, he represented Wales at the Venice Biennale.