Hay Festival co-founder and director delivers annual Cliff Tucker Memorial Lecture


British festival director Peter Florence CBE was the guest speaker at this year’s Cliff Tucker Memorial Lecture.

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Peter Florence is best known for co-founding the Hay Festival with his parents, Norman and Rhoda Florence. He was educated at Ipswich School, Jesus College, Cambridge, and at the University of Paris. He has an MA in Modern and Medieval Literature, and several honorary doctorates from universities in Wales as well as further afield. Over the past 20 years Peter Florence has turned the idea of connecting literature, culture, the arts, poetry, education and music into a highly successful festival brand – ‘Imagine the World’ and as well as the Hay Festival in Powys, he has founded similar festivals in Spain, Mexico, Bangladesh, Peru, Colombia and Ireland. He was awarded an MBE in 2005 for his outstanding services to the arts and culture and a CBE in the New Year Honours list 2018.

Dr Florence's family established the festival in the Welsh border town of Hay-on-Wye in 1988 and over the years it has attracted names such as Bill Clinton and Paul McCartney. Speaking after the lecture, entitled “It’s All True”, Peter Florence commented:

“I’d like to thank the University of Wales Trinity Saint David for inviting me to deliver this year’s Cliff Tucker Memorial Lecture.  In book terms at least, we’ve never had it so good. There are fabulous authors writing now, sharing more contemporary stories than at any time in history. It was a real pleasure to discuss some of those stories, as well as some of the highs and lows of the Hay Festival, with the Lampeter audience."


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The Annual Memorial Lecture is named after magistrate and politician Cliff Tucker, an industrial executive with British Petroleum. He was educated at St David’s College, Lampeter, which later became the University of Wales, Lampeter, and more recently UWTSD. Following his death in 1993 at the age of eighty, Cliff Tucker bequeathed the proceeds of his home to the University. Previous guest speakers include the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, and BBC broadcaster Huw Edwards.

Dr Rhiannon Ifans, from the Faculty of Humanities & Performing Arts, added:

“It was a wonderful evening and I’d like to thank Peter for delivering this year’s Cliff Tucker Memorial Lecture. Many notable speakers have visited Lampeter in the past for what has become an important event in the calendar year and this year again was an evening of great entertainment and learning.  It was pleasing to see the event so well supported and I’d like to thank everybody who attended for helping to make it such a memorable evening.”    

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