Hay Festival co-founder and director to deliver the annual Cliff Tucker Memorial Lecture


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

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Image by Daniel Mordzinski

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.

The Florence 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 ahead of the lecture, entitled “It’s All True”, Peter Florence commented:

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. You can make an argument that writers who appeal particularly to young readers create some kind of moral framework for the secular world, and in that instance, I trust the humane genius of storytellers over the agendas of politicians and ministers of faith."

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:

“We look forward to welcoming Peter Florence to deliver the Cliff Tucker Memorial Lecture 2018. Many notable speakers have visited Lampeter in the past for what has become an important event in the calendar year and this year again it promises to be an evening of great entertainment and learning.  You are warmly invited to join us for the Tucker Memorial Lecture – prepare to be informed and inspired!"

The lecture is to be held in the Tucker Lecture Theatre on Friday 16th March, at 7pm. Entry is free and refreshments will be provided. Anyone wishing to attend should email Dr Rhiannon Ifans rhiannon.ifans@uwtsd.ac.uk

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