The full list of speakers on our Raymond Williams Centenary bus tour on 15 October 2022, in partnership with the Raymond Williams Foundation, have been announced.

speakers on the Raymond Williams tour

Jude Rogers

Jude, originally from Swansea and now resident in the Black Mountains, is one of the UK’s leading arts and culture feature writers, with experience interviewing high-profile names for media including The Guardian, Observer, Elle, In-Style, Cosmopolitan, The New Statesman, and The Sunday Times.

Jude is about to publish her brand new book The Sound of Being Human: How Music Shapes Our Lives on White Rabbit.

Darren Chetty

Born in Swansea, Darren has published academic work on philosophy, education, racism, children’s literature and hip-hop culture. He is a contributor to the bestselling book The Good Immigrant (ed. Nikesh Shukl, Unbound) and he recently co-edited the recent Welsh Plural: Essays on the Future of Wales (Repeater).

Leanne Wood

Leanne, born in Rhondda, is the former leader of Plaid Cymru and served as a Member of the Senedd from 2003 to 2021.

Merlin Gable

Merlin is a writer, independent academic and trade unionist. He is contributing editor of The Welsh Agenda and writes about post-industry in Wales, community, culture and Raymond Williams. He is originally from Grosmont in the Black Mountains and now lives in Cardiff.

Selwyn Williams

Selwyn is a director of the social enterprise Cwmni Bro Ffestiniog and they have a project called ‘Pontio’r Cenedl | Bridging the Nation’ the design of which is influenced heavily by Raymond Williams and especially his belief that ideas – having been formed in specific places – must federate in order to achieve lasting change. Selwyn will explain further about the project and how people in south Wales can contribute to it.

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