Monday, May 28, 2018 - 20:30

Dairy Meadows, Brecon Road, Hay on Wye, HR3 5PJ

Martin Griffiths | Hay Festival

The astronomer Martin Griffiths subverts conventional astronomical thought by eschewing the classical naming of constellations and investigating Welsh and Celtic naming. Ancient peoples around the world placed their own myths and legends in the heavens, though these have tended to become lost behind the dominant use of classical cultural stories to name stars. In many cases it is a result of a literary culture displacing an oral culture. Griffiths has researched past use of Welsh heroes from the Mabinogion in the naming of constellations and his book, Dark Land, Dark Skies (Seren 2017), is both an interesting, provocative combination of a new perspective on Welsh mythology and an astronomy guidebook. Tickets: £7.00. Venue: Starlight Stage. Only Friends of Hay Festival may buy tickets prior to public launch on Thursday 29 March. If you are already a Friend please log in here. If you would like to become a Friend, you can do so here. For further information visit the Festival website: