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Hiraeth is a Welsh word which means "nostalgia for a home that no longer exists or that never was". This podcast features stories of home, whether found or made. Hiraeth is a not-for-profit creative platform run by a small team of passionate volunteers, whose collective mission is to spread empathy and unity through storytelling and art. For more information or to submit your story, please visit our website.
 
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Following the announcement that all school children in Wales will be taught about racism and the contributions of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities as part the new curriculum, we speak to Prof. Charlotte Williams OBE who led a working group set up by the Welsh government to look at how BAME contributions through history could be taught i…
 
With party conference season in the rear view mirror and the parliaments of Britain resuming business once more, we are joined by Theo Davies-Lewis of The National to discuss the UK Conservative and Unionist Party Conference, the Welsh Conservatives and Gareth Davies's Zoom no-show on the crucial Senedd vote on Covid Passes.You can follow Theo here…
 
We speak to Will Hayward, Welsh Affairs Editor at WalesOnline and author of Lockdown Wales: How COVID-19 Tested Wales and an upcoming book exploring the debates, rationales and real-world implications of independence for Wales.You can find Will on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/WillHayCardiffAnd read him at WalesOnline here: https://www.walesonl…
 
Following an eventful UK Labour Party Conference in Brighton, we are joined by Rebecca Wilks of The National to discuss the highlights and lowlights of the event, Keir Starmer's essay 'The Road Ahead', Brexit, and the ongoing negotiations between Welsh Labour and Plaid Cymru in the Senedd.You can find Rebecca on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/Wi…
 
Following the announcement that the Wales Green Party and Plaid Cymru are going to stand on a joint platform in the 2022 local government elections in Cardiff, we speak to Rhys ab Owen MS of Plaid Cymru and Wales Green Party Leader Anthony Slaughter to discuss how the agreement came to be, what their ambitions are for the project and whether it has…
 
In this episode we speak to editors and contributors to 'The Welsh Way: Essays on Neoliberalism and Devolution', a new book from Parthian that challenges the concept of Wales as a left-leaning and radical political nation and offers suggestions for new approaches that go beyond 'clear red water'. You can buy 'The Welsh Way' here: https://www.parthi…
 
Once Britain's most powerful industry, coal mining has left its mark on the geographies and communities in two particular places, the South of Wales and North-East of England, areas now strongly associated with support for Brexit. They are the subject of a new book, The Shadow of the Mine, by Professors Emeritus Ray Hudson and Huw Beynon of Durham …
 
Following the Boundary Commission announcement of their proposals for the new UK Parliamentary map of Wales, we speak to Shereen Williams, Secretary of the Boundary Commission for Wales to learn more about the process of drawing up the new map. Afterwards Matt, Ceri & Rich mull the political impact of the proposed changes.You can find the Boundary …
 
We are joined by Catrin Glyn, co-host of Cardiff University's Golau Podcast and LLM Student Governance and Devolution to discuss the extraordinary series of long form interviews with prominent current and ex-politicians produced by the WalesCast team at BBC Wales. What did we learn from the four long-form interviews and what conclusions can we draw…
 
It's just over 100 days since the Senedd election and early analysis of the data is starting to be published. Here we speak to PhD student James Griffiths of Manchester University who has published some analysis of support for different governments on Britain in relation to Covid response and for which parties independence-supporting Welsh voters c…
 
Wales is infamous for its domestic news and media deficit and in this pod we speak to one of the individuals committed to changing things for the better. We discuss our national media landscape with Huw Marhsall, founder of the The National. Find Huw on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarshallmediaFollow The National: https://twitter.com/nationalwales…
 
When tweets from the Rt Rev Joanna Penberthy recently resurfaced, including phrases such as 'never, never, never trust a Tory', a light was shone on the role of one of Wales's most defined - and Wales defining - institutions, the Church in Wales. It seemed to come as a surprise to many in Westminster that for the Church in Wales, you should not see…
 
With the Royal Welsh Show cancelled for a second straight year, Welsh rural life has again lost one of its main opportunities to raise issues affecting its communities and workers. In this pod we look at this important area of welsh life as it arguably faces one of the most difficult periods in its history and are joined by:Alex Heffron, a farmer i…
 
With parliaments heading into recess we dip into the Hiraeth mailbag to discuss some listener questions, including the state of British governments, Keir Starmer, Plaid Cymru, revelations from 1997, monarchy and, briefly, flags (but not the ones you're expecting). As mentioned in the episode, this is a link to the episode of Martin Shipton Meets...…
 
With Northern Ireland still feeling the effects of Boris Johnson's Brexit deal more keenly than elsewhere in the union, we discuss the challenges for the unionist and nationalist communities and the province's future status with Dr Thomas Leahy of Cardiff University.Thomas can be found on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/thomasdmleahyFor all the l…
 
The new (ish) Welsh Government has published its Programme for Government, legislative programme, and updated roadmap for the future of the United Kingdom in the space of just over a week. To discuss their plans for reforming the UK and governing Wales, we are joined by Gareth Axenderrie of The National.You can find Gareth here: https://twitter.com…
 
One of the biggest changes in the new government is the Ministry of Climate Change, including transport and housing. After twenty years of devolution is this a moment to cheer for environmental campaigners or will the scope of the portfolio exceed the capacity of the government to deliver on its objectives? Indeed, is the government focussed enough…
 
In this mini-series marking five years since the UK's referendum on EU membership and Wales's surprising vote to join England in voting 'Leave', we speak to three voices with different experiences of that day and the subsequent period of reflection.In this episode we speak to Robert Griffiths, Chair of the 2016 Lexit Campaign and General Secretary …
 
In this mini-series marking five years since the UK's referendum on EU membership and Wales's surprising vote to join England in voting 'Leave', we speak to three voices with different experiences of that day and the subsequent period of reflection.In this episode we speak with Rachel Trezise, author of 'Easy Meat', a novel set in the Rhondda that …
 
In this mini-series marking five years since the UK's referendum on EU membership and Wales's surprising vote to join England in voting 'Leave', we speak to three voices with different experiences of that day and the subsequent period of reflection.This episode features Siôn Tomos Owen, presenter of BBC Radio Cymru's 'Beth yw'r ots gennyf i am Brex…
 
One of the most notable new members of the Senedd following the 2021 election is Sam Kurtz, who represents Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire as a distinctly 'Welsh' Conservative. We speak to Sam about his background, the relationship between Wales and the UK and his new brief as spokesperson for rural affairs and the Welsh language.You can fi…
 
In this episode we catch up with The National’s Chief Political Commentator and good friend of the pod Theo Davies-Lewis to discuss his recent interview with the First Minister and Welsh Labour’s construction of ‘Fortress Wales’.Theo’s Spectator piece: https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/king-of-fortress-wales-an-interview-with-mark-drakeford/Theo …
 
Wales's footballing profile was sent to new heights during the European Championships in 2016 and, on the cusp of our first appearance at Euro2020, we speak to our guests about the people, politics and culture of the national team.Martin Johnes (Historian and Author of among many other books ‘A history of sport in Wales’): https://twitter.com/marti…
 
As one of the new Senedd Members who were elected in May, Mabon ap Gwynfor has already begun to make numerous 'ones to watch' lists for exciting and talented parliamentarians. We caught up with him to discuss the experience of becoming an MS, his thoughts on the election and, after being named as Plaid Cymru's spokesperson for Housing, what the key…
 
The Welsh Government's announcement of its intentions to run a Universal Basic Income trial has raised Wales's profile around the world with UBI enthusiasts and raised a fair few eyebrows domestically as we try to understand what form it will take, how the Welsh Government will run the pilot and whether it even has the capacity to do so.To discuss,…
 
A short message from the Hiraeth team to mark one year since our first podcast. Matt: https://twitter.com/hexter101 Ceri: https://twitter.com/ceritheviking Richard: https://twitter.com/mimosacymru Drop us a line if you have suggestions or feedback here: https://twitter.com/HiraethBlogAs always, if you're enjoying the pod, please do subscribe in you…
 
With the Senedd election firmly in the rear view mirror and a new government and cabinet in place, what are the big challenges ahead and who are the rising stars of the Sixth Senedd? To discuss, Ceri and Matt are joined by:Dafydd Trystan (Chair of Wales’ Active Travel Board, Board member of Sports Wales and Former Plaid Cymru Chair): https://twitte…
 
Stephen Bush of the New Statesman joins us to discuss the contrasting fortunes of the Labour Parties of Britain. Recorded in the week after the Welsh party has enhanced its reputation as a serial winner by increasing its representation in the Senedd while Keir Starmer's party struggles east of Offa's Dyke and Anas Sawar finds his party with a mount…
 
Following the truly extraordinary 2021 Senedd election Labour have found themselves unexpectedly able to govern alone, the Conservatives have failed to replicate their success in England, Plaid Cymru have lost their taliswoman in the valleys, and the Lib Dems have dodged what appeared to be political extinction.We take a look at the results and wha…
 
In our final podcast before the Senedd election results are known, we speak to the directors of leading public affairs agency Deryn, Cathy Owens and Nerys Evans. We discuss the campaigns and the strategies behind them, the performance of the leaders and, yes, potential for parties to work together for stable government after the election. You can f…
 
In the last of our deep dives into the policy challenges facing the new Welsh Government after May's election we take a look at the big beast of the portfolios - health. Responsible for half of the Welsh budget and facing the unenviable task of rebuilding day-to-day services after the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, it will surely dominate much of…
 
With the election almost upon us, we take a deep dive into the party manifestos with special guests Mark Hooper of Plaid Cymru, Bob Lloyd of Welsh Labour and Emma Wilde Hale who was until recently a Welsh Conservative. We take a long look at Labour, Plaid Cymru, Conservative and Green Party manifestos and expose some manifesto-based trivia from ele…
 
Continuing our series of interviews with political leaders in the run up to the Senedd election, we speak to the leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Jane Dodds.You can find Jane on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/DoddsJaneAnd the Welsh Lib Dems here: https://twitter.com/WelshLibDemsAnd, of course, us here: https://twitter.com/HiraethBlogIf you…
 
The Senedd remains one of the few European parliaments never to have a Green Party parliamentarian. Leading the charge to put an end to that record is Anthony Slaughter, leader of the Wales Green Party. With the Senedd election just around the corner we spoke with Anthony to find out more about his journey from apartheid-era South Africa to ambitio…
 
As the campaign moves up a gear and parties are finally about to be out canvassing, we speak to a selection of candidates to hear their experiences of this unique Senedd election on the doorstep and in the digital domain. In a segment we call 'Owen Rants', we are then joined by social media legend Owen Williams of Siml who casts a critical eye over…
 
In this episode in our series of analysing the biggest policy portfolios ahead of the Senedd 2021 election, we tackle the education brief.After a particularly tough year for all education providers during the COVID pandemic, what awaits schools and their new curriculum when face to face teaching resumes full time? Will university funding continue t…
 
Completing our series of interviews with contenders for the role of First Minister at the 2021 Senedd election is this conversation with Andrew RT Davies. We discuss his recent return to leadership of the Conservative Senedd Group and the party's priorities for the next parliamentary term including Covid response, Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board and t…
 
Continuing our series of podcast interviews with the three candidates for First Minister at the Senedd election, we speak with Adam Price, leader of Plaid Cymru, about the party's pledges, positioning itself as a challenger to Labour from the left and the salience of the independence debate.You can find Adam on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/Ada…
 
Ahead of the first Senedd election to feature the expanded franchise for 16 & 17 year olds, we speak with Maisy Evans and Poppy Stowell-Evans of the Young, Female and Opinionated podcast, Lloyd Warburton of the CoronavirusCymru.Wales data tracker and Lisa Childs of NUS Wales.You can find our guests on Twitter:Maisy and Poppy's Young, Female and Opi…
 
As campaigns launch for the 2021 Senedd Election, we begin our series of conversations with the party leaders by speaking to current First Minister, Mark Drakeford. We discuss 22 years of Labour-led Government, his party's pledges for the next Senedd term, coalitions and the future of devolution and the UK. Mark is on Twitter: https://twitter.com/M…
 
After the release of their new book "English: The Political Force Transforming Britain" we speak to Professors Ailsa Henderson of the University of Edinburgh and Richard Wyn Jones of Cardiff University about the vexed relationship between Englishness and Britishness.Find the book here: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/englishness-97801988707…
 
Continuing our series of pods looking at the big policy challenges facing the parties at the Senedd election, this week we turn to the increasingly fraught subject of housing. Are we building enough homes of the right quality in both private & social housing? What levers does Welsh Government have to improve the planning process and what - if anyth…
 
Wales is notoriously under-polled as a polity so we have much to celebrate this week as have had 3 significant polls in the space of just a few days including record-breaking support for Welsh independence and contrasting levels of success (but success nonetheless) projected for the 'most successful electoral force any place ever'.Joining us to che…
 
Continuing our series of podcasts looking at the key policy challenges leading into this year's general election, we laser in on the thorny issue of transport. To discuss this key portfolio, especially its four pillars or rail, road, air and active travel. are Stuart Cole (Professor of Transport at the University of South Wales), Christine Boston (…
 
Following our previous podcasts on the subject of Welsh independence, this podcast presents a very interesting debate organised by Momentum/Welsh Labour Grassroots and The World Transformed that explores whether there is a socialist case for Welsh (& Scots) independence. The debate is chaired by former Hiraeth pod guest Harriet Protheroe-Soltani an…
 
Continuing our series looking at the big policy challenges facing the parties campaigning to govern after the Senedd 2021 election, this pod tackles one of the biggest portfolios and - arguably - one of the most challenging; the economy. Joining us are Professor Calvin Jones (Professor of Economics and Tourism at Cardiff University, Dr Victoria Win…
 
In this pod we're joined by Jess Blair of the Electoral Reform Society Cymru and Professor Laura McAllister of Cardiff University who chaired the 2017 Expert Panel on Assembly Electoral Reform. We discuss the challenges facing the parties as they campaign for an election which may, or may not, happen in May and try to engage with the enlarged elect…
 
To mark ten years since he joined the House of Lords, we speak to Dafydd Wigley about Plaid Cymru, the post-Brexit landscape for Welsh politics and the economy, the independence movement, and his long career in politics.Do follow us on Twitter for the latest news about pods and blogs: https://twitter.com/HiraethBlogIf you're enjoying the Hiraeth po…
 
We begin our series of deep dives into the opportunities and challenges facing the ministers of the next Welsh Government with a look at the environment portfolio as Matt & Ceri speak to Jemma Bere of Keep Wales Tidy, Liz Silversmith of Wales Environment Link and energy projects manager Alex Meredith.You can find our guests on Twitter:Jemma: https:…
 
After a *very* tricky week for the Welsh Conservatives and another unsuccessful foray for the 'Minister for the Union' north of the border, we are joined by Theo Davies-Lewis to analyse where this leaves the Conservatives in Wales and Wales in the union.You can find Theo on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/TDaviesLewis Matt here: https://twitter.c…
 
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