Burton, Bevan and Lloyd George. So You Think You Know Thatcher,; ... It's Time to Think Again. This Week the Western Mail's First History Series, A New History of Wales, Will Be Debated at Hay Literary Festival and Will Be Launched as a Book. Clare Hutchinson Talks to Professor Huw Bowen about the Importance of Thinking Again

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Byline: Clare Hutchinson

THE WELSH HISTORY DEBATES AT HAY Come along and help leading Welsh historians debunk the myths of our nation's history at the Hay Literature Festival: SATURDAY, MAY 28, 9AM * New History of Wales 1: Celts or Britons? Professor Huw Bowen invites historians Raimund Karl and Ray Howell to untangle myth from reality: are the Welsh really descended from the Celts? Event 35, Elmley Foundation Theatre, pounds 5 SUNDAY, MAY 29, 9AM * New History of Wales 2: Wales - Nation, Region, Province, Principality Where is Wales and what is Wales? What is its relationship with England, Europe and the world? Historians Chris Williams and Huw Pryce kick off the debate.

Event 80, Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage, pounds 5 MONDAY, MAY 30, 9AM * New History of Wales 3: Public History Martin Johnes, Aled Jones and Peter Stead ask: Is Wales an ivory tower or public realm - and what is the point of Welsh history in the 21st century anyway? Event 126, Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage, Sold out SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 9AM * New History of Wales 4: Global nation Are the Welsh isolated provincials or a global people? Where is Wales in the world? Prof Bowen chairs the debate with historians Katherine Olson and Chris Evans - audience participation welcomed. Event 333, Oxfam Stage, pounds 5 SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 9AM * New History of Wales 5: The Welsh People Madeleine Gray and Martin Johnes to take a whirlwind tour through the history of religion, politics, education and popular culture in Wales. What type of people are we? Event 384, Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage, pounds 5 CHANCE TO TAKE A TRIP INTO THE PAST Fancy a tour of Wales' fiercest border castles, or a glimpse into the secret architectural treasures of Hay? Cadw will be running a series of lectures exploring Wales' built heritage at this year's festival: TUESDAY, MAY 31, 9AM * The Medieval Castles of Wales: John Kenyon, The head librarian of Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, and one of the UK's leading authorities on castles, traces the origins of medieval castle architecture in Wales.

Event 168, Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage, pounds 5 TUESDAY, MAY 31, 10.30AM - 4.30PM * A tour of Raglan and Chepstow castles: A fascinating full-day tour to two of South-East Wales' greatest historical treasures, Raglan Castle and Chepstow Castle, led by John Kenyon Event 877, meet at the box office for a bus, pounds 12 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 9.30AM - 4.30PM * Llanthony Priory walk: Cadw's chief inspector Gwilym Hughes will lead this energetic guided hike from the festival site to historic Llanthony Priory. Walking boots essential. Event 882, meet at the box office for a bus, pounds 8 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 11.30AM - 12.30PM * Get to know Hay 1: Join Cadw's head of regeneration and conservation Judith Alfrey as she explores the unique architectural character of Hay-on-Wye.

Sold out WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2.30PM - 3.30PM * Get to know Hay 2: Join Cadw's head of regeneration and conservation Judith Alfrey as she explores the unique architectural character of Hay-on-Wye.

Sold out THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 9.30AM - 4.30PM * The Three Castles Tour: The three castles of Grosmont, Skenfrith and White are a fascinating trio of historic sites. Join Jeremy Knight, the author of Cadw's official guidebook, for a tour of these border castles.

Sold out FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 3.45PM Medieval Castles: John Goodall presents an ambitious and ground-breaking journey depicting the English castle and its architecture from the 11th to the 17th centuries.

Event 309, Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage, pounds 5 * HEN the Western Mail ran its Welsh History Month series in September last year, it sparked a debate that surged for months.

Taking the commonly accepted ideas about the history of our nation by the horns, the series invited leading experts to challenge those views, giving readers a chance to explore new sides to age-old stories and get a glimpse of the latest theories from historical research. …