by Greg Lewis
A talk about women secret agents during the Second World War.
Shadow Warriors – Greg Lewis
SHADOW WARRIORS is the story of women as undercover combatants: armed with Sten guns and grenades; cutting telecommunication wires, laying mines in roadways; organising bombing raids; preparing the way for the D-Day invasion and harassing enemy forces as the Allies moved inland.
Author Greg Lewis tells the stories of some of these remarkable agents. People like Nancy Wake, who led an attack on a Gestapo headquarters in France; Christine Granville, who masterminded the escape of a fellow SOE agent; and Betty Pack, who used her sexual allure to capture enemy secrets.
As Nancy Wake said: “I hate wars and violence but if they come then I don’t see why we women should just wave a proud goodbye and then knit them balaclavas.”
*Greg Lewis is a television producer and author. He has written a number of nonfiction books on a variety of subjects. He is currently working on a new book on the anti-Nazi resistance in Germany for Penguin/Random House.
He has produced more than sixty documentaries for television and radio and has won major broadcast awards from BAFTA Cymru and the Guild of Health Writers UK.
He grew up in Saundersfoot and attended Greenhill School.
2 – 3pm
by George Hancock
A talk about this most harrowing theatre of the last world war with personal connections
The struggle to retake Burma from the Japanese was long and hard, yet was often forgotten by the British public because of its geographical remoteness. We will be reminded of the terrible conditions in which our brave Empire soldiers turned defeat into victory. George lived in post-war Burma as a boy, and members of his family fought there. A few of his personal connections will illustrate aspects of the current situation of that country in the historical context of the War and its aftermath.
4 – 5.30pm
Pembrokeshire’s very own celebrity of BBC Welsh News fame.
He talks about life, love and other things to entertain us all.
Broadcaster and journalist Jamie Owen anchors the country’s most watched TV news programme BBC WALES TODAY. Jamie has fronted the corporation’s high profile Election Campaigns, Referendums, Royal visits and breaking news stories for twenty years. He has anchored coverage of the NATO Summit, The Olympic Torch Ceremony and The Ryder Cup. You’ll also hear him reading the news on BBC Radio 5 Live
.As a documentary maker Jamie’s recent work includes FAT v CARBS, and DO I DRINK TOO MUCH? LANDROVER – A Great Welsh Idea – and THE ROLLS ROYCE GARAGE OF SNOWDONIA.
Jamie has worked extensively overseas for BBC World Service Trust, BBC Media Action advising television news stations in Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Albania and most recently Berlin.
Jamie Owen is the author of five books – His next – A Year in Pembrokeshire is to be launched at the Hay Festival 2018.
He lives in the Preseli Mountains In Pembrokeshire on a hill farm.
“Taking Care of Business”
The play is written to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis. “Taking Care of Business” is the story of a Rock & Roll enthusiast in search of his real father, who he becomes convinced is Elvis Presley. There will be live music, laughter and tears as we explore the importance of piecing together the fragments of life’s jigsaw in order to find one’s place in the world.
There will be plenty of rocking, swaying pelvises and lots of laughs.
De Valence Pavilion
7.30 – 10pm