The Centenary Lecture Series

The Centenary Lecture Series curated and introduced by Owen Sheers, will bring leading UK and international figures from business, politics, sports, culture and the arts to the University's stunning state of the art Great Hall venue which is located on its Bay Campus and the renowned Taliesin Arts Centre on its historic Singleton Campus.

The Centenary Lecture Series are sponsored by Swansea Building Society. 

Autumn / Winter 2018 - Centenary Lectures
The Great Hall, Bay Campus, Swansea University SA1 8EN


Thursday 18th October     7:30 pm

Adam Rutherford - The Book of Humans: The Story of How We Became Us

The Book of HumansWe like to think of ourselves as exceptional beings, but are we really any more special than other animals? In this event acclaimed science writer and presenter of Radio 4’s Inside Science Adam Rutherford introduces his latest work, a myth-busting tour of life on Earth that explores how many of the things once considered to be exclusively human are not: we are not the only species that communicates, that makes tools, that utilises fire, or that has sex for reasons other than to make new versions of ourselves. Chaired by Swansea University’s Professor in Creativity Owen Sheers. 

Adam’s talk will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.
Adam's books will be available to purchase on the night from Cover to Cover bookshop

'You’ll be spellbound' - Prof Brian Cox 

'Adam Rutherford is a superb communicator, who eruditely explores the borderlands of history, archaeology, genetics and anthropology in this fascinating tour of our species' 
- Dan Snow

Adam RutherfordDr. Adam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster. On radio, he is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s flagship science programme, Inside Science, as well as many documentaries, on the inheritance of intelligence, on MMR and autism, human evolution, astronomy and art, science and cinema, scientific fraud, and the evolution of sex. On television, his latest series, The Beauty of Anatomy, is on BBC4 in August 2014, on the role of the human dissection in art. Adam also presented the award-winning Horizon: Playing God (BBC2, Jan 2012);The Gene Code (BBC4, Apr 2011); and the award-winning The Cell (BBC4, Sept 2009). Adam is a movie geek, and has been scientific advisor to Björk’s movie Biophilia Live, and worked on World War Z, The Secret Service (2014) and Ex Machina (2015). His critically acclaimed first book, Creation – on the origin and future of life - was published in 2013, and was nominated for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize. He is currently writing his second, and third. Adam has a PhD in Genetics, a degree in evolutionary biology, is an honorary Research Fellow at UCL, and is a former Editor at the journal Nature.

Tickets: Full Price   £8.00    Students   £5.00

Book Online:

Tel: 01792 60 20 60 



Thursday 22nd November     7:30 pm

Kamila Shamsie - Home Fire

Home FireOver the last twenty years Kamila Shamsie has established herself as one of the most vital and interesting novelists at work today . Her books, often grand in scope yet always emotionally intimate, have captured the minds and hearts of readers across the world. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and winner of this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, join Kamila as she discusses her latest novel, Home Fire with Swansea University’s Professor in Creativity, Owen Sheers. A re-telling of Sophocles’s Antigone in a contemporary landscape of jihad, a security state and the pressures of radicalisation upon family, love and friendship, Home Fire is a tour de force that powerfully illustrates how fiction can not only capture the present moment but also present the most challenging of its questions with empathy and insight. Followed by a Q&A and book signing.

'Brave and brilliant....Shocking and strangely beautiful.'
Sunday Times


Kamila ShamsieKamila Shamsie is the author of seven novels. The most recent, Home Fire, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017 and won the Women’s Prize 2018. A God in Every Stone was shortlisted for the Baileys Prize, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. Three of her novels have received awards from Pakistan’s Academy of Letters. Kamila Shamsie is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and in 2013 was named a Granta Best of Young British Novelist. She grew up in Karachi and now lives in London.

(Photo Credit: Zain Mustafa)


Being Human LogoThis is a *FREE EVENT in association with Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities - The festival, now in its fifth year, is led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. This partnership draws together the three major bodies dedicated to supporting and promoting humanities research in the UK and internationally.


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Thursday 13th December     7:30 pm

Pip Broughton and Matthew Hall: Keeping Faith/ Un Bore Mercher, the story of a drama’s success, from script to broadcast.

Keeping FaithOver the last year bi-lingual Welsh drama Keeping Faith/Un Bore Mercher has become a TV phenomenon. Set in Laugharne and starring Eve Myles the series has gone from humble beginnings to massive ratings and network broadcast, with a second series due to air in 2019. Join director Pip Broughton and writer Matthew Hall as they discuss creative adventure, the genesis of the story, it’s journey from page to screen and the vital fabric of relationships between cast, director, writer and broadcaster that have made their drama such a success. Pip and Matthew will be in conversation with Professor in Creativity Owen Sheers and will illustrate their conversation with clips from the series. Followed by a Q&A.

‘A must-see, must-talk about drama’ - The Radio Times

Tickets: Full Price   £8.00    Students   £5.00

Book Online:

Tel: 01792 60 20 60