Annual Raymond Williams Memorial Lecture 2017 | Michael Sheen

2017 ж. 17 Қар.
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It’s a real honour to be able to speak to you here in this building so full of history and indeed this town that holds such a special place within the story of Wales.
And it is with a great deal of humility that I stand before you today to deliver a lecture that bears the name of Raymond Williams.
His brilliance, his insight and his compassion make his writing as powerful and as illuminating today as it has ever been.
In preparation for today I went over much of what he wrote specifically about Wales and Welsh identity and culture, not necessarily what his international reputation has been based upon, and it has been absolutely fascinating.
In his piece ‘Welsh Culture’, written in 1975, he wrote, ”The feeling for the past is more than a fancy, but it’s how past and present relate that tells in a culture.”
And it is exactly his grasp of that relationship between our past and our present here in Wales, and the challenges we face in exploring concepts like identity and nationhood, that is for me both inspiring and, in these particular circumstances, arse-shakingly intimidating.
So, I’ll begin with the only thing I feel I have any kind of authority to be able to stand here and speak to you about, which is - myself.
My own personal experience.
Raymond Williams Lecture organised by Learning and Work Institute Wales, presented by Michael Sheen.

  • Absolutely brilliant, this speech should be part of the Welsh national curriculum

    David HarrisDavid Harris Жыл бұрын
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      Alex MAlex M15 күн бұрын
    • @okaminess plllll

      Paul TaitPaul Tait26 күн бұрын
    • ​@okaminess

      RositaRositaАй бұрын
    • ​@David Harris

      RositaRositaАй бұрын
    • @David Harris Thanks for teaching me something new. :) I am interested in the history of Wales and culture of the Welsh people.

      okaminessokaminess Жыл бұрын
  • As an Englishman, I loved this. Welsh history does not get taught much in English schools (surprise), ans so this speech was also a good introduction. It seems that meanness and political incompetence has played too large a part in Welsh history. It is time for better things.

    Neil ÓgNeil Óg Жыл бұрын
  • It's been said that history is written by the victors. But it isn't--it's written by the survivors. The stories are told by the victors; they control the narrative. But if we dig far enough, we can find the rest of the stories. I so wish I'd had a history prof in college who was as passionate as Michael Sheen is. It would have been so much easier to pay attention!

    mrs3Quatormrs3Quator Жыл бұрын
  • He's absolutely spot on! It's only when you leave Wales, that you realise what it is to be Welsh, to understand, and appreciate the culture we have, the community, sense of belonging, the longing to return... HIRAETH.

    Berian DaviesBerian Davies Жыл бұрын
  • Michael Sheen is trending on Twitter as I speak and I will be honest and say that I had never heard of him . It has been my loss . I've listened enthralled at his eloquence relaying the story of Welsh history . Truly awesome . An essential piece that should be discussed in schools . His parents ( who have followed every move Michael has made ) must be truly proud .

    Margaret RyanMargaret Ryan2 ай бұрын
  • Brilliant Michael every Welsh person should see this x Diolch byt

    Delyth DaviesDelyth Davies5 жыл бұрын
  • As an irishman, this was a fascinating and enthralling lecture. Spellbinding and educational

    Bandit boy883Bandit boy883 Жыл бұрын
  • He's a brilliant orator in the tradition of his Welsh forebears - and such an educated and intelligent man

    Jill AllsoppJill Allsopp Жыл бұрын
  • Not Welsh or British but I was absolutely spellbound. MS is a treasure.

    Anne RamosAnne Ramos2 ай бұрын
  • Impassioned, eloquent, incredibly important and powerful speech. As a Scot, I wish we had such an advocate with this kind of platform.

    Iain DawsonIain Dawson Жыл бұрын
    • We need an advocate because we’re our in worst enemy, we refuse to get on or change to spite ourselves. Trust me, nothing changes I once hoped it would but less and less changes. Councillors are the same people for 40 years unless you’re in you can’t get anything and if you rattle the cage you’ll be very sorry to the point of abuse.

      Liz RobertsLiz Roberts15 күн бұрын
    • As an Englishman subjugated to the current government, I wish we did too.

      Edward JamesEdward James Жыл бұрын
  • I can not believe how good this is. Fantastic to see there is such articulate energy for Welsh freedom. Solidarity from an Irishman

    up2up2 Жыл бұрын
    • mi’m oomooiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii ppl

      IonaMilvenanIonaMilvenan2 ай бұрын
  • I don't think I've ever seen a video with no dislikes that had watched by more than a handful of people.

    pascal jacobpascal jacob Жыл бұрын
  • This is without a doubt one of the best lectures I have watched recently, possibly ever. Thank you for uploading this.

    Epochalypse MeowEpochalypse Meow2 ай бұрын
  • I'm an Indian woman who grew up and and lives in Australia. This was mesmerising. Such a powerful, eloquent essay! Have long felt a powerful sense of love for Wales and Welsh. This just makes me wish I was Welsh even more! Thank you, Michael Sheen, and all the Welsh past and present who worked/work so hard to resist and overcome colonisation!

    ArethusaAroseArethusaArose2 ай бұрын
  • Superb speech, so well written and exceptionally delivered. Love from Ireland.

    exundfluribaexundfluriba Жыл бұрын
  • God he’s a beautiful soul

    Alan RachnidAlan Rachnid3 жыл бұрын
  • A child in the Rhondda valleys, given a blue white and red flag to wave, as the big black car negotiated it weary way through Treorchy. An older child, joining in with his peers, ribbing the kids from the Welsh school, the Welsh speakers, the 'welshies'. ......... The 'welshies' .... calling them that, in my own country, my own language ..... own people. Only learning of Welsh history out of my own curiosity. None taught in school. An absolute masterclass of political and social indoctrination.

    Inky MunsterInky Munster Жыл бұрын
  • This is absolutely incredible

    lufcwlslufcwls2 жыл бұрын
  • For Wales to emerge as it's own country three things are needed. Firstly, Welsh culture needs to be better recognized and this means growing beyond just the Welsh language. Secondly there needs to be a significant and highly visible Welsh presence in the World at large - weaponize the Welsh diaspora (which have been excluded in all discussion and voting on Welsh independence). Lastly Welsh politicians should be making a hell of a lot more noise in Westminster.

    Kevin Gregory-EvansKevin Gregory-Evans Жыл бұрын
    • Agreed. That would be so amazing. I'm Native American. I know what it feels like to be marginalized. I hope Welsh people can pull through and become more recognized in the world at large.

      okaminessokaminess Жыл бұрын
  • The only way to save the Culture what we have left is to gain our Independence from the corruption of Westminster. Cymru Rydd!!

    OnlyLiveMusicRocksOnlyLiveMusicRocks5 жыл бұрын
  • Amazing lecture. Only just picked up on this in 2022!

    peter macpeter mac2 ай бұрын
  • Having moved from Wales to America as a young boy I completely understand how he feels.

    DdraigXDdraigX Жыл бұрын
  • Amazing speech

    Zainab Al-MintfjZainab Al-Mintfj4 жыл бұрын
  • This has started trending again since the death of the Queen.

    Emperor JoshmaulEmperor Joshmaul2 ай бұрын
  • Such an eloquent and moving speech. His comments on his frustration about not being a Welsh speaker are keenly felt by me. Born in Scotland to Welsh father and Scottish mother I heard Welsh constantly, we had a Welsh speaking neighbor, what were the chances? The Welsh society in Scotland was a strong community where every year my father would conduct at the Cymanfa Ganus. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough for me to pick up the language. I have since become almost fluent in Spanish and understand how beautiful it is to be able to appreciate another culture, Latin American in my case, through language. If only I had the energy to learn the Cymraeg and the Gaelic as well. Keep doing what you are doing Mr Sheen, don’t enter politics, inspire us one by one! Diolch un fawr

    The Bruce 1321The Bruce 13212 ай бұрын
  • Like a Pencampwr finding his warlord, a Druid finding his Gods, or an Uati acolyte finding a truth in the infinite ether, I have found a new hero.

    Eifion Wyn Williams - IffyEifion Wyn Williams - Iffy Жыл бұрын
  • Cannot underestimate the importance of such a person saying these things.

    Thomas CassonThomas Casson2 ай бұрын
  • Brilliant, and so enthusiastic.

    Barry GuwyBarry Guwy Жыл бұрын
  • Amazing speech, truly amazing.

    BritonBriton Жыл бұрын
  • Amazing speech. Absolutely outstanding

    CasinooosCasinooos Жыл бұрын
  • Without a doubt the best two hours I've ever spent on KZburn

    BooBoo11 ай бұрын
  • Superb.

    Philip BarryPhilip Barry4 жыл бұрын
  • 54:00 on is just incredible. Truth.

    Jimi DaveJimi Dave Жыл бұрын
  • 1:51:33 - I think this is the central problem, at least for my generation. As a pupil at Barry Boys I received next to no education, even though one of my history teachers for a year or two was amongst those who I respected and actually taught me something, I knew nothing about history, let alone Welsh history by the time I left school. In fact school was just teachers trying to maintain control of the class by any means, as there was some serious behavioural issues amongst the pupils. The comprehensive system failed many of my peers and myself. I'm sure with the addition of social media there is even more distraction for young people now. We really need to rethink the way we educate and show young people what to value and why. If the next generation have parents that know nothing about why Wales is special, then how can they? (I also agree that the BBC 'The story of Wales' was an excellent introduction for those who know nothing and would like to start learning).

    Neo EpicureanNeo Epicurean3 жыл бұрын
    • @Megan Thomas You are a lady after my own heart Megan, I do get saddened by it all, as I just see our history and ways being eroded year by year. I get real picky mind .... it's MAM not Mum and dinner, not lunch. Haha.....

      Inky MunsterInky Munster Жыл бұрын
    • @Inky Munster Seen that! I’m not sure why? people say he’s a hypocrite for accepting it in the first place, but by his own admission he didn’t know anything about Welsh history when he accepted it. I don’t agree with every single thing Sheen says about Welsh history but I can understand why a Welshman or woman would find it difficult to accept a OBE/MBE knowing the history of his/her country.

      Megan ThomasMegan Thomas Жыл бұрын
    • Megan, Neo, see my post above. Wales online have just reported on him giving his medal back, it has caused quite the diverse reaction.

      Inky MunsterInky Munster Жыл бұрын
    • @Megan Thomas I can imagine it wasn't great in Rhondda! I'm in my 40s now and just starting a MA after completing my BA with the Open University - I had a spent my life owning bars up until 3 years ago - but I wanted to go back and get the education I should have got first time around. I have no problem with learning now, I never did, it was just impossible to learn anything at that school - apart from how to skin up and hot-wire a car. I'm one of the lucky ones that didn't end up in prison. Education system is just a total mess in low income areas.

      Neo EpicureanNeo Epicurean2 жыл бұрын
    • Totally agree, I went to school in the Rhondda Valleys and had a very similar experience. I ended up in university but through an Access Course and not because of my education at school. My Welsh language teacher barely ever turned up, and most of the history teachers hated their jobs.

      Megan ThomasMegan Thomas2 жыл бұрын
  • So this is the one he gave his OBE back for!

    Sheamus is BoredSheamus is Bored Жыл бұрын
    • Really! Wow!

      okaminessokaminess Жыл бұрын
  • What a performance. The life of the theatre is certainly filled by many thrills and spills.

    Alex CampbellAlex CampbellАй бұрын
  • Absolutely mesmerising !

    John McPhersonJohn McPherson2 ай бұрын
  • Inspirational

    David HarrisDavid Harris Жыл бұрын
  • This is absolutely fantastic I am Scottish a very proud nationalist with a deep knowledge of Scottish history I have learned a lot about welsh similarities from this speech

    Kenny AlexanderKenny Alexander2 ай бұрын
  • Thank you for using your voice! Cymru am byth🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

    Jesss DouglasssJesss Douglasss2 жыл бұрын
  • It’s pure Alan Partridge. Emphatically delivered by another great actor.

    SiR LloydSiR LloydАй бұрын
  • XtraSpecialMangoXtraSpecialMango2 жыл бұрын
    • And a British* woman too... Now in my 60s, I'm finally discovering my own voice but still learning how to use it. I was truly inspired by such heartfelt, passionate & wise words from Michael Sheen. Thank you so much. * My mum was Welsh, my dad was a Scot & I'm definitely more than just English. 😊

      Terry ProtheroeTerry Protheroe Жыл бұрын
    • An English man too.

      dancingpotplantdancingpotplant Жыл бұрын
  • I know there are people from Wales, Scotland and Ireland commenting on this brilliant lecture. However, some of the things he speaks about have resonance with English people who don't come from the "Establishment" and live in those corners forgotten.Never mind all the "levelling up" b**lsh"t England needs an orator and leader.

    kitty lynchkitty lynch2 ай бұрын
  • Why don't we get rid of the 'Prince of Wales', become an independent state and let Mr Sheen run in a fair election to become its head? I'd vote for him as he'd represent our nation brilliantly on the world stage.

    Dan HayesDan Hayes2 ай бұрын
  • I can't help but imagine this is how J.R.R. Tolkien would want his stories to be told.

    Ulf NilssonUlf Nilsson2 ай бұрын
  • Excellent dyolch yn fawr

    Humberto GaticaHumberto Gatica Жыл бұрын
  • Even, you should have a look at a talk done by the actor Michael Sheen, the Annual Raymond Williams Memorial Lecture 2017. It's long but worth it.

    A Casual Carebear GamerA Casual Carebear Gamer2 ай бұрын
  • So tonight i learn Welsh history! Being spanish this kinda resonates, the centralism of spain is a shame too, madrid is like a funnel for money and culture. Seems that british people also dream of a "donut" country. My solidarity.

    Carla RamosCarla Ramos2 ай бұрын
  • I am English but have lived in Wales for 30 years and identify more with Wales than anywhere else. My little business wholesales a high quality 100% welsh product but find that it is our English customers in Wales that support us most. It often amazes me how our Welsh customers, even the national botanic gardens of Wales, put foreign imports in their stores when a Welsh product that is in every way as good is available on their doorstep

    charlescharles5 жыл бұрын
    • Nonsense that I have witnessed for ten years growing plants and wholesaling to retailers in wales.

      charlescharles5 жыл бұрын
    • charles The National Botanical Garden of Wales is a little too expensive for most people to visit on a regularly basis ..Have only been there once myself .What's all this nonsense about English people being more favourable & inclined to sell Welsh produce compared to the Welsh .How do you come to that conclusion?

      richard evansrichard evans5 жыл бұрын
  • Burning up Twitter right after the death of the Queen... will we see a free Wales?

    AmmaLeslieAmmaLeslie2 ай бұрын
  • This should be required "reading" for anyone "Welsh".

    ConsoleConsole2 ай бұрын
  • How Scotland feels.

    Neil MurrayNeil Murray Жыл бұрын
  • In all respect, screw Braveheart, I want a movie about Owain Glindor kicking the English! That would be badass. And Michael could even play the lead!

    Oliver CantOliver Cant2 ай бұрын
  • One can see Sheen is obviously a method actor. To help get into his speech, he wore clothes the same colour as the background sign. He even dyed his hair to match!

    smoogsmoog11 күн бұрын
  • This is as true of the English regions and inner cities as it is of the Welsh, Scots & Irish. If a sink hole swallowed Westminster and the aristocracy a sigh of relief would be heard from the Shetlands to Cornwall.

    AnEnemy100AnEnemy1002 жыл бұрын
  • I’d vote for him to be PM or if not, First Minister for Wales! This was spellbinding, for me, and the audience, you could’ve heard a pin drop.

    TanyaTanya2 ай бұрын
  • Recommending that everyone watch this instead of the queens speech this Christmas

    Jim GriffithsJim Griffiths11 ай бұрын
  • If we viewed each culture as an alien race in Startrek, the Welsh would be the eqivelent of the Federation, minus the money, and the English would be the eqivelent of the borg.

    Kevin MorganKevin Morgan8 ай бұрын
  • Extraordinary that the Welsh happy to vote to leave EU but Sheen makes a good point about that, as we know too the lies p that were sold. Scotland and NI made the right choice but still suffering the fallout.

    Anne LawtonAnne Lawton2 ай бұрын
  • Michael for the 1st President of an Independent Wales

    David HarrisDavid Harris Жыл бұрын
    • Nah, Wales should demand their title back off Charlie and bring its real name back - Rex Brittanorum (King of Britons).

      Taffy DucksTaffy Ducks11 ай бұрын
  • I'm writing this 10 days after Brexit is starting to hit home (January 2021) and it has even more relevance now than it did when it was filmed. Well said Mr Sheen.

    Walt GWalt G Жыл бұрын
    • Wow. O.O

      okaminessokaminess Жыл бұрын
  • Very perceptive

    Llwyd ELlwyd E2 ай бұрын
  • I am an African from Biafra precisely. I just stumbled upon this on twitter and I watched and listened in awe. Goose bumps all over my hands at this powerful speech and history that I never heard of. As someone from a a country that its name has disappeared from the map of the world because of British greed, I feel your pain. 09/2022

    AneleAnele2 ай бұрын
  • If the Port Talbot steelworks plant would tata be responsible for the clean up??

    Kirsty HarrisKirsty Harris Жыл бұрын
  • Exactly why did he give his OBE back for?

    Pepe GalegoPepe Galego Жыл бұрын
    • So that he could give this speech. He said he felt hypocritical otherwise.

      Sally-Ann Llewellyn ArtistSally-Ann Llewellyn Artist Жыл бұрын
  • It's amazing. Does his Welsh accent only return to this degree when he crosses over the Severn Bridge?

    Michael BMichael B Жыл бұрын
    • He's a very very good actor - he has dozens of voices

      Jill AllsoppJill Allsopp Жыл бұрын
  • Surprised at the anti protestant rhetoric

    Quinn RobertsonQuinn Robertson Жыл бұрын
  • Who!? 🤷🏻‍♂️

    NewblackdogNewblackdogАй бұрын
  • Quite a few inaccuracies relating to Welsh history but its still worth a watch.

    Llywelyn ap GruffuddLlywelyn ap Gruffudd11 ай бұрын
    • Such as?! As for myself I'd say not calling Wales a Nation. The Britons did things drastically different to the Anglo. A nation wasn't a permanent entity or Notion. it came and went when appropriate. The British Kings would often fight amongst themselves until a greater outside force was thrust upon them, at which time they'd elect a High King (Rex Brittanorum, King of Britons) to Lead. Once the danger was dealt with, the Elites would go back to ruling their own Petty Kingdoms. This occurred in Britain (Wales) atleast 4 times between 55ad and 1409. 1. Under Magnus Maximus, 2. Under Arthwys Ap Meurig 3. Under Iestyn Ap Gwrgan and 4. Under Owain Glyndwr.

      Taffy DucksTaffy Ducks11 ай бұрын
  • I guess if a speech is tediously long, they call it a "lecture".

    Fool4HomeschoolFool4Homeschool2 ай бұрын
  • Out of interest what makes someone Welsh? Is it someone that lives in wales? Is it someone that was born there? If an Englishman moves and lives in Wales is he welsh? If a Welshman lives in London is he English? The talk of 800 year old history is fine and well but what relevance does that have to a new immigrant to wales, who is as welsh as any one.. right?

    J SJ S2 ай бұрын
  • I’ve never felt more Welsh.

    TanyaTanya2 ай бұрын
  • horrible wig

    Kelley WhiteKelley WhiteАй бұрын
  • Actor believing in his own victimized melodrama. In truth, Michael Sheen is a very privileged winner. Past injustices aren't a reason to break into factions today. Our problems are immense. We need to be united, as much as possible, all over the world, and make decisions that are for the universal good. Tribalism is small-minded and cowardly. It takes great courage to come together, to leave behind that comforting narrow identity and step forward as an independent part of a vast, universal whole. It is much easier to take comfort from a narrow identity where the clarity of who you are and why you are here is so obvious. The reality is not black-and-white, but grey and shady and takes work to make judgments of. But it is the reality.

    Fool4HomeschoolFool4Homeschool2 ай бұрын
  • A little anti-English.

    Stephen SharpStephen Sharp4 жыл бұрын
    • @y mab darogan no, anti English. The Welsh are THEE British. The UK government is the English government in all but name. Dont let the Anglo steal being Britons of you. Learn your History! When Wales gets its independence, I expect to hear them demanding that all their titles are given back also. Such as the Term British and The title Prince of Wales changed back to Rex Brittanorum (King of Britons) as the Welsh are the British, not the English. Not Culturally or Historically. The English are only Geographically British.

      Taffy DucksTaffy Ducks11 ай бұрын
    • @y mab darogan The English establishment was wiped in 1075, but I agree with everything else. The British establishment is its own thing... an English-speaking Franco-Roman imperial racket fed through its public schools and propped with misinfomation by the media.

      Neil ÓgNeil Óg Жыл бұрын
    • Get over it. Its not difficult. He's talking about the people who govern and governed England, not English people themselves.

      Neil ÓgNeil Óg Жыл бұрын
    • @okaminess I agree. Less populous nations get less power in the UK government. But similarly the South East of England has London which whether it's fair or not provides 22% of the UK's GDP. So it's horses for courses so to speak.

      PrometheusxviiPrometheusxvii Жыл бұрын
    • @Iawn Cyw sir, I have a strong suspicion that you have very little policy making experience. Do I think there's disparity in how funds are allocated in government? Yes. Do I think there's a nefarious cabal of English politicians plotting against the other nations of the UK, no. I think it's time we all looked at our own problems as our own and stopped blaming medieval history for our problems. But that's just me

      PrometheusxviiPrometheusxvii Жыл бұрын