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Huw Edwards: “I am a Celt so it’s no surprise that I’m a pessimist”

The BBC newsreader on Bach, football, and why Ulysses is the most over-rated book of all time

By Prospect Team   November 2017

What is the first news/historical event you can recall?

I remember being in my grandmother’s house in October 1966—I was five at the time—when the news of the Aberfan disaster came on the radio. A huge coal tip slid down the mountainside and buried the village school, killing 116 children and 28 adults. My grandmother lived in one of the neighbouring valleys of South Wales, where huge coal tips towered over the terraced streets as they did in Aberfan. It was an event which cast the darkest of shadows across Welsh…

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