Sir Deian Hopkin

Sir Deian Hopkin is a well-known Welsh academic and historian. He was born in Llanelli at the end of the Second World War.

We had the pleasure of interviewing Sir Deian on Tuesday (Dec 7) via Zoom.

In the interview Sir Deian outlines his life and career experiences from his time at Ysgol Dewi Sant in Llanelli to his time as a scholar at Llandovery College.

Sir Deian attended Aberystwyth University and went on to lecture there as well as holding a number of other positions at the University.

Gwynoro Jones interviewing Sir Deian Hopkin via Zoom

In the first decade of the 21st century he was vice-chancellor and chief executive of London South Bank University and went on in 2011 to be President of the National Library of Wales.

From 2013-2020 Sir Deian served as chair of Wales Remembers 1914-18, being a special adviser to the First Minister of Wales.

The 30-minute podcast takes us through all this and much more including his music choices, which are heavily influenced by Jazz.


Gwynoro preparing to interview Sir Deian Hopkin

Gwynoro is looking for more people to interview for his series. If you would like to put someone forward please email

Listen to the interview here: 

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