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45 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 09 September 2011

On April 2nd 1982, the Isle of Anglesey separated from the mainland of Wales and floated off into the North Atlantic. Emerging artist Hugh Hughes and his friend Sioned, recount the story of this extraordinary geological event, and explain its personal significance.

Created and performed by Hugh Hughes and Sioned Rowlands with assistance from Shôn Dale-Jones and Jill Norman.

Produced by James Robinson.

  • Hugh Hughes

    Hugh Hughes

    Hugh Hughes is officially an emerging artist funded by the Arts Council of England. He's originally from Wales, North Wales, Anglesey, Llangefni to be precise.

    Visit Hugh's website
  • Floating's History

    Floating's History

    Floating began life as an award-winning stage show, produced by theatre company Hoipolloi. The show has toured the world winning awards and great reviews. (Photo by John Baucher)

    "Charming, surreal, warm-hearted... a piece of genius." (The Scotsman)

    "Mesmerising...extraordinary... hilarious yet touching in the human fragility it conveys..." (The Guardian)

    "A strange and beautiful story..." (The Independent)

    Hoipolloi's website
  • The Isle of Anglesey's Journey

    The Isle of Anglesey's Journey

    Anglesey drifted out into the Irish Sea and headed past Ireland and Cornwall, its Celtic neighbours, out into the North Atlantic where it hit a storm. The storm drove it northwards to the Arctic where it almost got stuck before heading back, via Iceland, down the West Coast of Scotland and ending back in the exact same position as it started.

  • Hugh Speaks...

    Read an exclusive interview with Hugh Hughes on the Radio 4 Blog.

    Radio 4 Blog


Hugh Hughes
Sioned Rowlands
Shon Dale-Jones
Jill Norman
James Robinson
Hugh Hughes
Sioned Rowlands



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