RS Thomas Literary Festival, 24-26 June, Aberdaron

24 to 27 June 2016, Aberdaron

The annual RS Thomas Literary Festival celebrates RS Thomas in the Welsh seaside town where he was vicar and wrote some of his best poetry.

The theme of the 2016 Festival is “Convergence of Creativity.” We will explore the influence of RS Thomas’s wife, Elsi Eldridge, an accomplished artist, on his work. We will also examine Thomas’s influence on other artists and how Thomas’s poetry was inspired by modern art.

The RS Thomas Literary Festival features the launch of the latest collection of unpublished Thomas poems, Too Brave to Dream. Presentations from three respected Thomas scholars, an evening concert in St. Hywyn’s Church, a walk through the landscape that inspired RS Thomas, poetry performances, an invitation to RS and Elsi’s studio, and an art exhibition complete the festival. This year we are also joined by the Coleridge in Wales project.

For more information, or to view the full festival programme, please visit https://rsthomaspoetry.co.uk/.

David Jones, Coleridge & The Rime of The Ancient Mariner: An Illustrated Lecture

David Jones, Coleridge & The Rime of The Ancient Mariner
An illustrated lecture
19th July, 2016       19 Orffennaf, 2016       2pm
by Professor Tom Dilworth, University of Windsor, Canada

The artist and poet David Jones (1895-1974) considered The Rime of the Ancient Mariner to be ‘one of the great achievements of English poetry, and not only great but unique’.

In 1929 Jones made copper engravings for an illustrated edition of the poem, and these prints are displayed in the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff this summer as a response to the Coleridge in Wales festival.

We are delighted that leading international authority on David Jones, Prof. Tom Dilworth has offered to give this illustrated lecture as part of the Coleridge in Wales journey, in association with Aberystwyth University’s David Jones Centre.

Discover how the illustrations by David Jones give fresh insight into the structure and interpretation of Rime of The Ancient Mariner.

For more information, or to book a ticket, please contact Luke Thurston (lut@aber.ac.uk).

Those attending the event may also be interested in a current exhibition at the National Library of Wales:

Words of War: Conflict in Welsh Literature

23 January – 30 July 2016

For centuries, Welsh poets and prose writers have depicted the experience of war, either by celebrating victories or mourning defeat. This exhibition focuses on four historic conflicts from the sixth to the seventeenth centuries – both battles and skirmishes. Poignant eyewitness accounts and later reactions by artists such as Aneirin and David Jones, Bleddyn Fardd and Gerallt Lloyd Owen will be shown alongside the narrative testimonies of contemporary and later chroniclers. Let the poets take you to Catraeth, Cilmeri, Bosworth and the Somme.

Parts of the manuscript of In Parenthesis will be on display alongside a fascinating range of other documents. For more information, please visit https://www.llgc.org.uk/collections/activities/exhibitions/words-of-war/

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Guest lecture: Maud Ellmann at Swansea University

Swansea University welcomes all to a talk by Maud Ellmann
On Friday, May 20th 2016 Maud Ellmann is speaking on Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Townsend Warner. The talk will take place at 10am in the James Callaghan Building, Room 208 at Swansea University, Singleton Park Campus.
Maud Ellmann’s talk will be followed by a postgraduate Q&A.
Please email modernistnetworkcymru@gmail.com to book your place for the Q&A session.

 

David Jones Exhibition, Cardiff University Special Collections and Archives

A new exhibition at Cardiff University’s Special Collections and Archives explores David Jones’s work as a wood engraver. Curated by Prof. Judi Loach, School of History, Archaeology and Religion, the exhibition includes rare examples of his work for interwar private presses such as St. Dominic’s Press, Golden Cockerel Press and Gregynog Press.

For more information, and to see some of the images included in the exhibition, please visit the SCOLAR blog. The exhibition runs from 9 May – 29 July 2016.

Commemorating WWI: Conflict and Creativity

Researchers from Cardiff University, in collaboration with Welsh National Opera and National Museum Cardiff, are holding a series of public events to mark the 2016 Battle of the Somme. The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Opera and Drama (CIRO), alongside leading researchers from the Cardiff University schools of Music, Modern Languages, Welsh, History, Archaeology and Religion, and Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, will commemorate this event by exploring WWI conflict and creativity. How is the Great War represented in history, music, literature and visual cultures? And how is it remembered today, in Wales and the wider world?

The series of events, funded by a Cultural Engagement Fellowship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), includes a Mametz Wood study day (21 May), a series of lunchtime lectures (Sept-Nov) and an international symposium on artistic creation during WW1 (11-12 November). For more information, please visit http://sites.cardiff.ac.uk/events/category/series/commemorating-wwi-conflict-and-creativity-events-series/ or download the series flyer here.

Registration Open: The Power of Place

The Power of Place
A day of presentations to accompany the exhibition
Romanticism in the Welsh Landscape
MOMA Machynlleth
Saturday 21 May 2016, 10.30–16.30

The Welsh landscape has been a source of inspiration for visionary works of art from the 1760s to today. This day-conference will explore responses to the landscape in the works of writers and artists who travelled in Wales from the late eighteenth century to the present.

Hosted at MOMA Machynlleth in collaboration with the Curious Travellers project at the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies (CAWCS), this is one of a series of events to accompany the major exhibition Romanticism in the Welsh Landscape. Some sixty paintings, drawings and multi-media works from public and private collections allow viewers to explore the seminal role of Wales in the origin and renewal of Romanticism, from the late eighteenth century to the present.

For more information, including a full programme and contact details for registration, please click here.

British Association for Modernist Studies Postgraduate Training Day: Research Skills for Modernist Studies

Hosted by the Faculty of English, University of Oxford Friday 11 March 2016

The seventh annual BAMS postgraduate training day will explore recent trends in modernist studies and give practical advice on research management, with the aim of preparing you for a career in modernist studies. This event is open to registered on-course doctoral students working in the field of modernism. Registration (including lunch) is free to members of BAMS, and a limited number of travel bursaries are also available to BAMS members whose transport costs over £20.

Registration is £5 for non-members. Places are limited, so please register by clicking here (or go to www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk and search ‘BAMS’) by Monday 7 March. To apply for a travel bursary, please send travel information and/ or receipts to bamsresearchskills@gmail.com. General enquiries may also be directed to this address.

To join BAMS (including a subscription to Modernist Cultures) go to http://bams.ac.uk/membership/. Student rate: £32; online-only £23.

Plese click here to download a copy of the event programme.

The Ursula Masson Memorial Lecture 2016

The Centre for Gender Studies in Wales invites you to:

The Ursula Masson Memorial Lecture 2016

Dr Kirsti Bohata (Associate Professor, Swansea University)

‘Industrial Fiction by Women Writers in Wales, 1880-1914’

Tuesday 8 March (for International Women’s Day) at 6.00-9.00pm

Ty Crawshay, Treforest Campus, University of South Wales

The lecture will take place in the Moot Court, TC13, at 6pm to be followed by a wine reception and buffet in TC30 (the Zobole Room) and the university museum’s art gallery space, Oriel y Bont, from 7.15pm.

Dr Kirsti Bohata is Associate Professor of English Literature and Director of CREW, the Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales, at Swansea University.

The lecture focuses on industrial fictions by women writers in Wales. Fictional representations of the heavy industries are scarce before the twentieth century, but there is a distinctive body of writing by Welsh women that does engage with industrial life.  These novels portray injuries and colliery disasters, disability and care, strikes and class conflict, as well as recurring themes of  nationalism and cross-class fraternity.

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CFP New Work in Modernist Studies

CALL FOR PAPERS
New Work in Modernist Studies
Saturday 5 December 2015, 10am-5.30pm,
University of Exeter, Streatham Campus, Queen’s Building

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The fifth one-day Graduate Conference on New Work in Modernist Studies will take place at the University of Exeter (Streatham campus), in conjunction with Modernist Network Cymru (MONC), the London Modernism Seminar, the Scottish Network of Modernist Studies, the Northern Modernism Seminar, and the British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS).

As in previous years, this conference will take the form of an interdisciplinary programme reflecting the full diversity of current graduate work in modernist studies; it encourages contributions both from those already involved in the existing networks and from students new to modernist students who are eager to share their work. The day will close with a plenary lecture by Professor Simon Shaw-Miller, Chair in the History of Art, University of Bristol, and author of Eye hEar: The Visual in Music (Ashgate 2013), Visible Deeds in Music: Art and Music from Wagner to Cage (Yale, 2002, second ed. 2004) and numerous essays and articles on art and music in the modern period, including ‘Modernist Music’ in the Oxford Handbook of Modernisms (Oxford, 2010).

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CFP David Jones: Dialogues with the Past

David Jones: Dialogues with the Past

An International, Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of York

21-23 July, 2016

 

Call for Papers

In ‘Past and Present’ (1953), David Jones claimed:  ‘The entire past is at the poet’s disposal’. The interweaving of this ‘entire past’ with the present moment fundamentally characterises Jones’s art and thought, from his visual reimagining of historical figures, to the etymologically rich allusions of his poetry, to the unusual philosophy of history manifested in his essays and letters. The analysis of Jones’s visual or poetic works often reflects the act of excavation: the unique layering of images, words and ideas, the resonant symbolism and shades of meaning. the blending of cultural traditions and dynamic interweaving of whole civilisations.

As 2016 marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme which profoundly shaped Jones’s imagination and thought, it provides an ideal moment to reconsider the entirety of Jones’s engagement with the many, various, elusive and intertwined ‘pasts’ through which he conceived history and culture. It will be an opportunity to explore Jones’s own style, subject matter, allusive practice and intellectual questions including the role of ‘memory’, ‘inheritance’ and ‘history’ in art and life, while also reflecting upon Jones’s own past and contemporary moment.

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