We’re delighted to share the draft programme for the second MONC conference, Word and Image, to be held in Aberystwyth this September.
Cliciwch yma am raglen Cymraeg. Click here to download a copy in English.
Many thanks to Nathan Munday (Cardiff University) for providing the Welsh translation.
We will announce more details regarding the roundtable on the first day in the coming weeks. Join our mailing list or follow us on twitter for the latest updates.
Registration is now open; full details can be found here.
The conference is kindly supported by the Learned Society of Wales and Aberystwyth School of Art.
University of Edinburgh 13-14 July 2017,
with an associated event at Little Sparta, 15 July
This two-day symposium will explore new critical and interdisciplinary perspectives on the Scottish poet, artist and avant-gardener Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006). As Finlay’s reputation worldwide continues to grow a decade after his death, we wish to ask searching questions about the boundaries of his practice, its philosophical, political and cultural dimensions, and its legacies and affinities across a range of media, disciplines and geographical boundaries. A number of attendees will also have the chance to visit Finlay’s poet’s garden at Little Sparta in the Pentland Hills for an event in its new workshop space.
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The RS Thomas Literary Festival features the launch of the latest collection of unpublished Thomas poems, Too Brave to Dream.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/.
19th-21st April 2017, Cardiff University
Confirmed speakers include: Professor Edna Longley and Professor Lucy Newlyn
Call for Papers
Edward Thomas is a poet of retrospect. His poetry memorialises states of mind, people, and places. It also attempts to voice what is absolutely lost and what was never significant: ‘so many things I have forgot/ That once were much to me, or that were not’, he writes. Thomas also considers obscure futures for others and for himself. His poetry anticipates indifference as much as longevity when it asks what they will ‘do when I am gone?’: ‘they will do without me as the rain/ Can do without the flowers and the grass’.
What should we do with Thomas, whose reputation and writing is more present than ever? In 2017, we will mark the centenary of his death with a major conference at Cardiff University, where an important collection of Thomas’s manuscript materials and letters are held at SCOLAR. With the preparation of a major edition of his prose and with his acknowledged centrality to new forms of nature writing, study of Thomas is now rarely confined to any single aspect of his practice. We want to celebrate Thomas and approaches to his work in the fullest possible diversity.
The West of England and South Wales Women’s History Network 23rd Annual Conference
Women and the Arts in Historical Perspective
Saturday 18 June 2016
Rebecca D’Monte, University of the West of England, Bristol
‘War Stories: Female Literary Responses to the Two World Wars’
Papers are invited on any aspect of women’s involvement in the ‘Arts’ and/or on the gendered issues that arise from this. For this conference the ‘Arts’ are broadly defined to include, for example: painting, design, sculpture, theatre, poetry and creative writing.
Papers might include women’s role as directors, collectors and financial supporters as well as their activities as performers and authors.
Proposals are welcome on any historical period and country.
Proposals of not more than 500 words should be sent to June.Hannam@uwe.ac.uk by Monday 21st March 2016.
For further information about the conference contact Katherine.Holden@uwe.ac.uk or June.Hannam@uwe.ac.uk, or visit the conference website https://weswwhnconf16.wordpress.com/
A PDF copy of the call for papers is available here.