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The RS Thomas Literary Festival features the launch of the latest collection of unpublished Thomas poems, Too Brave to Dream.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/.

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CFP: Edward Thomas Centenary Conference

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.

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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.

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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Conference report: A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales

Swansea University (7th September 2015): A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales – The Inaugural MONC Conference

Report by Lucy Jeffery (Swansea University)

Conveners: Elaine Cabuts (National Museum of Wales/Aberystwyth University), Elizabeth English (Cardiff Metropolitan University), John Goodby (Swansea University), Emma West (Cardiff University), Diana Wallace (University of South Wales).

Modernist Network Cymru’s (MONC) first public conference was a great success. Held at Swansea University’s Singleton Park campus, this one-day conference entitled ‘A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales’ dipped into the wide ranging research going on in and around Wales. With a Celtic aspect either directly, obliquely, or not at all apparent; MONC open-mindedly welcomed a variety of speakers to give an informative snapshot into the academic groundswell we all belong to. Continue reading “Conference report: A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales”