The University welcomes you at this year's Eisteddfod

Posted on 1 August 2011

The University of Wales sponsored Literature Pavilion

Visitors to our website in the previous couple of weeks may already be aware of the University’s activities in this year’s National Eisteddfod in Wrexham. But in case you missed the original announcement, here it is again, complete with details of the University’s much anticipated annual lecture.

This year the University is increasing its own contribution to the programme in the Literature Pavilion. In addition to the annual University Lecture, a series of ‘Literary Conversations’ will be presented, similar to those held at the Hay Festival. Hosting these will be Catrin Beard, a literary critic, television presenter and Eisteddfod literature panel member.

First to join Catrin on stage (Monday 1 August at 12.45pm) will be Fflur Dafydd, the award winning novelist, singer-songwriter and musician. Fflur will be talking about ‘Islands, librarians and locusts – images of Wales in the work of Fflur Dafydd’.

Poet Mererid Hopwood, the first woman ever to have won the Chair at the National Eisteddfod, will be the guest on Tuesday 2 August at 3.45pm, when the subject for discussion will be ‘Medicine for the mind: the healing effect of poems on wounds’.

Discussing his new novel ‘Y Storiwr (The Storyteller)’ (Wednesday 3 August at 1.45pm) will be well-known author and broadcaster Jon Gower, while the publisher Simon Thirsk (Bloodaxe Books) will also be providing an insight into his novel, ‘Not Quite White’ which, though written in English, is interlaced with Welsh dialogue (Thursday 4 August at 10.00am). Although he considers himself still a learner, Simon’s talk, “Cymru a’r Cymry” (“Wales and the Welsh”), will be conducted through the Welsh language.

Capping of the weeklong series, at 1.45pm, Professor D. Densil Morgan will deliver this year’s University of Wales annual lecture (5 August) on the legacy of Thomas Charles Edwards, “The Prince” as he is affectionately known - a man who left an indelible mark on religion and learning in Wales.

Outside the pavilion, in the University of Wales stand, a number of other events have been organised to showcase and celebrate the University’s research and alumni activities.

On Tuesday (2 August) from 1.30pm onwards, we will be welcoming graduates of the former college of the University of Wales to a sponsored event. Here attendees will receive refreshments and will hear lectures from Professors R. Gareth Wyn Jones and Iolo Wyn Williams.

Wales’s involvement in the French Revolution will be the focus of Wednesday’s talk (3 August), held from 11am until 3pm by the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies (CAWCS) Fellow, Mary-Ann Constantine. The ‘Wales and the French Revolution’ project has been running since 2009, which Mary Ann is leading.

CAWCS Research Fellow Martin Crampin will be presenting a vibrant slideshow on Wednesday (4 August). Between 11am and 3pm, Martin will be showing attendees how he has developed a unique online catalogue of stained glass from churches across the breadth of Wales.

We hope that you are able to join us for some of the events listed above. If you are however unable to attend then we welcome you to our stand where our members of staff will be more than happy to answer any queries you might have about the University. A daily children’s quiz – with 2 versions available at primary and secondary level – will also be available to keep young minds occupied.

The National Eisteddfod of Wales Wrexham and District will run from 30 July – 6 August.

We look forward to seeing you there.


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