The Future of Welsh Studies – funding secured for another year

Good news for everyone who is concerned about the continued support for the study of Welsh culture, literature, history, etc. in Welsh HE institutions. The HEFCW funding allocations for 2015/16 are out and in it we find the following paragraph:

48. We have also extended, for one further year, the ring-fence on the funding previously allocated to the University of Wales Press, which was transferred to QR in 2011/12. In 2015/16, this funding (£132k in total) will continue to be ring-fenced within QR for the purpose of supporting scholarly publications and related activities in the fields of Welsh culture, history and literature. The ring-fenced amounts for individual institutions remain at the amounts which we notified in 2011.

It is vitally important that scholarship in Welsh studies can actually be conducted and disseminated. It is a pity that funding was only secured for one year, which isn’t a long time in the Arts and Humanities and which is also oddly at variance with the REF cycle – why not (with some suitable get-out clauses added) ringfence funding for the whole REF period? But there is hope that this battle may yet be won.

The full document is available at: http://www.hefcw.ac.uk/documents/publications/circulars/circulars_2015/W15%2009HE%20HEFCW%20Funding%20Allocations%202015_16.pdf

Dr Matthew Jarvis gives public lecture in Aberystwyth

The JWWE’s very own Dr Matthew Jarvis of the ‘Devolved Voices’ research project at Aberystwyth University discusses the poetry of 2014 Costa Poetry Award winner Jonathan Edwards.

Introduced by Professor Peter Barry

http://www.aber.ac.uk/devolvedvoices/

The ‘Devolved Voices’ project is generously funded by the Leverhulme Trust

Bydd Dr Matthew Jarvis (prosiect ymchwil ‘Devolved Voices’, Prifysgol Aberystwyth) yn trafod barddoniaeth Jonathan Edwards, enillydd Gwobr Farddoniaeth Costa 2014.

Cyflwyniad gan Yr Athro Peter Barry
http://www.aber.ac.uk/devolvedvoices/

Ariannir y prosiect ‘Devolved Voices’ gan Leverhulme Trust.

Wales Book of the Year shortlist 2015

The Wales Book of the Year will be awarded in the Galeri Caernarfon, Victoria Dock, Caernarfon, on Thursday 4 June 2015. The shortlist has been out a little while and can be found on the Literature Wales website: http://walesbookoftheyear.co.uk/2015-award/:

Roland Mathias Poetry Award Shortlist:

Telling Tales, Patience Agbabi (Canongate Books)
So Many Moving Parts, Tiffany Atkinson (Bloodaxe Books)
My Family and Other Superheroes, Jonathan Edwards (Seren)

Fiction Shortlist:

The Redemption of Galen Pike, Carys Davies (Salt)
The Dig, Cynan Jones (Granta)
Burrard Inlet, Tyler Keevil (Parthian)

Creative Non-Fiction Shortlist:

Down to the Sea in Ships, Horatio Clare (Chatto & Windus)
Other People’s Countries, Patrick McGuinness (Jonathan Cape)
American Interior, Gruff Rhys (Hamish Hamilton)

 

The Welsh-language lists are:

Poetry Short List
Un Stribedyn Bach, Rhys Iorwerth (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch)
Storm ar Wyneb yr Haul, Llŷr Gwyn Lewis (Cyhoeddiadau Barddas)
Wilia, Meic Stephens (Cyhoeddiadau Barddas)

Fiction Short List
Awst yn Anogia, Gareth F. Williams (Gwasg Gwynedd)
Saith Oes Efa, Lleucu Roberts (Y Lolfa)
Y Fro Dywyll, Jerry Hunter (Y Lolfa)

Creative Non-Fiction Short List
Rhyw Flodau Rhyfel, Llŷr Gwyn Lewis (Y Lolfa)
100 o Olygfeydd Hynod Cymru, Dyfed Elis-Gruffydd (Y Lolfa)
Mwy na Bardd, Kate Crockett (Cyhoeddiadau Barddas)

Everyone who wants to catch a snippet of the shortlisted titles, can watch them being read here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HRc6BeXF3M

Seren is looking for a new marketing officer…

Seren is looking for a Marketing Officer to optimise publicity and the promotion of its titles, and to increase sales and profitability. The successful candidate will be educated to degree level or hold a marketing qualification. They will have experience in a customer-facing environment, good verbal, written and online communication skills, be able to deliver agreed targets within a budget, be a good team member and an enthusiastic worker. They will be part of a staff of seven, promoting approximately 20 new titles each year.

Find more details here: http://www.serenbooks.com/news/could-you-be-serens-next-marketing-officer.

Poetry Wales: Gelynion – Enemies Cymru

Gelynion – Enemies Cymru – is a groundbreaking exploration of contemporary poetry in Wales through the potential of collaboration. It takes the international Enemies project into the multilingual context of Wales, aiming to create original collaborative work in both of Wales’s languages as well as integrating and cross-fertilising differing poetic communities….

Find the full article here: http://poetrywales.co.uk/wp/lang/en/2396/gelynion-enemies-cymru/

Taking Ourselves Seriously – blog post by Jasmine Donahaye

In this IWA blog post Jasmine Donahaye argues that we in Wales urgently have to work on our sense of self-confidence in the nation and its culture. The question of why Wales should be studied at Welsh institutions should simply not come up – it should be self-evident. Ask the same question in other nations and the result would be puzzled head-scratching: ‘Who else is supposed to work on Lithuania/Poland/Scotland/Germany/etc., except institutions in those nations? Aren’t they best placed to do so?’  Welsh universities should be proud to pursue studies in Welsh literature, culture, history, science etc. but in the race to position themselves near the top of whatever ranking is seen as most influential today, they often perceive this activity as small-scale, unimportant and, most damning of all, only of ‘local’ significance and therefore not worth the pretty trifling amount of money it would cost to support this work. If those of use who are interested in the study of Wales simply give up on holding Welsh universities and other institutions to account, we’ll acquiesce in that view and thus may end up help to consign Welsh studies to the academic cabinet of curiosities that Matthew Arnold once wanted it to belong to.

Ok, so this wasn’t a summary, more of an outburst. Find the full, much better argued article here: http://www.clickonwales.org/2015/04/taking-ourselves-seriously/

Inaugural lecture and book launch by Prof. Daniel Williams at Swansea University

On Thursday, April 30, Professor Daniel G. Williams of Swansea University will deliver the lecture ‘One Nation! Which Nation? Assimilating Wales from Shakespeare to Miliband’. The evening will also see the launch of Professor Williams’s new collection of essays, Wales Unchained: Literature, Politics and Identity in the American Century.

Date: Thursday, 30 April
Time: 6.30pm, book launch and reception from 6.00 pm
Venue:  Wallace Lecture Theatre, Wallace Building, Swansea University, SA2 8PP

The lecture will be delivered in Welsh, simultaneous translation will be provided. 

For more details, please see: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/media-centre/whats-happening/professordanielgwilliams-publiclectureandbooklaunch.php