Public Lecture on the Poetry of Nerys Williams

Another chance to see IJWWE editor Dr Matthew Jarvis give a public lecture. He will speak on the poetry of Nerys Williams on Friday, 3 July 2015, at 6:30pm in the Gas Gallery, Aberystwyth. The talk arises from work done by the Devolved Voices project, a Leverhulme-funded research project, based at Aberystwyth University.

Everybody welcome!


My People at 100 – One-Day Symposium at Bangor University

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My People at 100: A one-day symposium to mark the centenary of Caradoc Evans’s My People.


  • Prof Katie Gramich (Cardiff University), 
  • Dr Aidan Byrne (University of Wolverhampton), 
  • Prof Daniel Williams (Swansea
  • Dr Tomos Owen (Bangor University),
  • Dinah Jones (Producer, ‘Ffrae My People’ S4C).

Conference fee: £20 (full rate), Postgraduates, unwaged: £12

For further information visit the website or email Dr Tomos Owen – or Prof Tony Brown Prifysgol Bangor University, Darlithfa 2 / Lecture Room 2 at 10am – 4.30pm.



Richard Burton Centre Conference, Monday, 6 June 2015

Richard Burton Centre Postgraduate Conference Programme

9.30-11.00= Welcome and Panel One

Liza Penn Thomas, Protest, Participation and Theatre for the People: an audience for English language Welsh drama 1900-1950

Clare Davies, Fierce and Fatal Struggles: T. S Eliot, Saunders Lewis and canon (de)construction

Dr Kieron Smith, Constructing the Map: Caradoc Evans and 100 Years of Welsh Criticism in English

11.00-11.15 = Coffee/Tea

11.15-12.45 = Panel Two

Bleddyn Penny, ‘The Others and the Brothers’? New Perspectives for Welsh Labour History

Matthew Small, Imposed or organic? An examination of social institutions in the workers settlement of Trevivian in the nineteenth century

Alex Jones, ‘Injured men with black dust covering their broken bodies’: Literature, history and disability in 1930s British coalfields literature.

12.45-1.30 = Lunch/Cinio

1.30- 2.30 = Panel Tri (sesiwn yn y Gymraeg).

Meilyr Powel, Cynhyrchu Rhyfel Sanctaidd: Crefydd, y Welsh Outlook a’r Rhyfel Mawr

Catrin Heledd Richards, A ydy Theomemphus yn Hen?: Astudiaeth o arwyddocâd y teitl cyfeiriadol, Mae Theomemphus yn Hen yn nofel Dafydd Rowlands.

2.30-4.00 = Panel four

Mark Rhodes, ­­Paul Robeson and the Processes of Welsh Memorialization: Context, scale, and agency in the commemorative landscape

Sam Blaxland, The private and public attitudes of the Conservative Party towards Welsh nationhood, 1945-1997

Syd Morgan, The Welsh Nationalist Party and Fianna Fáil 1926–‐1948

4.00-4.15 Coffee/Tea

4.30-5.30 – Dr Simon Brooks in conversation with Professor Daniel Williams.
The conference will be held in JC B02/03 on Monday 8th June, 9.30 start. All welcome/croeso i bawb.

For more information about the Richard Burton Centre at Swansea University, have a look at their blog:

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:

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

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

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:

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:

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: