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Eisteddfod 2014

Cardiff University is proud to be part of the Eisteddfod each year to celebrate the University's Welsh language and culture. This year the University has two sites for visitors, the Discuss tent with a vibrant programme of lectures, discussions and panel debates, and the Discover tent with a range of hands-on activities designed to highlight the broad range of contributions Cardiff University makes to Wales, the UK and the world.

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Discuss Cardiff

Highlights from our programme of lectures in the Trafod tent include a look at how Wales would be affected by Scottish Independence with Professor Richard Wyn Jones,Vaughan Roderick, Editor of Welsh Affairs for BBC Wales, will be questioning Steffan Evans, Manon George, Sian Beynon Powell and Lleu Williams regarding the Silk Commission's effect on Wales, and a News UK Debate hosted by journalist Guto Harri.

Saturday 2 August

Residences @ Cardiff University & Student Drop-in session

Firstly, a screening and Q&A of our Residences DVD, highlighting the variety of student accomodation in Cardiff. Secondly, come and talk to staff and students about Cardiff University, our courses, and the student experience in Cardiff.

Time: 11:30


Welsh Pop: from Merêd to American Interior
Sarah Hill & Jon Gower

The author and broadcaster Jon Gower will be talking with Dr Sarah Hill, Senior Lecturer at the Cardiff University School of Music, and author of 'Blerwytirhwng?' The Place of Welsh Pop, about the relationship between Welsh-language popular song, Anglo-Welsh popular song, and pop across the Atlantic.

Time: 14:00


Sunday 3 August

Residences @ Cardiff University & Student Drop-in session

Firstly, a screening and Q&A of our Residences DVD, highlighting the variety of student accomodation in Cardiff. Secondly, come and talk to staff and students about Cardiff University, our courses, and the student experience in Cardiff.

Time: 14:00


Monday 4 August

More than ‘growing pains’?
Dr Siwan Rosser (School of Welsh)

A discussion on young adult fiction - Dr Siwan Rosser will host a discussion with students of Ysgol y Strade and representatives from the publishing industry on contemporary Welsh novels for teenagers, asking whether these novels truly appeal to young readers and how it should be decided what is 'appropriate' for teenagers? Appropriate for anyone who has an interest in literature for children and young adults.

Time: 12:00


The Foundation Phase in Wales
Dr Mirain Rhys (School of Social Sciences)

‘Welsh language development’ and the road to bilingualism - This talk will summarise further developments in relation to the Foundation Phase evaluation currently being conducted by WISERD/Cardiff University. The evaluation has recently published some initial findings, which will be discussed. In particular, the talk will focus on how practitioners are implementing one of the seven areas of learning within the Foundation Phase curriculum: Welsh Language development. Current developments in the field of bilingual education will be drawn upon and results from research in Wales will also be discussed.

Time: 13:00


"Scotland - what about Wales?"
Professor Richard Wyn Jones (Director, Welsh Governance Centre)

With the UK Changing Union Project and the Institute of Welsh Affairs. Join us for a discussion on the Scottish Referendum affecting Wales. Owain Phillips from ITV Wales will be questioning Professor Richard Wyn Jones and others.

Time: 14:00


Tuesday 5 August

Your opportunity to be a part of the story
Guto Harri

Join us to hear about a new project which trains future journalists. The Academy’s objective is to give the opportunity, advice and support to anyone between 16 and 18 years old who is curious, determined and a little bit suspicious of the world around them in following a career in newspapers. The Education Editor of the Sunday Times, one of the paper’s graphic designers and the director of News UK will be explaining more about the Academy.

Time: 11:30


Revolutionary Times in Bala: Thomas Charles, Ann Griffiths and Mary Jones
Professor E. Wyn James (School of Welsh)

When Thomas Charles died 200 years ago, in October 1814, he left an educational and religious legacy that would have far-reaching consequences in Wales and much further afield. This lecture focuses especially on his influence on two famous Welsh women — the hymn-writer, Ann Griffiths, and Mary Jones and her iconic walk to Bala to buy a Bible.

Time: 14:00


Royal Television Society lecture
Hywel William (RTS) and Ron Jones (Chief Executive and co-founder of Tinopolis)

An unique opportunity to hear the story of Ron Jones, Chairman of Tinopolis, one of the biggest names in the indipendent television indistury in the UK who has his headquarters in Llanelli, the home of the Eisteddfod this year. Ron will be discussing the company's development as well as their exciting ongoing projects with Tim Hartley.

Time: 15:00


Wednesday 6 August

Creative Writing at Cardiff
Dr Llion Pryderi Roberts

Llion Pryderi Roberts, Llŷr Gwyn Lewis and students will read and discuss a variety of works giving a taste of creative writing at Cardiff University.

Time: 11.30


Q&A
Dr Llion Pryderi Roberts & Rhys Iorwerth

Q&A with the poet followed by readings of some of his poems.

Time: 13:00


Must language devide us?
Huw Williams & Catrin Dafydd

J.R.Jones is recognised as one of Wales' great philosophers of the 20th century, and some of his most valued work includes his contributions to matters involving language and religion in the 1960s which livened contemporary social discussions. In this session, Huw Williams will discuss some of the main ideas within this contribution before turning to the author and the poet Catrin Dafydd to talk about pressing issues and their relevance to contemporary Wales.

Time: 14.00


What, Why and to what end?
Professor Ian Rees Jones

Researching Civil Society (WISERD) - WISERD/Civil Society have been awarded £7m for research to produce new evidence on the changing nature of civil society, including how civil society is changing at local levels and in places where there are forms of devolved government, and what this means for social cohesion and well-being.

Time: 15:00

Living with Dementia: Social and psychological factors (IDEAL)
Professor Ian Rees Jones

Researchers at WISERD (Cardiff University) and Bangor University will discuss how social and psychological factors affect the way in which people adapt to the effects of dementia and the challenges it presents, and how this changes over time as dementia progresses

Time: 15:30


Thursday 7 August

Re-visiting Sosban Fach
Professor Sioned Davies

The history of Sospan Fach is traced, from Llanbrynmair to Llanelli, showing how the text changed as new audiences appropriated the song and adapted it for various theatrical performances, from the pantomime
to the rugby stadium.

Refreshments will be provided.

Time: 12.00


Residences @ Cardiff University & Student Drop-in session

Firstly, a screening and Q&A of our Residences DVD, highlighting the variety of student accomodation in Cardiff. Secondly, come and talk to staff and students about Cardiff University, our courses, and the student experience in Cardiff.

Time: 14:00


What next for Wales following the Silk Commission? The next generation's opinion

Vaughan Roderick, Editor of Welsh Affairs for BBC Wales will be questioning Steffan Evans, Manon George, Sian Beynon Powell and Lleu Williams.

Time: 15.00


Friday 8 August

Cynghanedd mechanics
Dr Dafydd Evans

A new computing sysem that analyses and categorizes lines of cynghanedd has been created. Dr. Evans will demonstrate how the system has been implemented as a web service and discuss various ways in which the system can be extended, and how new systems can facilitate wide collaboration to push the work forward.

Time: 11:00


Residences @ Cardiff University & Student Drop-in session

Firstly, a screening and Q&A of our Residences DVD, highlighting the variety of student accomodation in Cardiff. Secondly, come and talk to staff and students about Cardiff University, our courses, and the student experience in Cardiff.

Time: 15:00


Saturday 9 August

Residences @ Cardiff University & Student Drop-in session

Firstly, a screening and Q&A of our Residences DVD, highlighting the variety of student accomodation in Cardiff. Secondly, come and talk to staff and students about Cardiff University, our courses, and the student experience in Cardiff.

Time: 15:00


Welsh for Adults Centre

Find out more about the Welsh courses available

The Welsh for Adults Centre website

Discover Cardiff

Eisteddfod

Cardiff University is committed to engaging communities with our research in an accessible way, so our Explore Cardiff stand has hands-on activities and a mini-museum of University-linked exhibits. How do a dynamo torch, a shamanic headdress, a pot of broken glass and a 3D-printed Twitter handle link to University work? Come and find out in our Explore stand.

Cardiff University’s Explore space is full of hands-on activities for all ages. From visual illusions to ‘Where’s Wallace?’ colouring cards, commemorating the great biologist Alfred Russel Wallace, there’s something for everyone. Want to know what the Welsh language equivalent CPR song to ‘Staying Alive’ by The Bee Gees is? Ever heard of an ‘aggravating duck’? Come and find out! And while you’re here, make the most of the free wifi while telling your stories to our Ll@is y Maes journalists…

Science and technology pavillion

Welsh Universities Team up at the National Eisteddfod to highlight the science and importance of pollination. Cardiff University is teaming up with Aberystwyth, Swansea, Cardiff Metropolitan and Bangor Universities, the International Bee Keepers Association and the National Botanic Garden of Wales to raise awareness of the importance of pollination in conservation, agriculture and medical sciences. Cardiff University are preparing a number of exciting hands on-activities for adults and children, including a pollen extraction laboratory.

Eisteddfod map

Map

Download the map as a PDF

Photo gallery

Click on the link below to view images from Cardiff University’s exhibition:

Eisteddfod Gallery

Ll@is y Maes

Ll@is y Maes is a digital hyper local service in Welsh and in English.

Our aim is to create an alternative service which will reflect and include the events, reviews, news, stories and people at the Eisteddfod. We will be publishing new content from Monday to Friday on our website and through social media. We are four students from Cardiff University who have been given the opportunity to be community journalists for a week. Ll@is y Maes is a partnership between The National Eisteddfod and the Centre for Community Journalism at Cardiff University.