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12 October 2011
The latest ideas in music, literature, culture and media take centre stage in Cardiff University’s first festival dedicated to the arts.
Creative Minds is a platform for leading authors, musicians and poets to bring their latest work to the public, as well as an opportunity to showcase the University’s world-leading research in the arts, literature, media and more.
Launched on the weekend of 28-29 October 2011, the festival’s thought-provoking programme features Cardiff scholars at the cutting-edge of cultural research, examining topics from the West’s propaganda war against Gaddafi to the importance of Jane Austen in literature and the themes behind Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film Rear Window.
Well-known literary stars such as John Harrison, winner of the Wales Book of the Year for his novel Cloud Road; Ned Thomas, language campaigner and author of The Welsh Extremist; and Gwyneth Lewis, Wales’ first National Poet will also make guest-appearances to discuss their latest work and share their experiences with audiences.
Creative Minds has been organised as a part of the @CreativeCardiff showcase, which celebrates the city’s wealth of creative talent, and seeks to develop a new opportunity for discovery and discussion to the Cardiff cultural scene.
Dr Katie Gramich, of the University’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy and a festival contributor, said: "Creative Minds is an ideas festival where people can think, discover and contribute to debate. It’s an opportunity for the public to engage directly with our world-leading research and for us to be able to bring to them leading literary figures from Wales.
"The creative minds of writers allow us access to mysterious other countries, past and future, and I can’t wait to be involved in the journey there led by Ned Thomas, Richard Gwyn, Gwyneth Lewis and many more."
Across the two days, more than 19 different lectures, interviews, film screenings, tours and discussions are available for people to enjoy, including a ‘Desert Island Literature’ event when a panel of special guests will reveal their favourite books.
Beyond the launch weekend, the programme will continue into November and December with events taking place at the University and venues throughout the city. .
For the full Creative Minds programme of events and to book tickets visit: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/creativeminds
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