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09 January 2008
The launch of six books, covering topics from Owain Glyndŵr, the last Welsh prince, to the role of language and governance in Wales today, was celebrated at a reception.
Rhodri Glyn Thomas, the Minister for Heritage said: "I'm pleased to see the wide range of books and websites being launched here today. The publishing industry in Wales is going from strength to strength with more choice than ever available in Welsh and English."
Bardd Pengwern (Cyhoeddiadau Barddas) edited by Dr Siwan Rosser is an edition of the work of Jonathan Hughes, Llangollen, a significant figure in Welsh popular poetry and ballad literature of the 18th century.
Professor Colin Williams is editor of Language and Governance (University of Wales Press) which discusses the relationship between language and governance in Europe and Canada. The book includes chapter contributions from the First Minister Rhodri Morgan and Heritage Minister Rhodri Glyn Thomas.
Professor Williams has also authored Linguistic Minorities in Democratic Context (Palgrave MacMillan) examining contexts including Wales, Quebec and Northern Ireland.
Language and the City (Palgrave MacMillan) by Dr Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost
identifies cities as significant sites of linguistic diversity and innovation, as well as the sites of language change, language shift and language death.
The various way in which Wales’ last prince, Owain Glyndŵr has been portrayed and dramatised in the modern period is explored in Glyndŵr a Gobaith y Genedl (Cymdeithas Lyfrau Ceredigion) by Dr E. Wyn James.
Gwaith Rhys Goch Eryri (Canolfan Uwchefrydiau Cymreig a Cheltaidd Prifysgol Cymru) by Dr Dylan Foster Evans is an edition and analysis of the work of the medieval poet Rhys Goch, one of the most important Welsh poets in the period following the failure of the Glyndŵr rebellion.
In addition to the new publications, a project which began with the aim of transcribing material from the period c.1350–1425 was also launched – online. Directed by Professor Peter Wynn Thomas of the School of Welsh, the website provides researchers for the first time with an online searchable collection of Medieval Welsh prose from more than 100 texts. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council the website includes the Mabinogion tales as well as law texts, historical, religious, medical and grammatical works. Visit Welsh Prose 1350–1425 at: http://www.rhyddiaithganoloesol.caerdydd.ac.uk/cy/
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Pictured front right to left: Rhodri Glyn Thomas, AM contributing author of Language and Governance; Dr Siwan Rosser Bardd Pengwern and Dr Dylan Foster Evans Gwaith Rhys Goch Eryri
Back right to left: Dr E. Wyn James Glyndŵr a Gobaith y Genedl; Dr Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost Language and the City and Professor Colin Wiliams Linguistic Minorities in Democratic Context.
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