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New insights into Welsh links with Patagonia published

04 August 2009

Dr E Wyn James

A new book delving into the history of the Welsh settlement in Patagonia and written by co-directors of the University’s Cardiff Centre for Welsh American Studies will be unveiled today (Tuesday 4 August) at the National Eisteddfod.

The School of Welsh’s Dr E Wyn James and Dr Bill Jones of the School of History and Archaeology will be launching Michael D Jones A’i Wladfa Cymeig – an account of the explorations of the founding father of the Argentinean settlements more than 140 years ago.

The book contains articles about different aspects of his life and work and sets out to explore the heroic adventure in 1865 led by Michael D. Jones, who was originally from Bala, and to re-assess its importance to the life of the nation.

"The University has a number of close connections with Patagonia, some of them stretching back over many years," said Dr E. Wyn James.

"The Cardiff Centre for Welsh American Studies, based in the University’s School of Welsh was set up in 2001 and has arranged a number of lectures and conferences about the Welsh Settlement. Parts of the book have emerged as a result of this research."

The University also has a strong relationship with the National University of Patagonia, which is set to develop further over the coming years through regular study visits by staff and students of both institutions, made possible by sponsorship from Banco Santander. The University was the first educational institution in Wales to forge an innovative partnership with ‘Santander Universities’.

The Book Launch will be on Tuesday at 10am in the Literature Pavilion.

Also on Tuesday the first cohort of students who have successfully gained the National Qualification for tutors designed by the University’s Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Welsh for Adults Centre will be presented with their awards during a ceremony at 1pm in the Welsh Learners’ Pavilion on Maes D. Following the ceremony, the University's Carole Bradley who runs the course, will be giving a talk about the Welsh Tutors Qualification at the University’s Pavilion, next to the Science and Technology Pavilion at 3pm.

The National Eisteddfod of Wales which can be traced back to 1176 is the largest and oldest cultural festival of competitive music and poetry in Europe. It is the premier artistic event in Wales, attracting in the region of 150,000 people annually and more than 6,000 competitors.

More about the University’s events at the Eisteddfod – www.cardiff.ac.uk/eisteddfod

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