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The National Eisteddfod 2013

02 August 2013


From the 3-10 August, Cardiff University will again this year have a pavilion loaded with an array of events and activities at the National Eisteddfod of Wales.

Cardiff University’s Eisteddfod team will head north to Denbighshire, whose turn it is this year to host the Welsh-language festival – widely believed to be the oldest cultural festival in Europe.

Lectures, talks, book launches and poetry readings will touch on a variety of aspects of the Welsh language: from prose to sociology and history, from translation and television to studying Welsh at Cardiff.

Other talks delivered by academics will include: the multicultural nature of contemporary Welsh society; how cellular mechanisms affect young patients suffering from diseases of the brain; and creative tensions in the work of Eluned Morgan, the author from the Welsh settlement in Patagonia.

Delivering his talk as this year’s keynote speaker for the University will be Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Hywel Thomas FRS, whose discussion - entitled ‘Energy from the ground – shale gas and fracking’ - will centre on recent research into getting energy out of the ground, using methods which have inspired much debate in recent years.

Professor Damian Walford Davies and Dr Jason Walford Davies, brothers and renowned poets, will discuss the legacy of the Anglesey poet, R.S.Thomas, in his centenary year.

Speakers will hail from a variety of disciplines from social sciences and Welsh literature to English literature and Philosophy. There will also be drop-in sessions for prospective students and parents to come and talk to Cardiff University staff and students about Cardiff University, its courses and student experience.

The National Eisteddfod of Wales attracts over 160,000 visitors annually and is now in its 152nd year, having first been held in Aberdare in 1861.

The University will be hosting a welcome reception to Eisteddfod attendees, in celebration of the contribution it has made to Welsh life, through its staff and students, over the past 125 years. We welcome anyone who would like to join this celebration to come along to our pavilion for some wine, soft-drinks and canapés on Tuesday between 3 and 5pm.

A full list of the University’s events at the Eisteddfod can be viewed on our website by clicking here.

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Cardiff University at the National Eisteddfod

The National Eisteddfod 2013