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Join Cardiff University’s new ideas festival

12 October 2011

You don’t need wellies for this festival, just bring your imagination and enjoy the original thinking taking centre stage in Cardiff University’s first Creative Minds festival.

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 travel book 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 a further 37 events taking place at the University and venues throughout the city.

For the full Creative Minds programme of events and to book tickets visit:

Notes to editor
1. Cardiff University
Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, University President Professor Sir Martin Evans.
Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Three major new Research Institutes, offering radical new approaches to neurosciences and mental health, cancer stem cells and sustainable places were announced by the University in 2010.

2. For further information contact
Victoria Dando
Public Relations
Cardiff University
Tel: 02920 879074