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Threefold success for PhD student

10/04/2013Ceri Elen

It has been a successful Spring for School of Welsh PhD(Creative Writing) student Ceri Elen Morris whose creative work is acknowledged across Britain and has recently culminated in three great achievements.

1. Tir Na n-Og Prize Shortlist

Ceri Elen’s surreal novel Pentre Saith has been shortlisted for the secondary sector Tir Na n-Og prize.  Cain is the main character in this novel, and the ‘saith’ (seven) in the title refers to the Seven Wonders of the Natural World and the Seven Ages of Grief.  Tir na n-Og is a young person’s book prize intended to raise standards of young people’s literature. 
To watch the shortlist being broadcast, click here.

2. Screening of Y Bont on S4C

The first screening of Y Bont, co-written by Ceri Elen, Catrin Dafydd, Angharad Tomos and Arwel Gruffydd, was broadcast on S4C last Sunday. 
It is a promenade performance through the streets of Aberystwyth, marking the 50th anniversary of the first ever non-violent, direct action protest for equal rights for the Welsh language. This programme brought S4C's week of Protest programmes to an end.

3.  ‘Off West End’ Theatre Awards Nomination

Ceri Elen is a cast member of a Grimm Tales stage adaptation that has been nominated for an ‘Off West End’ Theatre Award in the Best Production for Young People category.  The ‘Off West End’ Theatre Awards recognise and celebrate the excellence, innovation and ingenuity of independent theatres across London.

The production dramatises three of the Grimms Brothers’ most famous tales – Hansel and Gretel, Aschenputtel (Cinderella) and Snow White.  The production has toured Britain.

 ‘There were four of us in the cast; sometimes we performed as storytellers, sometimes as characters in the tales – amazing experience’, she exclaimed.

For more information follow this link.

Alongside her extra-curricular creative portfolio, Ceri Elen is a post-graduate student here in the School of Welsh studying for a PhD (part-time) in creative writing and focusing on the relationship between drama and language.  She is currently on work experience with Ed Thomas.  Before starting her PhD, she was an undergraduate student here at the School and then followed our MA in creative writing.

For further information about our MA/MPhil and PhD course please click here.