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Something for everyone – School of Welsh entertains the adults at the Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival

5 March 2015

Authors and young readers will gather in the capital for the third annual Cardiff Children's Literature Festival between March 24th and 29th 2015. However, the adults won't be left out of the fun with special sessions hosted by Cardiff University's School of Welsh.

While young readers will enjoy a weekend of workshops and bilingual presentations with popular characters including Sali Mali and Superted present across the city, the adults amongst them are invited to two special events to be held at City Hall.

On Wednesday March 25th, Professor Sioned Davies will give an English language lecture on the Welsh adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, exploring what happens when Alice becomes Alys and migrates from one language to another. The following evening (March 26th) Dr Siwan Rosser, from the School of Welsh will lead a special evening celebrating the centenary of the prolific and popular Welsh children's writer, T. Llew Jones (1915-2009) in the company of Emyr Llywelyn, Mererid Hopwood, Myrddin ap Dafydd and Siân Teifi.

Dr Rosser, said: "The School of Welsh is proud to participate in the Cardiff Children's Literature Festival once again this year. It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate reading and share our research in the area. Study of children's literature can shine a light on cultural and linguistic circumstances in contemporary Wales and is a great way of inducting young people in to the world of words and imagination. We are looking forward to celebrate the giants of children's literature, in Welsh and English, at the festival this year."

Sioned Davies, The Welsh Alice, 7.00pm, City Hall, £4.00

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is known throughout the world, but what happens to Alice when she migrates from one language to another? Prof Sioned Davies form the School of Welsh, Cardiff University explores how Alice becomes Alys in 20th century Welsh translations of this children's classic.

A Celebration of the work of T Llew Jones, 26th March, 7.00pm, City Hall, £4.00

This special evening will celebrate the centenary of the prolific and popular Welsh children's writer, T. Llew Jones (1915-2009). Family, friends, publishers and writers will share their memories about the author, and we will ask if Barti Ddu, Twm Siôn Cati and others have a place on our children's bookshelves today and in the future. Siwan Rosser from Cardiff University will lead a discussion with Emyr Llywelyn, Mererid Hopwood, Myrddin ap Dafydd and Siân Teifi.

Contact Dr Siwan Rosser for more information on the School of Welsh's lectures: 02920 876287

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