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Literary award for lecturer

24 September 2015

Dr Rhiannon Marks from the School of Welsh
Dr Rhiannon Marks from the School of Welsh

Dr Rhiannon Marks, lecturer and Admissions Tutor at the School, has won the Sir Ellis Griffith Memorial Award for her first academic volume Pe gallwn, mi luniwn lythyr, which looks at the Works of Menna Elfyn. The prize is awarded for the best work in the Welsh language about Welsh writers, painters and craftsmen.

Pe gallwn, mi luniwn lythyr is an experimental volume of literary criticism offering various theoretical interpretations of Menna Elfyn’s work. It experiments with epistolary criticism, for the first time in Welsh, with a series of imaginary letters.

Professor Angharad Price in a review which appeared in the Welsh-language journal Llên Cymru, wrote: “This is a volume that breaks new ground in the history of Welsh literary criticism […] it’s unique style, and the information and intelligence underpinning it, shine a new light on our reading habits and our relationship with the work of one our most significant contemporary poets, in a fresh, original and memorable way.”

Students at the School of Welsh benefit from Dr Marks’ expertise in a number of modules on contemporary literature and literary criticism and theory.

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