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Spotlight on the short story

15 November 2019

Lecturer Dr Rhiannon Marks has recently launched a new educational resource focused on the Welsh short story.

The resource, ‘Crefft y Stori Fer’, is housed on the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol website and includes interviews with six contemporary authors noted for their work on the Welsh short story – Fflur Dafydd, Jon Gower, Aled Islwyn, Caryl Lewis, Llŷr Gwyn Lewis a Mihangel Morgan.

Rhiannon Marks

“I chose to interview these authors because I wanted to reflect the different voices from across three decades of the Welsh short story. They discuss the rural and the urban, reality and the surreal, different aspects of gender and sexuality alongside the relationship between writing a short story in Welsh versus English.”

Dr Rhiannon Marks, Lecturer

The launch of the new resource is the culmination of a project, funded by the Coleg, which began in 2017. As part of the activity, Dr Marks organised a symposium in the School of Welsh designed to ignite and develop a contemporary debate on the Welsh short story. The resource was developed out of that symposium which attracted a range of creative academics and practitioners.

The launch also marks an important milestone in the history of the Welsh short story. It has been 70 years since the first publication of Crefft y Stori Fer which was edited by Saunders Lewis.

Dr Marks continued: “I genuinely hope that this new resource will offer a way to revisit this important literary field which has been critically neglected for a generation or more. In a field where there is a dearth of academic material, I hope this resource will be of use to many different people, not least Year 12 and 13 pupils, undergraduate and postgraduate students studying creative writing, contemporary literature or literary criticism.”

Explore Crefft y Stori Fer.

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