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The School of Welsh in the Eisteddfod

2 August 2013

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During the National Eisteddfod of Wales, which begins on Saturday 3 August in Denbigh, academics and post-graduate students from the School of Welsh, Cardiff University, will hold a host of interesting events that will span a variety of aspects of the Welsh language: from prose and poetry to sociology and history, from translation and television to studying Welsh at Cardiff.

At the beginning of the week, there will be a discussion between Lisa Sheppard and Geraint Whittakerabout today's multi-cultural Wales, and a conversation between Dr Siwan Rosser, the presenter Beti George, and Catrin M. S. Davies from the Unigryw television company about a special documentary to celebrate the centenary of the children's classic, Teulu Bach Nantoer.

Then, Professor E. Wyn Jameswill deliver the annual lecture of the Centre for Advanced Studies of the Welsh in America, discussing the work of the literary figure from Patagonia, Eluned Morgan, and asking who is the real Owain Glyndŵr. The poet Llŷr Gwyn Lewis will give a reading of his poetry.

The Head of School, Professor Sioned Davies, will speak about studying Welsh in Cardiff, and will converse with Catrin Beard about adapting and translating the children's classic, Alice in Wonderland, into Welsh.

The Head of the School of Welsh, Professor Sioned Davies said:

"Again this year the staff of the School of Welsh will contribute to the excitement of the National Eisteddfod through the medium of lectures, conversations and performances, all of which reflect the span of exciting research work that is happening at the School.

"Through the medium of colourful posters you can find out more about the School's research projects, from language technology to the history of the Jailtacht in Northern Ireland, from Welsh learners' difficulties in pronunciation to creating an app for the Mabinogion legends."

Cardiff University's Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Elizabeth Treasure, added:

"I am delighted that the School of Welsh is yet again going to be showcasing its high-quality research in Europe's oldest cultural festival, to which Cardiff University is proud to offer its continued contribution. The School is a dynamic and vibrant environment which is constantly progressing. Where better than the National Eisteddod of Wales to show how far the language and culture has evolved since the event's inauguration over a century-and-a-half ago."

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