Press Releases 2014-2015

Welsh Poet Promotes Wales and Dylan Thomas in North America

21.02.2014

One of Wales’ most influential poets Dr Menna Elfyn, who is a University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) academic, is heading to the United States and Canada in the run up to St. David’s Day to promote the literature of Wales, and in particular the work of Dylan Thomas.

Menna, Director of Creative Writing at UWTSD in Lampeter and Carmarthen, is an award-winning poet and playwright who is the author of over 20 books and whose work has been translated into 20 languages.

Her first stop overseas on Monday 24th February will be Douglas College, UWTSD’s partner college in the Canadian city of Vancouver, where she will meet with staff and students. From there Menna will host an evening of poetry at the prestigious Vancouver Welsh Society, reading many of Dylan Thomas’ poems in recognition of the centenary of his birth. She will also read work from her latest book Murmur. Attending the invitation-only event will be members of the Vancouver Welsh Society, The Dylan Thomas Society of Vancouver and UWTSD Alumni.

Between Wednesday 26th February and Saturday 1st March Menna will be in the United States, at the Association of Writers and Writing Programmes Annual Conference. UWTSD will be celebrating the life and work of Dylan Thomas at this event, which takes places in Seattle. Menna will be joined at the conference by poet and UWTSD alumnus Tony Kendrew, who is also co-editor of the online literary journal The Lampeter Review.

On St. David’s Day Menna has been invited to the Puget Sound Welsh Society St. David’s Day Celebration in Seattle, where she will read her own poetry and the poems of Dylan Thomas. 

Menna Elfyn said: “I always feel at home  reading in  America and Canada, in the same way as Dylan also felt at home there and was made welcome.  To read to Welsh American audiences is always a pleasure and I'm delighted also to be attending the largest gathering of Creative Writing programmes in the world, at AWP in  Seattle where UWTSD will  promote the successful Masters Programme, based on our Lampeter campus.

Note to Editor

  1. For more information please contact Steven Stokes, Senior PR and Communications Officer, on 07872 423788 or email steven.stokes@sm.uwtsd.ac.uk
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014.

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