University of Wales Trinity Saint David represented at NAASWCH 2016


Four academics linked to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David will take part in year’s North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History (NAASWCH) conference.

Professor Menna Elfyn, Director of Creative Writing at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David;  Dr Rhiannon Ifans, Research Fellow and lecturer in Celtic Studies along with two of the university’s Alumni, Tony Kendrew and Mari Morgan, are taking part in this prestigious event.

NAASWCH is a multidisciplinary association of scholars, teachers and individuals dedicated to advancing scholarship on Welsh studies, supporting the study of Welsh-American culture and fostering international bonds between scholars, teachers and the Welsh-American community.

NAASWCH holds a biennial conference where scholars of history, literature, language and the arts present and discuss the results of their Research and this year, the prestigious event is being  held at Harvard University, Boston USA from Wednesday, July 20th – Friday, July 22nd.

Professor Menna Elfyn will be delivering a lecture during the conference that will focus on her work on poet Eluned Phillips, the only woman to have won the Crown and Chair at the National Eisteddfod twice during the twentieth century.

Menna will also be leading the post-conference Event, reading  from her work at the historic Grolier Bookshop, Harvard Square.

Dr Rhiannon Ifans will focus on'Carols at Cockcrow’: Indigenous Welsh Carols in Privately-Held Songbooks' whilst former research Students Tony Kendrew and Mari Morgan will also deliver papers during the event.  Mari Morgan will discuss A Nation’s History is in its Songs: Welsh Music in America with Tony Kendrew will talk about A Poet Responds to the Life of Williams Jones Richards (1844-1892).

“It’s fantastic to see graduates from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David taking part in such an important conference as NAASWCH and that in such a special place as Harvard,” says Menna Elfyn.

“I hope that their work will be published soon.  It will also be a lovely experience for me to take part in this conferecne once again – delivering a lecture as well as giving a poetry reading in the Grolier Book Store – a store famous for its monthly events featuring poets from across the world," she adds.

Other key note speakers at the event in Boston will include Hollywood star, Matthew Rhys and former First Minister, Rhodri Morgan.