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Fiction Fiesta brings international writers to Wales

Pedro SerranoFiction Fiesta is bringing international writers to Wales in two free back-to-back events at the Wales Millennium Centre through the support of Cardiff University and the British Council [17 April 2015].

In the year that Mexico is guest country at the London Book Fair, Fiction Fiesta has teamed up with Wales PEN Cymru to celebrate with an exciting evening of readings and discussion with two of Mexico's leading writers plus writers from Wales and Scotland.

In the first part of the evening, Welsh poet, author and playwright Owen Sheers will be in conversation with novelist and short story writer Juan Villoro and Welsh writer Francesca Rhydderch. 

WJuan Villoroelsh writer and poet Richard Gwyn, will introduce Mexican poet Pedro Serrano, alongside Scotland's WN Herbert in the second session.  

Creator of Fiction Fiesta, Cardiff University’s Director of Creative Writing, Richard Gwyn is excited about the mix of writers: “It is fantastic for us in Cardiff to be able to hear two of Mexico’s foremost writers, one an influential poet and translator, the other a novelist and short story writer (as well as being one of Latin America’s most widely-read writers on football, rock music and cinema). This is the first event in the new partnership of Fiction Fiesta and Wales PEN Cymru to bring exciting writers from around the world to share their work with local audiences.”

Owen SheersNow in its fourth year, Fiction Fiesta is a festival dedicated to the celebration of international fiction and poetry in translation alongside Welsh writing.

The free event on 17 April 2015 [5pm – 8pm, Preseli Room, Wales Millennium Centre] is made possible through the support of the British Council and Cardiff University’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy.

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Admission is free but reservations should be made by emailing

Roland Barthes at 100

A conference to mark the centenary of Roland Barthes

Location: Cardiff University, Wales

Date: 30-31 March 2015

Keynote Speakers:

Marie Gil (Collège International de Philosophie)
Diana Knight (Nottingham University)
Jürgen Pieters (University of Ghent)
Michael Wood (Princeton University)

For further information please click here

The Ethics of Online Research Methods

Call for Papers

Date: 16 - 17 April, 2015

Today, more than ever, data are widely accessible, visible, and searchable for research in digital media contexts. At the same time, new data types and collection methods challenge existing approaches to research ethics and raise significant and difficult questions for researchers who design, undertake and disseminate research in and about digital environments.

The aims of this workshop are to bring together researchers who use online research methods and data in different subfields of applied linguistics, to discuss ethical considerations in online data collection and analysis, to identify challenges and share solutions to ethical issues arising from applied linguistics research.

For further information please click here

Libraries and Health and Wellbeing

An exploratory workshop

Date:  12th December 2014

Venue: Room 2.03, John Percival Building, Cardiff University


  1. To explore the future role of the network of public libraries, museums and cultural institutions in Wales in the provision of health information and health promotion.
  2. To explore the role of libraries, museums and cultural institutions in providing professional assistance to patients and lay carers in understanding medical information, and to provide forums for patient discussion groups.
  3. To explore the role of libraries, museums and cultural institutions in facilitating the application of insights from the medical humanities to primary care, and to propagate and develop approaches to health care grounded in art therapies.
  4. To explore the role of libraries as a resource for on-going and regional training of medical and care professionals.
  5. To explore the role of the National Library of Wales and the National Museums and Galleries of Wales and other key cultural institutions in resourcing and co-ordinating programmes involving primary care providers and public libraries.

The workshop will include presentations of key positions, but also substantial opportunities for discussion and networking.

Participants at the workshop will include academics in the medical humanities, patient support charities, the National Library of Wales and the Welsh Library service, and representative from NHS Wales.

Please click here to read more about this workshop and to register your attendance

Cardiff Poetry Experiment

7pm Friday 28th November

Featuring John Cage’s FOUR6, poetry by Wanda O' Connor, recently featured in The Best Canadian Poetry 2014, and Andrew Duncan, author of Anxiety on Entering a Room and The Failure of Conservatism in Modern British Poetry.

Drinks and discussion at 7pm with the performance to start promptly at 7:30pm.

Further information

International Conference on the Cultural Politics of Memory

Date: 14 -16 May 2014

This three-day international conference hosted by the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory and organised by Prof Chris Weedon, Dr Christopher Müller and Amal Hallak on 14-16 May 2014 attracted over 100 speakers from 21 countries across 4 continents.

The presentations and contributions to the conference were informed by a highly interdisciplinary field (Literature; Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Social Science, Archaeology, Psychology, History, Critical Theory). Prof Damian Walford Davies’s bilingual welcome set the tone for what was an event that brought together the local context of memory practices focused mainly on Cardiff’s Butetown and distinctly international perspectives. The former was the subject of Prof Chris Weedon and Dr Glenn Jordan’s opening plenary, as well as the subject of a film produced by Dr Valerie Hill Jackson, a Fulbright fellow in CCCT during 2013.

The presentations fell into three main categories (1) memory practices surrounding museums, memorials, and city scopes (2) life stories and oral history (3) memory and literature. Prof Paul Connerton’s key note lecture ‘How the Living and the Dead Used to Form a Single Community’ was memorably chaired by Dr Josh Robinson and gave rise to lively debates on the final day of the conference.

Further information including abstracts of the papers can be viewed on the conference webpage:


2013 Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory Summer Symposium

Date: 6th June
Butetown History & Arts Centre

The Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory ran a student-led, AHRC-funded Collaborative Skills Development Project. This involved a programme of training activities, held in collaboration with Butetown History & Arts Centre, a multi-ethnic community-based charity in Cardiff Bay. The Collaborative Skills Development project seeks to build new skills related to the impact and engagement agendas among members of the up and coming generation of PhD students and Early Career Researchers. Its primary aim is to train researchers in how to make engagement and impact central to their activities. The symposium enabled participants to reflect on issues related to public engagement.

The theme of the symposium is “Engaged Research.”

For further details of this event please click here.

Partitions & Cultural Memory

Event Date: 3-4 June 2013

The AHRC funded research network Partitions: What are they good for? was delighted to announce the first of three 2 day symposia, organised jointly by the School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University and the School of English, University of St Andrews. For more information about the event as well as more information about the research network, please visit: or email

Alternative Modernisms: An International, Interdisciplinary Conference

Event Date: 15 – 18 May 2013, Cardiff University

Alternative ModernismsThis three-day, international, and interdisciplinary conference aimed to draw attention to critically neglected modernist forms, movements and texts. It aimed to bring together scholars from across Europe and beyond both to explore these ‘alternative’ modernisms and to consider the extent to which modernism(s) can itself be seen as (an) alternative. Submissions were invited on all aspects of the title and across all disciplines and fields, including art, fashion, design, literature, history, architecture, music, cultural studies and critical theory.

To visit the conference web site please visit:

Critical Ecologies: Theory, Culture, and the Environment

Date: Friday May 24th, 2013

Location: Room 3.19, The Graduate Centre, Union Building, Cardiff University.

Critical Ecologies was a one day interdisciplinary conference dealing with the critical intersection of culture and the natural environment from the perspectives of the humanities and social sciences. The event was open to both staff and students.

For further details of this event please click here

Writing the Detectives: Charlie Higson and Andrew Lane in conversation with Dr Heather Worthington

Event Date: Thursday 21 March 2013

19:30 - 20:30

An event aimed at adults part of Cardiff's first Children's Literature Festival

Dr Heather Worthington (Cardiff University), Charlie Higson (Young Bond) and Andrew Lane (Young Sherlock), explored the choices writers make when writing for young and old, and the dilemmas and dramas of re-writing famous detectives when writing a crime detection thriller.

Cardiff Childrens Lit Fest Website

Visiting speaker, 26 Feb 2013: Nicola Watson on Walter Scott, Washington Irving and literary heritage

Transporting the Romantic: Sir Walter Scott, Washington Irving and the Romantic Writer’s House Nicola Watson (Open University) presented her paper, ‘Transporting the Romantic: Sir Walter Scott, Washington Irving and the Romantic Writer’s House’, at 5.30pm on Tuesday, 26 February 2013. The talk will take place in the Cardiff University’s John Percival Building, Room 2.48.

This paper investigated the making of Washington Irving’s house in New York State, Sunnyside, as a reworking of Sir Walter Scott’s exercise in self-promotion at Abbotsford. It argued that Irving, having presented and explicated Scott’s home in Geoffrey Crayon’s Sketchbook to a wide public, especially in the States, consciously took Scott’s house as a model for his own display of himself as a romantic writer. Sunnyside rethinks Abbotsford by sentimental referencing, by reiterating the aesthetic of the collection, and in architectural terms. Most strikingly, it mimics Scott’s fantasia by embedding the writer’s house within a ‘heritage’ landscape itself produced by his own writing. The paper enquired as to how typical this project might have become for other romantic American authors, notably Fenimore Cooper, Henry Thoreau, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. The conclusion speculated on whether the romantic understanding of literary genius as most intensely expressed in houses and associated landscapes survived the Atlantic crossing intact, or whether it mutated into something distinctive in the environment of New England.