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Professor Sioned Davies


Professor Sioned Davies Position: Chair of Welsh and Head of School Email:
Telephone: +44(0)29 208 75321
Fax: -
Extension: 75321
Location: John Percival Building

Research Interests

Her main research interest is the prose narrative tradition of the Middle Ages, and in particular the tales of the Mabinogion. She has focused on the narrative techniques of the cyfarwydd (storyteller), and the complex relationship between literacy, orality and performance in medieval Wales. Her publications include monographs such as Crefft y Cyfarwydd [The Art of the Storyteller] and Pedeir Keinc y Mabinogi [The Four Branches of the Mabinogi]. Her interest in medieval performance and communication led to a research project on the dramatic preaching of 19th and 20th century Wales; entitled Performing from the Pulpit, it focuses on the fiery preaching of Welsh Nonconformist ministers.

In 2007, Oxford University Press published her new translation of the Mabinogion tales followed in 2008 by a paperback version in the World’s Classics Series. As a result of her work on Mabinogion translation, she has developed a research interest in translation studies and has published, for example, on the Welsh translations of Alice in Wonderland. Her current research project focuses on illustrated versions of the Mabinogion and the dialogue between text and image.

She is member of the UK government’s Research Excellence Framework panel on Modern Languages and Linguistics, and was a panel member for the Research Assessment Exercise in 2008.

Teaching Profile

BA in Welsh: Year One First Language
  • CY1743 Llenyddiaeth Gymraeg (contributor)
BA in Welsh: Year Two and Final Year
  • CY3905 Ymchwilio Estynedig
  • CY3705 Cyfieithu Proffesiynol
MA in Welsh and Celtic Studies

Optional modules on areas including medieval Welsh literature,     Arthurian literature, translation studies, the Welsh narrative tradition.

MA in Early Celtic Studies
  • CYD733 The Arthur of the Welsh




Research Projects

  • Performing from the Pulpit: a study of the dramatic preachers of 19th and 20th century Wales.
  • Illustrating the Mabinogion (a volume in preparation, analysing the relationship between text and image in illustrated versions of the Mabinogion)
  • Performing the Mabinogion: a series of workshops for practitioners, in collaboration with international storyteller Michael Harvey.
  • Mobile app of the Mabinogion, in collaboration with Writemedia Partnership (funded by Wales Digital Tourism)

Postgraduate Students

Current Research Students

Mari Deiniol (MPhil): Creative and Critical Writing (with Dr Siwan Rosser)
Hanna Hopwood (MPhil): 'Y Ferch ym Marddoniaeth Gymraeg y Cyfnod 1300-1600' (with Dr Dylan Foster Evans)
Bradford McMullen (MPhil): 'An Examination of 'Y Celwydd Golau''' (with Dr Juliette Wood)
Ceri Elen Morris (PhD): Creative and Critical Writing (with Ed Thomas)
Sara Orwig (MPhil): 'Code Switching in Welsh and Francophone Literature' (with Prof Diarmait mac Giolla Chriost)
Ffion Pritchard: (MPhil): ‘Cyfieithu Llenyddiaeth Plant: Tair Astudiaeth Achos (with Dr Siwan Rosser)
Luciana Cordo Russo (PhD, University of Buenos Aires): ‘Medieval Welsh Translations’
Lee Rae: 'The Forgotten Beasts in Medieval British Literature' (joint with Dr Dylan Foster Evans)
Awen Schiavone (MPhil): ‘Barti Ddu T. Llew Jones – a post-colonial adventure novel' (with Dr Siwan Rosser)
Isabelle Valade (PhD): ‘Medievalism and National Identity: A Study of Medieval and Modern Arthurian Literature’ (with Dr Juliette Wood)