New Book Presented to Prolific Scholar

Professor M. Wynn Thomas who holds the Emyr Humphreys Chair of Welsh Writing in English at Swansea University will be presented with the latest volume of Ysgrifau Beirniadol XXXI.

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The prolific author will be presented with a copy next Thursday evening, 21 March in acknowledgment of his vast influence on Welsh culture and services to the two literatures of Wales.

This is the first volume edited by Swansea University’s Professor Tudur Hallam and Dr Angharad Price from Bangor University. Ysgrifau Beirniadol XXXI

will be formally launched in both Universities at 5pm.

At Swansea University, Professor Tudur Hallam will present Professor M. Wynn Thomas with his copy which includes a revealing interview between both academics.

At Bangor University, Dr Angharad Price and contributors will discuss their work and hopes for the series.

Many aspiring editors have submitted essays on various subjects which reflect their desire to discuss topics related to Welsh literature in a creative and original way within an international context.

The volume features an essay by Swansea University post graduate student, Hannah Sams. Her piece entitled ‘Ailymweld â Theatr yr Absẃrd’ contains part of her MA research essay which focused on Gwenlyn Parry and Theatre of the Absurd.

Authors from Wales and beyond are highlighted in the book including the likes of Taliesin, Dafydd ap Gwilym, Daniel Owen, Saunders Lewis, Kate Roberts, Dic Jones, Eurig Salisbury, Hywel Griffiths, Aneirin Karadog, Gustave Flaubert and Georges Sand.

Professor Tudur Hallam, Professor in Welsh and Academi Hywel Teifi’s Research Director said: ‘‘Due to his valuable contribution to Welsh writing in English, it’s easy to forget how many authors Professor M. Wynn Thomas has inspired to think creatively in their own language. We’re proud to present him with this book which will be a small acknowledgment of his vast influence on Welsh culture.’’

Professor M. Wynn Thomas concluded: ‘‘I never imagined I would receive an honour like this. My love for the language motivated me to write books and essays, therefore it gives me great pleasure to be acknowledged as one who has made some sort of contribution to the intellectual and rich culture of the Welsh language.’’

The launch at Swansea University will be held at the Library Seminar Room, 703, Information Services and Systems Building. The launch at Bangor University will be held at the Welsh for Adults Building, Dean Street, Bangor.