Dr Jeni Williams taking part in multi-lingual literary festival, Volcano Fridays


University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Dr Jeni Williams is taking part in Volcano Fridays in Swansea this April. Dr Williams, who is a Senior Lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing at UWTSD’s Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts, will be reading some her own work at the 10-week multilingual festival which is being held in Swansea’s Volcano Theatre as well as playing a key role in introducing many other writers whom she has supported.

Jeni and Amani Bakhiet on stage

Volcano Fridays is a Multilingual Literary Festival taking place in Swansea over 10 Fridays from April until the end of June. The first event took place on Friday 7 April, opening with an international star, the Chinese poet Yang Lian and the National Poet of Wales, Ifor ap Glyn. Dr Williams was also present reading her own translations of the love poetry of Sudanese poet Amani Bakhiet. She will be reading her own work on Friday 28 April in an evening that will also feature the work on Poets on the Hill, a poetry group that is supported by UWTSD initiative Creative Bubble.

Dr Williams has worked extensively with organisations such as Literature Wales and the Princes’ Trust to provide workshops for writers in Wales.  She has presented academic papers on this work in academic conferences in Gregynog and Brighton and workshopped, designed and co-edited Fragments from the Dark, the woman only volume of refugee and Welsh writing published by Hafan Books in 2006. She has worked extensively with women asylum seekers and refugees running creative writing workshops. Dr Williams is also a member of the Executive Committee of Wales PEN Cymru who are involved with organising Volcano Fridays.

Jeni and Amani Bakhiet on stage

The project is funded by an Open World Research Initiative supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Through this project, they want not only to celebrate the linguistic diversity of Swansea but also, by showcasing a range of fantastic writers from Swansea, Wales and beyond, to contribute actively to it. 

Volcano Fridays started on Friday 7th April and will be presenting world writers and performers in events on Friday evenings throughout April, May and June. Food is prepared by members of the Swansea Women’s Asylum Seeker and Refugee group. Entrance is free but donations are requested. For more details please follow this link.

Further Information

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