UWTSD to host King Arthur of Wales Conference


A special conference that aims to explore the legend of King Arthur will be held at UWTSD’s Carmarthen campus later this week.  


Warlord, king, or merely a figment of fancy, King Arthur has intrigued academics, poets, artists and nationalists across the centuries. Was he a Welsh warlord or an English knight? Is he dead, or merely resting until his country calls him to lead his people to freedom? Was there ever a King Arthur? With so little hard evidence to hand, it is difficult to separate fact from fiction. This Conference aims to shed light into previously dark corners by examining anew the accepted academic norms, and to showcase the stories, poems and artwork relating to the great King Arthur.

One of the conference organisers is Dr Lester Mason, Lecturer in Modern History at UWTSD’s Lampeter campus.  He said:

"We’re delighted to host the first King Arthur of Wales Conference here in Carmarthen and to bring together such a great array of speakers to focus on this legend.

We’ve all heard various stories about King Arthur, who according to medieval legend led British forces into battle against the Saxon invaders in the early sixth century. However, questions are still asked whether King Arthur was actually a real person, or simply a hero of Celtic mythology? This debate has gone on for centuries and historians still haven’t been unable to confirm if Arthur ever existed.

Through this conference, we’ll have an opportunity to explore different ideas surrounding the legend of King Arthur.”

Keynote speakers at the Conference will include Professor Dafydd Johnston, Director of the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies and Dr Llŷr Gwyn Lewis.  The Conference is hosted by the Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts and will be held on Friday, 24 May to Saturday, 25 May 2019 at UWTSD's Halliwell Centre, Carmarthen. SA31 3EP.

For further details regarding the Conference, please visit: https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/humanities-performingarts/conferences/king-arthur-of-wales-conference/

Further Information

For more information please contact Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676663 / arwel.lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk