The 2021 Sir T. H. Parry-Williams Memorial Lecture - The guest speaker is Dr Elizabeth Edwards from the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies.


Dr Elizabeth Edwards studied English at Trinity College, Oxford, and the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of York, before joining the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies in January 2009 as a Research Fellow on the ‘Wales and the French Revolution’ project. 

The guest speaker for the 2021 Sir T. H. Parry-Williams Memorial Lecture is Dr Elizabeth Edwards from the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies.

Her research interests lie in the literature and culture of the eighteenth century and the Romantic period, with a particular focus on literary recoveries, textual editing, archipelagic critical approaches, and the history of women’s writing. Her first book was a critical anthology of Anglophone Welsh verse from the period 1789–1806, which draws on manuscripts, newspapers and little-known printed works in order to present a new body of literature from, and about, Romantic-era Wales. Her second book, an edition of the poetry of the Anglesey labouring-class writer Richard Llwyd (1752–1835), was published by Trent Editions in their ‘Poetry Recoveries’ series in 2016. Elizabeth is currently writing a book about Wales and women’s writing in the period 1789–1830, and editing a selection of tours of Wales for the AHRC-funded project ‘Curious Travellers: Thomas Pennant and the Welsh and Scottish Tour (1760–1820)’.

The lecture will be entitled ‘Lleisiau a drychiolaethau/voices and ghosts: poetry and Snowdonia landscapes’. ‘Hon’, by T. H. Parry-Williams, is one of the best-known poems in Welsh. But what might it mean to read ‘Hon’, and other Snowdonia-themed writings by Parry-Williams, today? And what particularly might it mean to read and discuss these works, and some of their precursors and legacies, in English? Taking a long view from the Romantic writer Richard Llwyd to the contemporary poet Zoë Brigley, this lecture will explore some of the multiple voices written over and into the literary landscapes of Snowdonia in the last 200 years.

The lecture will be held on Thursday, 29 April 2021, at 5.00 pm. Email to receive the Zoom link.

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1. The Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies (CAWCS) was established by the University of Wales in 1985 as a dedicated research centre conducting team-based projects on the languages, literatures, culture and history of Wales and the other Celtic countries. It is located in Aberystwyth, adjacent to the National Library of Wales, which is an internationally-renowned copyright library with excellent research facilities.

2. CAWCS offers unique opportunities for postgraduate students to work alongside specialists in a dynamic and supportive environment. We welcome enquiries about MPhil/PhD topics in any of our research areas. For more information about research opportunities, or for an informal chat about possible topics, contact our Head of Graduate Studies, Elizabeth Edwards:

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