Friday, 6 October 2017


Swansea University

A Richard Burton Centre Lecture in collaboration with Academi Hywel Teifi

Ian Rowlands

Twenty years since the night that Wales voted to bring itself into being, playwright Ian Rowlands has come to realise the seizmic effect Devolution has had upon his work. In this lecture, Rowlands will both contextualise and read excerpts of his work that mark him out as a Devolutionary writer.

Speaker's Biography
Ian Rowlands was born in the Rhondda. He has been called “the theatrical conscience of modern Wales” and his talent described as “a fusion of Dylan Thomas and The Manic Street Preachers”. As a theatre director, he has been at the helm of four Welsh theatre companies and his film 'A Light in the Valley' (director: Michael Bogdanov) won a Royal TV Society award in 2000. The author of fifteen plays, including Blink (which toured Wales, ran Off-Broadway and was adapted for Radio Cymru) and Desire Lines (Sherman Cymru). Radio credits include Gwennie (Radio 4) and several Radio Cymru and Radio Wales commissions. The recipient of two Creative Wales Awards, Ian recently realised Y Gadair Wag - a multi-media staged lecture with the National Poet of Wales Ifor ap Glyn. He is currently developing Aurora Borealis, a Welsh / Icelandic project.

Wednesday 11 October 2017:  6 p.m.

Location: Callaghan Lecture Theatre, Callaghan Building, Singleton Park Campus, Swansea University

Free admission. All welcome.
Lecture will be given in English.

Enquiries: Professor Daniel Williams (

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

May Day Manifesto @ Hay Festival - Friday 26th May

It is 50 years since the publication of the groundbreaking May Day Manifesto, edited by Raymond Williams. To celebrate this milestone, and to reflect on its relevance today, the Richard Burton Centre's Director Daniel Williams will be joined in discussion by Bonnie Greer, Stefan Collini, Merryn Williams and Leanne Wood. More information, and how to book, can be found here.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Mining the Meaning

Richard Burton Research Fellow Tomoki Takayama will deliver the first of our postgraduate discussion groups for this year at 3pm, Monday 6th March, in KH241.

Dr Takayama has been with us since October, working on the Raymond Williams papers in the Richard Burton archives.

Preparatory reading is Raymond Williams, 'Mining the Meaning' in the posthumous collection Resources of Hope (Verso, 1989).

Cynhelir y cyntaf o'n grwpiau trafod ar gyfer ol-raddedigion ar ddydd Llun, Mawrth 6, and 3 yn ystafell KH241.  Croeso i bawb.

Monday, 31 October 2016

Paul Robeson Seminar / November

Arts and Humanities Conference Room, B03.
Ystafell Gynadledda’r Celfyddydau a’r Dyniaethau, B03.
Wednesday, November 2,  2pm – 3.30 pm
Dydd Mercher, Tachwedd 2, 2pm – 3.30pm

To coincide with Marilyn Robeson’s visit this seminar will explore recent work in African American studies at Swansea University.

Yn ystod ymweliad Marilyn Robeson â Phrifysgol Abertawe, cynhelir seminar ymchwil ar waith diweddar ym maes astudiaethau Affro-Americanaidd.

Opening Remarks: Hywel Francis.

Rachel Farebrother, 'The Styling of Black Diasporic Identity in Eslanda Goode Robeson's Paul Robeson, Negro (1930)'

Clare Davies, 'Patronizing the Primitive? Dorothy Edwards, Nella Larsen, and modernist patronage networks'

Daniel Williams, ‘Michael S. Harper, Paul Robeson and Remembering Aberfan’

Monday, 17 October 2016

Crossing Borders Conference

A one day conference on art and literature to accompany the exhibition 'Four Painters in Raymond Williams's Border Country' at MOMA Machynlleth

Saturday 5th November

10am Coffee

10.15 Welcome and introduction

Morning Session : Art and Literature in the 1930s to 1950s

10.30 Dr Peter Wakelin, exhibition curator
Four realist painters in South Wales: Baker, Burton, Elwyn, Isaac
11.00 Professor Daniel G. Williams, Swansea University
Raymond Williams and the Image
11.30 Peter Lord, independent scholar
Related Landscapes: some lines of communication in Welsh painting from the ‘30s to the ‘50s
12.00 Dan Gerke, Swansea University
Raymond Williams on Realism

12.20 Break to visit the exhibition
Attendees make own arrangements for lunch (choice of cafés & shops)

Afternoon Session : Borders and Crossings in Art and Literature
13:30 Dr Mary-Ann Constantine, Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies
‘Boundaries, drawn by the eye’: Crossing borders in Romantic-era Wales

14:00 Clare Davies, Swansea University
T. S. Eliot, Raymond Williams and Satellite Cultures

14:20 Dr Luke Thurston, Aberystwyth University
Unhomely Borders

14.50 Tea

15:15 Discussion with contemporary writers and artists, chaired by Mary-Ann Constantine

16.15 End

£15 (£10 unwaged) includes tea and coffee
Queries: or phone 01654 703355 

To register