News: May 2019

Quest 2019

On the 5thof July 2019, the Centre will be hosting a workshop for primary and secondary school teachers. Open to teachers across North Wales, this new event will build on the success of last year’s “Quest”/ “Hymgais” literacy project and will allow teachers to come to the Centre experience our magnificent collection of rare books and manuscripts, and to attend talks held by Professor Raluca Radulescu, Director of the Centre, and Gillian Brownson, writer and storyteller, on using the myths and legends represented in our collection in the classroom.

Publication date: 29 May 2019

Young Italian from Mold wins Learners Medal

Francesca Elena Sciarrillo from Mold has won the Learner Medal at the Cardiff and Vale Urdd Eisteddfod 2019. She was awarded the Medal at the main ceremony at the Urdd Eisteddfod today (Tuesday, May 28).

Francesca, 23, received an MA in English Literature in 2018, and is now a postgraduate apprentice in Marketing. From an all-Italian family, she is the only one who speaks Welsh.

Publication date: 28 May 2019

Designing for people living with dementia

For ten years, Enterprise by Design has worked with different companies across North Wales, mostly focused in the adventure tourism sector. This year, student teams had a rewarding and challenging brief over the 10 week process, creating memorable experiences for dementia visitors to North Wales.

This year’s finale, held in Pontio recently, saw a wide variety of product ideas from undergraduate teams made up across PsychologyComputer Science & Electronic EngineeringBusinessProduct DesignMusic & Media, and Sport, Health & Exercise Sciences. The goal for 2019’s team was to create a product or service that would make North Wales more memorable to dementia tourists.

Publication date: 24 May 2019

Bangor scholars contribute to The Cambridge History of Welsh Literature

An extensive new volume on the literature of Wales, from its origins to the present day, features contributions from numerous Bangor University experts and will be officially launched at the Hay Festival on 24 May.

The Cambridge History of Welsh Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2019) is described by the publisher as being the “biggest history of Welsh literature ever published” and is a chronological guide to fifteen centuries of Welsh literature and Welsh writing in English.

Publication date: 23 May 2019

New Bangor University and Grŵp Llandrillo Menai policing degree will go live from 2019/20

From September 2019, Bangor University in partnership with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai (GLLM) will offer an undergraduate degree in Professional Policing which is licensed by the College of Policing. This will introduce students to the skills required to work as a police officer and is building on the highly successful Foundation Degree in Policing that has been offered for some years by GLLM.

Publication date: 23 May 2019

Is there such thing as a ‘European identity’?

The outcome of the UK’s 2016 referendum on EU membership has sent shockwaves across Europe. Among other impacts, it has prompted debates around the issues whether a “European culture” or a “European identity” actually exist or whether national identities still dominate.

This article by Nikolaos Papadogiannis, Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary History at the School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 22 May 2019

“Epic novel” reaches Wales Book of the Year 2019 Shortlist

A work described by one contemporary critic as an “epic novel...a river of a story that flows like life itself” has been placed on the shortlist for one of the Wales Book of the Year 2019 awards.

Ynys Fadog by Professor Jerry Hunter, Pro Vice-chancellor and Professor at the School of Welsh and Celtic Studies, tells the story of a Welsh family attempting to create a better life for its members during a time of great upheaval in the still-new America. The 580-page novel sits alongside Llyfr Glas Nebo (Manon Steffan Ros) and Esgyrn (Heiddwen Tomos) in the Fiction category shortlist.

Publication date: 14 May 2019

Game of Thrones: neither Arya Stark nor Brienne of Tarth are unusual — medieval romance heroines did it all before

Brienne of Tarth and Arya Stark are very unlike what some may expect of a typical medieval lady. The only daughter of a minor knight, Brienne has trained up as a warrior and has been knighted for her valour in the field of battle. Meanwhile Arya, a tomboyish teen when we first met her in series one, is a trained and hardened assassin. No damsels in distress, then – they’ve chosen to defy their society’s expectations and follow their own paths.

This article by Raluca Radulescu, Professor of Medieval Literature and English Literature at the School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics is republished fromThe Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 8 May 2019

New book by Bangor Professor set to rethink the music of ‘America’s greatest living composer’

A new book coedited by a Professor of Music and Media at Bangor University aims to rethink the music of one of America’s greatest living composers, Steve Reich.  

Publication date: 1 May 2019