A Jam-packed Week for Bangor University’s School of Welsh during the Anglesey National Eisteddfod

A lecturer from Bangor University’s School of Welsh has been invited to author the main theatrical offering during this year’s Anglesey National Eisteddfod.

The verbatim drama Hollti has been written by Dr Manon Wyn Wiliams, a lecturer in Drama and Scriptwriting with the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, and will be staged by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru from 8-11 August at Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern, not far from the Eisteddfod venue.

According to Manon: “As a native of Anglesey, it’s a particular honour for me to collaborate with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru on this production since the Eisteddfod is being held for the first time this century in my home county. I look forward to seeing the production during the Eisteddfod week and also the national tour during October.”

For the second time in three years a drama written by a lecturer from Bangor’s School of Welsh will feature as the main theatrical event during the Eisteddfod week. In 2015, a drama written by Professor Angharad Price, Nansi, was also staged by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru.

Manon’s drama is one of numerous events during the Eisteddfod week in which staff and students from Bangor’s School of Welsh are involved.

Among the other events, on Monday morning in the Societies Pavilion, Samuel Jones, currently a PhD student, will be discussing aspects of his research in a lecture on the classicist T. Hudson-Williams. On Monday afternoon, Angharad Price will be taking part in a programme to commemorate the late Sian Owen, formerly a successful PhD student, in a memorial meeting in the Literary Pavilion.  And later on, Mared Lewis, a current postgraduate student, will be Monday’s ‘Author of the Day’ in the Literary Pavilion.

On Tuesday morning, Professors Jason Walford Davies and Jerry Hunter will be among those discussing ‘The two literatures of Wales: do they belong together?’ in the Societies Pavilion, and during the afternoon, Dr Aled Llion Jones will be presenting a provocative talk by Sabine Asmus entitled ‘Forget the Accents …’ in Bangor University’s pavilion.

On Wednesday afternoon, Professor Gerwyn Wiliams will be presenting the adjudication during the Prose Medal ceremony in the main Eisteddfod Pavilion, and on Friday afternoon, Professor Peredur Lynch will present the adjudication in the competition for the Eisteddfod Chair.

Ond Thursday afternoon in The Theatre, two of the school’s undergraduates, Osian Wyn Owen and Gethin Morgan, will be acting in a drama composed by Gareth Evans-Jones, a PhD student, in the Open Short Drama competition.

And as part of the Theatr Bara Caws 40th birthday celebrations in The Theatre on Friday afternoon, a book entitled Bara Caws – Dathlu’r Deugain and compiled by Llŷr Titus, a PhD student, will be launched.

Publication date: 24 July 2017