Lecture Programme and Other Events

Newport & Gwent Literary Club
2016-2017 season

September 2016   Dr Daniel G Williams: Alun Lewis, Dylan Thomas and the Rosenbergs
October 2016         Dr Dimitra Fimi: Literature for Hallowe’en
November 2016    Siwan Rosser: How do you translate Dahl
December 2016     Christmas Lunch
January 2017          An Evening with Ian McMillan – our 70th anniversary event
February 2017       Dr Irene Morra: Poets, Opera and Modern Drama
March 2017            MJ Trow: Crime Fiction
April 2017               Monty Dart: WH Davies
May 2017                The Annual General Meeting

To book places at the Club’s events,  please contact Pat Wells-West on
01633 265660 by the Sunday before the event. To contact other Club officers, visit the Contacts page of this site. Non-members very welcome.  Cost to non-members: £25 to include dinner.  Advance booking essential.  Venue is the Holiday Inn,  Coldra,  Newport and begin at 6.30pm.

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The programme for the 2016-2017 season of Newport & Gwent Literary Club:

Wednesday 28th September 2016
Daniel G Williams leads off the season with Alun Lewis, Dylan Thomas and the Rosenbergs …. Dylan read Alun Lewis’s poem Sacco’s Letter to his Son in the US in the year that he died and the Rosenbergs were executed. The talk looks at the whole chain of events and slides forwards to the Beat generation. We hear Dylan Thomas’s voice and Paul Robeson might appear as well.

        

Daniel G Williams is Professor of English and Director of the Richard Burton Centre for the Study of Wales at the University of Swansea. He is saxophonist with the jazz-folk sextet Burum who have recorded two albums.

This event is supported by Literature Wales:
http://www.literaturewales.org/
http://www.llenyddiaethcymru.org/hafan/

Holiday Inn, Coldra, Newport
6.30pm
Advance booking essential – see contact page

Wednesday 26th October 2016
Dr Dimitra Fimi: Hallowe’en in Literature.

Dr Dimitra Fimi is a Senior Lecturer in English at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Her monograph Tolkien, Race and Cultural History(Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) won the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for Inklings Studies and she co-edited the critical edition of Tolkien’s A Secret Vice which has just appeared from HarperCollins. She lectures on Tolkien, fantasy, children’s literature and medievalism. Her second monograph, due to appear from Palgrave Macmillan early next year, is entitled Celtic Myth in Contemporary Children’s Fantasy. She has frequently contributed to programmes on national radio (e.g. BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour and Archive on 4) and TV/web video (e.g. History Channel, BBC iWonder guides). For more information see her website at: http://dimitrafimi.com/

http://dimitrafimi.com/

This event is supported by Literature Wales:
http://www.literaturewales.org/
http://www.llenyddiaethcymru.org/hafan/

Holiday Inn, Coldra, Newport
6.30pm
Advance booking essential -see Contact page


Wednesday 30th November 2016
Siwan Rosser discusses Dahl in Translation

The Club’s contribution to the celebrations around the centenary of Wales’s most famous writer [maybe] is Siwan’s look at how Dahl can work in translation and whether other languages need Dahl as part of their children’s literature. And how does a translator deal with such idiosyncratic words as gobblefunk and lickswishy?

Dr Rosser wrote a chapter for Roald Dahl: Wales of the Unexpected [UWP] about Dahl in translation. She researches Welsh language children’s literature and she sits on the Children’s Book Panel of the Welsh Books Council.

This event is supported by Literature Wales:
http://www.literaturewales.org/
http://www.llenyddiaethcymru.org/hafan/

Holiday Inn, Coldra, Newport
6.30pm

Advance booking essential -see Contact page

Wednesday 25th January 2017
To Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Club’s first lecture

Ian McMillan presents nothing less than An Evening with Ian McMillan

Ian hosts the weekly show The Verb on BBC Radio 3 and appears on Newsnight Review, Have I Got News for You?, Just a Minute, The Today Programme. He has and always has had a strong Barnsley accent. He has worked on writing projects with the police, railway companies and Barnsley Football Club [did I mention he has a strong Barnsley accent?]. On Desert Island Discs, two of his choices were John Cage’s silent piece  4’33” and Donald Where’s Your Troosers. He often wears brightly coloured shirts. It’s hard to think of a better man to celebrate a love of words.

This event is supported by Literature Wales:
http://www.literaturewales.org/
http://www.llenyddiaethcymru.org/hafan/

Holiday Inn, Coldra, Newport
6.30pm
Advance booking essential – see Contact page


Wednesday 22nd February 2017
Dr Irene Morra 
looks at Poets, Opera and Modern Drama

The twentieth century saw British writers involved in the writing of opera libretti…. Auden, Arnold Bennett, Ronald Duncan,  Robert Graves and, later Edward Bond and Paul Muldoon.  Façade came from Edith Sitwell and William Walton; The Rake’s Progress has its libretto by WH Auden. Ronald Duncan and Benjamin Britten collaborated.  Artists talk to artists and Dr Morra will explain how and why some of these connections were made.
Dr Morra is the author of ‘Britishness, Popular Music and National Identity: The Making of Modern Britain’ [Routledge 2014] and ‘Twentieth Century British Authors and the Rise of Opera in Britain’. She is Reader in English Literature and Cultural Criticism at Cardiff University. Her latest publication is ‘Verse Drama in England, 1900-2015: Nation, Art and Modernity on the National Stage’ [Metheun, 2016].

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Stravinsky and Auden                                                                            Britten and Ronald Duncan

Holiday Inn, Coldra, Newport
6.30pm
Advance booking essential – see Contact page


Wednesday 29th March 2017
M J Trow: Crime and Other Matters

His non fiction covers figures like El Cid, Boudicca, Spartacus and Vlad the Impaler. Crime fiction includes series of novels featuring Inspector Sholto Lestrade, Kit Maxwell and Peter Maxwell. Born in Ferndale he was educated in Warwick, King’s College London and Jesus College. Lectures on cruise ships and for the Royal Geographical Society make nice breaks from a hectic writing schedule.

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http://www.mjtrow.co.uk/

This event is supported by Literature Wales:
http://www.literaturewales.org/
http://www.llenyddiaethcymru.org/hafan/

Holiday Inn, Coldra, Newport
6.30pm
Advance booking essential – see Contact page

Wednesday 26th April 2017
Monty and Tom Dart present their film W H Davies – a man of many faces

One of Newport’s best loved citizens is shown through archive material and the poet’s own words. He has always fascinated us and past speakers like Lawrence Hockey and Sybil Hollingdrake wrote about him and spoke to this Club. It’s very Newporty, I think, that the blue plaque ended up on the wrong house.

Holiday Inn, Coldra, Newport
6.30pm
Advance booking essential -see Contact page

May 2017
The Club’s AGM will include guests who will help us celebrate the end of the season.

Holiday Inn, Coldra, Newport
6.30pm
Advance booking essential -see Contact page

Previous guests:
In 2009-10 we had talks from Dr John Davies, Deborah Kay Davies, Dr Katie Gramich, Jeanette Massochi, Mark Crick, Dannie Abse, Catherine Fisher, Margaret Isaac, Geraint Lewis.

In 2010-11 our speakers were Horatio Clare, Gillian Clarke, Mererid Hopwood, Margaret Isaac, Ben Kane, Geraint Lewis, Rohan McCullough.

In 2011-12 we heard Adrian Metcalfe and Rhodri Miles, Tom Anderson, Professor Tony Curtis, Canon Arthur J Edwards, Catherine Fisher, Alison Neil and Geoffrey Brangham.

In 2012-13, speakers were Professor Dai Smith, Dr Juliette Wood, Simon Brett, Derek Richards, Morag Law, Anne Harvey, Nigel Jarrett, John Sheen and Julie McGowan

In 2013-14, speakers were Damian Walford Davies, Andrew Martin, Anne Cluysenaar, Mererid Hopwood, Kevin Myers, Matthew [M.R.] Hall, Chris Barber and Rhian Edwards

In 2014-15, speakers were Alison Lingham, Jonathan Edwards, Peter Florence, CJ Daugherty, Justin Albert, Yvette Roblin, Ifor ap Glyn, Vale of Glamorgan Writing Squad

In 2015-16, speakers were: Gillian Clarke, Neil Badmington, Catherine Fisher, William Ayot, Dr Alyce von Rothkirch, Carolyn Hitt and Professor Carl Plasa

 

 

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