The annual highlight for any Welsh Writing in English scholar is undoubtedly the AWWE conference at Gregynog. I'm not even going to attempt to offer an account of it here- I'll never reach the masterful blogging levels of Plashing Vole, so read his brilliant report here instead. All I will say is that CREW made a real day of the journey up, stopping off at the Penderyn Distillery to learn about distilling whiskey (honest) and then at Abbeycwmhir to commemorate Llewelyn the Last. When we did finally make it to Gregynog, the CREW were an unstoppable force: Alexandra Jones, Georgia Burdett, Sarah Morse and visiting scholar Ugo Rivetti all gave fantastic papers. The rest of us were there in a supporting role (although not all of us managed that. Naming no names, of course). One of the main things we took away from the conference was an uncomfortable awareness of the dangers facing the University of Wales Press at this time: the basic message I can impart to you all is to support the press as much as possible (buying the aforementioned books would be a good place to start) and to subscribe to the journal here.
In other conference news, CREW associate Dr Kieron Smith is currently organising the Alun Lewis centenary conference 'On Embarkation' on the 27th June. This timely conference will offer an opportunity for all those interested in this neglected Welsh writer to hear some great lectures and papers on him in his hometown of Cwmaman. Further information can be found here http://www.swansea.ac.uk/riah/news/onembarkationthealunlewiscentenarysymposium.php
And finally, the annual Richard Burton Conference is fast approaching. This lively conference, open to Swansea postgraduates working on any aspect of Welsh Studies (literature, politics, history) is currently seeking abstracts. For more information, check out our sister blog http://richardburtoncentre.blogspot.co.uk/.