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 (

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