October 11, 2017 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Storytelling in Performance is a series of performances by leading storytellers in Wales followed by a discussion with the artists. These events are jointly organised by the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling and Beyond the Border. This year’s series features Robin Williamson in conversation with Prof. Joseph Sobol, Daniel Morden in conversation with Dr Emily Underwood-Lee and Tamar Elenud Williams in conversation with Dr Marta Minier.
Drawing Newly on the Bardic Heritage of Scotland and Ireland, Robin Williamson
Robin Williamson is founder of the Incredible String Band in the 1960’s and of the Merry Band in the 70’s. Robin has been at the forefront of the storytelling revival in Britain and America since the 1980’s. He was the first to focus on the restoration of Celtic Harp to its ancient role as spontaneous accompaniment to spoken word. He continues to tour internationally solo and as a duo with his wife, singer multi -instrumentalist, Bina Williamson.
October 21, 2017 2:30 p.m.
Marking the occasion of the bicentenary of the birth of Hungarian poet János Arany, we are organising a roundtable discussion to examine one of his most significant works: the ballad entitled “The Bards of Wales”, which was set to music by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins (2011). The roundtable of experts will examine Arany’s heritage, the relevance of this genre of narrative poetry and that of the poem itself then and now, the role of the bard, storytelling with music, and historical correspondences between what we might term two small nations: the Welsh and the Hungarians.
November 22, 2017 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
‘She wants to be flowers, but you make her owls. You must not complain then, if she goes hunting.’
This year marks 50 years since Alan Garner published The Owl Service. In this modern re-working of the story of Blodeuwedd, Lleu and Gronw from the Fourth Branch of The Mabinogion, he reset not only the time of the story, but also its landscape. This talk explores the landscapes of the story of Blodeuwedd, the woman made from flowers, in The Mabinogion and Garner’s novel, and discusses some of the background to the creation of both the book and the TV series of The Owl Service. Two episodes of the TV adaptation of The Owl Service, made by Granada in 1969, will be shown.
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