National Poet at conference

08 March 2012

National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke, will be attending the Department of English Literature and Creative Writing's annual Postgraduate Conference which will be held at the National Library of Wales from the 25 to the 27 April 2012.

Gillian Clarke, named National Poet of Wales in 2008 and awarded the Queen’s Medal for Poetry in 2010, will be one of the plenary speakers at the conference and will be answering questions about her work and her public role.

Her poetry is studied by GCSE and A Level students throughout Britain and has been translated into ten languages.
Her plenary address is just one event scheduled as part of the Department of English and Creative Writing's 2012 Postgraduate Conference: "Are We There Yet? Remapping Literary Imagination".

Other plenary speakers this year will include Wales Book of the Year 2011 author, Ned Thomas, and the head of Aberystwyth University’s English and Creative Writing department, Professor Damian Walford Davies.

Those who wish to attend the event should contact Ollie Bevington ( or Ashley Hill ( ). For further information, please visit the department’s website at

Abstracts of 200-300 words for papers of 15-20 minutes are invited from early career researchers, postgraduate students and third-year undergraduates working in literary studies, creative writing, literary theory, and associated disciplines. Topics might include, but are not restricted to:

 -Breaking down boundaries in poetry and prose
-Literary journeys, travel writing
-Minority experience in society
-Alienation, assimilation
-When genres collide
-Marginalised cultures and writing

Deadline for Paper Abstracts: 23 March 2012. Registration forms to be submitted by 10 April.