66 Nautical Miles | Welsh literature and music

66 Nautical Miles | Welsh literature and music

Thursday 26 February | 7.30pm   

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With the Six Nations getting under-way this month, it's easy to think of our neighbour Wales – 66 nautical miles away – as just another home to sporting greats. But what about literature, music and other aspects of Welsh culture and identity? 

While esteemed writers like Martin Amis, Gillian Clarke, Roald Dahl and Dylan Thomas will undoubtedly be mentioned on the night, the panel at 66 Nautical Miles will attempt to delve further into Welsh heritage; past and present.

We're looking forward to hearing about who are the current literary and musical movers and shakers on the Welsh scene!

Joining us for the event are: Nerys Williams, poet and UCD lecturer whose first poetry collection won the Rupert and Eithne Strong Award for best first collection; Simon Holloway, a Bangor-based novelist and critic; Lleucu Siencyn, Chief Executive of Literature Wales, Jonathan Williams, one of Ireland’s leading literary agents for many decades and poet, writer and teacher Nessa O'Mahony.  

From the late 19th century onwards, Wales acquired its popular image as the 'land of song'. Taking our cues from this, 66 Nautical Miles will welcome performances throughout the night from members of the Dublin Welsh Male Voice Choir (Côr Meibion Cymru Dulyn) who will be conducted by Geraint Waters.

Don't miss out on this fun literary and musical event where we'll be flying the flag for red dragons and leeks!

This event is kindly supported by the British Council.


About the Panelists:

Simon Holloway has spent the last 15 years in the welcoming comfort of Snowdonia. He current lectures at the University of Bolton, where he is Programme Leader in Creative Writing. His latest novel, The Words We Use Are Black and White, was published in autumn 2014.                 

Lleucu Siencyn has been chief executive of Literature Wales, the National Company responsible for the development of literature, since 2011. Lleucu, from Talgarreg, Ceredigion, went to Ysgol Dyffryn Teifi, a bilingual state secondary school, and went on to study English Language and Literature at Oxford University. She was formerly Literature Officer for the Arts Council of Wales (ACW), and worked as a researcher and scriptwriter with various television companies. Since being appointed chief executive of Literature Wales, she has started several new projects and initiatives, including setting up the Young People's Laureate for Wales and the Dinefwr Literature Festival, a festival which prides itself on a truly bilingual programme.

Nerys Williams is originally from West Wales and is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar’s Award at UC Berkeley. A winner of the Ted McNulty Poetry Prize (2008), she lectures in American Literature at University College Dublin. She has published poems and essays widely and is author of A Guide to Contemporary Poetry (Edinburgh UP, 2011) as well as a study of contemporary American poetics, Reading Error (Peter Lang 2007). Nerys’s first volume of poetry,Sound Archive (Seren 2011) was shortlisted for the Felix Denis (Forward) prize and won the Rupert and Eithne Strong first volume prize in 2012. She is currently preparing her second volume, as yet unnamed. She is also currently researching the relationship between poetry and radio at the BBC’s third programme.

Jonathan Williams has been one of Ireland’s leading literary agents for a number of decades, and was involved in establishing TCD’s MPhil in Creative Writing in 1998. He also initiated the Poets' Corner series on the DART which displayed poems in the carriages for twenty-five years.

Nessa O’Mahony was born in Dublin and lives in Rathfarnham where she works as a freelance teacher and writer. Her poetry has appeared in a number of Irish, UK, and North American periodicals and has been translated into several European languages. She has published four books – Bar Talk (1999), Trapping a Ghost (2005), In Sight of Home (2009) and Her Father's Daughter (2014).