A novel, film and BBC drama from Swansea University's Creative Writing staff

An update on the work of Alan Bilton, David Britton and Fflur Dafydd.

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Alan Bilton - the Known and Unknown SeaThe Known and Unknown Sea, a new novel by Dr Alan Bilton, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Swansea University,  will be launched at the Dylan Thomas Centre Swansea on Thursday 13 March 2014 at 7.00 pm.  This haunting and wildly funny fable - about a village which is offered the opportunity of transporting itself across the sea --  is a beautiful and heart-breaking journey through memory, loss and imagination.

Dr Bilton will also be in conversation with Dr Richard Robinson at the College of Arts and Humanities Wednesday Seminar in Keir Hardie Room 216 on 26 March 2014 at 4.00 pm (for further information please email riah@swansea.ac.uk).  

On 2 April 2014, Dr Bilton will be giving a reading and talking about the book at the Mumbles Library (7.00 pm, sponsored by Cover to Cover).

Fflur DafyddMeanwhile a film script from Creative Writing Senior Lecturer Dr Fflur Dafydd has won Film Agency of Wales funding.  'Y Llyfrgell' (The Library) is an adaptation of Fflur's Welsh language novel. 

Directed by Broadchurch's Euros Lyn it is a twisted tale of revenge  which sees twin daughters set a trap for their mother's murderer in the National Library of Wales.  The funding is part of the Film Agency for Wales's Cinematic project, a partnership with the BFI Film Fund, BBC Films, S4C, Soda Pictures and Creative Skillset  designed to support emerging filmmaking talent from Wales in making dynamic films with budgets of around £300,000.

 David BrittonFinally, in the wake of the current troubles in Ukraine, the BBC is rescheduling to accommodate a March repeat of D.J.Britton's dramatisation of 'The White Guard'.  Adapted from the novel by Mikhail Bulgakov, 'The White Guard' tells the story of an upper-class Russian-speaking family in Kiev  during the post-revolution civil war and throws light  the present complex schisms within the country.  D.J. Britton is an award-winning dramatist, director and dramaturg. He is the drama specialist on the Creative Writing Programme in the English Department at Swansea University.