Swansea University to host ‘Rediscovering Dylan’ for inaugural Humanities Festival

Swansea University is hosting a series of events to participate in Being Human, the UK’s first national festival of the humanities, made possible by a grant from the festival organisers, the School of Advanced Study, University of London, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.

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‘Rediscovering Dylan’ will showcase the very best of Swansea University’s research excellence, using the work of the iconic Dylan Thomas as a focal point to fuse literature, theatre, music and art.

Dylan Thomas image‌Following a successful application, Swansea University has been awarded funding to hold the event during Being Human festival week, 15 – 23 November 2014. ‘Rediscovering Dylan’ will champion the excellence of humanities research being undertaken in South West Wales and help to demonstrate the vitality and relevance of this today.

‌Selected from over 100 applications, the grant will help the university bring together researchers and the local public to engage with their own interpretation of the humanities. ‘Rediscovering Dylan’ will be part of a national programme of activities which aim to inform, extend and ignite contemporary thinking and imagination around the humanities. 

Dr Elaine Canning, Deputy Director of the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities at Swansea University, said: “We are delighted to be part of the UK’s inaugural Festival of the Humanities and look forward to bringing together researchers and the community to explore the cultural offerings and heritage of our region through close engagement with one of its greatest cultural icons. We would like to express our sincerest thanks to the festival funders for their support”.

‌Currently in its first year, Being Human is led by the School of Advanced Study in participation with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy with the participation of arts and cultural organisations and universities across the UK.

Festival of HumanitiesThe festival programme will focus on activities that make humanities research accessible to the general public and demonstrate the role of the humanities in the cultural, intellectual, political and social life of the UK.

Thirty-six grants have been awarded to universities and arts and cultural organisations across the UK to participate in the nine days of festival events taking place across the UK, from Truro to Orkney, Swansea to Belfast and Norwich to Liverpool.