"Heather Dohollau and Franco-Welsh Poetry” - public lecture notice

Professor Patrick McGuinness to give the 2018 Roy Knight lecture on 21 May 2018.

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College of Arts and Humanities, Swansea University

The Roy Knight Lecture

“Heather Dohollau and Franco-Welsh Poetry”

Professor Patrick McGuinness (St Anne’s College, Oxford)

Monday 21 May 2018

Lecture begins at 6.30pm, reception starts from 6.00pm


Wallace Lecture Theatre, Wallace Building, Swansea University (Singleton Park Campus), Swansea, SA2 8PP.

Introduction: Professor Derek Connon
Vote of thanks : Dr Kathryn Jones

All welcome. Admission free. 

Enquiries: Professor Julian Preece (j.e.preece@swansea.ac.uk)
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Heather DohollauHeather Dohollau (1925-2013)
 was born in the Rhondda Valley and raised in Penarth. She left for France after losing her mother as a young woman after the war, and after some years in Paris and London, settled on the small Breton island of Bréhat.

A close friend of Pierre-Jean Jouve in the mid-1960s until his death in 1976, she developed other literary friendships from the 1980s, when her annual attendance at the colloquiums of Cerisy-la-Salle began, with Yves Bonnefoy, Jacques Derrida, Salah Stétié and Lorand Gaspar. Most of Dohollau’s published writing took the form of poems (including prose-poems). 

She also published one novel, La Réponse / The Answer (1982), which was inspired by the philosopher Jules Lequier, and one volume of literary essays, Les Cinq jardins et autres textes / The Five Gardens and Other Texts (1996). The latter focuses chiefly on Rilke’s novel The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge