Margiad Evans Centenary Conference

Margiad Evans (1909-1958) is best known for her border writing and Country Dance (1932) which features in the ‘Library of Wales’ series of classics, but she was also an extraordinary short-story writer, novelist, autobiographer and poet.  She died aged 49 of a brain tumour, having suffered severe epilepsy for some time.  As well as being an important woman writer, her descriptions of her illness are attracting medical attention.


10.00    Coffee and Registration

10.30    Dr Clare Morgan (Oxford University) 'Margiad Evans: A Writer in Her Time'

11.30    Dr Katie Gramich (Cardiff University)  'Gothic Borderlands: the hauntology of place in the work of Margaid Evans'

12.30    Lunch in Pendinas

1.30      Dr Andrew Larner (Consultant Neurologist, Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Liverpool)  ‘Epilepsy and the creative writer: the case of Margiad Evans’

Dr Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan (Biographer of Margiad Evans) ‘The Archivist's  Tale:  Primary sources for the study of Margiad Evans’ 

James Pratt, MBE (Nephew of Margiad Evans) ‘The Nightingale Silenced’

3.00      Coffee/Tea

3.30      Dr Daniel Williams (CREW, Swansea University) 'The Return to Folk: Margiad Evans and Zora Neale Hurston'

4.30      Closing Panel Discussion including Dr Sue Asbee (The Open University), Dr Tony Brown (Bangor Univeristy) and Dr Diana Wallace (University of Glamorgan)

5.00        End & Book Launch and Wine Reception
You are invited to stay for the launch of volume 13 of  Almanac: Yearbook of Welsh Writing in English ed. Katie Gramich and published by Parthian Books which will take place immediately following the conference.

This event will also showcase archive material relating to Margiad Evans which is held by the National Library and feature a digital display of original artwork by Margiad Evans, not previously available to researchers.

Registration is £25 / £15 (postgraduates/concessions) and includes lunch in Pendinas and refreshments during the day.  Tickets can be booked directly through the National Library of Wales by telephone 01970 632 800.  Or you can register by contacting Kirsti Bohata /     0179...  

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We are very grateful to the following sponsors for making this event possible: