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Response to DCMS Review of S4C

Posted on October 16, 2017

The Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations has recently submitted a response to the Review of S4C by the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee of the National Assembly for Wales. To download the Centre’s response to DCMS Review of S4C, submitted on 13 October 2017, please click here. The document is also available in Welsh.

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Dr Robert Smith appeared on the Roy Noble show on BBC Radio Wales

Posted on October 10, 2017

Dr Robert Smith, Senior Lecturer in Popular Music, appeared on the Roy Noble show on BBC Radio Wales on Sunday, discussing his upcoming project Wonderbrass – a celebration event to mark 25 years of the band’s music in South Wales, which takes place in The Gate, Cardiff, this Saturday.

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Professor Paul Carr launched his book Sting: From Northern Skies to Fields of Gold with a series of events in Newcastle

Posted on October 5, 2017

Professor Paul Carr launched his book Sting: From Northern Skies to Fields of Gold with a series of events in Newcastle. The first event was with Lindisfarne drummer Ray Laidlaw on the tour bus Tyne Idols, where Professor Carr presented the book at the Gosforth Hotel. The official launch took place in the new Wallsend Library, in Sting’s hometown. Over the coming months, he is doing other talks in Newcastle, in addition to Bournemouth and Bristol University.

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Professor Diana Wallace (FBS) did the paper review on BBC Radio Wales’ Good Morning Wales on Saturday.

Posted on September 12, 2017

Professor Diana Wallace (FBS) did the paper review on BBC Radio Wales’ Good Morning Wales on Saturday.

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Prof Lisa Lewis and PhD student Gareth Bonello (FCI) appeared on All India Radio yesterday evening

Posted on September 7, 2017

Prof Lisa Lewis and PhD student Gareth Bonello (FCI) appeared on All India Radio yesterday evening, discussing the Welsh and Khasi cultural dialogues project and the role of literature in the preservation of culture.

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Professor Diana Wallace (FBS) appeared on BBC Radio Wales's Good Evening Wales

Posted on August 23, 2017

Professor Diana Wallace (FBS) appeared on BBC Radio Wales’s Good Evening Wales on August 8 to talk about the news that Poldark producers Mammoth Screen is planning to make a new adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice for ITV.

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Professor Lisa Lewis and PhD student Gareth Bonello appeared on Red FM

Posted on July 27, 2017

Professor Lisa Lewis and PhD student Gareth Bonello appeared on Red FM, the local Shillong and north east India radio station, to discuss Welsh and Khasi music as part of the Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues project.

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Professor Lisa Lewis was interviewed by The Shillong Time

Posted on July 26, 2017

Professor Lisa Lewis was interviewed by The Shillong Times (largest newspaper in north east India) about a performance of the Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues project, held in Shillong last week.

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Professor Lisa Lewis appeared on Indian television on Sunday

Posted on July 18, 2017

Professor Lisa Lewis, co-director of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations, appeared on Indian television on Sunday, on DD National TV Network and North East Indian cable channel PCN, to discuss the Leverhulme Trust funded research project Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues, a project in film and performance investigating the shared cultural relationship between Wales and India. Lisa is currently running workshops with actors in Meghalaya, north east India.

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Professor Diana Wallace (FBS) appeared on BBC Radio Wales

Posted on July 18, 2017

Professor Diana Wallace appeared on BBC Radio Wales’s Good Morning Wales this morning to discuss the bicentenary of Jane Austen’s death and the fact that she features on the new £10 note.

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Prof. Paul Carr publishes book on Pop icon Sting

Posted on July 3, 2017

Professor Paul Carr’s monograph of Pop icon Sting is released on August 1st. Published to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the formation of The Police, Sting: From Northern Skies to Fields of Gold is the first book to examine the relationship between Sting’s working-class background in Newcastle and the creativity and inspiration behind his music. Focusing on the sometimes-blurry borderlines between nostalgia, facts, imagination and memories – as told by Sting, the people who knew (and know) him, and those who have written about him – Carr investigates the often complex resonance between local boy Gordon Sumner and the star the world knows as Sting. In doing so, the book highlights the ‘hidden history’ behind the processes and products of Sting’s creativity. Professor Carr is doing a number of book launches in Newcastle, including Sting’s hometown of Wallsend, towards the end of the year.

The book is available for preorder from Amazon.

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Being Human Festival in Merthyr Tydfil

Posted on July 3, 2017

Professor Paul Carr has been awarded funds from the AHRC to take part in this year’s Being Human Festival. The UK wide festival takes place between November 17th – 25th and deals with the broad theme of ‘lost and found’. During the week of activities professor Carr is working in partnership with stakeholders such as First Campus, Merthyr Tydfil Libraries, Theatre Soar and a number of local schools to bring alive the ‘lost history’ of popular music in Merthyr Tydfil, between the years 1955 to 1975. After collecting the memories of the community who witnessed the music first hand, the project proceeds to facilitate school children to recreate the memories via dramatic interpretations. These interpretations will be showcased in Theatre Soar on November 25th to the general public, alongside community interviews and digital recordings. Alongside six other projects from around the UK, the initiative was chosen to be showcased at Senate House in London on June 26th.

After the Being Human week is complete, professor Carr then begins planning for a month long exhibition at Merthyr Town Hall (The Red House), between January 25th – February 24th 2018. The Exhibition showcases the lost musical history of Merthyr Tydfil.

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Prof Diana Wallace (FBS) appeared on BBC Radio Wales

Posted on June 29, 2017

Professor Diana Wallace (FBS), member of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations, appeared on BBC Radio Wales’ Good Evening Wales yesterday to talk about Paddington Bear whose creator, the writer Michael Bond, has died aged 91.

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Dr Rob Campbell is interviewed in today’s South Wales Argus

Posted on May 30, 2017

Dr Rob Campbell, Academic Manager for Broadcasting & Journalism at USW, is interviewed in today’s South Wales Argus (p.62) in a feature on how the regional newspaper industry may change in the future.

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Dr Márta Minier co-organises a Welsh-Hungarian Music Day in memory of Zoltán Kodály

Posted on April 27, 2017

Dr Márta Minier, an active member of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations, is involved as a consultant co-organiser and educator in a Welsh-Hungarian Music Day organised in memory of eminent Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist Zoltán Kodály (6 May 2017, Canton Uniting Church, Cardiff). In 2017 Hungarians commemorate the 50th anniversary of Kodaly’s death, who pioneered a music education system – the famous Kodály Method – that revolutionised the teaching of music to children well beyond his native Hungary. Kodály, who is equally reputed as a composer, a folk song collector and a pedagogue, is a Hungarian cultural export much appreciated in Wales. Testimony to this is the Kodaly Violin School based in Carmarthenshire, who are co-organisers of this bilingual event. Dr Minier’s expertise in Hungarian studies and in education is pivotal to the event.

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