The Biggest Arts And Humanities Grant To Come To Wales

The University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies has succeeded in winning the largest grant ever made by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to a higher education institution in Wales. The grant of £879,383 goes to Dr Ann Parry Owen, research fellow at the Centre and general editor of the successful Poets of the Nobility  series.

The grant will enable a team of researchers at the Centre to prepare a new and accessible edition – on the web and in print – of the poetry of Guto’r Glyn ( c .1435– c .1493), probably the greatest poet in the Welsh praise-poetry tradition. He flourished during a period known as the ‘Great Century’ because of the volume and quality of the poetry produced. During his long career Guto’r Glyn fought in France during the Hundred Years’ War, supported the Yorkist cause, and received patronage from noble families throughout Wales. His poetry provides fascinating insights into the lives of the nobility: feasts, fine wines, costumes, military battles, domestic relations and animals. The proposed programme of research and publication will enable this remarkable poet to claim the limelight he deserves.

Dr Ann Parry Owen has been a member of the Centre’s staff since 1985 and has built up an international reputation as a scholar and editor. ‘I was delighted to receive this award’, Dr Parry Owen said, ‘because it enables the Centre to bring together leading scholars to edit the work of one of the finest poets in late medieval Britain.’ The research will be undertaken in collaboration with two other leading authorities in the field – Professor Dafydd Johnston (recently appointed Director at the Centre) and Dr Dylan Foster Evans (Cardiff) – and with the National Library of Wales and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.

Professor Geraint H. Jenkins praised Dr Parry Owen on her success. ‘This is a remarkable achievement. It confirms the reputation of the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies as a world leader in this field.’

The University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies is a dedicated research centre whose staff are engaged in major multidisciplinary research projects. Its projects on medieval Welsh poetry, the visual culture of Wales, the social history of the Welsh language, the Celtic languages and identity, and Iolo Morganwg and Romanticism have won universal acclaim. The Centre has benefited hugely from the support of the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The quality and range of research supported by the AHRC not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK.

More information about the Guto'r Glyn Project