Eurig Salisbury BA, MPhil (Cymru)

Lecturer in Creative Writing, Head of Department, Part-Time Teacher (Lifelong learning)

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Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies

Postal address
Aberystwyth University
Old College
King Street
Aberystwyth
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Contact
Phone: 01970 622138

Research interests

I'm currently in the process of editing medieval Welsh poetry to saints (c.1400-c.1700) on the AHRC-funded Cult of Saints in Wales project at the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth. A fully bilingual edition of Welsh texts, both verse and prose, associated with the saints will be launched online in 2017.

Before joining the Welsh Department, I was a research fellow at the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies and worked on two innovative projects on medieval Welsh poetry. For the Poets of the Nobility Series, I co-edited with Barry J. Lewis the work of Gruffudd Gryg, a contemporary of Dafydd ap Gwilym and one of the most gifted poets of fourteenth-century Wales (Gwaith Gruffudd Gryg, 2011).

On the Guto'r Glyn Project, I was part of a team of researchers working on a new edition of the work of fifteenth-century Wales's greatest poet, Guto'r Glyn (my work on the project benefited to a large extent from a period spent studying the early work of Guto'r Glyn for an MPhil degree at the Welsh Department in 2004-6). A fully bilingual edition of the work of Guto'r Glyn was launched online in 2013.

I enjoy bringing both medieval and modern literature together in innovative and unexpected ways. One recent example is Buarth Beirdd, which I edited in 2014, an introduction to some of the earliest and most important Welsh manuscripts alongside work by contemporary poets produced in response to the manuscripts' extraordinary diverse content.

I hope to develop my interests in both medieval and modern Welsh literature through my work in the department, especially in the fields of cerdd dafod (Welsh prosody), genre and ecocricitism.

Profile

I came to Aberystwyth as a student in 2001 and graduated in Welsh and Film and Television Studies in 2004. I remained in the Welsh Department to gain an MPhil degree on the early work of Guto'r Glyn (2006).

In 2006, I won the Chair competition at the National Urdd Eisteddfod in Denbighshire, and was also appointed research fellow at the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth. I spent nine happy years at the Centre and contributed to three innovative projects on medieval Welsh literature (see the section on 'Research'). I'm a published author (Llyfr Glas Eurig, 2008; Sgrwtsh!, 2011).

I was appointed Bardd Plant Cymru (Welsh Children's Laureate) 2011-13, and was the first to hold the post for two years. As well as undertaking a wide variety of different literature-based activities across the country, from school workshops to literature festivals to stomp and slam competitions, I have tutored young writers at the Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre and was one of the Welsh-language judges for Wales Book of the Year 2014.

I'm Welsh-language editor for Poetry Wales magazine. I've worked closely with the [Hay Festival][16], the [British Council][13] and [Wales Arts International][12] on a number of literary projects and have taken part in festivals in India, Bangladesh, Colombia, Kenya and a host of European countries. I was one of the Hay Festival's International Fellows 2012-13. My work has been translated into a number of languages, including Bangla, Malayalam and Italian.

Teaching

I teach Level I BA modules on Welsh literature from 1900 onwards, as well as Level II Creative Writing modules.

I also teach a number of MA Creative Writing modules.