Academi Hywel Teifi and Tafwyl Partnership continues

The partnership between Swansea University's Academi Hywel Teifi and Tafwyl continued once again this year as the popular festival moved online due to the coronavirus pandemic. Established in 2006, Tafwyl is an annual festival celebrating the Welsh language, arts and culture which usually culminates with a number of open-air events in the grounds of Cardiff Castle.

 All the Tafwyl Digidol (Digital Tafwyl) events were livestreamed on Saturday 20 June, with Academi Hywel Teifi contributing sessions in the festival's virtual ‘Llais’ (voice) area.

Over 10,000 people joined the event live on the day and many more have watched the sessions back since then. Dr Gwenno Ffrancon, director of Academi Hywel Teifi, said: "Academi Hywel Teifi was very proud to support the Tafwyl Digidol festival by contributing sessions in the virtual Llais area of the festival. This is the fifth year in which we have worked in partnership with this special festival to promote the Welsh language and to share the work and expertise of writers, scholars, alumni and distinguished friends of Swansea University."

 You can watch our sessions below. 

Tafwyl logo 2020

Y Tu Hwnt i’r Terfyn

In Y Tu Hwnt i’r Terfyn ( Beyond Limits) adventurer and ultra athlete Lowri Morgan was in conversation with broadcaster Beti George about her new autobiographical book, Beyond Limits.  Lowri, an honorary fellow of Swansea University, revealed what has enabled her to develop the strength and resilience to tackle some of the planet's toughest environments and how she’s pushed her mind and body beyond pain, beyond her expectations, and beyond limits. 

Stomp y Ganrif

Professor Tudur Hallam from the Department of Welsh led a special poetry slam called Stomp y Ganrif to celebrate Swansea University's centenary in 2020, with the competing poets all students and alumni of the Department of Welsh. Among them were the singer Huw Chiswell who graduated in 1982; the poet and broadcaster Aneirin Karadog who completed his PhD earlier this year; writer and broadcaster Gwennan Evans; actor Andrew Teilo who is currently studying an MA in Creative Writing; Laura Hughes who will be graduating in Welsh this year; actor Matthew Tucker who is completing and MA and PhD student Nerys Bowen.