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Dr Peter Jachimiak contributed to a discussion about the impact of Tom Petty

Posted on October 16, 2017

Dr Peter Jachimiak contributed to a discussion about the impact of Tom Petty, on Discussions Magazine with more than a million readers. Peter is also contributing regularly to the fanzine Subbaculture about the look/sound of (very) early Manic Street Preachers.

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Michael Carklin facilitated a drama-based workshop at Mind

Posted on October 16, 2017

Michael Carklin facilitated a drama-based workshop at Mind, the mental health charity in London, exploring views on mental health with staff and service users.

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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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Dr Robert Campbell appeared on Good Morning Wales (BBC Radio Wales)

Posted on October 6, 2017

Dr Robert Campbell appeared on Good Morning Wales (BBC Radio Wales) on Thursday morning talking about the problems of and answers to fake news during the Las Vegas shooting.

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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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USW PhD student Denis Cryer-Lennon published post on the Theatre, Dance and Performance Training Blog

Posted on September 19, 2017

Our drama PhD student Denis Cryer-Lennon has recently published reflections on the open panel of the Performer Training Working Group at the 2017 TaPRA conference in Salford in Theatre, Dance and Performance Training Blog.

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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 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, 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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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.

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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 Andy Smith presents paper at the BFI symposium in London

Posted on May 16, 2017

Dr Andy Smith, Associate Head of the School of Music and Performance at the University of South Wales, is going to be delivering a paper titled “Which shall prevail?” Doppelgängers and Duality in the work of David Rudkin at the BFI symposium in London on 10 June 2017.

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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 Music Media Drama Research Group, 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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Prof. Ruth McElroy talks to the BBC about the accountability of the media in Wales.

Posted on April 27, 2017

Professor Ruth McElroy, co-director of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations, talks to the BBC about the accountability of the media in Wales.

She told BBC Wales: “We have seen a great deal of closures of local newspapers. That’s been a long-standing theme, and it’s been greater in Wales than in the rest of the UK.

“I think what we have to do is be realistic that we are now in a digital age, and that modes of news delivery might be different in the future.”

She added ministers should be more prepared to intervene to support media in Wales.

“There definitely is a place for government intervention. I think that sometimes, in the UK, we have been hostile to that, almost ideologically.

“In other parts of the world they are not, and they are reaping the benefits as a result.”

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