Mametz Wood, Poetry and Song: Public Study Day

Cardiff University and Welsh National Opera

21/05/2016 10:30am - 21/05/2016 4:30pm

Talk Lecture

Seligman Room
Wales Millennium Centre
Bute Place
Cardiff Bay
CF10 5AL

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All are welcome.

Free to attend, but places are required to be booked in advance:

July 2016 will mark 100 years since the Battle of Mametz Wood.

To commemorate the centenary, this public Study Day will investigate conflict and creativity by examining Welsh responses to the Great War. Expert academics from Cardiff University will provide talks on memory in Mametz Wood, a soldiers’ song of the trenches, the anti-war movement in Wales, Welsh-language poetry and musical entrepreneurship in the UK and in America.

This event is organised in collaboration with Welsh National Opera (WNO). For the current season, WNO has commissioned a new opera In Parenthesis – an adaptation of the First World War epic poem by Welsh poet, artist and writer David Jones – by composer Iain Bell and librettists Emma Jenkins and David Antrobus. Following the Study Day, Sophie Rashbrook (Dramaturg, WNO) will give a pre-performance talk (see below). Discover more about In Parenthesis here:

The Study Day also coincides with \\\’War\\\’s Hell!\\\’ The Battle of Mametz Wood in Art, an exhibition at National Museum Cardiff (30 April – 4 September 2016) where sketches by David Jones will be on public display for the first time.


10.30-12.00 Session 1 (Seligman Room, Wales Millennium Centre)

‘The Long-stretched Agony’: Mametz Wood in Memory and History: Dr Toby Thacker (School of History, Archaeology and Religion)
Saucepans, Cats and Rugby: The Case of ‘Good Old Sospan Fach’: Professor Sioned Davies (School of Welsh)

12.00-13.30 Lunch (not provided)

13.30-15.00 Session 2 (Seligman Room, Wales Millennium Centre)

Aspects of Opposition to the Great War in Wales: Aled Eirug (School of History, Archaeology and Religion)
Grangetown and Welsh-language poetry of the First World War: Dr Dylan Foster Evans (School of Welsh)

15.00-15.30 Break (tea and coffee provided)

15.30-16.30 Session 3 (Orchestra Hall, Welsh National Opera)

Keeping the Home Fires Burning: Wartime Songs and ‘Novello’ Plans: Dr Rachelle Barlow (School of Music), followed by a recital of wartime songs by Ivor Novello and Clara Novello Davies performed by mezzo-soprano Siân Cameron

18.15-18.45 Pre-performance talk for WNO’s In Parenthesis by Sophie Rashbrook

19.15 Performance of WNO’s In Parenthesis. To book tickets, please visit:

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Rachelle Barlow on