Professor Ann Parry Owen

Elected: 2019

Area(s): Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Specialist Subject(s): Welsh Literature

Research Fellow and Project Leader, University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies

Professor Ann Parry Owen specialises in the Welsh language, grammar, and poetry of the Middle Ages, especially the period 1100–1500. She was inspired to enter into this field, she says, by “a rather obsessive interest in medieval Welsh language and literature – which started when I won a £9 book on a Welsh TV quiz programme when I was 12, which for some unknown reason I spent on four books: Pedeir Keinc y Mabinogi, Llawysgrif Hendregadredd, Canu Aneirin and Llyfr Gwyn Rhydderch. Fortunately, my wonderful Welsh teacher in Ysgol Dinas Brân, Llangollen, Mr Gwynne Williams, was willing to read them with me – I was hooked!”

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