Imagined histories in the form of historical fiction, films or television programmes are often at the heart of how we think about our national and personal identities. Historical narratives based on ‘fact’ have always shaped our thinking about our nation, our communities and ourselves but they are often partial, fragmentary or distorted by particular vested interests. Historical fictions can allow us to re-imagine those narratives, filling the gaps and silences in recorded history. They can help us to imagine alternative histories as well as new futures.
This online conference will explore the ways in which such fictions exist in a complex and sometimes contentious tension with mainstream historiographies.
- Y Castell Siwgr: Wales and transatlantic slavery with Angharad Tomos, Professor Chris Evans, Audrey West and Marian Gwyn
- The Welsh in Ukraine: Fact and Fiction with novelist Catrin Collier and film-maker Colin Thomas
- Raymond Williams Panel: Turning History into Fiction with Dr Rhian Jones, Professor Dai Smith and Professor Daniel Williams
- How Green Was My Valley (BBC, 1975-6) – screening with actress Sue Jones Davies and Professor Angela John.
Exhibition: Imagining History: History in Fiction and Fact/ Dychmygu Hanes: Cymru mewn ffuglen a ffaith at Oriel y Bont, Treforest Campus, University of South Wales, 1 Nov-17 Dec. Opening event for this exhibition is on Friday 12 November 6.30 – 8.30. See: https://gallery.southwales.ac.uk/
Conference Organisers: University of South Wales, Association of Welsh Writing in English, Llafur, Archif Menywod Cymru/Women’s Archive Wales, and Pontypridd Museum.
Sponsors: The event is supported by the University of South Wales, the Learned Society of Wales, Archif Menywod Cymru/Women’s Archive Wales, and Llafur: the Welsh People’s History Society.