The Association for Welsh Writing in English and the University of Wolverhampton School of Humanities are delighted to invite colleagues from all areas of literary studies to a one-day symposium on the subject of ‘Un-shared Futures?: Teaching the Literatures of Four Nations in Flux’. December 5th 2017, MU504-5, University of Wolverhampton.


As the UK stumbles from constitutional crisis to EU withdrawal, three speakers, a postgraduate panel and a round-table discussion address the question of how literature and humanities departments face the challenge of choosing, framing and teaching canonical and contemporary literary texts from the Four Nations within the critical and pedagogical structures found in each nation’s schools and universities.


The keynote speakers will be Professor Katie Gramich (Prifysgol Caerdydd/University of Cardiff), Professor Eve Patten (Cólaiste na Tríonóide Baile Atha Cliath / Coleg y Drindod Dulyn / Trinity College Dublin) and Thomas Morris (author of We Don’t Know What We’re Doing (2015), Contributing Editor of  The Stinging Fly and Writer in Residence, Cólaiste na hOllscoile Corcaigh / University College Cork) reading from his work and in conversation with Professor Matt Jarvis (UWTSD/PCYDDS/Prifysgol Aberystwyth University). Panel chairs will be Dr Sarah Morse (Learned Society of Wales / Cymdeithas Ddysgedig Cymru) and Professor Kirsti Bohata (Prifysgol Abertawe / University of Swansea).


Indicative schedule


9.30-10.30: Introductory Keynote 1 – Professor Katie Gramich

10.30-11: Coffee
11-12.30: Postgraduate paper panel chaired by Dr. Sarah Morse
12.30-1.30: Lunch
1.30-2.30: Keynote 2 – Professor Eve Patten

2.30-3: Coffee
3.00-4.30: Hard Borders? Teaching Four Nations Literature – a round table discussion chaired by Professor Kirsti Bohata

4-30-5.00: Coffee
5.00-6.00: Creative Keynote – Thomas Morris.


Please send 200-word abstracts of postgraduate papers on the subject of new approaches to Four Nations texts and/or teaching to by November 1st: draft papers will be distributed to delegates in advance so that panellists and delegates can engage with the ideas and texts in a discussion led by the chair and author of each paper.


The conference is free to all delegates, funded by the Faculty of Arts, Wolverhampton University. Delegate numbers will be limited to 45. For further details and to reserve a place, please contact:


Dr Aidan Byrne

School of English, University of Wolverhampton


Camp Street




Postgraduate and low-waged members of the Association for Welsh Writing in English are welcome to apply to the Association for travel support: please contact