Researching into Welsh language science fiction has led me to many different places. I often wander to space, searching for aliens, and via time machine to distant futures… This research, being the first of its kind in a Welsh language context, is a constant adventure.
I also, of course, have been on many adventures in the real world, away from my books. One of the most recent was the opportunity to arrange a bilingual conference, Diwrnod yng Nghymru Fydd / A Day in Future Wales, with Rhodri ap Dyfrig, formerly from the Department of Theatre, Film and Television.
The conference, held at Arad Goch Centre in Aberystwyth, was an opportunity for everyone to gather and discuss ideas relating to futurism, specifically in a Welsh context. Bleddyn Bowen, a research student at the International Politics Department, was invited to introduce the political economy of space and its potential for Wales. There were also talks about art and video games, and later, a performance by Eddie Ladd and Nico Dafydd introducing Owain Owain’s almost-forgotten science fiction nofel, Y Dydd Olaf (The Last Day). During the afternoon, I chaired a discussion about the state of Welsh language fantasy and science fiction literature today, featuring authors, Elidir Jones and Ifan Morgan Jones, and academic Dr Gareth Llŷr Evans. It became clear that more needed to be done to promote genre literature in Welsh.
This wasn’t an exclusively academic conference. It was an invitation to celebrate Welsh futurism, and the day was topped off with HMS Morris and Roughion gigging in the evening. After almost three months of making arrangements, seeing everything come together was a great feeling. Without a doubt, this has been one of the most exciting adventures of my research so far.
Miriam Elin Jones (BA Welsh), PhD candidate funded by Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol