Postgraduate Bryn Jones awarded Saunders Lewis Memorial Scholarship
February 28, 2013 1 Comment
The Saunders Lewis Memorial Fund was established in 1989 to acknowledge Saunders Lewis’s contribution to the literary and cultural life of Wales. The biannual scholarship is offered in three fields, representing the interests of Saunders Lewis himself: politics, literature and drama. The aim of the scholarship is to enable young people from Wales to visit another European country to study their chosen field. At the completion of the scholarship period recipients of the award are expected to present a work in the Welsh language which is suitable for publication.
Bryn’s research is concentrated on the relationship between the medieval Welsh and the Papacy prior to the Edwardian conquest. The grant will allow him to spend time compiling a handlist of the documents relevant to medieval Wales in the Vatican archives.
Saunders Lewis was born in 1893 in Wallesey, Cheshire, and read English and French at Liverpool University. He was a literary critic, a prolific playwright and a political activist. A founder member of Plaid Cymru in 1925, his radio lecture “Tynged yr Iaith” (“The Fate of the Language”) is credited as being the catalyst for Welsh language activism since the 1960s. He held academic positions at both Swansea University and Cardiff University.