Posted on 23 February 2015
With the third and final lecture of their 2014/15 lecture programme due to be held on the 13th of March, Branch Secretary Megan Tomos reports on what has been a busy and fulfilling year:
"Aled Jones Williams opened the year’s programme of lectures on Friday, the 14th of November with a talk about his experiences as a writer and playwright. He talked of the allure of words and that when writing; he indulges his pleasure in words in all their variety and aims to recreate that pleasure for the reader. He could not explain this urge. Was it a desire for immortality? A desire to understand life by grappling with words? He talked of the importance of the sound of words and read extracts from his own work and referred to other authors who have been a strong influence on him, from Shakespeare to R.S.Thomas. His audience listened intently and the session felt more like a sharing of experience than a lecture.
Then on the 6th of February 2015 Dr Angharad Price delivered a lecture on T H Parry-Williams and the First World War. Although this was the focus of her lecture, the lecture itself, like her book Ffarwel Freiburg, in fact covered his whole life to show how much of a turning point the First World War was in his life. We had a glimpse of the wealth of T H Parry-Williams’ academic and cultural experiences at Oxford, Freiburg and Paris before the calamity of War and his return to Aberystwyth brought an end to this way of life. The use of PowerPoint was a concise and effective way of doing this and we also had readings from his work in Welsh and English which reflected his development as a writer.
Around fifty people attended the lecture and the questions at the end reflected the various interests of the listeners, ranging from the literary to historical and political. This was an evening which proved that it is worth venturing out on a cold winter’s night to listen to a good lecture.
The final lecture in the series, Diwrnod ym mywyd y Labordy [A Day in the life of the Laboratory], will be held on 13 March 2015, when Dr Avril Wayte, Director for Clinical Biochemistry for the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, will share here experience as a female scientist in medicine. All are welcome."