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Lost Visions

ImageThousands of neglected images dating back to the eighteenth century will soon be available for the public to search online and find out more about how they have shaped our culture. ‘Lost Visions: retrieving the visual element of printed books from the nineteenth century’ led by Professor Julia Thomas, School of English, Communication & Philosophy is one of 21 new research projects, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, to address the challenges of working with big data and making the information more accessible and easier to interpret by a lay audience.

For more information on this research project please click here

BBC News - Cardiff University brings rare illustrations to new audience

Actor Gwilym's got murder in mind at Midsomer

Cardiff University graduate Gwilym Lee, who studied English, has joined the cast of ITV’s Midsomer Murders as sidekick to lead detective, DCI John Barnaby. (Wales Online,  14 December: link at:

Lazarus is Dead By Richard Beard

Lazarus is Dead

Like most men in their early thirties, Lazarus has plans that don't involve dying. He is busy organising his sisters, his business and his women. Life is mostly good, until far away in Galilee, without warning, his childhood best friend turns water into wine. Immediately, Lazarus falls ill. And with each subsequent miracle his health deteriorates: a nasty cough blooms into an alarming panorama of afflictions. His sisters think Jesus can help, but given the history of their friendship Lazarus disagrees. What he is sure of is that he'll try everything in his power to make himself well. Except for calling on Jesus.

Lazarus dies. Jesus weeps. This part we all know. But as Lazarus is about to find out, returning from the dead isn't easy. You think you want a second chance at life, but what do you do when you get it? Lazarus has his own story, he is his own man, and he is determined to avoid the mistakes he made the first time round.

A thrillingly inventive, genre-bending novel, Lazarus is Dead is the definitive account of the life, death and life of Lazarus, as never told before.

Professor Damian Walford Davies will join an interdisciplinary panel of experts who will be giving their responses to the book, as well as taking part in an open discussion with the audience. Join them and get involved as we discuss the fascinating issues raised by this book.

Date: Wednesday 13th November
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: TBC

To book a place at the event, e-mail

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

One Day in The Life

Bringing into harsh focus the daily struggle for existence in a Soviet gulag, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is a twentieth century classic, and a must-read.

Date: Monday 9th December
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: TBC

To book a place at the event, e-mail

Critical Perspectives on Theory, Culture and Politics

Critical Perspectives on Theory, Culture and Politics is a new interdisciplinary series developed in partnership with Rowman and Littlefield International and based in the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University.


British Federation of Women Graduates for academic excellence

Emma West, a PhD student in Critical and Cultural Theory, has recently been awarded a prize from the British Federation of Women Graduates for academic excellence. She received the Elen Wynne Vanstone Scholarship of £4000, to be awarded this autumn. For more information see

Wales Book of the Year Award 2013

The TestimonyCongratulations to James Smythe whose recent novel, The Testimony, won the Fiction Category for the Wales Books of the Year Award 2013. 

James completed his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at Cardiff University in 2009.

For video clips and photos from the 2013 Award Ceremony and to find out more about the winners, visit:

For more information about Wales Book of the Year Award contact Literature Wales:
029 2047 2266 /