Showing posts from September, 2022

Season 3 of the Celtic Students Podcast: Some Reflections

     The third season of the Celtic Students Podcast has come to an end and I am happy to be able to reflect in this blog post on what has been a fantastic season. Once again, the podcast has brought together students, academics and community members to discuss a wide range of topics relating to Celtic Studies. The diversity of places, themes and sectors mentioned across the season reflects the wide approach to Celtic Studies that the Association of Celtic Students promotes. This approach is one centered on the Celtic languages and all aspects of their use past and present. In keeping with our commitment to promoting these languages, this season has featured bilingual episodes with Cornish, Manx and Irish, as well as poetry reading in Welsh. This has allowed speakers of these languages to hear more content in their language, while allowing people who are less familiar with the languages but who can understand English to hear them being spoken and gain that familiarity. While this is a

The Sounds of Medieval Wales, featuring Llewelyn Hopwood (podcast notes, s3e9)

The Sounds of Medieval Wales featuring Llewelyn Hopwood In this episode, Nina Cnockaert-Guillou talks to Llewelyn Hopwood, a DPhil student at the University of Oxford, about his doctoral research, which focuses on ‘Sound and Control’ in medieval Welsh poetry during the Beirdd yr Uchelwyr period (c. 1300–1600). Llewelyn first explains how he got the idea for such an innovative research project and talks about Celtic Studies in Oxford. He then discusses sound studies and his own research in more detail, and treats us with a few readings from medieval Welsh poems! Please find all the translations and details of these poems below. This episode was recorded in August 2022.  Host: Nina Cnockaert-Guillou  Guest: Llewelyn Hopwood  Languages: English, with poetry readings in Welsh  Music: “Kesh Jig, Leitrim Fancy” by Sláinte, CC BY-SA 3.0 US (, available from   Dafydd ap Gwilym ‘Trafferth Mewn Tafarn’  ll. 31–46 ed. and t