Professor Kirsti BohataSpeaker's Biography
Kirsti Bohata is a professor of English literature at Swansea University. She specialises in writing from Wales and is co-Director of CREW, the Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales www.swansea.ac.uk/CREW She is currently leading a new network called ‘Narrating Rural Change’ which explores discourses about farming and land use in Wales. Her latest book is Queer Square Mile: Queer Short Stories from Wales (Parthian 2022) which she co-edited with Mihangel Morgan and Huw Osborne.From: 29 Nov 2022, 2:30 p.m.
The farmer is an iconic figure in Welsh literary culture and the family farm is a politically charged symbol in contemporary debates about land use, climate change and biodiversity loss. The farm is often an emblem of national survival and endurance, yet farming has undergone enormous changes. A refuge and a place cultural regeneration, the farm and rural life are also connected with personal sacrifice and limitation. This talk will dip into a century of farming stories in Wales to explore how farms and farmers have been represented in the past, present and imagined futures of Wales and how these portrayals speak to us in the present.