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4 March 2011 | PR 11/22

Celebration of English and Welsh culture at Loughborough University

Folk music, story-telling and Morris dancing are on offer as part of an event exploring English and Welsh culture at Loughborough University next month.

The English and Welsh Diaspora is a four-day conference exploring many aspects of rural and regional experience in the two countries and runs from April 13 to 16.

As part of the event, three evenings of entertainment are open to the public at the Sir Robert Martin Theatre, at Loughborough University.

Folk fans wishing to attend the three evenings can purchase a special ticket priced £45 (concessions £30.00) for all performances. To book tickets, go to http://store.lboro.ac.uk/ and click on the Product Catalogue, then English and Drama.  For further information email Diaspora@lboro.ac.uk or call Caroline Flynn‐Ryan on 01509 222951.

The English and Welsh Diaspora: Regional Cultures, Disparate Voices, Remembered Lives is a conference organised by the Department of English and Drama at Loughborough University. A diaspora is a migration or scattering of people away from an ancestral homeland.

Experts from the department, along with over 60 invited speakers with related expertise from other universities, will discuss the wide-ranging topic.

Subjects in the spotlight include displacement, dispossession, the transformation or destruction of communities and the idea of community across a millennium of change and loss, from the Norman Invasion and the Harrowing of the North to the loss of Welsh and the decline of the language community in Wales.

More recent historical and cultural events, such as the closure of mines and factories, the gentrification of villages, and the closure of post offices will also be discussed.

Professor of Modern Literature and Culture Julian Wolfreys said: “While the histories of Scots and Irish culture are well documented, and Celtic tradition celebrated, the traditional ways of life of the English and Welsh are less explored.”

“This conference aims to go some way to redressing that balance by examining all aspects of rural and regional experience in those countries.’’

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Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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