I recently attended the biennial conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (UK & Ireland), jointly organized with LAND2 (pronounced ‘land squared’), a network for creative artists engaged in projects on landscape, place, and environment.
Another useful panel, ‘Stone and Rock’, included a presentation describing a filmic project that tracked a maternal presence through The Burren’s ‘fields of stone’, reminding us that a beaten path is also called a trace. I came home with renewed impetus and eager to get to work again.
Like Belladonna’s bridegroom (aka Macbeth), I have, in the recent weeks of May and June, been ‘lapped in proof’(s) - that is, not clad in armour, but definitely under bombardment, as two sets of book proofs arrived simultaneously on my laptop.
Wales’s national academy of science and letters, the Learned Society of Wales, was established in 2010, and now has over 400 Fellows, who are based in Wales, the UK and beyond. I was delighted to be among the new batch of Fellows elected in April 2017.
As its website indicates, the Society ‘provides public benefit, including expert scholarly advice on a variety of public policy issues related to science, engineering, medicine, arts, humanities and social sciences. Fellows . . . are entitled to use the initials FLSW after their names.’
The LSW is based at the University Registry on King Edward VII Avenue in Cardiff. The Society identifies and pursues a number of ‘Society Themes’, of which the first two are ‘Wales Studies’, which ‘provides opportunities to develop the knowledge and understanding of Wales, its people, language, society, culture, natural environment and heritage’, and ‘History of Science and Technology’, which provides ‘a programme of activities designed to stimulate and promote research and education on Wales’s scientific and technological history.’
(All images taken from the LSW website and used with LSW permission. Please follow image links to visit the relevant pages on the LSW website.)
Professor Peter Barry is a writer and critic.