Launch of Gorffennol, the Swansea University History Department Student Journal

By Amy Megson

Thursday, 25 May, is the launch of the History Department’s student-led journal, Gorffennol. We would like to welcome students and staff, from all disciplines, to celebrate with us tonight at the launch.

The journal features postgraduate research articles, undergraduate essays, a guest article, department news, an interview with historical-fiction writer James Aitcheson, and ‘guess the bookshelf’ competitions.

The launch is at 5:30pm in the Kier Hardie building, room 206; attendees will hear from the students and staff behind the journal, and view the final version. There will be an employability award presentation and opportunities to discuss the journal with the team.

Dr Charlie Rozier, Lecturer and Employability Officer, outlines the benefits of working on the journal; “it gives students the chance to develop real-life skills like working to tight deadlines, working in a team, communicating with each other, with supervisors and with external contacts, and most importantly, it helps students to do something really fun and creative.”

Roles within the team include an Art Editor, photographers, and, social media and communications officers. The team is managed by Chief Editor Stephanie Brown, a third-year History and Medieval Studies student.

Dr Rozier states, “We believe that it makes an excellent contribution to the promotion of our research and teaching in History here at Swansea University.”

“The launch event will give us a chance to thank the participating students for their efforts this year. Anyone thinking of helping next year would be welcome to come and find out what we do and how the journal is put together, and what roles you might be interested in contributing to.”

Lauren Kent, second-year History student and PR Officer for Gorffennol, says, “The experience of working on Gorffennol has allowed me to grow in confidence with my own writing, and through having had the privilege to communicate (through editing) other talented students’ work to a wider audience.”

The Gorffennol launch event will be an evening in which student success will be celebrated, from the editorial team to the journal’s contributors. Wine, soft drinks, and nibbles will be provided, and you are welcome to join the team as they head over to JCs afterwards for more celebrations.

To register for your free ticket to the event, click here.

You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or read the journal online this afternoon.

By Amy Megson

Third-Year English Literature and Medieval Studies student, and Communications and Web Design Officer for Gorffennol.

Launch poster

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