O'Donnell Lecture 2023 with Dr Rowan Williams: 'The Book of Taliesin': Welsh Identity and Poetic Identities

This year's O'Donnell Lecture will take place at the English Faculty on 5 May 2023. This year's speaker is Dr Rowan Williams. He will speak on 'The Book of Taliesin': Welsh Identity and Poetic Identities.

All welcome. No booking required, seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note this event is now taking place in the Gulbenkian Theatre at the English Faculty (not Lecture Theatre 2).

Rowan Williams is the former Archbishop of Canterbury and currently Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge. The author of many books from The Wound of Knowledge to The Tragic Imagination, he has published several poetry collections and is a contributor to the New Statesman

The O’Donnell Lectures in Celtic Studies were established in 1954 in honour of Charles James O’Donnell. Under the terms of his bequest the lectures can examine British or Celtic elements in the English language or in the existing population of England.

The first O’Donnell Lecturer was J.R.R. Tolkien, who was appointed in 1954 and spoke on ‘English and Welsh.’

Find out more about the O'Donnell Lectures.


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