April 27, 2017
Novelist and poet Christopher Meredith, Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing at USW, is one of the new Fellows elected to the Learned Society of Wales.
Election to Fellowship of the Learned Society of Wales is a public recognition of academic excellence, and LSW Fellowship is keenly competed. By bringing together the most successful and talented Fellows connected with Wales, the LSW contributes to advancing and promoting excellence in all scholarly disciplines including the arts and humanities. The Society now has more than 460 Fellows, distinguished men and women from all branches of learning who are prominent figures within their respective academic disciplines or professions.
The award-winning author of four novels and four collections of poetry, Professor Meredith also translates from Welsh to English. His most recent books are the novel, The Book of Idiots, and a collection of poems, Air Histories. Both are published by Seren. His first novel, Shifts, set against the decline of the steel industry in south Wales, is now regarded as a contemporary classic and has remained in print ever since its first publication in 1988. In 2014 Shifts was shortlisted for the title of 'Greatest Welsh Novel of All Time’ by Wales Arts Review.
Professor Meredith said, ‘I’m pleased and honoured to have been accepted as a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. I always quietly thought of myself as a learned fellow, but never expected to become a Learned Fellow. It’s flattering to get into upper case in the company of colleagues from USW who’ve already achieved this honour, such as Jane Aaron, Jeremy Hooker and Diana Wallace.’
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