Miss Gwenllian Lâs

 

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 A page from the first draft of Traed mewn Cyffion, by Kate Roberts. From the digital archives of the National Library of Wales

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Kate Roberts gydag un o ddosbarthiadau Ysgol Ramadeg y Merched, Aberdâr

 

Clockwise, from top left

Oriel Yr Ysgol Gelf, Aberystwyth

South Marine Terace, Aberystwyth Harbor

Llyfrau Ystwytyh  gyda Mererid Williams

* Aberystwyth Castle

Y Lolfa Cyf., Talybont, Ceredigion, Cymru

* Aberystwyth Promenade 

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Gwenllian Lâs

Awdures Gymraeg

“It is only possible to betray where loyalty is due.” — Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961)

Mae overgrown schoolgirl yn ysgrifennu. Gwisgo gwisg ysgol gymslip, gwïar, gê yn y grug. Gwyddbwyll. #peta #Annibyniaeth And have always been a woman.

Vastly disappointed by the feeble folly of the academic liberal left and their hollow solidarity. Ex-adjunct professor (comp lit, feminism). If I — a trans woman with a PhD, UP published book, scholarly articles in monographs and journals on three continents, a SSHRC postdoc, and two teaching prizes — couldn’t find any gainful employment after five years of searching, adjuntcting, and applying by the hundreds — … what else was I supposed to do? Add to that the gossip following coming out on the job; and that was the end of that. Amazingly, most liberalism is an act.

I research independently on conceptual sex, psychosexual development, and gender inculcation in girlhood. As a linguist, my background includes fluency in Japanese (JLPT 1), with interests in Hawai’ian (and accompanying separatist activism) as well as competency in reading Old and Modern Irish.

Like thousands, I had to reconfigure and reapply my academic skill set on a second carreer. HAVING CODING AND UNIQUE SECOND-LANGUAGE PROFICIENCIES MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE.

Moving to Silicon Valley and getting a Green Card, now employed as a translator with expertise in second language implementation in social media and tech applications. My spouse is a senior information security architect; we make a deadly team.

Animal rescue activist, advocate, networker, and volunteer. Proud PETA member and supporter. I have a Concealed Carry permit for Washington State and own a modified Glock 43 subcompact. I was a blue belt/2 stripe in Gracie Barra BJJ and on my way to purple; wasn’t great, but could compete and hold my own. This is all to say, I take my personal self-defence, and the love of my life’s, and my cat’s, very seriously. Very. I must. Rhai i fi wneud.

HIRAETH AS PSYCHIC SELF-DEFENCE. This blog is a wry diary of a Welsh-learner encountering the 21st century politics in of language rights activism, through the persona of my Welsh-language penname. …  analysis from sovereignist, nationalist Celtic language news. As a boon to the imagination, I went with the custom of a pen name. My novels are written only yn Gymraeg, for reasons of personal artistic conviction.

Gwenllian thus is a pseudonym for my Welsh-language fiction writing.  Dear friend and native speaker, Mererid Williams, gifted me with the ffugenw Gwenllian Lâs — … the second name being a mutated adjective (glas); which means blue, but also poetically as ‘verdant, springlike, dark green foliage” in Middle Welsh literature and onward. It’s of huge interest to me how varying languages construct colour differently.

Ancestral Recall: The Celtic Revival and Japanese Modernism (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2016)…..…. considers in detail current legacies of the Celtic nations reacting against Little England sensibilities since the modern period.  This monograph developed out of my PhD dissertation, which examined the interconnected politics of nostalgic affect, linguistics, and historical consciousness in twentieth century transnationality. My book was funded and supported with a SSHRC post doctoral fellowship and an Aid to Scholarly Publications grant. Previous peer-reviewed articles and chapters have researched sexuation and Catholicism; psychoanalysis and gender ideolects; culture, phenomenology, and girlhood. Please see menu option CV.

Unsurprisingly, I support Plaid Cymru. Leanne Wood, Plaid’s leader, has been powerfully urgent in warning how the chauvinist isolationism of Brexit will be a disaster for subordinated nations like Wales. As Leanne says, “I will forever remain a Welsh European.” I am this a passionate supporter of independence movements in the Celtic Nations, in response to #Brexit. Mae’n amser i Lywodraethau wrando ar gymunedau Cymru. Gyrrwch y neges drwy fwrw pleidlais i Plaid Cymru.

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Winchester Mystery House, San Jose, CA

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Old Burying Point / Charter Street Cemetery , Salem, MA

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