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Siwan Rosser

Dr Siwan Rosser

Senior Lecturer and Director of Learning and Teaching

School of Welsh

+44 29208 76287
John Percival Building, Room Room 1.70, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Welsh speaking
Available for postgraduate supervision


My main research interests focus on Welsh literature for children and young adults. This vast and significant body of literature has received very little academic scrutiny. Yet my research over the past decade has disclosed how these texts for young readers form a complex literary and pedagogic discourse involving language, ethnicity and gender. I am mainly interested in the dynamic relationship between children's literature and its cultural and social environment, especially in the context of linguistic marginalisation, and this is the focus of my latest monograh on constructions of the child and chilhood in 19th-century Welsh literature, Darllen y Dychymyg.

My work and research also contribute to current debates on contemporary Welsh children's literature. I was commissioned by the Welsh Books Council to produce a Review of Books for Children and Young People, and the report published in 2017 now informs their strategy in this area. Examples of the impact of the report include collaborative ventures to develop new children's authors and illustrators, an initiative to internationalise children and young people's reading experiences and the creation of new print and digital platforms to promote and review children's books.

As Deputy Head of the School of Welsh, I am responsible for issues relating to health and wellbeing, sustainability and green impact. I teach on the School's undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, and am Director of the MA in Welsh and Celtic Studies.

I lead the editorial team of Llên Cymru, the premier academic journal in the field of Welsh literature and criticism.













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I teach on a number of modules on the BA in Welsh programme, including:

  • Mapio'r Cymry (module leader)
  • Herio'r Traddodiad Llenyddol
  • Awdur, Testun a Darllenydd
  • Llenyddiaeth Plant (module leader)
  • Blas ar Ymchwil
  • Ymchwilio Estynedig

I'm Director of the MA in Welsh and Celtic Studies, and teach on all modules:

  • Academic and Professional Research (module leader)
  • Exploring Welsh and Celtic Studies
  • Specialist Subject
  • Extended Project


Professional memberships

Chair of Culture of the 18-19c. Section, Alumni Association, University of Wales.

Member of the Children's Book Panel, Welsh Books Council.

Member of Panel for Welsh, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.

Committees and reviewing

Co-editor of Llên Cymru, the leading academic journal in the field of Welsh literature and criticism.

Journal reviewer, Gwerddon.

Reviewer for University of Wales Press publications.


I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • Welsh Children's Literature and Young Adult Literature
  • Children's Literature and Linguistic Marginalisation
  • Literary Translation and Adaptation
  • Gender and Literature
  • 18-19th century Literature and Culture
  • Ballads and Folklore

Current supervision

Alexander Morgan

Alexander Morgan

Research student