postheadericon “In Our Crafty Sullen Arts” Poetry evening

In honour of the poet Dylan Thomas, Swansea University Libraries present:

“In Our Crafty Sullen Arts”

Join our celebration with refreshments and relaxed readings from poets who are all students or alumni of the Creative Writing courses here. Many of the invited writers are already published and all are established contributors to the Swansea spoken word scene. You may never again get the chance to see these talents all together in one show. Event is free but ticketed as space is limited. So book as soon as you can to guarantee a place.

Venue : John Smith’s Bookshop (Taliesin Building)

Date: Thursday 6th November, 2014

Time: 6 pm start refreshments at 5.45 pm

Click here to book your ticket.


I anrhydeddu’r bardd Dylan Thomas, mae Prifysgol Abertawe yn cyflwyno:

 “In Our Crafty Sullen Arts”

Ymunwch yn ein dathliadau gyda lluniaeth a darlleniadau rhwydd gan feirdd sydd naill ai’n fyfyrwyr neu’n gyn-fyfyrwyr cyrsiau Ysgrifennu Creadigol yma. Mae llawer o’r ysgrifenwyr sydd wedi cael gwahoddiad wedi cyhoeddi eu gwaith ac yn gyfranwyr profiadol at faes y gair llafar. Efallai na chewch chi’r cyfle eto i weld y doniau hyn gyda’i gilydd mewn un sioe. Mae’r digwyddiad yn un rhad ac am ddim, ond mae angen tocyn gan mai nifer cyfyngedig o lefydd sydd ar gael. Archebwch cyn gynted â phosibl i sicrhau lle.

Lleoliad: Siop Lyfrau John Smith (Adeilad Taliesin)

Dyddiad: Nos Iau 6 Tachwedd 2014

Amser: Dechrau am 6pm, gyda lluniaeth ar gael o 5.45pm

Cliciwch yma i archebu eich tocyn.

postheadericon English Historical Documents Online Trial

Swansea University staff and students now have trial access (at computers on campus) to English Historical Documents until 20th November. No username and password are needed.While we have volumes from this series in print form, it is good to have temporary online access. It is possible to search and browse in a considerable variety of different ways.

English Historical Documents Online contains over 5,500 expertly indexed and fully searchable primary documents from 500-1914.

General information:

  • Online version of the standard series of primary source documents in British history, conceived in wartime and with volumes published since 1953
  • Over 5,500 documents from 13 volumes including American Colonial Documents (previously out of print)
  • Documents selected by generations of eminent historians, and their comment provides context for each document
  • Sources include government and cabinet proceedings, military dispatches, newspaper articles, pamphlets, personal and official letters and diaries
  • Covers political and constitutional topics and social, economic, religious and cultural history
  • Each document has been indexed and classified by experts at the Institute of Historical Research
  • Highly discoverable content through Quick and Advanced search
  • Explore content by Subject, Date, People, Place
  • All documents are available to print and download for use in coursework
  • Print, share and cite entry tools

postheadericon British Online Archives

This growing gateway to a wealth of primary sources includes:

British Records on the Atlantic World, 1700-1900
This series brings together a wealth of collections spanning two centuries of Britain’s colonial, commercial, missionary and literary relations with Africa and the Americas. Alongside the records of Liverpool merchants involved in the Triangular Trade, there are those of slave plantation owners, of early Anglican missionaries, of naval and customs officials, and of a group of socialists from Lancashire, who maintained a lengthy correspondence over many years with Walt Whitman

Colonial & missionary records
Most of the content of this collection is taken from the archives of the East India Company, and the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel.

Records of the Raj
The collected papers of prominent colonial administrators and soldiers appointed to protect Britain’s commercial and strategic interests in India from the 16th century through to independence in 1947.

Twentieth century politics
Chiefly concerned with both the mainstream and extreme manifestations of British politics from the inter-war period to the end of the century. It contains the papers of the Parliamentary Labour Party between 1968 and 1994. There are also the newspapers and secret files of the British Union of Fascists and, in response to fascism both in Britain and abroad during the inter-war years, anti-fascist newsletters of the International Transport Workers’ Federation.

British Broadcasting Corporation
The titles which form this series include all the handbooks, annual reports and accounts published by the BBC during the twentieth century as well as the findings of the Listener Research Department (LRD) between 1937 and 1950.

Communist Party of Great Britain archive

People & Protest in Britain and Abroad, 1800-2000

World War One: Different Perspectives

Please visit  We regret that no off-campus access is available at this time.  

postheadericon South Asia Archive

We now have trial access to South Asia Archive until 4th November.
Please visit from any campus PC for access to this specialist digital platform delivering global electronic access to culturally and historically significant literary material produced from within - and about - the Indian subcontinent.

postheadericon Do not go gentle into Swansea University!

Our international students, in collaboration with ISS, have produced a video of Dylan Thomas’s poem “Do not go gentle into that good night”.    Translated verses are read in Welsh, Mandarin, Arabic, Portuguese and French with the last verse being read in English.  The video was produced to promote our Dylan Thomas Collection of translations.  We are also celebrating the Dylan Thomas Centenary in the library with:

  • Quotes from Dylan Thomas’s work around the library
  • Dylan Thomas inspired artwork by Ceri Richards
  • Displays in the Central Hall
  • A poetry reading evening in November

 You will find more information at:

Mae ein myfyrwyr rhyngwladol, mewn cydweithrediad â Gwasanaethau Gwybodaeth a Systemau (ISS) wedi cynhyrchu fideo o gerdd Dylan Thomas “Paid â Mynd i’r Nos Heb Ofyn Pam”.  Mae’r penillion sydd wedi’u cyfieithu’n cael eu darllen yn Gymraeg, Mandarin, Arabeg, Portiwgaleg a Ffrangeg gyda’r pennill olaf yn cael ei darllen yn Saesneg.  Cynhyrchwyd y fideo i hyrwyddo ein cyfieithiadau o Gasgliad Dylan Thomas.

Rydym hefyd yn dathlu canmlwyddiant Dylan Thomas yn y llyfrgell gyda:

  • Dyfyniadau o waith Dylan Thomas o amgylch y llyfrgell
  • Gwaith celf gan Ceri Richards wedi’i ysbrydoli gan Dylan Thomas
  • Arddangosfeydd yn y Neuadd Ganolog
  • Noson darllen barddoniaeth ym mis Tachwedd

 Am ragor o wybodaeth ewch i:

postheadericon Literature Online - new interface


Literature Online has moved to a new platform accessible via Proquest.  All the content and search functionality remain the same however, it is now mobile device friendly.  PDF files can be downloaded to a device, and you should be able to read all other files on a range of mobile devices. The new url is:

Enter your Swansea University login details when prompted.  The links in iFind Discover and iFind Research have been updated – there will remain a link from iFind Discover to the classic interface until 28th June.

My Archive – If you have a My Archive account on the old interface, you will have to register for a new account on the new Proquest interface.  Unfortunately, saved searches and citations can’t be transferred so you will need to add the items again.  The url for the old interface is:

If you need any help with this, email us at:

There are links to a guide and short video tutorials about using the new Proquest interface on Blackboard.

postheadericon UK Government Web Archive - Social Media


The National Archives have begun to archive tweets and Youtube videos published by government departments  as part of the project to include social media in the UK Government Web Archive.   See their news item at:

postheadericon British Library “Discovering Literature” website


The British Library is making more than 1,000 of its greatest literary treasures available online.

The Discovering Literature website will include works by Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and William Wordsworth.  The url is: 

You can view a BBC News video at:

postheadericon Free Routledge ebooks for a limited time


 Until the end of May  Routledge has made nearly 300 books available free as ebooks.   There are books in:

To see them go to:

postheadericon Library Essay Competition - date extended!


The closing date for the Library Essay Competition has now been extended until the end of the Summer term (13th June).   So, if you’d like a chance of winning £100 in Amazon vouchers, all you need to do is:

  • Tell us how you feel the  Library and its resources are an important partner when researching and writing an assignment. 
  • You can include a variety of resources e.g. print, electronic, staff or building resources. 
  • The essay will need to be 700-1000 words or you can make a submission via other media, such as a video or podcast. 

There will be one award each for an undergraduate student and a post-graduate student. To be eligible for the award, a student must be a currently enrolled undergraduate or postgraduate student of Swansea University at the time of submission.  For more information, see: