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Hazel Walford DaviesAcademic, cultural historian, literary critic. Professor Hazel Walford Davies is a graduate in English from the University of Wales, Cardiff, and also has an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wales. She has held posts in both the English Department and the Drama Department at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (subsequently as a Senior Lecturer), as well as at Manchester College, Oxford, and at the University of Glamorgan (as Professor). Since 1980 she has held visiting professorships in Literature and Theatre at various American universities. 

Hazel has recently published in the new Dictionary of National Biography and has an essay on the performance history of Saunders Lewis’s Blodeuwedd in the new Cambridge History of Twentieth–Century Theatre. Her Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru (University of Wales Press, 2008) is an edited collection of specially–commissioned critical essays on the Welsh-language National Theatre movement. Her own contributions to the volume trace the importance of the movement to the wider literary and cultural life of Wales. Hazel is a Board member and Fellow of Literature Wales.

Selected Publications:
O.M. Edwards (University of Wales, 1988)
Llythyrau Syr O. M. Edwards ac Elin Edwards 1887-1920 (Gomer, 1991)
Saunders Lewis a Theatr Garthewin (Gomer, 1995)
Hwiangerddi: O.M.Edwards (Gwasg Gregynog, 1995)
Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru (University of Wales Press, 2008)

Contributed to:
Bro a Bywyd:11. Syr O.M. Edwards 1858-1920 (editor) (Cyhoeddiadau Barddas, 1988)
State of Play: Four Playwrights of Wales (editor) (Gomer Press, 1995)
Llwynfannau Lleol (editor) (Gomer, 2000)
One Woman, One Voice (editor) (Parthian, 2005)
Now You’re Talking (editor) (Parthian Press, reprinted 2005)

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru (University of Wales Press, 2008)

Theatr Genedlaethol CymruA volume of 5 studies (in Welsh) which give an account of the national theatre companies that enriched the Welsh cultural scene during the twentieth century, concentrating on how social, political and cultural factors played a part in various campaigns to set up a national theatre company.

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