25th Annual Conference of the International Association of Welsh Writing in English

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConference


In 1909 Owen Rhoscomyl wrote and staged Wales’ only national pageant to date, The Cardiff National Pageant. Almost a century later Cliff McLucas proposed the idea of the deep map after the writings of William Least Heat Moon. On the one hand, the 1909 pageant was a pioneering attempt to re-map Wales in terms of, ‘the spirit of a nation’. Whilst on the other, the deep map, as advocated by McLucas offered a radically local understanding of place in relation to the people who inhabit it. Both McLucas and Rhoscomyl engaged in mapping exercises in an attempt to locate themselves and others within an environment in which their sense of identity was characterised by hybridity and multiplicity. Neither attempt was entirely successful, but both are significant in their contribution to the development of a creative mapping methodology that is both inclusive and definitive and in which form might eventually be successfully married to content.
Period22 Mar 201324 Mar 2013
Event typeConference
LocationGregynog, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandShow on map


  • MApping, Wales, PAgeantry, Cliff McLucas, Owen Rhoscomyl