Besides the books, in the 1990s, Sims-Williams (with Jones), John Davies, Ruth Glendinning, Michael Golsan and Robert Ellis promoted the first `appreciation' conference at Aberystwyth in 1991 (cf. 2., 3., 4. below), which later led to the creation of the new journal, Clogher Record (new series, 5. below), an early example of a new kind of journal, all about the Irish language in Wales in the context of wider Ireland, and the Celtic language or languages in Wales, with a particular focus on the medieval period. In 1995, CMCS published its first monograph (3.3). Sims-Williams's 1997 review of the book, `The beginnings of systematic Irish Linguistics', in the Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, was republished in the five-volume collaborative monograph, Linguae Celticae in Wales (2000, in progress). A series of multi-authored contributions to the Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland is now in progress (cf. 2. above).
Sims-Williams's contribution to the 1994 conference, `The Abbey of Saint Mary of Bethelem: its legacy in Wales', is published in `Aberystwyth 1994: the legacy of the Abbey of Bethelem in Wales' (1994). This work is part of the `Welsh' Series of the British Library, which also publishes the results of the Aberystwyth conference in Welsh and English. The Aberystwyth conference and `Welsh' Series are summarized in the Departmental book (cf. 5. below).
CMCS aims to promote the study of medieval Welsh literature in all its aspects, including its history, its language, its place within the literatures of the Celtic-speaking world, its social and political context and its relationship to other literatures. It seeks to publish a high quality journal, in collaboration with other Welsh-language publications, to support the work of the Celtic Studies Association, and to encourage and assist members of other Celtic-speaking communities to produce research of this kind. The journal will assist its readers in their work by providing them with information on the different aspects of medieval Welsh literature, and by offering them an insight into the broader context of medieval Welsh literature and culture. In short, the journal seeks to be both a resource and an inspiration for scholars working in this field.
CMCS is a central reference source for modern Welsh-language studies, also serving as a benchmark for all evaluations in the field. The editors remain true to their motto that no one can study mediaeval literature for long without at least partial sympathy for the Celts. 827ec27edc