Yearly Archives: 2014


I contribute regularly to several radio shows:  BBC RADIO 2 Pause for Thought since 2010, BBC RADIO WALES  Weekend Word and Wednesday Word since 2009,  All Things Considered and BBC RADIO CYMRU Rhaglen Dei Tomos

Finalist                             Jerusalem Award for Best Broadcast, Easter 2011, Pause For Thought, BBC Radio 2
BBC Bursary                    BBC Writing for Radio Course, 2011

The Jamie Owen SHow
The Jamie Owen Show
Film Review: Mandela, Calvary, Marvellous
Film Review: Mandela, Calvary, Marvellous

Rhyme and Reason: Reflections on a Changing UK

Photo: Iwan Bala
Photo: Iwan Bala

The H’mm Foundation commissioned me to write and read 2 poems about the debate on UK Devolution from a Northern Irish perspective in an evening of Poetry and Music along with Gillian Clarke, Jasmine Donahaye, Christine De Luca.

Millennium Centre, Cardiff  11th Sept 2014


The Scottish Referendum
















* Carraig Uisneach is a rock jutting out from the north-eastern tip of Ireland which was from ancient times a point of arrival from and departure for Scotland.

Deirdre of the Sorrows risked returning to it from safe haven in Scotland with the three Sons of Uisneach: her lover, Naisi and his brothers.

 Uladh and Alba: Gaelic names for Ulster and Scotland

Science on Television in Wales

Initiator and Organiser:   5th June 2014

Science on TV in Wales a joint RTS / Cardiff School of Journalism / Science Made Simple event.  See my blog post on the JOMEC website.

Television is the British public’s main source of knowledge about science.  On network television, science is an established and popular part of the viewing menu, yet in Wales, apart from ecology and nature programmes, science is seldom commissioned for the small screen.

Elis Owen, Llion Iwan, Elin Rhys, Hywel Wiliam,  Wendy Sadler, Prof. Julie Williams
Elis Owen, Llion Iwan, Elin Rhys, Hywel Wiliam, Wendy Sadler, Prof. Julie Williams

S4C ended a long dearth this year with science series, Dibendraw, so will English-language television follow suit? Does the scarcity of TV science in Wales affect public attitudes to the funding of research and to science education?  Does it confirm that the Welsh are not a nation of scientists?

The panel debated the role of science on Welsh television and the role of television in Welsh science.

The fifty people who attended were left in no doubt of the passionate commitment in all three areas of expertise: scientists, programme makers and tv commissioners – but also of the clearly expressed appreciation of, and need for, more opportunities for science and the media to understand each other better. Continue reading Science on Television in Wales

Documentary Students represent School of Journalism at RTS Student Awards

ffreshwin-313x272An annual feature of MA International Journalism is its broad international cohort. Of the entrants, only one had any previous experience of filming and all but one were working in their second language.

At the at RTS Student Awards, Chinese students Yingshi Zhuang and Zhao Liu were selected for the category for Factual Current Affairs with “The Bedroom Tax” while Giovanni Ortolani (Italy), Ahmad Al-Hendi  (Canada) and Hui Fan (Taiwan) were entered for individual projects in the Factual Documentary category with “The Friends of Cathays Cemetery”, “Fifteen Strangers, One Question” and “The Dry Pub” respectively.

And at Ffresh Student Media Awards, May 2014 Three films from the MAIJ were among the 10 finalists: 2 by Ahmee Al Hendi : Morning Cup of Torture & 15 Strangers, One Question and Pedro Rodriguez’s Otaku Kingdom – Retreat from Reality.