Examined Life

Examined Life profiles take a look at the fascinating working lives of alumni who have an interesting story to tell.

Examined Life: Dr Darren Freebury-Jones

Posted on 16 April 2021 by Alumni team

Dr Darren Freebury-Jones (BA 2010, MA 2012, PhD 2016) is a triple Cardiff alumnus and a popular Shakespeare lecturer in Stratford-upon-Avon. His passion has led to some surprising discoveries about the world of literature. He explains why he chose to dedicate himself to the Bard, and the lessons he’s learned along the way.
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Examined Life: Neville John (BMus 1957)

Posted on 21 October 2020 by Alumni team

Neville John (BMus 1957) was born in Tumble, Carmarthenshire and studied cello at Cardiff University. He led a successful career as a music teacher and composer following his studies and recently celebrated his 90th birthday. In this Examined Life, he reflects on his musical family, his fondest memories of Cardiff and the historical disaster that inspired him to compose.
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Examined Life: James Smart (MA 2016)

Posted on 29 May 2020 by Kate Morgan (BA 2017)

James Smart (MA 2016) is a successful broadcast journalist based in Nairobi. Some of his career highlights include being an anchor for Kenya’s leading television networks, working on the BBC’s ‘Focus on Africa’ broadcast, creating two hugely successful television shows and, more recently, covering the impact of coronavirus on the most vulnerable in society.
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