Diwrnod y Llyfr / World Book Day postponed, here and UK wide due to the adverse weather and we're also closed today. But by visiting the World Book Day website you'll find activities to enjoy even if you are stuck at home: http://www.worldbookday.com/
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THURSDAY 23 NOVEMBER, 6 for 6.30PM – An evening with author and photographer Jean Napier
Jean introduces and talks about the adventures she had photographing for and writing her book about her beloved Rhinogydd, the wild upland area situated above Barmouth, east of Harlech and west of Trawsfynydd . The book evolved from Jean's project for her recent Masters in Fine Art at Aberystwyth University and is full of photographs taken and historical text written after months of intensive research.
“I have been exploring the county of Meirionnydd for many years and find the varied landscape endlessly fascinating and one particular area, the Rhinogydd Mountains and surrounding high moorland, is especially captivating.”
BONDO is a new collection of poems from Wales’s best-known and most travelled Welsh-language poet, Menna Elfyn, published on 26 October by Bloodaxe Books. Menna will be giving launch readings from Bondo in London, Wales, Poland and at the Hay Winter Weekend.
Bondo, which is Welsh for eaves, ranges from Wales to Mexico, the Maldives, Greenland, India and the Balkans. The importance of keeping languages alive, Welsh included, is a strong theme in this collection, as is the power and beauty of memory.
These poems, written over a number of years in private journals and notebooks, also reflect a deep and continuing connection with the mining communities in Wales. Menna Elfyn’s poem ‘The Gate’ / ‘Y Glwyd’, first published in her 2012 Bloodaxe collection Murmur, is reprinted here in remembrance of the loss of her grandfather in a mining accident.
As with all Menna Elfyn’s Bloodaxe titles, Bondo is published in a dual language edition, with English translations by leading Welsh poets. For this event, Menna is joined by poet and translator, Elin ap Hywel.
Tia Jones at the launch of 'The Curlew's Cry' at the Royal Welsh Show (photograph by Robert Parry Jones, The Daily Post)