• A historical novel for young adults published this week has been inspired by the life of Hedd Wyn, the famous Welsh poet who fought in the First World War. An Empty Chair by acclaimed author Haf Llewelyn follows young poet Ellis, and when the First World War arrives, he has to join up and go and be a soldier like dozens of other young men from rural Trawsfynydd. His teenage sister Anni longs to have him home again on their family farm, Yr Ysgwrn, especially after seeing the terrible effect of the war on her best friend Lora’s father. Meanwhile Ellis is in the trenches in Belgium, hoping...

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    Between The Trees - Rudry Music Festival 2017   Photos: 4 Due to the number of festivals I have attended over the last 2 months, I have spent more time hanging between trees in my hammock tent than in any bed in a room with a shingled roof overhead. But, don’t feel sorry for me. This is a planned adventure – a bit of Jack Kerouac without the sex and drugs. More like a British version with camping in noisy rock festivals, and the Welsh cheering the long sunny days as though they were some kind of minor miracle. The second weekend of July brought me into the valleys north of...

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    A book published this week will aim to break the taboo around grief whilst offering supporting through the medium of Welsh to those who are going through grief. Galar a Fi (Grief and Me) contains the experiences of 14 people who have been through grief after losing a brother, sister, friend, son, daughter, father, mother or lover – and the way they coped with their grief and loss. The responses to grief vary from poems, letters, diaries, essays and short stories. The volume was compiled and edited by Esyllt Maelor, who has experienced grief herself. The book follows Gyrru drwy Storom (y...

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    Adwaith release their new double A-sided single 'Femme/Lipstick Coch' through Libertinism Records on the 25th of August. Fast rising Carmarthen based female trio Adwaith unveil their brilliant new double A-side single 'Lipstick Coch' and 'FEMME' this summer. Vividly depicting their knack for melody and sound and their ability to create a direct emotional connection with the listener. Adwaith’s brand new double A-side single heralds a beginning of a new sound for the band. Whereas previously the band painted sounds with a palette of muted sombre colours Lipstick Coch and FEMME explode with...

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    NAFOW 2017 EISTEDDFOD


    It's time to enter the Eisteddfod competitions at The North American Festival of Wales Sept. 2, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Rochester)!  As with last year in Calgary, three recitation and four singing competitions are on offer, including the Solo Voice / Semi-Professional Competition for the David Morris Memorial Award and the opportunity to win a generous cash scholarship for travel to compete at the 2018 National Eisteddfod of Wales (Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru)! Please see the linked information sheet and entry form for more details, and feel free to reach out (as noted on p. 1) with...

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    The secrets of Trawsfynydd’s history are told anew in a new book published this week. Traws-Olwg - Trawsfynydd a'r Ardal Fel y Bu is full of impressive photographs telling the dramatic story of Trawsfynydd. The memorable book was produced by the photographer Keith O’Brien and the community company Traws-Newid which was founded in 1998 with the aim of improving the economy, environment and social aspects of the area. From opening the railway between Bala and Blaenau Ffestiniog to establishing a military training camp on the outskirts of the village, building a dam to create Trawsfynydd...

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    MORE FROM PAUL STEFFAN JONES: CLICK HERE September 1977. Elvis was dead and it was time to go back to school. I had done well in my “O” levels but I was in the grip of the music and attitude of punk rock and the possibility of not conforming to the expectations of the authority figures that seemed to increasingly surround me. I lived in the village of Llechryd, on the banks of the Teifi River in West Wales, a collection of two chapels, a church, a public house, a hotel, a post office, a primary school, a shop, and expanding local authority housing where my family home was located. I...

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    A book which is being published to coincide with the 300th anniversary of the birth of Williams Pantycelyn, will celebrate the contribution of the two most notable hymn-writers in Welsh history. Flame in the Mountains draws together Professor H. A. Hodges’ published work on Williams Pantycelyn, Ann Griffiths and the Welsh hymn, together with his notes on Ann’s hymns and letters, which are published here for the very first time. Placing these hymn-writers in both a Welsh and an international context, the volume will not only be an invaluable introduction to William Williams and Ann...

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