The timeless story of the search for a better life is the inspiration behind and message of Rob Gittins’ new novel, Hear the Echo, which is set around an Italian café in a vividly portrayed South Wales Valleys community.
The critically acclaimed novelist has also won awards for his screenwriting, and has written for numerous top-rated television drama series, including EastEnders, Casualty, The Bill, Heartbeat, Vera and Stella as well as many original plays for Radio 4. In 2015 he received an Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of his work as EastEnders’ longest-serving writer....
..Mae Dyddiadur newydd A5 Y Lolfa newydd gael ei gyhoeddi. Gellir ei archebu yma am £5.99 (& £2 cludiant os yw’r archeb yn llai na £10). Bydd ein dyddiaduron eraill yn cael eu cyhoeddi yn fuan.
Y Lolfa’s new A5 blilingual Diary has just been released. It can be ordered here for £5.99 (& £2 if your order is less than £10). Our other diaries will be available soon.
In a new book titled Finding Wales, author Peter Daniels writes in praise of the Welsh and what drives Welsh exiles such as himself to return to Wales.
Mark Easton, BBC News’s Home Editor, has recently enlightened us with the results of his study into English identity, The English Question Project, in which he claims that ‘interlaced English and British identities remain an important part of how the people of England see themselves. For many it seems the two are almost interchangeable’. ‘Britishness’ means Shakespeare, the House of Commons, idyllic English country villages, the stiff...
For those headed to the North American Festival of Wales (NAFOW) in the DC area later this year (Aug. 30 - Sept. 2), you still have an opportunity to enter one of our Eisteddfod competitions!
Everyone has a wide choice of seven (7) different competitions in singing or poetic recitation - suiting all ages and different levels of proficiency in Welsh. Singers can join our Semi-Professional (David Morris) competition to win a generous cash scholarship for travel to compete at next year's National Eisteddfod of Wales (Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru) in Llanrwst (North Wales). The info./entry...
You seem to have featured
in nearly every photograph
taken in your bypassed village
in the years following
the Second World War
you appear bemused
as though surprised
that you have survived
still strong in the weakening
that old age invites in
getting used to a world
that has changed and people
no longer being around
you have white hair
a black suit
and snapshot opportunities
an unconscious caricature
of film negatives
and the light and shade
of the photographic prints
of your era
sometimes you are standing
at the side...
A wedding of the unknown
kind of them to have invited us
drunk next to the River Avon
or Afon Afon as we’d have had it
river river dancing in the humidity of marriage
and the hurdles of obligatory congestion
of most journeys we insist on making
I got a Kurdish haircut
in the town that's nearest to us
a place where Gruff Rhys was born
and Suggs spent some boy years
no sign of boyars
in the land of xenophobes
Xerxes unwelcome here
sell out sell you
sell laptop speakers
to Flemish speakers
no need to thin out the population
they willing self-destruct
The painting “The Bard”
by Thomas Jones
of the suppression
of the poets of his nation
on the orders of the English king
the fan who calls for a statue
of the vocalist Tom Jones
to be erected in his birth town
footsteps on a beach
a family that took a walk
so very many families
those hands held
a portrait of my great grandfather
on the cusp of a confidence
a dishonest business partner
returning to his impoverished county
Join us for an evening of music, song, and good times at our annual Noson Lawen, thrown by the Welsh Society of Oregon, and co-sponsored by Bryn Seion Welsh Church. Features the Welsh Society Choir, Andrea Wild & the Bad Wolves, our own children's troupe Y Ddreigiau Fach (Little Dragons), ViVoce Women's Chorus and the Bridgetown Morrismen.Admission is sliding scale starting at $10 (with discounts for families). Doors open at 6:30 and the music starts around 7pm.
AmeriCymru: Hi Tywysog Llywelyn and many thanks for agreeing to this interview. Care to tell us a little about the genealogical background to your claim and title?
Llywelyn: Hello Ceri, and thank you for the opportunity and for what you have done with AmeriCymru. I recognize the duality of national identity and ethnic identity. AmeriCymru has done wonderful things for Welsh-Americans and the preservation of Cymraeg in the United States.
Yes, I would be glad to expand on this for you. I wish more people would take notice of what I am doing with the titles...
Searching for Songs
Hi my name is Chris Jones, I'm a traditional folk singer and musician from Wales. A member here on Americymru who is interested in the Welsh musical history and heritage of America. I suppose I'm doing the opposite to Welsh Americans who investigate their Welsh ancestry. My project is the reverse as I'm particularly interested in investigating Welsh folk music that would have been taken to America by the ancestors of today's Welsh Americans and rediscovering (hopefully) sources that still exist-particularly those that remain undiscovered, uncatalogued and...
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I am an obnoxious Cymrophile. Everyone I know knows that I am obsessed with all things Welsh. Over the last dozen years, I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Wales. It has always been in month to six-week increments. There are dragons all over my apartment. The lilting noises of that beautiful singsong language regularly float out my windows in blaring BBC Radio Cymru programs and online Welsh Lessons. But now, I am packing the dragons away, and moving out. I have four days left to accomplish this task, because I am becoming semi-permanently nomadic,...
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A hill river in spate
in its pomp
its waterfalls are thunder
to its name
the call and response
of precipitation and gradient
the fall they call “snow”
is a curtain of moving water
frothing and seeming to boil
and the history
of the torrent
and all its previous versions
volumes speeds and force
have left on the bank
the size and shapes
of loaves of bread
roots are exposed
the healthy brown bones
of the skeleton trees
fringing the foam...
BUY YOUR RED DRAGON STICKERS HERE
A well-known publishing company in Wales has decided to challenge the decision taken by the UK Government to include the Union Jack on new driving licenses by producing Red Dragon stickers to be placed in their place.In 2014 the UK Government announced that the Union Jack will appear on every new drivers license from now on appearing alongside the EU banner on the licenses of drivers in Wales, Scotland and England. The decision was strongly condemned by inviduals such as the MP for Arfon, Hywel Williams from Plaid Cymru.Over 3,000 signed the online...
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AmeriCymru: Hi Matt, care to tell us a little about your Welsh background and when you decided to become a chef?
Matt: My father Phil guy is from llanberis the foot of snowdon and works in the electric mountain my mother is from Deiniolen and a office administrator... they both moved in together in Deiniolen where they had me and two other sons, Justin also a chef and Simon who is a camera man for BBC Wales. I always wanted to be a chef from a very young age and I managed to get an apprenticeship at a hotel down the road from my village I was 15 and...
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ABOUT THE CLASS
The new term will commence on Monday June 4th 2018. This course is offered in two-month terms. There are two class times available: a class for Beginning students and an Intermediate class.
This class is delivered in an invitation-only video conference on Google Hangouts. Materials and written discussion are on an invitation-only group here on AmeriCymru. To engage in the class, you must have an internet connection sufficient to engage in a Hangout, a gmail account, an AmeriCymru account and a headset with...
MORE PHOTOS OF ELSA SPENCER HERE
Many thanks to guest blogger David Dell for the article below about his aunt Elsa Spencer, "The Worlds' Premiere Parachutist" and for the superb pictures which are from plate photographs and have never been published before. You can buy David's latest book here:- Jack Swan: The Time Travel Disastersdgdfg
Cardiff, August 1919. Elsa Spencer getting ready to ascend from Sophia Gardens.
Ernest Thompson Willows had the title "The Father of British Airships" and Elsa Spencer, enjoyed the title "The Worlds' Premiere Parachutist." Sadly, history has...
On my return trip from the West Coast Eisteddfod in L.A. in 2011 I was able to break my journey in Hornbrook, CA and take some pictures of John Rees's grave and final resting place. Given that we know he was a stonemason in his youth, did he perhaps make it himself? Certainly it is one of the finest and best preserved monuments in the cemetary.
John Rees ( aka Jack the Fifer ) is topical because today ( Nov 4th ) is the anniversary of the ill-fated Chartist march on Newport in which he played a leading role..
The debate as to whether violence can be a legitimate method to secure...