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    Read our interviews with author Rhys Hughes here and here ... In this collection of bizarre tales from the Welsh master of the absurd we are introduced to a Professor with a small class and an unusual subject matter. Rhys explains thusly: There are few students in my class. When one considers what the subject is, this isn’t surprising. I teach myself. In other words, I impart to my students facts and fancies based on my life and ideas. It’s the least popular class in the university and I doubt it will be funded for another term. As a homework...

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    The Eisteddfod of The North American Festival of Wales is on, with a wide range of opportunities to participate!   Poetry Composition is back and available to anyone, anywhere, while for the Festival itself in Utica (Sept. 2-5, 2021) the Visual Arts competition returns along with some stage competitions. For Poetry Composition (Welsh Language and English Language), send in your work (via email) by the deadline of August 8, 2021, on the theme of "Hiraeth", for a single grand prize in each competition... the David Llewelyn Williams Prizes (US $250 each), honoring the memory of...

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    Creative Supervisors (clockwise from top left): SZWÉ, Lily Beau, Minas and Monique B play   /  Applications are now open for new music industry project, Honey Sessions , which launches this summer to educate, mentor and inspire young songwriters, artists and producers aged 16-26 who create Hip Hop, Rap, Grime, R’n’B and Pop Music in Wales. Applications close on 31st July. The ‘Honey Sessions’ will take place throughout August 2021, and will provide a unique opportunity for five young artists and five producers to work together to...

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    ‘Balafô Douma’  yw’r sengl gyntaf oddi ar  ‘Aros I Fi Yna ’ EP cyntaf  N’famady Kouyaté . Yn wreiddiol o Guinea Conakry, mae cerddoriaeth N’famady wedi ei wreiddio yn nhraddodiadau Mandingue ei famwlad yng Ngorllewin Affrica, gyda dehongliadau newydd o fywyd ac egni yn deillio o ddylanwadau indi, pop a jazz ei gartref newydd yng Nghymru. Cyfieithiad Cymraeg y teitl yw ‘mae’n wych cael chwarae’r balafon’, ac mae’n cynrychioli taith gerddorol N’famady, o bŵer a chryfder ei etifeddiaeth deuluol (cafodd ei ddysgu sut i chwarae’r balofon, sef xylophone traddodiadol Affricanaidd, yn blentyn)...

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    Paul Steffan Jones AKA

    Not Welsh Not


    This is not a Welsh Not but a Welsh is and always will be raving over higgledy piggledy slates with fingernails of demons scraping screeching out a lost non rock and roll and not a low flying bomber in sight or sound tipsy on communion wine  and a quick fumble in the ecumenical jungle dog tired dog collars loosen to a beat of life lived and not analysed not a sermon planned nor an afterlife awaited submerge into sublime harps inherited from the elders never understand  but defined as Corvid not COVID avoid their Larsen traps and their booby traps with our Weapons of Non Destruction...

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    LLEUWEN releases 'RHOSOD' on Label Eg “My roses are fragile, and come with thorns. . . ” Here is a line from 'RHOSOD' (Roses) written, composed, recorded and performed by Lleuwen Steffan in her home in Brittany. Lockdown has been a time of home recordings. She usually composes her songs with guitar, and used most of her lockdown time to learn something she always wanted – the piano. All her gigs were cancelled mid-tour in 2020 so she had the time. Nothing beats real connection, so when she was given the opportunity to work with producer Erin Costelo, Lleuwen seized the opportunity....

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    An extremely comprehensive, fully illustrated guide to the history and evolution of the castle under Wales' native rulers (c.1066-1283). Spectacular aerial photography, plans and reconstruction drawings examine the various architectural designs and layouts that created the distinctive form of the Welsh castle. 378 pages, full colour, fully illustrated. Canllaw cynhwysfawr dros ben, wedi'i ddarlunio'n llawn, i hanes ac esblygiad y castell Cymreig yng nghyfnod ei thywysogion cynhenid (c.1066-1283). Ceir ffotograffau trawiadol o'r awyr, cynlluniau ac ail-luniadau o'r adeiladau gan...

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    'Wave Upon Wave', the latest single by North Wales singer / songwriter Eve Goodman is an exploration of the healing power of the sea. Its lilting, rolling melody is one part ‘Bryter Layter’ Nick Drake, early 70s golden period Sandy Denny and the other Eve’s captivating and unflinching musical honesty. 'Wave Upon Wave'’s emotive heart balances the songs questioning yearning with the need for comfort …… the comfort of being carried along the waves towards an awaiting shore. Eve explains the origin of the song: "I wrote the vocal parts in one sitting, and never changed them. In...

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