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Waldo Williams: Best work of iconic Welsh poet published in English

Waldo Williams: Best work of iconic Welsh poet published in English

Y Lolfa have just released an English language translation of the best work of renowned Welsh poet, Waldo Williams.The Peacemakers comprises the original poems by Williams along with parallel translations into English by esteemed poet and translator Tony Conran, who originally translated them in the 1990s. Waldo Williams (1904–1971) was a folk poet who celebrated the way of life and people of his local area, but also wrote on the themes of pacifism, faith, the brotherhood of humankind, belonging and understanding one another.  read more

On 230th anniversary of Telford’s Appointment, a new novel set against construction of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

On 230th anniversary of Telford’s Appointment, a new novel set against construction of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

From Welsh publisher Y Lolfa this week comes a new historical novel set against the building of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in Llangollen. Betrayal follows the story of a brother and sister from an impoverished background in 18th century north Wales. Peggin, abandoned by her family, must try to carve a new life as a housemaid. At the same time, her long-lost brother Joe has worked his way up to help oversee the construction of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct under engineer Thomas Telford.  read more

New book to change minds on Welsh Independence

New book to change minds on Welsh Independence

A new book published by Y Lolfa aims to transform the way people think about Welsh independence. Authors Jim Wingate and Jen Llywelyn share personal experiences and practical exercises in this compact book that aims to decolonise minds. The book, 20 Radical Steps to Welsh Independence: By first decolonising our minds, is a self-help guide, giving the reader various examples and actions to transform the way the reader thinks about Wales.  read more

A novel for learners, by a learner: a traditional song triggers a novel for new Welsh speakers

A novel for learners, by a learner: a traditional song triggers a novel for new Welsh speakers

An author who himself learnt Welsh has written a novel to help other learners. Ewan Smith's novel was inspired by the traditional song 'Hen Ferchetan'. Ewan, who lives in Colwyn Bay, writes pocket novels and romantic and crime stories for women's magazines, The People's Friend and My Weekly, but this is his first novel in Welsh. Why, then, did he turn to the language and start learning enthusiastically?  read more

A New Welsh Board Game to Relive Glyndŵr’s Fight for Welsh Independence
New book reveals treasury of images of nation’s saints in churches

New book reveals treasury of images of nation’s saints in churches

A new book published on St David’s Day presents a stunning array of images of saints from churches across Wales. The early saints of Wales have become an integral part of the story of the nation. The patron saint, David, or Dewi Sant, remains bound up with modern Welsh identity, and others such as Teilo, Illtud, Cadfan, Melangell, Beuno and Winefride or Gwenfrewy hold a special place in the traditions of different regions across Wales.  read more

New book shines a light on the plight of Rhondda’s pubs

New book shines a light on the plight of Rhondda’s pubs

Pub Life is a revealing and humorous trawl through the drinking establishments of the Rhondda Valley in south Wales, detailing pubs and clubs past and present, discussing the characters that frequent them and highlighting the impact they’ve had as hubs of the Valleys community.  read more

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