Menna Elfyn Readings

Menna Elfyn Readings

A new collection of poems from Wales’s best-known and most travelled Welsh-language poet, Menna Elfyn, is published on 26 October by Bloodaxe in a dual language Welsh-English edition. Menna launched in the book at the London Welsh Centre on 19 October, and will be giving further launch readings from Bondo in Wales, Poland and at the Hay Winter Weekend.

Bondo has at its heart a sequence of poems in response to the mining disaster that took place at Aberfan 51 years ago on 21 October.  These poems were written over a number of years in private journals and notebooks, and 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.


Thursday 2 November: Penrallt Gallery/Bookshop, Heol Penrallt, Machynlleth SY20 8AJ, 7pm
Launch of Bondo with Menna Elfyn and Elin ap Hywel.

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7-10 November: University of Szczecin, Poland
Menna Elfyn will read at the University of Szczecin for their Welsh Day, part of Celtic Week.

Saturday 25 November: Hay Winter Weekend, Hay-on-Wye, 10am, Swan Ballroom
Menna Elfyn will read alongside fellow Bloodaxe poet Pascale Petit at Hay Winter Weekend.


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Monday 27 November: Poems & Pints at The Queens, 10 Queen St, Carmarthen SA31 1JR, 7.30pm
Menna Elfyn will be the guest reader for this launch of Bondo in her home town.

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Monday 4 December, Priordy-Festri, Caerfyrddin, 7o’r gloch (Welsh language event)
Darlleniad o Bondo o wasg Bloodaxe Books.

Menna Elfyn’s biography of the poet Eluned Phillips, Optimist Absoliwt: Cofiant Eluned Phillips (Gomer Press, 2016; English translation due from Honno in 2018) has been shortlisted for the creative non-fiction in Welsh category of the Wales Book of the Year Awards 2017.  The award ceremony takes place on 13 November in Cardiff, when the overall Wales Book of the Year winner will also be announced.

[26 October 2017]

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