The last evening …

at the Writers Centre for Wales

A lovely sharing of poems from Wales

We had a very lovely sharing of poetry on our last evening together at our Readers Retreat at Ty Newydd. Cosy in the library after a lovely supper, and with that glow that comes from having shared a week together with good friends – as we have now become – we relished the opportunity to immerse ourselves in Welsh poetry once more.

And as a very special and unexpected treat – our dear Clare sang to us at supper: she had been at the Songs of Praise event at De Montfort Hall in Leicester, and was inspired by ‘How great thou art’. It was beautiful and very moving.

These are the poems we read, mostly supplied by the fabulous collection in the poetry library.

Building my Grandfather by Jonathan Edwards, from My Family and other Superheroes read by Anna

The Signpost by R S Thomas read by Maureen

Lleyn by Christine Evans read by Eve

The Voice Mirror by Mike Jenkins read by Ruth

The Perfect Conditions by Paul Yandle read by Ruth

Curlew by Gillian Clarke read by Hilary

The Wake by Owen Sheers read by Clare

Driving Home by Christine Evans read by Alison

Handkerchief Kiss by Menna Elfyn (Translated by Gillian Clarke) read by Robert  (You can see Menna reading it here, and explaining how it came about!

Words by Catherine Fisher – read by Catharine

Eugene Schieffelin and the Starlings… by Linda Anderson read by Elinor (which includes the lovely line “… A murmuration of consequences”)

Lore by R S Thomas read by Nicky

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