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“THE GREEN HOLLOW” by Owen Sheers

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“THE GREEN HOLLOW” by Owen Sheers
Sunday April 29th at 12:00 Horeb Chapel
​The extraordinary memorial to the 1966 Aberfan disaster for its 50th anniversary – the collective story as it has never been told.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Aberfan disaster, the Welsh poet and playwright has written a ‘film poem’ based on the voices and memories of those involved.
Chair: Christoph Fischer
Y gofeb anghyffredin i drychineb Aberfan ar ei hanner can mlwyddiant – y stori gyfunol fel na’i chlywyd erioed.

I goffau’r trychineb mae’r bard a dramodydd wedi ysgrifennu ‘cerdd ffilm’ wedi’i seilio ar leisiau ac atgofion y rhai oedd yno.

 

In 1966 a coal slag heap collapsed on a school in south Wales, killing 144 people, most of them children. Poet Owen Sheers has given voice to those who still live in Aberfan, the pit village in which tragedy struck, and uses their collective memories to create a striking work of poetic power.

This is a portrait not just of what happened, but also of what was lost. What was Aberfan like in 1966? What were the interests of the people, the social life, the sporting obsessions, the bands of the day? What was the deeper history of the place? Why had it become the mining village it was, and what had it been before the discovery of coal under its soil? Perhaps most significantly: what is Aberfan like today?

The Green Hollow is a historical story with a deeply urgent contemporary resonance; a story of what can happen when a community is run by a corporation. It is also a story known along generational rather than geographic borders. Based on the BBC One production, The Green Hollow is a beautifully rendered picture of a time and place – and a life-altering event whose effects are irrevocable.

The Green Hollow: an extraordinary memorial to the 1966 Aberfan disaster. The BBC commissioned Sheers to write a film-poem, including performances by Michael Sheen, Jonathan Pryce, and Sian Phillips, to mark the 50th anniversary of the disaster in 2016.
Faber and Faber are now bringing the powerful and hugely moving film-poem into print in a beautiful hardback edition of The Green Hollow released this April.

The Green Hollow is a historical story with a deeply urgent contemporary resonance; a story of what can happen when a community is run by a corporation. It is also a story known along generational rather than geographic borders.

Based on the BBC One production, The Green Hollow is a beautifully rendered picture of a time and place – and a life-altering event whose effects are irrevocable.

Owen Sheers is a poet, author and playwright. His first novel, Resistance, was translated into ten languages and adapted into a film. The Dust Diaries, his Zimbabwean non-fiction narrative, won the Welsh Book of the Year. His awards for poetry and drama include the Somerset Maugham Award for Skirrid Hill, The Hay Festival Poetry Medal and the Welsh Book of the Year for Pink Mist and the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award for his play The Two Worlds of Charlie F. He is Professor in Creativity at Swansea University and lives in Wales with his wife and children. His second novel, I Saw A Man, was published by Faber & Faber in June 2015.

Ifor Ap Glyn: Cuddle Call 

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Friday at 19:30 at the Horeb Chapel, Cawdor Hotel
Ifor Ap Glyn: Cuddle Call 

Ifor ap glynBook Tickets: £5

Detholiad dwyieithog o gerddi hen a newydd, gan Ifor ap Glyn, bardd Cenedlaethol Cymru, Gyda Elinor Wyn Reynolds.

National Poet of Wales, Ifor ap Glyn will be reading from his new book of selected bilingual poems.

Bilingual

Noson o adloniant yr Beirdd

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Saturday 20:30 Angel Inn

Noson o adloniant yr Beirdd – Aneirin Karadog, Emyr Lewis, Elinor Wyn Reynolds, Grug Muse yn Miriam Elin Jones

Book Ticket: £8

Welsh language poetry

Elinor Wyn Reynolds

Sesiwn yn Gymraeg

Peter Lord: John Lewis a Sir Gâr

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Saturday 28th 17:00 Horeb Chapel: Peter Lord: John Lewis a Sir Gâr

Book Ticket: £10

Session in Welsh / Sesiwn yn Gymraeg

Peter Lord yw prif hanesydd celf Cymru ac mae wedi cyhoeddi a darlledu’n helaeth ar ddiwylliant gweledol Cymru yn Gymraeg a Saesneg.

John Lewis oedd yr arlunydd cyntaf i gynnal bywoliaeth yng Nghymru ei hun. Roedd rhai o’i noddwyr cynnar yn y 1730au a 40au yn byw yn Sir Gâr a’r siroedd cyfagos. Roeddent yn ffyddlon iddo hyd at y 1760au pan roedd yn peintio tirluniau yn bennaf.

Treuliodd Lewis ran bwysig o’i yrfa yn Nulyn yn peintio portreadau a setiau theatr. Roedd yn un o gydnabod y dramodydd Thomas Sheridan.

 

Mae’r portread hyfryd o Elizabeth Gwynne o Daliaris, Llandeilo yn chwe blwydd oed yn un o’i bortreadau Cymreig cynharaf. Mae Peter Lord yn trafod gyrfa John Lewis a’i gysylltiad gyda Sir Gaerfyrddin.

Graddiodd Peter Lord yn y Celfyddydau Cain ym Mhrifysgol Reading yn 1970. Roedd yn gymrawd gwadd yng nghanolfan Celf Brydeinig yn Yale yn 1994, wedyn yn ymchwilydd yng nghanolfan Astudiaethau Cymreig a Cheltaidd Uwch o 1996-2003 ac, yn fwy diweddar, yn CREW, Prifysgol Abertawe.  Rhwng 1998 a 2003 cyhoeddodd dair cyfrol o ‘The Visual Culture of Wales’, sy’n cael eu hystyried y gwaith mwyaf awdurdodol ar y pwnc. Yn 2009 cyhoeddodd ‘The Meaning of Pictures: Images of Personal, Social and Political Identity’ ac yn 2013 hunangofiant, ‘Relationships with Pictures’. Cyhoeddwyd ei lyfr diweddaraf, The Tradition: a New History of Welsh Art 1400-1990, gan Parthian yn 2016.  Yn 2017 enillodd wobr Llyfr Ffeithiol y Flwyddyn yng Nghymru.

The Portrait of Elizabeth Gwynne of Taliaris –  John Lewis and the Carmarthenshire Connection

Peter Lord is Wales’ foremost art historian and has published and broadcast extensively on the visual culture of Wales in both Welsh and English.

John Lewis was the earliest painter to sustain a practice substantially in Wales itself. Many of his early patrons, for whom he painted portraits in the 1730s and 40s,  lived in Carmarthenshire and neighbouring counties. He retained their loyalty into the 1760s, by which time he was painting mainly landscapes.

Lewis also spent an important part of his career in Dublin, where he moved in the circle of the playwright Thomas Sheidan, painting portraits and theatre scenery.

The lovely portrait of Elizabeth Gwynne of Taliaris, Llandeilo, painted when she was about six year old, may be the earliest of his Welsh portraits. Taking this picture as a starting point, Peter Lord explores the career of John Lewis, and the Camarthenshire connection.

Peter Lord took a degree in Fine Art at Reading University in 1970. He was a visiting fellow at the Yale Center for British Art in 1994, then research fellow at the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies from 1996-2003 and, more recently, at CREW, Swansea University. He has published and broadcast extensively on the visual culture of Wales in both Welsh and English languages, and curated major exhibitions for national institutions. Between 1998 and 2003 he published the three volumes of The Visual Culture of Wales, which is regarded as the authoritative text on the subject. In 2009 he published The Meaning of Pictures: Images of Personal, Social and Political Identity and in 2013 an autobiography, Relationships with Pictures. His latest book, The Tradition: a New History of Welsh Art 1400-1990, was published by Parthian in 2016.  In 2017 it was Wales Non-fiction Book of the Year.

Peter Lord is particularly interested in the work of the Welsh artisan painters of the first half of the nineteenth century, and in the art of the Great Depression, between the two world wars. In a wider context he has written extensively on the theoretical issues that concern the history of art in nations regarded as marginal to the mainstream tradition.

Menna Elfyn: Cennad Cerddi

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Saturday 15: 30 Horeb Chapel : Menna Elfyn : Cennan Cerddimenna2015

Book Ticket: £8

Bydd Menna Elfyn yn darllen o’i chyfrol diweddaraf o farddoniaeth, Bondo ac yn cyflwyno darnau o’i llên gofiant, Cennad.

Chaired by Iola Wyn of Barddas

Wales ‘ most travelled and well known poets Menna Elfyn reads from her  last bilingual volume of poetry Bondo and from her life in poems which will be published this spring.

Un o feirdd mwyaf cyfarwydd Cymru ac un sydd wedi teithio y byd i gyflwyno’i gwaith. Bydd yn darllen o’i chyfrol dwyieithog diweddaraf o farddoniaeth,  Bondo a darnau o’i llengofiant a gyhoeddir gan Barddas yn y gwanwyn.

Bilingual session – & there will be a translator

How the West Was Won – Discussion

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How The West Was Won – Saturday 28th at 18:30 Horeb Chapel

Book Ticket: Free

Is West Wales inspiring – or stuck in the last century? What are ups and downs of running a creative enterprise in our beautiful region?

Sparky discussion and audience participation promised here with Jane of Galerie Simpson, Elin of Telesgop TV, ceramicist and novelist Kate. These will be chatting with Gaynor Jones, Ail Argraffiad and psychologist Philippa Davies in a bilingual, no holds barred session. And you can give your views, too…

Sut Gorchfygwyd Y Gorllewin

Ydy Gorllewin Cymru’n ysbrydoli – neu’n glwm wrth y ganrif ddiwethaf? Beth yw’r  manteision a’r anfanteision o redeg menter greadigol yn ein rhanbarth prydferth?

Disgwylir trafodaeth fywiog yn cynnwys y gynulleidfa pan fydd Jane o Galerie Simpson, Elin o Gwmni Deledu Telesgop, y seramegydd ac awdur Kate. Bydd y pedair sydd wedi torri cwysi newydd yn y maes creadigol yn sgwrsio gyda Gaynor Jones, perchennog Ail Argraffiad, a’r seicolegydd Philippa Davies mewn sesiwn ddwyieithog. Gallwch chi roi’ch barn hefyd….

Terry Breverton on Welsh Pirates and Privateers

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Terry Breverton with a session on Welsh Pirates and Privateers – Saturday 28th of April – 11am at the Horeb Chapel

BOOK TICKETS: £5

After writing no less than eight books upon pirates, Breverton has returned to the subject with three new books devoted to the Welsh Pirates and Privateers.

Black Bart Roberts from Pembrokeshire was by far the most successful pirate in the Caribbean and Atlantic waters, and Admiral Henry Morgan was the greatest privateer of all time, leading six successful expeditions against the most powerful country in the world.
Breverton also launches “Welsh Pirates and Privateers” and “The True Confessions of the Smuggler, Murderer, Bigamist and Privateer William Owen*

Signed books available…

 

Event sponsored by Cambria Publishing

Dydd Sadwrn 28ain Ebrill – 11.00 Capel Horeb 

Terry Breverton yn cynnal sesiwn ar Forladron a Phreifatwyr Cymreig:

Ar ôl ysgrifennu dim llai nag wyth o lyfrau ar forladron a phreifatwyr, mae Breverton wedi dychwelyd i’r pwnc gyda thri llyfr newydd ar Forladron a Phreifatwyr Cymreig.

Barti Ddu Roberts o Sir Benfro oedd y morleidr mwyaf llwyddiannus o bell ffordd yn nyfroedd y Caribî a’r Iwerydd a’r Llyngesydd Henry Morgan oedd y preifatwr mwyaf erioed; arweiniodd chwe thaith yn erbyn y wlad fwyaf pwerus yn y byd. Bydd Breverton hefyd yn lansio “Welsh Pirates and Privateers” a “Confessions of the Smuggler William Owen.”

“Why Wales Never Was” Discussion between Dr Seimon Brookes and Plaid Cymru AM Adam Price

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Thursday 26h of April at 7pm at the Cottage Inn

BOOK TICKETS: £8

Plaid Cymru AM Adam Price discuss the past and future of Welsh nationhood with one of Wales’ most radical and outspoken thinkers, Dr Seimon Brookes, author of “Why Wales Never Was” 

Bydd y newyddiadurwr Simon Brooks ac Adam Price AC yn trafod llyfr Simon “Why Wales Never Was”

 

First published in Welsh in 2015, Why Wales Never Was affirms the author’s reputation as one of the most radical writers in Wales today. It combines a devastating analysis of the historical failure of Welsh nationalism with an apocalyptic vision of a non-Welsh future.

Dr Simon Brooks is the Associate Professor  at the Morgan Academy, Swansea University. He is a former editor of the Welsh language current affairs magazine Barn.The Welsh version of this book Pam Na Fu Cymru (2015) was shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year 2016.

Adam Price is the current Plaid Cymru AM for Carmarthen East & Dinefwr. Prior to that he represented the constituency in Westminster as it’s MP from 2001-2010.

 

Y bedwaredd ganrif ar bymtheg oedd Oes Cenedlaetholdeb Ewrop a llwyddodd y rhan fwyaf o wledydd bychain y cyfandir i feithrin mudiadau cenedlaethol llwyddiannus a fynnai warchod eu hieithoedd. Un o gwestiynau mawr hanes Cymru yw pam na ddigwyddodd hyn yn y wlad hon.?

Mae Dr Simon Brooks yn Athro Cyswllt yn Academi Morgan, Prifysgol Abertawe. Bu’n olygydd ar gylchgrawn Barn. Cyhoeddwyd y fersiwn wreiddiol o’r gyfrol hon, Pam Na Fu Cymru yn 2015 gan gyrraedd rhestr fer Llyfr y Flwyddyn 2016.

Adam Price yw Aelod Cynulliad Dwyrain Caerfyrddin a Dinefwr, cyn hynny cynrychiolodd yr etholaeth yn Sansetffan rhwng 2001-2010.

Lyn Ebenzer yn trafod cymeriadau Meini Llafar gyda Elinor Jones

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Saturday 28th April 12:30 Horeb Chapel 

Lyn Ebenzer yn trafod cymeriadau Meini Llafar gyda Elinor Jones

Book Ticket: £5

Cyfrol o atgofion bro mebyd gan un o newyddiadurwyr ac awduron mwyaf toreithiog Cymru, Lyn Ebenezer. Portread cynnes a chrefftus o gymeriadau Pontrhydfendigaid ei blentyndod, ynghyd a’i bryddest i’w Wncwl Dai, a laddwyd yn y Rhyfel Mawr, pryddest a ddaeth yn agos at gipio’r goron yn Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Ynys Mon, 2017. Sesiwn yn Gymraeg

Lyn Ebenezer discussing his latest book with Elinor Jones.  One of Wales most prolific authors, his latest book, Meini Llafar recounts the vanished characters of his square mile.

Lyn Ebenezer lives in Pontrhydfendigaid and is one of Wales most entertaining and longest serving journalists. Based in Ceredigion he  has covered stories ranging from exploits at the National Eisteddfod to the biggest LSD bust in British history, Operation Julie.

Session in Welsh 

 

Fflur Dafydd and Siôn Owen Tomos – Writers working for TV 

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Fflur Dafydd & Siôn Owen Tomos – Writers working for TV Sunday April 28th 15:00 Horeb Chapel

Book Tickets: £8

Fflur Dafydd, un o sgriptwragedd mywaf profiadol Cymru a Siôn Tomos Owen, cartwnydd a cyflwynydd yn S4C – Cymraeg

Photo 14-02-2018, 23 29 52.pngMae Fflur Dafydd yn awdures brofiadol ac yn un o ddramodwyr teledu mwyaf poblogaidd Cymru. Bu’n gweithio ar Pobl y Cwm cyn ysgrifennu cyfres lwyddiannus Parch, a ffilm y Llyfrgell/Library Suicides. Mae’n fardd ac yn gyfansoddwraig a chantores, mae ei gwaith wedi ei gyfieithu I’r Saesneg. Mae’n ddarlithydd mewn ysgrifenuu creadigol ac wedi ennill nifer o wobrau llenyddol dros y blynyddoedd.

Fflur Dafydd is a poet, award winning novelist, composer, singer and writes TV drama series for S4C. Siôn Tomos Owen is a presenter and cartoonist.

Session in Welsh

Siôn Tomos Owen is an author, cartoonist and presenter.  He presented two series’ of Pobol y Rhondda on S4C and was part of the presenting team on the series Cynefin along with Heledd Cynwal and Dr Iestyn Jones. During the 6 Nations he wrote and performed songs on the Jonathan show and his comics of the 2018 tournament appeared on Clwb Rygbi before each game.  His debut collection of work, “Cawl” was published by Parthian in 2016, his book for learners “Y Fawr a’r Fach: Streon o’r Rhondda” will be published by Y Lolfa in May 2018 and his first collection of Poetry will be published by Three Throated Press in 2019.  He won a Literature Wales Bursary in 2018 to develop his graphic novel “Meibion Abereba”.
Mae Siôn Tomos Owen yn awdur, cartwnydd a chyflwynydd. Fe gyflwynodd ddau gyfres o Pobol y Rhondda ar S4C ac roedd yn rhan o’r tîm cyflwyno ar y gyfres Cynefin gyda Heledd Cynwal a Dr Iestyn Jones. Yn ystod y 6 Gwlad, ysgrifennodd a pherfformiodd ganeuon ar sioe Jonathan a naeth ei gomics o dwrnament 2018 ymddangos ar Glwb Rygbi cyn pob gêm. Cyhoeddwyd ei gasgliad cyntaf o waith, “Cawl” gan Parthian yn 2016, bydd ei lyfr i ddysgwyr “Y Fawr a’r Fach: Streon o’r Rhondda” yn cael ei gyhoeddi gan Y Lolfa ym mis Mai 2018 a bydd ei gasgliad cyntaf o Farddoniaeth yn cael ei gyhoeddi gan Three Throated Press yn 2019. Enillodd ysgoloriaeth Llenyddiaeth Cymru yn 2018 i ddatblygu ei nofel graffig “Meibion ​​Abereba.