Welsh Interest

Weird and wonderful history tour

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Sat 12:00 St Teilo’s Church 

Weird and Wonderful History Tour
Join Nick Brunger for a guided walk through some specially selected parts of Llandeilo’s past together with a smattering of stories from Carmarthenshire’s ‘horrible history’. Meet in St Teilo’s Churchyard

“Ymunwch â Nick Brunger am daith drwy hen Landeilo gyda straeon am hanes y dref. Cyfarfod ym mynwent eglwys Teilo Sant.”

Nick Brunger: The Weird And Wonderful History Tour
Join the proprietor of the Creepy Carmarthen Tour for a guided walk through some specially selected bits of Llandeilo’s past together with a smattering of stories from Carmarthenshire’s “horrible history”.  Meet in St Teilo’s churchyard at….. Image result for llandeilo church
Nick’s selected Creepy Carmarthen stories will be available soon from the Gomer Press.

“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.

Adventures in the Book Trade

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Jeff townJeff Towns on being an itinerant Bookseller 

Book Tickets: £8

An illustrated ramble through the History of Dylans Bookstore from its inauspicious  small beginnings in 1970 at 75 High Street Swansea ( rent 10 shillings a week) through years of itinerant bookselling at Book Fairs in London and all around the Uk and then  on to Canada, USA, Malta and Amsterdam . With references to famous and infamous customers – Mick Jagger, President Jimmy Carter. Mandy Rice Davies, Sir Peter Blake, Ian McKellen, Oliver Sacks et al . Ending with the reincarnation as a proper itinerant outfit with the establishment of Dylans Mobile Bookstore. Along the way Jeff Towns has edited and written a few books mainly relating to Dylan Thomas – which earned him the nick name “That Dylan Guy” 



Jeff Towns yn siarad am ei brofiad fel gwerthwr llyfrau teithiol.

Mae Jeff Towns yn un o arbenigwyr mwya’r byd ar Dylan Thomas. Mae’n gwerthu hen lyfrau ac yn byw yn nhref y bardd sef Abertawe. Yn wreiddiol roedd Jeff yn adnabyddus fel ‘Jeff y Llyfrau’, bellach fe’i hadweinir fel ‘Y Bachan Dylan Thomas’.


Jeff Towns is one of the world’s leading Dylan Thomas experts. An antiquarian bookdealer by trade, based in the poet’s home-town of Swansea, Jeff was originally known, both locally & globally, as ‘Jeff the Books’. He is now known simply, affectionately and professionally as ‘The Dylan Thomas Guy’.


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.


Wales as a backdrop to fiction 

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Saturday 17:00 Angel Inn:  Wales as a backdrop to fiction 

Book Tickets: £5 The Silent Quarry 2018

Panel Discussion with local authors Nigel Williams, Colin R. Parsons, Cheryl Reese-Price. Moderator: Jean Gill.
Cymru fel lleoliad mewn ffuglen- Trafodaeth

Trafodaeth banel gydag awduron lleol Nigel Williams, Colin R Parsons a Cheryl Reese-Price gyda Jean Gill yn y gadair.

Colin R. Parsons was born in the Rhondda Valley in south Wales, and has lived there all my life. He’s been a full-time writer for about fifteen years and writes in many genres: Science Fiction – Fantasy – Supernatural – Steam Punk & Mythical Fantasy.

Ganed Colin Parsons yng nghwm Rhondda yn ne Cymru ac mae wedi byw yno ar hyd ei oes. Mae wedi body n ysgrifennwr llawn amser am tua phymtheg mlynedd ac mae’n ysgrifennu mewn nifer o genres: Ffuglen Wyddonol, Ffantasi, Yr uwch-naturiol a Ffantasi Mytholegol. Enw’I lyfr newydd i blant yn 2018 yw ‘Ghosted’. Gosodir y llyfr yng nghwm Rhondda

His website/ Ei wefan:


Blurb for GHOSTED:

Four Welsh school children: Megan, Carol, John and Alan have unknowingly released the spirit of an evil headmaster – imprisoned in the bowels of the school for two hundred years.

Broliant GHOSTED

Mae pedwar o blant ysgol, Megan, Carol, John ac Alan, yn ddiarwybod iddynt wedi rhyddhau ysbryd prifathro drwg sydd wedi cael ei garcharu ym mherfeddion yr ysgol am ddau gan mlynedd.

Cheryl Rees-Price: 

Frozen Minds:

Bethesda House is a haven for vulnerable adults, those with complex mental disabilities. Their safety is dependent on those who care for them, and their wellbeing centres on routine.

When a body is discovered in the freezer at Bethesda House it is easy to shift the blame on the residents.  Inside the house, they see and hear everything.

Who would believe them?

DI Winter Meadows is convinced that something sinister is going on in Bethesda House and the residents are not safe. First, he must gain their trust and understand their unique form of communication.

A second killing and time is running out.

Can Meadows outwit a cunning and dangerous killer?


‘I really enjoyed this book. I could not put it down. I have been waiting to read the second book in the Meadows series. It did not disappoint. It is one of the best I have read in ages.’ Helen

Trafodaeth ar Gymru mewn Ffuglen: Cheryl Rees-Price

Broliant ‘Frozen Minds’

Mae Tŷ Bethesda yn lloches i oedolion bregus, rhai sydd ag anableddau meddyliol cymhleth. Mae Di Winter Meadows yn argyhoeddedig bod rhywbeth sinister yn cymryd lle yn Nhŷ Bethesda ac nad yw’r trigolion yn ddiogel. Yn gyntaf rhaid iddo ennill eu hymddiried a deal eu ffordd unigryw o gyfathrebu. Gall Meadows fod yn gyfrwysach na llofrudd peryglus a chyfrwys?

 Beth mae pobl yn dweud am ‘Frozen Minds’

‘Cyfres arbennig. Rwy’n dwli ar y gyfres hon! Mae’r ail ran yn anodd ei roi i lawr’ Brianna Bowen.

Nigel Williams:

Set in the Swansea Valley, EDEN RELICS featured a retired police officer drawn into the search for ancient relics discovered a century earlier by the opera diva Adelina Patti. It sold over 3,500 downloads and paperback copiesin the first month.



The screenplay is currently with a production company but whether it will ever see the small screen is another matter. Royalties from this book are donated to the British Heart Foundation.  

FAKE BAKED – a crime comedy about a small-time Cardiff con man dreaming of pulling the ultimate scam. The story was based on the cons of a real hustler called Victor Lustig. Lustig sold the Eifel Tower to Parisian scrap dealers, not once but twice. He somehow managed to convince them the tower was due for demolition at the turn of the last century and got away with it. My protagonist uses the same con by trying to sell the old Severn Bridge.

DIY media vs MSM- the new media revolution in Wales

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Saturday April 28th 16:30 at Mark Waghorn Designs “Reading Room”

DIY media vs MSM- the new media revolution in Wales

Book Tickets: Free

A discussion on the alternative future of the media and how people in Wales are ploughing their own furrows. Does the UK & Welsh MSM marginalise, ignore or misconstrue Welsh life, culture and matters.

Nia Medi, journalist with BBC Radio Cymru will chair the discussion with Grug Muse of Stamp poetry magazine, Ifan Morgan Jones, founder of the Nation Cymru news website; Dr Dan Evans, founder and presenter of the Desolation Radio podcasts and a representative of arts website the Wales Arts Review.

Ydy’r cyfryngau confensiynol yn colli eu tir a fawr ddim o’r Gymru go iawn yn cael ei hadlewyrchu ganddynt? Dyma drafodaeth gan ddyrnaid o Gymry heriol sydd yn torri cwysi eu hun drwy gymorth y cyfryngau newydd.

Bydd Grug Muse, Ifan Morgan Jones, Dr Dan Evans, a chyrychiolydd o gwefan Wales Arts Review a yn trafod hyn oll gyda’r newyddiadurwraig o BBC Cymru, Nia Medi wrth y llyw



 The Iron Masters of Merthyr- Fact and Fiction.

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 The Iron Masters of Merthyr- Fact and Fiction. – Saturday April 28th 15:00 Angel Inn

Book Tickets: £8

In the 18th Century five men created the biggest industrial city civilisation had ever seen. They were the Iron Masters, masters of metal and men. Their cannons saved a kingdom, forged the greatest empire in the world and changed the history of the human race.

Merthyr Tydfil, a town where the furnaces burned day and night, the sun seldom pierced the soot filled sky and the Iron Masters ruled without pity.

Nye Vaughn, a humble farm boy from Llangadog, walked to Merthyr to find his destiny, unaware that a war was coming which would engulf the known world and make bold men rich. To fight Bonaparte, Britain needed cannons, thousands of them. Vaughn built the largest foundry of them all and made his fortune but, when the world changed, the iron behemoth he constructed turned on him.

Author Graham Watkins surprises and entertains with the real stories behind his Welsh historical novel ‘The Iron Masters’.

Yn y 18fed Ganrif creodd pum dyn y ddinas ddiwylliannol fwyaf a welodd wareiddiad erioed. Nhw oedd y Meistri Haearn, meistri ar fetel a dynion. Achubodd eu gynnau mawrion deyrnas, creu’r ymerodraeth fwyaf yn y byd a newid hanes dynol ryw .

Roedd Merthyr Tudful yn dref lle’r oedd y ffwrnesi’n llosgi ddydd a nos a’r haul yn methu torri trwy’r caddug yn yr awyr a lle’r oedd y Meistri Haearn yn rheoli’n ddidrugaredd.

Cerddodd Nye Vaughn, crwt fferm o Langadog, i Ferthyr i chwilio am ei ffortiwn heb wybod fod rhyfel ar fin dod y byddai’n traflyncu’r byd a chreu cyfoeth i ddynion dewr. Er mwyn ymladd yn erbyn Bonaparte roedd angen gynnau mawrion, miloedd ohonynt. Adeiladodd Vaughn y ffowndri fwyaf oll a gwnaeth ei ffortiwn ond, wrth i’r byd newid, fe drodd y behemoth a greodd arno.

Mae’r awdur Graham Watkins yn diddori ac yn synnu gyda’r straeon gwir sydd tu ôl i’w nofel hanesyddol ‘The Iron Masters’.