I probably don’t need to introduce Menna Elfyn.
A wonderful award winning poet and playwright and the most translated and travelled of all Welsh poets.
She has written plays for television and radio and is the author of over 20 books.
She is the first woman to be made Professor of Poetry & Creative Writing at University of Wales, Trinity Saint David; and is Honorary President of Wales PEN Cymru. Again – a master of words and truths and images you will dive right into.
And you get to hear the TS Eliot shortlisted poet Robert Minhinnick and the wonderful music of Dianne Drummond and friends in the same evening too!!
The event will be in English with a few poems in Welsh – these will be translated by Robert Minhinnick
Menna Elfyn yw un o feirdd mwyaf blaenllaw Cymru. Ar wahân i ennill gwobrau am ei barddoniaeth, y mae wedi cyhoeddi libretti, nofelau i blant ac wedi golygu ar y cyd gyda’r diweddar John Rowlands, The Bloodaxe Book of Modern Welsh Poetry (2003). Cyhoeddwyd dwy gyfrol ddwyieithog Eucalyptus: Detholiad o Gerddi/Selected Poems 1978-1994 ( Gwasg Gomer. 1995) a Perfect Blemish: New & Selected Poems/ Perffaith Nam:Dau Ddetholiad a Cherddi Newydd 1995- 2007 (Bloodaxe Books, 2007), cyfrol Gymraeg Merch Perygl: Cerddi 1976-2011 ( Gwasg Gomer, 2011), a dwy gyfrol ddwyieithog arall o wasg Bloodaxe, Murmur (2012) , a enillodd gymeradwyaeth Cymdeithas Llyfrau Barddoniaeth, a Bondo, ( Hydref 2017). Bydd ei LLên Gofiant, LLyfr Menna Elfyn yn ymddangos o Wasg Barddas ym mis Mawrth 2018. Bu’n Fardd Plant Cymru yn 2002 a’i dewis yn Llywydd Wales PEN Cymru yn 2014. Tan 2016, roedd yn Gyfarwyddwr Creadigol Ysgol Astudiaethau Diwylliannol Prifysgol Cymru, Y Drindod Dewi Sant ac yn Athro Barddoniaeth ac Ysgrifennu Creadigo ynol. Pan nad yw’n teithio’r byd i ddarlleniadau a phreswyliadau, mae’n byw yng Nghaerfyrddin.
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See you there I hope!! Nadia xx
Saturday 21st April 2018:
7:30 to 10pm DON’T JUST HEAR, LISTEN – Robert Minhinnick, Menna Elfyn, Diane Drummond and band. BUY NOW
£12 full price
Readings by T.S.Eliot shortlisted Robert Minhinnick, Welsh language Menna Elfyn who Robert has translated, and the extraordinary voice and presence of Diane Drummond – with friends.
Ian McMillan missed not just his own train stop when reading The Diary of the Last Man – Robert Minhinnick’s 2017 TS Eliot-shortlisted book, but several. I can understand that. I could hardly breathe reading his poetry – which is spare with its language but filled with imagery and profound truths.
He is one of Menna Elfyn’s regular translators too so we will have the privilege of hearing both poet and translator read some of Menna’s poetry as well as Menna herself read English translations.
Diane Drummond has the most amazing voice, and a generosity in her performance that you will be able to relax into – but not for long – you may cry, you may dance, and if you are like me you will most certainly whoop!
Joined by fellow musicians Peter Ryan on bass guitar and Marc Estibero on acoustic guitar. All 3 are accomplished musicians, sharing a love of their own personal styles added to their favourite songs.
The band plays and sings contemporary jazz, blues, gospel, soul, folk and all in between.
Diane’s voice has been described as a fine smooth and velvet chocolate with her own added notes in between.
“Don’t just hear, listen” – their motto but one I have purloined, with their permission, for the title of this whole event