The annual Poetry & Art Festival celebrates RS Thomas & ME Eldridge in the Welsh seaside town of Aberdaron where he was vicar and she an artist.

The 2018 Festival’s theme is “Inspired by Others” and will take place between 28 June to 1 July. Highlights of the 2018 festival programme include:


“The Poetic Astronaut of God-Space”
Daniel K Westover, Tennessee. Author of RS Thomas A Stylistic Biography


“Stations to the Untenanted Cross – A Pilgrimage to Nowhere”
Poetry meditation in St Hywyn’s Church


“Ah Iago, my friend”
Glyn Edwards, North Wales, gives voices to muted members of literature


“A strange feeling: Face to Face with Botticelli”
John McEllhenney, Pennsylvania, the story of Elsi Eldridge’s trip to Italy in 1934


“Chameleon Poet”
Sam Perry, Hull University. The poets that inspired the poet


Welsh Male Voice Choir Concert in St Hywyn’s Church


Service in Celebration of the life of RS Thomas, Bangor Cathedral
With Bishop Andy John and former Archbishop of Wales Barry Morgan


“RS Thomas for a new Generation” at Bangor Cathedral
World premiere of Ellen Davies’ orchestral work “Pilgrimages” performed by Ensemble Cymru with Anne Denholm the Royal Harpist.


Also appearing at the cathedral is Owen Lowery – The Poet Prevails – paralysed from the shoulders down, an RSL Literature Matters Awards winner.

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