Beasts, bards and beats at Y Lolfa Lên

Published Wed 28 Jun 2017 - By Literature Wales
With Tafwyl Fair 2017 around the corner, Literature Wales, in partnership with Academi Hywel Teifi, Swansea University, can’t wait to welcome you to Y Lolfa Lên. The Fair will take place on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 July in Llandaff Fields, Cardiff.

The exciting and varied line-up offers something for all ages and interests, including workshops, talks, discussion sessions and games!

On Saturday 1 July there will be an opportunity to: rhyme and have fun with Bardd Plant Cymru (Welsh Language Children’s Poet Laureate), Casia Wiliam, and friends; create card games with cartoonist Huw Aaron; enjoy literary shenanigans with the editors of Y Stamp; all before hearing one of Wales’ most iconic figures, Geraint Jarman, reading and discussing some his most political and well known lyrics such as Gwesty Cymru.

On Sunday 2 July a special episode of Talwrn y Beirdd will be recorded at Y Lolfa Lên, and Llŷr Gwyn Lewis, one of the New Voices from Europe 2017, will be launching his new collection of short stories, Fabula (Y Lolfa).

Our partners Academi Hywel Teifi, Swansea University have also organised a series of events and sessions running over the weekend at Y Lolfa Lên. Saturday will see Chaired poets read and discuss their work alongside students from the Welsh Department, and Geraldine Lublin will explore Patagonia’s special identity; whilst on Sunday, Grug Muse will be launching her new collection of poems, Ar Ddisberod (Barddas), and Professor M. Wynn Thomas will be discussing Anglo-Welsh literature and culture.

Lleucu Siencyn, Chief Executive of Literature Wales said: “This year’s Y Lolfa Lên line-up is very exciting. There will be a feast of authors, poets and young illustrators who are making a name for themselves internationally, not forgetting one of Wales’ most iconic figures, Geraint Jarman, ready to inspire and entertain.”

For more information, visit Tafwyl’s website.


Saturday 1 July

11.00am-12.00pm : Talwrn Y Beirdd Bach

Come and meet Casia Wiliam, the new Bardd Plant Cymru! Casia and her friends will host a rhyming battle called Talwrn Y Beirdd Bach. There will be two teams of poets, one captained by the former Bardd Plant Cymru, Anni Llŷn, and one team captained by Casia. Of course, they will need help from the children at Tafwyl! There will be heaps of fun, laughs and rhymes.


12.10pm-1.00pm : Awen Abertawe

Chaired poets, Tudur Hallam and Aneirin Karadog and young poets from Swansea University’s Welsh Department present and discuss their work and craft .

Organised by Academi Hywel Teifi


1.30pm-2.30pm : Cardiau Brwydro Chwedlau Cymru

Join cartoonist Huw Aaron, creator of Battle Cards – Legends of Wales (Atebol) for card games and an opportunity to create your own cards!


3.00pm – 4.00pm : Dychmygur Wladfa

Dr Geraldine Lublin from Swansea University’s Department of Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting, discusses her new book, Memoir and Identity in Welsh Patagonia: Voices from a Settler Community in Argentina (University of Wales Press)with Dr Hannah Sams from the Welsh Department.

 Organised by Academi Hywel Teifi


4.10pm – 5.00pm : Stampio

An hour of literary fun in the company of Y Stamp editors and contributors…#stampus


5.10pm-6.00pm : Gwesty Cymru

One of Wales’ most iconig figures, Geraint Jarman, discusses one of his political songs which is featured in the new collection, Rhywbeth i’w Ddweud (Barddas) with Marged Tudur.


Sunday 2 July

12.00pm-1.00pm : Ar Ddisberod

Grug Muse, a postgraduate student at Swansea University’s Welsh Department discusses her new poetry collection, Ar Ddisberod (Barddas) with the chaired poet, Professor Christine James.

 Organised by Academi Hywel Teifi


1.30-2.30pm : Talwrn y Beirdd

A special episode of Talwrn y Beirdd will be recorded at Y Lolfa Lên. Come and listen to your favourite poets compete in this iconic battle of words.


3.00pm-4.00pm : Cyfan-dir Cymru

Professor M. Wynn Thomas of the Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales at Swansea University, discusses his new volume of essays All That is Wales (University of Wales Press), with Professor Daniel Williams.

Organised by Academi Hywel Teifi


4.30-5.30pm : Chwyldro yng Nghaerdydd, a straeon eraill

Join Llyr Gwyn Lewis as he discusses his new collection of short stories, Fabula (Y Lolfa). He will give special attention to ‘Adar Rhiannon,’ a love story set in a futuristic post-revolution Cardiff. Author, writer and critic Jon Gower will be chairing the discussion.

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