Tŷ Newydd 2015
"Tŷ Newydd is very close to my heart; a house of poetry, good fellowship, laughter and contemplation to which I always return." - Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate.
Croeso / Welcome
In April 1990, Tŷ Newydd opened its doors to our first poetry course, tutored by me and poet Robert Minhinnick. We were putting the final touches to the house, decking the great oak table with flowers and candles, as the first poets came up the drive. That week poets and poetry flourished in Tŷ Newydd’s generous sea-lit rooms, its views south across mown lawns to a glimpse of the sea, the blue mountains of Snowdonia across the waters of Cardigan Bay.
It was my dream to open a house of words, somewhere which belonged to all writers, experienced or not, a house where people would gather under the guidance of two published authors, working and eating together, bound by the simple act of putting thought into words.
That week, and all weeks since, we made magic. People shared reading, listening, writing, good food, fellowship, conversation and laughter, in a historic house, our home for five days. Every week, a new family of writers is made, and, often, lifelong friendships. It has changed people’s lives, young and old. Come to Tŷ Newydd. Help make magic happen.
Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales