As part of the Holy Glimmers of Goodbye event at the Senedd on 19 February 2019, Literature Wales has commissioned a number notable poets from Wales to compose poems on the theme of war and peace.
The poems by Ifor ap Glyn, Gillian Clarke, Alan Llwyd, Nerys Williams and Eric Ngalle Charles will be published on this page shortly after the event.
About the poets:
Ifor ap Glyn
Born and bred in London to Welsh parents Ifor ap Glyn is a multi-award-winning poet, presenter, director and producer. Ifor has won the Crown at the National Eisteddfod – one of the festival’s most prestigious prizes – on two occasions, first in 1999 and most recently at the Denbighshire and District National Eisteddfod in 2013. From 2008-2009 Ifor was Bardd Plant Cymru, the Welsh-language Children’s Laureate.
He lives in Caernarfon and works at Cwmni Da, an independent television and film production company of which he was a founding member. He has won several BAFTA Cymru awards for his work including the Lleisiau’r Rhyfel Mawr and Popeth yn Gymraeg series.
Ifor has represented Welsh poetry around the world in both the Welsh and English language, having performed at festivals such as the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival in Washington DC.
National Poet of Wales from 2008 to 2016, Gillian was born in Cardiff and now lives in Talgarreg, Ceredigion. Her work has been on the GCSE and A Level exam syllabus for over thirty years, and she performs her poetry regularly for young audiences at Poetry Live. She was awarded the Queen’s Gold medal for Poetry in 2010, and the Wilfred Owen Award in 2012. She has written radio and theatre drama, and translated poetry and prose from Welsh. Picador published her Selected Poems in 2016, and her tenth collection of poems, Zoology, was published by Carcanet in 2017. Her version of the 7th century Welsh poem, Y Gododdin, is to be published by Faber in 2019.
Eric Ngalle Charles
Eric Ngalle Charles is a poet, dramatist and novelist, originally from Buea in Cameroon. He runs Black Entertainment Wales, an arts organisation that provides a platform for artists in BME communities to showcase their work. His work explores the links between literature and trauma to look at how creativity can be used as a means of overcoming trauma.
Alan Llwyd is currently a Professor at Academi Hywel Teifi, Swansea University. He is a writer and editor of 71 books. Between 2011 and 2016, he published a series of biographies about some of Wales’ most important writers. The first was the controversial but highly acclaimed Kate: Cofiant Kate Roberts 1891-1985(2011), then biographies of R. Williams Parry (2013), Waldo Williams (2014), Gwenallt (2016), and a new edition of his Hedd Wyn biography in 2014. He also wrote the script for the hugely popular film, Hedd Wyn. In 2018 he published Colli’r Hogiau, his in-depth study of the effect the First World War had on Wales.
Originally from Carmarthenshire, Nerys is an Associate Professor in American Literature at University College Dublin and a Fulbright alumnus. She has written extensively on contemporary poetry and published two collections of poetry Sound Archive (Seren, 2011) and Cabaret (New Dublin Press, 2017). Nerys lives in Kells Co. Meath, Ireland, with her husband and daughter.