2018 Festival / Gŵyl

“Inspired by Others”

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.

Royal Society Literature Matters logo RS Thomas FestivalAlso appearing at the cathedral is Owen Lowery – The Poet Prevails – paralysed from the shoulders down, an RSL Literature Matters Awards winner.


“Ysbrydoledig gan Eraill”

Eleni, bydd Gŵyl Celf a Barddoniaeth yn cael ei dathlu RS Thomas & ME Eldridge yn Aberdaron y dref arfordirol Gymreig lle y bu yn ficer a hithau artist. 28 Mehefin i 1 Gorffennhaf 2018.

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

“Stations to the Untenanted Cross – A Pilgrimage to Nowhere”
Myfyrdod barddonol yn Eglwys Sant Hywyn

“Ah Iago, my friend” ym Mhorth y Swnt
Glyn Edwards, Gogledd Cymru.

“A strange feeling: Face to Face with Botticelli”
John McEllhenney, Pennsylvania, hanes taith Elsi Eldridge i’r Eidal ym 1934

“Chameleon Poet”
Sam Perry, Prifysgol Hull. Y beirdd a ysbrydolodd y bardd

Cyngerdd gan Gôr Meibion o Gymru yn Eglwys Sant Hywyn

Gwasanaeth i Ddathlu Bywyd R S Thomas, Cadeirlan Bangor
Gydag Esgob Andy John a chyn Archesgob Cymru Barry Morgan

“RS Thomas for a new Generation” yng Nghadeirlan Bangor
Perfformiad cyntaf y byd o waith cerddorfaol Ellen Davies “Pilgrimages” yn cael ei berfformio gan Ensemble Cymru gydag Anne Denholm, y Telynor Brenhinol. Owen Lowery – The Poet that Prevails – wedi’i barlysu o’r ysgwyddau i lawr.


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