2018 Programme

Thursday 28th June

6.30pm – 9pm “Fish Chips and Poetry Please” in Sblash Caban

Open mike poetry performed by inspired writers and aspiring poets.  You know who you are!

Choose and buy your own dinner and bring your own drinks.


Friday 29th June

10.30am – 12 noon “A walk with Ronald and Elsi – poetical and botanical”

See the landscape that inspired the poetry, see the wildflowers that inspired the paintings.   Meet at the National Trust carpark on the corner of the road, below the entrance to Plas yn Rhiw.  Sturdy shoes are advised. 1.5 miles distance includes a short steep incline.

2pm – 3.30pm “The Poetic Astronaut of God-Space”

 Daniel K Westover, Tennessee.  Author of RS Thomas A Stylistic Biography

See Presenters page for more details.  Upstairs in the Sailing Club, Aberdaron.

8pm – 9.15pm “Stations to the Untenanted Cross – A Pilgrimage to Nowhere”

Poetry meditation by candlelight walking inside St Hywyn’s Church.

8pm – 9pm “Ah Iago, my friend”  

Glyn Edwards, North Wales, gives voices to muted members of literature

See Presenters page for more details. At Porth y Swnt, National Trust Centre.


Saturday 30th June

10.30am – 12 noon “A strange feeling: Face to Face with Botticelli”

John McEllhenney, Pennsylvania, the story of Elsi Eldridge’s trip to Italy in 1934

See Presenters page for more details.  Upstairs in the Sailing Club, Aberdaron.

2pm – 3.30pm  “Chameleon Poet”

Sam Perry, Hull University.  The poets that inspired the poet.

See Presenters page for more details.  Upstairs in the Sailing Club, Aberdaron.

6.30pm – 7.30pm Free Buffet Dinner at Porth y Swnt for Members of the Society

8pm – 9pm   Garnguwch Welsh Male Voice Choir in St Hywyn’s Church

“More than one Poet in Aberdaron : a Tribute to John Morris by RS Thomas and others”

The choir of young men will perform some of John Morris’s forgotten songs about the people and events in Aberdaron over 50 years ago.


Sunday 1st July

11.00am – 12.00pm Eucharist Service, Bangor Cathedral

Bishop Andy John and former Archbishop of Wales Barry Morgan

12.30pm – 2pm Buffet Lunch at Pontio Arts Centre 3 minute walk from the Cathedral

2.30pm – 3.30pm “RS Thomas for a new Generation”  Bangor Cathedral

World premiere of Ellen Davies’ orchestral work “Pilgrimages” performed by Ensemble Cymru  with Anne Denholm  the Royal Harpist.  An orchestral composition  inspired by three of RS Thomas’s poems and the landscape of the Llŷn peninsula. Incorporating  the soundscape of sea and shore – bringing the Llŷn to Bangor.

Owen Lowery – The Poet Prevails –  inspired by RS Thomas.  Performing his own work including  “A visit from the ogre”, despite being paralysed from the shoulders down requiring him to use a breathing machine.  [See  Presenters page for more information]

Premiere performance of “The Other” set to music by Robert L Moran of Philadelphia.

Cathedral Choir Evensong under the direction of Paul Booth with Ensemble Cymru