Menna Elfyn readings and events

Menna Elfyn readings and events

Wales’s best-known and most travelled Welsh-language poet, Menna Elfyn, published her most recent collection by Bloodaxe in 2017 in a dual language Welsh-English edition. Menna launched the book at the London Welsh Centre and gave further launch readings from Bondo in Wales and at the Hay Winter Weekend. She was a headline poet at StAnza International Poetry Festival in March 2019.

Bondo has at its heart a sequence of poems in response to the mining disaster that took place at Aberfan on 21 October 1966.  These poems were written over a number of years in private journals and notebooks, and reflect a deep and continuing connection with the mining communities in Wales.  Menna Elfyn’s poem ‘The Gate’ / ‘Y Glwyd’, first published in her 2012 Bloodaxe collection Murmur, is reprinted here in remembrance of the loss of her grandfather in a mining accident.

Menna Elfyn was a guest on Radio 3's The Verb on 1 February 2019. She was discussing the subjunctive in Welsh, and reading poems from Bondo: Download the podcast to hear Menna reading an additional poem.




Fridya 13th October, 8.30pm

Winchester Poetry Festival: Daljit Nagra, Menna Elfyn, Harry Josephine Giles

The Arc Winchester, Jewry Street, Winchester SO23 8SB

In celebration of the festival’s focus on the diversity of languages in the UK, Winchester Poetry Festival presents three of our most exciting poets, who work in Orcadian, Welsh and in the linguistic ‘Indiom’ where east-meets-west. Harry Josephine Giles will be appearing virtually at this event.

Tickets from £7.21 - more information and booking here.

[23 May 2019]

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