Cwsg
Gwasg Gomer
£9.99

Sleep as a topic has always had an appeal. Even today we discuss its effects on our lives. This isn’t a clinical book, but one that casts a waking eye on where we spend around half of our lives, based on stories collected from real experiences.

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Murmuri
Catalan translation by Sílvia Aymerich-Lemos

Cwsg
Gwasg Gomer
£9.99

Sleep as a topic has always had an appeal. Even today we discuss its effects on our lives. This isn’t a clinical book, but one that casts a waking eye on where we spend around half of our lives, based on stories collected from real experiences.

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Absolute Optimist
Translated by Elinor Wyn Reynolds
Honno
£11.99

This is an affectionate yet critical biography of Eluned Phillips (1914-2009), an unsung heroine of Welsh literature, who led an incredible life at a time of great change – taking her from rural Carmarthenshire to bohemian Paris and urbane Los Angeles – across the majority of the 20th Century.

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Optimist Absoliwt
Gwasg Gomer
£12.99

A biography of the poet Eluned Phillips (1915-2009), the second woman to win the National Eisteddfod Crown, which she did twice (1967 and 1983). She embraced a bohemian lifestyle, travelling to pre-war London and Paris, where she was acquainted with Augustus John, Dylan Thomas, Edith Piaf, Jean Cocteau, Maurice Chevalier and Pablo Picasso. Over 30 photographs.

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Perffaith Nam
Gwasg Gomer
ISBN: 1-84323-456-4
£8.99

A collection of the most recent works of one of Wales’s most prolific contemporary poets, comprising challenging and sensitive poems that interweave the poet’s personal view and wider vision of the world and of people’s lives.

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Bondo
Bloodaxe Books
Adapted / Translated by Elin ap Hywel, Gillian Clarke.

The title Bondo means eaves in Welsh, referring to poems about getting close to language as sanctuary. The meditative poems began as a personal engagement with the grief of Aberfan, expressing solidarity with a nation’s wound. The collection also echoes the role of the Welsh bard as rememberancer. With English translation

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Perfect Blemish / Perffaith Nam
New and Selected Poems 1995 – 2007 / Dau Ddetholiad a Cherddi Newydd 1995 – 2007
Bloodaxe Books
£12

This bilingual edition of Menna Elfyn’s later poetry includes all her work from Cell Angel (1996) and Blind Man’s Kiss / Cusan Dyn Dall (2001) as well as the first English translations of Perffaith Nam (2005) and a selection of new poems. The Welsh originals have facing English translations by Elin ap Hywel, Joseph Clancy, Gillian Clarke, Tony Conran, Nigel Jenkins and Robert Minhinnick.

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Murmur
Bloodaxe Books
£9.95

Menna Elfyn’s collection in Welsh and English is full of murmurings, such as the need ‘to walk the earth as if there’s a baby sleeping next door’. Murmur is a poetry of meditation, from the reverberations of dead poets to murmurs of the heart which force the poet to dwell on the irregular beat of the poet’s lot.

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Eucalyptus ~ Detholiad o gerddi | Selected Poems 1978/1994
Gwasg Gomer
ISBN: 1 85902 189 1
£5.50

A bilingual volume of work including 45 poems by Menna Elfyn including an English translation of each poem. First published in 1995.