Max Boyce

Max Boyce

Happy New Year. And it's always an honour to be able to write this column. Now is the time to announce the royal honours for this dame or other or knight after knight. The most perplexing step was to make Tony Blair, for his deadly ventures in Iraq a Knight Companion...

Clothes

Clothes

There is a campaign to stop buying new clothes for a year. No, I won't promise yet not to buy anything for a whole year but I do have admiration for those who have started the campaign for the sake of the environment. I've been slowly trying to get rid of clothes in...

Booster and strength

Booster and strength

What a good word ‘strength' is? We can put so many words to boost it and now we have a new word in Welsh cyfnerthydd for ‘booster’ which is a jab to join the other two. One must praise those whose job it is to do this kind of work. It can’t be easy to retell time and...

Dŵr Cymru

Dŵr Cymru

A century ago, there was an attempt to classify the rivers according to the fish that were there. We did plenty of studying when we were children and the fish to be seen – seemed so transparent. Catching them of course was another matter but my brother managed to...

Nobel Prize for Peace

Nobel Prize for Peace

I remember thinking as a child that the word ‘oes’ in Welsh was a question - (is there?) but that was before I learnt ‘yn oes oesoedd’ at the end of the Lord’s Prayer which meant ‘forever and ever’. So it became a very ordinary and extraordinary word to me, to do with...

President of Wales PEN Cymru

President of Wales PEN Cymru

As President of Wales PEN Cymru, and on behalf of PEN members, we celebrate PEN International’s centenary as an organisation that has defended the rights of writers worldwide since its foundation in 1921. The main objective of PEN is to defend the freedom of...

Sea stories

Sea stories

Coming and going. Sea stories always give me sea sickness. Although there is nothing more enjoyable than swimming in Pembrokeshire. By the time you read this I may have had a swim for the first time this year. But in Mexico years ago I nearly drowned out of my depth...

How many of us tried to run with them on the field

How many of us tried to run with them on the field

Colofn Gymraeg bob pythefnos yn y Western Mail, cyhoeddwyd gyntaf ar 24 Mehefin O am ryddhad pan ddaeth y chwiban ar ddiwedd y gêm rhwng Cymru a’r Eidal. A thrwy gydol y gêm dal anadl, ambell ebwch a gwg. Sawl un ohonon ni geisiodd rhedeg gyda nhw ar y cae, yn ein...

Kritya Festival

Kritya Festival

This is an event discussing language and poetry with two poets and academics under the guidance of Kritya Festival and the renowned Rati Saxena: https://youtu.be/fdd9jBgpLHY

Y Pethau Diwethaf

Y Pethau Diwethaf

Fortnightly Welsh language column from the Western Mail first published on 15 April 2021: Mae’r cyfnod clo hir yma wedi ein gwneud i feddwl yn fwy manwl am y pethau cyntaf a’r pethau diwethaf yn ein bywydau. Alla i ddim â meddwl am Y Pethau Diwethaf heb feddwl am...

Diary of Events/Readings 2021

April/ Ebrill 13: Conclave: World Poetry Reading 16.00 – 17.30 pm April/ Ebrill 17: Cardiff Poetry Festival / Gwyl Farddoniaeth - Caerdydd 16.00-16.45 pm Menna Elfyn & Mererid Hopwood : Welsh only/ Welsh learners welcome April/ Ebrill 24: Italian translation event...

Happy International Day of Solidarity Translation

Happy International Day of Solidarity Translation

Syringa vulgaris ORIGINAL IN WELSH  by Menna Elfyn ARAGONESE BASQUE BRETON CATALAN ENGLISH FRENCH GALICIAN GREEK HUNGARIAN IRISH ITALIAN OCCITAN ROMANIAN  SPANISH  YIDDISH [and many more upcoming soon here✌] Heartfelt thanks to the following authors and translators:...

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