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Literature Wales’ Y Lolfa Lên returns to the National Eisteddfod:

Announcing the week-long events programme

With Tafwyl, Y Sesiwn Fawr, Gŵyl Arall and the Hay Festival all behind us, we now turn our sights to the National Eisteddfod which will return to Montgomeryshire this August for the first time since 2003.

Since its last visit to Meifod, the Eisteddfod Maes has seen many changes, namely the addition of various new performance stages. One such stage is Literature Wales’ Y Lolfa Lên (Literature Lounge) – a colourful and fun-filled tipi that will host over 40 Welsh-language literary events during the week-long festival in the company of some of Wales’ favourite writers. Y Lolfa Lên is presented by Literature Wales with support from Academi Hywel Teifi, Arts Council of Wales and The National Eisteddfod of Wales.

The programme of events at Y Lolfa Lên has been organised in partnership with Academi Hywel Teifi and various publishers and societies; it includes discussions, workshops, and performances on themes from political literature to song lyrics, from the culture of bilingualism to the journey from script to film.

Highlights include a panel discussion on literature, politics and identity with Simon Brooks, Daniel G. Williams and Jasmine Donahaye; Guto Dafydd will present 23 reasons why not to write a novel; new poems by former Archdruids Christine James and T. James Jones; and Fflur Dafydd will discuss her hit television series Parch with Non Vaughan Williams. The week-long programme will also include a series of events celebrating the work of acclaimed children’s writer T. Llew Jones in the year which marks the centenary of his birth.

Lleucu Siencyn, Chief Executive of Literature Wales said: “We look forward to returning to the National Eisteddfod every year, and increasingly so this summer as we prepare the Y Lolfa Lên programme. Y Lolfa Lên provides Literature Wales with the opportunity to open the doors to Welsh-language literature and invite everyone to listen, watch, discuss and enjoy the literary talents of Wales.”

Literature Wales is extremely glad to welcome Academi Hywel Teifi as partners for Y Lolfa Lên 2015. Their expertise in a wide variety of fields, along with Literature Wales’ vast experience, has ensured a packed and diverse programme of events for all to enjoy.

Dr Gwenno Ffrancon, the Director of Academi Hywel Teifi said: “Collaborating with Literature Wales to ensure that Eisteddfod audiences of all ages can enjoy literature is a fantastic opportunity for us to further develop the vision of Academi Hywel Teifi. Academi Hywel Teifi aims to promote Welsh-language education and research at Swansea University and beyond and is home to some of our nation’s best writers and academics. Collaborating on the Y Lolfa Lên project has provided us with the opportunity to share our expertise, our enthusiasm and our resources as we demand a prominent place for Welsh literature and arts both in Wales and beyond.”

There’s less than a week to go until we can park our caravans in Maes C and pitch our tents in Maes B, and we look forward immensely to welcoming you to Y Lolfa Lên.

For further information about Y Lolfa Lên
contact Literature Wales:
post@llenyddiaethcymru.org / 029 2047 2266
Printed events programme will be available from Y Lolfa Lên throughout the festival.

 

Y Lolfa Lên is funded by Literature Wales,
Academi Hywel Teifi and the Arts Council of Wales
with in-kind support from The National Eisteddfod of Wales.