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Jason Walford Davies Lecture 2015

The Annual Waldo Williams Lecture is by now a literary event of merit. The Waldo Williams Society was only formed five years ago. The committee meetings are held in Mynachlog-ddu, Pembrokeshire. But it is truly a national organisation attracting the best of our lecturers. This year was no exception as Professor Jason Walford Davies threw light anew on the poet who encountered the Welsh language during the four years of his childhood spent in the village at the foothills of the Preselau. In order to emphasize the national aspect the lecture was held at Y Drwm in the National Library,...

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Elm Cottage Plaque

Waldo Williams was a person who could be easily loved, according to Dilys Parry, on account of the fact that he was such ‘a dear, dear man’. She came to know him well through attending his night classes at Haverfordwest, assisting him in his 1959 general election campaign, and joining him and his fellow Quakers on their frequent walks.

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Aled Gwyn Lecture 2014

The voices of the Parcnest Boys must have been specifically made to recite the poetry of their literary hero, Waldo Williams. The mellifluous tone of the Dyfed dialect could be heard in the voice of the youngest of the three, Aled Gwyn, as he quoted extensively from the poet’s poems when he delivered the Annual Cymdeithas Waldo Lecture, based on a line from the ‘In Two Fields’ poem – ‘Mor agos at ei gilydd y deuem’ – which translates as ‘how close to each other we became’, at Puncheston in North Pembrokeshire on Friday September 26 2014.

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Gareth Miles Lecture 2013

Waldo Williams’ muse cannot be appreciated without reference to the impish aspect of his personality along with the more familiar profound element. That was the gist of dramatist Gareth Miles’ observations when delivering the Cymdeithas Waldo Annual Lecture at Ysgol Uwchradd Botwnnog, Pwllheli, on Friday, September 27, 2013. He described how Waldo’s humour blossomed in the company of dramatist Idwal Jones, on the basis of limericks and parodies, to such an extent that their humour became known as ‘Idwaldod’. He mentioned Waldo’s comical manner when relating some of his most...

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Mererid Hopwood Lecture 2012

Waldo Williams would not have approved of the ‘Big Society’ concept of the Tory Party, according to Mererid Hopwood, as she delivered Cymdeithas Waldo’s Annual Lecture. As she analysed the sonnet ‘Cymru’n Un’ (Wales as One) she described the alternative society or neighbourhood the poet had in mind compared to what the prime minister, David Cameron seeks to establish. Mererid referred to those words she considers to be ‘bleeps’ embedded in the sonnet to help us decipher its meaning. One such word is ‘cyntedd’ (passage) which led Waldo into Wales and to an acquaintance of...

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