A sea of light

A sea of light

Several events were held to celebrate the centenary of Waldo Williams’ birth in 2004. Among them were lectures, concerts, exhibitions and an open-air presentation around Carreg Waldo.

Some of those who delivered lectures and shared their reminiscences were James Nicholas, Emyr Llewelyn, Dic Jones, Dewi Thomas, Vernon Beynon and David Williams. An exhibition was held at the County Library, Haverfordwest, of work by artists invited to contribute an item inspired by Waldo’s poems.

Pupils of Ysgol Gymunedol Maenclochog reciting one of Waldo's poems for children at Rhos-fach

In July the intention was to stage an open-air presentation Môr o Oleuni (A Sea of Light) around Carreg Waldo, but the first performance had to be cancelled because of torrential rain.

The second performance was beset by technical hitches, but on the Saturday evening a magnificent sunset provided a backdrop to the presentation by Clychau Clochog.

Waldo would probably have laughed rather sheepishly if he had known of the difficulties, but would have been moved by the clouds of light moving across the ridge towards Foel Cwm Cerwyn, as the actors spoke his words.