Annual Lecture 2022

Annual Lecture 2022

This year’s Annual Lecture will be held in the Board Room, at the National Library, Aberystwyth at 5.30pm Friday, September 30. The guest lecturer will be Mererid Hopwodd (due to John Gwilym Jones’ withdrawal for family reasons). Her subject will be ‘Plentyn y Ddaear (Child of the Earth)’ and this is the background:

“One verse that I associate with Waldo by now is: ‘Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.’  All through our lives we strive to give the impression that we are mature, mature in our behaviour, mature in our views and mature in our ideas. That is not the effort we see in Waldo’s life but a form of freedom to be forever young. It is the mature wise men of this world who are childish.”

For information regarding tickets/listening on-line please contact / 01970 622137 Tea/coffee will be served at 5pm. The event is organised jointly by Cymdeithas Waldo Society, Joseff Herman Institution and the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth University.

The following morning a Waldothon will be held when twenty group leaders across Wales will each organise reading 20 or so of Waldo’s poems. Individuals are invited to sponsor the readings at £5 per poem.

The event is organised by Alun Ifans:

“There are 317 poems written in Welsh and 27 written in English in the volume edited by Alan Llwyd and Robert Rhys, ‘Cerddi Waldo 1922–1970’ (Gwasg Gomer: 2014) which makes a total of 344.

According to the Archdruid, Myrddin ap Dafydd:

“There is always pleasure to be found when engaging with Waldo’s poems. There is extra pleasure to be felt when reading them aloud, those powerful rhythms and the smooth sound of the words. Furthermore, the event will raise money to keep the memory of the bard close to the ear of his country. It will be an experience to be appreciated on several levels!”

For more information please get in touch with Alun:


One of Cymdeithas Waldo’s Honorary Presidents, Sister Bosco, died on April 10 – Palm Sunday. There developed a close relationship between her and Waldo when she lived in Haverfordwest. It was her who said on Waldo’s death: “Waldo’s soul ascended on Ascension Thursday”. Such was her concern for him that she nursed him during his terminal illness at Saint Thomas’ Hospital, Haverfordwest.  She later returned to Ireland and made her home at the Sisters of Mercy Convent in Cahir. She was in her late 90s. Another of Waldo’s close friends, David Redpath, the Quaker, has also recently died. They would both worship at the Friends Meeting House in Milford. David was ninety years of age. A sense of reverence could be heard in David’s voice whenever he spoke of his friend.

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