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…

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Ceri Wyn Lecture 2021

‘SOLACE IN DARK TIMES’ On presenting Cymdeithas Waldo’s first virtual Annual Lecture on September 24th, the guest lecturer deftly argued that Waldo’s poems are a means of upholding the individual’s…

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Annual Lecture 2020

Because of the uncertainty and the anxiety regarding the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Annual Lecture, due to be held on Friday, September 25, at Bethel Chapel, Mynachlog-ddu, has been cancelled….

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Emyr Llywelyn Lecture 2019

‘Waldo’s Religion’ was Emyr Llywelyn’s chosen topic on the occasion of the ninth Annual Cymdeithas Waldo Lecture at Oriel y Parc, St Davids on Friday, September 27. It was Emyr…

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Lecture by Robert Rhys 2017

Re-building the House Dr Robert Rhys based his lecture at Capel Hermon, Fishguard, on September 29 2017, to a large extent, on the majestic ode of praise delivered by Waldo…

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Lecture by Ieuan Wyn 2016

The poems of Waldo Williams are full of eternal hope of a better world. That was the gist of National bard, Ieuan Wyn’s lecture as he delivered the seventh Annual…

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Lecture by Professor M. Wynn Thomas 2016

[:en]In a lecture delivered in the village of Rhoscrowther, near Pembroke on 26 May 2016, Professor M. Wynn Thomas – for the first time in the public arena – dealt with the effect of the anxiety that Waldo Williams felt as a result of his father’s loss of sanity. It was because of John Edwal’s ill-health the family moved from Haverfordwest to Mynachlog-ddu so that he could regain his strength in the mountain breeze as the headmaster of a much smaller school. Years later, after the death of his parents, Waldo received treatment for his own severe nervous affliction.[:WE]Mewn darlith a draddodwyd ym mhentref Rhoscrowdder, ger Penfro, gan yr Athro M. Wynn Thomas, ar nos Iau 26 Mai, ymdriniwyd am y tro cyntaf erioed yn gyhoeddus ag effaith yr arswyd a deimlai’r bardd Waldo Williams o ganlyniad i amhwylledd ei brifathro o dad. Oherwydd salwch John Edwal y bu’n rhaid i’r teulu symud o Hwlffordd i Fynachlog-ddu er mwyn iddo adennill ei nerth yn awel y bryniau fel sgwlyn ysgol tipyn llai ei maint. Flynyddoedd yn ddiweddarach, wedi marwolaeth ei rieni, bu rhaid i Waldo dderbyn triniaeth i’w chwalfa nerfol ei hun.[:]

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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’…

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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…

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