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Elm Cottage Plaque

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

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

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...

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Mererid Hopwood Lecture 2012

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)...

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T. James Jones Lecture 2011

T. James Jones Lecture 2011

As he delivered the Annual Waldo Society Lecture, Archdruid Jim Parcnest mentioned how Waldo once appeared out of the blue as he was addressing the members of a literary night class. At Cross Hands Jim Parcnest had been asked to explain the significance of ‘proest’ – a half rhyme – and was struggling when in walked Waldo in his khaki shorts, and sat at the back. After much cajoling he was eventually persuaded to address the class and made use of the blackboard and chalk to explain the nuances of ‘proest’, which should not always be...

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