Events

Rowan Williams Lecture

Rowan Williams Lecture

On Friday, March 23, 2012 the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, delivered a lecture entitled ‘Poetry and Peacemaking’, based on the poems of Waldo Williams, at Pisga Chapel, Llandysilio, Pembrokeshire. The event was organised by Cymdeithas Waldo and Waldo’s stature as a poet was enhanced to that of a poet who knew the true meaning of ‘awen’ or ‘life-force’. Endeavouring to persuade the President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, in Harare, to respect human rights in his own country; endeavouring to...

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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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Emyr Llewelyn Lecture 2010

Emyr Llewelyn Lecture 2010

The inaugural Annual Lecture organised by Cymdeithas Waldo Society was delivered by Emyr Llewelyn at Bethel Chapel, Mynachlog-ddu, on Thursday, 30 September, 2010. He delivered a broadside to those literary critics who insist Waldo Williams’ poetry and significance should be re-visited and re-assessed. The essence of the retired teacher’s comments, as he set forth to dissect Waldo’s ode ‘Tŷ Ddewi (The House of Dewi/David), was that no one should stand back and distance themselves from Waldo’s output but rather embrace his warmth and...

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Wedded to wind and rain and mist

Wedded to wind and rain and mist

On Saturday, 24 September 2011, over 80 pilgrims were led to various places in Pembrokeshire associated with the life of Waldo Williams. The crew met at Blaenconin Chapel where Waldo became a member following baptism by total immersion as a 16 year old in 1920, and hence he received that astonishing letter from his father expounding the seriousness of the mantle he had taken on. Following a short period of silence in the manner of the Quakers form of worship, the current minister, Rev Huw George led the congregation in prayer. He then made the...

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Unveiling at Kimbolton 2011

Unveiling at Kimbolton 2011

Waldo Williams’ would have approved of the enforced absence of the shepherd of the Preselau at the ceremony in Kimbolton near Huntingdon. If the Welsh pacifist-poet had known that a plaque was to be unveiled in his memory at the public school where he taught for a short while, he would have mumbled to himself, ‘what nonsense are they up to now?’ If he had known that the necessity of shearing a few hundred sheep had kept Cerwyn Davies, chairman of Cymdeithas Waldo Association, within sight of the mountains, he would have advised the rest...

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