Archif Newyddion | News Archive – 2017




A new collection of poems from Wales’s best-known and most travelled Welsh-language poet, Menna Elfyn, is published on 26 October by Bloodaxe Books. Menna will be giving launch readings from Bondo in London, Wales, Poland and at the Hay Winter Weekend

Cyhoeddir cyfrol newydd gan y bardd Menna Elfyn ar Hydref 26ain, gyda lansiadau o Bondo yn cael eu cynnal yn Llundain, gwlad Pwyl, y ystod penwythnos aeaf y Gelli, yn ogystal â mannau eraill yng Nghymru.



19 October: London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Grays Inn Rd, London WC1X 8UE, 7.30pm London launch of Bondo. All welcome. Contact mirain@londonwelsh.org

26 October: The Society of Authors, 84 Drayton Gardens, London SW10 9SB, 6.30-7.30pm Reading by Menna Elfyn, Liz Niven, Colette Bryce & Kayo Chingonyi, followed by discussion.

2 November: Penrallt Gallery/Bookshop, Heol Penrallt, Machynlleth SY20 8AJ, 7pm Launch of Bondo with Menna Elfyn and Elin ap Hywel.

7-10 November: University of Szczecin, Poland Menna Elfyn will read at the University of Szczecin for their Welsh Day, part of Celtic Week.

24 November: Hay Winter Weekend, Hay-on-Wye Menna Elfyn will read alongside fellow Bloodaxe poet Pascale Petit at Hay Winter Weekend.

27 November: Poems & Pints at The Queens, 10 Queen St, Carmarthen SA31 1JR, 7.30pm Menna Elfyn will be the guest reader for this launch of Bondo in her home town.

7 December, Priordy-Festri, Caerfyrddin, 7 o’r gloch (Welsh language event) Darlleniad o Bondo o wasg Bloodaxe Books.


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'Llinynnau Cerdd' / 'The Strings of Song'
- 02/10/2017


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Menna Elfyn's poems in translation- Rati Saxena




Reading at Dylan Thomas' Boathouse in Laugharne




Writers Aloud - Royal Literary Fund: Podcast

Menna Elfyn finds time in her hectic schedule to share a writing life where the language is rich, the international is celebrated and the political is unavoidable.

» https://www.rlf.org.uk/showcase/wa_episode109/

Episode: 109
Date: 16-03-2017
Length: 20:26



Galesko murmurioen oihartzunao

Menna Elfyn Galesko poetaren lan bat itzuli dute Eli Tolaretxipik eta Arantza Fernandezek. 'Murmurioa' izena jarri diote, eta 139 olerki ditu

» http://www.berria.eus/paperekoa/1856/024/001/2017-01-18/galesko_murmurioen_oihartzuna.htm




Publication Date: 26 Oct 2017
Bloodaxe Books
Pages: 128
Size: 216 x 138mm
Rights: World

is Menna Elfyn’s latest collection in Welsh and English. Her title means eaves in Welsh, referring to poems about getting close to language as sanctuary. Other poems were written episodically over a number of years. These meditative poems began simply as a personal engagement with the grief of Aberfan, expressing solidarity with a nation’s wound. Bondo is also the voice which echoes the role of the Welsh bard as remembrancer.

Menna Elfyn is the best-known, most travelled and most translated of all Welsh-language poets. The extraordinary international range of her subjects, breathtaking inventiveness and generosity of vision place her among Europe’s leading poets. Like her previous Bloodaxe titles, Bondo is a bilingual Welsh-English edition. Again, the facing English translations are by leading Welsh poets, in this case Elin ap Hywel, Gillian Clarke, Damian Walford Davies and Robert Minhinnick. It is her first new book since Perfect Blemish: New & Selected Poems / Perffaith Nam: Dau Ddetholiad & Cherddi Newydd 1995-2007 and the later collection Murmur (2012), a Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation.

'Menna Elfyn is the firebird of the Welsh language, bright, indomitably modern and as undestructible as the phoenix. She gives hope to all writers in lesser spoken languages that great things can rise from the ashes' – Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill

'Elfyn is a poet of healing…both compassionate and celebratory. Like a soul doctor she questions and probes, like St Teresa she endures the darkness, but in the end she sings a song which affirms that flawed humanity is indeed perfectible’ – Katie Gramich, Planet

'Liberation and enclosure are powerful themes in Menna Elfyn's work. She is a political poet, writing with passion of the Welsh language and identity for which she campaigns. But she makes her claims with realism…a restless, intensely responsive imagination’ – Helen Dunmore, Observer

Menna Elfyn: 'Handkerchief Kiss'

Menna Elfyn reads her poem 'Handkerchief Kiss' / 'Cusan Hances' in English and Welsh from Perffaith Nam / Perfect Blemish: New & Selected Poems 1995-2007 (Bloodaxe Books, 2007). The English translation of this poem is by Joseph P. Clancy. This film is from the DVD-book In Person: 30 Poets, filmed by Pamela Robertson-Pearce, edited by Neil Astley, which includes four poems from Perffaith Nam / Perfect Blemish read by Menna Elfyn in Welsh and English.

Bilingual Welsh-English edition



Nodwch os gwelwch yn dda - y cyfeiriad ebost newydd: mennaelfyn@btinternet.com

Please note change in email address to - mennaelfyn@btinternet.com