Y Lolfa Lên returns to the Eisteddfod

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After its first appearance at the 2014 National Eisteddfod, Y Lolfa Lên (The Literature Lounge) will return once again to the Maes in this year's National Eisteddfod between 1 - 8 August.

This year, with support from the Arts Council of Wales, Literature Wales and Swansea University's Academi Hywel Teifi will work in partnership to host a packed programme of various literary events on the Lolfa Lên’s stage, the only literary tipi in Wales.

Academi Hywel Teifi During the week, there will be events commemorating T. Llew Jones’ centenary; Angharad Tomos and Myfanwy Alexander discussing their new novels; a rap workshop with Aneirin Karadog; a literary tour in the surrounding area with Arwyn Groe, and we will be celebrating 25 years since opening Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre.

Other events include a celebration of Hywel Teifi Edwards’ life and work with Dafydd Wigley, M. Wynn Thomas and Gwenno Ffrancon, Simon Brooks, Jasmine Donahaye and Daniel Williams will be discussing literature’s relationship with identity and politics; Fflur Dafydd will be discussing the scriptwriting process behind her first TV series, Parch (S4C), and Christine James will look back at her term as Archdruid and reading her latest works.

A full programme of events will be announced shortly.

Lolfa Lên Lleucu Siencyn, Literature Wales’ Chief Executive, said: “After last year’s amazing Eisteddfod in Llanelli, it’s time to load the hay bales and grab the bunting from the attic ready for August 2015. We’re excited to organise this year’s Lolfa Lên in partnership with Academi Hywel Teifi, and are grateful to the Eisteddfod and the Arts Council of Wales for their kind support. We’re working alongside several publishers, societies and organisations from across Wales to create this year’s programme, and with such an input to the artistic programme, there is bound to be an event for everyone. See you there!”

Gwenno Ffrancon, Director of Academi Hywel Teifi, added: “Working in partnership with Literature Wales to ensure that Eisteddfod-goers of all ages enjoy literature helps us to further develop Academi Hywel Teifi’s vision, and our partnership has been a natural and organic one. Academi Hywel Teifi’s aim is to encourage and support Welsh-medium studies and research at Swansea University and beyond. Working on Y Lolfa Lên gives us a chance to share our expertise, enthusiasm and resources as we give prominence to Welsh literature and culture in Wales.”

During the weeks of June, the Lolfa Lên project will host a series of free outreach workshops in school around Powys. 24 primary and secondary schools will receive a workshop on the theme of ‘heroes’ as a celebration of T. Llew Jones’ centenary. Amongst the writers visiting the schools are Aneirin Karadog, Bethan Gwanas, Anni Llŷn and Manon Steffan Ros. Their work will be on display in Y Lolfa Lên.

For further information about Y Lolfa Lên and the full programme of events, visit www.llenyddiaethcymru.org or contact post@llenyddiaethcymru.org / 02920 472266.