The History of Wales in 12 Poems
M Wynn Thomas in conversation with Jon Gower
Date: Saturday, 11th June 2022
Venue: Montgomery Town Hall
Time: 1.00 – 1.45 pm
Poets and poetry have always had a special place in the cultural life of Wales. In conversation with fellow writer and historian, Jon Gower, M Wynn Thomas delves into the Welsh poetic tradition from the seventh century to the present day, identifying 12 poems that, down the centuries, have brought different aspects of the Welsh past into focus.
We’ll hear how he tackled the unenviable task of selecting his 12, how they encapsulate Welsh history and also a selection of the poems themselves, both in Welsh and English.
Wynn Thomas OBE is Professor of English and Emyr Humphreys Chair of Welsh Writing in English at Swansea University. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Learned Society of Wales, Chair of the Books Council of Wales and a former Vice President of the Learned Society of Wales. The author of two studies of Whitman, he has published two dozen studies of the two literatures of Wales, including All That is Wales, a Welsh Book of the Year in 2019, and, in 2021, The History of Wales in 12 Poems.
Jon Gower has over forty books to his name, in Welsh and English, including The Story of Wales which accompanied the landmark BBC series, An Island Called Smith which won the John Morgan Travel Writing Award, and Y Storïwr which won the Wales Book of the Year award. He is a former BBC Wales arts and media correspondent and was for many years the presenter of Radio Wales’ arts’ programme First Hand. His next books will be Y Diwedd, which completes his Welsh language crime trilogy, to be published in September and The Turning Tide: A Biography of the Irish Sea, due out from Harper North in February 2023.