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Y Lolfa Lên is run by Literature Wales with support from Academi Hywel Teifi, Swansea University

All weekend – Tafwyl’s Magnificent Mural

Drop in over the weekend to write a little poem with us and watch it come alive in front of your eyes!

The author, television presenter and cartoonist from the Rhondda, Siôn Tomos Owen, will use your poems as inspiration for the creation of a magnificent mural over the two days. Casia Wiliam, Bardd Plant Cymru, will be on hand to help you create poems throughout Saturday, and Eurig Salisbury on the Sunday.

5+ age guide. Coordinated by Literature Wales and the Urdd 


Awen Abertawe

An opportunity to hear Tudur Hallam, Aneirin Karadog, Grug Muse and the young poets of Swansea University’s Department of Welsh present their poems, and discuss how to learn the craft.

Organised by Academi Hywel Teifi

Y Talwrn

A special edition of Y Talwrn (BBC Radio Cymru) will be recorded at Y Lolfa Lên. Come and see your favorite poets competing against each other under the watchful eye of judge Ceri Wyn Jones.

Codi Llais

Menna Machreth, editor of new feminist publication Codi Llais (Y Lolfa), will chair a session on the experiences of women in Wales today. Many of Codi Llais’s contributors will also be joining Menna.

In association with the Y Lolfa

Rhyfel Teulu Cymreig

Dr Gethin Matthews of Swansea University’s History Department discusses his new book that brings together the letters of three brothers from Swansea who were First World War soildiers. Dr Matthews shares an insight into what the letters disclose about the attitude of society to national identity, war, masculinity and family love.

Organised by Academi Hywel Teifi

Developing Drama

Wyn Mason, winner of the National Eisteddfod’s Drama Medal and PhD student in the Department of Welsh, Swansea University, discusses the craft of writing.

Organised by Academi Hywel Teifi



Tu ôl i’r Gôl

Dr Simon Brooks from Academi Morgan Swansea University discusses his new book about football, society and Wales.

Organised by Academi Hywel Teifi

Rhyddhau’r Cranc

Malan Wilkinson discusses her new book, Rhyddhau’r Cranc (Y Lolfa), and talks about her experiences with depression, mental health and coping with difficult events in her life.

In association with the Y Lolfa

Beirdd // Beats

Showing of Beirdd // Beats and conversation with producer and director Griff Lynch. Beirdd // Beats is a series of short films based on contemporary Welsh poems produced for S4C’s Hansh digital platform.

In association with S4C

Llais y Llun

An unique creative project encompassing the artwork of the late Aneurin Jones and the writing of Caryl Lewis. Through a series of 12 drawings and a soundtrack, you will be transported on a tour of West Wales’ countryside. Voices of the people of Cardigan will be heard in a series of sketches and short stories – some of them live readings. A conversation will follow, with Meirion Jones, Aneurin’s son.

The project was originally commissioned by Gŵyl y Cynhaeaf, and this is just the second time it has been introduced live. The sound tracks were produced by Wyn Jones and Lee Mason of Flash Recordings.

In association with Gŵyl y Cynheuaf

Enillwyr Llyfr y Flwyddyn 2018

Following the Book of the Year Award Ceremony at the Tramshed, Cardiff on June 26, some of the judges and winners will take part in a discussion and Q&A session on the selection process of the winners, as well as discussing the winning work.