Y Lolfa Lên returns to the National Eisteddfod

Welsh Books Council

Y Lolfa Lên returns to the National Eisteddfod - 26 July 2015

Since its last visit to Meifod, the Eisteddfod Maes has seen many changes, namely the addition of various new performance stages. One such stage is Literature Wales’ Y Lolfa Lên  – a colourful and fun-filled tipi that will host over 40 Welsh-language literary events during the week-long festival in the company of some of Wales’ favourite writers. Y Lolfa Lên is presented by Literature Wales with support from Academi Hywel Teifi, Arts Council of Wales and The National Eisteddfod of Wales.

The programme of events at Y Lolfa Lên has been organised in partnership with Academi Hywel Teifi and various publishers and societies; it includes discussions, workshops, and performances on themes from political literature to song lyrics, from the culture of bilingualism to the journey from script to film.

Highlights include a panel discussion on literature, politics and identity with Simon Brooks, Daniel G. Williams and Jasmine Donahaye; Guto Dafydd will present 23 reasons why not to write a novel; new poems by former Archdruids Christine James and T. James Jones; and Fflur Dafydd will discuss her hit television series Parch with Non Vaughan Williams. The week-long programme will also include a series of events celebrating the work of acclaimed children’s writer T. Llew Jones in the year which sees the centenary of his birth.

Lleucu Siencyn, Chief Executive of Literature Wales said: "We look forward to returning to the National Eisteddfod every year, and increasingly so this summer as we prepare the Y Lolfa Lên programme. Y Lolfa Lên provides Literature Wales with the opportunity to open the doors to Welsh-language literature and invite everyone to listen, watch, discuss and enjoy the literary talents of Wales."

Literature Wales is extremely glad to welcome Academi Hywel Teifi as partners for Y Lolfa Lên 2015. Their expertise in a wide variety of fields along with Literature Wales’ vast experience has ensured a packed and diverse programme of events for all to enjoy.

Dr Gwenno Ffrancon, the Director of Academi Hywel Teifi said: "Collaborating with Literature Wales to ensure that Eisteddfod audiences of all ages can enjoy literature is a fantastic opportunity for us to further develop the vision of Academi Hywel Teifi. Academi Hywel Teifi aims to promote Welsh-language education and research at Swansea University and beyond and is home to some of our nation’s best writers and academics. Collaborating on the Y Lolfa Lên project has provided us with the opportunity to share our expertise, our enthusiasm and our resources as we demand a prominent place for Welsh literature and arts both in Wales and beyond."

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