Thomas Paine, The French Revolution, and The Rights of Man

In 1791, Thomas Paine published The Rights of Man, a hugely influential work of pamphleteering, in which he expounded the virtues of the French Revolution and its principles. Paine hoped to influence the course of history in England (and Wales!) by disseminating...

Ddalith dim byd fwy na’i lond.

‘Ddalith dim byd fwy na’i lond’. Can anyone find an English equivalent of this Welsh idiom? I remembered it today while putting chairs on a trolley in Rhos-y-Gilwen. Literally the expression means: ‘Nothing will hold more than it can...

Y Mabinogi

The Tree of Leaf and Flame will be performing their adaptation of the Mabinogi this Friday. The Mabinogi is the name given to a family of tales from medieval Wales. The Mabinogi per se comprises the Four Branches – Pwyll, Branwen, Math and Manawyddan. The word...

Songs of Change

Songs of Change (June 21st) is a chance to write, perhaps not I will Always Love You or the next Hotel California, but maybe something like Bob Marley’s Redemption Song, and though Dylan thought ‘the answer was blowing in the wind’, we might try and...