A Poem for St David’s Day

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi hapus 2021 to all our Welsh readers.

What better way to celebrate St David’s Day than some poetry from the 19th century Welsh Bard, Trebor Mai.

Iach hardd-lif, drych ei werdd-lan – yw gwyneb
Y Gonwy bereiddlan;
Afonig loywaf anian,
Groyw’n myn’d rhwng graian mân.

‘Afon Conwy’

Trebor Mai, the penname and ananym (I am Robert) of Robert Willams (1830-77) was a tailor and poet whose work is noted for its use of englynion, a traditional Welsh meter of short poems.

His poem Afon Conwy above celebrates the River Conwy as ‘the most beautiful of rivers’.

Mai was born in Ty’n-yr-ardd near Llanrwst, the restoration of which being the centrepiece of our 2019 autobiographical title A Hidden Home in the Gwydyr Forest by Janet Corke.

And the Artel Press is delighted to announce to readers of this much-loved book that we hope to make an announcement on new writing from the author later this year. Watch this space!