Wales Book of the Year Readings: Poetry

In the run up to the Wales Book of the Year ceremony, Literature Wales are releasing videos created by Cwmni Da, of the actors Rhodri Siôn and Catrin Mara reading from the titles shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year Award. My poem, ‘Cariad,’ is featured in the video below, read beautifully by Rhodri Siôn: For more…

Y Creadur/The Creature by Harri Gwynn

In a shadowy, circular room at Aberystywth Arts Centre, on the centenary of Harri Gwynn’s birth, writers Robert Minhinnick and Twm Morys came together last autumn to perform the poet’s original 1952 National Eisteddfod entry, ‘Y Creadur.’ As I enter the room, Twm Morys stands below a dome-shaped ceiling. Centre-stage and dimly lit, he welcomes…

Fairy Tales and Freud: Psychoanalysis in Children’s Stories

Psychoanalytic theory, founded by Sigmund Freud during the twentieth century as a means to evaluate and cure mentally disturbed patients, lurks beneath the surface of traditional Fairy Tales, barely hidden. When these stories are read in Freudian terms of latent and manifest content, (as described in ‘The Interpretation of Dreams‘), it’s possible to read familiar narratives as…