Angharad Wynne was raised on the stories, songs and history of her native Wales. Not surprisingly therefore, she set off on her university adventures in search of more stories, and found herself immersed in Anglo Saxon sagas, creative writing and archaeology. It has left her with a passion for landscapes and the stories associated with them. This has led to work with communities across the UK and as far afield as Finland, to unearth their local stories, histories and folklore and support them to re-connect authentically and creatively with this culture. In the past few years it has inspired the creation of Dreaming the Land, a series of annual mythological and archaeological pilgrimages across the Britain’s landscapes, and an annual retreat series exploring the ‘dreaming’ of Britain and the songlines that criss-cross the land.
Literature from the Land
Landscape has inspired writing and creativity from the very first mark made by mankind. But what is it to engage creatively with the land? How can we work with it to inspire and enrich our writing? On this course, we’ll walk some of the mythically and archaeologically rich landscapes of Snowdonia and the Llŷn peninsula, and as it’s officially the Year of Legends in Wales we’ll listen to the stories that have arisen from place, and excavate the strata of meaning that lie above and beneath the soil here.
We’ll deepen into history and nature, allowing our responses to arise and then capture them in words.Time on this course will be shared between exploring the hills, valleys and ancient places of north west Wales and developing writing skills in and around Tŷ Newydd. Days out in the landscape will average about six miles in length, some of which will be over moderate upland terrain, at a steady pace and with regular stops.This course will suit those for whom wild places are an inspiration, from travel writers to psycho-geographers, poets to novelists who wish to explore deeper ways of working with land and place to develop the landscapes of their writing.
Suitable for poets, storytellers and prose writers of all abilities.
Jay Griffiths has written on the politics of time, and the importance of wildness in the human spirit and the natural world in childhood. She was born in Manchester, studied at Oxford and has lived in Wales since 2000. With her first book, Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time, she won the Discover award for the best new non-fiction writer to be published in the USA and with her second, Wild: An Elemental Journey she won the inaugural 2007 Orion Book Award. Her fiction includes A Love Letter from a Stray Moon, about the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, and Anarchipelago, about the road protests.
Christine Evans believes all her work begins with weather and landscape. Coming to teach in Pen-Llŷn fifty years ago, she married into the last of the traditional farming families on Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island) and has spent half the year there ever since. She has published seven collections of poetry, winning several awards. Prose publications relating to landscape include a personal history of Bardsey Island, Bardsey, (Gomer, 2008), On the Headland: Uwchmynydd (Gregynog Press Places series) and an account of a February walk to St David's in I Know Another Way (Gomer, 2002).