Sian Melangell Dafydd was brought up at the foot of the Berwyn, where she has returned since living and working in Italy in galleries, and in France at America University in Paris. Her novel Y Trydydd Peth won the Medal Ryddiaith (Prose Medal) at the National Eisteddfod in 2009 and was the last co-editor of the iconic literary magazine, Taliesin. She works diligently with Indian poets and on doctoral research using yoga and writing as creative parallel exercises. Her novel Filò (Gwasg Gomer), was published in the autumn of 2019.
Yoga and Writing: The Sun in the Self
This course combines two creative practices that energise one another: yoga and writing. We will combine meditation, pranayama (breathing) and asana (movement) with writing exercises, together with Hindu mythology and free time to write in the wonderful surroundings of Tŷ Newydd. This will be a playful, experimental and fun course to seek inspiration and to find our bodies’ inner stories. You will leave with a new-found spring in your step and a suitcase full of poems and short stories. Tŷ Newydd’s resident chef will prepare a special Ayurvedic menu during the week to cleanse the body and the mind. This course is suitable for anyone with moderate physical ability. Please get in touch for more information.
Siân Melangell Dafydd
Amali Rodrigo is a poet and translator, born in Sri Lanka, now living in London. Her collection Lotus Gatherers was published by Bloodaxe in 2016. In her current research towards a PhD, she is looking at Depth Psychology and artistic practice. Carl Jung's use of the Mandala in his work is a special focus. She teaches creative writing at Lancaster University.
Artist and Outdoor swimmer Vivienne Rickman-Poole's has been quietly swimming and documenting her way around the lakes of Snowdonia. Her project 'Swim Snowdonia' was named one of the most inspiring adventures of 2016 in the Guardian. 'Afterglow' a film documenting Vivienne's passion for both swimming and her photographic work took the Gold award for 'Best Women in Adventure Film' category at Sheffield Adventure Film Festival.