“Mamgu with coal and ‘lectric”… and more!


Last Tuesday evening (3rd May) saw the official launch of Windywhirly Things, Tairgwaith’s brilliant collection of poetry and creative writing at the village’s Canolfan Maerdy.

An expectant full house turned up to hear the wonderfully evocative poems and stories of some of the writers, created through the excellent workshops run by Emily Hinshelwood at the centre. As Emily said it was indeed a warm, friendly and entertaining event and all of us could have carried on listening for a lot longer.

There was humour and pathos aplenty as the writers held the audience rapt with their tales of their energy encounters – battles with ovens and coal fires, VHS recorders having minds of their own, fancy underwear wrecking washing machines as well as the changing landscapes of this ‘frontier village’ and the hardships and struggles endured over the years in the quest for energy.


Thanks very much to all who read and attended; to Emily (featured above) who organised things tremendously as ever; and, also to Canolfan Maerdy which provided a great collection of tasty sandwiches and cakes to keep everyone well-fed.

Diolch yn fawr Tairgwaith a phob clod i bawb!

Copies of Windywhirly Things, which features the poems set beautifully amongst photographs of the area and some wonderfully wacky illustrations by Emily, is available for free upon request. Please contact us if you would like a copy.




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