Voices of Women from The Mabinogi: a Welsh-American creative response
The medieval Welsh tales of the Mabinogi continue to fascinate students of literature in Wales and throughout the world. The extensive body of scholarship concerning the tales continues to grow and their ability to stimulate creative responses among poets and writers is also as strong as ever.
In her recently published volume of verse, Travelling on My Own Errands: Voices of Women from the Mabinogi (Carreg Gwalch, 2017), the Welsh-American poet Margaret Lloyd has produced one of the most compelling and wide-ranging poetical responses to the feminine characters in the Mabinogi. The volume has been fittingly described as follows by the eminent poet and critic Jeremy Hooker:
“The voices here have an elemental quality, grounding the poems in the permanent features of Welsh landscape and its creatures - sea and sky, the seasons, beasts and birds and flowers. With these poems we see clearly the depths of women’s experience within a lovingly rendered Wales.”
Based on the fascinating material in this volume, Margaret Lloyd will be giving a poetry reading in Bangor University on Wednesday the 5th of July. The event will be held at 6.00 p.m. in the Welsh Seminar Room.
Margaret Lloyd, who is Professor Emeritus at Springfield College, Massachusetts, was born in Wales and raised in Utica. Travelling on My Own Errands: Voices of Women from the Mabinogi (Carreg Gwalch, 2017) is her fourth volume of poetry.
The Reading will be in English
Publication date: 30 June 2017