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Day Two at the London Book Fair

The London Book Fair runs from April 16-April 18, and WWB brings it to you from the Literary Translation Centre, a seminar dedicated to all aspects of literary translation.  Follow us each day on [email protected] on our Dispatches blog, where we'll be posting daily round-ups with news on the ground.   Day Two at the Literary Translation Centre gives us pause. On everyone’s lips is a quirky idea, especially for a group of translators and translation...

In Praise of the Brothers of Bod Iwan

For the Welsh original, please click here.   In Bod Iwan there have long been gods of words and gods of song, gods with feet sound upon this earth, wild gods and wise gods, for what it's worth: Gerallt, who's followed all the trails from Madryn back again to Wales and Edmwnd, Edmwnd who knows that sense and sound are more than shows; the great water and the smallest birds are all in Ieuan's quiet words: Two came to Bod Iwan's table, two whose words...

Llywelyn’s Breath

For the Welsh original, please click here. (at the Llanelwedd National Eisteddfod) The border is near, its rugged soil continuing to sear its history on the face of our language's acres, our no man's land. Our language is Llywelyn's faint breath on these stones, challenging others to utter it, and stir over its existence. I catch it, imagine it as a leaden rain, a featherbed, our soul, our secret, blush of life, a little darling: a moment, a...

The Circus

For the Welsh original, please click here. When I close my ears to the sounds of this circus my eyes rise to the paths where Will High-Bridge-Arm waits for me. The papers said it was the sovereign in his pocket that was bait for thieves. I wonder whether time froze for him as he tasted, heard, felt the pain of the world passing by him? The gang laughed at him as they caught the glint of moon in his gold coin. Will High-Bridge-Arm sank into oblivion's fountain. When he rose from...

from The Other Man

For the Welsh original, please click here. Davies, Anna, and Daniel have been as close as three people can be. But now Davies is dead in a car crash, and the two that are left must "take on the case": Davies' life, their own lives, and the whole of their shared past. Who, and what, was Davies? Did they know him at all? And why is he still, even now, hiding from them? In this extract, from chapter 7, Daniel recounts a story told to him by Davies. Through the details and ambiguities...

Cywydd Mawl Brodyr Bod Iwan

For the English translation, please click here.   Mae duwiau ym Mod Iwan, duwiau'r gair, brodyr y gân, yn dduwiau traed ar ddaear, duwiau gwyllt, eneidiau gwâr: Gerallt, sydd yn dallt y daith yn ôl i Fadryn eilwaith; ac Edmwnd, Edmwnd a âyr fod twrw'n sân a synnwyr; y dâr mawr, yr adar mân - maen nhw yng nghwmni Ieuan: Bu dau wrth fwrdd Bod Iwan, dau a'u hiaith yn llwch ar dân, mwg o iaith ar y paith...

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