Legends Trail, 11am Saturday
The Legends Trail journey will start from Dolgellau square at 11am on the Saturday morning of the Sesiwn Fawr weekend. A walk around the town to hear a bit of Dolgellau’s history in the company of Caeo Harri Hughes, Gwilym Bowen Rhys, Elidyr Glyn and others. Do you know the connection between Dolgellau and the Wild West? And why are children’s hands carved on a tombstone in the churchyard?
Sgwrs Sadwrn (for new Welsh speakers), Gwin Dylanwad
Your turn to say it in Cymraeg and practice your Welsh with Nicolas Davalan – a musician and Welsh for Adults tutor.
Dolgellau Inns and Hotels
Presentation by the author and former archivist Merfyn Wyn Tomos. This talk will be of great interest to the attendees of the Sesiwn Fawr as Merfyn will be chatting about the history of the town’s pubs, following the publication of the fourth volume in the ‘Dolgellau’ series.
The author Gareth Evans-Jones presents his book ‘Cylchu Cymru’. This is a collection of pieces of literature that offer a concise insight into locations – their stories, history, mythology and allure. Gareth Evans-Jones is a writer, playwright and lecturer. There are photographs to accompany each place, designed by Olwen Fowler.
Yr ifanc a ŵyr
A panel discussion on political issues of importance to young people. Topics will include the housing crisis, jobs, the ‘brain drain’, and education. Among the panellists will be our local member of parliament Liz Saville-Roberts and Chair of Cymdeithas yr Iaith’s Education Group, Mabli Siriol.
This is an opportunity to hear more about the ‘Tradd-OD’ project. In February, with the support of the ‘Youth Music Incubator Fund’ of the Arts Council of Wales, Community Music Wales collaborated with Tŷ Siamas and Hwb Quedleua Myselium to offer Tradd-OD – a unique opportunity to move an old Welsh tradition forward into the modern age, and that under the wing of the videographer and experimental musician Glyn ‘FFRWD’ Roberts, and the extremely versatile Mair Tomos Ifans.
Yr Uffern Fach
To conclude cultural and literary conversations, Yr Uffer Fach (the Little Hell) will be on again this year at Tŷ Siamas as a new crew (which includes a few surprises) will offer suggestions to deliver to Yr Uffern Fach.
Comedy Night, Sunday, Tŷ Siamas
What better way to end the weekend than with a laugh? The comedy night will be back again this year to bring the Session’s celebrations to an end on Sunday night at Tŷ Siamas. Dan Thomas will lead the evening with Mel Owen, Caryl Burke, Steffan Alun, Dan Griffith and Hywel Pitts performing.
Further information and the festival timetable will be released nearer to the event.