Poetry Readings & Drop-In Workshop with the Young People’s Laureate for Wales and the National Poet of Wales at Chirk Castle, 11.30 am – 1.30 pm
Join Young People’s Laureate for Wales, Sophie Mckeand, in a drop-in writing workshop for all ages from 11.30 am – 12.30 pm. Then, at 12.45 pm, Sophie will be joined by National Poet of Wales, Ifor ap Glyn, for an exclusive reading of their verse in the castle’s elegant chapel. Started in 1295, Chirk Castle, cared for by the National Trust, was one of several medieval marcher fortresses sited on the Welsh-English border to keep the Welsh under English rule. In 1910 Thomas Scott-Ellis, 8th Lord Howard de Walden, fell in love with Chirk Castle, and negotiated a lease with the Myddelton Family, which continued until 1946. Tommy became Dylan’s patron. On Christmas Eve 1940, homeless and broke, Dylan wrote him a moving letter, seeking further help and enclosing six recent poems. Tommy settled his debts and let him have the Apple House, a stone cottage in the garden at Plas Llanina, Newquay.
Chirk Castle is open seven days a week, from 12.00 noon to 5.00 pm, until 1 November: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chirk-castle. Admission charges – Adults: £12.20 / Children: £6.10 / Under 5s and National Trust members free. This event is included in the admission.
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Supported by Literature Wales.