On Wednesday 13 September the Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square Dublin 1, presented a special performance of Y Gadair Wag (The Empty Chair / An Chathaoir Fholamh) to mark the centenary of the death of Welsh poet Hedd Wyn, who was killed on the battlefields of Flanders on 31 July 1917. Bringing together poetry, film and experimental techniques, this new show by Ifor ap Glyn, National Poet of Wales, explores themes of loss and identity through the life and work of Hedd Wyn and other poets of the First World War, including Irish poet Francis Ledwidge, who was also killed on the Western Front, at Ypres, on 31 July 1917. The event featured Ifor ap Glyn, National Poet of Wales, Nerys Williams (UCD) and Tom French; full details can be found here.

From Glasnevin Trust/TCD 2017 Winter Lecture series: Myles Dungan and Nerys Williams on ‘Poets of the black chair: Francis Ledwidge and Hedd Wynn’.

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