A new collection of poems from Wales’s best-known and most travelled Welsh-language poet, Menna Elfyn, is published on 26 October by Bloodaxe Books. Menna will be giving launch readings from Bondo in London, Wales, Poland and at the Hay Winter Weekend.
Bondo has at its heart a sequence of poems in response to the mining disaster that took place at Aberfan 51 years ago this October. These poems were written over a number of years in private journals and notebooks, and reflect a deep and continuing connection with the mining communities in Wales. Menna Elfyn’s poem ‘The Gate’ / ‘Y Glwyd’, first published in her 2012 Bloodaxe collection Murmur, is reprinted here in remembrance of the loss of her grandfather in a mining accident.
Bondo, which is Welsh for eaves, ranges from Wales to Mexico, the Maldives, Greenland, India and the Balkans. The importance of keeping languages alive, Welsh included, is a strong theme in this collection, as is the power and beauty of memory.