Taliesin Origins

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This course was created by . . . 

Dr Gwilym Morus-Baird began his studies in Welsh literature in 2002 as a mature student enrolled on the Welsh literature degree course at The School of Welsh, Bangor University. He then went on to complete a Masters and a Doctorate at the department, specialising in Medieval Welsh poetry and the Welsh bardic tradition.

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During the 20th century, tales of the mythic Taliesin travelled beyond Wales. Today, all over the world, Taliesin is the first point of contact for many people wanting to explore Celtic mythology in the modern era. Inevitably, this old Welsh myth has evolved into something new, a modern myth that reinvents Taliesin for a different culture. Yet behind this new creation lies a much older Welsh tradition that stretches back into the early history of Britain. This video course introduces the original source texts for the Taliesin tradition, one of the oldest living myths of the Celtic nations.

The course is made up of 6 video chapters:

1. History and Myth

2. Dewi Sant

3. The Historical Taliesin

4. The Taliesin Persona

5. The Riddling Awen

6. The Spoils of Annwfn

Each chapter takes a look at one of the main strands in the Welsh Taliesin tradition, considering how its mythology evolved and speculating on how it was used at different periods in Welsh history. Using original texts from the most reliable editions, the course focusses on interpreting the different poems associated with Taliesin.

A new video will be emailed to you every two days. Each video is accompanied by a question that you can answer and a space for you to ask a question of your own, although each submitted answer or question is anonymous so it's not possible to give a personal response via email. 


"Gwilym has an extraordinary academic command of this material, yet allows space to imagine into the unknown spaces beyond the texts, resulting in learning experiences which are rigorous as well as meditative. A valuable teacher.”

Ilka Tampke

Author and Lecturer


"Equally academically solid and inspired by turns, Gwilym’s work is fascinating, highly detailed and easily accessible at the same time. . . . I am so delighted to have found this wellspring of ancient literature, lore and insight."

Danu Forest

Author and Teacher


". . . an ocean of inspiration that has enriched and informed various elements of my poetry in subsequent years. Gwilym is a friendly, supportive tutor and both courses offered invaluable, unique insight into many aspects of Welsh myth and poetry."

Sophie Mckeand

Poet, Teacher and Traveller