Canu Heledd (‘The Song of Heledd’) is a sequence of 9th century Welsh poems commemorating the loss of territory to Saxons when they invaded the kingdom of Powys. The main character in these dramatic verses is Heledd, sister of Cynddylan, one of the noblemen who died defending against the attack. But Heledd is more than a voice of grief in the poetry, she also embodies the land of Powys itself.
Tonight, instead of the usual lecture, in celebration of the solstice I’ll be playing some live music on the Facebook page at 9pm UK Time, you’re very welcome to join.
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