Friday, 15 April 2011
GOMER PUBLISH MENNA ELFYN POETRY ANTHOLOGY
This week, Gomer will publish an important poetry anthology by Menna Elfyn, one of contemporary Wales’ most well-known poets. For the first time, this latest publication offers a comprehensive anthology of the work of a poet that has played a key role in the development of Welsh poetry over the last thirty-five years and more. The anthology, entitled Merch Perygl includes over 150 Welsh-language poems spanning the whole of the poet’s career thus far, from the early poems of the seventies including Mwyara and ‘Stafelloedd Aros, through the eighties and nineties to more recent collections such as the bilingual collection by Bloodaxe Perfect Blemish/Perffaith Nam and the latest collection by Gomer, Er Dy Fod, in 2007. Despite her worldwide success, and constant invitations to travel the world promoting new editions in foreign languages, Menna Elfyn, who is also director of the MA in Creative Writing in English and Welsh at the University of Wales Trinity Saintt David, is adamant that she is a Welsh poet first and foremost, and that’s why this book means so much to her.