Who was this Grangetown gentleman?

2 June 2016

This is poet Rees Rees “Teifi”, who lived in Cymmer Street in Grangetown during World War One and published a volume of poetry in 1915.

By day he worked for a ship repairers in Penarth but otherwise he was writing Welsh language poetry, and a century ago he was inspired by the war which was involving so many men who lived in the area.

In 1915, when his poetry was published, it was at a time that there was a lot of local recruiting for Pals regiments.

On Saturday 4th June: Mapping Grangetown: Language, Place and Poetry at Grangetown Hub (10am-12pm)  is a chance to find out more about him and other local World War One writing.

Dr Dylan Foster Evans, of Cardiff University, has studied Rees Rees and will be talking more about him.

Dr Rachelle Barlow, who is running a programme of cultural events connected with the war for the university, said: “Dylan will bring examples of poetry written by poets from Grangetown such as Moelona and Rees Rees Teifi, as well as some newspaper articles and photos.”

He will then work with award-winning writer and broadcaster Jon Gower to encourage local people to get creative and write some of their own poetry based on the material.

The event is open to anyone and is free to attend.

See more about the season here

You can read about Grangetown and the war here

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