Planet 234

Llŷr Gwyn Lewis
Llyfr Du Cymru Fydd / The Black Book of the New Wales
by Llywelyn ap Gwilym

by Llywelyn ap Gwilym

Y Lolfa, £4.99

This bilingual pamphlet’s title, Llyfr Du Cymru Fydd or The Black Book of the New Wales, invokes a cultural lineage that reaches back to the Black Book of Carmarthen. A key element of the original Black Book and other manuscripts was the canu brud, the prophetic poetry that sought to make sense of history in order to foresee the future. Likewise, this black book’s author, Llywelyn ap Gwilym, sets out to ‘question what is, and to envision what could be’ in the independent Wales of the future, and does so in a welcome ‘spirit of utopian thinking’.

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