Meeting of Friends in Wales
Time & Location
About the Event
The next Meeting of Friends in Wales will be held virtually via Zoom on
Saturday, February 27th 9:30am-1pm (the Zoom room will be open from 9am).
Please note that the meeting invitation, including zoom details, will be shared with the full
agenda nearer to the date.
The morning session will open with a period of silent worship. Following this, our guest speaker,
Mererid Hopwood will give a talk, titled ‘Y Dihangwr o’r Byddinoedd.’ For her title, Mererid has
borrowed a line from Waldo Williams’ important poem, ‘Mewn Dau Gae’ (‘In Two Fields’). During
the discussion, she will consider a handful of his poems that deal with the relationship between the
military forces and Wales. She will consider how the poems offer us an opportunity to be inspired by
Waldo’s ability to hold on to the light of hope and to keep faith in his sure knowledge that oppression
of any kind is not in keeping with the substance of humanity.
Mererid is Professor of Welsh and Celtic Studies in Aberystwyth University. She has won the Chair
and Crown for poetry and the Medal for prose at the National Eisteddfod. Writing is a passion for
Mererid, and she has collaborated with musicians, dancers and visual artists to bring words and art
forms of all kinds together. She is this year’s Hay Festival International Fellow, and she is looking
forward to talking to new audiences about Wales’s language and culture. She is a Fellow of the
Learned Society of Wales, secretary of Academi Heddwch Cymru and honorary president of the
Waldo Williams Society and the Movement for the Abolition of War.
Session after the break
The agenda for the second session will include routine business, and reports from our Trustees and the
Symud Ymlaen / Moving Forwards group.
Laura Karadog (MFW Administrator)