Dafydd Iwan releases "revelatory" new book


Dafydd Iwan (Image: S4C)

Singer and former Plaid Cymru politician Dafydd Iwan will release a "revelatory" new book that shines a light on some of this most well-known songs, in a virtual launch on June 15.


Rhywle fel Hyn, the latest book in Gwasg Carreg Gwalch’s ‘Atgofion drwy Ganeuon’ range, recounts the history of some of the singer-songwriter’s most celebrated songs.


According to Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, the book is “a collection of stories that show where and why he composed his songs.”


In this book he reveals the stories behind the composition of many of his songs, some well known, others less familiar, and he doesn’t shy away from mentioning darker periods in his life.


Many of his songs are widely celebrated, including the patriotic 'Yma o Hyd' which extols the survival of the Welsh nation over the centuries, and which has become an unofficial second national anthem for many.


Dafydd Iwan said: "Over the years I've had the opportunity to discuss the background of some of my songs, but my intention in this particular book is to try to put some of my songs (including some lesser known) into their contexts, and to attribute them as much as I can to my life experiences, Wales and the world and its people, hoping that the memories and comments will be of interest to someone somewhere.”


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