Leading Literature walks for Fair Trade March 2017
Saturday March 11th walk where poet Idris Davies walked.
The walk is a 4 mile circular
Meet at Rhymney Library car park
The walk will start from his home
7 Victoria Road, Rhymney.
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Fairtrade campaigners, poets and walkers will be coming together on Saturday 11th March for a walk in the footsteps of legendary Rhymney poet Idris Davies.
The walk is part of the 2017 International Festival of Fair Trade Walks, which this year has “Literary Links” as its theme.
Walks include one in the footsteps of Wordsworth in the English Lake District, and one following a trail in Lebanon following the famous writers of Basinkta. The festival was launched in Wales on St David’s Day, with a Bananas and Bards walk in Swansea, which involved poets and Fairtrade supporters handing out free poetry books and Fairtrade food samples in the city centre.
Local writer Julie Ann Pritchard will be leading the walk. Known as The Walking Poet, Julie has pioneered a series of walks locally highlighting the landscapes of Valleys writers.
Phil Broadhurst from Fair Trade Ways Wales, who are overseeing the Welsh walks in the International Festival said : “I think Idris Davies would be proud to be involved in an international festival highlighting the need for people to support fair trading systems throughout the world. He was very much a man who understood issues of fairness and justice. He was also a truly great writer and so any opportunity to raise his profile with new generations is a good thing.”
The walk is open to everybody, with free Fairtrade bananas and chocolate, courtesy of the Co-Op, who are sponsoring the festival, being given to all walkers.
Meet at Rhymney Library from 10.30am for a 4 mile circular walk starting from Idris Davies’ home in Victoria Road, just by the library, at 11am.
Information on the Idris Davies walk below.
Idris Davies was born in the town of Rhymney 1905
“And now the moor is silent,
with rougher winds to freeze
the lips of a Rhymney poet making bargains with the breeze.
taken from Idris Davies poem
Looking down on the town of Rhymney
church bells sat in the middle.
Idris Davies home 7 Victoria Road, Rhymney.
“Oh what would you give me?
said the sad bells of Rhymney”
from “Gwalia Deserta”
Following the River Rhymney
Walk paths of wonder
To the top of Bute Town and twisted history.
I am enjoying the view of the beautiful Rhymney Valley
Reading Idris Davies book
“That is what is so fascinating about the Valleys of South Wales. You can walk miles along rough hills and moors, have great winds blowing around and almost believe that you are leagues and centuries away from modern industrialism”
Idris Davies from his book
“I was born in Rhymney”
The walk is a circular, with a song from a river through sweet-smelling meadows and past industrial history.
Call in the Farmers Arms, Rhymney
Step back in time in The Farmers arms, just like it was in Idris’s day.