|Original Festival poster created by Lorin Morgan-Richards|
The best thing about festivals is the relaxed atmosphere. Everyone is there to have fun, look at everything, and eat. Delicious Welsh food abounded, from Welshcakes (little pancake-like sweets) to fish & chips to lamb cawl (stew) and curry. Generally, folks go walk around first, see what is for sale, what might be for free, and what they can afford. Welsh corgis paraded through the grounds, gorgeous little dwarf dogs (that's what "cor gi" means in Welsh) full of confidence five times their size. A giant Ddraig Goch strolled through now and then, his handler warning festival goers to mind their sheep and children, though I only saw him bite a couple of heads (including mine). A Pirate Bar sold mead, ale, and wine. Sir Nathan's Red Dragon Lemonade Stand provided the delicious beverage and shaved ices. Nathan is one incredible young man, and I am honored to have met him. His stand raises money for children like himself diagnosed with cancer: http://www.alexslemonade.o
Wishing you all good things, Nathan!
|Tile and promo materials for "Cactus Cymry"|
But the best thing about festivals such as this one is the interaction with talented and creative people. I met a wonderful storyteller named Peter Freeman, the aforementioned Jan Delyth, and "The Voice of Welsh Rugby" Paul Child. Finally coming face to face with people you've only chatted with online or emailed is a delicious experience: you already know each other so it's like a homecoming. BBC producer and author Jon Gower and I have emailed one another for seven-plus years and finally met during Saturday's lectures. Americymru folks Ceri Shaw and Gaabriel Becket, Lorin Morgan-Richards, Swansea Jack, Tarw Lloyd, Margo Lloyd Beckham (married to David, but no not that one lol), and the effervescent Mona Everett made those "okay I'm here now what" awkward moments evaporate with smiles of recognition.
|Rae, Jude & Lety and a poster for "That silly Dolphin movie."|
These are the times that nourish an author's soul. Thanks, everyone.
P.S. If you'd like to see an album of photos, here you go: Jude's 2011 West Coast Eisteddfod Album.