Bookbinding my OBOD Bardic Grade Gwers


Anglesey’s Bryn Celli Ddu tomb ‘surrounded by cairns’

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Anglesey’s Bryn Celli Ddu tomb ‘surrounded by cairns’

A series of late Neolithic and early Bronze Age cairns have been uncovered at Anglesey’s 5,000-year-old tomb.

What the Irish Ate Before Potatoes

NOTE: Thank you to Bon Appétit for the article!


What the Irish Ate Before Potatoes

How the Welsh developed their own form of poetry

NOTE: Thank you to The Conversation website for the article!



How the Welsh developed their own form of poetry

Granny Women: Appalachia’s Original Medical Professionals

NOTE: Thank you to Appalachian Magazine for the article!


Granny Women: Appalachia’s Original Medical Professionals

Some fairy tales may be 6000 years old

NOTE: Thank you to Science Magazine for the article!


Some fairy tales may be 6000 years old

Bardic: Performance and the Awen

An interesting perspective of the Awen. Enjoy the read.

Druid Life

The awen (a Welsh word) is invoked by Druids in ritual, usually by chanting it. This is one of the traditions we owe to revivalists, not to ancient history. However, the experience of flowing inspiration is something that can and does happen – during periods of creativity, but also sometimes when performing.

For me, it’s a sensation of being completely taken over by what I’m doing and being able to do it in a totally different way – with more drama, intensity and depth than usual. On rare occasions, it’s had some very odd effects indeed. I recall a ritual when three of us spontaneously improvised music together, and another ritual where I re-wrote one of my own songs as I went to better fit the situation. I had no real memory afterwards of what I’d sung.

Awen is something that turns up when it does – it cannot be…

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