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October 15, 2009
Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications

Welsh poet Grahame Davies
"Poetry from Wales and Other Deep Places" at Green Mountain College October 27

POULTNEY, VT--Grahame Davies, a true Welsh Bard, is coming to Green Mountain College for an evening with Gary Lindorff and Doug Norford, featuring poetry, music and stories - both amusing and serious. The event is Tuesday evening, October 27 at 7 p.m. in The Gorge at GMC’s Withey Hall. The program is free and open to the public.

Davies, described as "one of the clearest public poetic voices of his generation," is a Welsh poet, novelist, editor and literary critic who has won numerous prizes, including the Wales Book of the Year Award. He is the author of 12 books in Welsh and English, including The Chosen People, a study of the relationship of the Welsh and Jewish peoples; and a novel Everything Must Change, about the French philosopher Simone Weil. A native of Wrexham, now based in Cardiff, Davies is an honorary fellow at Cardiff University, fellow of Goodenough College, London, and travels internationally as a reader and lecturer. His poetry has been translated into many languages.

Joining him for the evening will be local poet Gary Lindorff, bringing his unique brand of ecstatic poetry from his recent manuscript, "A Bee's Shadow." Doug Norford, a talented local musician, will provide ambient sound with his fascinating collection of instruments both traditional and of his own invention. Welsh-inspired refreshments will be served. The program is sponsored by the Green Mountain College Speaker's Bureau; the theater, English and communications departments; the Chaplain's Office; and the Welsh Heritage Program.

The College’s Welsh Heritage Program cultivates an interest in Welsh culture through an annual Harvest Festival; the student choir and ensemble (the only American choir to perform Welsh hymns and folksongs at each of its performances); an exchange program with the University of Wales, Aberystwyth; and Griswold Library’s special Welsh collections.


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