Town Honours - Myfanwy Haycock A Life in Poetry

June 18, 2023

Town Honours - Myfanwy Haycock A Life in Poetry

To mark the 110th anniversary of Pontypool poet, National Eisteddfod winner MYFANWY HAYCOCK (1913-1963) Amgueddfa Torfaen Museum hosted an evening of poetry;

“Myfanwy Haycock – A Life in Poetry.”

The world has changed so much since Myfanwy was alive. The coal-pit wheels no longer turn, yet the landscape that she wrote about and her observations on nature all remain. Her poetry is now a calm oasis amid the current climate crisis and the ripple effect of the pandemic.

Curator Caitlin Gingell gave a personal and warm welcome to special guests; Lord- Lieutenant of Gwent, Brigadier Robert Aitken CBE, The National poet of Wales, Hanan Issa, MP Nick Thomas Symonds, Art historian, Peter Lord and the canal poet laureate Roy McFarlane.


Through a selection of poems, BBC Broadcaster Jenni Crane told the story of an “elfin lyricist” revealing how Myfanwy escaped from the industrial war years of the South Wales Coalfield, yet her birthplace forever remained her inspiration.

Voices breathed new life into Myfanwy’s poetry with readings from; National Poet of Wales Hanan Issa – Canal Poet Laureate Roy McFarlane – Torfaen MP Nick Thomas-Symonds – Lord-Lieutenant of Gwent – Brigadier Robert Aitken CBE – His Majesty’s Lord- Lieutenant of Gwent, plus the winner of the Torfaen Schools competition and others.

Coleg Gwent final  year media students timed the events and are producing a Myfany documentary directed by Rebekah Britten.

The evening ended with a fantastic raffle with prizes from The Star Inn, Blaenavon Cheddar Company,The Boat Yard Tea Rooms and The Craft Cabin.

Jenni Crane said

“What a night, and this is just the start of things. Not only will there be a new Myfanwy exhibition here at Torfaen Museum but together with Pontypool Community Council we are busy planning the Myfanwy Haycock Poetry Trail launch.”

The evening was a huge success and plenty more to come with The Myfanwy Haycock Poetry Trail launching on July 22 in Pontypool Park.


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