Explore the mountains that inspired Raymond Williams
The Black Mountains, a natural border with England in the south east of Wales, were the childhood home of several Welsh authors. It’s quite likely that such an environment has inspired a lot of their work, but probably not as deep as it did for Raymond Williams. A walk or a hike through this region should help you to feel the inspiration for his 1989 work in two volumes, “People of the Black Mountains”.
Soak up literature in arty St David’s
Waldo Williams was one of the leading Welsh language poets of the twentieth century. He was also a notable pacifist, anti-war campaigner, Quaker, and Welsh nationalist. His poetry shows many influences, from William Wordsworth to traditional Welsh cynghanedd. His single volume of poetry Dail Pren (Tree Leaves) was published in 1956 and was left as a source of healing for his beloved country.
Stay at Twr-y- Felin Hotel, St Davids. Taking inspiration from its surroundings, this is a truly special hotel. With commissioned art on the walls and artisan skill applied to each of the no-expense-spared rooms, you can soak up the magic.