Learning to speak Welsh

I have found a very helpful video by a Welsh comedian called Rhod Gilbert for those who are having trouble learning Welsh, especially the mutations.

'The Welsh Traitor's Daughter' a book by Arianwen Nunn

The historical fiction of Gruffydd ap Cynan, an inspirational king of Gwynedd and his stunning wife, Angharad.

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'The Welsh Traitor's Daughter' tells the story of Gruffydd ap Cynan, an inspirational king of Gwynedd in the late 11th and early 12th centuries. His children, Owain Gwynedd and Gwenllian, the warrior princess, who was beheaded on the battlefield by the Normans, are better known but Gruffydd was a mover and shaker of his time.

Gruffydd fought and won against the Normans, clawing back territory that they had taken. He trained the Welsh to defeat the enemy on their terms using guerilla warfare and the advantages of their prowess with the long bow as well as their ability to thrive in the mountains. The Normans who were almost unbeatable in pitched battles on flat land were unable to make a dent in the Welsh armour.

Gruffydd made clever alliances with Ireland and Norway to keep the Normans at bay and he built up Gwynedd into a prosperous kingdom. Anglesey, was where Gruffydd and Angharad  had their main court, or llys, in the village of Aberffraw. While little remains there now to give us an indication of the lives which were led there, we know that Gruffydd and his queen hosted international royalty.

Gruffydd had spent some of his childhood in Ireland and he brought some of the bards from Ireland to work with the Welsh bards thus changing bardic tradition. He was a great supporter of Welsh culture and a patron of the Welsh church. In his time, Gruffydd built many churches and was a contributor to Bangor Cathedral where he and his son are buried.

Arianwen Nunn is a Welsh woman who has been living in Australia since 1986. Born in Carmarthen, she moved to Abergele, North Wales, at the age of 11, and later attended Swansea University. After teaching for a couple of years Arianwen moved to Papua New Guinea and then Australia. As a child Arianwen was so intrigued by the history she learnt at school in Abergele that when she retired from her full-time job she researched and wrote the historical fiction, 'The Welsh Traitor's Daughter'.  Kathy has already embarked on the second book in the series which she is hoping to have published later in 2023.

You can find Arianwen's book, 'The Welsh Traitor's Daughter' on Amazon.com.au priced at AU$21.99 for the paperback and there is also an ebook. The link is on her website www.arianwennunn.com There are also some interesting blogs for history buffs on her website.


It is with great sadness that The Welsh Society of Western Australia advises that our long-standing, esteemed member, Enid Pryse, passed away on Sunday, 29th January 2023. Enid was originally from the Aberystwyth area of Wales.. She was a well-respected, warm hearted lady who was always prepared to contribute at Welsh Society events, and will be greatly missed. Enid held the roles of of Committee member and Vice-President, and was a Life member of the Society.

Enid was also a long-time member of The Welsh Free Church of WA, and was a Deaconate member for many years.

We extend our deepest sympathy to Enid's family.

Welsh Free Church - St David service

Choral Evensong 5.00pm Sunday 5th March 2023, St George's Cathedral

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The annual Choral Evensong of St David, Patron Saint of Wales, will be held will be held at St George's Cathedral, 38 St George's Terrace, Perth, at 5.00pm on Sunday 5th March 2023. This service replaces our normal February service.

The Welsh Free Church's usual monthly service will held at 3.00pm on Sunday 26th March, 2023 at Trinity Church, 72 St George's Terrace, Perth. The monthly services are normally held on the fourth Sunday of each month (which is not necessarily the last Sunday of the month) at 3.00pm at Trinity Church. Everyone welcome. Please note the Christmas Carol Service will be held early in December, the date will be confirmed nearer the time.