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St. David's Society of Minnesota

United to Celebrate and Explore Welsh Culture

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Our Annual Events


St. David's Day Banquet

Every spring the Society celebrates St. David's Day on the Saturday closest to March 1. In 2021, we held the celebration via Zoom and featured Ryan Evans' project Today's Harlech, a production of the folk song Tros y Garreg and a compilation of member's stories and poetry on Welsh-ness.

Annual Picnic

Every summer the Society members meet to elect board members and officers and enjoy food and games -- and the outdoors.

Christmas/Holiday Tea

Every winter in December, society members gather to sing together in four-part harmony, tell stories, listen to other members make music, and enjoy the sweet and savory treats that everyone has brought. 

Welsh Events

For information on the 2021 North American Festival of Wales (NAFOW), go to IHQ@thewnaa.org.

Past Events

Well-Read Dragons Book Group

Saturday, October 2, 11:30 - 1 pm

Join us over Zoom to discuss books by Welsh authors and get to know other members.  Contact Ilene if you need a Zoom link at ilene.dawn@gmail.com.

In October, we will discuss Stillicide, by Cynan Jones (2019)

This book is set in the future, but it is not an unimaginable future. This world is one dealing with shortage of water. "Water is commodified. The Water Train that serves the city is increasingly at risk of sabotage, As news breaks that construction of a gigantic Ice Dock will displace more people than first thought, protestors take to the streets and the lives of several individuals begin to interlock, A nurse on the brink of an affair. A boy who follows a stray dog out of the city. A woman who lies dying. And her husband - a marksman: a man forged by his past and fearful of the future, who weighs the possibility of death against the possibility of life… A moving story of love and loss and the will to survive, and a powerful glimpse of the tangible future." 

 

Future book discussions :

4 December 2021 - Individual selections from Gillian Clarke’s poetry 

5 February 2022 - Impassioned Clay, by Stevie Davies

2 April 2022 - History of Rain, by Niall Williams

4 June 2022 - Ash on a Young Man’s Sleeve, by Dannie Abse

6 August 2022 - Salt, by Catrin Kean


Book Club Choices 

2020 - 2021

Broken Ghost by Niall Griffiths

The Moving of the Water by David Lloyd,

Welsh Saints on the Mormon Trail: The Story of Welsh Emigration to Salt Lake City in the Nineteenth Century by Wil Aaron

The Salt Path: A Memoir by Raynor Winn,

The Valley, The City, The Village by Glyn Jones,

White Star by Robin Llywelyn

 

2019 - 2020

Flame in the Mountains, Williams Pantycelyn, Ann Griffith and the Welsh Hymns by H.A. Hodges, ed. E. Wyn James (scheduled but not discussed because of pandemic)

I Let You Go by Claire Mackintosh 

Ibrahim and Reenie by David Llewellyn

New Welsh Short Stories, ed. by Francesca Rhydderch & Penny Thomas

Pigeon by Alys Conrad

A Simple Scale by David Llewellyn

 

2018-2019

Shoes for Anthony by Emma Kennedy

Dark Territory by Jerry Hunter

Rebecca’s Daughters by Dylan Thomas

Aberfan by Gaynor Madgwich

Rice Paper Diaries by Francesca Rhydderch

Remember No More: A DS Kite Mystery by Jan Newton.

 

2017 - 2018

Bred of Heaven by Jasper Rees

A Childhood in a Welsh Mining Valley by Vivian Jones

The Long Dry by Cynan Jones

The Breathing and/or All the Souls by Mary-Ann Constantine

The Vegetarian Tigers of Paradise by Crystal Jeans

Reader Choice – Short Stories

 

2016 - 2017

Everything I Found on the Beach  by Cynan Jones

The Bank Manager and the Holy Grail: Travelers to the Wilder Reaches of Wales by Byron Rogers

The Owl Service by Alan Garner

Addlands  by Tom Bullough

Land of My Neighbours by Barry Pilton

Presenting Saunders Lewis by Alun R. Jones and Gwyn Thomas

 

2015 – 2016 

Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price, Purveyor of Superior Funerals by Wendy Jones

I Saw a Man by Owen Sheers 

The Dig by Cynan Jones

Contact! A Book of Encounters by Jan Morris

Wales on the Western Front by John Richards

Reader Choice – poetry

 

2014 – 2015

Dai Country by Alun Richards

Beyond the Pampas: In Search of Patagonia by Imogen Rhia Herrad.

David Jones in the Great War by Thomas Dilworth

Faith, Hope & Love by Llwyd Owen

American Interior by Gruff Rhys

The Awakening by Kate Roberts and/or Awakening by Stevie Davies

 

2013 - 2014

The Gospel of Us by Owen Sheers

Turf or Stone by Margiad Evans

Testimonies: A Novel by Patrick O’Brian.

Into Suez by Stevie Davies

One Moonlit Night by Caradog Prichard

Reader Choice – White Raven’s by Owen Sheers, or any other book(s) in the Seren Mabinogion series

 

2012 - 2013

Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa’s Greatest Explorer by Tim Jeal   

Darkness Visible by Trilby Busch

History on the Welsh Church in Jackson, Ohio: Travel, Fishing and Farewells by Evan O. Roberts, trans. by Martha Davies

Dragon & Crescent by Grahame Davies

Rape of the Fair Country by Alexander Cordell

Resistance by Owen Shears

 

2011 – 2012

Faded Coat of Blue by Owen Parry

Sixpence House: Lost in a Town of Books by Paul Collins

Written in Blood: Crime Fiction with a Twist, various authors

The Children of First Man by James Alexander Thom, or any book about Prince Madog

Calvinists Incorporated: Welsh Immigrants on Ohio's Industrial Frontier by Anne Kelly Knowles

A Man's Estate by Emyr Humphreys

 

2010 - 2011

History on Our Side: Wales & the 1984–85 Miner’s Strike by Hywel Francis

The Corn is Green by Emlyn Williams

Real Wales by Peter Finch

Twenty Thousand Saints by Flur Dafydd 

Stranger Within the Gates by Bertha Thomas

The White Lane by Kate Roberts

 

2009 - 2010

Baghdad Barcarolle. How Beatrice Ohanessian Became Iraq’s Foremost Classical Pianist by On Angel Mountain by Holly Windle   

Before the Last All Clear by Ray Evans

Sea Holly by Robert Minhinnick

Falls the Shadow by Sharon Penman

Reader Choice – any book about King Arthur

Reader Choice – book by Robertson Davies, Canadian mystery writer

 

2004 - 2008

Here Be Dragons by Sharon Penman

On the Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin

The Matter of Wales by Jan Morris

Feet in Chains by Kate Roberts

A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters

Travels in an Old Tongue by Patricia Petro

A View Across the Valley: Short Stories by Women from Wales, 1850-1950, Jane Aaron, ed.

What I Saw in Bethesda by Charles Sheridan

The Fight for Welsh Freedom by Gwynfor Evans

A Place in the Mind: A Boyhood in Llyn by R. Gerallt Jones

A Welsh Childhood by Alice Thomas Ellis

The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies

Urban Dreams: Rural Realities by Daniel Butler and Bel Crewe

Running for the Hills by Horatio Clare

Sugar for Slate by Charlotte Williams

The Hiding Place by Trezza Azzopardi

Early History of the Welsh in the Proscairon District of Wisconsin by Daniel Williams; translated by Phillips G. Davies, updated by Martha Davies

Westering Home by Audrey McClellan

Wild Wales by George Borrow