Headline: Desert Island Poems with Leanne Wood – NOW ONLINE

Hosted by zoë brigley. With guest readers Evrah Rose & Gillian Clarke.

Date: Friday 29th July
Time: 19:30
Now online via the festival live stream
Price: £5 (for an online festival pass)

This event will include BSL interpretation

Please note that this event will now be online via the festival live stream. To watch please buy a £5 festival online pass which also gives you access to all our events on demand after the festival!

Leanne Wood on a desert island...  

Leanne Wood is a Welsh politician who served as the leader of Plaid Cymru from March 2012 to September 2018, and served as a Member of the Senedd (MS) from 2003 to 2021. Born in the Rhondda, she was elected to the then National Assembly for Wales in 2003, representing South Wales Central until 2016, when she was elected for Rhondda. She lost her seat to Welsh Labour at the 2021 Senedd election.

Ideologically, Wood identifies as a socialist, republican and proponent of Welsh independence. She was the first female leader of Plaid Cymru and the first to learn Welsh as an adult, rather than being brought up speaking Welsh.

Leanne will be introducing 8 poems that have impacted her life and  left their indelible mark on her memory. These poems will be published in a small pamphlet, the proceeds of which will go towards Daring to Dream, a charity that supports the emotional health and wellbeing of patients in Wales living with chronic, long term or life limiting illness.

This event will include BSL interpretation

Leanne Wood is former leader of Plaid Cymru and Senedd Member for the Rhondda. Leanne is a socialist, a feminist, a committed anti fascist and anti imperialist, who still holds on to hope that we can create a better world than this.

Zoë Brigley is editor of Poetry Wales, and poetry editor at Seren. She published three poetry books from Bloodaxe, most recently Hand & Skull (2019). All three were Poetry Book Society Recommendations. Her debut The Secret (2007) won an Eric Gregory Award for the best British poets under 30 and was longlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize for the best international writers under 40.