is the title of a short story of mine written for the Imagining History conference at the University of South Wales. Opening Friday 12 November with an exhibition!
As one of the writers invited to contribute I found myself inspired by ‘Welsh Emergency Blanket’ by Daniel Trivedy. Out of all the many items of interest in the catalogue it quickly got under my skin. These blankets are part of ‘an ongoing series responding to the proposal for Wales to become the first Nation of Sanctuary‘.
The artist draws on the distinctive pattern of Welsh blankets, melding designs onto standard gold or silver emergency blankets of the kind issued in time of need, sometimes to the masses. The result is a fascinating conversation, about heritage, culture, and warmth, and the thin protection offered to people fleeing war zones. My short piece is an oddity, but still an echo of this conversation in its own oblique way.
Daniel’s work was awarded the gold medal for fine art at the National Eisteddfod in Llanrwst in 2019.
My story will appear in the pamphlet accompanying the exhibition and I’m looking forward to reading the contributions of fellow writers and seeing the artwork that inspired the texts.
As a Welsh learner I enjoy having information provided in Cymraeg: imagining history/dychmygu hanes. Diolch yn fawr! As usual, ‘dychmygu’ is an example of a verbnoun and means ‘to imagine’ as well as ‘imagining’.
For more information about the exhibition, and links to the conference, please visit Oriel y Bont. The exhibition continues in the Gallery at the University of South Wales in Trefforest until 17th December.