Me and Sŵn go way back. From writing band biogs for the first ever programme to hosting an annual Kruger Magazine reunion to finding loads of music I’ve loved ever since for the first time, it’s been a touchpoint in my life for getting close to a decade.
Probably my favourite thing about Sŵn is that you can’t walk five paces without getting caught in a stop-and-chat with a friendly face. It’s like they filled heaven with your favourite people, bands and bars. Or maybe that is heaven.
This year not only was there souvlaki on the streets (ευχαριστώ Meat and Greek!), but Pyramid Scheme hosted the first ever literary stage.
Here’s what happened…
Trustfund Art made another sick as in good poster
BBC 6Music’s Helen Weatherhead interviews Ric Rawlins on his ‘The Rise of Super Furry Animals’ book
A moody B&W of me from On Par Productions
Holly Muller’s debut novel’s coming out on Bloomsbury in Feb 2015. Classic Christmas book voucher timing.
The kid $$$ Richard Owain Roberts
Marc Thomas made a Choose Your Own Adventure style story called The Republic of Us. So good.
Joao Morais read a story I’d never heard before. I liked it a lot. It’s available in Seren’s New Welsh Short Stories book.
Me and Rich wrote a brand new collaborative story specially for Swn.
I met Alvy Carragher when we performed together in Edinburgh. She’s incredible. She Skyped in from Galway.
Live from Austin, Texas, it’s Ana Carrete.
And Mike Bushnell, also from Austin. He was a real trip.
Then we got drunk and danced in Clwb til the early hours. Amen.
Big thanks to John, James and Huw at Sŵn and Lloyd at Gw Di Hw.