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A tribute to ‘Tynged yr Iaith’



In order to commemorate half a century since Saunders Lewis delivered his lecture ‘Tynged yr Iaith' (The Fate of the Language) Radio Cymru will be broadcasting 5 short lectures by prominent individuals in Wales. 

 ‘Tynged yr Iaith’ was a radio lecture broadcast by the BBC on 13 February 1962, and is one of the most important broadcasts in Welsh history. In it Saunders declared “It will be nothing less than a revolution to restore the Welsh language in Wales. Success is only possible through revolutionary methods.” This is the lecture that sparked the creation of Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg (The Welsh Language Society).

Saunders Lewis was himself a lecturer at the School of Welsh at Cardiff (or Department of Welsh as it was known then). Two others associated with the School will be among those delivering a lecture to commemorate the event and offer a different perspective on the Welsh Language in 2012. Rhys Iorwerth won the Chair at the 2011 National Eisteddfod in Wrexham and is a former student of the School of Welsh and Dr Simon Brooks is currently a lecturer at the School.

Rhys and Simon’s lectures will be broadcast on BBC Radio Cymru at midday on Tuesday 14 February 2012 and Thursday 16 February 2012 respectively.