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Dewi and Annette Hughes organised a lovely bilingual evening event, with music and poetry, at Capel y Nant, Clydach 11th November to raise awareness of the City of Sanctuary movement.

It was a dark and very stormy night but we found warmth and shelter at Capel y Nant on Wednesday evening. We were welcomed into the light from the downpour with tea and some wonderful barabrith.

The event was compered by the Welsh poet Robat Powell. Local musicians Bill and Dr Fiona Gannon sang a beautiful Welsh carol followed by a medley of tunes on piano and saxophone. Next was Alhaji Kamara who entertained us with his wonderful lyrical poems extolling peace and love. Humberto Gatica’s poems are beautiful and powerful but their harshness belies his soft delivery. The evening closed with more music, this time classical, played by The Cwmtawe Ensemble.

We left to find the storm had passed on – we had definitely found the best way to wait it out.

The entertainers : photo by Annette Hughes

Dewi Hughes talking to Alhaji Kamara and Robat Powell

Visit Hafan Books Lulu site to find out about Humberto Gatica and Alhaji Kamara’s poetry books