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Creu Cranogwen/Creating Cranogwen (Free event)

Victorian mariner, temperance campaigner, poet and woman loving woman, Sarah Jane Rees (1839-1916), also known by her bardic name Cranogwen. Hear about her extraordinary life and the tale of a group of women from Cranogwen’s home village, Llangrannog, as they fundraise for a statue in her memory.

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Creu Cranogwen/Creating Cranogwen (Free event)

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03 Apr, 11:30 – 12:30

The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE, UK

About the Event

In her lifetime Sarah Jane Rees (1839-1916) was considered a force to be reckoned with, well known throughout Wales for her forthright views on women. ‘Gender difference is nothing’ was a term she often used. A woman loving woman, she believed that women should do whatever they wanted.

Aged 25, she became better known by her Bardic namef Cranogwen, the first woman to win a Bardic chair for poetry.

Sarah-Jane Rees came from a poor seafaring family but at 21 was a Master Mariner. A devout Methodist, temperance campaigner and charismatic speaker, she was much in demand for her lectures. She was the first female editor of Y Frythones, a magazine for Welsh women. Towards the end of her life founded Llety Cranogwen, a house for homeless women in South Wales.

In 2018 Cranogwen was chosen as one of the top five women in Welsh history. This led to a revival of interest in her life and a team of women in her home village of Llangrannog have successfully fundraised to immortalise Cranogwen through the creation of her statue. We will hear something of their discussions about how this extraordinary woman should be portrayed in this day and age.

With presenter Jane Hoy.

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