The Catatonia frontman follows in Paul McCartney's footsteps by entertaining the crowds at the Hay-On-Wye festival...
Matthews, who sang two folk songs in honour of visiting US
ex-President Bill Clinton at the same festival the weekend before last, came back to read Welsh poetry in a marquee on Sunday afternoon (June 3).
She joined Welsh actor Daniel Evans in a recital of two new poems by Welsh writer Menna Elfyn at the literature festival on the Welsh borders.
Cerys said before taking to the stage: “I just wanted to do this because I love books. I wanted to support Menna Elfyn because I like the idea that she did a bilingual book. I have been a fan of hers for quite a number of years.”
Cerys was not credited in the official programme, but she agreed to appear as a special surprise guest at the Turning Leaf Marquee on Sunday afternoon, to read from Elfyn’s new collection of English and Welsh-language poems entitled ‘Cusan Dyn Dall’ (Blind Man’s Kiss).
Elfyn said she was delighted to have the star reading her works, adding: “We don’t know another well but we both admire each other’s work It’s something a bit more unusual.”
Last Wednesday (May 30), McCartney read from his volume of poetry, dedicating verses to his late wife Linda and John Lennon. He also recited the lyrics to The Beatles‘ ‘Eleanor Rigby’ and ‘Why Don’t we Do It In The Road?’ – but did not mention The Beatles once.
Earlier in the festival,, Hay-On-Wye had also hosted a live set by Pulp.