This podcast gives people from all over the world the chance to follow in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims and experience the stories, secrets and sounds of St Non’s Chapel and Holy Well, the reported birthplace of Wales’ patron saint.
The St Non’s Sound Walk, created by acclaimed Welsh writer and broadcaster Horatio Clare, takes listeners on a journey by boat and on foot, revealing an inspirational landscape wedged between the sea and Britain’s smallest city, St Davids.
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"At the centre of our walk is the holy well of St Non...which has been drawing visitors for 1,400 years"
This audio tour-de-force is built around the voices of artists, farmers, historians, musicians, seafarers and writers who speak about their relationships to St Non’s, the sea, the landscape, the history, the myths, the creativity and spirituality of the place.
Horatio is joined by writer/broadcaster Laura Barton, who brings a writer’s eye and a traveller’s curiosity to the sound walk as they stroll along the Coast Path to visit St Non’s on a sunny summer’s morning.
There are contributions from female sea captain Ffion Rees, Welsh writers Jon Gower and Brenig Davies, singers Mike Chant, Roy Jones, Lis Cousens and Rudi Lloyd Benson, artists Jackie Morris and Becky Lloyd, farmers Elspeth Cotton and Robert Davies, scholar Dean Sarah Rowland Jones, marine archaeologist Julian Whitewright and seafarer Graham da Gama Howells.
Recorded in August 2021, the sound walk was funded by Ancient Connections, a project that is reviving the ancient links between North Wexford in Ireland and North Pembrokeshire, as well as Ireland and Wales, in order to create sustainable tourism in and between these regions.
Ancient Connections is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Co-operation programme. The project partners are Pembrokeshire County Council, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, Wexford County Council and Visit Wexford. To find out more, visit the Ancient Connections website.
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The Birth of St David
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