Thursday, April 6, 2023

April 2023 - The Xennial Dome - Series 2

This week Esyllt Sears and I launched a brand new series of our podcast, The Xennial Dome, with a conversation with Xennial MP, Jess Phillips.

Xennials are those born between 1977 and 1985 and each week, we speak to a different Xennial about their formative years and how growing-up alongside the internet and graduating into a financial crisis has shaped their world-view. (It also involves us editing-out a lot of guests giddily reciting landline phone numbers, because they never go away, it seems).

If you want to get in touch, we're on Twitter, Instagram and MySpace (and even have a Hotmail email address). You can listen to the episode with Jess above, and you'll find all the episodes from Series 1 in a playlist below - but you should also be able to listen wherever you get your podcasts - and if you can't, let us know!

Cyril - Tickets are now on sale for Cyril, a work in progress show I'm doing at this year's Machynlleth Comedy Festival.

Cyril Gwynn (1897-1988), also known as The Bard Of Gower, was “a tall, sunburnt, unsmiling farmer”. Gareth Gwynn (1983-Present) is none of these things. Gareth did not spend the First World War in the Merchant Navy, nor has he ever been shipwrecked, but he’s going to read you some of his great-grandfather’s poetry anyway. Gwynn (1983 ed.) has written for The News Quiz, The Now Show and Top Gear. He is the co-writer of Ankle Tag (BBC Radio 4), Tourist Trap (BBC One Wales), The Goodies (Audible) and is the co-presenter of The Xennial Dome podcast. Please Note: Family members are banned.

That last bit about family members probably makes the whole thing seem a little bit more dramatic than it is - but with it being a work in progress, I'm keen to try this in front of people who haven't necessarily heard of Cyril Gwynn or his poems. Then hopefully, once I've got it working, I can allow family members along who can enjoy diligently pointing out all the facts I've got wrong. Anyway, if you're in Machynlleth, do come along for the very civilized time of midday on Sunday 30th April and watch me try and work out what the 1930s Gower dialect actually sounded like.

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