Bookish reading and the like...
On 13th May 1888, Beatrix Potter, aged 22, recorded a trip to Machynlleth in her diary;
"May 13: Went with Mamma and Papa to Machynlleth, Merioneth. From Euston to Stafford by Holyhead Mail all very well, but the Welsh Railways are past description. Four hours to go sixty miles between Shrewsbury and Machynlleth. When mushrooms are in season the guard goes out to pick them. Machynlleth, wretched town, hardly a person could speak English. Wynnstay Arms, to which we were directed, closed these two years. Lion, only other, a singular place."
"Countryside most beautiful, but on rather a large scale for getting about."
"Welsh seem a pleasant intelligent race but I should think awkward to live with. The children exceedingly pretty, black or red, with clear complexions and bright blue eyes. The middle-aged are very plain but the old people are better. The language is past description."
The Enemies Project from Poetry Wales provided some of the best spoken word I've seen in Wales for ages and ages... I went to Cardiff AND Swansea and would have liked to see more. here's their website: http://www.theenemiesproject.com/gelynion/