Stone That Moved, The

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TM20110825Wales's first National Poet, Gwyneth Lewis was brought up with the myth of Taliesin, the sixth-century Welsh poet and shape-shifter.|One wet summer holiday in Aberystwyth in the 1960s, her mother decided they should go in search of the Taliesin stone.|A Celtic relative of the Blarney stone, it's said that if you sleep with your head on it, it'll either turn you into a poet or mad.|Maybe even both.|Gwyneth has a small black and white photo of her and her Mum standing around this undistinguished boulder imbued with remarkable powers and realises that it was an important quest for her.|What else remains from that holiday? A memory of buying worthy but dull Welsh woollen capes, and falling asleep to the sound track of Shane, the best Western ever made.|Producer: Mark Smalley.|Welsh poet Gwyneth Lewis recalls a wet childhood day in mid Wales in search of Taliesin.