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“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965)


Phil Cope at Ffynnon Gybi

Phil Cope is a writer, photographer and exhibition designer and expert on holy wells around Britain and Ireland.

His books on British wellsprings include Holy Wells Wales (2008); Holy Wells Cornwall (2010); Borderlands: new photographs and old tales of sacred springs, holy wells and spas of the Wales­–England borders (2013); Holy Wells Scotland (2015); and The Living Wells of Wales (2019). He is currently working on The Living Wells of Ireland (as well as a book on the Garw Valley where he currently lives).

Phil has delivered his illustrated Sacred Spring and Holy Well talks in very many venues throughout Britain as well as the USA, and has led wellspring walking tours all over Wales.  We like to ask Phil to join us where he can.  

You can purchase any of his books from his publisher Seren Books.  Let us know if we can help get a signed copy for you.


riverwise book cover

Riverwise is a book of ‘wanderings and wonderings’ based around the ever changing River Teifi – recommended for everyone but particularly those who are booked on our Teifi River Pilgrimage.

Jack Smylie Wild is a fascinating mix of poet, nature writer and award winning baker and is based near Cardigan (Aberteifi) where the river he so loves, joins the sea.  A great book to learn more about the river, her tributaries and the area in general.  You can buy it directly from the publisher (Parthian Books) who are a great support for Welsh literature.

You may also like to watch a short film (8 mins) with footage shot around the Teifi River, narrated by Jack and accompanied by haunting music provided by local musician Pete Stacey.


album cover

Cynefin is the inspiration of Owen Shiers and is a musical mapping project aimed at uncovering ‘lost voices, melodies and stories’ of Ceredigion’s rich cultural heritage.

Dilyn Afon is the debut album and we absolutely love it.  Owen has kindly granted us permission to use some of the music behind our videos so if you have seen some of those, you have heard some of the music already.  If not, we cannot recommend it enough so visit the Cynefin website for more information on the project and purchase if you so wish.

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