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The Bardd Plant Cymru project ensures that every child in Wales has the opportunity to experiment with Welsh literature, whatever their ability or background. Through workshops, performances and activities, the project introduces literature to children in an energetic, dynamic and exciting way. The project promotes creativity, communication skills and self-expression through the love of literature.
During 2015-2016 over 4000 children had the opportunity to take part in various activities which included workshops at schools, the Language Charter Tour, Cbeebies Show, Y Senedd birthday celebrations and the Urdd Message of Goodwill project.

Since Bardd Plant Cymru was established in the year 2000, thirteen poets have held the post. The current Bardd Plant Cymru is Anni Llŷn.

 

“Write as much as you can. Even when no one has asked you to do so, do it just for yourselves.”

Anni Llŷn, Bardd Plant Cymru

The project it is run by Literature Wales with support from Welsh Government, Welsh Book Council, Urdd Gobaith Cymru and S4C. We share a belief that all children have the right to make their voices heard and to tell their stories, and that this pioneering and dynamic project enables them to this.

The project has worked with a variety of organisations including Into Film, TAG, Cbeebies, London Welsh Society, Mentrau Iaith Cmru, Menter Iaith Patagonia, Bologna Literature Festival, Children’s Festival of Welsh History, National Museum of Wales, National Library of Wales, Y Senedd and many more.

Schools can request a visit from Bardd Plant Cymru by emailing: barddplantcymru@llenyddiaethcymru.org

 

About Anni:

Anni was raised in Sarn Mellteyrn in Llŷn Peninsula where her mother had to recite ‘stori-o-dy-ben-trwy-dy geg’ (‘story-from-your-head-through-your-mouth’) to her in bed after being inspired by the magic of T.Llew Jones’s novels and the tales of The Mabinogi before going to bed. This creative upbringing greatly influenced her and not before long she won a creative competition in the local newspaper and was composing songs. She was educated at Pont y Gof School, Botwnnog Comprehensive and Meirion-Dwyfor College before moving to Cardiff in 2006 to start her degree and then a MA in Creative Writing. It was no surprise therefore that Anni won the prestigious Crown at the Eisteddfod yr Urdd, Eryri in 2012 and since then she has been working as a very popular author and presenter of children and young people’s TV shows.

Anni has published two volumes of poetry which are Dim ond Traed Brain (‘Only Crows Feet’, Gomer Press, 2016) which is a volume full of comedy and Anni’s tales from her childhood hid away between covers beautifully illustrated by Valérie Leblond. Her second volume of poetry is titled Geiriau Bach Chwareus (‘Little Playful Words,’ Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 2016) which was co-written with previous Bardd Plant Cymru and other well known and versatile Welsh writers.

Anni has also published books for children including Nanw a Caradog Crafog Llwyd Lloerig (Gwasg Gomer, 2013); Cyw series (Y Lolfa, 2015-); Straeon Nadolig y Plant (‘Children’s Christmas Stories’, Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 2015); Fy Llyfr Nadolig Cyntaf (‘My First Christmas Book’, Cyhoeddiadau’r Gair, 2016). She has also published an adventure novel for teenagers called Asiant A (‘Agent A’, Y Lolfa, 2015).

 “I’ve always been someone who enjoys thinking of good ways to use words…I enjoy challenging myself to compose a poem, to write a funny script or a tenacious story…I hope that children in Wales will experience a fragment of the enjoyment I have when I play with words”.

– Anni Llŷn, Bardd Plant Cymru

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