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 2015-2017 over 6000 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, fourteen poets have held the post. The current Bardd Plant Cymru is Casia Wiliam.


“Writing is a chance to be silly and to have fun. Send your inner editor for a cup of tea and write whatever you want. When it comes to writing, you’re the boss.”

 Casia Wiliam, Bardd Plant Cymru

The project 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 Cymru, 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:


About Casia:

One of four children, and the daughter of an author, Casia has always enjoyed being part a crew and listening to stories. Since childhood, reading and writing have played a large part in her life, and she was encouraged to pursue those interests by great teachers at Ysgol Nefyn, Ysgol Botwnnog and then at Meirion Dwyfor College. She then went on to study English and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University where she was tutored and inspired by poets such as Tiffany Atkinson and Damian Walford Davies.

Casia is a member of the poetry team Ffoaduriaid (Refugees) on the radio series Talwrn y Beirdd. She has adapted two Michael Morpurgo novels into Welsh – Ceffyl Rhyfel (War Horse) and Y Llew Pilipala (The Butterfly Lion), both published by Gwasg Carreg Gwalch. She has also published original work in Welsh, including a novel for young teenagers called Sgrech y Môr (Y Lolfa, 2014), two short novels – Arthur yn Achub y Byd and Pedrig y Pysgodyn Pengaled (both Carreg Gwalch, 2015) – and one short story in the collection Straeon Tic Toc (Gomer, 2016).

“I believe writing is beneficial to children and young people (and adults for that matter!).  It’s a safe way for them to express and discuss their hopes and dreams, as well as their fears and troubles. It’s also a good way to ensure that children and young people relate to others, and it’s a brilliant way to increase confidence as they read or perform their work in front of others. I’m looking forward to writing poetry with keen and reluctant writers and to show that poetry is for everyone.”

– Casia Wiliam, Bardd Plant Cymru

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