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In October 2016 Literature Wales challenged four Welsh-language poets to compose and publish 100 original poems on National Poetry Day as part of the innovative digital project Her 100 Cerdd (100 Poem Challenge).

The challenge started at midnight as Thursday 6 October began, and ended 24 hours later. During this time poets Aneirin Karadog, Anni Llŷn, Gwyneth Glyn and Twm Morys composed 100 original poems and published them live on the blog www.her100cerdd.co.uk.

This was the fourth edition of Her 100 Cerdd with the last three teams of poets completing the challenge with only seconds to spare. The poets who have accepted the challenge in previous years include Eurig Salisbury, Hywel Griffiths, Elan Grug Muse, Gruffudd Antur, Casia Wiliam and Llŷr Gwyn Lewis, and amongst the 300 poems published are love-songs and rhymes of satire, poems welcoming new babies, poems of praise to locations and landscapes, a poem about dieting and two about bananas.

This digital project was devised in 2012 to note National Poetry Day, an annual celebration of poetry and all things poetic. National Poetry Day is an initiative of the Forward Arts Foundation, a charity that celebrates excellence in poetry and widens its audience. In 2014 the Her 100 Cerdd blog attracted over 10,000 visitors, and hundreds of messages were sent with the hashtag #Her100Cerdd on Twitter and Facebook.

This year’s poets had one thing in common – they’ve all travelled across Wales spreading a love of poetry amongst children as part of their role as Bardd Plant Cymru (Welsh-language Poet Laureate).

Read the poems on the Literature Wales blog.

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