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Our Top Poetic Moments Over the Past Year

Published Thu 3 Oct 2019 - By Literature Wales

Happy #NationalPoetryDay!

As the national company for the development of literature, our work from day-to-day involves poetry in all its forms and variations. Throughout all our activities, whether participatory, developing writers, or celebrating the rich literary culture of Wales, poetry is championed and highlighted.

Over the past year we have enjoyed many highlights, so here are a few of our top poetic moments:

  • Ailbhe Darcy won the overall Wales Book of the Year Award for her poetry collection, Insistence. She announced from the stage that she is donating her prize money to Extinction Rebellion.
  • A poem from the National Poet of Wales was spotted on a subway train in Brussels.
  • Cymru ar Ben y Byd – The Football Association of Wales and Literature Wales released a video poem written by pupils from Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Teyrnon in Newport  supporting Wales’ UEFA Women’s Euro 2021 qualifying campaign
  • Poetry and picnic in the park – celebrating the second birthday of Where I’m Coming From in the sunshine in Grange Gardens.
  • Welcoming a huge number of poets, whether tutors, guest readers or course participants, to the Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre to hone their craft and share their wisdom. It was great to see the Welsh-language Cynganeddu course going from strength to strength with 12 budding strict-metre poets attending last year’s course.
  • Be Brave #Changeit young people in Newport created a poetry pamphlet exploring and raising awareness of mental health issues
  • A poem by the National Poet of Wales marking 20 years of devolution
  • Postcards featuring Welsh-language poems side-by-side with Gaelic, Scots, Manx, Cornish and English printed and distributed to schools and libraries across the UK
  • “Poetry is finding light in darkness” – words from a participant of a Young Writers Residency at Dinefwr Country House and Castle
  • Fantastic commissioned poems by Gillian Clarke, Alan Llwyd, Eric Ngalle Charles, Nerys Williams and Cywion Cranogwen as part of Holy Glimmers of Goodbye. The poems will be published on the Literature Wales website soon.
  • Gruffudd Owen was announced as the new Bardd Plant Cymru  (Welsh-language Children’s Poet Laureate)  from the stage of the Urdd Eisteddfod 
  • Poems written by workshop participants of our Weird and Wonderful Wales projects have toured a number of Cadw venues over the summer and autumn. The pieces will be permanently installed in the locations which inspired them towards the end of autumn
  • Poems written by young people from Caernarfon appeared around the Oval, the home of Caernarfon Town FC in 2018.
  • “The day left me so energised that I started a YouTube channel dedicated to promoting poetry as soon as I got back”. The words of a participant who was supported by Literature Wales and Hay to attend events at Hay Festival 2019
  • Wales in the World – A poem by Rufus Mufasa, Future Generations Commissioner Poet in Residence, is featured in the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales Annual Report
  • Casia Wiliam’s heartfelt poem, illustrating the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers who have found a home in Wales, was broadcast on S4C from the National Eisteddfod in Llanrwst.
  • The spellbinding work of Robert Macfarlane translated into Welsh by Mererid Hopwood for #GieriauDiflanedig, illustrated by the wonderful Pembrokeshire based Jackie Morris.
  • Martha Puw, a Literature Wales Writing Squad member won the Pat Neill trophy for primary school poetry at the National Eisteddfod
  • The Her100Cerdd poets successfully wrote 100 poems in 24 hours!
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