Bardd Plant Cymru’s 20th Anniversary
Bardd Plant Cymru (Welsh-language Children’s Laureate) is a national ambassadorial role that is awarded every two years to a Welsh-language poet with the aim of introducing Welsh-language poetry to children in an energetic, dynamic and fun way- through workshops, performances and various activities. The current Bardd Plant Cymru is Gruffudd Owen; the sixteenth poet to undertake the role since the scheme was launched in the year 2000.
One of the week’s highlights will be the release of the video poem ‘Bardd Plant Cymru yn 20 oed’, which will be premiered on Heno, S4C on Monday 12 October 2020. Gruffudd Owen composed the poem to mark the occasion and to capture the excitement and the importance of the role. The video, which describes the role as a ‘poetic Doctor Who’, also includes appearances from all past Bardd Plant Cymru poets – from Myddin ap Dafydd to Casia Wiliam. Posters of the poem are available for free at local bookshops across Wales.
The week’s main activities are listed below:
Monday 12 October: ‘Bardd Plant Cymru yn 20 oed’ video poem released
Tuesday 13 October: Digital Workshop 1 – Foundation Phase and Welsh Learners
Wednesday 14 October: Digital Workshop 2 – Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6)
Thursday 15 October: Digital Workshop 3 – Secondary (Years 7+)
Friday 16 October: Bardd Plant Cymru 20 Birthday Party
You can follow all the celebrations on our social media channels. On Friday 16 October 2020, we encourage all – schools, libraries, families – to join in the birthday celebrations by hosting a tea party, sharing photos and videos with us on:
Twitter: @BarddPlant / #BarddPlantCymru20
Facebook: Bardd Plant Cymru
The best photo by a school will be awarded with a free visit from Bardd Plant Cymru, a book bundle, and a special signed print.
The Bardd Plant Cymru scheme is run by Literature Wales with the support of Welsh Government, S4C, Books Council of Wales and Urdd Gobaith Cymru.