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Bardd Plant Cymru (Welsh-language Children’s Laureate) is a national ambassadorial role which aims to inspire and empower children and young people across Wales through literature. 

 

Founded in 2000, the role is awarded every two years to a Welsh-language poet who is passionate about ensuring more children and young people discover the joy and well-being benefits of engaging with literature. The project introduces Welsh-language poetry to children in an energetic, dynamic and fun way through workshops, performances and various activities. The project promotes creativity, communication skills and self-expression through the love of literature.

Bardd Plant Cymru is committed to: 

  • Expanding children and young people’s access to Welsh-language literature, in particular children and young people from marginalised and under-represented backgrounds 
  • Improving children and young people’s physical and mental health and well-being through literature 
  • Increasing children and young people’s enjoyment of literature 
  • Empowering children and young people through creativity

The current  Bardd Plant Cymru is singer-songwriter and writer from Bangor, Casi Wyn, the seventeenth poet to be appointed to the role.  

Casi’s appointment was announced on National Poetry Day 2021. She will be in the role until August 2023, working hard to make poetry accessible, fun, and relevant to children and young people across Wales. 

The Bardd Plant Cymru role complements its English-language sister project, Children’s Laureate Wales and the two roles contribute towards nurturing a healthier, more creative, and more diverse generation of readers and writers across Wales. All activities are conducted through the medium of Welsh, but the scheme provides for and engages with children whose first language is not Welsh. The scheme is run by Literature Wales with the support of Welsh Government, S4C, Books Council of Wales and Urdd Gobaith Cymru.

Bardd Plant Cymru keeps busy by: 

  • Running poetry workshops inside and outside of the classroom 
  • Penning official poems to mark special occasions and campaigns which are of interest to children and young people 
  • Creating online creative resources for children and young people to enjoy  
  • Championing the voices of Wales’ children and young people nationally and internationally

You can request a school visit from Bardd Plant Cymru through the form below. For all other enquiries, including project or collaboration proposals, please email barddplant@llenyddiaethcymru.org or phone 029 2047 2266.

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