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On Thursday 1 June 2023, along with our partners, we announced that Nia Morais will be the 18th Bardd Plant Cymru. She will officially start the role in September, taking the baton from current post-holder, Casi Wyn.

Nia Morais is a writer and playwright from Cardiff. Her work often focuses on self image, mental health and magic. She graduated from Cardiff University with a Masters Degree in Creative Writing. In 2020, she released her first audio play, Crafangau, as part of Sherman Theatre’s Heart of Cardiff project. Nia is currently Writer in Residence at Sherman Theatre and her first full play Imrie, co-produced by Frân Wen and Sherman Theatre, is touring Wales over the summer of 2023. Nia was a member of the Tir na n-Og Awards judging panel in 2021, and also part of the Literature Wales’ Representing Wales writers development programme the same year. Nia writes for children and adults.

As Bardd Plant Cymru, Nia’s main objective is to ensure that there are more opportunities for children and young people to discuss and write about topics that are crucial to them, and rare in Welsh literature. She is passionate about proving that the Welsh language belongs to everyone, championing individuality and encouraging positivity and respect towards our self-image.

Nia Morais, Bardd Plant Cymru 2023-2-25 said: “I’m so proud to be Bardd Plant Cymru and I can’t wait to get started. I feel very excited to return to the world of poetry after some time away, and very grateful to be able to share my time with the young people of Wales.

I love working with young people – it’s very satisfying and I get a lot of inspiration from seeing what interests them. I love writing poetry and hope to be able to create great work with the young people of Wales.”

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