Casia Wiliam was announced as Bardd Plant Cymru 2017-19 in a ceremony at Eisteddfod yr Urdd Ogwr, Taf ac Elái in 2017. Her tenure will end in August 2019.
One of four children, and the daughter of a writer, Casia has always enjoyed being part of a group and listening to stories. Since childhood, reading and writing have played a large part in her life, and she was encouraged to pursue those interests by great teachers at Ysgol Nefyn, Ysgol Botwnnog and then at Coleg Meirion Dwyfor. She then went on to study English and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University where she was tutored and inspired by poets such as Tiffany Atkinson and Damian Walford Davies.
Casia is a member of the poetry team Y Ffoaduriaid on the radio series Y Talwrn. She has adapted two Michael Morpurgo novels into Welsh – Ceffyl Rhyfel (War Horse) and Y Llew Pilipala (The Butterfly Lion), both published by Gwasg Carreg Gwalch. She has also published original work in Welsh, including a novel for young teenagers called Sgrech y Môr (Gwasg Y Lolfa, 2014), two short novels – Arthur yn Achub y Byd and Pedrig y Pysgodyn Pengaled (both Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 2015) – and one short story in the collection Straeon Tic Toc (Gwasg Gomer, 2016).
“I believe writing is beneficial to children and young people (and adults for that matter!). It’s a safe way for them to express and discuss their hopes and dreams, as well as their fears and troubles. It’s also a good way to ensure that children and young people relate to others, and it’s a brilliant way to increase confidence as they read or perform their work in front of others. I’m looking forward to writing poetry with keen and reluctant writers and to show that poetry is for everyone.”
– Casia Wiliam