The National Poet of Wales is a cultural ambassador role which honours some of the most innovative and highly regarded writers. The National Poet represents the best writing from Wales on the national and international stage, leading campaigns within Wales and appearing at events and festivals worldwide to raise the profile of writing and writers from Wales.
Established in 2005, the first National Poet of Wales was Gwyneth Lewis who was followed by Gwyn Thomas in 2006. The post reached new heights under Gillian Clarke, who held the position from 2008 to 2016. During her time as National Poet Gillian Clarke performed to tens of thousands of people around the world, and has gained many notable commissions and residencies.

The current National Poet of Wales is Ifor ap Glyn.

About Ifor ap Glyn:

Born and bred in London to Welsh parents Ifor ap Glyn is a multi-award-winning poet, presenter, director and producer. Ifor has won the Crown at the National Eisteddfod – one of the festival’s most prestigious prizes – on two occasions, first in 1999 and most recently at the Denbighshire and District National Eisteddfod in 2013. From 2008-2009 Ifor was Bardd Plant Cymru, the Welsh-language Children’s Laureate.

He lives in Caernarfon and works at Cwmni Da, an independent television and film production company of which he was a founding member. He has won several BAFTA Cymru awards for his work including the Lleisiau’r Rhyfel Mawr and Popeth yn Gymraeg series.

Ifor has represented Welsh poetry around the world in both the Welsh and English language, having performed at festivals such as the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival in Washington DC.

“It has been a privilege to respond a wide variety of events in the national calendar over the past three years ranging from the joyous to the poignant, and hoping to reach new audiences in Wales and beyond. I look forward to the next three years and to the challenge of further developing partnerships and promoting the two literatures of our country the best I can!”

– National Poet of Wales, Ifor ap Glyn

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