Pencerdd is a Welsh-language opportunity for poets to develop the ancient craft of cynganeddu*; the programme is run in partnership between Literature Wales and Barddas. The aim is to develop poets that are new to the tradition and nurture new voices and perspectives within the cynganeddu tradition in Wales, raising the profile of the canu caeth scene.

It is a year-long pilot programme, free of charge, providing an opportunity for five poets who are relatively new to this unique poetic tradition to hone their craft. The poets attend a residential course at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre with tutors Rhys Iorwerth and Manon Awst, before being paired with a mentor for a year of one-to-one sessions. The group will also receive digital workshops, a year’s subscription to Barddas magazine, be a part of a supportive network, and receive information about local eisteddfod competitions and other relevant opportunities.

The five poets selected for the Pencerdd 2024 – 2025 cohort are:

Ana Chiabrando Rees

Buddug Watcyn Roberts


Non Lewis

Tegwen Bruce-Deans

Please see the Welsh-language side of the website for more information about this programme. 

*Cynghanedd is a Welsh poetic device where a variety of systems including rhyme and alliteration, or corresponding consonants are utilised to create poems which, at it’s best, can be as musical as they are meaningful.