Mererid Hopwood has won the Chair, Crown, and Prose Medal at the National Eisteddfod. She is a former Bardd Plant (Children’s Poet Laureate) and won the Tir na n-Og Welsh literature prize for her novel for children, Miss Prydderch a’r Carped Hud (Gwasg Gomer) in 2018. Her collection of poetry, Nes Draw (Gwasg Gomer, 2015), won Wales Book of the Year Award in 2016. She has worked in collaboration with musicians including Karl Jenkins, Eric Jones, Gareth Glyn, Christopher Tin and Robat Arwyn, taking part in literary festivals in Europe, Asia, and South America. She is a Fellow of the Learned Society, Chair of Cymdeithas y Cymod (The Fellowship of Reconciliation in Wales) and Honorary President of the Waldo Williams Society. She is Professor at the Welsh and Celtic Studies Department at Aberystwyth University.
Welsh-language course: Cynganeddu
This is a Welsh-language course introducing the rules of cynghanedd, the millennia-old strict metre used in Welsh-language poetry. Using alliteration and rhyme and paying special attention to syllables and stresses in words, this rhythmic and intricate meter takes several years to master. The best poets who have mastered the craft of cynghanedd are awarded the life-long title of Prifardd for winning one of the main poetry competitions at the annual National Eisteddfod, along with the prize of a Chair.
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Karen Owen is a poet from Pen-y-groes, who has won several prizes for her work and who has performed all over the world. She won the Llwyd o’r Bryn Prize for recitation at the National Eisteddfod in 2018. She became the editor of Golwg magazine at the age of 26, and then the editor of BBC Cymru’s religious programmes. She was a reporter for Y Cymro, and editor for the online news provider golwg360. In 2017, she took part in Literature Wales’ Her 100 Cerdd, a hundred poem challenge, one of a team of four poets who succeeded by composing 100 new poems in 24 hours. She is well-versed in cynghanedd, a poetry teacher, and in 2018 her poetry show 7 Llais toured around Wales.