Mererid Hopwood has won the Chair, Crown and Prose Medal at the National Eisteddfod. She was the Bardd Plant Cymru (Welsh-Language Children’s Laureate) and in 2018 won the Tir na n-Og Prize for her novel for children, Miss Prydderch a’r Carped Hud (Gwasg Gomer). She won the poetry category at Wales Book of the Year Prize in 2016 with her collection of poetry, Nes Draw (Gwasg Gomer, 2015). She has collaborated with musicians including Karl Jenkins, Gareth Glyn and Robat Arwyn and participated in literary festivals in Europe, Asia and South America. She is a Fellow of The Learned Society of Wales, a Chair for Cymdeithas y Cymod (The Fellowship of Reconciliation in Wales), an Honorary President of the Waldo Williams Society, and is the Hay Festival Creative Wales International Fellow for 2020-2021. She was a Professor at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David where she taught for ten years, and in January 2021 she will take on her new role as Professor of Welsh and Celtic Studies at Aberystwyth University.
Welsh-language Virtual Course: Poetry for Children
12.00 – 1.30 pm Friday 12 March 2021
This is a Welsh-language course looking at writing poetry for children, led by the Prifardd Mererid Hopwood. The workshop will last an hour, but time has been set aside to settle in at the beginning, to ask questions, and for discussions with your fellow writers at the end.
The Tŷ Newydd taster courses series will offer a whistle-stop tour of various genres and themes in both English and Welsh, to continue to inspire your writing during the winter months. Participant numbers for each taster course will be capped at 16, and the course will be delivered through the video platform Zoom. We hope to welcome you to Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre when we reopen our doors, where we offer a programme of day-long, weekend and week-long residential courses at our beautiful house in Llanystumdwy.
Literature Wales aims to enable everybody who would benefit from a course at Tŷ Newydd to do so, regardless of income or level of experience, and writers on low income have been identified as one of Literature Wales’ target client characteristics. If you cannot afford the course fee, please contact us to enquire about one of our allocated free spaces. Please note that whilst we will try our very best, we cannot always guarantee a free space due to the high volume of applications expected.