Children's Poet Laureate Announced

28 May 2008

It has been announced at the Urdd National Eisteddfod that Ifor ap Glyn is the new Children's Poet Laureate for Wales.

Children's Poet Laureate Announced
The Children's Poet Laureate is a joint scheme between S4C, The Welsh Books Council, The Welsh Academy and Urdd Gobaith Cymru. Its aims are to raise the profile of poetry amongst young people and to encourage them to create and enjoy poetry. Ifor ap Glyn becomes the ninth poet to hold the position, following in the footsteps of Myrddin ap Dafydd, Meirion McIntyre Huws, Menna Elfyn, Ceri Wyn Jones, Tudur Dylan, Mererid Hopwood, Gwyneth Glyn and Caryl Parry Jones

Ifor was born and brought up in the Welsh community in London where his family have lived for over a hundred years, but now lives and works in Caernarfon, with his wife and their four children.  He works as a television producer, having spent some time scriptwriting for theatre and television.

He won the Crown at the National Eisteddfod in Anglesey in 1999 for a poem examining the conflicting attitudes towards Welsh learners in the industrial South east and the traditional heartlands of the language. He has always been interested in working with other media, chiefly music and video, and has always enjoyed performing his work live.

His biggest performance to date was in front of a crowd of 10,000 people in an event to celebrate the opening of the Welsh National Assembly in 1999, as part of a line-up that also included Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey! He's more usually to be found in front of smaller audiences, from pubs and clubs, to chapel vestries and lecture theatres, the length and breadth of Wales, though he has performed in Poland, the U.S and England and has toured several times in Ireland.

Ifor is extremely happy to receive the title of Wales's Children's Poet Laureate. He said: "Accepting this post is an honour, and I look forward to working with children and young people all over Wales. I hope also to use video and music while wtiring poems with them."

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