Children's Poet Laureate 2009-2010

5 Jun 2009

It was announced at the Urdd Eisteddfod in Cardiff that Wales’s Children's Poet Laureate for 2009-2010 is Twm Morys from Llanystumdwy.

Children's Poet Laureate 2009-2010
Twm Morys is a well known poet, singer, broadcaster and columnist. Born in Oxford he was raised in Llanystumdwy, where he now lives with his wife and children. He won the chair at the National Eisteddfod in Maldwyn in 2003.  He’s a member of the Talwrn team y Tywysogion, and he sings with the group Bob Delyn a’r Ebillion. His publications include  Ofn Fy Het  (Barddas, 1995),  Triawd Machynlleth  (with Jan Morris; Viking, 1994),  Eldorado  (with Iwan Llwyd; Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 1999),  2  (Barddas, 2002).

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. Former laureates are Ifor ap Glyn, Caryl Parry-Jones, Gwyneth Glyn, Mererid Hopwood, Tudur Dylan Jones, Ceri Wyn Jones, Menna Elfyn, Mei Mac and Myrddin ap Dafydd.

Twm Morys says:  "I’ve been visiting schools for years to talk about poetry and to write poetry with the children. 

I soon realized that the most important work that we do is give children confidence.  The confidence to express themselves, and the confidence to belong. We make language a ball, and by playing with that ball, the children (sometimes without realizing it) learn vocabulary and grammar, local history, Welsh history and the ways of the world!"

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