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Young talent to the fore at eisteddfod; Archdruid praises 'promising' writers.

Byline: ERYL CRUMP Daily Post Chief Reporter

YOUNG writers were lauded by the adjudicators at the annual Anglesey Eisteddfod as they picked up the major prizes.

The Eisteddfod, one of the largest provincial Eisteddfodau in Wales, is being hosted by the Paradwys area for the first time ever and staged at Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni.

During a colourful ceremony involving the Anglesey Gorsedd of Bards 24-year-old Bangor University student Gareth Evans Jones from Marianglas near Benllech was awarded the crown.

University lecturer Llion Pryderi Roberts, originally from Brynsiencyn, Anglesey, was awarded the chair.

Made of copper by renowned sculptor Ann Catrin Evans, the crown was offered for a collection of prose of the subject of "Island".

Adjudicator Sonia Edwards said all four entrants presented work of a high standard and two could have been awarded the crown.

She said: "Tameidiau (Gareth's nom de plume) drew me in from the very start and never let go. The writer is an able writer sure of his craft and fully deserves the crown and all the plaudits that go with it."

After the ceremony Gareth said the adjudication was "nerve-wracking".

"I knew I had won but I had no idea what the adjudicator was going to say about my work," he said.

The chair was awarded for a series of poems in free verse or strict metre on the theme of Paradwys (Paradise).

It was awarded to Llion Pryderi Roberts and was his second Anglesey Eisteddfod chair. He had previously won at Aberffraw in 2003.

He said: "I enjoy writing poetry and wanted to enter this Eisteddfod partly because of the adjudicators, Derec Llwyd Morgan and Ifor ap Glyn, two noted poets themselves."

He said the idea for his series of poems stemmed from his experiences of life.

Elin Lloyd Griffiths from Llanfairpwll was awarded the Young Persons Literary Trophy.

The 16-year-old football fan said she loves writing and hopes to support the Welsh team in France during the Euro 2016 finals - but only after finishing her GCSE exams at Ysgol David Hughes, Menai Bridge.

The Promising Writer Prize was awarded to nine-year-old Begw Dafydd from Llanfairpwll. Adjudicator Beryl Cullen said she showed great potential and should be encouraged to continue writing.

Anglesey Archdruid Annes Glynn said she was pleased three promising writers had been feted.

"They are our future," she said. It was her last Eisteddfod as Archdruid and will hand over next year to John Richard Williams of Llangefni.

In addition to the two ceremonies there was a full programme of competitions at the Eisteddfod. These started early on Saturday morning and were due to finish in the early hours of Sunday.

Because the National Eisteddfod is on the island next year, no Anglesey Eisteddfod is being staged in 2017.


Right, chairing of the Bard Llion Pryderi Roberts from Brynsiencyn; below left, Elin Lloyd Griffiths from Llanfairpwll who won the Young Persons Literary Trophy with archdruid Annes Glynn; below right Begw Dafydd from Llanfairpwll who won the Promising Writer prize PICS: ARWYN ROBERTS

Anglesey Eisteddfod crown winner Gareth Evans Jones from Marianglas Pic:ARWYN ROBERTS

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:May 23, 2016
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