Dan Williams

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  1. With a week of competing at the National Eisteddfod done and dusted for another year, let's take a look back at the highlights from the week. Monday Monday saw the first of the major ceremonies of the week with the Crowning. The title was taken by Geraint Lloyd Owen of Bontnewydd near Caer...

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  2. Wrexham Eisteddfodau have a strange habit of producing double winners. TH Parry Williams in 1912, and Donald Evans in 1977, both won the Crown and the Chair at Wrexham. Amazingly, they both completed the double twice in their careers. Could Geraint Lloyd Owen join their illustrious company? Th...

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  3. Yo can watch the ceremony again on our results page, as well as get the latest news and results from our Eisteddfod site. The Medal is offered for a volume of creative prose, no more than 40,000 words. The subject set this year was 'Conflict'. 16:30 - The trumpet is sounded to call the gorse...

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  4. The Crown is offered for a poem of up to 200 lines not in strict metre. The subject set this year was 'Veins'. The National Eisteddfod for Wales 2011 Crown 16:35 - The trumpet is sounded to call the Gorsedd procession into the Pavilion lead by the herald bard. They are followed by the ...

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  5. It's a tough act to follow the fantastic architectural spectacle that greeted visitors to the Ebbw Vale National Eisteddfod's 'Lle Celf' (Art Space) in 2010. But the Lle Celf at Wrexham, which opened offically last night, rises to the challenge, even if its home on the maes this year is a more m...

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  6. Today the Wrexham and District National Eisteddfod chair has been unveiled to the Eisteddfod executive committee on the Maes. The Wrexham and District National Eisteddfod Chair Made from four different types of wood, cedar, sycamore, the African Wenge and the Welsh oak, the chair was c...

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  7. With the National Eisteddfod only a few short weeks away, we've added a few sections to our site so you can plan your Eisteddfod week. Whether you choose to make the trip to Wrexham, or enjoy the delights of the pavilion from the comfort of your armchair or computer, we have what you need! If ...

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  8. Today the crown for the 2011 Wrexham and District National Eisteddfod was presented to the local executive committee. Designed and produced by John Price from Machynlleth, he is creating his fourth crown for the National Eisteddfod. Each part of the crown represents a different element of the ar...

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  9. The National Eisteddfod Pavilion at Wrexham It's less than month to go until the National Eisteddfod in Wrexham opens its doors, and if you're planning a trip to the Eisteddfod, then we have all the information you'll need on our sites. Coverage will include the activities on the Maes, to gigs at Maes B and Maes C, as well as information on admission prices and what to expect at the Eisteddfod. The crown for the Eisteddfod will also be revealed in a special presentation on the 7th of July. The crown has been designed by John Price from Machynlleth and is his fourth creation for the National Eisteddfod. Keep up to date with the latest news leading up to the Eisteddfod, and from the Maes during the week with our Arts blog.

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  10. Each year new members for the Eisteddfod Druidic Order are chosen who have made a contribution to Welsh culture or society. They are honoured by being part of the procession and wearing the prestigious long white robes. Welsh Poet Gillian Clarke With this year's National Eisteddfod i...

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  11. Swansea native Cerys Matthews is the latest star to join the line up for the 2011 Swansea Urdd Eisteddfod Gala Opening Concert. Singer Cerys Matthews The opening concert kicks off the Eisteddfod's week long festivities on Sunday 29 May. The former Catatonia singer said she'll be "plundering that Welsh treasure trove" when she performs on the night, singing some old Welsh folk songs as well as some new compositions of her own. The Eisteddfod is a part of many Welsh children's upbringing, and Cerys is no exception. She says: "Eisteddfods were part of my growing up in Swansea, even though I was never a very successful competitor! So to return this time as president of this year's Eisteddfod at Felindre is a real thrill and I very much look forward to it." Joining Cerys will be some well known faces like The One Show presenter Alex Jones and West End star John Owen-Jones, as well as rising stars Elgan Llyr Thomas, winner of the Bryn Terfel Scholarship, classical group Elysium III, and Britain's Got Talent star Shaheen Jafargholi. More information on the Urdd, including ticketing and accommodation advice, is available from the official website.

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  12. The Urdd organisation has announced that the Urdd National Eisteddfod Eryri 2012 will be held on the grounds of Coleg Meirion Dwyfor on the Glynllifon Estate near Caernarfon. This isn't the first time that the Eisteddfod has been held there; the Urdd Eisteddfod took place on the site in 1990. That was one of the first - if not the first - Eisteddfodau I remember going to as a child (I was four!). This site itself is draped in local history as it was once owned by the Lords Newborough, and boasts beautiful gardens and acres of land, part of which is owned by Coleg Meirion Dwyfor. Meriel Parry, Chair of the Eryri Urdd National Eisteddfod's Executive Committee said: "Eryri is looking forward to the Eisteddfod and glad that the festival is returning to the area once again and with a great site secured at Glynllifon, we look forward to a very successful festival in 2012." If you don't know the difference between the different Eisteddfod festivals held over Wales take a look back to a previous blog I wrote. I'm glad the Urdd have decided to bring the Eisteddfod back to Eryri. A lot of talent has come from the area itself, with some starting out by competing in the Eisteddfod. Most notably Bryn Terfel, who was raised not far from the Eisteddfod site in Pant Glas. Here he is performing at the 1982 Urdd Eisteddfod:

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  13. With the National Eisteddfod celebrating its 150th year this year, a week-long event is being planned in Wrexham from 29 July Stars from in and around Wales are coming together to celebrate the event and to kick-start the Eisteddfod festivities. Welsh operatic tenor Wynne Evans The event...

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  14. If you were thinking of competing for the Daniel Owen Memorial Prize or the Prose Medal at next year's National Eisteddfod in Wrexham, you have until 1 December to enter. The Daniel Owen Memorial Prize is awarded for an unpublished novel of no fewer than 50,000 words, while the Prose Medal is given for a piece of creative prose titled Rebellion. Jerry Hunter This year's Prose Medal winner at Ebbw Vale was Jerry Hunter from Penygroes in Gwynedd. Not only was he the first American to win a major prize at the festival, but he was also the first foreigner to scoop a major prize. Watch his ceremony at our Eisteddfod site. The 2010 Daniel Owen Memorial Prize went to Grace Jones of Felinheli, Gwynedd. She was a Prose Medal winner in 1988 as well as being triumphant in the National Eisteddfod's short story competition three times. See her prize giving ceremony. Competition listings for the 2011 National Eisteddfod in Wrexham can be purchased from the official Eisteddfod website. If you missed any of the action from this year's Eisteddfod from Ebbw Vale you can watch ceremony highlights, results, guides and pictures from throughout the whole week on our Eisteddfod website.

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  15. With preparations already under way for next year's Eisteddfod in Wrexham, the organisers are putting out a fresh bid for singers to become part of the 2011 Wrexham and district Eisteddfod choir. Eisteddfod organiser Hywel Wyn Edwards told the Daily Post: "Whatever your age, however long you'v...

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  16. For the final time this week the state trumpet will be sounded to call the Gorsedd procession into the Pavilion. The Chair this offered this year for a poem or a series of poems in full strict metre on the subject of 'Gaining ground'. Lets hope this year that someone will win after last year's...

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  17. Wednesday at the Eisteddfod saw the Prose Medal go to Jerry Hunter, originally from Cincinnati in Ohio, but who now lives in Penygroes, Dyffryn Nantlle. Head over to our Eisteddfod site to read more, or watch the ceremony highlights.

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  18. Wednesday marks the halfway point of the Eisteddfod, and the Prose Medal is awarded in the week's second big prize ceremony. The medal this year is offered for a volume of creative prose, of no more than 40,000 words on the theme of adfywiad (revival). Newly appointed Archdruid, T James Jo...

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  19. This blog is being updated with the most recent news added to the bottom of the page. To watch the ceremony live on our Eisteddfod site click here. 16:35 - The trumpet is sounded to call the Gorsedd procession into the Pavilion lead by the herald bard. They are followed by the Gorsedd members in their white, blue and green robes. Each colour denotes a particular rank. The procession is made up of poets, writers, musicians, artists and people that have made a distinct contribution to the Welsh nation, language and culture. Robin o Fôn the sword keeper, better know as Robin McBride, the former Wales rugby international, walks into the Pavilion with the sword of peace. The newly appointed Jim Parc Nest (T. James Jones) has taken over the Archdruid duties from the late Dic yr Hendre. T. James Jones won the Crown twice, in 1986 and 1988, as well as the Chair in 2007. 16:39 - Before the ceremony starts the Archdruid invites guests from the Celtic nations to join him on the stage for the ceremony. The guests come from Scotland, Cornwall, Ireland, Patagonia, Brittany and the Isle of Man. The representative for Scotland reads a passage on behalf of all the representatives. 16:45 - The trumpeters sound the state trumpet four times for all four corners of the Pavilion to stand, followed by the offering of the Gorsedd prayer. 16:49 -The Archdruid gives his best wishes to Selwyn Iolen, the deputy Archdruid, who cannot attend due to illness. 16:50 -There is an added poignancy to this year's ceremony as one of the adjudicators, Iwan Llwyd, died in May of this year. The Archdruid reads out a poem in remembrance to Iwan Llwyd, and asks the audience to stand in his honour. He was crowned himself in the Rhymney Eisteddfod of 1990. 16:53 - The Archdruid invites the adjudicators to the stage, where the adjudication is read by former winner Mererid Hopwood. She announces that the winner is the poet with the pseudonym 'Barcud Fyth' 17:03 - The Archdruid thanks the adjudicators and when the state trumpet sounds asks that 'Barcud Fyth' and only 'Barcud Fyth' stands. The lights dim in the Pavilion and a spotlight searches the audience for the winner. A lady stands in the audience. The mistress of the robes dresses the winner in her robes and escorts her to the stage. 17:06 - The Archdruid announces the winner as Glenys Mair Glyn Roberts from Llantrisant. 17:09 - The sword of Peace is raised above her head before the Archdruid asks the audience three times 'Is there peace?' before asking the newly appointed bard to sit in the peace of the Eisteddfod. The Crown bearers' carry the Crown over to the Archdruid where he places the Blaenau Gwent and Heads of the Valleys National Eisteddfod 2010 on Glenys's head. 17:11 - The crowning song is sung by Gavin Rhydfelin followed by poems read out by last year's crown winner, Ceri Wyn, and last year's prose medal winner Sian Melangell. 17:17 - Girls from local schools perform the flower dance as part of the ceremony before Glenys is presented with the horn of plenty by the masters of the court, and a floral tribute of wild Welsh flowers presented by the maids of the court. The Archdruid brings the procession to a close with the Welsh National Anthem. 17:30 - The procession leaves the stage and the Pavilion.

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  20. Sunday boasted high attendance figures at the Eisteddfod, largely due to the free ticket scheme financed by the Welsh Assembly. Just over 25,000 people walked through the gates of the old steel works, 10,000 more than last year at Bala. Monday sees the start of the ceremonies at the Pavilion be...

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