Wales

Actor unveiled as Wales' Children's Poet Laureate

Dewi 'Pws' Morris
Image caption Dewi 'Pws' Morris has appeared in numerous TV series on S4C

An entertainer has been unveiled as the new Children's Poet Laureate for Wales.

The outgoing Wales' Children's Poet Laureate Twm Morys announced Dewi 'Pws' Morris' appointment on stage at the Urdd Gobaith Cymru National Eisteddfod in Ceredigion.

The new poet laureate, originally from Treboeth in Swansea, is a well-known actor, singer, author, bard and TV presenter.

He will take the role for a year.

The post aims to raise the profile of poetry amongst young people and to encourage them to create and enjoy poetry.

Mr Morris said he was "very honoured" to be chosen.

"But I worry that the children will be far cleverer than me," he added.

"I'm looking forward to working with children from all over Wales, because I consider myself a bit of a Peter Pan (children keep me young!), and after a year in this role maybe I'll grow up to be 12 once more."

He began his career as a teacher in Splott, Cardiff, but two years later his acting interest developed into a full-time role with Cwmni Theatr Cymru (Wales Company Theatre).

Mr Morris starred in the much-loved 1978 BBC Wales comedy drama, Grand Slam.

He has also appeared in numerous TV series on S4C, including his portrayal of Wayne Harris on the Welsh soap opera, Pobol y Cwm, Hapus Dyrfa, Torri Gwynt, the travel series Byd Pws, children's drama series Rownd a Rownd and most recently Golffio for S4C.

His accolades as a singer began in the early seventies, when he became a member of Welsh band Tebot Piws, and later the first Welsh "super group" Edward H Dafis.

He is now a member of a Cardigan fun band, Sesh Bach.

He now lives in Tresaith, Ceredigion, with his wife Rhiannon, and is a member of the Welsh bardic team, Crannog.

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