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Former students thrive in the 2013 National Eisteddfod


The creative writing talents of former School of Welsh students culminated in two prestigious prizes at the National Eisteddfod this year; the Crown and the Drama Medal were awarded to two of our graduates.

Ifor ap Glyn won the Crown for the second time, for a series of free verse poems on the theme ‘Terfysg’ (Riot).  Ifor was brought up in London by Welsh parents, and after graduating from the School of Welsh, Cardiff University, he moved to Denbigh and then to Caernarfon where he is now creative director of the television company Cwmni Da.

The Drama Medal was awarded to Glesni Haf Jones, who received a Postgraduate Diploma in Welsh Ethnological Studies at the School of Welsh.  The winning play is called Dŵr Mawr Dyfn (Big Deep Water) and explores the dilemma of a young girl who is torn between escaping and exploring the world, and staying in Wales to keep the language and Welshness alive.  Glesni is originally from Mold, Flintshire but has remained in the capital city where she is now working as a research officer for the local market research company Beaufort Research.

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