Friday, August 6, 1999 Published at 10:19 GMT 11:19 UK
A throne for the king of poetry
The ceremony is a highlight of the eisteddfod
The climax of the week-long National Eisteddfod is to take place with the prestigious chairing of the bard ceremony.
This year, for the first time, the chair has been designed and made by a woman.
The prize is offered for a poem not exceeding 200 lines in length and written in "cynghanedd".
This is a traditional alliterative pattern and the poem has to be constructed on more than one of the accepted metrical forms.
After nine months of studio work, designer Dwunwen Parry of Moelfre, Anglesey, presented the chair in memory of her brother Gareth.
Made from the oak of one tree, the design is packed with symbolism and also includes a piece of wood from Zaire in West Africa.
This year's subject for entries to the competition is "pontydd" or bridges.
This is a fitting topic for a year when the eisteddfod venue is on the island of Anglesey, linked to the Welsh menu by two famous crossings - the Menai and the Britannia.
Adjudication will be delivered by John Gwilym Jones on behalf of his two fellow adjudicators.
Gwilym Jones is an former Archdruid and himself a National Eisteddfod chair winner at the festival in Machynlleth in 1981.
But, as crowds gather at the Pavilion in anticipation of the ceremony, they will be mindful that the judges role is not always an easy one.
The chair is not always awarded.
Last year it was donated to the National Assembly after adjudicators failed to decide on a winner.