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Glyn's child laureate 'challenge'
Gwyneth Glyn
Gwyneth Glyn won a crown at the Urdd Eisteddfod at the age of 18
The new children's poet laureate for Wales is Gwyneth Glyn, the youngest writer to have held the post.

Gwyneth, from Llanarmon near Pwllheli, described her appointment, announced at the Urdd National Eisteddfod, was a "challenge".

She follows writers Mererid Hopwood and Tudur Dylan Jones who have previously held the Welsh-language posts.

Gwyneth, 26, said she is looking forward to sharing poetry with children.

"It's a challenge following someone as special as Mererid Hopwood, who has succeeded in exciting Welsh children with 'cynganeddion' (metrical consonance)," she said.

"I like the idea that poetry is something for the ear - and that it is everywhere about us - in the sound of traffic, in an argument between lovers, in rap on the radio and in a grandfather's snoring.

"Like a good joke, poetry is something to be shared. I am looking forward to sharing the adventure with Welsh youngsters."

Gwyneth is the seventh Children's Poet Laureate.

The post is aimed at raising the profile of poetry amongst young people in a bid to encourage them to write.

She said the best advice given to her by Welsh language author Wil Sam was to "write, write and write".

Her career has encompassed many writing genres including drama, poetry and song-writing.

A former pupil at Ysgol Uwchradd Glan y Mor, Gwyneth also studied at Coleg Meirion Dwyfor in Gwynedd and at Jesus College, Oxford, where she read Philosophy and Theology.

She said: "Subjects (Philosophy and Theology) which are full of argument, interesting ideas and wonderful people, just the ingredients for a good story."

Her recent work has included a one-woman drama for children on behalf of Cwmni Arad Goch and current work includes writing a second album.

  • Another writer, Jacqueline Wilson, who is the fourth Children's Laureate, is performing at the Hay Festival on Thursday.

    Ms Wilson, who wrote the children's best-seller Tracey Beaker, will talk about her latest books at the literary event in Hay-on-Wye.

    The Children's Laureate is chosen by a panel of judges after nominations are put forward by librarians, critics, writers and booksellers, including the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).


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