Comisiynwyd dwy gerdd gen i'n ddiweddar i gefnogi athletwyr Tîm Cymru yng Ngemau'r Gymanwlad, a gynhelir yn Birmingham y flwyddyn nesaf. Clicia fan hyn i ddarllen y gerdd Gymraeg, a fan hyn i ddarllen y gerdd Saesneg. Trafodaeth fer yn y fideos isod, y naill yn Gymraeg a'r llall yn Saesneg.
I was commissioned recently to write two poems to support the atheletes of Team Cymru in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham next year. Click here to read the English-language poem, and here for the Welsh-language poem. Below, a short discussion, the first video in Welsh and the second in English.
Cerdd i James Hook
Mae rhaglen boblogaidd Iaith ar Daith ar S4C yn paru dau o enwogion Cymru wrth i'r naill helpu'r llall i ddysgu Cymraeg. Nos Sul 21 Mawrth, tro'r chwaraewr rygbi James Hook oedd hi i daclo'r iaith ochr yn ochr â'r dyfarnwr Nigel Owens, ac fe ges i'r fraint o lunio englyn i longyfarch James fel anrheg ar ddiwedd y rhaglen. Dyma fe'r englyn, ynghyd ag un arall a ddaeth i'r fei wrth greu – croeso mawr, James, i fyd y Gymraeg!
Clicia fan hyn i wylio'r rhaglen (ar gael tan 19 Ebrill).
S4C's popular Iaith ar Daith programme pairs two celebrities as one helps the other learn Welsh. On Sunday 21 March, it was the rugby star James Hook's turn to tackle the language with the renowned rugby referee Nigel Owens by his side. I was asked to write a short poem to congratulate James on his success – croeso, James, i fyd y Gymraeg! Click here to watch the programme (available until 19 April).
Gwobrau Gŵyl Ddewi Awards 2019
This year's Gŵyl Ddewi Awards were held at the Old College on 14 March to honour the students and staff of Aberystwyth University who have made a notable contribution to the advancement of the Welsh language. My poems mark and celebrate their achievement. (Past years available here and here.)
A new website has been launched by Atebol – barddoniaeth.cymru – as a resource to introduce and analyse poetry in Key Stage 3. The website includes forty poems grouped into eight themes – including one of mine, 'Y Cadno Coch' (the red fox), from my collection Sgrwtsh! (Gomer, 2011) – and provides video readings and discussions, summaries and a range of activities.
The autumn heralded the launch of two new cultural ventures in both Aberystwyth University and Bangor University that reflect the current strength of the Welsh-language poetry scene. Cicio'r Bar, a quarterly poetry event held in Aberystwyth Arts Centre, was launched by Hywel Griffiths and I in November with two special guests, the winner of the Chair competition at the National Eisteddfod, Gruffudd Owen, and the band Blodau Gwylltion, who's lead singer Manon Steffan Ros won the Prose Medal at this year's Eisteddfod. My poem for Gruffudd can be read on this website. In Bangor in Semptember a new cultural society was set up to celebrate literature in all its variety, Cymdeithas John Gwilym Jones. The poem I was commissioned to write for the society is also available on this website.
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