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Welsh Books Council

In search of Wales’s Favourite Poet #dathludarllen - 07 April 2014

Following the success of the search to find Wales’s Favourite Author and Favourite Quotations, Radio Cymru hopes to discover Wales’s Favourite Welsh-language Poet. Following many lively discussions, a panel of literary experts has drawn up a shortlist.

The ten poets in the running for the prestigious title are: Dic Jones, Gerallt Lloyd Owen, Gwenallt, Gwyn Thomas, Iwan Llwyd, Mererid Hopwood, R Williams Parry, T Gwynn Jones, T H Parry-Williams and Waldo Williams.

Over the coming weeks, ten individuals will discuss the poets’ work and encourage Radio Cymru listeners to vote for their chosen poet. These discussions may be heard on Shân Cothi’s weekday programme,  Bore Cothi, at 10 a.m.

Between 14 and 28 April, Radio Cymru listeners can vote online for their favourite poet, and the winner will be revealed on 1 May.

"It’s a pleasure for us to work with the Welsh Books Council in hosting the campaign to find Wales’s Favourite Welsh-language Poet," said Betsan Powys, Radio Cymru’s Programme Editor. "As well as taking advantage of every opportunity to celebrate poetry, we’ve just started commissioning a poet in residence every month, so giving our listeners a chance to choose their favourite poet is very exciting."

Elwyn Jones, Chief Executive of the Welsh Books Council, added, "Following the success of World Book Day Wales in which the Books Council and Radio Cymru worked closely together, we’re very pleased to be support another of Radio Cymru’s campaigns – this time to discover Wales’s Favourite Poet.

"Last year’s search to discover Wales’s Favourite Welsh-language Author was very successful, and I’m certain that Radio Cymru will give this new campaign the same amount of support and coverage. For centuries, Wales has held its poets in high esteem, therefore it’s a pleasure to have an opportunity to enjoy their literary contributions."

To join the online discussion, please use the #dathludarllen hashtag.

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