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Inspired in Caersws FESTIVAL

Converted farm buildings which make up part of Mid Wales Arts/Hen adeiladau fferm wedi eu hadnewyddu sy’n rhan o Ganolfan Gelf Canolbarth Cymru

Mid Wales Arts

Inspired in Caersws FESTIVAL : Ysbrydoledig yng Nghaersws

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WHAT?       A poetry, music and art festival – co-hosted by Fair Acre Press with Mid Wales Arts

WHEN?      21 – 22 April 2018

WHERE?    Mid Wales Arts, Maesmawr, Caersws, Newtown SY17 5SB  It is, if coming from Newtown, on the right – directly off the A470 and just after you have crossed the railway line. Free plentiful parking.

WHY?          Cathy Knapp set up Mid Wales Arts ten years ago. It is also the weekend of the death of John Ceiriog Hughes – whose desire for “simplicity of diction & emotional sincerity” has been the cornerstone for this festival’s programming

WHAT?        Workshops, Performances (both in English and Welsh), Open Mike, and on the 20th April a Children’s workshop and performance at the local primary school

WHO?          David Calcutt, Keith Chandler, Diane Drummond, Menna Elfyn, Marlis Jones, Gill Lambert, Gregory Leadbetter, Robert Minhinnick,  Delma Thomas, Andrew Warren, Casia William and You

HOW?           We are so grateful to the Arts Council Wales whose support through public funding has made this festival possible, allowed us to keep the ticket prices low while paying the workshop leaders and performers a fair wage

NB – There are roadworks between Newtown and Caersws. Please allow time for these.

ACCESSIBLE? Mid Wales Arts has been inspected and deemed fully accessible. However they are currently converting a barn where all the readings and open mike will take place. If all goes well with the building work –  this will be wheelchair-accessible  and will have hearing loop system installed in time for this festival but please do check if either of these are essential for your enjoyment by contacting Nadia at Thanks

PARKING? There will be free plentiful parking – including some Disabled Parking spaces

TRAIN? There is a train station in Caersws

WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING? Appropriate clothing for whatever April sends our way. Maybe a cushion for the chairs which are firm. There will be homemade food, hot and cold drinks, cakes, and alcohol-in-the-evening for sale – but bring what else you want.
A notebook, your poems, and we will provide the inspiration! Oh and some cash in case you want to buy any books! (though we can probably cope with cheques and cards)


A group of people, some of them from Zimbabwe, standing together in front of Zimbabwe sculpture, outside at Mid Wales Arts/Grwp o bobl, rhai o Zimbabwe, yn sefyll o flaen cerflyn o Zimbabwe tu allan i Gelf Canolbarth Cymru.

One of Mid Wales Arts’ workshop and exhibition


Below you will find the details of our  INSPIRED IN CAERSWS Festival                   

(pronounce Caersws – Cire-soos)

A festival of poetry, art & music – for english speakers with some welsh language



 a black and white photo of a bearded man in what looks like pyjamas and holding a top hat/ Llun du a gwyn o ddyn barfog yn gwysgo pyjamas ac yn dal het uchel

John ‘Ceiriog’ Hughes

There will be readings, live music, participatory workshops, art viewings, and plenty of time to share ideas.  The festival will be held in the galleries and new barn conversion at Mid Wales Arts.
Refreshments will be on sale and there will be a couple of stalls, including a bookstall.

This festival builds on the local interest in the nineteenth-century poet and lyricist John ‘Ceiriog’ Hughes who was station master at Caersws for the last 19 years of his life. In 2017 local teenagers and adults worked with ceramicists at Mid Wales Arts to create a full-size clay sculpture of him as part of their Sculpteen programme. This sculpture will be unveiled during the weekend, forming another part of the festival’s permanent legacy, alongside live-to-digital podcast recordings of the performances

Local children attending Mid Wales Arts’ pottery club have made figures from Welsh legends, which will be exhibited at the festival.
A professional group art exhibition, by artists from the Borderlands Visual Arts Group, titled ‘Nexus’; and a sculpture trail will form the backdrop and inspiration to activities.

There will be an Open Mike (bilingual), a ‘Ceiriog’ event (Cymraeg), and the Saturday evening event (bilingual) will certainly be a highlight as it features T.S. Eliot shortlisted Robert Minhinnick, the wonderful Bloodaxe Welsh language Menna Elfyn, and the stunning, accompanied, voice of Diane Drummond.


If you go to The Mid Wales Arts Centre’s website they will help you find campsites and B&Bs, and local eateries – as you may well be interested in staying over and enjoying the local landscape. You will also see some of the amazing activities, exhibitions and events that Cathy has made happen in the past ten years. She has most definitely enriched my life and so many others… but bear with her.. she is in the middle of turning the big barn into a wonderful performance arena so she may be a little slow getting this information up for you x



Saturday 21st April, 2018

15:00 – 17:00 (3 to 5 pm)    NEXUS – THE NUB OF IT   Poetry Workshop with Gill Lambert

A poster for the art exhibition Nexus with several different landscape paintings on it/Hysbyslenni ar gyfer yr Arddangosfa Nexus yn cynnwys gwahanol dirluniau.

Suitable for all levels.

A workshop using the exhibition ‘Nexus’ as inspiration. You will be examining the connections between poetry and art.

Gill has run many workshops with various titles and with many groups in education and community settings. She will ‘warm you up’ with some examples of poems based on and inspired by a piece of visual art and then set you loose – calling you back, too soon I imagine, to make certain the workshopping doesn’t end here. The workshop will be a supportive and encouraging space in which to respond to the different examples of art that will be available to you. There will be time at the end of the workshop to read your work if you want to.

(in English)

£6 plus eventbrite charges. 20 spaces.




19:30 – 22:00 (7:30 to 10pm)     DON’T JUST HEAR, LISTEN – Robert Minhinnick, Menna Elfyn, Diane Drummond and band


Photo of Robert Minhinnick/ Llun o Robert Minhinnick

Robert Minhinnick

A photo of Menna Elfyn/Llun o Menna Elfyn

Menna Elfyn

Readings by T.S.Eliot shortlisted Robert Minhinnick, Welsh language Menna Elfyn who Robert has translated, and the extraordinary voice and presence of Diane Drummond – with friends.

Ian McMillan missed not just his own train stop when reading The Diary of the Last Man – Robert Minhinnick’s 2017 TS Eliot-shortlisted book, but several. I can understand that. I could hardly breathe reading his poetry – which is spare with its language but filled with imagery and profound truths.

He is one of Menna Elfyn’s regular translators too so we will have the privilege of hearing both poet and translator read some of Menna’s poetry as well as Menna herself read English translations.

Menna Elfyn is an award winning poet and playwright and the most translated and travelled of all Welsh poets . She has written plays for television and radio and is the author of over 20 books. She is the first woman to be made Professor of Poetry & Creative Writing at University of Wales, Trinity Saint David; and is Honorary President of Wales PEN Cymru. Again – a master of words and truths and images you will dive right into.





A photo of Diane Drummond/ Llun o Diane Drummond

Diane Drummond

Diane Drummond has the most amazing voice, and a generosity in her performance that you will be able to relax into – but not for long – you may cry, you may dance, and if you are like me you will most certainly whoop!

 Joined by fellow musicians Peter Ryan on bass guitar and Marc Estibero on acoustic guitar. All 3 are accomplished musicians, sharing a love of their own personal styles added to their favourite songs.

The band plays and sings contemporary jazz, blues, gospel, soul, folk and all in between.

Diane’s voice has been described as a fine smooth and velvet chocolate with her own added notes in between.


“Don’t just hear, listen” – their motto but one I have purloined, with their permission, for the title of this whole event


£12 full price plus eventbrite charges

£8 concessions plus eventbrite charges






Sunday 22nd April, 2018

11:00 – 13:000 (11 am to 1pm) ‘THE PATH OF THE SOUND THROUGH THE AIR’ (S.T. Coleridge) Poetry Workshop with Gregory Leadbetter

a black and white photo of a smiling Gregory Leadbetter/Llun du a gwyn o Gregory Leadbetter yn gwenu

Gregory Leadbetter


What can the contemporary poet learn from Samuel Taylor Coleridge?
In this workshop, poet and Coleridge scholar Dr Gregory Leadbetter will introduce you to key elements of Coleridge’s practice and thought as a poet, bringing to life the  rich insights of a major poet and enabling you to apply techniques and principles drawn from Coleridge in poems of your own.
I am very excited about this workshop – as I personally find it hard to connect with the great dead poets and know that Greg’s extensive knowledge and practiced University teaching will inspire.
Suitable for all levels.
(in English)
£6 plus eventbrite charges. 20 spaces.

14:00 – 14:30  (2 to 2:30pm) CERDD A CHAN – A celebration of John ‘Ceiriog’ Hughes 

Photo of Marlis and Delma behind Andy Warren playing the flute/ Llun o Marlis, Delma, Andy

Marlis Jones, Delma Thomas, Andy Warren


Delma Thomas and Marlis Jones yn darllen rhai o hoff gerddi Ceriog i gyfeiliant Andy Warren ar y ffliwt.
‘Poems and Airs’ – Delma Thomas and Marlis Jones reading some of their favourites poems by Ceiriog accompanied by Andy Warren on the flute.
(Bilingual Cymraeg/English)
£3 plus eventbrite charges

15:00 – 17:00 (3 to 5pm) Poetry in the Afternoon – David Calcutt, Keith Chandler & Gregory Leadbetter

Three of my favourite poets will read from their recent works. If you don’t know their poetry yet – I hope that you too will be as taken by it as I am. Three very different poetic approaches and voices – but each in keeping with ‘Ceriog’s desire for “simplicity of diction and emotional sincerity”

Keith Chandler and The Goldsmith’s Apprentice
“A wonderful and generous book. The poems welcome you in and hold your attention with their deftness, attentiveness and joy-in-making.” – David Morley
Gregory Leadbetter and The Fetch 
“A collection full of quiet intent, testifying to “the overwhelming importance of love.”’ – Jo Bell
£6 plus eventbrite charges

17:30 – 19:00  (5:30 to 7pm) OPEN MIKE  – You

A red brick old grand house with people at tables outside/Pobl yn eistedd wrth fyrddau o flaen ty hynafol o frics coch

the main house at Mid Wales Arts

A sharing of poems that you have written, this weekend or before, or poems by other people that you love.
No need to book a place beforehand just let me know from 5:15pm on the day
I (Nadia Kingsley) will host and can’t wait to hear your “offerings”
Am hoping to hear how inspired you have been in Caersws 🙂
Free entry.





a photo of David Calcutt smiling and reading from Through the Woods pamphlet at an event/Llun o David Calcutt yn gwenu ac yn darllen o bamffled ‘through the Woods’

David Calcutt


David Calcutt was born and lives in the West Midlands.
He has written many plays for both theatre and radio and published several novels and stories for children, as well as four pamphlets of poetry: Outlaws, Road Kill, Through the Woods, and The Old Man in the House of Bone.
The last of the light is not the last of the light  (Fair Acre Press, 2018) is David Calcutt’s first full poetry collection. Not published until July 2nd, 2018 – it will be in print and available at this festival.





a photo of Keith Chandler/ Llun o Keith Chandler

Keith Chandler

Keith Chandler moved to Bridgnorth from Norfolk seven years ago.  Since being selected for Ten English Poets (Carcanet) in 1977, his poetry has been published in four collections: Kett’s Rebellion (Carcanet, 1982), A Passing Trade (OUP, 1991), A Different Kind of Smoke (Redbeck, 2001) and The English Civil War Part 2 (Peterloo Poets, 2009). A new collection, The Goldsmith’s Apprentice (Fair Acre Press), is  published on April 28th, 2018 and is being launched at this festival.
After 40 years in East Anglia, where no one knows how to sing, Keith is looking forward to returning to Wales where his grandfather, James James, worked for over 40 years in the slate mines.
A photo of Diane Drummond/ Llun o Diane Drummond

Diane Drummond

Diane Drummond is a “decorative” vocalist who provides diversity in the songs and sounds she delivers. Joined by fellow musicians Peter Ryan on bass guitar and Marc Estibero on acoustic guitar. All 3 are accomplished musicians, sharing a love of their own personal styles added to their favourite songs. The band performs in an engaging manner that entertains, dazzles and decisively wins over audiences. The band can be seen at commemorative events, corporate events, singing contemporary jazz, blues, gospel, soul, folk and all in between. Diane’s voice has been described as a fine smooth and velvet chocolate with her own added notes in between.  They clearly share a love of music with an appreciation of the songwriters who’s songs they sensitively cover with their own decorative musical style. 






A photo of Menna Elfyn/ Llun o Menna Elfyn

Menna Elfyn © Marian Delyth

Menna Elfyn is one of the foremost Welsh-language writers. As well as being an award- winning poet, she has published plays, libretti and children’s novels, and co-edited The Bloodaxe Book of Modern Welsh Poetry (2003) with John Rowlands. Her books include two bilingual selections, Eucalyptus: Detholiad o Gerddi / Selected Poems 1978-1994 (Gomer Press, 1995), and Perfect Blemish: New & Selected Poems / Perffaith Nam: Dau Ddetholiad & Cherddi Newydd 1995-2007 (Bloodaxe Books, 2007), a Welsh-only selection Merch Perygl: Cerddi 1976-2011 (Gomer Press, 2011), and two later dual language collections from Bloodaxe, Murmur (2012), a Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation, and Bondo (October 2017). Her literary memoir Llyfr Menna Elfyn / Menna Elfyn’s Book will be published by Barddas in March 2018. Menna Elfyn was Wales’s National Children’s Laureate in 2002, and was made President of Wales PEN Cymru in 2014. She was, until 2016, Creative Director in the School of Cultural Studies at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David; she is also Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing. When not travelling the world for readings and residencies, she lives in Carmarthen.

Menna Elfyn yw un o feirdd mwyaf blaenllaw Cymru. Ar wahân i ennill gwobrau am ei barddoniaeth, y mae wedi cyhoeddi libretti, nofelau i blant ac wedi golygu ar y cyd gyda’r diweddar John Rowlands, The Bloodaxe Book of Modern Welsh Poetry (2003). Cyhoeddwyd dwy gyfrol ddwyieithog Eucalyptus: Detholiad o Gerddi/Selected Poems 1978-1994 ( Gwasg Gomer. 1995) a Perfect Blemish: New & Selected Poems/ Perffaith Nam:Dau Ddetholiad a Cherddi Newydd 1995- 2007 (Bloodaxe Books, 2007), cyfrol Gymraeg Merch Perygl: Cerddi 1976-2011 ( Gwasg Gomer, 2011), a dwy gyfrol ddwyieithog arall o wasg Bloodaxe, Murmur (2012) , a enillodd gymeradwyaeth Cymdeithas Llyfrau Barddoniaeth, a Bondo, ( Hydref 2017). Bydd ei LLên Gofiant, LLyfr Menna Elfyn yn ymddangos o Wasg Barddas ym mis Mawrth 2018. Bu’n Fardd Plant Cymru yn 2002 a’i dewis yn Llywydd Wales PEN Cymru yn 2014. Tan 2016, roedd yn Gyfarwyddwr Creadigol Ysgol Astudiaethau Diwylliannol Prifysgol Cymru, Y Drindod Dewi Sant ac yn Athro Barddoniaeth ac Ysgrifennu Creadigo ynol. Pan nad yw’n teithio’r byd i ddarlleniadau a phreswyliadau, mae’n byw yng Nghaerfyrddin.



A photo of Giancarlo Facchinetti/ Llun o Giancarlo Facchinetti

Giancarlo Facchinetti

Giancarlo Facchinetti is a musician & multi instrumentalist, home recordist, visual & sound artist; and more recently the podcast editor/ producer for Fair Acre Press. He has orchestrated & performed with an astrophysicist and two poets in a mobile planetarium dome in e-x-p-a-n-d-i-n-g: The History of the Universe in 45 Minutes. His artwork is in the Painting by Pixels exhibition in Qube gallery, Shropshire, throughout August 2018. He is in charge of sound at the festival and will be recording the readings and creating live-to-digital podcasts as a free long-term online legacy – thanks to the kind permissions of the poets and their publishers.
Photo of Marlis Jones/ Llun o Marlis Jones

Marlis Jones


Marlis Jones was born and brought up in Bethesda, a quarrying village in Caernarfonshire.  After following a Teachers’ Training course in Bangor Normal College, she taught at Llandudno.  She moved to Mid Wales with her husband in 1971 where they had a sheep farm. She writes short stories and has two collections in Welsh published.  Some of her English stories have been published in anthologies. She contributes regularly to Seren Hafren, the Welsh Local paper and is supportive all things Welsh in the locality. She was Administrative Druid of Eisteddfod Powys and is a member of The Powys Gorsedd of Bards.

Ganed a magwyd Marlis ym Methesda, un o bentrefi chwarel lechi Sir Gaernarfon. Wedi dilyn cwrs dysgu yng Ngholeg y Normal Bangor, bu’n athrawes yn Llandudno. Symudodd gyda’i gŵr i fferm ddefaid yn 1971. Mae’n ysgrifennu storiâu byrion a chanddi ddwy gyfrol wedi eu cyhoeddi gydag ambell un Saesneg wedi eu cynnwys mewn casgliadau. Mae’n cyfrannu’n fisol i Seren Hafren, y papur lleol Cymraeg ac yn gefnogol i bob gweithgaredd Cymreig yn yr ardal. Bu’n Dderwydd Gweinyddol Eisteddfod Powys ac mae’n aelod o Orsedd Beirdd Powys.




Smiling photo of Nadia outside with pink carnations in flower bed/ Llun o Nadia yn gwenu o flaen gwely o benigan y gerddi

Nadia Kingsley © Isaac 2017

Nadia Kingsley is director/ editor of Fair Acre Press. She is currently project-managing her fourth Arts Council England-funded project “Painting by Pixels in which she is being mentored in disability and mental health training; and will be the workshop assistant to fellow visual artist Paul Kielty in workshops at Designs in Mind, Oswestry and Derwen College, Gobowen – as well as showing her artwork in a group exhibition at Qube gallery in August 2018.  She is a poet. She has, in print, 2 poetry pamphlets with David Calcutt – Road Kill and Through the Woods; Lawn Lore in which she collaborated with grasses expert John Handley; and  A Year in Herbs pamphlet with herbalist Jayne Palmer and twelve visual artists. She has collaborated with visual artist Sue Challis and the resulting poetry-art collaboration is shown at VAN gallery late March, 2018. She organised and M.C.ed a poetry and nature day at Merefest, 2017; and organised an afternoon of poetry and music at Mid Wales Arts in April 2017.
Cathy Knapp leaning over one of her late husband's sculptures/ Cathy Knapp yn edrych ar un o gerfluniau ei diweddar wr

Cathy Knapp

Cathy Knapp: Maesmawr (the main house at MWAC) dates back to 1526 and was originally a Welsh longhouse that grew into a successful farm. Much of the original structure remains. In 1820 the imposing Georgian front was added.
Cathy Knapp saw that the spacious interior and grounds had potential for a gallery and sculpture park as well as a centre for learning and encouraging the arts. With a background in Arts Education she is keen to foster talent and promote interest in the arts. Her late husband the internationally renowned enamellist and sculptor Stefan Knapp left a unique collection of paintings and sculpture which are on display in the house and grounds. Her son Ivan Knapp also has a studio, with work on display. This area of Mid Wales, says Cathy, has fostered a wealth of artists, who have been able to find the space they need for their work and recognised the magical beauty of the area.
Mid Wales Arts is a not-for-profit company with charitable status and Mid Wales Arts attracts around 10,000 visitors each year. Current activities include: permanent collections, fine art gallery with a rotating programme promoting contemporary Welsh artists; Sculpture hall and trail; courses and workshops for adults and young people; after-school and holiday clubs; poetry open-mic evenings and music events. Art workshops include painting, pottery, enamelling, sculpture, blacksmithing.
Mid Wales Arts is run on a mainly voluntary basis by a dedicated co-operative team of artists and supporters.
A photo of Gill Lambert/ Llun o Gill Lambert

Gill Lambert

Gill Lambert is a poet and teacher from Yorkshire and she has been published widely both online and in print. She won the 2016 Ilkley Literature Festival Open mic competition and runs the poetry night ‘Shaken in Sheeptown’ in Skipton. She is a creative writing facilitator , working with many different groups and in various settings. Gill’s debut pamphlet, ‘Uninvited Guests’ was published by Indigo Dreams in September 2017 and her first full collection will be published next year with Stairwell Books.

Gregory Leadbetter

Gregory Leadbetter is the author of two poetry collections: The Fetch (Nine Arches Press, 2016) and the pamphlet The Body in the Well (HappenStance Press, 2007). His poems have appeared in The Poetry ReviewPoetry LondonThe NorthMagmaThe Rialto, on BBC Radio 4, And Other Poems, and in CAST: The Poetry Business Book of New Contemporary Poets(Smith/Doorstop, 2014), as well as other journals and anthologies. His book of literary criticism, Coleridge and the Daemonic Imagination (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) won the University English Book Prize 2012, and he has published essays on Wordsworth, Keats, Charles Lamb, and Ted Hughes. He has written radio drama for the BBC, and was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship in 2013. In 2016 he was Poet in Residence at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage for Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival. He currently teaches at Birmingham City University, where he is Reader in Literature and Creative Writing.
Photo of Robert Minhinnick/ Llun o Robert Minhinnick

Robert Minhinnick © Peter Morgan

Robert Minhinnick’s ‘Diary of the Last Man’ (Carcanet) appeared in 2017 and was shortlisted for the TS Eliot prize, 2018.  Seren publishes his novels, short stories and essays, including ‘Limestone Man’, ‘The Keys of Babylon’ and ‘Island of Lightning’. Carcanet published his ‘The Adulterer’s Tongue’, translations of six modern Welsh language poets, in 2003. He was editor of ‘Poetry Wales’ 1997 – 2008 and is an advisor to the charity, ’Sustainable Wales’  He lives in Porthcawl and published ‘Fairground Music: the World of Porthcawl Funfair’ (Gomer) in 2010. He is collaborating with Park6 films on a film of ‘Diary of the Last Man’, to be screened in Hay, Stratford-on-Avon and Edge festivals this year.
Photo of Delma Thomas/ Llun o Delma Thomas

Delma Thomas

Delma Thomas was born in Carmarthenshire South Wales, but moved at the age of four, over the river to Pembrokeshire. She  was educated at Glandwr Primary School and Preseli High School. Then went to college in Swansea where she qualified as a teacher.  She came to Montgomeryshire firstly to Clatter Primary School and then Caersws Primary School. After over twenty years in the classroom, she joined the Powys Welsh Peripatetic Team.
Having been interested in Welsh things over the years she works hard to keep the language alive and used in the area. She organizes Welsh language activities for Welsh speakers and Learners in the area. and also gives Welsh “taster” sessions to non Welsh speakers who are interested in the language.
Delma also works every month to get Seren Hafren the local Welsh Paper to the press and to the shelves of our shops.   She is a member of the National Eisteddfod Gorsedd of Bards.

Ganed Delma yn Sir Gaerfyrddin, ond symudodd pan yn bedair oed i Sir Benfro. Mynychodd Ysgol Glandŵr ac Ysgol Uwchradd y Preseli, yna aeth i’r Coleg i Abertawe lle cymhwysodd yn athrawes. Daeth i Sir Drefaldwyn yn athrawes i Ysgol Clatter yn gyntaf ac yna ysgol Caersws. Wedi ugain mlynedd yn yr ystafell ddosbarth, daeth yn athrawes Bro.
Gyda’i diddordeb ym mhob peth Cymreig dros y blynyddoedd mae’n gweithio’n ddygn i gadw’r iaith yn fyw yn yr ardal. Mae’n trefnu gweithgareddau Cymreig i siaradwyr Cymraeg a Dysgwyr yn yr ardal, a hefyd yn rhoi sesiynau profi i’r di-gymraeg sydd â diddordeb yn yr iaith.
Mae’n gweithio’n ddyfal bob mis i ddod â Seren Hafren, y papur lleol Cymraeg i’r wasg ac i’r siopau. Mae’n aelod o Orsedd y Beirdd yn Genedlaethol a Gorsedd Beirdd Powys.
Photo of Andy Warren/ Llun o Andy Warren

Andy Warren

Andy Warren is a potter and a musician. You will find his beautiful functional pottery in Mid Wales Arts. He runs pottery workshops there too. He collaborated with Marlis and Delma on a similar event last year and was so well received I have booked the three of them again
Smiling Casia in a large red rosebush/ Casia yn gwenu mewn llwyn rhosod coch

Casia Wiliam

Casia Wiliam yw Bardd Plant Cymru 2017–19. Mae cynllun Bardd Plant Cymru yn sicrhau fod plant ym mhob cwr o Gymru yn cael y cyfle i arbrofi â geiriau. Drwy weithdai, perfformiadau a gweithgareddau mae’r cynllun yn cyflwyno llenyddiaeth i blant mewn modd bywiog, deinamig a chyffrous. Mae Casia yn 29 oed a daw’n wreiddiol o Nefyn ym Mhen Llŷn, ond mae bellach yn byw yng Nghaerdydd. Mae wedi cyhoeddi nifer o lyfrau gwreiddiol i blant – Clywch Ni’n Rhuo Nawr!, Arthur yn Achub y Byd a Pedrig y Pysgodyn Pengaled (Carreg Gwalch) a Sgrech y Môr (Y Lolfa), ac wedi addasu dwy o nofelau Michael Morpurgo i’r Gymraeg, sef Ceffyl Rhyfel ac Y Llew Pilipala (Carreg Gwalch). Mae hi hefyd yn aelod o dîm Y Ffoaduriaid ar y gyfres radio Talwrn y Beirdd. Hi yw Swyddog Cyfryngau a Chyfathrebu Oxfam Cymru.

Casia Wiliam is the Welsh Children’s Laureate 2017–19. The Welsh Children’s Laureate scheme aims to ensure that children throughout Wales get the opportunity to play with words. Originally from Nefyn on the Llŷn Peninsula, Casia now lives in Cardiff with her family. She has published numerous original books for children – Clywch Ni’n Rhuo Nawr!, Arthur yn Achub y Byd, Pedrig y Pysgodyn Pengaled (Carreg Gwalch) and Sgrech y Môr (Y Lolfa), and has adapted two of Michael Morpurgo’s stories into Welsh, Ceffyl Rhyfel and Y Llew Pilipala (Carreg Gwalch). She is also a member of Y Ffoaduriaid, a team of poets on the popular radio series Talwrn y Beirdd. She is the Media and Communications Officer for Oxfam Cymru.