Urdd Eisteddfod 2018: Chair for Felinheli bard

Urdd Gobaith Cymru

A Felinheli writer has won the chair at this year’s Urdd National Eisteddfod in Llanelwedd.

Osian Wyn Owen took one of the top prizes of the week with a set of five poems written under the pseudonym Afallon.

Adjudicators Gruffudd Antur and Mari Lisa said ‘Afallon’ had successfully expressed and touched them with his imagery.

Osian, a former pupil at Ysgol y Felinheli, Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen in Caernarfon and Ysgol Glanaethwy in Bangor. He is studying Welsh at Bangor University and hoping to graduate before seeking a masters degree in creative writing. He is also being taught ‘cynghanedd’ by tutor Rhys Iorwerth in lessons at Galeri in Caernarfon.

At last year’s Eisteddfod in Bridgend, Osian finished third in the Crown competition, but went onto win his first chair last November. In March, he took both the crown and the chair at the Lampeter Inter-Colleges Eisteddfod.

The runner up in the competition was Carwyn Morgan Eckley with Lowri Havard in third. The chair was designed and built by Gwilym Morgan.

Earlier this week, Math Roberts from Cwm-y-Glo won the Composer’s Medal for Cwsg, a two-piano duet written in memory of his grandfather. The 18 year-old, currently studying music at Oxford, won the instrumental Blue Ribband for under 19s at the National Eisteddfod in Meifod two years ago.

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