Eisteddfod y Dysgwyr 2018

02 May 2018

Sue Hyland a Heledd Cynwal
Sue Hyland a Heledd Cynwal

Over 90 learners from Ceredigion, Powys and Carmarthenshire came together on March 23rd to the new Llandeilo Chapel for the annual learners ' Eisteddfod 2018.  Heledd Cynwal led us through this enjoyable evening. It was great to see so many learners who had no experience of competing in an Eisteddfod competing on stage for the first time.  

Learn Welsh students with Ann Morgan's Tregaron class entertained us by performing a very funny sketch on the theme of 'My Welsh class'.  There were musical items from Clychau Caron, Anna ap Robert's group, the Brecon Group and Grŵp yr Udwyr as well as a number of incredibly talented soloists. Thanks to Gwyn Nicholas for doing a great job on judging the singing competitions.

As well as competing on the stage, over 80 literary pieces were received. The standard of written work was very high this year.  Bryn Howell Pryce from Ceredigion won this year's chair with his poem 'Pellter'.  Cathy Green won the second prize and Graham Parker third.

The winner of the prose trophy was Sue Hyland (picuted here with Heledd Cynwal) of North Powys with Bob Dennison of Llandrindod Wells coming second and Helen Burns of Brecon, third.

There was also an opportunity for students who have recently started learning Welsh to compete by writing - the theme was a 2-person conversation over a fence, with the Builth Wells Group victorious this time.  A written piece to a local paper advertising an event, was the theme for Sylfaen lefel competitors. Annette Baseley from Carmarthenshire won the first prize whilst Jane Jones from Presteigne won for the piece for Canolradd level learners with her piece on 'My Favourite app'.  Learners from any level were also welcome to submit a 'letter in a time capsule', Julie Pearce from Newtown was awarded the first prize. We thank Elinor Wyn Reynolds for judging this written work.


The Chapel Vestry was jam pack with art and craft on the night. Elizabeth O'Neill of Llanelli captured the first prize for her work 'picture in any medium', Tanya Harrison from Llanelli won in the textiles category.  Raymond Williams won the first prize in the 'item made out of Metal or Wood' category with Heather Gill capturing the '4 Photograph series' award. 

Jane Terry of Llanelli was the winner in the 'item of recycled material' category and Kathryn Powell decorated a cake that was won the first prize.  We thank Ann John of Lanaman for her work in judging.

In summary, a fantastic evening for all involved! We look forward to the 2019 learners ' Eisteddfod.