"Tudur Dylan"

 

The Chair of the National Eisteddfod of Wales 2005

This year Tudur Dylan Jones won the Chair at the National Eisteddfod. Winning the Chair is one of the greatest achievments in Welsh culture and the bards that win the Chair are among the ‘Greats’ of our Nation. To win the Chair the poet writes an ‘Awdl’ which is written in strict metre known as ‘cynghanedd’. After the adjudication when the nomme de plume ‘Drws y Coed’ was revealed, we here in Rhiw felt very proud as one of ours had won the Chair. Not only that but this was Dylan’s second Chair, a great achievement indeed, he won one ten years ago at the ‘Bro Colwyn Eisteddfod’. Both Dylan’s father the Rev John Gwilym Jones (a former Archdruid) and his father in law Robin Bala have also won a Chair in previous years.

Tudur Dylan and his family spend most of their holidays at Bwlchgarreg, a tiny cottage that has been in his wife’s family for over two centuries, and which they have recently restored. It was a great honour for the Chair to have been in Bwlchgarreg, Rhiw, albeit for only a couple of nights. Dylan is a Welsh Teacher at Ysgol y Strade, Llanelli and lives in Carmarthen, but his heart is here in Rhiw.

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