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Gwlad Beirdd

Gwlad Beirdd

A series focusing on some of our nation's greatest poets, and takes a very visual approach. Pictures, as well as words, are important in the series Gwlad Beirdd (A Country of Poets) as we learn more about the lives of those poets.

We hear some of their most famous poems and also visit the places which inspired them. Chaired bards Mererid Hopwood and Tudur Dylan Jones present the series, and we travel with them from the Nantlle Vale to Pembrokeshire.

Series producer Lona Llewelyn Davies says, "It's been wonderful to have the excuse to sit down and read these poems again. These are poems which we know but perhaps have forgotten that we knew them, or forgotten who wrote them. It's been an interesting experience to re-visit the poems and discuss them with Mererid, Dylan and the other contributors to the series such as Professor Gwyn Thomas, presenter Daf Du, actress Maureen Rhys and language campaigner and retired teacher Emyr Llewelyn."

Mererid Hopwood adds, "I've enjoyed working on the series immensely. It's a privilege to travel around Wales discovering those places which inspired the poems I love."

Nantlle Vale poet R Williams Parry is the subject of this week's first programme. The locations include Craig Cwm Dulyn, Y Lôn Goed near Cricieth, Macpelah cemetery in Penygroes and Dolbadarn Castle, Llanberis.

This is the poet who penned a famous ode to Summer, the poem Eifionydd, and the englynion (bound verse) of remembrance to Trawsfynydd poet Hedd Wyn who was killed in the First World War.

The other poets featured in the series are Waldo, Crwys, Cynan, Eifion Wyn, T. Llew Jones, T H Parry Williams, Hedd Wyn, Gwenallt and T Gwynn Jones.

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