South East Wales

Eisteddfod king of poetry is crowned at bard ceremony

Tudur Hallam
Image caption Tudur Hallam from Carmarthenshire has been crowned chair of the bard at this year's Eisteddfod

The climax of the week-long National Eisteddfod has taken place with the prestigious chairing of the bard ceremony.

This year's winner is Tudur Hallam from Carmarthenshire, who won for his poetry on the theme "Ennill Tir" ("gaining ground").

The prize is offered for a poem not exceeding 200 lines in length and written in the "cynghanedd" style.

By tradition, Mr Hallam will take home the chair at the end of the festival.

This year it is designed to look like a nib of a pen with the seat resembling an open book.

Cynghanedd is a traditional alliterative pattern and the poem has to be constructed on more than one of the accepted metrical forms.

The Archdruid and the Gorsedd of the Bards presided over the chairing ceremony, at which new members were accepted to the Gorsedd for their contribution to Welsh life.

More than 17,000 people visited the maes (event field) at Ebbw Vale on Friday - around 7,000 fewer than on the Friday at Bala last year.

This year, a total of 123,000 visitors attended the festival by Friday.

Organisers made an appeal to Welsh speakers in north and west Wales to support the event on its last day in order to ensure that it breaks even.

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