Hedd Wyn poetry event held at Passa Porta, Brussels

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A poetry and music event will be held in Brussels commemorating Welsh poet Hedd Wyn.

Hedd Wyn was killed on the battlefields of Flanders in 1917, before being posthumously awarded the National Eisteddfod's Bardic Chair for his work.

The event on Tuesday evening will explore his life and work, along with other World War One poets.

It is hosted by Literature Wales at Passa Porta, the International House of Literature.

First Minister Carwyn Jones said: "While the world lost a great Welsh talent when Hedd Wyn was killed aged just 30-years-old, his legacy lives on in his poems and manuscripts.

"It is important to remember the sacrifice made by Hedd Wyn and his fellow soldiers, who were tragically killed on the battlefields of Flanders 100 years ago. They will never be forgotten."

The festival line-up includes:

  • Wales' national poet Ifor ap Glyn
  • Flemish poet, critic and essayist Geert Buelens
  • Writer and musician Gwyneth Glyn
  • Poet and academic Nerys Williams
  • Award-winning novelist Patrick McGuinness

It forms part of the year-long project Barddoniaeth Colled / Poetry of Loss.

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