Haf hirfelyn tesog* – well, perhaps not in Ebbw Vale..

It’s a climatic phenomenon as profound as El Nino – the National Eisteddfod in the first week of August draws rain clouds from around the globe. To be honest it hasn’t been that bad in Ebbw Vale this week and a cultural success with worthy winners in the three main literature competitions.
Llantrisant grandmother Glenys Roberts won the Crown.
American born Jerry Hunter won the Prose Medal and the Chair was awarded to Tudur Hallam for a work dedicated to the late Hywel Teifi Edwards.
(oh and my brother was in the winning Cerdd Dant Party –Da Iawn Rhod!)
The Eisteddfod is also about politics. Nothing this week quite matched Paul Robeson’s visit to the last Ebbw Vale Eisteddfod in 1958 (Susan, his grandaughter was here this week.) but a few fairly dramatic events:
Ieuan Wyn Jones calls for devolution of broadcasting.
Carwyn Jones links a positive referendum result with Fair funding – a little risky that as Syniadau explains
And finally Adam Price won’t be standing in next year’s Assembly elections. It always was going to difficult but a real shame. Read his comments here.
*Long Hot Hazy Summer….

  • magnus

    What with Ulster TV winning the rights to provide ITV news in Wales and Ulster making regular trips there in the Magners league I daresay that there wil soon be an Ulster Welsh fringe eistedford.

  • Dewi
  • socaire

    How dare you try to introduce culture – especially foreign culture – on this blog?

  • Dewi


  • Those who haven’t should follow Adam Price with interest. Prone to bonnetfuls of bees (mainly baleful and Blair-full).

    Passes the “vote as left as you can get” test of Redfellow reliability.

  • magnus

    The news to end all news and it is Ulster Welsh, Dewi boyo. I think you’ll find the Ulster Welsh will be marching and singing in the valleys. Take my advice and nip it in the bud.