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Journalist honoured at cultural festival

The Crown at the National Eisteddfod in Llanelli has been awarded to a local poet, journalist and broadcaster.

Dylan Iorwerth was crowned for his sequence of poems, not in strict metre, on the subject of Sand.

Dylan Iorwerth, lives in Llanwnen in Dyffryn Teifi with his wife Elaine and daughter Luned, and established the Lampeter-based Golwg magazine.

He went into journalism and worked for the Wrexham Leader and helped set up the Welsh Sunday newspaper Sulyn before spending three years as a political reporter in London. He then returned to Wales to set up Golwg and now edits WCW A’s Ffrindiau.

The poems are based at Druidston, Pembrokeshire, where Dylan and Dafydd and their families celebrated each May Day. Dylan’s Bardic name CTMRh is based on the initials of Dafydd’s children – Carwyn, Trystan, Manon and Rhodri.

He was born in Dolgellau, raised in Waunfawr and educated at Ysgol Gynradd Waunfawr, Ysgol Syr Huw Owen in Caernarfon and Aberystwyth University, where he studied History and English.

He said a teacher called Katie Jones first fired his imagination and later the poet TH Parry Williams and his scripture teacher the Prifardd Emrys Edwards.

The crowning ceremony also involved the welcoming of the deputations from the Celtic nations.

  • This story, by Roger Butler, was first published in the Llanelli Star Eisteddfod supplement.
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