Winning poet awarded Grŵp Cynefin’s crown Thursday 8 August 2019

It was announced from the 2019 Conwy County National Eisteddfod stage that Grŵp Cynefin's crown, will move to a new home, as winning bard, Guto Dafydd of Pwllheli stood to receive the award.

Winning poet awarded Grŵp Cynefin’s crown

29 entries were received in the competition to create a sequence of non-cynghanedd poems, with no more than 250 lines, on the topic of Cilfachau (inlets). The judges were Manon Rhys, Ceri Wyn Jones and Cen Williams.

Shan Lloyd Williams, Grŵp Cynefin’s Chief Executive, said: “This is the pinnacle of our work as crown sponsors this year, and we are proud of Guto Dafydd’s success as he receives this beautiful crown.

“For Angela Evans, the jewellery designer we chose as a housing association to design and create the crown, this story comes full circle, as we pass the beautiful prize into the hands of the winning bard. We are grateful to her and the Eisteddfod for their work and support. It has been great to work together to convey the basic principles of our work, more than houses, in such a beautiful piece of art.

There are three key elements to the Crown’s design, with three layers of metal outline creating an exciting and modern image linked to the basic principles of Grŵp Cynefin. It is wonderful to see the completed Crown and we are grateful to Angela for all her work.”

Shapes of stylish houses form the first tier of the Crown, but they are, of course, more than houses. These are home to the people and families of the area.

Welsh culture is maintained through our communities: in these homes the local people, the Welsh language and the culture thrives. This is the basis of the Crown, the tallest and strongest part.”

Triangles appear in the second tier, a shape with natural strength, representing the roofs of houses, supporting structures against lateral pressures, and representing the sustainability of the area. And to crown each pinnacle is a copper ball, a renowned characteristic of Angela’s work as a professional jeweller.

The copper originates from the old Great Orme copper mines in Llandudno, and a 2cm cube of pure bright copper was presented to the Eisteddfod in order that Angela could make use of it as a decorative element on the Crown.

The third tier is the county of Conwy, the rural valley and the densely populated coast. The glow that flows through the mountains down the valley and into the sea through the River Conwy is water: it brings its nutrition as an essential container to create a thriving community, environment and landscape, and to ensure a strong habitat for man and animal. Therefore, the flow of water seen in the last layer, is a smooth soft arch to convey the movement of the flow. Along its length, there are droplets of bright water created from a blue coloured topas stone as it simulates the colours of Grŵp Cynefin’s recognisable brand.

The Gorsedd of Bards’ Nod Cyfrin, its unique mark, is on the front of the Crown, under the main shape of the roof of the house, which is set to protect it. And at the bottom of the Crown, the words Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Sir Conwy 2019 have been inscribed.

“Congratulations again to the winning bard, Guto Dafydd,” said Shan Lloyd Williams.

The Conwy County National Eisteddfod will be held on the outskirts of Llanrwst until 10 August. For more information go online,

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