Festival of Hope 1 / 30 April 2020

Gobaith – Hope: National Poet of Wales considers whether Wales is a 'hopeful nation'

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Interview between National Poet of Wales, Ifor ap Glyn and Literature Wales CEO, Lleucu Siencyn on the theme of Hope. They consider what does hope signify as a word in Wales at the moment. The Welsh word Gobaith and its cultural and political relevance to the nation is discussed and Ifor ap Glyn looks at his role as National Poet of Wales and how poetry can empower and give hope.


Year of the Sea, video poem by National Poet of Wales, Ifor ap Glyn.

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Cymru 20/20, video poem by National Poet of Wales, Ifor ap Glyn, commissioned by the Welsh Government to celebrate St David’s Day 2020. Ifor ap Glyn performs the poem in Welsh and English subtitles are included.

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Literature Wales

Literature Wales is the national company for the development of literature in Wales. Our vision is a Wales where literature empowers, improves and brightens lives. 

The National Poet of Wales is a cultural ambassador role which honours some of the most innovative and highly regarded writers. The National Poet represents the best writing from Wales on the national and international stage, leading campaigns within Wales and appearing at events and festivals worldwide to raise the profile of writing and writers from Wales. The National Poet of Wales initiative is delivered by Literature Wales.

Ifor ap Glyn was born and bred in London to Welsh parents. He is a multi-award-winning poet, presenter, director and producer. A prolific writer, Ifor has twice won the Crown at the National Eisteddfod – one of the festival’s most prestigious prizes. Ifor has represented Welsh poetry around the world in both the Welsh and English language, most recently in Cameroon, Lithuania, China, Belgium, Germany, and Ireland.