The Children's Poet Laureate is a joint scheme between S4C, The Welsh Books Council, The Welsh Academy, The Welsh Language Board and Urdd Gobaith Cymru. Its aims are to raise the profile of poetry amongst young people and to encourage them to create and enjoy poetry. Former laureates are Eurig Salisbury, Dewi Pws Morris, Twm Morys, Ifor ap Glyn, Caryl Parry-Jones, Gwyneth Glyn, Mererid Hopwood, Tudur Dylan Jones, Ceri Wyn Jones, Menna Elfyn, Mei Mac and Myrddin ap Dafydd.
The Children's Poet Laureate for 2013-15 is Aneirin Karadog
At a ceremony at the Urdd Eisteddfod in Pembrokeshire, Eurig Salisbury the 2011-13 Bardd Plant Cymru (Children’s Poet Laureate of Wales) announced that the next poet to take on the role will be Aneirin Karadog.
The performance poet is already a familiar household name, appearing on S4/C as a feature presenter on Heno and Sam ar y Sgrîn. He was also a prominent member of both Welsh Language pop group, Genod Droog, and the hip-hop duo Y Diwygiad.
Originally from Pontypridd, Aneirin now lives in Pontyberem with his wife Laura and their one year old daughter, Sisial. With a Welshman as a father and a mother from Brittany, Aneirin is fluent in Welsh, English, Breton, French and Spanish.
Lleucu Siencyn, the Chief Executive of Literature Wales said: "We’re looking forward to seeing how the multitalented Aneirin Karadog will use his skills as a rap artist, cynganeddwr, television presenter and linguist to inspire the next generation of young poets in Wales."
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Past Children's Poets Laureate