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A video in­stal­la­tion of war poet Hedd Wyn was beamed on to the front of the Na­tional Li­brary of Wales.

The project com­mem­o­rated the 100th an­niver­sary of the death of Wales’s most fa­mous Great War poet, Ellis Humphrey Evans.

The video in­stal­la­tion Y Milwr Amharod (The Re­luc­tant Soldier) in­volved Hedd Wyn’s 89-year-old nephew Ger­ald Wil­liams and chil­dren from the poet’s na­tive vil­lage.

Snow­do­nia shep­herd Evans, bet­ter known by his bardic name of Hedd Wyn, was killed on the open­ing day of the Bat­tle of Pass­chen­daele in 1917, days af­ter be­ing sent to the front line.

His poem Yr Arwr won him the Bardic Chair at the Na­tional Eisteddfod posthu­mously.

The Na­tional Li­brary of Wales and the Snow­do­nia Na­tional Park Au­thor­ity have worked to­gether in a year-long pro­gramme bring­ing the poet’s story and his work to life for a new gen­er­a­tion.

Their work, sup­ported by the Scot­tishPower Foun­da­tion, has in­cluded de­liv­er­ing 26 work­shops to more than 800 school­child­ren and adults, and the dis­tri­bu­tion of 3,000 copies of a spe­cial­ly­cre­ated book­let on Hedd Wyn’s legacy to pri­mary and sec­ondary schools across Wales.

Linda To­mos, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive and Li­brar­ian, The Na­tional Li­brary of Wales, said: “The event was a thrilling con­clu­sion to a won­der­ful pro­gramme of out­reach work.

“We are very grate­ful to the Scot­tishPower Foun­da­tion and to Mr Ger­ald Wil­liams and Yr Ys­g­wrn [Hedd Wyn’s home near Trawsfynydd] for their con­tin­u­ing sup­port.”


● Hedd Wyn video in­stal­la­tion be­ing beamed on to the Na­tional Li­brary of Wales to com­mem­o­rate Re­mem­brance Day on the 100th an­niver­sary of the poet’s death at the Bat­tle of Pass­chen­daele

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