Celebrating 20 years of devolution through poetry

Bridgend AM Carwyn Jones was delighted to get involved recently in a project that celebrates 20 years of devolution. Aspiring and established poets were invited to put pen to paper and compose poems that celebrates 20 years of devolution.

The winning poet was Morgan Owen, a poet from Merthyr Tydfil. He has won the D Gwyn Evans award over two consecutive years and he took part in the Writers at Work Scheme at last year’s Hay Festival. He was also a resident poet at last year’s National Eisteddfod in Cardiff Bay.

Initially the poetry was commissioned for the Eisteddfod as videos celebrating the Assembly as an institution. There are 4 poems by Morgan Owen, each responding to different spaces and elements of the Senedd, namely, the Y Cwrt, Y Neuadd, Yr Oriel and Y Siambr. All of these poems encapsulate the spirit and feeling of the building. There is a desire that through this new material, it will reach wider audiences and more people will feel a connection to the Senedd and its spaces.

Mr Jones said “I was delighted to have the opportunity to read ‘Y Neuadd’. The poem was very inspirational and channelling my inner Dylan Thomas I was invited to read the poem in Welsh.”

The Llywydd Elin Jones AM and Deputy Llywydd, Ann Jones AM have also read poems.

Below is the English version of Y Neuadd:
‘Though the water now stands still; though the dock is filled, this side of the mound a country’s dreams gather in their green beginnings: old embers waiting for the tinder to come nearer and flame in the dusk that threatens to become night. Here we let hope set foot in a wasteland; here we raised a shelter for our aspirations in the footsteps of giants. Against the seething of the centuries, this is our pledge that we will stay.’