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11th August 2017

Writer wins Eisteddfod crown with poem about dementia

Poet Gwion Hallam used his experience of working with people who suffer from dementia to pen a special poem – and won a crown at the National Eisteddfod in Bodedern, Anglesey.

Gwion, who is a TV producer and has written and published children’s poetry, received the crown for a free verse poem of no more than 250 lines, titled Trwy Ddrych (Through a Mirror).

He wrote the poem under the pen name Elwyn/Annie/Janet/Jiws – a name inspired by the people he met.

The poet, who is from Felinheli, Bangor, said: “It was challenging, I had no experience of working with people with dementia, but it was a great privilege to get to know the residents, their families and friends, and very enjoyable.”

“Hearing the rhymes of their lives reignited my passion for writing again. Sometimes the poems were inspired by a stream of consciousness or just things they talked about in their day-to-day lives or from their memories.”

Read the full story on the North Wales Chronicle website.

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