Robert Walton Wins English Language Poetry Competition NAFOW

3 September 2021 - 11:47am

Robert Walton Wins English Language Poetry Competition NAFOW

3 September 2021 - 11:47am

Robert Walton, author of Sax Burglar Blues, has won first place in the English Language Poem Competition at the North American Festival of Wales for his poem ‘On Clevedon Pier, June 2020’. Fellow Welsh poet Mike Jenkins was awarded first place in the Welsh language category for his poem ‘Nid Ffin’. 

The two poetry composition competitions (Welsh and English language) are part of the festival’s Eisteddfod. This year the theme for both categories was “Hiraeth.” The winners were announced at the festival’s Opening Ceremony on 2nd September.

The prizes honor David Llewelyn Williams of Vancouver, BC, Canada (1937– 2021), a friend and former Trustee of the North American Festival of Wales and a longtime member of its Eisteddfod Committee. Originally from Prestatyn, Wales, he was highly knowledgeable of Welsh poets and poetry, and entered and adjudicated numerous competitions (composition and recitation) in North America and Wales alike. He was highly instrumental and influential in establishing these very competitions. 

For more details about the festival and future competitions, visit festivalofwales.org.