Manon Awst is an artist and poet. As an artist, Manon creates sculptures and site-specific artwork woven with ecological narratives. Manon’s work has been exhibited all over Wales, England, and Germany. As a poet, Manon was an integral part of Cywion Cranogwen, and more recently she set up the collective, TAIR, with Beth Celyn and Judith Musker Turner. Between these two collectives, the Talwrn and Ymryson y Beirdd, she has performed her poetry in festivals, theatres and pubs across Wales. Manon started her journey in learning the cynghanedd on a residential course similar to this one at Tŷ Newydd.
Welsh-language Cynganeddu Course
This is a Welsh-language course looking at the ancient craft of the cynghanedd. <Click through to the Welsh side of the website> for more details. We encourage those who are learning Welsh to a higher level, or those who have lost confidence in their Welsh skills but are looking to get back into it, to join us on these Welsh-language courses – where you will be met by encouragement and support. Please contact us if you’d like to discuss the suitability of these courses for you.
Rhys Iorwerth is a poet, translator and freelance copy editor. Rhys won the Chair at the Wrexham National Eisteddfod in 2011, and most recently the Crown at the Llŷn ac Eifionydd National Eisteddfod in 2023. Rhys also won Wales Book of the Year’s Poetry Category in 2015. He has since published three poetry collections, Un Stribedyn Bach (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 2014), Carthen Denau: Cerddi'r Lle Celf 2019 (Cyhoeddiadau'r Stamp, 2019) and Cawod Lwch (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 2021) as well as a collection of fiction, Abermandraw (Gwasg Gomer, 2017). He’s been running cynganeddu classes in Cardiff and Caernarfon for over a decade, and he’s one of the founders of the poetry evenings, Bragdy’r Beirdd.