Robin Llwyd ab Owain

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Robin Llwyd ab Owain
Paris 2005 Robin Owain.jpg
Born June 1959
Residence Ruthin
  • Author
  • Poet
  • Wikimedia UK Wales Manager
Parents Owain Owain
recorded February 2014

Robin Llwyd ab Owain (born June 1959) is an author, national award winning poet, and Wikipedian. He won the chair at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in 1992 at Mold for a poem titled "Merch Ein Amserau" (The Girl of Our Times). In 2013, he was appointed Wikimedia UK's first Wales Manager.


In 1992, Owain won the chair at the National Eisteddfod of Wales at Mold for a poem titled "The Girl of Our Times". The poem was described by one of the adjudicators as breaking new ground. In December 1996 he became the first Welsh writer to publish his poems on the web: Rhedeg ar Wydr (trans: Running on Glass), first published in December 1997.[1] He is the son of poet and writer Owain Owain.

His poems have been read on television by actor Rhys Ifans. Robin has written for television and radio and was marketing director of a software company between 2000 - 2009. Before then he was a head teacher.

As well as writing poetry, Robin has also written and published over 100 songs including a number which have been sung by Bryn Terfel: 'Brenin y Ser' ('The King of The Stars') and 'Pedair Oed' ('Four Years Old') which is sung by Rhys Meirion.[2]


On 1 July 2013, Owain was appointed the first Wales Manager by Wikimedia UK and Wici Cymru.[3][4] His role will last for twelve months and involve efforts to expand Wicipedia Cymraeg (Welsh Wikipedia) and the English Wikipedia's coverage of Welsh topics. Part of this will involve the Llwybrau Byw (Welsh: Living Paths) project, to which the Welsh Assembly has contributed £74,000, in which Owain will teach groups and societies how to edit Wikimedia projects and add their information.[4]

In relation to Owain's appointment, Jon Davies, Chief Executive of Wikimedia UK, said: "Robin’s appointment as our Wales Manager is a vital part of our outreach strategy. Wicipedia Cymraeg is the world’s most popular Welsh language website and we are proud to support the Welsh language."[3]

Personal life[edit]

Prior to his appointment with Wikimedia UK, Owain had worked as a head teacher.[4] Owain lives in Ruthin and has two children.


  1. ^ The Welsh Academy (Welsh National Literature Promotion Agency and Society of Writers) website: [1]
  2. ^ Y Lolfa Publishers
  3. ^ a b "Wikimedia UK yn penodi Rheolwr i Gymru / Wikimedia UK appoints Wales Manager". Wikimedia UK. 2013-07-02. Retrieved 2013-07-25. 
  4. ^ a b c "Wicipedia Cymraeg: New manager looks to expand Wiki in Welsh". BBC News. 2013-07-02. Retrieved 2013-07-25.