Geraint Bowen (poet)

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Dr. Geraint Bowen (10 September 1915 – 16 July 2011[1]) was a Welsh language poet and academic.

Born in Llanelli, Carmartehnshire, he was the nephew of Carmarthenshire minister David Bowen,[2] and the brother of poet Euros Bowen. He was a Welsh nationalist, and during the Second World War was a conscientious objector, undertaking farming. He was also the Plaid Cymru candidate for Wrexham in the 1950 General Election.[3] In 1946 he won the bardic Chair at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, and from 1978 to 1981 he presided over the Eisteddfod ceremonies as Archdruid. He was also a campaigner against the dumping of nuclear waste and was chairman of the campaign group Madryn.[3]

Bowen's doctoral thesis was a study of Recusant literature in south-east and north-east Wales and he was to write extensively on this subject and other aspects of Welsh religious history during his academic career. Amongst works published by Bowen were an edition of the Recusant Robert Gwyn's Gwssanaeth y gwyr newydd (1970), an edition of Y Drych Kristnogawl (1996) and a history of the Welsh Mormons during the nineteenth century, Ar Drywydd y Mormoniaid (1999). Despite his interest in religious literature and history, he was an avowed atheist.[3]



  • Awdl Foliant i Amaethwrr
  • Cân yr Angylion
  • T. Gwynn Jones (Y Bardd Celtaidd)
  • Cwm Llynor
  • Y Drewgoed
  • Cywydd y Coroni
  • Yr Aran
  • Prynhawnddydd
  • Dr. Gwenan Jones
  • Teyrnged i Gwyndaf
  • Cyfarch Bro Myrddin
  • Ar Doriad Gwawr
  • Branwen


  • O Groth y Ddaear (1993)


  • Welsh recusant writings published in 1999 in English
  • Gwssanaeth y gwyr newydd, 1580 by Robert Gwyn published in 1970 in Welsh
  • Golwg ar Orsedd y Beirdd by Geraint Bowen published in 1992 in Welsh
  • Y traddodiad rhyddiaith yn yr ugeinfed ganrif : (darlithiau Dewi Sant)published in 1976 in Welsh
  • Y Traddodiad rhyddiaith (darlithiau Rhydychen) published in 1970 in Welsh
  • Y Drych Kristnogawl : llawysgrif Caerdydd 3.240 published in 1996 in Welsh
  • Y traddodiadd rhyddiaith yn yr Oesau Canol : (darlithiau Dewi Sant)published in 1974 in Welsh
  • Y gwareiddiad Celtaidd published in 1987 in Welsh
  • Ar drywydd y Mormoniaid : golwg ar hanes y Mormoniaid Cymreig 1840–80 by Geraint Bowen published between 1998 and 1999 in English and Welsh
  • Cerddi by Geraint Bowen published in 1984 in English and Welsh
  • Atlas Meirionnydd published in 1974 in Welsh
  • Bwyd llwy o badell awen : (cwrs ar y gynghanedd) by Geraint Bowen published in 1977 in English and Welsh
  • Hanes Gorsedd y Beirdd by Geraint & Zonia Bowen published in 1991 in Welsh
  • Ysgrifennu creadigol : darlithiau Taliesin published in 1972 in Welsh
  • Y Drych Kristianogawl : astudiaeth by Geraint Bowen published in 1988 in Welsh
  • John Morris-Jones : y diwygiwr iaith a llên by Geraint Bowen published in 1989 in Welsh
  • W.J. Gruffydd published in 1994 in Welsh
  • Mynegai i cerdd dafod : sef celfyddyd barddoniaeth Gymraeg, John Morris-Jones by Geraint Bowen published in 1947 in English and Welsh
  • Penllyn by Geraint Bowen published in 1967 in Welsh


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  2. ^ Welsh Biography Online
  3. ^ a b c "Obituary for Geraint Bowen". The Independent. 04/08/2011. Retrieved 15 January 2016.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
Preceded by
R. Bryn Williams
Archdruid of the National Eisteddfod of Wales
Succeeded by
James Nicholas