Ifor ap Glyn

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Ifor ap Glyn (born 1961)[1] is a television presenter and Welsh-language poet.[2] Since 2016 he has been National Poet of Wales.


Ifor ap Glyn was born in London into a Welsh-speaking family, but graduated from Cardiff University. He relocated as an adult to Denbighshire and later to Caernarfon. He worked as a television producer and scriptwriter before becoming a poet and dramatist[3] and has worked extensively with the theatre company Cwmni Dda.[4] He performed at the celebratory concert that marked the opening of the Welsh National Assembly in 1999, and has twice represented Wales at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in the USA.[5]

He was Children’s Poet Laureate for Wales (Bardd Plant Cymru) in 2008-2009 and won the Crown at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in 1999 and 2013.[6]

He was the executive producer of the documentary film Cysgod Rhyfel (The Shadow of War).[7]

On 1 March 2016 Ifor ap Glyn was appointed National Poet of Wales.[8]

Poetry collections[edit]

  • Holl Garthion Pen Cymro Ynghyd. Y Lolfa, 1991
  • Golchi Llestri Mewn Bar Mitzvah. (with Dewi Glyn Jones), 1998
  • Cerddi Map yr Underground. Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 2001
  • Lleisiau'r Rhyfel Mawr. 2008
  • Waliau'n Canu. Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 2011


  • Branwen
  • Frongoch

Television (as presenter)[edit]

  • Ar Lafar (2011)[2]
  • The Toilet: An Unspoken History (2012)
  • Pagans and Pilgrims: Britain's Holiest Places (2013)[9]


  1. ^ Richard Lea (1 March 2016). "A new poet for St David's Day: Ifor ap Glyn appointed national poet of Wales". Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b Wales Online, "Interview: Poet and presenter Ifor ap Glyn on his new TV series", 4 June 2011. Accessed 25 August 2013
  3. ^ Literature Wales: Writers of Wales - Ifor ap Glyn. Accessed 25 August 2013
  4. ^ Northwales.co.uk, Poet Laureate. Accessed 25 August 2013
  5. ^ Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013. Accessed 25 August 2013
  6. ^ Wales Online, "Poet Ifor ap Glyn awarded crown at National Eisteddfod", 5 August 2013. Accessed 25 August 2013
  7. ^ "Ifor ap Glyn". IMDb. (Retrieved 23 May 2014)
  8. ^ "Ifor ap Glyn is appointed new national poet of Wales", BBC News, 1 March 2016, retrieved 2 March 2016
  9. ^ The Telegraph: Review by Ben Lawrence, 11 April 2013. Accessed 25 August 2013