| Robyn Lewis at the Gorsedd of Bards
ceremony at the 2002 National Eisteddfod
T James Jones was chaired at the final Gorsedd of Bards
ceremony at this year's National Eisteddfod.
The Gorsedd of Bards
is a separate organisation to the National Eisteddfod, although there is a close relationship between the two bodies.
THE first woman to become Archdruid of the Gorsedd of Bards
wants the body to be more inclusive and represent all aspects of Welsh communities.
Membership of the Gorsedd of Bards
is the highest honour bestowed by the annual Welsh language festival.
In an open-air, early morning ceremony in Wales he donned white cloak and headdress, stood in a circle of stones in which a six-and-a-half-foot sword was unsheathed and sheathed, and was admitted into the Welsh Gorsedd of Bards
. One observer dubbed the spectacle "Monty Pythonesque"; another said that Dr.
Tara, who is the youngest ever to be given the Green Robe of the Gorsedd of Bards
, will start filming next week.
Dr Williams, who was last month named as the successor to Dr George Carey, was made a member of the Gorsedd of Bards
for his contribution to the Welsh language and the culture of Wales.
During the ceremony Myrddin ap Dafydd revealed the Gorsedd of Bards
will be known as Gorsedd Cymru from now on.
He has planned visits to the Basque region of Spain, and Ireland, later this year and said the Gorsedd of Bards
approved his plans to further links with Celtic nations at their annual meeting on the Maes yesterday.
SOME of Wales' most notable figures from sport, culture and the arts have been honoured by the Gorsedd of Bards
during the penultimate day of this year's National Eisteddfod.
Jim's journey ends on Bryn Owain above the Eisteddfod Maes, where the first Gorsedd of Bards
met in Wales, with Aberystwyth University's Professor Geraint Jenkins, who has just published a book about Iolo, Bard of Liberty.