Eisteddfod

Welcome to the Wyldwood Eisteddfod!

Within Druidry, we celebrate the arts as sacred and we encourage artists and creative people to share their creations with the world. Within Druidry there are three classes of Druid, among them is the Bard, a sacred poet, similar to the Norse Skald.

Cliff Carr,former and present bard of the free and open gorsedd of Caer Abiri (Avebury), with his guitar

Cliff Carr, former and present bard of the free and open gorsedd of Caer Abiri (Avebury).

Who is the Chief Bard of the Wyldwood?

Our Chief Bard is Cliff Carr!

You may know Cliff as a Bard of Caer Abiri (Avebury) or you may have heard his music on Wyldwood Radio. Cliff brings decades of experience to the role as the judge of our ongoing Bardic competition.

What is an Eisteddfod?

Traditionally an Eisteddfod is bardic competition in which Bards would compete for a title which they would hold for a year until the next Eisteddfod. In Wales today the National Eisteddfod is a major cultural event which lasts several days and is growing in popularity.

In more modern times Bards bring their talents to great gatherings in order to compete for titles and prizes, these gatherings are known as Eisteddfodau. This tradition hails back to at least the 12th Century C.E. For more information on the history of the Eisteddfodau please see the following link: https://museum.wales/collections/eisteddfodau/

2018 – 2019 Rounds:

  • Round 1 – 23rd September – 19th December
  • Finalist announced – 21st December
  • Round 2 – 23rd December – 19th March
  • Finalist announced – 21st March
  • Round 3 – 23rd March – 19th June
  • Finalist announced 21st June
  • Chosen Bard of the Wyldwood announced 1st August

Prizes

Finalistst – Each round finalist will win a plaque to commemorate their victory.

Chosen Bard –  The Chosen Bard will be presented with a trophy for their achievement and a unique T-shirt to wear it with pride.

The names of our finalists and Chosen Bard will be announced on this website, on Wyldwood Radio and on our social media pages. The names of all entrants will be listed below along with a link to their work.


Entry Form

 

Rules

The rules are simple:

  • The Eisteddfod is split into three rounds, at the end of which a finalist will be chosen by public vote. The four finalists will be asked then to submit an enter a new entry which will be presented to our Judge, Chief Bard of the Wyldwood Cliff Carr, who will then judge between the new pieces and decide upon a winner who will then be named as the Chosen Bard of the Wyldwood for the following year.
  • The Bard will be recognised officially throughout The Wyldwood and will receive a Trophy and unique T-shirt to commemorate their victory!You may submit an item of Poetry, Story or Song. Your work will be judged on the Oral / Written part only.
  • You may submit one item of your creative work via the entry form (Only one entry per person per round (see below)).
  • At the end of each round a finalist will be chosen, notified and announced. They will receive a plaque to commemorate their victory and will then be asked to submit a new piece of work from the same category to be entered into the final competition.
  • The new pieces of work will then be sent to our judge. They will then judge between the three and announce a winner on Lughnassadh.
  • Plagiarism will not be tolerated. We use plagiarism checking software for all submissions. If any evidence of plagiarism is found, the entrant will be permanently disqualified from the Wyldwood Eisteddfod.

Pronunciation and meaning of Eisteddfod:

C19: from Welsh, literally: session, from eistedd to sit (from sedd seat) + -fod, from bod to be

Eisteddfod  – Eye-Steth-Vod

Eisteddfodau (plural) – Eye-Steth-Vod-Eye