Welsh war poet’s Oscar nominated life

Preston’s Continental pub will commemorate the centenary of the Great War later this month with a rare opportunity to see arguably the finest Welsh language film of the last 30 years.

Monday, 8th September 2014, 12:06 pm
Hedd Wyn
Hedd Wyn

Welsh Club Preston will mark Owain Glyndŵr Day with a FREE screening of the 1992 Oscar-nominated film Hedd Wyn starring Huw Garmon in the title role.

Poetry was the passion of Hedd Wyn (born Ellis Humphrey Evans) and his life’s ambition was to be chaired at a National Eisteddfod.

A goal he achieved in 1917, at the Birkenhead Eisteddfod of 1917.

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Tragically Hedd never knew of his success as he was fighting the Germans in the trenches of Ypres.

The war inspired Hedd Wyn’s work and produced some of his most noted poetry, including Plant Trawsfynnydd (“Children of Trawsfynnydd”), Y Blotyn Du (“The Black Dot”), and Nid â’n Ango (“[It] Will Not Be Forgotten”).

His poem, Rhyfel (“War”), remains one of his most frequently quoted works.

The subtitled S4C film, won the Royal Television Society’s Award for Best Single Drama and BAFTA Cymru Awards in several categories; and was the first Welsh language film nominated for an Academy Award.

Tuesday, September 16, doors 6.30pm for 7pm.