Eisteddfod winner star in the making

Published date: 04 June 2014 |
Published by: Shane Brennan
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THE winner of the Urdd National Eisteddfod crown has been hailed as a big name in the future.

Llio Maddocks originally from Llan Ffestiniog was announced as the winner of the crown on Friday at the eisteddfod in Bala.

Speaking to the Free Press adjudactor Dewi Prysor who is originally from Cwm
Prysor near Bala said: “I am 100 per cent sure she will be a big name in the future.

“We were blown away by what was on the pages it was just stood out like watching a natural talent being born with no need for anything to be done to it being born fully grown.

“In particular she had confidence to write about her community, her circle of life you know young people modern Wales, modern culture, popular culture rather than go for something more traditional and she was unafraid of using language as we speak. Llafar in Welsh which is spoken language which includes if we swear we swear she wasn't afraid to do that and she did it very concisley and naturally and the story just flowed.”

The crown is awarded for writing a piece or pieces of prose over 4,000 words on this year’s theme of ‘distance’.

There were17 entries received by the Judges, Dewi Prysor and Bethan Gwanas.
'Llongau Bach’ Llio Maddocks pseudonym was announced the winner.

Llio has enjoyed creative writing from an early age: “I was encouraged with my creative writing in school, especially by Gwen Edwards, head of Welsh at Ysgol y Moelwyn, Blaenau Ffestiniog. I have been competing in various local eisteddfodau, and won the Youth Literature trophy at Mynytho Eisteddfod in 2013.”

Llio attended both Ysgol y Moelwyn, Blaenau Ffestiniog and Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy, Llanrwst, before studying French and English Literature at the University of Leeds.

"I have often competed in the Urdd and the National Eisteddfodau in the stage and homework competitions, and this is the second time I have competed for the crown."

The crown was presented this year by the FUW and the farming union.

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