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Iolo Morganwg's Eisteddfod

Iolo Morganwg lived and worked in nearby Cowbridge, where he owned a bookshop. Photo: ITV News Wales

The return of the Eisteddfod to the Vale of Glamorgan is being described as a homecoming for the festival as it returns to area where the man known as the father of the Gorsedd was born.

Iolo Morganwg lived and worked in nearby Cowbridge, where he owned a bookshop. He was the founder of the Gorsedd of the bards in 1793. The very first gathering is commemorated where they met in Primrose Hill in London. The tradition Iolo founded remain more than 200 year on at the heart of the festival.

Iolo Morganwg's memory is still commemorated with a plaque in the town of Cowbridge.

The Eisteddfod last came to the Vale of Glamorgan in 1968, when it was held in the town of Barry.

The Gorsedd is one of the highest achievements in all areas of Welsh culture and is led by the Arch druid. Jim Parc Nest who is presiding over his last Eisteddfod as Archdruid says he believes the Iolo Morganwg, described as the bard from the Vale, woke up the world to the nation's talent by holding the first Goresdd in London so that it was at the heart of the British Empire.

We hope to give him the prominence that he deserves because he was an eccentric but also a genius. I regard him as one of the greatest Welshmen.

– Archdruid Jim Parc Nest

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