Carwyn Jones and John Hartson in bardic robes

First Minister joins druids

First Minister Carwyn Jones has joined the Gorsedd of Bards. He took the bardic name Carwyn Aman Ogwr in an Eisteddfod ceremony.

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Campaign to turn woodland into WWI memorial

The new woodland could be created near Ffos Las.
The new woodland could be created near Ffos Las. Credit: ITV Wales News

A new campaign has been launched at the National Eisteddfod to help Coed Cadw, The Woodland Trust, to buy a piece of land to create a new woodland to commemorate the Welsh soldiers who fought in the First World War.

The Trust is currently looking at purchasing 120 acres of land near Ffos Las and will need to raise enough money to buy it by the end of the month.

Rory Francis from Coed Cadw, The Woodland Trust in Wales, says the woodland would provide a place for people to remember those who fought in World War One for generations to come.

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Open University launches Welsh language resources

The Open University in Wales says it's seeing more people, particularly adults wanting to study through the medium of Welsh. It says many are studying at partner universities like Bangor or Aberystwyth but are looking for more materials in Welsh. It has launched a website with free education resources through the medium of Welsh at the National Eisteddfod in Llanelli today. The director of the OU in Wales says the organisation hand global reach.

First major Eisteddfod prize for series of 10 poems

The first of this year's major prizes at the National Eisteddfod has gone to one of the youngest ever winners. Guto Dafydd, 24, from Pwllheli won the Eisteddfod crown for a series of ten poems in free verse entitled "Tyfu" ("Growing"). The judges praised both the technical mastery of his poetry and the skilful way he mixed traditional and contemporary themes.

Concert to kick of this year's National Eisteddfod

Over 350 young people from across Wales will help kick off the 2014 National Eisteddfod in Llanelli this evening at an opening gala.

The National Eisteddfod is one of the world's greatest cultural festivals.

It brings together people from all ages and backgrounds to enjoy an eclectic mix of the arts, music, literature, dance, theatre and more.

National Eisteddfod 2013
Last year's festival was held in Denbighshire

This year's event takes place along the Wales Coast Path, at the Millennium Coastal Park in Llanelli.

See the 2014 full schedule of events here.

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Language row breaks out over Eisteddfod gold medal

Almost a week after the filmmaker Josephine Sowden won the gold medal at the National Eisteddfod for her piece of video art, a row's brewing over whether it should have been awarded to a piece containing spoken English.

There's a long established rule at the Eisteddfod that all competitions happen in the medium of Welsh. Campaigners want to keep things strictly that way. Lorna Prichard reports.

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