June 17, 2019
Gruffudd hails from Pwllheli in Gwynedd but now lives in Cardiff. He worked for ten years as a script editor for the television series Pobol y Cwm, and now works as a freelance writer and editor. In May 2019 he was announced as the new Bardd Plant Cymru (Welsh-language Children’s Laureate) for 2019-2021.
He has always enjoyed reading and writing poetry and creative writing of all kinds. In 2009 he won the Drama Medal at the Urdd Eisteddfod in Cardiff Bay, and in 2018 won the Chair at the National Eisteddfod, again in Cardiff Bay. His first volume of poetry, Hel Llus yn y Glaw (Cyhoeddiadau Barddas, 2015), was shortlisted in the Poetry Category for Wales Book of the Year Award 2016.
He is a renowned performer of poetry and music, and is a member of the bardic team, Y Ffoaduriaid, on the radio series Y Talwrn. He is also one of the organizers of Bragdy’r Beirdd poetry nights in Cardiff and has won many ‘stomp’ stools.