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National Library of Wales

A WELSH language poet who died on the first day of The Battle of Passchendaele will be commemorated with a video installation projected onto the National Library of Wales.

The event will take place during the week of Armistice Day, a hundred years after Ellis Humphrey Evans, better known as Hedd Wyn, was killed in the notoriously bloody campaign.

Just before his death, Hedd Wyn – which means Blessed Peace in Welsh – wrote Yr Arwr (The Hero), which won the Bardic Chair at the National Eisteddfod when the judges were not aware that he was dead, calling out the winners name three times.

A spokesman for the Snowdonia National Park Authority said: “In September 1917, Hedd Wyn became a symbol of a generation of Welshmen killed during the First World War. Since then, his family home at Yr Ysgwrn, Trawsfynydd, has been a quiet memorial to this lost generation, perpetuating timeless messages on peace, war, culture and society.

The National Library of Wales, in Aberystwyth, and the Snowdonia National Park Authority, has collaborated in a yearlong education outreach programme bringing the poet's story and his work to life. This has included 26 workshops that have been attended by up to 800 school children and adults. The project also included the distribution of 3,000 copies of a specially-created booklet on Hedd Wyn's legacy.

Pupils from Ysgol Bro Hedd Wyn will read his most famous work, Rhyfel (War), for the piece, which will include footage from the poet's home and images relating to both him and the wider Welsh experience in World War One.

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