Euryn Ogwen Williams named as President of Vale Eisteddfod
27 March 2012
Euryn Ogwen Williams from Barry has been named
as the President of the Vale of Glamorgan National Eisteddfod.
Well-known in the broadcasting world for many
years, Euryn was born in Penmachno, Gwynedd, and after the family
moved to Leeswood, near Mold, he was educated in Ysgol Alun, before
graduating in Philosophy and Psychology at Bangor University.
He was appointed as TWW’s Director of
Programmes in Cardiff, before moving to Harlech TV when the company
secured the franchise for Wales and the West. He worked as a
producer and head of department for the company, before deciding to
become a freelance producer and director, working for both the BBC
and HTV during this time.
He was appointed head of programmes at S4C
when the channel began in 1982, and remained there for ten years,
serving as Deputy Chief Executive as well from 1988-1991.
After leaving S4C, he worked as a consultant
for the Gaelic television service in Scotland, and in Ireland for
the Irish language service, and also worked as a consultant for S4C
at the start of the development of digital television.
He was a member of the Welsh Language Board in
its early days, and worked as an advisor to the National Assembly’s
Culture Committee during its first review of the Welsh
language. He was also one of Cwmni Acen’s trustees from the
He is a former winner and adjudicator in the
National Eisteddfod’s Literature Section, and has written a volume
of poetry. He is also Chair of the Vale of Glamorgan Literature
Committee this year.
Married to Jenny Ogwen, and father of Sara and
Rhodri, Euryn is the grandfather of Soffia, Gabriel Jac and Jodie
Rhiannon. He has lived in Barry since 1971, and is Secretary at the
town’s Tabernacl Congregational Church. He has also edited the
church’s monthly paper, Y Ddolen, for the past fifteen
Euryn will be presenting a new volume of poetry at the
Eisteddfod, entitled 'Tywod a Sglodion' ('Sand and Chips') and
published by Gomer Press.