What is a Bard?
Using one of the most important and powerful bards of medieval Wales as an example, this short essay briefly sets out how the Welsh bardic schools made use of myth and archetypal imagery in their public rituals as tools for sustaining the mental and spiritual health of their communities.
The Druidsutterance shares their resource of Ellis Wynne's essay, presented at the National Eisteddfod in 1893,
'The Visions of the Sleeping Bard'. Ellis Wynne's “Gweledigaetheu y Bardd Cwsc” Translated by Robert Gwyneddon Davies. pdf file
'A Bard is a poet or lyrical musician. Robert Burns, for example, is referred to as "The Bard of Scotland", but in the sense of the Bardic Chair, the word refers to a poet in the Celtic Tradition.' The Bardic Council of Glastonbury,Gorsedd Ynys Witrin, promotes the artistic qualities of the Bard with the annual 'Bardic Chair of Ynys Witrin' competitions. Find out more about their bardic activities here.
The Loyal Arthurian Warband share their 'Bardic Home' with the Druidic community.