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Kevan Manwaring

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Book of the Bardic Chair

Published by RJ Stewart Books, 2008

The Bardic Chair is awarded as a prize in competitions of artistic merit, held in a festival of the arts known as an eisteddfod. Born of the Celtic Tradition, initially in Wales, Bardic Chairs are a growing phenomenon – transcending cultural barriers – not just around the British Isles, but around the world. This book explains the background of Bardic Chairs, lists all the current ones on record, and explains how to set one up. If you ever wondered what a bard is and why they are as relevant as ever this book will enlighten and inspire.


Featuring the Bardic Chairs of…


*Wales*Cornwall*Brittany*Isle of Man*Channel Islands
*England*Australia*North America*Canada*Argentina


From the global to the local, the 2008 edition focuses on the Bardic Chair of CaerBadon (Bath, Somerset) as an example of the most successfully revived English Chair to date – featuring the 12th Bard.


  • Profile of each of the Chaired Bards, Ovates and Druids.
  • Winning Poems
  • List of Modern Bardic Chairs in Britain and beyond.
  • The Modern Bardic Chair Movement
  • How to set up and run a Bardic Chair
  • How to run a Bardic Circle
  • Contacts and Resources
  • Essays on Bath, the City of Sulis
  • Young Bard competitions

Contributions by Ronald Hutton, Caitlín Matthews, RJ Stewart, Moyra Caldecott, Graham Harvey, Tim Sebastion Woodman, Philip Shallcrass (Greywolf) & many more