[Bards] How to improve Kingdom Eisteddfod

Simone Ui'Dunlaingh simonemu at gmail.com
Sat Oct 28 05:46:39 PDT 2006

Well said  Master Well Said

I am scheduled for Heart sergery the 17 of January. Should my health
permit me to attend I shall.

I do not know If I shall be in form to perform. due to the above but
is I am i will.


On 10/27/06, Jay Rudin <rudin at ev1.net> wrote:
> Alden responded to Robert:
> > You said "Not every venue works well for Eisteddfod" and maybe
> > that's where we're crossing wires.  IMO, Eisteddfod should *be*
> > the venue, and if the hosting group wants to do something in adition,
> > it should aim to work within and around *it*.
> I suspect that you two are using "venue" in two different senses.  Robert's
> statement is quite true that not every site has a good room or location to
> hold Kingdom Eisteddfod.
> I'd love to see Kingdom Eisteddfod become the big, vibrant, stand-alone
> event it was when the College was active.  As a stand-alone event, it
> attracted about 150 people in Elfsea in 1988 when Catrin won, and about the
> same one year later in Namron when I won.  Then we took it to the Western
> Region, and drew a bit fewer -- about 70 people or so.
> But we need to solve the problem in the correct order.  Right now, neither
> the bards nor the rest of the kingdom are treating it like it's the big
> kingdom-wide focus for bardcraft.  And why should anyone else do so unless
> we do?
> Last year there were six entries.  That's not a grand event that should
> attract a crowd.  I recommend that we try to build it back up to a major
> event.  And step one isn't where it's held.  Step one is for the bards to
> enter it.
> Nobody would go to the Super Bowl if good football players refused to play
> there.
> Nobody would watch the World Series if only five ballplayers showed up.
> The greatest fencers enter Queen's Champion.  The greatest chivalric
> fighters enter Crown.  But every year lately, most of the greatest bards
> ignore the Kingdom Eisteddfod.
> Now, most of the kingdom ignores the Eisteddfod and the Premier Bard.
> Wonder where they learned that?
> Queen's Champion is the most prestigious fencing competition in Ansteorra,
> and maybe in the Known World.  A lot of non-fencers care deeply about it.
> But it started with this fact: every time it occurs, most of the best
> fencers enter the list.
> A dozen fencers have won more than one Queen's Champion.  Only one bard has
> ever won Eisteddfod twice.
> Let's build a great Eisteddfod.  Let's start now, and build a field of
> competition that will justify a grand stand-alone event.  We won't get it
> done this year, or even in two years, but we can make this event a grand
> focus for the bards.  And if we do so, *then* we will nce more be able to
> set up a stand-alone Eisteddfod focused on the bards.
> I'll enter this year.  Who's with me?
> Robin of Gilwell / Jay Rudin
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