[Bards] How to improve Kingdom Eisteddfod

T'Star bedlamandmayhem at gmail.com
Sat Oct 28 09:42:21 PDT 2006

I hope I'm posting this in the right section of the thread.

The question has been raised: How do we improve Eisteddfod.  I would
like to give a new bard's perception of Eisteddfod.  I have never had
the opportunity to go, but everything I have heard about and coming
from Eisteaddfod led me to draw the following conclusion: If you are
not of the scholarship of the Poet Laureate of England, having iron
clad documentation for every piece (Original pieces must have
documentation for the style or need not apply.) and are not of the
bardic skill of Taliesin.  Don't bother trying.  It has the feel of
Olympic Bardic crossed with a PhD dissertation.

I rarely call myself a bard.  My style lends more to Minstrelsy than
what I understand Bards were historically  (Keepers of style and
official oral traditions).  Eisteaddfod is a Bard's event.  Not a
minstrel's.  I do not know if I can even attend this year, so this may
be so much whistling in the dark, but this kind of perception may have
contributed to the decline in participation in Eisteaddfod over the
past few years.

~Svetlana Andreivna Volkova

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