DYFED'S DRAMA TRIUMPH; National Eisteddfod 2008

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A FORMER Daily Post journalist was awarded the highest accolade for dramatists at the National Eisteddfod yesterday.

Dyfed Edwards, who was night editor at the Daily Post until 2005, won the festival's Drama Medal and a pounds 1,200 cash prize for his drama CorsOer (Cold Marsh).

The 41-year-old, who was raised in Rhosmeirch near Llangefni but now lives in Whitstable, Kent, said he was delighted to have won the prize.

He said: "I was very nervous sitting in the pavilion waiting for my name to be announced but it was a great feeling and an honour to receive the drama medal in the pavilion. And to hear all the applause and be presented on stage to the audience."

Dyfed said the drama tells of a family who meet at a remote farm for the funeral of a parent.

"They meet on the farm, Cors Oer, and there is tension between various members of the family and that tension finally explodes. Although there is an element of tragedy in the drama there is a relatively happy ending," Dyfed said.

Adjudicators Rhys Powys and Bethan Jones said the drama was "clever and created an atmosphere".

Dyfed is looking forward to seeing his winning drama performed on stage.

"Until it is staged a drama is nothing more than a plan, a blueprint. It is important for it to be performed, the drama won't come alive until it is staged," he said.

Dyfed, who has written four novels and two books of short stories in Welsh, published his first novel in English earlier this year.

It was the second time Dyfed had entered the drama competition at the National Eisteddfod.

"I have written several plays and was second in the short play competition at the 2003 Eisteddfod. There are other books and plays in the offing. I never slacken where my writing is concerned," he said.

Yesterday's ceremony in the main pavilion was a short, 15-minute affair.

Now drama lovers are to step up pressure on Eisteddfod chiefs to give more prominence to drama at the festival.

Until a few years ago the main drama prize winner was feted in a full blown ceremony similar to the Daniel Owen Memorial Prize on Tuesday. …