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- May 2022
of all the horse customs found in the British Isles, only the Mari Lwyd has a poetry competition at its heart. The Pwnco might be a challenge for some parts of 21st century Wales now that village bards are scarcer, but learned or improvised, the lyrics and the contest give scope for local and topical references, and showcase the traditional Welsh love of language and poetry.
Worth looking into the tradition of village bards in Wales.
What is a Pwnco?
People learned about the background, the songs associated with the tradition and about the ‘pwnco’ verse contest, with some writing their own new verses.