Young people from across Powys took part in the ground-breaking first ever digital eisteddfod - Eisteddfod T.

There were 13 finalists from the county including a former Ysgol Bro Hyddgen pupil who won the main literary award.

During what would have been the Urdd Eisteddfod week in Denbighshire, cancelled because of the coronavirus, competitors and viewers have been enjoying an alternative, digital festival on radio, TV and online.

"The response has been incredible," Sian Eirian, Eisteddfod yr Urdd director, said. “The standard of competition is astounding, and we’ve been so pleased with how it’s been received”.

Former Ysgol Bro Hyddgen sixth form student Mared Fflur Jones from Dolgellau won the main literary award on Thursday which according to the judge, Tywyn author Manon Steffan Ros, was a piece "full of love and anguish".

Two Ysgol Gymraeg Y Trallwng pupils were finalists in the ‘Living Idiom’ competition: Year 3 pupil Morgan Phillips won first place and Riley Morris, from Year 5, came third. Theo Roberts, a Year 6 pupil at Ysgol Gymraeg Y Trallwng, won the ‘logging your walk’ competition which involved creating a GPS doodle by going for a walk within an hour from home.

Angharad Davies, headteacher at Ysgol Gymraeg y Trallwng, said: “I am extremely proud of all the children who have had success at the virtual Eisteddfod - what an achievement! The fact that we set these as home-learning tasks makes it extra special. Therefore, congratulations to the teachers, parents and all the children - I am bursting with pride”.

In the dance competition on Monday, Layla Jones from Ysgol Llanidloes won second place.

Ysgol Bro Hyddgen pupils Dyfed Childs came second for his portrait of a family member, while Sanna El-Radhi-Hall was awarded second place for her song performance about self-isolation.

Gwern Wigley, from Talywern near Machynlleth, came second in the ‘Art Attack’ competition which involved created a piece of art from rubbish or recyclable materials.

Representing Brecon and Radnorshire were Nerys and Eira Morgan from Ysgol y Bannau in Brecon who came third in the ‘Family Transformations’ competition which involved dressing up as a TV or film character. While Sennybridge’s Ysgol Pontsenni was represented by Anest Gwilym Jones who came third in both the solo and cerdd dant solo competitions for Years 3 and under.

The competition results and entries can be watched online at