National Eisteddfod pavillionCoal Creek Eisteddfod
Literary Competition

Awards to be given at Coal Creek Health Day Event
at 1:00 pm on Friday, October 22nd, 2010

WHO: Briceville Elementary School Students





Briceville Church was built in 1888 by Welsh miners and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  An eisteddfod (pronounced A-steth-vod) literary competition will be held in honor of the Welsh miners who built the church.  “Eistedd” means “seated” in Welsh.  The festival reaches a climax when someone is announced as the winner of the eisteddfod chair (cadair in Welsh).  This is a writing competition based on a specified topic.  In our case, the topic is, “Oral History of Briceville Community Church and Cemetery.”  Participants need to interview elders in the community and ask, “What do you remember about Briceville Church and what it meant to you and the community.”  Write an essay or poem based on what you learn from the interviews.  Essays should be submitted to your teacher who will select the winner from each class.  Teachers may decide to prepare a single entry based on the research of all students in the class.  One of the judges, dressed as an ancient druid carrying a sword, will pronounce the winner who will then sit in the ceremonial chair.


Essays or poems written about Briceville Community Church and Cemetery should be submitted to your teacher by Monday, October 18th, 2010.  Teachers will then submit the winning entry from each class to Carol Moore by Wednesday, October 20th, 2010.  The grand prize winner will be announced at the dedication ceremony of Briceville Church and Cemetery being listed on the National Register of Historic Places at 1:00 pm on Friday, October 22, 2010. 


The ceremony will be held at Briceville Community Church, located across Slatestone Road from Briceville School.  The winners will read their entries as part of the ceremony.




One of the ways the Welsh coal miners celebrated their language and culture was through annual eisteddfod festivals.  In 1890, the Welsh held their festival in Knoxville and in 1891 it was held in Chattanooga.  They reported having Welsh coal miners from 10 different states participate in literary competitions at those cultural festivals, known as the Dixie Eisteddfod.  The winner of the 2010 Coal Creek Eisteddfod Literary Competition will be given a ceremonial chair and a cash prize of $100.  Runner-up winners will receive a cash prize of $20.
For more details, contact Carol Moore at (865) 584-0344 Ext. 102 or

Courier News article about Sister-Schools -- 16 March 2005

Coal Creek Sister-Schools in Wales

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