Tributes have been paid to two important figures in Welsh cultural life who died at the weekend.

Children’s author and twice chaired Bard T Llew Jones of Pontgarreg died aged 93 on Friday while Eluned Phillips of Cenarth, who was the first ever woman to win the Eisteddfod Crown, died on Saturday aged 94.

T Llew Jones was one of Wales’ best known authors, writing well over 50 books, including 35 for children.

Tributes were led by Archdruid and life-long friend Dic Jones who called him a "national icon", while fellow Bard Ceri Wyn Jones said: "There is an enormous sense of loss. T Llew was a very grandfatherly figure and his loss will not only be felt by children but by adults and the childen they once were."

T Llew won the chair at the National Eisteddfod in Ebbw Vale in 1958 and again the following year at Caernarfon.

Eluned Phillips, who was believed to be the oldest member of the national Eisteddfod’s Gorsedd of the Bards, had a long and colourful life mixing with the likes of poet Dylan Thomas, singer Edith Piaf and artist Pablo Picasso.

Dic Jones said: "She was a character and had the strange quality of being mysterious and accessible at the same time."