A new website has been launched by Atebol – barddoniaeth.cymru – as a resource to introduce and analyse poetry in Key Stage 3. The website includes forty poems grouped into eight themes – including one of mine, 'Y Cadno Coch' (the red fox), from my collection Sgrwtsh! (Gomer, 2011) – and provides video readings and discussions, summaries and a range of activities.
The autumn heralded the launch of two new cultural ventures in both Aberystwyth University and Bangor University that reflect the current strength of the Welsh-language poetry scene. Cicio'r Bar, a quarterly poetry event held in Aberystwyth Arts Centre, was launched by Hywel Griffiths and I in November with two special guests, the winner of the Chair competition at the National Eisteddfod, Gruffudd Owen, and the band Blodau Gwylltion, who's lead singer Manon Steffan Ros won the Prose Medal at this year's Eisteddfod. My poem for Gruffudd can be read on this website. In Bangor in Semptember a new cultural society was set up to celebrate literature in all its variety, Cymdeithas John Gwilym Jones. The poem I was commissioned to write for the society is also available on this website.
Cyfres Halibalŵ is a new series of six funny stories for children aged 7 to 11 (Key Stage 2) from CAA. My story – Teulu Tŷ Bach – is brilliantly illustrated by Rhys Aneurin and is about Blodwen, Cleif and Sam the dog, a trio of weird and wonderful characters who live in a very small house nextdoor to a very mischievous cat and her very grumpy owner. Funnily enough, four of the authors – Fflur, Mari, Gwenno and I – are all 2004 graduates from the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies at Aberystwyth University. Ideas and activities based on the stories are available on the Hwb website, and can be used to boost language and literacy both in school and at home.
My Welsh adaptation of a book for children by David Walliams and Tony Ross – Yr Arth Aruthrol – is now available in the shops and online. Gwales website describes it as 'a very humorous story about a white bear living in the North Pole who loves swimming, fishing, eating and sleeping. One day, she wakes from her sleep far from home. Things have never been worse, but they are about to become worse... much worse!' Published by Atebol, this adaptation was the best-selling Welsh book for children in October.
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