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.
Ddiwedd Awst eleni, bydd Nei a'r teulu'n ffarwelio â Chymru ac yn ymfudo i Lydaw bell. Am y tro olaf am gryn amser, felly, fe ymlwybrodd y ddau ohonon ni draw i Dafarn Ffostrasol i recordio'r rhifyn diweddaraf o bodlediad Clera (ar gael ar SoundCloud ac ar iTunes), a hynny yng nghwmni dau fardd lleol o fri, sef Dai Rees Davies ac Emyr Pen-rhiw. Mae'r ddau'n aelodau o dîm talwrn Ffostrasol, un o'r ychydig dimau oedd yn rhan o'r gyfres gyntaf un o Dalwrn y Beirdd BBC Radio Cymru. Diolch am eu cwmni difyr a ffraeth! Bu'r ddau wàg yn feirniaid y llinell gynganeddol inni hefyd, ac fe gyfrannodd Emyr gerdd ysgafn i'r Orffwysfa. Hynny i gyd a'r holl eitemau arferol.
1. Cyflwyniad ac englyn arall o fawl i'r cyfrifydd Llŷr James (07.20)
2. 08.55 Sgwrs â Dai Rees Davies ac Emyr Pen-rhiw (rhan 1)
3. 27.55 Pos rhif 17 gan Gruffudd a'i Ymennydd Miniog
4. 31.15 Yr Orffwysfa: 'Talu'r Ffein' gan Emyr Pen-rhiw
5. 34.15 Sgwrs â Dai ac Emyr (rhan 2)
6. 46.15 Llinell Gynganeddol Ddamweiniol y Mis!
7. 59.20 Y Newyddion Heddiw
Nei's upcoming self-exile in Brittany means that this July's Clera podcast (available on both SoundCloud and iTunes) was the last time in a long time that he and I will muster in Ffostrasol. We went out with the help of two legendary poets who live in the village, Dai Rees Davies and Emyr Pen-rhiw, who are both members of one of the longest-serving teams on BBC Radio Cymru's flagship poetry programme, Talwrn y Beirdd.
I was invited recently to write an article for BBC Cymru Fyw on a regular item in the Clera podcast, namely one in which listeners send in lines of accidental cynghanedd that they've seen or heard anywhere and in any language. The one in the picture above is a good example – the words 'winter – beer is best' form a perfect cynghanedd sain!
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