Mae rhaglen boblogaidd Iaith ar Daith ar S4C yn paru dau o enwogion Cymru wrth i'r naill helpu'r llall i ddysgu Cymraeg. Nos Sul 21 Mawrth, tro'r chwaraewr rygbi James Hook oedd hi i daclo'r iaith ochr yn ochr â'r dyfarnwr Nigel Owens, ac fe ges i'r fraint o lunio englyn i longyfarch James fel anrheg ar ddiwedd y rhaglen. Dyma fe'r englyn, ynghyd ag un arall a ddaeth i'r fei wrth greu – croeso mawr, James, i fyd y Gymraeg!
Clicia fan hyn i wylio'r rhaglen (ar gael tan 19 Ebrill).
S4C's popular Iaith ar Daith programme pairs two celebrities as one helps the other learn Welsh. On Sunday 21 March, it was the rugby star James Hook's turn to tackle the language with the renowned rugby referee Nigel Owens by his side. I was asked to write a short poem to congratulate James on his success – croeso, James, i fyd y Gymraeg! Click here to watch the programme (available until 19 April).
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.
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