A special chatty club for Welsh learners by the publishers of the Amdani Series

Welsh Books Council

A special chatty club for Welsh learners by the publishers of the Amdani Series - 01 May 2018

A fun evening for Welsh learners will be held by the publishers of the Amdani Series, on Wednesday, May 9 - at the Quins Club, Carmarthen, starting at 19.30.

Learners will have an opportunity to talk informally with Nia Parry, one of the series editors, and the authors, Zoe Pettinger, Sarah Reynolds and Meinir Wyn Edwards during the evening. It's all organized in the form of the popular "Clwb Clecs".

This evening is one of the free Bedwen Book events, which will take place this year between the 9th and 12th of May in various venues in Carmarthen. Siop y Pentan will be selling books at each event. Further details about this festival can be found here: www.bedwen.com

Cyfres Amdani is a series developed specifically for adults learning Welsh, and the books are graded at four levels - Entry, Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced. The project is funded by the Welsh Books Council, and are published jointly by four leading publishers, with the support of the National Welsh Language Learning Centre.

Revealing the first six new titles in the series, Helgard Krause, Chief Executive of the Welsh Books Council, said: "We're pleased to announce the first set of books in this new series for Welsh learners. This impressive selection of leisure books offers exciting reading to current learners, as well as those wanting to reacquaint themselves with the language, and people who may be fluent Welsh speakers but lack confidence in reading the language. As a learner myself, I very much look forward to reading these books."

The first six titles will be in bookshops throughout Wales in April and will include adaptions by Elin Meek  (Cofio Anghofio, CAA Cymru); Meinir Wyn Edwards  (Am Ddiwrnod!, Y Lolfa); Dwynwen Teifi  (Y Llythyr, CAA Cymru); Manon Steffan Ros  (Trwy'r Ffenestri, Atebol); Pegi Talfryn  (Gêm Beryglus, Atebol); and Mared Lewis  (Y Stryd, Gomer).

Efa Gruffudd Jones, Chief Executive of the National Centre for Learning Welsh, said: "This new series of books will support current Welsh courses and will be an essential resource for Welsh learners in classes. We're delighted that these books are being offered on graded levels – this will certainly help increase confidence amongst learners. There is great anticipation for this series and we hope that this project will attract learners to reading Welsh books in general."

Another four titles are planned for May 2018, with the series set to expand further by October 2018 to include twenty titles across a variety of genres, such as stories, short novels, biographies, and books on Welsh history and travel. Amongst the list of authors are some new and well-known faces, including Jon Gower, Zoe Pettinger, Lucy Owen and Bethan Gwanas.

The books will be launched at the Urdd National Eisteddfod in Builth Wells this year, and there will be various events at the Royal Welsh Show, Tafwyl and the National Eisteddfod in Cardiff.

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