Bethan Gwanas has written more than 30 books for children and adults and is an experienced writing tutor. She’s also a television presenter and a Welsh tutor in Dolgellau. She won the Tir na n-Og award for her children’s books, Llinyn Trôns in 2001 and Sgôr in 2003, and she was the inaugural winner of the T Llew Jones Memorial Award for a novel for 10-12 year olds, Gwylliaid. Her novel Hi yw Fy Ffrind was shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year in 2005; she has also written a number of plays, and her novel Amdani! was the basis of a long-running series on S4C. She has been contributing a weekly column to the Herald Gymraeg in the Daily Post for 15 years, and is currently working on a musical based on the popular character from her series for adult Welsh learners, Blodwen Jones.
Creative Writing for Welsh Learners
This is a course for intermediate and higher level Welsh learners who enjoy creative writing. You’ll be improving your Welsh-speaking skills, but the main focus this weekend will be on creative writing. There will be opportunity to work in groups and individually, and we’ll engage in all kinds of activities to get you inspired, including star gazing, walking, visiting the local pub and Welsh classes.
Siân Eirian Lewis
Siân Eirian Lewis works for the Learn Cymraeg North West department at Bangor University as a tutor and a training officer. She has also written books for children and adults. She won the Crown at the 2004 Urdd Eisteddfod, and the following year was awarded the Daniel Owen Memorial Prize for her first novel, I Fyd Sy Well. In 2006, the novel was longlisted for Wales Book of the Year. Siân has written two novels for children, Cysgodion y Coed and Nain! Nain! Nain! and has also contributed towards the collaborative novel, Nerth Bôn Braich.