Bethan Gwanas has written 37 books for children and adults including the popular series for Welsh learners, Bywyd Blodwen Jones (Gomer, 1999). She’s also an editor, and an experienced creative writing tutor and a Welsh for adults tutor. She has won Tir Na n-Og prizes for her books for YA, Llinyn Trôns (Y Lolfa, 2000) and Sgôr (Y Lolfa, 2002), and she was the inaugural winner of the T Llew Jones Memorial Prize for Gwylliaid (Gomer, 2014). Her novel Hi yw Fy Ffrind (Y Lolfa, 2004) was shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year 2005. She’s written many plays for the stage, TV and radio, and she has written a column for the Herald Gymraeg in the Daily Post for over 18 years.
Creative Writing for Welsh Learners
This is a course for intermediate and advanced-level Welsh learners who want to develop their craft in creative writing, whether in the form of short stories, dialogue, descriptions, radio drama or others. This course will provide an opportunity for participants to practice their Welsh conversation skills, however writing will be the main focus of the weekend. We will work both in groups and individually, and we’ll take short walks around Tŷ Newydd’s beautiful surroundings and engage in writing challenges to find inspiration.
Bethan speaks with a north-Walian dialect, and Sarah with south-Walian, therefore the course is suitable for learners from all corners of Wales and beyond. Please note that this course is not aimed towards entry and foundation-level learners.
Sarah Reynolds is originally from Surrey but has lived in Wales since 2009 and is now a fluent Welsh speaker. In 2014 she won the Rhys Davies Short Story Competition and has recently graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from Swansea University. In 2016, Sarah reached the final of the Welsh Learner of the Year Award at the National Eisteddfod in Abergavenny, and in the same year published her first novel, Dysgu Byw (Gomer), that tells the story of a group of Welsh learners. In 2018 Sarah published her second novel, Cyffesion Saesnes yng Nghymru (Atebol), as part of a series for Welsh learners. Sarah teaches Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University where she is also studying for a PHD.