Bethan Gwanas has written over 40 books for children and adults, including the popular series for learners, Bywyd Blodwen Jones (Gomer). 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 Award 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 Siôn with a south-Walian accent, 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.
Siôn Tomos Owen
Siôn Tomos Owen is an illustrator, writer, and presenter from the Rhondda. He studied Art, Drama and Technology at Glamorgan University, specializing in illustration, before going on to Carmarthen’s Trinity St David’s University to study Media and Creative Writing. His work has appeared in Wales Arts Review, Planet, Poetry Wales, Cheval, Red Poets and LoL. A book of his work was published by Parthian in 2016, Cawl, and a book for foundation-level learners, Y Fawr a’r Fach: Straeon o’r Rhondda, was published by Y Lolfa in 2019. When he’s not illustrating, painting murals, or running creative workshops with his company CreaSiôn, he’s part of the presenting team for Cynefin on S4C.