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  • Canolfan Peniarth has launched a new series of children's story books, which have been authored by renowned authors, including Manon Steffan Ros, who has won several awards for her work.

    The aim of the series, Cymeriadau Difyr: Stryd y Rhifau, is to introduce different aspects of numeracy to children in the Foundation Phase, with each book introducing a number as a character, such as Sara Sero, Alun Un, Deio Dau, and Twm Tri. The series was launched at Penybryn Primary School, in Tywyn on March 23, with Manon Steffan Ros hosting a party with the School's children while introducing them to the stories and the characters.

    Another of the series’ author is Catrin Evans-Thomas, a lecturer at the University's Welsh Language Services Centre. Catrin was also in charge of managing all the work in the development process on behalf of Canolfan Peniarth. Catrin said, "It's great to see the books now published, and we are very grateful to the Welsh Government's Department for Education and Skills, for commissioning the series to us. It has also been an excellent experience for us to work with a designer like Elena D'Cruze Reynolds, who has succeeded in bringing Manon’s stories and characters alive, and making numeracy appealing to Foundation Phase pupils.

    This is the second time for Canolfan Peniarth to work with Manon Steffan Ros on a publication, following the publication of the popular Dau Wyneb drama, back in 2016, and the English adaptation, Two Faces, which are now one of the study dramas listed within the  new GCSE Drama syllabus with WJEC. Gwydion Wynne, Canolfan Peniarth Director, said, "Manon is a natural writer and story teller that can present stories and characters in the most creative and interesting way. It has been a privilege for us at Peniarth to be able to work with her once again, as well as Kiri Thomas and Catrin Evans-Thomas, who are very experienced in publishing educational resources. With already many of the series’ books sold across Wales, we are looking forward to seeing the response to these entertaining and fun characters."

    The series' books are available to buy individually for £2.99 each, or £50 for the whole series, from Canolfan Peniarth's online shop.

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  • On Tuesday, 21 November 2017, Canolfan Peniarth launched two new history packs at Kidwelly Castle with children from Ysgol y Castell, Kidwelly and the author, Dr Mererid Hopwood.

    The resources have been prepared specifically to help teachers develop learners' knowledge and understanding of everyday life in medieval Wales by looking at famous personalities and castles of the period, and what better place to launch the resource, than in one of the main castles in Wales, Kidwelly Castle.

    Authored by Dr Sioned Vaughan Hughes, Dr Russell Grigg and Dr Mererid Hopwood, the Medieval Castles resource pack discuss why and how the castles were built, with an insight to the everyday lives of the people who lived in them , while the Famous Personalities resource pack focuses on the history of Princess Nest, Princess Gwenllian, Gerlad the Great, Llywelyn the Great, Llywelyn ap Gruffudd and Owain Glyndŵr.

    Mr Gwydion Wynne, Director of Canolfan Peniarth, said, "Both resource packs are extremely interesting, and are full of stories and interesting facts from the period. Most importantly, however, they will be very valuable resources for schools and children, as they contain so many important and significant facts and stories about Wales and our history in a simple and interesting way for children."

    During the launch, the children of Ysgol y Castell, Kidwelly had the opportunity to learn about the history of Princess Gwenllian and the local Castle, as well as an opportunity to be crowned by Mererid with a unique crown. This was not a royal crown, but the National Eisteddfod Crown which Mererid won at the Meifod Eisteddfod in 2003.

    Both new packages are available to purchase from Canolfan Peniarth’s online shop, or from local bookshops.

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  • On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, Canolfan Peniarth will be lauinching a children's story book about an interesting character from the Gower, Idwal - the tall tree, by the author Carol Barratt.

    All the stories have been set in the beautiful Gower area, where Idwal, the old crack willow tree, tells his stories to the animals that come and go. Carol Barratt was inspired to write the stories from an old tree that stood by a well at the bottom of her garden on the Gower.

    The author said, "On the trunk of this tree that I called Idwal, there were knots of wood resembling a face, and I was inspired to write these stories to children about nature characters after watching all the animals that would come and go from the bottom of our garden".

    Carol Barratt is an author and an experienced musician who has published over eighty publications for young people, most of them music publications. She is considered as a world leader in the field of music education. Mr Gwydion Wynne said, "It has been a privilege and an honor for us to work with Carol on this special book. She is well-known throughout the world in her field, and we're looking forward to seeing how children will respond to the stories! "

    Idwal has been adapted to Welsh by Mererid Hopwood, and is available in English and Welsh from local bookshops. The book will be launched in the company of Mererid and Carol with pupils from Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Brynymor in Swansea, where children will be able to hear some of Idwal's tall stories, and will have the opportunity to be creative themselves in a creative workshop with Mererid.

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  • Canolfan Peniarth have published two story books by Dr Mererid Hopwood, on two famous characters from Wales from the Middle Ages.

    The book on Princess Nest takes a look at the life of the Welsh Princess in the Middle Ages, a very troubled period in Wales, while the book on Hopcyn ap Tomos follows the story of creating the famous Llyfr Coch Hergest.

    Both books are educational story books for Key Stage 2 children, and are part of the series Travelling back to the Middle Ages’, that Peniarth will publish in September.  In addition to these two books, the series will include activity cards, a teachers guide, as well as online resources that will be available on the Welsh Government’s Hwb website.

    More information on the series will be available on Canolfan Peniarth’s website soon;


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  • On Thursday June 15, Canolfan Peniarth launched three new music resource packs for children in Wales at a special concert at Ysgol Llangennech in collaboration with the School’s choir, Côr Ysgol Llangennech.

    Since January 2016, Côr Ysgol Llangennech have been going back and forth to the local recording studio to record forty five songs for children, all of which have been published by Canolfan Peniarth as part of the new Caneuon i Bawb series.

    Caneuon i Bawb includes three albums with songs for primary children, along with three books to accompany them. All songs have been adapted to Welsh by Tudur Dylan Jones and Rhiannon Ifan from the Songs for Everybody series by Out of the Ark Music.

    Llangennech School Choir, led by Mr Lewis Richards, who is also a teacher at the school, is a well-known choir across Wales and beyond after winning the BBC Songs of Praise competition in 2015. Since then, the choir has gone from strength to strength and has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, as well as events across Wales.

    Choir conductor, Mr. Lewis Richards said, "This has been quite a project for us as a choir, and to me as conductor. Learning forty five new songs with the choir, in addition to our other commitments with concerts and so on, has been quite a challenge. The children however, have worked hard throughout the whole process to learn the songs quickly, and it was a great experience for them to record at a professional studio! We're very pleased to have had the opportunity to do the three albums with Canolfan Peniarth, and the CDs sounds great! "

    Gruff Ifan, who was Project Managing the project on behalf of Canolfan Peniarth said, "This has been a long and complicated process for us, and we are extremely happy to finally publish these fantastic music resources.  We have been very fortunate to have been able to work with Ysgol Llangennech and the choir.  The children have been very professional throughout the whole process, and the standard of the choir’s voices is unbelievable”.

    The Caneuon i Bawb concert was held at the School Hall on 15 June 2017, and a live stream of the whole concert can be watched again on Canolfan Peniarth’s Facebook page.

    Further details can be found on Caneuon i Bawb here;

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