The Reading Festival returns in 2022
A creative writing workshop with Anni Llŷn and a book fair for parents will be among the highlights of Amdani, the Learn Welsh virtual reading festival, which will be organized for the second time by the National Center for Welsh Learning .
Anni Llŷn will lead a creative writing workshop for learners on Thursday evening March 3 at 7 p.m. The event is suitable for intermediate+ learners who want to put pen to paper with the well-known author and presenter.
The aim of the virtual festival, which will take place from February 28 to March 4, is to celebrate ‘Amdani’, the series of books for learners, and to encourage learners to use and enjoy their Welsh by reading a variety of media. , be it books , magazines or websites. Last year’s festival was held on a small scale, but this year’s layout promises to be bigger and better.
Parents learning Welsh will have the opportunity to find out more about the wide variety of books available for their children, at a virtual book fair organized as part of the festival. Other highlights include a concert by Robat Arwyn, a book club with author Sarah Reynolds and a chair yoga session with Laura Karadog and Catrin Jones.
To celebrate St David’s Day, the Center will host a coffee morning with Welsh learner of the year, David Thomas. Learners who attend will be able to donate to the charity meddwl.org and the Eisteddfod Ceredigion 2022 “Welsh Learner of the Year” competition will be launched.
The Center will also release a podcast between Jo Heyde, finalist in last year’s Welsh Learner of the Year competition, and author Caryl Lewis. Brand new stories for learners will be published by authors Pegi Talfryn and Lleucu Roberts, and well-known faces will reveal their favorite books and the reasons for their choices on video.
A story writing competition is also organized within the framework of the festival, in cooperation with the National Eisteddfod, and the winning stories will be published during the festival. Daily articles specially designed for learners will be published on Golwg 360, and various other partners, including BBC Radio Cymru and S4C, will also support the festival.
The Books Council of Wales will publish a reading list for experienced learners during the festival.
Helen Prosser, director of teaching and learning at the National Center for Learning Welsh, said:
”Reading is a great way for our learners to use their Welsh, and the festival will highlight the rich variety of books, websites and other interesting reading material available through Welsh, including the series of ‘Amdani’ bestselling books. A range of events and activities are being held this year, and we’re sure the calendar offers something for learners at all levels.