ABERYSTWYTH town is one of the main settings of acclaimed author Catrin Dafydd’s latest novel.
Newly published novel ‘Gwales’ is set in Wales in the near future where a revolution is about to begin – and the town of Aberystwyth plays a large role as some of the main characters form their political vision at university.
Familiar Aberystwyth locations such as The Old College and Penglais Campus feature in the novel and play a crucial part as the revolutionary campaign gains momentum.
In the novel, Brynach Yang wants to finish everything. And he’s going to do it. Tonight. But what will happen to Wales then? The Gwales campaign is about to begin its troubled journey … and Brynach will lead the revolution.
In a period of political uncertainty, we meet several families who are trying to survive the huge challenges ahead of them.
Catrin Dafydd is an author, poet and political activist from Gwaelod y Garth, Cardiff. She graduated from Aberystwyth University. An experienced author, her first novel for adults, ‘Pili Pala’, reached the Book of the Year long list in 2006. She has published two English novels to date – her first, Random Deaths and Custard, reached the Spread the Word: Books to Talk About shortlist. Her other books include Y Tiwniwr Piano and Random Births and Love Hearts.
‘Gwales’ will be launched at Caffi Iechyd Da in Carmarthen on Thursday (Sept 21) at 6.30pm in the company of Catrin Dafydd and the novel’s editor Meleri Wyn James featuring a set by the upcoming and critically acclaimed Carmarthen-based band Adwaith.
Gwales by Catrin Dafydd (£9.99, Y Lolfa) is available now.
Cered organises a fun evening for Llandysul Cubs with ‘Britain’s got Talent’ star
CERED: Menter Iaith Ceredigion hosted a fantastic evening for Llandysul Cubs where the comedian Noel James from ‘Britiain’s got Talent’ came to entertain them.
Rhodri Francis, Cered Development Officer said, “We are very keen to work with organisations like the Cubs in order to hold a series of Welsh language events for their members. The evening with Noel James at Llandysul Cubs was fantastic – everyone enjoyed themselves! We wish to organise more events there in the future. We would like to thank Llandysul Cub leaders for giving us the opportunity to work with them so that their members can have the opportunity to socialise and enjoy activities through the medium of Welsh”.
Alix Bryant,Cub Leader 1st Llandysul Scout Group said, “On behalf of Llandysul Cub Scouts I would like to say a huge thank you to Cered for organising a very entertaining evening for the Cubs. It was great for the children to be entertained bilingually by Noel James, he did an amazing job. I think the children especially enjoyed the impressions!”
“This session has inspired the children to complete their entertainers badge so maybe we will have a few budding Welsh comedians in our group. Thank you again and we look forward to working with Cered in the future”.
For more information about Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion events and activities, visit their website, cered.cymru or their Facebook page, @ceredmenteriaith, or get in touch by calling 01545 572 358.
Time given to develop Parc Natur Penglais
VOLUNTEERS, including students, have given around 500 hours of their time to develop Parc Natur Penglais.
Along with support from Ceredigion County Council, the Group have built around 100 steps in 5 different places which has made the park a great place to walk, play and enjoy around a number of safe paths.
Councillor Mark Strong said: “Knowing that we have the support of the local community makes such a difference to peoples’ enthusiasm and having the grant from Aberystwyth Town Council, Cambrian News and Tesco made it possible. Volunteers can make a relatively small sum of money go long way.”
RSPCA aim for Christmas number one
MUSIC fans across Wales can help the RSPCA secure the Christmas number one slot, and provide vital support for animals in need across the country.
The animal welfare charity has thrown its hat into the ring to claim the festive chart accolade – as up-and-coming singer Lucy Ellie covers Simply Red’s hit song ’Stars’ in aid of the RSPCA.
‘Stars’ is the soundtrack to the charity’s ‘Kindness at Christmas’ video, which has already gone viral with over two million views online across a variety of platforms.
The tear-jerking video tells the story of Woody the Christmas toy pup who who is thrown out with the rubbish before being rescued and taken in for care by the RSPCA.
Proceeds from the single are being donated to the RSPCA to help in their work rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming thousands of animals every year.
RSPCA Cymru is again bracing itself for a busy festive period. In December 2016 and January 2017 alone, in Wales, 5,932 incidents were reported to the RSPCA – with 141 of these on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Lucy Ellie Cooper, who works at the charity, said: “This was a lovely opportunity for me to combine my two loves – animals and music.
“Outside of my job at the RSPCA I am a country music singer and songwriter, so when the chance came up to record such a fantastic and well-known song for the charity’s Christmas video, I jumped at it. I really hope people will take Woody’s story into their hearts and support the RSPCA this winter.”
You can help the RSPCA rescue, rehabilitate and re-home animals in desperate need of care, and support the charity’s ‘kindness’ campaign online
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