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  • Canolfan Peniarth, University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s publishing house, is to publish a new story book, Nature’s Nasties by renowned author, Carol Barratt, which has been illustrated by student Ocean Hughes.

    Ocean Hughes is studying BA Illustration at the University’s Swansea College of Art, and specialises in children’s book illustration.  Having made an impact on staff during a work experience period at Canolfan Peniarth, Ocean was commisioned by Peniarth to illustrate a new story book.

    Authoured by Carol Barratt, and translated to Welsh by renowned poet, author and UWTSD lecturer, Professor Mererid Hopwood, Nature’s Nasties and in Welsh, Natur ych a fi, includes ten factual short stories for young children.  Set in the Gower Peninsula the stories feature many fun and playful wildlife characters that will capture children’s imagination.

    Gwydion Wynne, Canolfan Peniarth Director said, “Nature’s Nasties is the second book that Peniarth has published with author Carol Barratt.  Ocean introduced herself to us after meeting Peniarth at the Swansea college of Art’s Design Week. Her style immediately struck us as being a perfect match for Carol’s new book which had arrived with us not long previously. We were extremely pleased with her initial illustration ideas and character designs for the stories, they were above and beyond what we expected.  We sent them on to Carol, and together, decided to give Ocean the commission.  The quality of Ocean’s work is truly fantastic. She brings these fun and factual stories and characters to life.  Every time you read the book, you find something new in the detailed and whimsical illustrations, we are very excited with the whole publication.”

    UWTSD Student, Ocean Hughes always knew she wanted to be an artist from a very young age.  She said “I remember spending hours looking at pictures in books when I was young, trying to get a sense of what it would be like to one day see my own pictures in print.  Looking at the book now. I’m very grateful for the opportunity and extremly proud of the work”.

    Derek Bainton is the Head of School of Graphic and Digital Arts at UWTSD where Ocean is studying for her degree.  He said, “The BA Illustration programme at Swansea College of Art has long-established, strong links with Canolfan Peniarth, with our students and graduates having worked on a number of live, paid commissions in both Welsh and English over the years. This relationship is an immensely valuable one for our students and our academic team. Ocean Hughes' illustrations for Nature's Nasties are wonderfully warm and original and are a perfect match for Carol Barratt's rich narrative non-fiction writing style. Ocean's commitment to this picture book and her wider studies has been exceptional, and we wish both Ocean, Carol and Nature's Nasties every success.”

    Nature’s Nasties will be launched at Swansea College of Art on 6th of December, with a special lecture for students with author Carol Barratt and Professor Mererid Hopwood taking place at 11am and an exhibition of Ocean’s illustration work and designs for the book.

    The books will be available to purchase from local book shops from 1st of December onwards, and from Peniarth’s online shop, www.peniarth.cymru.

    UWTSD student illustrates new story book…

    06-12-2018
  • An educational scheme of work has been created for nursery and early years primary school pupils as part of the tenth anniversary celebrations this summer for S4C’s children’s service Cyw.

    Commissioned by S4C and written and designed by Carmarthen-based educational resources company Canolfan Peniarth, the educational pack is available online at s4c.cymru/cyw for Welsh-language and English-language primary teachers and nursery group leaders throughout Wales.

    The colourful fun-filled pack has been designed in conjunction with the curriculum‘s Early Years Foundation Phase Framework and is packed with original and relevant activities. The S4C Cyw work scheme develops literacy and numeracy skills, encouraging young pupils to work independently and develop creativity. Alongside the scheme of work, activity sheets are available in PDF format online.

    Party packs also been sent to every primary school and nursery group in Wales so that they cancelebrate the birthday.

    S4C Content Commissioner, children’s programmes, Sioned Wyn Roberts said, "We are delighted to be launching this educational Scheme of Work to coincide with the Cyw anniversary celebrations. It is certain to add to the enjoyment of S4C children's programmes for all nursery children and early years pupils speaking or learning to speak Welsh. It is truly the icing on the birthday cake!"

    Director of Canolfan Peniarth, Gwydion Wynne said, “the commission has been an amazing opportunity to work alongside S4C to celebrate one of their flagship characters by authoring fun education Welsh language content for children aged 2-5 in various educational settings across Wales and raising awareness of Cyw within the home.”

    Assistant Headteacher at Ysgol y Dderwen primary school, Carmarthen, Llio Dyfri Jones, who has consulted with the Peniarth Centre in designing this Scheme of Work said, “Cyw has now been prominent on our television screens , computers and tablets in school for a decade, but since this year is such a special birthday, we thought it would be lovely to make Cyw a more central part of class life. This is why we have created a scheme of work incorporating common areas in schools and nursery groups with activities focused around Cyw and friends. We have suggested ideas based on a range of educational experiences and activities to suit children aged 2 to 5 and matched these to the Foundation Phase profile. In addition to the scheme of work, there are ready-made sheets and activities - some including little or no language so that they are suitable for use in schools throughout Wales whatever the language of instruction.”   

    Teacher Kiri Thomas said, “There has been a great deal of excitement in the school since the resource pack arrived - especially as Cyw sent all the children a personal invitation, and because the invitations were sent to their homes it’s also raised awareness of this important celebration amongst parents. The children are very excited - with no prompting they have started to create cards and make decorations, and they are really looking forward to 5th of July.”

    Scheme of Work devised to mark children…

    05-07-2018
  • 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.

    Canolfan Peniarth works with one of Wale…

    26-03-2018
  • 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.

    Traveling to the Middle Ages - Two new h…

    27-11-2017
  • 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.

    Introducing Idwal - the tall tree with t…

    16-10-2017

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