Young Readers Take Over Arts Centre

28 Jun 2017

On 21 and 22 June, scores of children from 32 schools across Wales took over the Arts Centre in Aberystwyth for two days of keen competition. It was the national round of Darllen Dros Gymru, the Welsh Books Council's Welsh-language books competition for primary schools in Wales. All pupils were competing for a number of prestigious awards by discussing books and performing short dramatic presentations based on titles they had read.

The national round is the culmination of reading activities across all the regions, with the regional winners making it through to the final in Aberystwyth.

The competition for Years 3 and 4 took place on Wednesday, 21 June, and  Ysgol y Garnedd, Bangor, Gwynedd,  were named as national champions, taking home the Dr Dewi Davies Award.  Ysgol Cerrigydrudion, Conwy,  came second and  Ysgol Gynradd Pen-y-Groes, Cardiff  and  Ysgol Panteg, Torfaen,  shared third place.

Ysgol Cerrigydrudion  won the Anwen Tydu Memorial Trophy for the best presentation with their interpretation of  Deg Chwedl o Gymru  by Meinir Wyn Edwards (Y Lolfa).  Ysgol y Garnedd  gave the best group discussion and their chosen book was  Pedair Cainc y Mabinogi  by Siân Lewis (Rily). The adjudicators this year were Alun Elidyr for the presentations and Nerys Llewelyn Davies for the discussions.

On Thursday, 22 June, it was the turn of Years 5 and 6 to compete and  Ysgol Edern, Pwllheli, Gwynedd,  emerged victorious, taking home the Dr Dewi Davies Award.  Ysgol Llechyfedach, Upper Tumble, Carmarthenshire,  were in second place and  Ysgol Melin Gruffydd, Cardiff,  in third position.

Ysgol Llechyfedach  also won the Anwen Tydu Memorial Trophy after impressing the adjudicator, Alun Elidyr, with their interpretation of  Y Chwedegau Ych-a-fi  by Catrin Stevens (Gwasg Gomer). Adjudicator Nerys Llewelyn Davies gave the award for best group discussion to  Ysgol Edern,  who chose to discuss  Pluen  by Manon Steffan Ros (Y Lolfa).

As part of the national rounds, the children and teachers had the opportunity to enjoy sessions in the company of the author Anni Llŷn.

Helen Jones, Head of the Children's Books and Reading Promotion Department at the Welsh Books Council, said: "Darllen Dros Gymru is a great opportunity for children to reach for a book, read it and really enjoy its content. Children can use their imagination, dissect the book's contents and discuss what's happening in the story. Special thanks go to the dedicated organisers for their hard work in the county rounds, and to the teachers and supporters for ensuring the success of this event."

Thanks to the support of Dref Wen, Gomer, Carreg Gwalch, Y Lolfa, Dalen, Atebol and Rily Publications, every child who took part was invited to choose a free book to take home.

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