Between 15-22 October, there’ll be a week of special programming on BBC Radio Cymru for learners and new speakers of Welsh, ‘Wythnos Dathlu Dysgu Cymraeg’ (Celebrating Learning Welsh Week).
This is the fifth time for the BBC and the National Centre for Learning Welsh to work together to hold the week, which is always popular.
Here are some of the highlights:
- Joe Healy, Learner of the Year at the 2022 National Eisteddfod, will present the 'Pigion yr Wythnos' pick of the week podcast, choosing his favourite items from BBC Radio Cymru from the previous week. The podcast will be available from 17 October.
- There’ll be an opportunity to get to know some of BBC Radio Cymru’s presenters a little better in a Q&A session hosted by Helen Prosser, the Centre’s Director of Teaching and Learning. Presenters, Mirain Iwerydd, Bethan Rhys Roberts and Iwan Griffiths, will take part in this free event, held on Zoom. Please register here.
- Author Jane Blank is originally from England, but now lives in Ceredigion and has learned Welsh. In a special programme called 'Fy Achau Cymraeg', (My Welsh Roots) Jane will look at the history of her family in Wales. Her story will be shared over two programmes, one on 8 October and the second on 15 October.
- And Felicity Roberts will be a guest on Beti George’s chatshow, Beti a’i Phobl on Sunday, 22 October. Felicity has taught Welsh to hundreds of people over the past 50 years, and in this special programme, she will share her life story with Beti.
In addition to the above, the following programmes will also have Welsh learners as guests: Rhaglen Al Hughes (9.00- 11.00am Monday-Thursday), Bore Cothi (11.00am- 1.00pm), Ifan Evans (3.00-5.00pm), Trystan ac Emma (9.00-11.00am Friday) and Caryl Parry Jones (9.00pm-12.00am Monday-Thursday).
Helen Prosses, Director of Teaching and Learning at the National Centre for Learning Welsh, said:
"It's great that BBC Radio Cymru and the Centre are able to work together to create a special week to both celebrate our Welsh learners and highlight the range of programming available for our learners to enjoy. We’ll be hearing from our learners in items and programming across the schedule, and we’re looking forward very much."
Image: Presenter Mirain Iwerydd, who will be taking part in the virtual Q&A session on 16 October.