The new series that speaks volumes on S4C

18 Apr 2013

Two children with special needs; a young man with his mind on lust and lager and the steel industry in the Swansea Valley during the 1980s. The contents of Welsh novels come to life in a new series on S4C this week  –  6 Nofel  (6 Novels)  –  a series that speaks volumes.

The new series that speaks volumes on S4C
Six familiar faces will choose their favourite novels in this new series, starting Sunday, 21 April and authors and members of book clubs around Wales will also have their say.

Dylan Ebenezer will be the first relive his best-loved book and during the series Lowri Morgan, Robin McBryde, Ffion Dafis, John Ogwen and Adam Price will each take us through the most well-thumbed novel on their bookshelves.

"I remember reading this novel for the first time when I was fifteen," says Dylan Ebenezer about  Cyw Haul  by Twm Miall. "It was the first book I ever read for pleasure and not because I had to for school. I'd heard it was a great book and I wasn't disappointed."

It's the colloquial language and witty humour of the novel that appealed so much to the football commentator, and the mishaps in the life of the main character, Bleddyn, kept him glued to this book for hours. But the novel chosen by the forwards coach of Wales’ national rugby team, Robin McBryde, tells a very different story.

"In this novel you can hear the internal monologues as opposed to the external conversations, and as someone who spends a lot of time thinking, I really liked it," says Robin about  Neb Ond Ni, the novel which won author Manon Rhys the prose medal at the National Eisteddfod in 2011.  

"I was gripped straight away," says Robin, who, like the two main protagonists, was brought up in 1970’s Wales.  "Siriol and Dewi have special needs and the novel makes you think about the way you behave towards children such as them. It asks a lot of you as a reader as well; you have to create images in your head, like Dewi ." 

Lowri Morgan will be discussing the dual journey in Angharad Tomos's  Si Hei Lwli; Adam Price explains how Gwenallt's  Ffwrneisiau: Croniclau Blynyddoedd Mebyd  shaped his personality and career; John Ogwen discusses how Eigra Lewis Roberts skilfully captured people's character in  Mis o Fehefin, and Ffion Dafis will be reliving Islwyn Ffowc Elis's classic,  Cysgod y Cryman.

We'll also meet members from Dyffryn Ogwen, Cofi, Carmarthen, Aberystwyth and Pontardawe Reading Groups.

6 Nofel
Sunday 21 April 8.30pm, S4C
English subtitles
Website: s4c.co.uk           On demand s4c.co.uk/clic
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The new series that speaks volumes on S4C

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