T.Llew Jones Author Seeks Inspiration From Aber Pupils

2 Oct 2013

Pupils from Ysgol Gymraeg Aberystwyth will turn literary editors and critics this week as part of their celebrations for T. Llew Jones Day on 11 October. The school will welcome novelist Bethan Gwanas, winner of this year’s T. Llew Jones memorial award, who’ll invite pupils to comment on the latest developments in her forthcoming adventure novel, due for publication in 2014.

The memorial award competition was launched last year as part of the celebrations held annually by schools across Wales to commemorate T. Llew Jones, the prolific children’s writer from Ceredigion who died in 2009. New and experienced writers were invited to deliver the opening chapter of a story for children ages 10–12 written in the style of an adventure novel, with Bethan Gwanas’ entry claiming the first prize. Ysgol Gymraeg was one of three schools invited to shadow the adjudicators of the award with deputy headteacher, Gareth James, also on the panel of judges.

During her visit Bethan will present the latest developments in her novel as well as explaining the task of writing a novel. She will also ask pupils for their comments on plot development and characters, as well as canvassing their ideas for the all-important book cover.

According to Bethan, "I was always a big admirer of the work of T. Llew and his extraordinary ability to enchant children with adventurous stories that capture their imagination. I was particularly honoured to receive the award this year. "I am now hard at work developing the story ready for publication next year. My adventure novel is still a work in progress and I’m feeling excited, if not a little nervous, to present the latest developments to the pupils of Ysgol Gymraeg to garner their comments."

T. Llew Jones has many strong links with Ceredigion. He received his education at Llandysul Grammar School and coastal locations such as Cwmtudu appear in one of his most popular novels, Dirgelwch yr Ogof. In 2012, a new Welsh-medium primary school, Ysgol Gynradd Gymunedol T. Llew Jones, was named in his honour.

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