An author on a visit to ten schools in north Wales

9 Nov 2015

Meleri Wyn James will venture to north Wales on a  @LlyfrDaFabBooks  tour and visit ten schools.

In a few weeks’ time, Aberystwyth author Meleri Wyn James will venture to north Wales on a  @LlyfrDaFabBooks  tour  –  a journey named after the Welsh Books Council’s new twitter account. The purpose of the journey, which will entertain 500 children, is for authors to visit schools to encourage children to read more, and to have the opportunity to meet an author and buy a book.

Meleri, well known for the Na, Nel! series by Y Lolfa, will visit 10 schools in north Wales, beginning with a visit to Ysgol Gynradd Dolgellau on 23 November. She will then visit Ysgol O.M. Edwards in Llanuwchllyn, Ysgol yr Eifl, Trefor, Ysgol Pont-y-gof, Botwnnog, Ysgol y Garnedd, Bangor, Ysgol y Borth, Porthaethwy, Ysgol Maenofferen, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Ysgol Bro Cynfal, Llan Ffestiniog and Ysgol Bro Cernyw in Llangernyw, before ending the journey at Ysgol Eglwys Bach in the Conwy Valley.

According to Sharon Owen, Children’s Books and Reading Promotion Officer with the Welsh Books Council, a journey of this kind is a wonderful opportunity for children to meet an author and to see the person responsible for the work.

She added: 'Many pupils hear about the authors of the books they read, but only a few are fortunate enough to meet them in the flesh. Meleri will discuss her books and encourage children to read and write, and they will be given an opportunity to ask her about her work.'

Meleri Wyn James, originally from the village of Beulah near Newcastle Emlyn, is looking forward to the journey and is eager to introduce her Na, Nel! books to the pupils.

'It is always a pleasure to meet the important people,’  said Meleri,  ‘who are the children who read the Na, Nel! books. In the sessions I will talk a little about what inspires me to write  –  I began writing stories when I was around the same age as the children I will be meeting on my journey. I will also be showing them how an idea in the imagination, and notes on paper, are converted into books by Y Lolfa.'  

Meleri added:  'It is always interesting to hear questions from the children and hopefully we will have the opportunity of creating a story together. Local shops will also visit the schools, which will enable the children to see the Welsh-language books on offer  –  there is a Christmas sackfull to choose from to fire the imagination!'

The Lolfa has recently printed the first Na,Nel! book for the third time. And since it is so popular, a website has been created:  www.nanel.co.uk  –  the first Welsh-language website of its kind to receive financial support from the Welsh Books Council.

'I am very grateful to the Welsh Books Council for its vision and support in encouraging children to read and write and use their imagination,' said Meleri.

Five book shops in north Wales will work alongside the Books Council during this event and will be present in the schools with their stock. This will be a golden opportunity for the children to spend their pocket money and buy a book signed by Meleri to remember the occasion.

If you would like the Welsh Books Council to organise a similar tour in your area, contact Sharon Owen at the Books Council on (01970) 624151 /  sharon.owen@llyfrau.cymru.

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