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The Welsh-Language Media

Newspapers and Magazines

There is no lack of periodicals in Welsh. There is no daily newspaper (though see NEWS), but there are many magazines and newspapers including some specifically for learners.

Golwg (‘A Look’) is a young, lively magazine based firmly in the colloquial language. It comes out every Thursday and currently costs £1.25 in the shops. Mynd (‘Go’), Prentis (‘Apprentice’) and from the Golwg team, the bi-monthly Lingo Newydd (‘New Lingo’) are designed specifically for Welsh learners. Selected material from Golwg, Mynd and Prentis is available on CD-ROM for £25 (+VAT) from MEU Cymru. The Welsh learners’ organisation Cyngor y Dysgwyr (CYD) publishes Cadwyn (‘Chain’), ‘the magazine for Welsh speakers and learners’, three times a year. It’s free.

The Welsh-language youth organisation Urdd Gobaith Cymru publishes the following monthly magazines: Cip (for first-language Welsh primary-school pupils); Bore Da (for primary-school Welsh learners); and IAW! (for secondary-school Welsh learners, Keystage 3–4). They cost a pound or less per copy, and can be bought in Welsh bookshops, or by subscription from the Urdd. The subscription year starts in September and runs for 10 months. [Diolch Tony]

Ninnau (‘Ourselves’), aimed at the Welshfolk of North America, incorporates Y Monitor Cymreig (‘The Welsh Monitor’). In autumn 2003 it merged with Y Drych (‘The Mirror’), which now exists as a section within Ninnau and Y Drych [Diolch i Arturo Roberts]. Yr Enfys (‘The Rainbow’) aims “to forge close and abiding worldwide links between Wales and the people of Welsh descent and friends of the language, culture and traditions of Wales”. Some information about the history of Yr Enfys can be found at http://www.egy.com/landmarks/95-05-27.shtml. Both these papers contain some Welsh, though how much exactly I’m not sure.

Wales is well-supplied with papurau bro, Welsh-language community newspapers with a very local circulation. For example, Y Dinesydd (‘The Citizen’) will keep you in touch with what’s on in Cardiff. There is also a website at http://www.dinesydd.uklinux.net, though it may not be currently maintained. You can find a list of papurau bro at the Cymru-Catalunya website: http://www.estelnet.com/catalunyacymru/catala/newyddion_papurau_bro_1c.htm, and another provided by Y Lolfa: http://www.ylolfa.com/cyfeiriadur/papurau.shtml.

Those with a reasonable level of Welsh may be interested in Barn (‘Opinion’) and Y Cymro (‘The Welshman’), which also has an online news service, not to mention Taliesin, a literary review published quarterly by the Academi Gymreig (Welsh Academy), which also publishes A470 every two months, and Lol (‘Nonsense’), a rather more scurrilous publication. The famous Welsh newspaper Y Faner (Baner ac Amserau Cymru, ‘The Banner and Times of Wales’) is no more, but a new publication called Y Faner Newydd (‘The New Baner’) now exists.

Radio

The BBC’s Welsh-language radio station is Radio Cymru (92–105 MHz FM, 6am to midnight). Its English-language sister, Radio Wales (93–104 MHz FM and 882/657/1125 kHz AM in Wales, Astra satellite Channel 928, Information Line 08700 100 222), broadcasts the famous Welsh course Catchphrase. Some local radio stations such as Radio Ceredigion (96.6/97.4/103.3 MHz FM) and Champion FM (103 MHz FM, Caernarfon) have Welsh-language programmes. Details of these and other British radio stations can be found at the website of the Radio Authority, http://www.radioauthority.org.uk. There is a page on the BBC website about radio in Wales: http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/about/media-radio.shtml.

You can often receive these stations outside Wales, if you’re within reach of the relevant transmitters. But the good news for the rest of us is that you can now listen to Radio Cymru on the internet, or in the UK by satellite, if you have Sky Digital (channel EPG channel 904 apparently).

Believe it or not there is even a Welsh-language programme on SBS Radio Sydney in Australia: http://www.sbs.com.au/radio/welsh/welsh.html. “SBS Radio is an independent source of Welsh news and current affairs and also entertainment for all Australians interested in the language and culture of Wales.” To hear the output, a weekly hour-long programme in RealAudio, mostly music with some talk, go to http://www.sbs.com.au/radio_new, choose “streaming radio on demand” and pick Welsh from the languages available.

Wales Radio International (http://wri.cymru.net), based in Crymych, Pembrokeshire, broadcasts a weekly half-hour programme in English called Celtic Notes on short wave and satellite, and has recorded material available on the internet. Details at http://wri.cymru.net/celtic/notes/notidx.htm. You can download the last few programmes in mp3 format. The files are big of course, several megabytes in size.

See also Internet Radio below.

Television

As you’ll know perfectly well if you live in Wales, the Welsh-language TV station is S4C (Sianel Pedwar Cymru, ‘Channel Four Wales’), which replaces Channel Four for viewers in Wales. It broadcasts about 30 hours of Welsh programmes a week. BBC Cymru also broadcast many hours in Welsh, and indeed make some of what’s broadcast on S4C. Of course you may still be able to receive these channels if you’re in (say) the West of England or the east coast of Ireland.

But help is now at hand for those out of reach of terrestrial Welsh-language television: S4C is now available via satellite (Sky Digital) anywhere in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland. If you have Sky Digital it’s free for the asking: call 08705 663363, quoting the number on your viewing card. The Welsh version of BBC2, which has the occasional Welsh-language programme, is yours already on Channel 965. Alternatively, contact the S4C viewers’ hotline, Gwifren Gwylwyr S4C, on 0870 600 4141, or mail gwifren@s4c.co.uk.

S4C also has a sort of moderated chatroom-cum-bulletin-board called Siop Siarad (‘Talking-shop’), where you can discuss S4C programmes and ask questions about S4C.

The Welsh learning materials company, Acen, publishes a free magazine for Welsh learners three times a year, available by post or through Welsh for Adults classes. [Diolch i Laura Ketteridge]

Films

There is a vibrant Welsh film industry, some of whose products are available on video, with English subtitles. Here are some films entirely or partly in Welsh, with their English titles.
  • Hedd Wyn (a.k.a. ‘The Armageddon Poet’)
  • Gadael Lenin (a.k.a. ‘Leaving Lenin’)
  • Ymadawiad Arthur (a.k.a. ‘Arthur’s Departure’)
  • Cwm Hyfryd (a.k.a. ‘The Beautiful Valley’)
  • Un Nos Ola Leuad (a.k.a. ‘One Full Moon’)
  • Rhosyn a Rhith (a.k.a. ‘Coming Up Roses’)
  • Solomon a Gaenor (a.k.a. ‘Solomon and Gaenor’; produced in two versions, one mainly in Welsh and one mainly in English)
  • Pum Cynnig i Gymro (a.k.a. ‘Bride of War’)

You can find plot synopses of many Welsh films at http://www.s4c.co.uk/festivals/ or the International Movie Database, http://us.imdb.com. Mark Woods’ website about Welsh film, Sinema Cymru (Cinema Wales), is at at http://www.MarkLeslieWoods.Com. Cadi Llwyd, http://www.cadi-llwyd.com, is one place you can buy videos on the Internet if you can’t get them in the shops near you (see WHERE TO BUY THINGS).

Internet

As you’ll have gathered from the rest of this site, the Internet is alive with Welsh-language material. As well as e-mail lists, message boards, newsgroups and chatrooms (listed elsewhere), there is news, online magazines, and e-mail newsletters to help you keep in regular contact with the language.

The BBC’s online Welsh-language news service Cymry’r Byd (‘Welshfolk of the World’) – billed as “the world’s first daily Welsh-language newspaper” – carries Welsh, UK and international news, sport and features, and has a searchable news archive and an e-mail newsletter (see below). The BBC also has a news service aimed specifically at learners called Dyma’r Newyddion (‘Here Is The News’) at http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/catchphrase/dymarnewyddion/.

Y Cymro has a news website at http://www.y-cymro.co.uk (ycymro.co.uk is now defunct). Yet more Welsh news can be found at http://www.north-wales.com/wnews/index.htm, courtesy of North Wales Online.

Bob Evans’ e-zine for learners, Y Wennol (‘The Swallow’) can be found at http://wennol.co.uk (e-mail bobwennol@aol.com). It sadly ceased to be produced in January 2002, but back numbers are still worth a read. Old issues (1995–97) of Tafod Tafwys (‘Thames Tongue’), a newsletter for the London Welsh, can be found at http://www.aboi92.ukgateway.net/tafodtafwys.html.

Finally, the BBC has two e-mail newsletters. Cymru’r Byd ‘has links to the best of the week’s stories on the BBC Cymru’r Byd website’. To join, mail Majordomo@lists.bbc.co.uk with the the command subscribe cymru in the body of the message. Catchphrase, the BBC radio/online Welsh course for beginners, has its own English-language newsletter (not a forum for discussion) with a wide variety of news for Welsh learners whether or not they are following the course: Welsh history, culture and current affairs as well as language matters. To join, mail Majordomo@lists.bbc.co.uk with the the command subscribe catchphrase in the body of the message, or visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/catchphrase/catchphrase2000/mail.shtml. Highly recommended.

Internet Radio

Acen are launching a new internet ‘radio’ station for Welsh learners, Radio Acen. It’s currently at the testing stage and will go online in stages during 2003. http://www.radioacen.fm. new!

Details of how and when BBC Wales/Cymru stations can be heard online are at http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/programmes/audiovideo.shtml.

See also E-MAIL LISTS for e-mail lists, message boards, newsgroups and chatrooms.


Contact Details

NOTE: This sort of information soon goes out of date. Corrections and updates are very welcome, either at feedback @ gwybodiadur.co.uk.

Golwg

“Golwg is Wales’ leading current affairs magazine and the only weekly magazine available in Welsh”
ISSN 0969-9295
Address: Golwg Cyf., P. O. Box 4, Llanbedr Pont Steffan, Ceredigion SA48 7LX
Tel: +44 (0)1570 423529; Fax: +44 (0)1570 423538
Website: http://www.golwg.com
CD-ROM version: http://www.meucymru.co.uk/newprods/english/golwg.htm
E-mail: ymholiadau@golwg.com

Lingo Newydd

ISSN 1469-607X
Address: Lingo Newydd, c/o Golwg, P. O. Box 4, Llanbedr Pont Steffan, Ceredigion SY48 7LX
Tel: +44 (0)1570 423529; Fax: +44 (0)1570 423538
E-mail: lingonewydd@golwg.com
Subscription: £1.25 per copy or £7.50 per annum. Can be found in some shops.

Cadwyn

Address: Cadwyn, c/o CYD, 10 Maes Lowri, Aberystwyth SY23 2AU
Tel/Fax: +44 (0)1970 622143
Website: http://www.aber.ac.uk/cyd/
E-mail: jjt998@aber.ac.uk.
Subscription: free

Cip, Bore Da and IAW!

Address: Adran Gylchgronau, Swyddfa’r Urdd, Ffordd Llanbadarn, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 1EN
Tel: +44 (0)1970 613118; Fax: +44 (0)1970 626120
Website: http://www.urdd.org/cylchgronau.html
E-mail: cylchgronau@urdd.org
Subscription: 10 months, 80p–£1 per copy.

Ninnau

“The North American Welsh Newspaper”®, ISSN 0890-0485
Address: Ninnau Publications, 11 Post Terrace, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920-2498, USA.
Tel: (908) 766-4151; Fax: (908) 221-0744
Website: http://www.ninnau.com
E-mail: ninnau@poboxes.com
Subscription: US$20 or £15 or Can$30 per annum. As gift: special rate of $15.00 or £12 or Can$20 if the donor is a subscriber. Please enclose cheque or money order for U.S. funds or your local currency. Airmail to Britain: £25. Published monthly.

Yr Enfys

The Journal of Wales International (Cymru a’r Byd)
Address: Undeb Cymru a’r Byd (Undeb y Cymry ar Wasgar) Marian Rees, Dol Einion, Talyllyn, Tywyn, Meirionnydd
Tel: +44 (0)1654 761312
Website: http://www.wales-international.com/
Subscription: individuals: £10 or US$15 per annum; groups (choirs, societies, companies): £15 or US$22.50 per annum. Published quarterly.

Barn

Address: Simon Brooks (Editor), Unit 1B, Gweithdai Busnes, Cross Hands Business Park, Cross Hands, Llanelli SA14 6RB
Tel: +44 (0)1269 831591

Y Dinesydd

Address: Dr E. Wyn James, 16 Kelston Rd., Yr Eglwys Newydd, Cardiff CF4 2AJ
Tel: +44 (0)29 2062 8754
Website: http://www.dinesydd.uklinux.net
E-mail: JamesEW@caerdydd.ac.uk

Barn

Address: 26 Llandeilo Rd, Cross Hands, Lanelli, Dyfed SA14 6NA
Tel: +44 (0)1269 831591; Fax: (0)1269 832062

Lol

Address: Box 121, Aberystwyth SY23 3WX
Website: http://members.tripod.com/~lolwyr/
E-mail: lolwyr@yahoo.com

Taliesin

Address: Swyddfa’r Academi, Third Floor, Mount Stewart House, Mount Stewart Square, Cardiff CF10 5FQ
Tel: +44 (0)29 2047 2266
Website: http://www.academi.org/welsh/publications/pub_taliesin.html
E-mail: post@academi.org
Subscription: £10 per annum, or £18 for two years (overseas surface mail: £12/20; airmail £17/25).

A470 new!

“What’s On In Literary Wales”
Address: Swyddfa’r Academi, Third Floor, Mount Stewart House, Mount Stewart Square, Cardiff CF10 5FQ
Tel: +44 (0)29 2047 2266
Website: http://www.academi.org/english/publications/pub_section.html
E-mail: post@academi.org
Subscription: free to members and supporters of the Academy

Y Faner Newydd

Address: Emyr Llewelyn/Ieuan Wyn (Editors), Ty^’r Ardd, Ffostrasol, Llandysul SA44 4SY
Tel: +44 (0)1239 851555
Website: http://www.fanernewydd.net
E-mail: fanernewydd@btinternet.com
Subscription: £12 per annum.

Acen

Address: Acen, Ty^ Ifor, 1 Stryd y Bont, Cardiff
Tel: +44 (0)29 20 665 455, or is it (0)29 20 300 808; Fax: +44 (0)29 20 668 810
Website: http://www.acen.co.uk/catalog/info/cylchgrawn.html
E-mail: data@acen.com
Subscription: free

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© 1999–2003 Harry Campbell
Last updated: November 2003

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