Small Books – Big Stories
As many as one in six adults struggle to read, and one of the main aims of Quick Reads is to encourage those reticent readers to pick up a book and give it a go. These short but compelling books, packed with big stories, are the perfect way to develop a love of reading.
The 2018 Quick Reads titles in Wales, published by Rily Publications and Y Lolfa, are to be officially launched by Kirsty Williams, the Cabinet Secretary for Education, at the Norwegian Church, Cardiff Bay, on Tuesday, 6 March, at 11:30am.
There will be four new titles published this year as part of the initiative, two in Welsh and two in English. They cover a wide range of subjects but all share a thread of inspiration as they reveal how individuals have overcome life’s obstacles. The titles range from a collection of stories about some of Wales’ famous – and more unknown – heroes, to the inspiring tale of how Brett Johns has achieved success as an unbeaten MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) champion; from the fascinating and emotional personal story of Katey Pilling’s experiences of homelessness, both as a child and as an adult, to an illuminating book that shares triumphant stories of people in Wales who have found creative ways of getting to grips with their dyslexia.
The Quick Reads campaign aims to break down barriers and get Wales reading by producing short, gripping books which are available from libraries, bookshops and online for just £1. The 2018 titles are available now: Arwyr Cymru – Jon Gower; Brett Johns: Ymladdwr – Alun Gibbard and Brett Johns; Words Apart – Llinos Dafydd; and No Place to Call Home – Katey Pilling and Llinos Dafydd.
Angharad Sinclair, from the Welsh Books Council, said:
‘We are delighted with our range of titles this year and look forward to working with our partners over the coming months to get the new books out to our target audiences. Quick Reads are especially written so that they are accessible to everyone. They are perfect for those who want to increase their reading confidence, but are equally suited to those who just want a quick bit of escapism from their busy daily routines! By taking a bite-sized approach to reading we aim to overcome any confidence issues and show that reading can be a fun and inspiring activity for all.’
Arwyr Cymru by Jon Gower (Published by Y Lolfa)
A volume presenting stories about 13 Welsh heroes and heroic movements, both the well known and the not so well known: Betsi Cadwaladr, Dic Penderyn, Griffith Jones, Princess Gwenllian, Hedd Wyn, Iolo Morganwg, Jemima Nicholas, Merched Beca (Rebecca Riots), Owain Glyndŵr, Twm Siôn Cati, W. H. Davies, William Williams Pantycelyn and the Chartists.
Brett Johns: Ymladdwr by Brett Johns and Alun Gibbard (Published by Y Lolfa)
This book tells the story of the young man from Pontarddulais and his journey through the competitive and dangerous world of cage fighting. It gives a glimpse of the intense preparations of Brett Johns, the cage fighter ranked 13th in the world and unbeaten MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) champion. He shares his personal history, the influence of his mother, his family and friends, and the trials and tribulations of trying to lose weight and overcome injuries in order to rise to the forefront of his sport.
Y Lolfa is an independent printing and publishing company with a 50-year track record of producing attractive, popular and groundbreaking books in Wales. All books are designed, printed and bound at their offices at Tal-y-bont, Ceredigion. (www.ylolfa.com)
No Place to Call Home by Katey Pilling and Llinos Dafydd (Published by Rily)
Children, families, individuals – anyone can become homeless. This book tells the fascinating and emotional personal story of Katey Pilling and her experiences of homelessness both as a child and as an adult. 10% of royalties go to Shelter Cymru.
Words Apart by Llinos Dafydd (Published by Rily)
A diagnosis of dyslexia can cause anxiety and confusion. This illuminating book shares triumphant stories of people in Wales who have found creative ways of getting to grips with the condition. Some even say that their dyslexia has helped them to be more successful. 10% of royalties are donated to Dyslecsia Cymru.
Rily Publications is a privately owned, family-run publishing house, created when husband and wife team Richard and Lynda Tunnicliffe started publishing Welsh-language adaptations of popular books as a hobby in 2001. Since then they have steadily grown their range of Welsh children’s titles. (www.rily.co.uk)
Welsh Books Council and Quick Reads in Wales
Quick Reads in Wales is an initiative coordinated by the Welsh Books Council and supported by the Welsh Government. Since 2006, 97 books have been published in Wales as part of the Quick Reads/Stori Sydyn project – 46 of which are in the Welsh language. (readingwales.org.uk/en/quick-reads)
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