Wyddwn i Mo Hynna am Gymru
|ISBN: 9781845120771 (1845120779)Publication Date October 2008|
Publisher: Cymdeithas Lyfrau Ceredigion, AberystwythIllustrated by Mai OsawaAdapted/Translated by Sian Northey.Format: Hardback, 200x134 mm, 208 pages
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A Welsh adaptation of I Never Knew That About Wales, a treasury of facts about Wales and its people, with the thirteen counties sharing a number of their secrets, their hidden places and wonders, their famous personalities and legends revealing a few new and unexpected facts.
Addasiad Cymraeg o I Never Knew That About Wales, trysorfa sy'n berwi o ffeithiau am Gymru ac am y Cymry, gyda'r hen dair sir ar ddeg yn rhannu nifer o'u cyfrinachau, eu llefydd cudd a'u rhyfeddodau, eu mawrion a'u chwedlau gan ddatgelu ambell ddanteithyn newydd ac annisgwyl.
Dyma’r math o lyfr a gaiff ei brynu fel anrheg Nadolig a’i roi ar fwrdd y gegin neu’r bwrdd coffi ar gyfer darllen paragraff neu bennod yn achlysurol. Ond dwi’n meddwl y dylid ei werthu a’i hyrwyddo fel llyfr taith, yn hytrach na thrysorfa o ffeithiau. Yn amlwg, fydd e byth yn cystadlu gydag unrhyw lyfr tywys neu guide book gan nad yw’n manylu ar westai, bwytai neu gyfleusterau lleol ond, er hynny, mae'r gyfrol yn esbonio cefndir rhai o brif ardaloedd, trefi a dinasoedd Cymru.
Mae’r llyfr cyfan wedi'i rannu fesul sir – yr hen dair sir ar ddeg – ac yn teithio drwy’r sir fesul cofeb ddifyr neu adeilad pwysig ac yn cynnig ffeithiau a hanesion amdanynt. Mae’r arddull yma o’n tywys ar draws Cymru'n systematig yn galluogi rhywun i gofio’r ffeithiau difyr a gynigir, a hefyd yn codi chwilfrydedd i ymweld â chofebion neu adeiladau mewn ardaloedd anghyfarwydd i’r darllenydd. Mae’r awdur hefyd yn gofalu ei fod yn rhoi amrywiaeth o ffeithiau diddorol, yn amrywio o storïau hanesyddol, nodweddion daearyddol yn ogystal ag ystadegau hynod. Fel rhywun sy’n gyfarwydd iawn ag Aberystwyth, wnes i ddim dysgu unrhyw beth newydd am y dre, nac ychwaith am Geredigion yn gyffredinol, ond wedi dweud hynny, do'n i ddim yn gweld bod yna ardaloedd neu ffeithiau pwysig wedi'u hepgor.
I Gymry Cymraeg sy’n weddol gyfarwydd â Chymru a’i hanes, mae’n bosib y bydd llawer o’r llyfr yn hen newyddion ond i ddysgwyr Cymraeg, mae'r gyfrol yn cynnwys storfa o bethau difyr i ddod o hyd iddynt – er efallai fod yr arddull braidd yn ffurfiol a thraddodiadol. Ond yn sicr, mi allai hon a’r fersiwn Saesneg fod yn hynod o ddefnyddiol i’r rheiny sy’n darganfod Cymru am y tro cyntaf.
Catrin M. S. Davies
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Sian Northey is originally from Trawsfynydd but now lives in Pentrefelin near Cricieth.
Christopher Winn has been a writer and trivia collector for over 20 years.
He has worked with the likes of Terry Wogan and Jonathan Ross, and sets questions for television quiz shows as well as for the Daily Mail and Daily Express.
He’s also a theatre director and a popular author of other factual books.
Did you know…?
Did you know that Rhos-y-bwlch to the south-east of Fishguard was the first village in Wales to receive water through pipes? Or that the road between Llanuwchllyn and Dinas Mawddwy over the Pass of the Cross is the highest road in Wales? How about Flintshire being the smallest county in Wales? Or that the actor Rhys Ifans was born in Haverfordwest?
These facts, along with thousands of others, can be found in Cymdeithas Lyfrau Ceredigion’s newest title, Wyddwn i mo hynna am Gymru, an adaptation of Christopher Winn’s I never knew that about Wales. A fact-filled book with of information about Welsh places, monuments and people from across the country, it is a wealth of knowledge that even the most well-informed would wonder at.
Adapted to Welsh by acclaimed author Sian Northey, this book is a treasure trove of facts about Wales and the Welsh. Divided into 13 sections to coincide with the old 13 councils in Wales, the book is full of facts about every corner of Wales. From which county hosted the first ever Eisteddfod (Cardiganshire) to the longest dry ski slope in Britain in Caernarfonshire, here you’ll marvel at the astonishing and unknown.
Sian Northey said, “Whilst writing this book, I realised, embarrassingly, how little I knew about Wales. But I did enjoy the experience of writing it, and I think that there’s at least one fact on every page that was new to me."
A useful addition to any quiz and crossword enthusiast’s bookshelf, the facts can be easily found with its Places and People Index at the back of this hard back book. Full of eye-catching illustrations, the little mine of information is a fun and easy way to learn more about your own square mile and beyond.
“There were a lot of things I didn’t know about Wales,” says Sian. “But for some reason, the one fact that has stayed with me after finishing the book is that Aberdaron is the furthest place from any train station in England and Wales!”
Given that this book is an adaptation rather that a translation, it gave Sian Northey a chance to update and revise facts to ensure a more up to date version was published. For example, the achievements of Welsh athletes in the 2008 Olympics were included along with the death of the journalist Bob Humphreys.
Dylan Williams from Cymdeithas Lyfrau Ceredigion said, “This book not only offers what, for the most of us, is new information about our country, but reading it also makes you want to go and visit the places and see the things that are mentioned.”
Through this book we can travel on board the longest electric mountain railway in Britain to the top of Constitution Hill in Aberystwyth and walk the walls of the most perfect example of a concentric castle in Europe in Beaumaris. We can then visit the longest exhibition cave in Britain at Dan-yr-ogof and walk past the Coal Exchange at Mount Stuart Square in Cardiff where echoes of the first million pound deal ever made in 1907 can still be heard before we rest a while in the luxury hotel at Pencerrig, Radnorshire which was once the home of artist Thomas Jones.
Did you know that about Wales? You’ll know even more after reading this book!
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