Four competitors were last night announced as the finalists of the Welsh Learner of the Year competition, following a full day of activities and interviews at Llangefni’s Oriel Ynys Môn.
Hugh Brightwell from Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, Emma Chappell from Deiniolen, Richard Furniss, Llangefni and Daniela Schlick from Menai Bridge were this year’s successful entrants, and Chair of the Anglesey Eisteddfod Learners’ Committee, Elwyn Hughes, said, “It was great to welcome everyone to Llangefni over the weekend for the semi-final, and we were very pleased with the high standard.
“It’s a pity that we can’t put everyone through to the final as all the entrants are so inspiring, not only to other learners but also to Welsh learners. It’s a wonderful experience to meet and chat to all the competitors and find out why they’ve learnt Welsh and how it’s shaped and changed their lives. We warmly congratulate each and every entrant, not only for competing but for their commitment to the language and our culture. We wish them all very well in the future.”
This year’s adjudicators are Jenny Pye, R Alun Charles and Nia Roberts, and announcing the shortlist at Oriel Ynys Môn, Jenny Pye, said, “We’ve all enjoyed meeting all the entrants in this year’s competition. The standard has been high and everyone’s stories and experiences have been extremely interesting. Congratulations to everyone who’s entered, and we look forward to meeting Emma, Dani, Hugh and Richard again in the final during Eisteddfod week.”
The winner of the Welsh Learner of the Year will receive a trophy, donated by Rhian and Harri Pritchard, Cemaes, and £300 (Bangor University Welsh for Adults), and the other three finalists will also receive trophies, also donated by Rhian and Harri Pritchard, Cemaes, and £100 each (Teulu’r Wern, Talwrn). Finalists will also receive a year’s subscription to the magazine, Golwg, and gifts from Merched y Wawr. The winner is invited to become a member of the Gorsedd.
More details about this year’s trophies will be announced soon.
The Anglesey National Eisteddfod will be held in Bodedern from 4-12 August. For more information go online, www.eisteddfod.wales. The Welsh Learner of the Year ceremony will be held at Tre Ysgawen Hall, Anglesey on Wednesday evening 9 August, and more information will be available soon.
Click here to find out more about the four finalists.