With many of us making New Year resolutions at the beginning of January, why not make your own resolution to nominate someone who has learnt Welsh for the Welsh Learner of the Year competition?
The Anglesey National Eisteddfod competition will be launched at the Bangor University Welsh for Adults North West Wales New Year Course on Thursday 5 January, where learners of all levels will hear more about the Eisteddfod and the opportunities for Welsh learners.
The Welsh Learner of the Year is one of the Eisteddfod’s main competitions, and a chance for us to celebrate the achievement and contribution of Welsh learners to the language and our communities. Encouraging people to learn and use their Welsh is an integral part of the Eisteddfod’s work as we visit different parts of the country, and this competition is a chance to celebrate success and inspire others to learn the language in the future.
This competition is open to anyone over 18 who have learnt Welsh well. Individuals can compete or a friend, colleague or member of the family – anyone – can nominate someone who has learnt Welsh well.
Many people learn Welsh to speak the language with friends and family. Others want to speak Welsh at work, and lots of people are learning the language so they can use it in their community. And some people see learning Welsh as a challenge. Whatever their reason for learning Welsh, why not get involved in the Welsh Learner of the Year competition?
There’s plenty of time before the closing date, 31 March, and the beginning of the year is the perfect time to start thinking, discussing and collecting information. The entry form can be downloaded from the Beth Amdani booklet, available on the Maes D, centre for learning Welsh on the Eisteddfod Maes page online, www.eisteddfod.wales/anglesey-2017/maes-d. You’ll find plenty of other information about competitions for learners here as well, and online registration is available for stage competitions.
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.
The launch is also a chance to hear all about the Eisteddfod’s work, how to volunteer and be part of the preparations over the final few months as we approach the Anglesey National Eisteddfod, held near Bodedern from 4-12 August.
For more information go online, www.eisteddfod.wales.
The Welsh Learner of the Year ceremony will be held in Tre Ysgawen Hall on Wednesday evening, 9 August. More details will be announced shortly.