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About Colin Jones
Colin Jones is best-known as the author of several books for Welsh learners. His books have sold over ten thousand copies, a moderately remarkable feat for a Welsh-language author.
Colin wrote and recorded the acclaimed Welsh home-study course Cadw Sŵn, which was refreshed in 2020 to celebrate 20 years in print. Not content with slashing the price (again), the book is now widely available worldwide on Amazon, and includes full details of how to obtain the audio downloads.
He continues to tell the stories of the inhabitants of the fictional Welsh hamlet Aberarthur and the supernatural tales of Cwm Gwrachod. Canol Nos - Cwm Gwrachod volume 2 was released in 2020, and Colin is keen to make a start on the third Cwm Gwrachod novel.
As well as narrating his own audiobooks Colin has recorded the ancient Celtic epic 'Maginogion, The Four Branches', for which he also wrote the introduction.
Colin's official website is colin.cymru
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Mae llawer o bobl yn byw yma, ac mae stori gyda phob un. Credwch chi fi.
Welcome to Aberarthur, a small sleepy village in the South. Lots of people live here, and each has a story. Believe you me.
Apparently Aberarthur is a fictional village, in that it exists only in my mind. The funny thing is that as you read this book it will exist in your mind too, but entirely through the medium of Welsh.
With a comprehensive introduction by Colin Jones, author of the Cadw Swn home-study Welsh course.
The After reading, recording, and listening to the Four Branches of the Mabinogi, I'm amazed that the world isn't full of Manga comics, Hollywood blockbusters, bestselling novels, sticker collections, trading cards, and fantasy role-playing games based on this quite astonishing collection of Welsh tales.
The breadth and imagination of these stories is really quite amazing - How many other stories can boast such a heady collection of wizards, body-swapping, bitter curses, deep revenge lasting for generations, a giant, a cauldron of immortality, murder plots, princes, kings and even pig-embezzlement?
Not to mention a woman made from flowers by two wizards as a wife for a man cursed by his mother from ever marrying another human being. A man who can only be killed by a spear which has been crafted for one year and this while he stands with one leg on a bath and the other on the back of a young goat?
The Mabinogion is a collection of tales, told over generations, recorded in two manuscripts; Llyfr Coch Hergest (the Red Book of Hergest) and Llyfr Gwyn Rhydderch (The White Book of Rhydderch). Translated into English by Lady Charlotte Guest, they contain a large number of tales from the Welsh storytelling tradition. Strictly speaking, however, the term Mabinogi (Mabinogion was mistakenly taken as the plural of Mabinogi by Lady Charlotte Guest) refers to the Four Branches recorded here.
The Mabinogi begins with the tale of Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed. Pwyll changes places with a King of Annwfn, the Otherworld. He also meets Rhiannon for the first time, who appears on a charmed horse which cannot be caught by even the fastest rider.
The Second Branch concerns Branwen, her brother Bendigeidfran (a giant) and the terrible fate which follows her marriage to the King of Ireland.
In The Third Branch a castle appears where none has ever been seen before, charms are cast and deep revenge is played out.
The fourth branch concerns Blodeuwedd, the Woman of Flowers;
'So they took the the blossoms of the oak, and the blossoms of the broom, and the blossoms of the meadow-sweet, and produced from them a maiden, the fairest and most graceful that man ever saw. And they baptized her, and gave her the name of Blodeuwedd.'
Long before the stories were ever written down, Welsh storytellers would enthrall audiences with tales of Pwyll, Rhiannon, Bendigeidfran, Branwen, and their adventures. I hope this collection captures the spirit and wonder of these ancient tales.
The idea is simple; by spending around an hour on this book, with breaks in between chapters, you should be able to master a very simple form of Welsh. A simple form that will let you say what you, or anyone else, is doing, has done, or is going to do, including the negative and question forms.
The book is broken down into six chapters, each taking around 10 minutes to complete and revise. Each chapter has exercises, together with answers at the back of the book.
'Simple Welsh in an Hour of Your Time' is written by professional Welsh-to-adults tutor Colin Jones, author of the epic home-study Welsh course 'Cadw Swn'.
This book is the distillation of years of teaching Welsh to adults, and should provide an essential introduction to the language.
Welcome to Witches’ Valley, an innocent little valley in the South.
Written by the author of the bestselling Welsh learners’ novel Coed y Brenin, this book should help you expand and improve your Welsh, while being both interesting and entertaining.
‘The events, people and places in Cwm Gwrachod are imaginary, in that they exist only in my mind. The funny thing is that as you read this book they will exist in your mind too, but entirely through the medium of Welsh.’
"Gwelais i ysbryd neithiwr. Rhyfedd. Ro’n i’n cerdded dros y mynydd. A dweud y gwir, ro’n i’n hedfan dros y mynydd.
Roedd hi’n noson braf, a doedd dim byd ar y teledu. Dim byd ond pêl-droed ac operâu sebon. Ych-a-fi !
Ond sori, anghofiais i. Sam ydw i. Samantha Tywyll. Gwrach ydw i. Gwrach wen."
Includes: the amazing Welsh Flipper,
the best ‘cnoc, cnoc’ joke ever,
idioms for everyday use and more!
Colin Jones is a professional Welsh to adults tutor and the author of the Cadw Swn home study Welsh course.