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Welsh Books in new morning slot on BBC Radio Cymru

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BBC Radio Cymru will be offering listeners a welcome opportunity to relax with a good book every weekday morning from early June. A chance to put the kettle on, sit comfortably - for roughly eight or nine minutes just before 11am every day - and enjoy a book a week.

Sometimes you just want an idea about a book before going out to buy it, or you might want to find out a bit more about someone before reading their autobiography, and there are some novels you’d love to hear as well asread.

From June, Radio Cymru will aim to fulfil those needs. Morning programme Bore Cothi will offer readings of a book in five parts each morning across the week - a novel, a memoir, a letter or a collection of stories - read by the author or an actor. In the first month Manon Steffan Ros will read excerpts from her novel Blasu, we’ll hear some of Meic Povey’s autobiography Nesa Peth i Ddim, as well as Dyn Pob Un by Euron Griffith and Llanelli, Wales and British Lions rugby legend Delme Thomas’s autobiography, Delme.

"This is an excellent opportunity to enjoy contemporary literature in Welsh read in a lively and polished way every day," said Betsan Powys, Editor of Radio Wales.

"We as a station want to offer the very best for our audience. We're already doing that in our talk shows and discussion programmes, in our thenews programmes and in our dramas and music shows. Our poet in residence and Y Talwrn take us into the world of poetry, but we didn’t have a platform for our writers. Now we’re filling this gap with forty books that we’ll be introducing over the course of a year. I’m delighted that we are able to work in co-operation with the publishers, and with the Welsh Books Council, to reflect the literary wealth that’s published week in, week out.Thanksto them for beginning a new chapter with Radio Cymru."

Elwyn Jones, the Welsh Books Council's Chief Executive said: "We give a warm welcome to this exciting development, in the knowledge that it will be enjoyed and appreciated by readers across Wales. The goal is to give a flavour of the books, and that will undoubtedly underline the choice that’s available, the quality of the work and the diverse nature of the books,be they novels, biographies or collections of stories and poetry.

"There’s no better introduction to a book than to hear it being read. Take time out to listen - we are sure you’ll find it enjoyable."

Llyfr Bob Wythnos
10.50am weekdays during Bore Cothi on BBC Radio Cymru
From June 2, 2014

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