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Teulu Bach Nantoer Programme

10/09/2013

Siwan Rosser

Dr Siwan M. Rosser, a lecturer in the School of Welsh, has been working with S4C to create a special programme celebrating the 100th anniversary of the novel Teulu Bach Nantoer (The Little Family of Nantoer) by Moelona.  The programme will be broadcast on Sunday, September 15 at 9.30pm on S4C.  The programme will shed light on the author, Lizzie Mary Owen from Rhydlewis, Ceredigion and her pivotal work.

In its day, Teulu Bach Nantoer was one of the most popular Welsh novels for children.  It challenged the convention of only publishing religious and preachy magazines for children.  In contrast, Teulu Bach Nantoer offered material which fuelled their imagination.

In addition to the programme, the novel will be re-published as an e-book with a new introduction by Dr Rosser. In the introduction she writes, “here is a contemporary electronic version of the most important Welsh novel ever written for children.”

“It is important that we commemorate and celebrate Welsh novels for children from the past so that we can learn about what influenced and moulded Welsh children a century and more ago.  These books also have something to say about life today and we must ensure that classics like Teulu Bach Nantoer are not forgotten”, said Dr Rosser.

The e-book is now available at: http://www.cromen.co.uk/cy/llyfrau/nantoer.html