Miss Gwenllian Lâs

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Yr Hwyaden Fach Ddychrynllyd

The Frightful Duckling

 

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Nofel gwïar am ddod allan am y tro cyntaf fel menyw drawsrywiol drwy bŵer y Gymraeg fel ail-iaith, gan Gwenllian Lâs.

A queer novel about coming out for the first time as a transsexual woman through the power of Welsh as a second language, by Gwenllian Lâs.

Rheolau ar Gyfer Chwarae SCRABBLE

Miss Gwenllian update:

I’m currently writing and researching a long-form essay, or possible book chapter, on English media responses/rejoinders/reprimands to Scrabble yn Gymraeg (Welsh Language Scrabble) as symptomatic of “Welsh zealotry run amuck”.

Who’d think a bunch of tiles with doubled letters could cause such a fuss?

We’ve all heard the insipid and rehearsed cliche: “Welsh looks like a Scrabble game that came without consonants.”

Yet here we are: unchecked monoglot prejudices and anti-Welsh language bigotry are often shuttled through asinine jokes, churlish debates, and colonialist after-laughs. Welsh Scrabble has become a symbolic stand-in to “safely” locate a stubborn disdain for Cymraeg. Barely hidden symptoms of colonialism readily become played out as latent desires for the linguistic destruction of ‘wonky’ Celtic languages in the 21st century as a victory for Brexiteers.

From The Blue Books to this recent, unprecedented summer of Welsh-bashing at all levels of Little Englander op-ed baiting … I unpack how consonant allocation, point metrics, and triple vowel awards in Scrabble yn Gymraeg — all seemingly innocuous boardgame rubrics — have been seized on by English supremacists in an ongoing campaign to delegitimize Welsh as a living, practical reality that many prefer to go about their lives — at work or play — speaking.

Learning to play Scrabble in Welsh has given me a rather poignant object for lexical meditation — on art, amusement, and education in contemporary minority language activism and revivalism.

Will give publication details in due course. Diolch!

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As noted in my biographical descriptionall proceeds from my book sales are donated to Stonewall Cymru — specifically, to support Welsh-language services for trans youth in Wales and abroad.

Unlike a Patreon or YouTube celebritydom, academic monographs aren’t major money earners. Nonetheless, I’m pleased to say that my first royalties payment for Ancestral Recall arrived today — and several hundred dollars will be making its way into the hands of folks doing loads of good for the scared and vulnerable.

 

 

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Look at who is displayed front and centre at the @scholarmqup table for Congress!

❤️👧📚👒🌼

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beth nawr yw’r ddadl ynglyn a’r iaith?

‘Featured image’: braint ac anrhydedd yw cyhoeddi y gwaith celf gwreiddiol wnaed gan yr artist Ruth Jên i ddathlu pen-blwydd Y Lolfa yn 50!

Pen-blwydd hapus i’r — bydded i fwy o Gymry Cymraeg gael eu hysbrydoli gan eich mentergarwch ddiwyllannol!

Murlun newydd Ruth Jên gydag eiconau cenedlaethol (2006):

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Mae’r Lolfa wedi cyhoeddi cannoedd o lyfrau. Dyma edrych nôl ar y rhai fu’n boblogaidd iawn dros y degawdau!

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#yagym : Meleri Wyn James: #NaNel

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meic stevens: a’r brawd houdini

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anweledig: 6.5.99

Tea with Gwynfor

Near Macynlleth, 1996 — afternoon conversation and a cuppa with me —  Dr Gwynfor Richard Evans apologised for when his biro ran out of ink and his hand switched to a soft black for ‘six’. He was that kind of person. ❤

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See here for information on Plaid Cymru hunger strikes, linguistic activism, and the creation of Welsh-language television.

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Darllen Rhagor