RNIB Cymru’s Transcription Team have won a prestigious award at the New York Festival’s World’s Best Radio Programmes ceremony which was held last night (19 June), at the salubrious Manhattan Penthouse, New York. Coming top amongst entries from over 30 countries the Welsh language narration of David Walliams’ ‘Cyfrinach Nana Crwca’ (Gangsta Granny) was awarded the Bronze Radio Winner in the category of Best Narration – Solo.
Chosen by Grand Jury members from around the globe who volunteered their time and expertise to select this year's winners, this is the first time for a Welsh language audio book to have been recognised at the Festival, following on from successes for English language RNIB talking books in the last two years.
Emma Jones, Transcription Manager RNIB Cymru said: “This is fantastic news! The Transcription Team work hard to produce Talking Books in both Welsh and English, which is satisfying in itself, but to be recognised in this way is really the icing on the cake and we’re thrilled. “We were invited to submit an entry, so I set about listening to several of our Welsh language talking books in order to choose the one which I thought was the best, which was David Walliams’ Cyfrinach Nana Crwca.
“Talking books like this are vitally important. They ensure that children with sight loss are able to read contemporary books like every other child, and this year we will be producing around 30 Welsh audio books for our Talking Books library, including other books by David Walliams.
“We’d like to thank the publishers Atebol (Welsh), and the Welsh Books Council for their support, and of course to David Walliams himself for writing the book in the first place!
Narrated by actress and ex-pupil of Ysgol Glan Taf, Hanna Jarman from Cardiff, the recording is exclusively available to RNIB members and has been one of the charity’s most listened to Welsh language recordings of the past year.
Hanna added: “This is amazing! It was fantastic to be given the opportunity and invited to read Cyfrinach Nana Crwca. It was great fun and I’m so pleased that it was short-listed, but to now hear that it has won the award is beyond expectations. It’s just wonderful! “My sister Mared has sight loss herself and I’m grateful to her for introducing me to the world of talking books, so this is really something I wanted to do for her.”
The RNIB Talking Book Service in the UK lends over 1 million titles per year to its membership of blind and partially sighted readers. In addition to the 25,000 plus English language recordings held within its library, it has an ever growing collection of Welsh language recordings.
RNIB Studio Manager Daryl Chapman added: “Nearly a fifth of the population of Wales identify as Welsh speakers and there are 106,980 people living with sight loss in Wales.
“RNIB has made a commitment that we will prioritise the delivery and promotion of the Welsh language. Not only is it underpinned by legislation, we believe being able to use Welsh is a right.
“With 'Cyfrinach Nana Crwca', Hanna Jarman delights us with a brilliant, amusing and delightfully engaging reading of the Welsh language adaptation of David Walliams 'Gangsta Granny'.
“I’m so pleased the audio book has done so well. The RNIB Cymru Transcription Team team deserve all this recognition.”
Glyn Saunders-Jones, Managing Director of Atebol, is extremely pleased that RNIB Cymru have won this award. Their free online library contains over 25,000 talking books for the blind and partially sighted and this success underlines the importance of their work: “This is fantastic news. Our adaptation was created by the talented Gruffudd Antur and is a tribute to his talent as an author who appeals to young readers.
“The RNIB’s audio version has allowed this adaptation to reach new and important audiences, and underlines the importance of their work. We’re excited that Wales and the world can enjoy the adventures of Nana Crwca!”
Stories can open up magical new worlds, allowing the reader to escape to far-away lands and meet colourful and exciting new characters. However, for blind and partially sighted people, getting hold of the books they love or need for work or education can be really hard. For over 80 years, RNIB’s Talking Books service has helped create a lifeline to the outside world for blind and partially sighted people in the UK. It costs £1500 to sponsor a child's talking book and £2500 to sponsor an adult's talking book. To find out more about sponsoring a talking book contact Carol McKinlay [email protected] call 02920 828 590 or visit www.rnib.org.uk/sponsortalkingbooks
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