This year, Peniarth is celebrating its tenth anniversary. As part of the celebrations the Centre has rebranded and launched a new logo.
Canolfan Peniarth was established in 2009 by Trinity College, now University of Wales Trinity Saint David, as an educational publishing house for the College. By today, Peniarth has grown to become one of the leading publishers of Welsh and bilingual educational books and resources in Wales.
With over three hundred print publications and over fifty digital resources to its name, which include eight interactive apps, Peniarth has published a wide range of books and resources for all ages, which has had a substantial impact on the number of purposeful educational resources available for teachers and schools. Gwydion Wynne, Director of Canolfan Peniarth, said, "Looking back at all the publications over the last ten years, a large catalogue of books and resources have been produced. It has been a privilege to be able to collaborate with so many people over the years, from experienced writers, innovative teachers, a variety of spectacular creative individuals, as well as prominent partners such as S4C, the Welsh Government, the four education consortia in Wales, and the local education authorities - partnerships that have enabled us to evolve over the years, helping us to reach this milestone.”
As part of the rebranding process, Peniarth has adopted a new logo, which includes a flacon, a bird that symbolises vision, freedom and victory. The picture comes from one of Peniarth's manuscripts, the oldest and most important collection in the history of Welsh literature, which includes the black book of Carmarthen. A full explanation of the logo's history can be found on Peniarth's brand new website, www.peniarth.cymru .
One of the first resources for Peniarth to publish was Tric a Chlic, a structured Welsh synthetic phonics programme that underpins the teaching of reading and spelling as well as building vocabulary and developing meaningful reading. Due to the success of the programme, an adaptation of the programme for English-medium schools was announced earlier this year. Gwydion Wynne said, “Tric a Chlic is one of our most successful publications with the majority of Welsh-medium schools in Wales, and even Patagonia, implementing the programme. Following the development of the Curriculum for Wales 2022, and the contribution of this curriculum to the Government's aim of reaching one million Welsh speakers by 2050, we have developed an adaptation of the programme for English-medium schools, with all schools in the South West region having invested in the programme recently. We will also be presenting a seminar on the programme for teachers at the National Education Show in Cardiff at the end of the month”.
Looking ahead for the next academic year, Peniarth are currently working on sixty-five publications that are due to be published before the end of the year. Gwydion Wynne said, "With the new curriculum for Wales about to come into schools, it’s a very exciting time for us as publishers with many opportunities to develop new and exciting resources, while also a challenging time as we try respond to the needs and the growing demand for Welsh and bilingual books and resources. We look forward to continuing to work with teachers and schools across Wales over the next decade! ”
Mr Gwilym Dyfri Jones, Carmarthen and Lampeter Campuses Provost said, “The University is very proud of the of Canolfan Peniarth’s success over the past decade. Its contribution to Welsh-medium and bilingual educational publications has been a notable one during that period. The foundations the centre has laid mean that it can look forward with confidence to the future while continuing to publish high quality and bespoke resources and thus contribute further to raising standards in Welsh schools.”