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Adventure is just a page away…


To celebrate World Book Day (3rd of March), The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth opens a new exhibition: ‘Adventure is just a page away’.

Let us take you on an adventure to the World of the Book in the company of some of literature’s most adventurous characters: the Twrch Trwyth; Twm Siôn Cati; Eric Jones; SuperTed; and Barti Ddu.  Be it in the sky, on land, in space or on the sea, adventure is just a page away… 

Mountaineer Eric Jones once said “Life is adventure or nothing at all”

The roots of the Welsh adventure story are firmly planted in the bloody medieval tales and legends.  What better adventure than trying to steal a razor, a comb and a pair of scissors from in between the ears of the enchanted wild boar, the ‘Twrch Trwyth’?   

By 1911 the first example of a Welsh adventure novel was published, Dirgelwch yr Anialwch by E. Morgan Humphreys.  This was the novel which set the foundations for the adventure titles later seen in Welsh.    Since then many Welsh authors writing in both Welsh and English, such as Mike Young, T. Llew Jones, R. Lloyd Jones, Roald Dahl, Dafydd Parri and Elgan Philip Davies have been busy writing about adventures, both true and imaginary. 

Linda Tomos, National Librarian, The National Library of Wales said:

‘As part of the Year of Adventure,  the Library is organising some very creative events and exhibitions which will provide enjoyment to existing and new audiences. Don’t forget to use #FindyourEpic to tell us about your adventure in the Library.”

Come and join us on Saturday the 5th of March between 2.00p.m. and 4.00 p.m as we celebrate the opening of our latest exhibition ‘Adventure is just a page away’ with the popular Cyw character: Ben Dant.
Families will be able to take part in a treasure hunt; listen to a story with Ben Dant and have their photo taken with Ben Dant in Caffi Pen Dinas.

Further Information

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The exhibition is free and is open Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5pm from 3 March 2016 to 4 February 2017.  Collect your free Adventure Activity Book at reception.

4 must see items…
1. First edition of J. R. R. Tolkien’s medieval fable, Farmer Giles of Ham, signed by the author and dedicated to Gwyn Jones.
2. First edition of The Hobbit
3. The original manuscript for the first novel in the Y Llewod series by Dafydd Parri, Y Llewod a’r Dagr Haearn
4. Original manuscripts for two of R. Lloyd Jones’ popular nautical tales, Atgofion Hen Forwr and Ynys y Trysor.