Youth organisation Urdd Gobaith Cymru has released its first-ever podcast, ‘Podlediad Cylchgrawn Cip’ (Cip magazine’s podcast), to help meet the demand for more Welsh-language reading and listening resources for children.

The podcast will see readings of Cip magazine’s stories will be published in podcast and video form each month.

These brand-new audio stories will provide children with the opportunity to read and listen to Welsh stories at home and in the classroom.

Approaching its centenary next year, the organisation hopes to publish other podcasts in the future.

Cip magazine, for readers aged 7-11, is a free, digital publication, and includes the comic magazine Mellten, created by illustrator Huw Aaron.

The stories will be read by two former Urdd members – Francesca Sciarrillo, winner of the Learner Medal at the Urdd Eisteddfod in 2019, and young actor Iwan Garmon.

Jumped at the opportunity to take part in the new podcast, Francesca said: “Winning that competition at the Cardiff and the Vale Urdd Eisteddfod two years ago was an unforgettable experience – it was, in fact, the best day of my life.

Francesca, whose parents are from Italy, continued: “This may sound cheesy but learning Welsh and my experiences with the Urdd have changed my life altogether.

"I jumped at the opportunity to take part in this new podcast. I feel that reading is a key to the language – that’s the best way to describe my experience as a Welsh learner.

"This will be another great resource to help children read and enjoy stories in Welsh.”

The podcast’s first episode is now available to download via the usual platforms.

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