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AmeriCymru: Hi Alison. What can you tell us about your forthcoming book 'The Salt Maker's Year"?
Alison: It's a book about a family business through a year. We've often been asked to talk about what business and personal paths led us to creating Halen Môn and so this is a great way to do it. It'll be anecdotes and stories which we hope will encourage others down the entrepreneurial route, plus seasonal recipes to make great feasts to share with family and friends, all brought together with sumptuous photographs of our beautiful Anglesey sea and landscape.
AmeriCymru: You are funding production of this title in an unusual way. Care to tell us more?
Alison: It's an interesting way of fund raising that we've chosen. We invite people to pledge in advance for the book- digital copies are just £10 and do not attract any postage fees- and when enough people decide they want the book to go ahead, we publish it. We're already working on the photos, recipes and stories, and have held 3 feasts to 'limber up' for the real events later this year. It lets us talk to the readers of the book and they can play a real part in how it develops, interacting with the authors in The Shed and receiving regular updates.
AmeriCymru: How can people support you and what rewards are you offering?
Alison: The base level of support is £10 for a digital download, rising to the star reward of a trip to Anglesey on an 'innovators' day' on branding a small business and lunch with David and Alison, the owners and founders of Halen Môn for £1,000 and lots of books and salty hampers in-between.
AmeriCymru: Who are the authors?
Alison: David and Alison Lea-Wilson, founders and directors of Halen Môn. Married and working together for over 35 years, this is the third successful business they've started and run.
AmeriCymru: Care to tell us a little about Halen Mon, its history and products?
Alison: It's a family business founded in 1997 to resuscitate the lost art of sea salt making on Anglesey- Môn Mam Cymru. It's grown from being made in a saucepan on the kitchen AGA to moving into its own purpose-built Saltcote with a visitor centre and behind the scenes tours. It can be found in 20 countries, including the USA where its oak smoked Halen Môn flavours the top of President Obama's favourite butter caramels from Fran's Chocolates in Seattle.
AmeriCymru: Any final message for the readers and members of AmeriCymru?
Alison: Take a look at the video and let us know how you can support us- and if you have any questions we'd love to hear from you. Better still, drop in for a panad and a slice of our local bara brith when you're next visiting the Principality. Diolch o galon.
By AmeriCymru, 2015-01-30
Award-winning author, Wendy White, publishes Three Cheers for Wales just as the Six Nations competition is due to kick off and, as the title suggests, there’s plenty of cheering for Wales!
Following on from the success of Welsh Cakes and Custard – which won the English Tir na n’Og award in 2014 – Emyr Rhys and Betsi Wyn are back…
With an offer of two spare tickets to the match and two spare seats on the minibus, Emyr and Da-cu excitedly grab their scarves and join their friends on the bus. But having arrived at the Millennium Stadium, Da-cu realises that he’s left mobile phone at home – how will they let Nain know where they are? With their eyes on the big screen and armed with plenty of daffodil hats, white card and a marker pen, they hope that the cameraman spot them!
Emyr and Da-cu’s adventure at the Millennium Stadium is one of five delightful stories about Emyr Rhys and Betsi Wyn. Other stories include getting stranded on Caldey Island, dressing up as a frog and a school trip to a Victorian school.The stories also celebrate the special bond between children and their grandparents as Mam-gu and Da-cu play very important roles in the adventures of their young grandchildren.
Published by Pont Books, exciting times – and funny moments – fill these five new stories for young readers, with illustrations by Helen Flook, reflecting the gentle humour of the text.
As a child growing up in Llanelli, Wendy loved spending time browsing the shelves at the local library and after graduating from Lampeter University, she worked as a library assis tant before training to become a teacher. Wendy has taught in primary schools in England and Wales and now lives in Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire with her husband and children.
Three Cheers for Wales is available from all good bookshops and online retailers.
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