MULTI-MEDIA Animation & video by Emily & Edalie Roberts

NWR Issue 120

Animation trailer for On Slate by Peter Goulding

Animation trailer of this humorous and engaging nonfiction account of the oddball community of rock climbers on Dinorwic's slate quarries in Snowdonia in the 80s. Winner of the New Welsh Writing Awards 2019 Rheidol Prize for Writing with a Welsh Theme or Setting.

Adjudication (Cynan Jones): 'Funny and insightful... the lively picture it paints of the characters and community drawn to or defined by the Dinorwic slate quarries in the 1980s stays strongly in the mind. Because the prose is good and clear and honest, On Slate succeeds also in bringing a sense of purpose to this history, a sense of life to the rock faces, and a personal regard for both these things that never feels off-balance. Like the climbers it presents, the story is at the same time careful and risk-taking, ambitious and humble. And these are the things of great writing.’ Adjudication (Gwen Davies): 'Humorous, well-researched, extremely engaging, has great present descriptions, a fantastic sense of place, breadth in terms of bringing alive the 80s zeitgeist with wider cultural and social reflections, and conveys the delight of the sport to the non-enthusiast.'

Animation & video by Emily & Edalie Roberts. Gwen Davies: shotlist & art direction. Senior Producer: New Welsh Review.


previous multi-media: George Carr Reviews Small Days and Nights by Tishani Doshi (Bloomsbury)
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