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Global literature festival to descend on Wrexham Glyndwr University

Global literature festival to descend on Wrexham Glyndwr University

Award-winning poets and writers will visit a North Wales University over the coming weeks as part of a global literature festival’s UK tour.

The Hay Festival Scribblers will be at Wrexham Glyndwr University this Thursday and the one after (Jan 25) to meet and inspire children from five secondary schools – Blessed Edward Jones, Rhyl; Maelor School, Penley; Connah’s Quay, Denbigh, and Argoed, Minydd Isa.

Comperes Jenny Valentine and Amy Forbes-Robertson will be joined over the two free sessions by Welsh author Daniel Morden, poet and playwright Eric N’Galle Charles, spoken-word artist Steven Camden (aka Polarbear) and Gemma Cairney, a broadcaster and teen ambassador who wrote a book about the difficulties of growing up.

The tour aims to engage and encourage future generations in storytelling and conversation, inspiring empathy and creativity, as well as giving them the opportunity to visit Wrexham Glyndwr University and experience a taste of life on campus.

Widening Access Coordinator, Sarah-Lou Gaffney, said: “We can’t wait to welcome The Hay Festival Scribblers to Wrexham.

“This is an opportunity to ignite the pupils’ passion for the creative arts, poetry and literature, as well as inspiring them to try writing themselves.

“We can also demonstrate the wide range of courses we offer in these areas, and encourage the groups to be vocal about what matters to them, and how they can express themselves.”

The first session will be for Year 8 and 9 pupils, the second for years 9 and 10.

Aine Venables, Education Manager at Hay Festival, said: “In these free festival days for young people we will be telling stories, asking questions and listening, to build empathy and creativity through the power of reading and writing.

“We want to start conversations with young people to hear their voices and choices and to inspire their creative identity for the future.”

Hay Festival Scribblers Tour is funded by the Welsh Government and is part of the Hay Festival’s wider outreach and education work that includes free Schools Days, the Hay Academy, Hay Compass and Hay Levels, a series of free educational videos.

For more information visit www.hayfestival.org/scribblers 

To visit the next Wrexham Glyndwr University open day on Saturday March 3 from 10am-2pm, take a look at the website: www.glyndwr.ac.uk 

Pics are from the Hay Festival UK

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