Broadcasts on Thursday 26 November, poet and author Anni Llŷn came to the University to lead activities which will see Year 6 and 7 pupils getting lost in Welsh words and getting creative with the Welsh language.
The free creative writing events offer a different take on the theme “natural environment”: in other sessions, poet Aneirin Karadog takes a poetry tour of “the town of books” Hay-on-Wye, and writer Mererid Hopwood explores the craft of listening in Bae Ceredigion and Aberystwyth University’s Old College.
Presented by broadcaster Ameer Rhys Davies-Rana, the sessions can be streamed live or watched on replay at hayfestival.org/scribblers, where pupils and teachers will also find additional supporting materials.
Hay Festival Scribblers Tour aims to engage and encourage the next generation in storytelling and conversation, inspiring empathy and creativity. Now in its tenth year, the tour also gives pupils a chance to engage with their nearest university and experience a taste of life on campus.
Carys Roberts, Director of UK Recruitment & Marketing at Bangor University said:
“It was fantastic to host the Scribblers Event last year and see so many young people coming to Bangor University to experience getting involved with words and with creativity. We were delighted to help again this year and wish the venture, and those taking part, every success.”
Aine Venables, education manager at Hay Festival, said: “Last May, half a million people joined us online to meet their favourite writers and debate the biggest issues of the moment. Now we’re bringing that experience to young people across Wales with an invitation to get creative. In this free festival day we will be embarking together on a creative journey to share stories, develop dialogue and celebrate the power of writing and reading for pleasure, all in the medium of Welsh. We want to start conversations with young people, hear their voices and inspire their creative identities.”
Hay Festival Scribblers Tour is funded by the Welsh Government and is part of Hay Festival Foundation’s wider outreach and education work that includes the free Programme for Schools, Hay Academy, Hay Compass, the Beacons Project, School Exchanges, and the Hay Levels series of free educational videos.
Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams said: “I am pleased that we are able to support the Hay Festival Scribblers Tour as it goes digital this year, like so many other events this year it’s great to see them adapting in these unprecedented times. Hay Festival Scribblers Tour is a great opportunity for learners to hone their creative writing skills, encouraging them to engage with other young people and gaining valuable skills that will shape their creative storytelling.”