Literature Comes to Life at RawFfest GwylGrai

Published Mon 14 Aug 2017 - By Literature Wales
With over 100 workshops and events, RawFfest youth arts festival opens this week. Running from 17 August to 20 August in Llandudno, the festival is open to all 14 to 25 year olds. This is the only national UK festival programmed entirely by young people for young people and its exciting line up reflects the passions of the young curators.

Literature highlights include:
Bloggology – The Beginner’s Guide to Blogging
Are you burning to tell the world what you think, but can’t quite find the words? This masterclass will show you how easy it is to set up a blog. And tell you the tricks of the trade to build up a following.
Punk Poetry
A different way to write poetry: take a pile of newspapers, some sharp scissors and a pot of glue. Soon you’ll be spotting connections, making people laugh, and coming up with powerful images. Use your phone to photograph them and spread your message. Or leave low-tech zines around the festival.
Truth or Dare
Tall tales, urban myths, truths, lies and riddles: learn the lost art of how to weave a tale and captivate your audience.
The Printing Revolution and launch of POWER // LINES
It’s never been easier to publish your own writing or produce a magazine. But what are the pitfalls? What digital technology should you use? And how do you get an audience to read what you’ve written? This workshop will culminate in the North Wales launch of Power Lines, a new project to collect and publish poetry by 14 – 25 year olds. Edited by Sophie McKeand and a team of young people, this is your chance to join the (publishing) revolution.
Beatbox and Rap Masterclass with Mr Phormula
Mr Phormula has an international recognition as a leading beatboxer, rapper and producer. Learn how to make drum beats, rhythm and musical sounds using just your mouth. Perform powerful raps that make people sit up and listen. Participants only need an open mind and open mouth to take part.
Poetry Surgery
Already writing poetry and want an expert eye? Want to take it to the next level? Book in for a 10 minute one-to-one with Young People’s Laureate Wales.
Poetry Revolution
Poetry: no longer a quiet, private activity. It’s loud, opinionated and relevant. Join the poetry revolution by learning how to perform your work in front of a crowd.
The personal made public
Reclaim your own unique, personal experiences by transforming them into powerful poetry. With Natasha Borton who is passionate about poetry’s ability to empower young people
The Poetry Pop Video
Young poets are using YouTube and Vimeo to reach a new audience. Beautiful, inspiring poetry videos are now easy to make. In this workshop, you will write your own poem, record it on your smart phone and edit it to be uploaded to the web.
Poetry Slam
Competitive live poetry. 3 words you wouldn’t usually see together. But it makes for a super-charged event. Up to 10 poets can sign up to compete in 2 rounds of spoken verse, duelling with words until one emerges the winner.
Living Legends: a storytelling showcase
To celebrate Wales’ Year of Legends, the National Organisation of Young Storytellers brings you a special event. Overlooking the beautiful Llandudno Bay, let these stories take you back to a different age – and find out how legends are being reborn in Wales today.
Young People’s Laureate Wales, Sophie Mckeand, will be in residence throughout.
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Tickets for Friday or Saturday cost £20 and include lunch and dinner

Book in advance to guarantee your place at capacity-limited workshops.