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Literature Wales project wins an Arts & Business Award

Published 20 October 2017 - By Literature Wales

We’re delighted to announce that Her Majesty’s Prison / Young Offenders Institute Parc in Bridgend topped the Arts, Business and the Community category in the Arts & Business 2017 Awards for their exemplary use of the arts to benefit its community, which includes its longstanding partnership with Literature Wales.

 

The partnership, which is also linked to the Hay Festival, uses literature to promote literacy, self-expression, and to develop a sense of community.

Over the past 12 months, approximately 200 prisoners have benefited from arts projects delivered by Literature Wales.

Activities include the Daubscribblish Doodlesagas workshops, organised as part of the Literature Wales Invent your Event Outreach Scheme, part of the official Roald Dahl 100 Wales celebrations.

Chapter 3 of Literature Wales’ Invent your Event outreach scheme used the magic of Roald Dahl’s words to inspire creativity amongst people of all ages across Wales. Projects concentrated on social justice policies, working in specific areas and with targeted groups to encourage engagement and inclusion.

During the Daubscribblish Doodlesagas workshops, prisoners and their families worked with illustrator Sarah Edmonds and storyteller Michael Harvey to create a beautifully illustrated, giant, foldout story book. The project wove together performance, creative writing and visual arts to develop creative skills and confidence among adults and children alike.

 

“A truly fantastic 2 days. We have all thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it…My eldest son said it was his best 2 days since his Dad has been in prison (2 years).”

 

 “A thoroughly enjoyable experience spent with my wife and sons.”

 

Read about our Invent your Event Outreach work in the Roald Dahl 100 Wales commemorative brochure:

Other HMP / YOI Parc partners included in the Arts, Business & Community Award are the theatre company FIO and Valley and Vale Community Arts.