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Literature Wales at the National Eisteddfod

Published Mon 22 Jul 2019 - By Literature Wales

Literature Wales is looking forward to the Conwy County National Eisteddfod in Llanrwst. We will be located at stall number 405-406 where visitors to the Maes can visit us to find out more about our work and the various ways we inspire communities, develop writers and celebrate Wales’ literary culture.

We have curated a programme of activities which will take place across the Maes, including a series of Welsh-language creative writing workshops called Tŷ Newydd on Tour; a wine reception to launch the Literature Wales Strategic Plan 2019-22; talks and performances in Y Babell Lên (literature tent) and the Llannerch; and more.

Our full programme of events can be found below.

 

Saturday 3 August

11.00 – 11.45 am, y Babell Lên (Literary Pavilion) – Official Opening

Bardd Plant Cymru, Casia Wiliam and local children introduce work created at fun filled workshops leading up to the festival with Casia and local artist, Eleri Jones. The Welcome Poem is performed by Hogie’r Berfeddwlad.

The aim of the project was to promote creativity and self-expression amongst the younger generation, and encourage them to take pride in their successes, themselves and their communities. Organised in partnership between the National Eisteddfod and the Cynefin Group with funding from Arts and Business Wales and support from Literature Wales

 

12.00 – 12.30 pm, Llannerch Stage – Bardd Plant Cymru

Bardd Plant Cymru, Casia Wiliam and pupils from primary schools in Betws y Coed, Capel Garmon and Dolwyddelan present poems on the theme ‘summer’

Supported by Welsh Government

 

12.45 – 13.15 pm, y Babell Lên –Tŷ Newydd on tour – Come to find out more 

Tŷ Newydd is Literature Wales’ centre for writer development, and offers writers of all abilities and backgrounds the opportunity to develop their literary and professional skills. Tŷ Newydd visits the Eisteddfod this year to offer a week of taster workshops at the Llannerch stage. At this session tutors Bethan Gwanas and Eurig Salisbury will outline the various sessions offered throughout the week.

 

Sunday 4 August

11.00 – 11.45 am, y Babell Lên – Land of my Fathers?

The National Poet of Wales, Ifor ap Glyn, and Bardd Plant Cymru, Casia Wiliam, will share their experiences of working with refugees now living in north Wales, and the poems inspired by these workshops. This is the culmination of a project delivered by Literature Wales in partnership with Pobl i Bobl.

 

11.00 – 11.45 am, Llannerch Stage –  Tŷ Newydd on Tour workshop: Creating Characters, with Bethan Gwanas

Tŷ Newydd visits the Eisteddfod this year to offer a week of taster workshops at the Llannerch stage led by Eurig Salisbury and Bethan Gwanas who will explore different elements or genres each day.

 

4.30 pm, Llannerch Stage – Travel the world, with the National Poet of Wales

Ifor ap Glyn has visited Sweden, Poland, Lithuania, China and Cameroon over the past year as National Poet of Wales.

Hear his stories as he shares some of his experiences in the Llannerch. The National Poet of Wales initiative is managed by Literature Wales.

Supported by the Welsh Government

 

Monday 5 August

11.00 – 11.45 am, Llannerch Stage – Tŷ Newydd on Tour workshop: Master the Limerickwith Eurig Salisbury

Tŷ Newydd visits the Eisteddfod this year to offer a week of taster workshops at the Llannerch stage led by Eurig Salisbury and Bethan Gwanas who will explore different elements or genres each day.

 

12.00 – 12.45 pm, Llannerch Stage – Reading Friends – an introduction 

Literature Wales presents the Reading Friends project, a befriending programme that tackles loneliness among older people and people with dementia through social reading activities. The project is organised locally by Conwy Library Service and Age Connects, and is delivered by volunteers. Reading Friends was devised by The Reading Agency and is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. Literature Wales co-ordinates the scheme in Wales.

Supported by Welsh Government

 

12.45 pm, Literature Wales Stall – Reading Friends Wales

An opportunity to celebrate the work of volunteers delivering Reading Friends in Conwy. Reading Friends is a befriending program that tackles loneliness among older people and people with dementia through social reading activities.

 

Tuesday 6 August

11.00 – 11.45 am, Llannerch Stage – Tŷ Newydd on Tour workshop: Searching for inspiration (e.g. pictures), with Bethan Gwanas

Tŷ Newydd visits the Eisteddfod this year to offer a week of taster workshops at the Llannerch stage led by Eurig Salisbury and Bethan Gwanas who will explore different elements or genres each day.

 

3.00 pm, Literature Wales Stall – Wine Reception for Friends of Literature Wales

A wine reception to launch the Literature Wales Strategic Plan for 2019-22. Join us for a glass and to discover how we will inspire communities, develop writers and celebrate Wales’ literary culture.

 

Wednesday 7 August

11.00 – 11.45 am, Llannerch Stage – Tŷ Newydd on Tour workshop: Master the Englyn, with Eurig Salisbury

Tŷ Newydd visits the Eisteddfod this year to offer a week of taster workshops at the Llannerch stage led by Eurig Salisbury and Bethan Gwanas who will explore different elements or genres each day.

 

Thursday 8 August

10.00 am – 1.00 pm, Literature Wales Stall – Writer Development Day: Open door

An informal opportunity for writers to visit the Literature Wales stall to discover more about our writer development opportunities. We can offer practical advice on applying for a Literature Wales Writers’ Bursary or a place on the Mentoring Scheme, and information about other services and opportunities such as training and shadowing, workshops, Tŷ Newydd courses and more.

 

11.00 – 11.45 am, Llannerch Stage – Tŷ Newydd on Tour workshop: Show, don’t tell, with Bethan Gwanas

Tŷ Newydd visits the Eisteddfod this year to offer a week of taster workshops at the Llannerch stage led by Eurig Salisbury and Bethan Gwanas who will explore different elements or genres each day.

 

2.00 – 5.00 pm, Literature Wales Stall – Writer Development Day: Open door

An informal opportunity for writers to visit the Literature Wales stall to discover more about our writer development opportunities. We can offer practical advice on applying for a Literature Wales Writers’ Bursary or a place on the Mentoring Scheme, and information about other services and opportunities such as training and shadowing, workshops, Tŷ Newydd courses and more.

 

Friday 9 August

11.00 – 11.45 am, Llannerch Stage – Tŷ Newydd on Tour workshop: From the festival to the manuscript: tips by the Eisteddfod’s competition judges, gydag Eurig Salisbury

Tŷ Newydd visits the Eisteddfod this year to offer a week of taster workshops at the Llannerch stage led by Eurig Salisbury and Bethan Gwanas who will explore different elements or genres each day.

 

Saturday 10 August

12.45 – 13.15 pm, y Babell Lên – Tŷ Newydd on Tour – A Celebration 

The week draws to a close, and the daily workshops have been completed. Join Bethan Gwanas and Eurig Salisbury as they introduce readings based on the creative sessions earlier in the week.