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Project name: Write Back/Grym Geiriau  
Participants/target group: 18 to 25-year-old writers who identify as Disabled, Deaf or chronically ill. 

Project description:  

Over a two-day, trilingual (Welsh, English and BSL) retreat at Tŷ Newydd, young individuals who identify as who identify as Disabled and/or Deaf and/or chronically ill will come together to explore their experiences and relationships with nature through creative writing workshops, optional yoga and meditation and outdoor activities focused on the access requirements of participants. The aim of this project is to amplify the voices of young Welsh individuals who identify as Disabled and/or Deaf and/or chronically ill. The writing will be collected and will feature in the first issue of a bilingual literary magazine aiming to increase representation and to nurture underrepresented Disabled voices. 

“Young Welsh Deaf and/or Disabled people are currently being spoken for and over. We aim to nurture the voices of young Deaf and/or Disabled people so that we can write back, filling the void where our voices should be.” 

Artist biographies: 

Bethany Handley is a 22-year-old Welsh Disabled writer living in Cardiff. Her poetry has most notably been published in Poetry and she is a writer on the Sherman Theatre’s Unheard Voices scheme for underrepresented Welsh writers. Her work draws on her experiences as a young Disabled woman, particularly as a part time wheelchair user, to challenge ableism and inaccessibility.  

Megan Angharad Hunter is originally from Penygroes, Dyffryn Nantlle, but is now completing her BA in Welsh and Philosophy at Cardiff University. She won the Wales Book of the Year Award 2021 for her first novel for young people, tu ôl i’r awyr (Y Lolfa, 2020), before publishing her second novel, Cat (Y Lolfa, 2021) as part of the Y Pump series, and winning the Crown at the Urdd Eisteddfod in 2020/21.

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