Taking part in literature can be many things, from reading or listening to stories, writing creatively, contributing to workshops, or enjoying visits by authors in schools, communities, and festivals. It’s integral to the culture of Wales, and before the COVID-19 pandemic there were over 150 local literature groups in Wales hosting workshops and events in their communities right across the nation.
We believe that everyone has the right to take part and enjoy literature in all its forms, and we will work to ensure better access across the country.
How will we deliver?
Our Inspiring Communities Fund will offer financial contributions towards literature events, focusing on supporting activity which is either new or aimed at under-represented writers and audiences. We will encourage organisers to work across our three themes.
We will make it easier for people to take part in literature activities by working with partners, often outside the arts sector, to support and develop grassroots projects in communities and schools, focusing on groups who will benefit most from the interventions.
Creating a community of skilled facilitators:
We will invest further in training opportunities for writers to equip them with the necessary skills to work with groups and individuals, including with people who have complex and challenging needs. From care homes to prisons, schools to cafés, and community halls to shopping centres, we will support the practices of writing poetry, capturing memories, creating comics, digital storytelling or sharing life experiences in a creative way, facilitated by skilled writers with relevant experiences.
Example: Health and Well-being delivered through Participation
The Inspiring Communities Fund will focus on supporting literature events which are beneficial to the health and well-being of individuals and communities, particularly those experiencing loneliness and isolation.
We will provide opportunities for people to articulate and express their emotions through words and to connect with each other through the sharing of stories and ideas, such as our Piece by Piece, Bridging the Gap programme in partnership with Newport Mind.