Hay writers get hundreds of local pupils fired up about books, writing and language

Leading writers are getting hundreds of young people fired up about books and literature – tackling some controversial topics - at a series of live events at Swansea University on 13th-15th January, which mark the start of the Scribblers Tour, run by the Hay Festival.

Scribblers is a free programme of live events on literacy and creative writing, which sees inspiring authors working with school students, aiming to develop their writing skills and broaden their horizons.  The Hay Festival is one of the world’s largest literary festivals, famously described by former US President Bill Clinton as “the Woodstock of the mind”.

An estimated 200 pupils are attending each of the three days of Scribblers in Swansea, drawn from 10 secondary schools across the area.

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Cwrt Sart

Cymer Afan

Dylan Thomas




Ysgol Bryntawe

Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera

The pupils are working with published authors including:

•    Martin Daws
Young People’s Laureate for Wales

•    Laura Bates
Founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, a collection of over 10,000 women's daily experiences of gender inequality

•    Siobhan Curham
Her books tackle topics from first love, to bullying and standing up for yourself, domestic violence and dealing with the death of a parent.

Swansea University is also running a creative writing session which will be run by Liza Penn-Thomas.

Dr Pippa Carvell, Student Recruitment Officer at Swansea University, said:

“The Scribblers Tour is a unique opportunity for 11-15-year-olds from local schools to develop their literacy skills in engaging creative writing sessions with some of the most exciting young people’s authors.

The sessions are hugely interactive and also allow pupils the opportunity to gain experience of learning in a university environment. Pupils are able to ask our Student Ambassadors any questions that they have about Swansea University while also having a campus tour as part of the programme. The fact that these events are completely free of charge to schools is even more of a bonus.”

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