Celebrating the Power of Poetry for a Change

21 Sep 2018

The Welsh Books Council is delighted to be working with the Forward Arts Foundation to celebrate the power of poetry this October.

The Welsh Books Council is delighted to be working with the Forward Arts Foundation to celebrate the power of poetry this October.

This year, the Welsh Books Council became an official partner of National Poetry Day, responsible for delivering the scheme across Wales and in both Welsh and English.

National Poetry Day is an annual celebration that inspires people to enjoy, discover and share poems. This year the celebrations fall on 4 October and the theme is ‘poetry for a change’.

The Welsh Books Council has organised two exciting events for pupils from two Pontypridd schools, enabling them to celebrate National Poetry Day in style this year.

On 3 October, pupils from Maes y Coed Primary School will attend a special creative workshop at Treorchy Library with local poet and artist Siôn Tomos Owen. On National Poetry Day itself, pupils from Ysgol Evan James will travel to Cardiff Central Library for an opportunity to meet and work with Bardd Plant Cymru, Casia Wiliam.

An added bonus to these events is that children from both schools will be travelling to and from the libraries by train, thanks to Arriva Trains Wales.

"This is a great opportunity for pupils to engage with poetry," said Helen Jones, Head of the Children’s Books and Reading Promotion Department at the Welsh Books Council. "Both these events offer pupils exciting and stimulating literary experiences outside the classroom that can impact positively on their learning across the curriculum."

Helgard Krause, Chief Executive of the Welsh Books Council, said, "We are lucky to have a rich poetic tradition in Wales, in both languages, and to have publishers dedicated to keeping the power of poetry alive. We will be helping bookshops across Wales to promote poetry titles to encourage people to engage with poetry. The Welsh Books Council is keen to encourage people to enjoy poetry ‘for a change’."

Keep up to date on Twitter with the hashtag #NationalPoetryDay.

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