Competition for primary children

7 Oct 2015

The Welsh Books Council encourages primary school children to write a poem in celebration of the centenary of the birth of T. Llew Jones.

With less than a week to go before we celebrate the centenary of the birth of T. Llew Jones, the Welsh Books Council is asking every child of primary school age across Wales to go ahead and write a poem. The winner will receive a golden award!

This week, every school in Wales will receive a colourful poster based on a poem by T Llew Jones called  ‘Cwm Alltcafan’. The artist Andy Robert Davies from south Wales was commissioned by the Welsh Books Council to create the poster and it is expected that every school in Wales will unveil the poster just after nine o’clock on the morning of 9 October. In the centre of the poster there’s a poem and the Welsh Books Council will ask every child to create their own poem to replace the original.

It is hoped that the art work of the poster, as well as the experience of reading the work of T. Llew Jones, will inspire young children to write poetry and to enjoy playing with words. As Sharon Owen, Children's Books and Reading Promotion Officer with the Welsh Books Council, explains:
‘This is a great opportunity for children across the whole of Wales to write a piece of poetry on whatever subject they wish. The theme is open-ended, and the winner will receive a book token to the value of  £50. The winner of the second prize will receive a book token worth  £30 and the third will be given a  £20 book token.’

Anwen Francis from the Welsh Books Council added:
‘Every child can hold a pencil and lose themselves in a world of fantasy, be inspired by their favourite poet and escape into the world of their dreams. There is no subject or particular theme to the competition  –  we just want children to think and use their imagination.’

The closing date for the competition is Monday, 2 November 2015.

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