Tales on the Rails!

21 Mar 2017

This April, the Welsh Books Council are organising an Author Tour with a difference as part of their successful  @LlyfrDaFabBooks  scheme. Past events have included school visits by authors such as Siân Lewis, Griff Rowland and Dan Anthony, but this time pupils will meet the author whilst on a train journey!

This April, the Welsh Books Council are organising an Author Tour with a difference as part of their successful @LlyfrDaFabBooks  scheme. Past events have included school visits by authors such as Siân Lewis, Griff Rowland and Dan Anthony, but this time pupils will meet the author whilst on a train journey!

The lucky young travellers will be pupils from Ysgol Bro Hyddgen at Machynlleth and Ysgol Tan y Castell, Harlech. With 2017 earmarked by the Welsh Government as the Year of Legends, the author selected for this special event will be Meinir Wyn Edwards, author of  Deg Chwedl o Gymru  published by Y Lolfa. This title has reached the  shortlist of the 2017 Tir na n-Og Award for Children's Literature, and Meinir has also written several English-language books on Welsh legends and folk tales, so that all children can appreciate Wales' rich literary heritage.

On 3 and 4 April, Meinir will hold workshops 'on the move', and pupils from both schools will have the unique opportunity to learn about legends specific to their own area in an exciting and innovative way. Harlech castle and MOMA art gallery at Machynlleth will form the stop-over parts of the days where pupils will 'refuel' and continue on their learning 'journeys'.

The project is a collaboration between the Welsh Books Council and Arriva Trains Wales. Arriva Trains Wales Schools Liaison Officer, Phil Caldwell, has worked closely with many schools and libraries along the line, and this special project will be an opportunity to further improve pupils' awareness with presentations on safety being given at participating schools. One thing is sure, the views from the carriage will be unforgettable  –  last year, the journey between Dyfi Junction and Pwllheli was included in the  Guardian’s ten 'epic' train journeys in the world!

According to Helen Jones of the Welsh Books Council:

'One of the main objectives of the  @LlyfrDaFabBooks  scheme is to promote reading, and we have witnessed the positive impact on reading that our author tours have made, as well as raising the profile of children's and young adult literature. We will certainly be continuing our work with these projects in future in order to support teaching and learning in fun and innovative ways.'

For further information, contact Helen Jones, Head of Children's Books and Reading Promotion Department, Welsh Books Council, Castell Brychan, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 2JB 01970 624151 helen.jones@books.wales

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