Fisher first Wales' Young People's Laureate

Fantasy children’s author Catherine Fisher will be officially named the first Young People's Laureate for Wales later today (18th October).

The Newport writer will be given the title by Literature Wales, which was established in April this year when the authors' society Academi joined forces with the north Wales writing centre, Tŷ Newydd. The ceremony will take place in Cardiff's Literature Lounge, presented by Welsh singer Charlotte Church.

Fisher, a former primary school teacher and archaeologist, is the author of futuristic novel Incarceron and The Oracle, which blends Egyptian and Greek elements of magic and adventure, and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Books prize.

National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy said: "We rejoice at the news that Catherine Fisher has been appointed Wales’, and Britain’s, first Young Person’s Laureate. She is one of the nation’s best writers of stories for young people, and a fine poet. Like all great books for the young, her stories are loved by readers of all ages. We look forward to sharing a common vision—to celebrate books, to spread the word, to get our nation writing and reading."

Literature Wales’ acting c.e.o. Lleucu Siencyn, said: "Encouraging young people to become immersed in literature is something Literature Wales has wanted to promote since its inception. Catherine is an incredibly exciting writer who has captured the imagination of her readers. I know she’s a perfect anchor for this campaign and will achieve great results."

Catherine Fisher will make her first official appearance at the Young People’s Literature Festival at Theatr Soar Merthyr, this Thursday 20th October.