Literature Wales has launched the search for the first Children’s Laureate Wales for 2019-2021.
The two-year post is open to Wales-based writers. The Laureate will focus on making literature fun for children of all backgrounds and abilities, and will work alongside the Welsh-language children’s laureate, Bardd Plant Cymru.
The company last week launched its new Strategic Plan (2019-2022) which outlines Children and Young people as one of its main priorities. The role of Children’s Laureate Wales will engage and inspire children through literature as well as being a national ambassador for Wales.
Primarily working with children and young people between the ages of 5-13, the Children’s Laureate Wales will encourage creativity and self-expression, and be advocates for representation, equality and the well-being of the future generations of Wales.
Literature Wales c.e.o. Lleucu Siencyn said: “Children are natural storytellers and are curious and inquisitive about the world around them. We are excited to appoint a Children’s Laureate Wales who will inspire the younger generation to fall in love with the magic of words, and to give their voices and opinions on the issues that affect them and their generation the platform they deserve.”
Expressions of interest are welcomed from writers across all literary forms, from poetry to prose, graphic novels and spoken word. The deadline for submissions is 12pm on Thursday 11th July. Literature Wales expects the Children’s Laureate Wales to take up the post from September 2019.
To apply visit the Literature Wales website.