Sparkes and Karadog to join Hay Festival Scribblers Tour

Sparkes and Karadog to join Hay Festival Scribblers Tour

YA and children’s writers Jenny Valentine, Ali Sparkes, Aneirin Karadog, Brian Conaghan and Patrice Lawrence will join the Hay Festival Scribblers Tour to visit thousands of young people across Wales.

The writers will visit five Welsh universities where workshops for school students in Years 7 to 10 will take place in February 2020. The Scribblers Tour, in its ninth year, aims to engage young people in storytelling and conversation, while giving pupils a chance to visit their nearest university and experience campus life.

Iggy & Me (HarperCollins) series writer Jenny Valentine will compere all the sessions where authors will help students to produce their own piece of creative writing. The Shapeshifter (OUP) series author Ali Sparkes and Welsh poet Aneirin Karadog will take part in sessions for Years 7 and 8 from 3rd to 7th February. When Mr Dog Bites (Bloomsbury) writer Brian Conaghan and Orangeboy (Hodder) author Patrice Lawrence will host the interactive activities with Years 10 and 11 students from 10th to 14th February.

Hay Festival education manager Aine Venables said: “Every May in Hay-on-Wye thousands of young people join us to meet their favourite writers, and now we’re bringing Hay Festival to them. In these free festival days we will be taking them on a creative journey to share stories, develop dialogue and celebrate the power of writing and reading for pleasure. We want to start conversations with young people, hear their voices and inspire their creative identities.”

Welsh Education Minister Kirsty Williams added: “The Scribblers Tour captures the creativity synonymous with the Hay Festival and uses it to inspire learners across Wales. I am pleased to confirm the Welsh Government is again supporting this amazing project that gives children and young people the opportunity to learn about literature and creative writing from expert speakers and authors. Unique experiences like these are an exciting part of the learning experience and support the new curriculum which places creativity at its core.”

Hay Festival Scribblers Tour is funded by the Welsh Government and is part of Hay Festival Foundation’s wider outreach and education work.The events will be hosted at the University of South Wales, Swansea University, Aberystwyth University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, and Wrexham Glyndwr University throughout the two weeks. More information can be found on the Hay Festival Scibblers Tour website.