Hay Festival invited schools to a free Welsh Language Scribblers Event for Key Stage 3 pupils (years 7, 8 & 9), delivered entirely in Welsh, at Aberystwyth University on Friday 23 March 2018. This event was funded by the Welsh Government and Hay Festival Foundation.
Pupils saw and worked with leading Welsh writers and performers in a creative writing workshop. The day was highly interactive and pupils were encouraged to explore their creativity and expression in the Welsh language. #HayScribblersTour
Medrus Room, Aberystwyth University – Friday 23 March 2018
10.30am – Introduction: Welsh Language Scribblers Event introduced by compère Jon Gower
10.40am – Event 1: Aneirin Karadog
Aneirin will perform poems and raps and will talk for Wales in between! You will have an opportunity at the end of the set to challenge the poet, but will he fail or succeed to meet your challenge?
11.25am – Break
11.40am – Event 2: Rufus Mufasa & Kevs Ford
Rufus’ performance encompasses the creative dexterity of working with the Welsh language. From beat boxed poetry, to mind bending hip hop influenced by jazz, folk, blues and reggae, an approach to the Welsh language that connects us to Wales and the world!
An Avant garde-ness that deliberately bends the rules, to conjure up psychedelic soundscapes, building landscapes to explore.
Rufus will be accompanied by Kevs Ford, from the pioneering dub-reggae-hop band, Llwybr Llaethog, with three decades of knowledge of the Welsh music scene, and the creators of the very first Welsh language hip hop track!
12.25pm – Lunch
1pm – Event 3: Creative Writing Workshop with Welsh writers
Jon Gower grew up in Llanelli, Wales and studied English at Cambridge University. A former BBC Wales Arts and Media correspondent, Jon has been making documentary programmes for television and radio for over 30 years. He has several books to his name, in both Welsh and English.
Hywel Griffiths is a geographer, poet and novelist writing mainly in Welsh. He has published three volumes of poetry, one of which – Teigr yn y Gegin (Tiger in the Kitchen) – is specifically for children, and two novels for children – Dirgelwch y Bont (The Mystery of the Bridge) and Haciwr (Hacker).
Aneirin Karadog – see above.
Rufus Mufasa & Kevs Ford – see above.
Eurig Salisbury is a poet and author, and a lecturer in creative writing at the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth University. He was Bardd Plant Cymru 2011–13, Hay International Fellow 2012–13 and won the Prose Medal at the National Eisteddfod of Wales 2016.
Clare Potter has worked as one of the Hay Festival's Writers at Work and as the Landmark Trust's poet-in-residence at Llwyn Celyn. Recently, she has been poet-in-residence at Moravian Academy Pennsylvania, and for the Wales Arts Review. Clare taught in New Orleans for ten years and did an MA in Afro-Caribbean Literature. Clare now collaborates with artists, jazz musicians and dancers in community projects and has begun to write in Welsh, her second language.
2pm – Pupil and Teacher Evaluation
2.15pm – End